Will there be a second stimulus check and if so, when? What we know today

Who would make the cut for a second stimulus check?


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As June draws to a close, it’s clear that work on a second stimulus check, if it happens at all, will begin in July. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been saying it for weeks, but there’s more to the story than a timeline — a not-so-simple timeline at that. There’s still the question of when next month a decision will be made. And the date you can expect to see your check is up in the air. Consider for a moment that the IRS began sending out the first stimulus checks in mid-April and still has tens of millions more to go

On Tuesday, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Federal Reserve Board Chair Jerome Powell are scheduled to testify before the House of Representatives about the US economy and are expected to talk about a possible second stimulus package. But none of that will matter if the Senate doesn’t pick up the conversation soon — there’s more about that schedule below.

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COVID-19: Workplace app gets an update to help get you back to the office

Two companies came together to create a better app for helping organizations get employees back to work after the coronavirus.

TechRepublic’s Karen Roby spoke with Jonathan Erwin, CEO of Redeapp, and Stacy Griggs, CEO of El Toro, two companies based in Louisville, KY, about their workplace contact tracing app. The following is an edited transcript of their conversation. 

Karen Roby: You guys have partnered here to launch a return-to-work app that goes beyond contact tracing. This is something we’ve been talking and hearing a lot about, and there’s obviously lots of security and privacy concerns. Jonathan, let me start here with you. Just tell us how this app works and really what audience you’re serving.

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Jonathan Erwin: Redeapp is essentially a mobile workforce performance platform. We’ve been around since 2011, researching, developing tools for large organizations in industrial, healthcare, construction, mining, hospitality, and retail. Really what Redeapp is, is a way to engage employees on their mobile devices, and HealthePassport is a way to create both a health safety… . Not just, “Hey, here is your self health declaration for a day,” but “Hey, here is a view of all of your employees

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2020 BMW X6 M Competition review: Fast and stylish with a dash of practicality

Are you in the market for a high-performance SUV with a fast roofline? Is the 600-horsepower BMW X6 M not quite enough? Well, don’t worry, BMW has just the thing: the 2020 BMW X6 M Competition, which offers a touch more power, tighter chassis tuning and a little more style, too.

Like

  • Big performance chops
  • Stylish with respectable practicality
  • Cushy interior

Don’t Like

  • Uncommunicative steering
  • Can be overly complex
  • Large blind spots

A mightier X6 M

Like its squared-off X5 M Competition sibling, the X6 M Competition packs substantial firepower under its hood. BMW’s familiar 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 is here, packing 617 horsepower. Torque matches that of the non-Competition model, checking in at 553 pound-feet available between 1,800 and 5,690 rpm.

Flick the engine into its Sport or Sport Plus setting and performance is ample, with zero quibbles about boost lag. Drop the hammer and the X6 M Competition romps to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds, which is one-tenth of a second quicker than the regular X6 M. Triple-digit speeds happen in a hurry, and will eventually top out at 177 mph with available M Driver’s Package, the two-mode active exhaust system putting out a grumble all the while. Without

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WWDC 2020 highlights: Gartner analyst discusses App Clips, privacy, and more

Gartner’s Tuong Nguyen weighs in on Apple’s announcements at WWDC 2020, virtual conferences, and augmented reality.

TechRepublic’s Karen Roby spoke with Gartner analyst Tuong Nguyen about Apple’s WWDC 2020. The following is an edited transcript of their conversation. 

Tuong Nguyen: [At the keynote] you miss out on things like the audience clapping and cheering–that wasn’t there. But even digitally, on Twitter, there wasn’t the flurry of people tweeting like, “Oh, people are lining up. We’re waiting for the doors to open.” So a lot of that energy was missing.

That was reflected in the announcements we saw themselves. What I mean is, although we saw or we heard about a lot of new features and functionalities, the trend that has been persistent over both the spring and fall Apple events has been that this is really about incremental improvements on existing functionality. So for example, “Hey, here’s a new, better way to organize your applications,” manipulating widgets, how call notifications are handled–nothing I would think is groundbreaking… it’s just, “Oh, we’re making these experiences better,” which is Apple’s forte.

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And on top of that, a lot of the features

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