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9 great reads from CNET this week

Apple gives us its spring lineup, while Mother Nature gives us cicadas and the people who chase them. Plus: some thoughts on health and wellness.

CNET News staff
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April showers bring May flowers. Apple's April Spring Loaded event brought its own splash of colors, most notably in the form of a new lineup of iMac computers. You can also now get an iPhone 12 in a vernal shade of purple.

That wasn't all for Apple. There was the arrival of the diminutive new AirTags gadgets , changes to the iPad Pro and Apple TV 4K and a preview of season 2 of Ted Lasso.

Reflections on those products are among the in-depth features and thought-provoking commentaries that appeared on CNET this week. So here you go. These are the stories you don't want to miss:

Apple's colorful new iMacs embrace retro design, with cutting-edge twist inside

A splash of color and the first major redesign in nearly a decade, plus a big upgrade internally with the M1 chip.

Apple's 2021 iMacs in many colors
Apple; screenshot by CNET

Chill. The iMac charging cable is a reasonable design, not proprietary nonsense

Commentary: Moving the power brick and Ethernet port onto the charging cable makes the iMac pleasingly thin.

iMac power adapter with Ethernet port
Apple; screenshot by Stephen Shankland/CNET

The pandemic of despair: How COVID changed our mental health

The coronavirus is inflicting emotional wounds around the world that may take decades to heal. 

Illustration of a young woman and the coronavirus
Brett Pierce/CNET

Billions of bugs: Meet the cicada chasers trailing Brood X

To find these cicada superfans, follow the insects' boisterous mating calls. It's "never-ending amazement."

Brood X cicadas
Alex Wong/Getty Images

Dear Netflix and YouTube, everything is too long

Commentary: Movies, video games, TV shows. Everything is just too damn long.

Avengers: Endgame scene with Ant-Man, Captain America and Tony Stark
Marvel

Fitbit co-founder: Future for fitness is well beyond the wrist

Exclusive: CTO Eric Friedman talks with CNET about the company's first wearable under the Google umbrella.

Fitbit Luxe app
Fitbit

The Nurvv Run smart insoles made me a better runner

My month-long review of the Nurvv Run insoles that can turn any running shoe into a fitness tracker.

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Amy Kim/CNET

Climate change has made the world's deadliest lake way more dangerous

For Earth Day 2021, we revisit the epic, decades-long battle to tame a lake so swollen it threatens to wipe out an entire city center.

Illustration of Lake Palcacocha
Robert Rodriguez/CNET

Game of Thrones is 10. But what happened to the world's biggest TV show?

George R.R. Martin and HBO have novels and prequels on the way, but a calamitous season 8 finale may have killed off the saga.

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HBO
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