2020 Toyota 86 Hakone Edition review: A slice of green heaven

Eight years into its life and now living in the shadow of the Supra, the Toyota 86 should be feeling a bit long in the tooth. Yet its classic sports car construction, modular (yet basic) technology and pure driving feel have kept this compact feeling fairly fresh nearly a decade on.

Like

  • Fantastic chassis dynamics and handling
  • Some of the best driving ergonomics in the business
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard tech
  • Hakone Edition looks gorgeous with metallic green paint, black and tan leather interior

Don’t Like

  • Underpowered, even more so with the automatic transmission
  • Terrible rear-view camera system feels like an afterthought

The 2020 model year brings a few new options and upgrades to the Toyota 86 aimed at keeping the coupe interesting for buyers and relevant among its evolving competition. There’s new tech, a new performance package and a mean, green Hakone Edition, too.

New for 2020

Enthusiasts looking for a turn-key performance boost gain access to a new TRD Handling Package that swaps in Brembo stopping gear — with four-piston, 12.8-inch discs up front and two-pot, 12.4-inch discs at the rear — firmer Sachs dampers and 18-inch alloy shod with Michelin Pilot Sport 4

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Stimulus check Round 2: Would you qualify for a second payment? It’s complicated

Just because you got a stimulus check the first time doesn’t mean you’ll qualify for the second, if there is one.


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This much is clear: the Senate and House will decide this month if Americans will get a second stimulus check. But how much money you might receive and — crucially — if you would even meet the requirements for a second payment, are very much open to discussion, assuming a new check for individuals and families is written into the next rescue package.

Here, we’ll tell you everything we have heard so far about who may or may not be eligible for an extra economic impact payment. 

The pressure is on for Washington lawmakers to begin crafting a second economic rescue package soonCOVID-19 cases are skyrocketing in 45 US states, prompting many of them to pause reopening and in some cases even backtrack, with bars closing in Los Angeles, Florida, Texas and Pennsylvania. That’s a blow to an economy already in recession and to business owners and employees who can’t run their operations or work. 

Meanwhile, benefits such as delayed eviction and enhanced

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Apple to reclose 30 more US stores amid COVID-19 case spike in seven states

On Thursday, Apple will shut down additional stores across Alabama, California, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada and Oklahoma, joining 16 other stores that have already been reclosed this week.

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Apple is once again closing more of its retail stores as the COVID-19 pandemic is worsening in certain areas of the US. The tech giant had been
reopening stores in May

as coronavirus lockdowns were ending, but quickly began shutting them down again only weeks after opening some locations.  

It announced on Wednesday that it is reclosing an additional 30 stores in the US as several states continued to be rocked by a resurgence in COVID-19 infections, coming on the heels of a 16-store closure the day before in Florida, Mississippi, Texas and Utah. Last week, it closed 14 stores in Florida, and earlier in the month of June, it closed 18 stores in Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Arizona and Florida

“Due to current COVID-19 conditions in some of the communities we serve, we are temporarily closing stores in these areas,” Apple said in a statement shared with TechRepublic. “We take this step with an abundance of caution as we closely monitor the situation

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