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

White House advisers and congressional leaders have an idea on when they’ll begin work on a second stimulus package.


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In a little over a month, the extra $600 in enhanced unemployment benefits is scheduled to end. Other coronavirus benefits like eviction stays are also set to expire. And July rent is due in days. Will Congress pass another relief package that extends benefits and includes a second stimulus check? And when in 2020 could the checks realistically arrive?

The passage of a second round of IRS payments appears to depend on two things: how badly the economy is faring and if lawmakers believe a direct payment to millions of people is the best way to respond to the current recession. It isn’t clear that the same people who qualified for the first $1,200 check would be eligible for the second.

For weeks, whenever White House advisers and members of Congress mentioned a second economic stimulus package, they were careful to avoid mention of a “second stimulus check
.” Instead, they talked about payroll tax cuts

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