2021 Audi SQ7 first drive review: Do it all, carry it all and be quick about it

Little more than a decade ago, if you wanted an Audi that could hit 60 mph in under 4.5 seconds, your local dealer would’ve had exactly one model to show you: the company’s brand-new R8 supercar, packing a 4.2-liter V8 and six-digit price tag. Today, that same salesperson might unexpectedly walk you over to an 2021 Audi SQ7, if only to watch your cerebrum twist itself into a pretzel. Like Audi’s now-iconic mid-engined supercar, this brand-new SUV has also arrived packing a TFSI V8 and a price tag that, yes, can exceed six digits. 

Funny thing, though: This three-row utility vehicle has a lot more power, torque and it gets better fuel economy. See? As it turns out, 2020 isn’t all bad.

Believe it or not, the heavyweight crossover seen on these digital pages would actually give Audi’s first-generation sports car a serious run for its money from stoplight to freeway merge. Packing 500 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque from its 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, the SQ7 even has a vastly more power-dense engine — the naturally aspirated 4.2-liter V8 in Ye (Not So) Olde 2008 R8 Coupe only mustered 420 hp and 317 lb-ft and that powerplant,

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Poll: 7 in 10 people want a second stimulus check for qualified adults. Here’s who could be eligible

Congress hasn’t yet agreed who’ll be eligible to receive a second stimulus check, but it’s expected that more people will be included the second time around.


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There is broad support for a second stimulus check. According to a new Gallup survey released Tuesday, 7 in 10 Americans favor a new stimulus bill with another round of direct payments for eligible adults. Five thousand Democrats, Independents and Republicans were polled.

After weeks without movement to pass another stimulus bill, negotiators on both sides of the aisle continue to say they’re ready to renew talks on additional assistance for Americans. 

“I’m prepared to sit down with the Speaker [Nancy Pelosi] at any time to negotiate,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told a House panel on Tuesday.

 If another stimulus bill does pass, we can outline who is likely to count as an eligible adult and how their dependents might factor into the equation. Below, we detail all that we know about which eligibility requirements might be in a final bill, based on the original act and two proposals. This story was recently updated.

Everyone who could qualify for a second stimulus

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iOS 14 App Library: How to use it on your iPhone

The App Library is an all-new way in iOS 14 to store your apps without needing them to appear on the Home Screen. Here’s how to use the App Library to better organize your iPhone.

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Apple hasn’t changed the Home Screen on iOS since the introduction of the original iPhone–it has remained relatively the same throughout 13 major releases. With iOS 14, however, Apple is fundamentally changing how the Home Screen works by allowing you to select which apps you want visible, and which you want to hide away in a feature called the App Library.

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On iOS 14, you’ll notice a new page on your Home Screen: If you swipe all the way to the last dot on the Home Screen, you’ll enter the App Library. In this view, apps are sorted by the category in which they appear in the App Store. The most-used apps will take up a larger icon space, while lesser-used apps will appear in a smaller 4×4 grid in the category, or not at all (Figure A).

Figure A

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The App Library displays itself on the

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Norton Secure VPN review: Why we don’t recommend this familiar brand’s VPN

There are few more familiar names in information security than Norton and LifeLock. Long known for their competitive antivirus protection and ability to adapt to an ever-changing security industry, a virtual private network from NortonLifeLock sounds promising at the outset. But with limited server options and a few dealbreaker security issues, it’s clear that the Norton Secure VPN still has some work to do before it can meet the high standards set by its sibling security products.  

Norton Secure VPN still has to to develop its security and server network. I’d recommend holding out before signing up to this service. In the meantime, check out our list of the best VPN services of 2020.

Norton Secure VPN

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Speed

  • Average speed loss: 57%
  • Number of servers: 1,500 (1,200 virtual)
  • Number of server locations: 29 countries, 73 cities
  • Number of IP addresses: 1,800-plus

Norton doesn’t publicly post its server count on its website, but at last count there were 1,500 servers.

I ran my speed tests over the course of three days, in two locations, using both wireless and Ethernet connections — one location offered slower broadband speeds, and the other offered higher speeds via fiber-optic internet. Internet

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How Apple’s new COVID-19 contact tracing process works

Apple’s iOS 13.7 update has introduced a new Exposure Notification setting, but it requires support from your state’s health authority.

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A variety of countries and companies have been trying to fight the coronavirus pandemic through contact tracing technology, which works by alerting people if they’ve been in contact with individuals who’ve tested positive for COVID-19. Among the tech players involved in the effort are Apple and Google, who in April jointly announced a system that would be built into the operating system on all iPhones and Android phones. On Tuesday, Apple unveiled iOS 13.7 with a new contract tracing platform known as Exposure Notifications Express, which relies on notifications from your region’s public health authority (PHA). Here’s how it works.

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Your iPhone will tap into your Bluetooth connection to look for nearby iPhones and Android phones that have the Exposure Notification feature enabled. You device keeps a 14-day log of any corresponding devices, though Apple and Google have promised that no personally identifiable information or user location data will be collected.

If someone tests positive for COVID-19, that person

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