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The Weekend’s Best Deals: Apple’s Newest AirPods, Google’s Pixel 5a, and More

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It’s time for another Dealmaster. Leading today’s roundup of the best tech deals we can find is a new low price on the latest Apple AirPods, as the third-gen model of the popular wireless earbuds is currently down to $140 at Amazon. The full discount should appear at checkout. This price is also available at Costco, though you’ll need a Costco membership to take advantage of the deal. Either way, this is $39 off Apple’s MSRP and about $30 off the average street price we’ve seen since the earbuds launched in October. As of this writing, Amazon’s listing says the AirPods will ship before Christmas, though that could change as more orders are placed.

We’ve had a pair of the newest AirPods on hand for a couple of weeks. While we don’t think they’re the absolute best value among wireless earbuds, they could still be worthwhile for the right person. Namely, if you prefer an “open-back” design that rests outside of your ear canal instead of inserting within it, the third-gen AirPods have a richer and more balanced sound than most of their peers. They let in too much outside noise to sound better than the best true wireless in-ear headphones, but if you find this kind of fit more agreeable, that might be worth the trade-off. They’re a definite upgrade over the previous AirPods in terms of audio quality; just be aware the wider earpieces here might not fit certain ear shapes as comfortably as the older pair.

In general, the third-gen AirPods borrow heavily from the AirPods Pro. The open-back design means there’s no active noise cancellation, but the earbuds have the same IPX4 water resistance and “force sensor” control scheme. The latter still isn’t perfect, but it’s more responsive than merely tapping the earbuds to take calls and pause your music. The same host of Apple-friendly features are here as well: the new AirPods pair quickly with other Apple devices and can automatically switch between them if you, say, take a call on an iPhone while listening to music on an iPad. The included case supports wireless charging and can power up the earbuds about four times per charge, while the earbuds themselves last a little over six hours on their own. That’s decent, if not world-beating.

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Truist Sees 350% Upside on This Cancer-Focused Biopharma Stock – Read Why

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Truist has initiated coverage on Verastem Oncology Inc (NASDAQ: VSTM) with a Buy rating and $6.00 price target, equivalent to approximately 350% upside.
Analyst Srikripa Devarakonda notes that trading at about 2-times cash, the stock is “undervalued” given its programs in two cancers.
Devarakonda adds that the Verastem base case is supported by a $470 million unadjusted U.S. opportunity in the ovarian cancer program, “early but strong” clinical data, and positive expert feedback.
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“Peek Performance”: Apple’s Next Hardware Event Happens on March 8

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Apple will stream its next hardware event to the masses on March 8 at 10 am Pacific (1 pm Eastern), the company announced today. Invitations have already been sent to the press—though the event will be yet another prerecorded, streaming-only presentation with no media in attendance. Apple marketing SVP Greg Joswiak tweeted the now-customary Apple-logo-centric teaser video that doesn’t actually tease anything.

We never know exactly what will be announced at any given Apple event, but Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reports that the lineup will include a refresh of the budget-friendly iPhone SE and the first iPad Air update in a little over a year.

Rumors have also circulated about updated designs and new Apple Silicon chips for the MacBook Air and the 13-inch MacBook Pro, and the high-end Intel Mac Mini, the 27-inch iMac, and the Mac Pro are all still running Intel chips. The characteristically cryptic “peek performance” tagline does at least hint at new chips for one or more Macs, whether that’s a truly next-gen Apple M2 for thin-and-light laptops or an M1 Pro/Max-focused refresh for the more powerful desktops.

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Charles River’s Q4 Earnings Beats Street Expectation, Reaffirms FY22 Outlook

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Charles River Laboratories International Inc’s (NYSE: CRLQ4 sales increased 14.4% Y/Y to $905.1 million, beating the consensus of $888.27 million.

Acquisitions contributed 5.9% to consolidated fourth-quarter revenue growth. Organic revenue growth was 10.5%, driven by contributions from all three business segments. 
Adjusted EPS reached $2.49 higher than $2.39 posted a year ago and …

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