2020 Ford Transit review: A likable high-roof hauler

This Ford Transit comes with the medium-height roof. Believe it or not, there’s an even taller model available.


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You don’t need to pastor a megachurch or run a plumbing-supply company to own a 2020 Ford Transit van. Those are admittedly the sort of customers this vehicle is aimed at, but it’s comfortable and pleasant enough to drive that you might consider one for your small business or your family, especially if you’ve got a large brood or just want a versatile camping rig. 

Like

  • Surprisingly agile handling
  • Excellent forward visibility
  • Potent V6 engine

Don’t Like

  • Awkward pedal placement
  • Cramped footwells
  • Booming interior

Ford offers a dizzying array of variants in this Kansas City, Missouri-built vehicle, from cargo- and passenger-specific models, to chassis cab and cutaway variants. Giving customers even more choice, it’s also available with three different roof heights and in a trio of lengths. The Transit pretty much covers the market, meeting the needs of everyone from HVAC service technicians to adventure seekers who want to upfit their Transit to be the ultimate overlanding machine.

My tester is Ford’s new-for-2020 crew-van model, which has both a large cargo area and seating for five people. This van also

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Stimulus check on hold? Maybe not. 10 things to know today after Trump paused negotiations

Here’s what’s happening with a second stimulus check today.


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Less than 24 hours after President Donald Trump returned to the White House after being hospitalized with COVID-19, he unexpectedly directed the GOP to halt talks on the next economic stimulus package until after the election. And then changed course again.

“I am rejecting [the Democrats’] request, and looking to the future of our Country. I have instructed my representatives to stop negotiating until after the election when, immediately after I win, we will pass a major Stimulus Bill that focuses on hardworking Americans and Small Business,” Trump’s Twitter account tweeted Tuesday afternoon about talks with Democratic negotiators.

A few hours later, Trump tweeted: “If I am sent a Stand Alone Bill for Stimulus Checks ($1,200), they will go out to our great people IMMEDIATELY. I am ready to sign right now. Are you listening Nancy?” referring to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. On Twitter, Trump called for the attention of Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, Senate Minority Leader Steny Hoyer and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

While in the hospital on Saturday, Trump’s Twitter account 

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Apple’s Oct. 13 event: What to expect and how to watch

The iPhone 12 announcement might be right around the corner. Tech experts predict Apple will reveal this new line of mobile devices during its Oct. 13 event.

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Apple’s next-generation iPhone was missing from its Sept. 15 product announcement event, but those eager for its release don’t need to wait much longer. Apple has an event scheduled for Oct. 13, and it’s anticipated that will be the day when the iPhone 12 will be announced and with that product name.

SEE: Apple’s 2020 September Event: What business pros need to know (free PDF) (TechRepublic)

What to expect from the Oct. 13 Apple event: 5G-capable iPhone 12 series and maybe new over-the-ear headphones and wireless speakers

The COVID-19 pandemic has interrupted supply chains, which is one of the reasons Apple CFO Luca Maestri cited as the cause of a delay in the launch date for the next generation of iPhones, but it may turn out to be worth the wait.

Citing industry analysts, TechRepublic sister site ZDNet said that the iPhone 12 will be an upgrade “supercycle,” with a new design that closely mimics the iPad, such as squared aluminum sides, which make the device feel a

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