2021 Audi E-Tron Sportback first drive review: Slipstream SUV serenity

Make no bones about it: Audi’s all-electric E-Tron SUV may have received high marks from professional auto reviewers and new owners alike, but it hasn’t moved the automaker’s sales needle in the US. In all of pre-pandemic 2019, the Audi sold fewer than 5,400 E-Trons here — less than an average month of Q5 sales. It’s amidst this frustrating backdrop that the 2021 Audi E-Tron Sportback model whirs into dealers, its racier slope-back roofline hoping to catch both eyes and sales.

Based on visuals alone, the E-Tron Sportback has undergone the now industry-standard four-door-coupification process more successfully than most luxury crossover SUVs — EV or not. From the windshield header forward, the Sportback looks the same as its more traditional two-box sibling and indeed, it has nearly the same height. However, owing to its dramatically plunging rearward greenhouse and frameless windows that clean up its roofline, the Sportback looks simultaneously lower and arguably more stylish, adding in a dash of athleticism. The Sportback isn’t just slipperier to the eye, it enjoys a 0.28 coefficient of drag, 0.02 better than its boxier relation.

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How to resolve common wireless performance issues using NetSpot PRO on Mac

Wireless networking has become the primary, and often only, connection method for many users. Here’s how to troubleshoot corresponding performance issues.

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A few years ago I needed a utility capable of confirming a potential wireless network deployment’s strength and range. Using NetSpot PRO with a Mac, I was able to confirm with confidence that the wireless equipment specified within a project plan would perform as intended within a new facility.

You, too, can use the Mac-friendly application to confirm proposed wireless deployments or upgrades will meet your needs, but you can also use the $149 application to expand the $49 Home version’s zone compatibilities, data collection points and snapshots capacities. The PRO version also provides an additional technician license that can be leveraged when reviewing wireless surveys.

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NetSpot PRO version 2.12 is a small-footprint app. The program occupies only 26MB of disk space and typically consumes less than 8% of a CPU on my Mac when performing a survey and less than 4% when only discovering and collecting metrics on available wireless networks. Unlike other applications and network utilities I’ve used, NetSpot PRO locates and identifies more wireless connections, as well.

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Stimulus check eligibility requirements: Here’s what you need to know about who may qualify

It’s expected that millions more people will be included the second time around.


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There’s still hope that a new economic relief package with a second direct stimulus payment could be authorized by Congress before the Nov. 3 election.

On Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin agreed to restart talks, and House Democrats are drafting a more focused bill reportedly worth $2.4 trillion for a potential vote on Oct. 2.

“I am hoping for a deal. I’d rather have a deal to put money in people’s pockets than to have a rhetorical argument,” Pelosi said Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union. “We have a chance to get something done.”

As negotiations move ahead to pass relief legislation with a second direct stimulus payment, here’s what we know about who might qualify, including dependents who didn’t get the first check — some 13 million people under 25. Try using CNET’s stimulus check calculator to estimate how much you could get, and stay informed on the seven most important stimulus check facts. This

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