2021 Chevy Corvette Convertible review: Why waste a trunk?

Yes, you can still cram golf bags into it.


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All Chevrolet Corvettes are convertibles, when you think about it. A removable roof panel turns the standard Corvette coupe into something sunnier, but there’s one problem — stowing it renders the rear trunk otherwise useless, so it’s hard to take in the sun and, say, go to the grocery store. Enter the Corvette Convertible, which picks up a whole slew of new tricks in the move to a mid-engine layout, tricks that might make the drop-top an even more appealing car than the coupe.

Like

  • More sun than T-tops
  • Same outstanding performance
  • Neck-snapping looks

Don’t Like

  • Piss-poor rear visibility

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Having already spent an inordinate amount of time on the road with the C8 coupe, I feel like I’m in a good position to discuss the addition of a power-folding hardtop and how it makes the Corvette feel different — or, rather, how it doesn’t.

The specs are pretty similar to what you see from other automakers. This electromechanical top takes about 16 seconds to raise or lower, and it’ll work at speeds up to 30 mph. It’s a fun bit of theater to

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Tuesday’s US election: If Joe Biden wins, he already has a stimulus plan for COVID-19

Former Vice President Joe Biden has a plan for pandemic relief.


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This story is part of Elections 2020, CNET’s coverage of the run-up to voting in November.

The Election Day polls are now closed and the projections have begun. The bipartisan negotiations to pass a new economic relief package are currently on pause. Both presidential hopefuls, President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, each have a plan for getting them back on track.

“After the election, we’ll get the best stimulus package you’ve ever seen,” Trump said Oct. 27 in a press briefing, indicating that he would be re-elected. 

Biden has his own ideas, too, which he detailed online as part of his presidential campaign. Called the Emergency Action Plan to Save the Economy, the document is a speculative overview, but also one that provides insight on the direction he would push if he’s elected president. 

That plan features some elements from the CARES Act, such as stimulus payments for eligible Americans and more unemployment benefits, and envisions new measures to provide additional financial help. Here’s what’s in it.

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WinZip Mac 8 Pro: Create backups and encrypt sensitive files

Mac users can do more than just compress files using WinZip Mac 8 Pro. The program also assists with creating backups and encrypting sensitive files, among other features.

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Most users associate the WinZip application with compressing files or merging multiple photos, documents, PDFs, and other resources into a single file. Of course, WinZip Mac 8 Pro performs those functions with relative ease. The $49.95 program also offers a wealth of additional capabilities, including the ability to make backups (Figure A).

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WinZip provides Mac users with an alternative, more immediate backup to Apple’s Time Machine.

The WinZip Mac 8 Pro wizard simplifies backing up specific files. Using the wizard, users can select single files, multiple files from different locations, and even entire directories. Once backup selections are made, the wizard permits encrypting the backup, setting a password, automatically resizing and converting images, configuring the compression method and specifying the location where the backup is to be stored.

Users can set the backup operation to run upon completing the wizard by checking a corresponding box within the wizard. The Pro version of WinZip Mac 8 permits automating future subsequent backup operations using just minimal clicks–a

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How to change the iOS 14 UI for Siri, FaceTime, and incoming calls

If you don’t like the compact display of FaceTime, Siri, and incoming calls in iOS 14, find out how to change the default UIs to the pre-iOS 14 look.

The iOS 14 Home screen showing one of the compact mode elements: Picture in Picture. 

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iOS 14‘s new design language calls for a more compact UI for Siri, phone calls, and more, but a lot of users prefer the clarity of the full screen modal presentation that pre-iOS 14 incoming calls and Siri provided. Fortunately, Apple allows you to make changes to the way that you would like incoming calls and Siri to be presented.

Learn how to remove the compact mode UI from your iOS 14 device and restore the pre-iOS 14 UI for incoming calls, FaceTime, Siri, and more.

SEE: iPhone 12: A cheat sheet (free PDF) (TechRepublic)

How to change the iOS 14 default UI for incoming calls and FaceTime

Whenever you receive a cellular or FaceTime audio call and your device is not on the Lock Screen, you will notice the new compact user interface. If you want to change this functionality for cellular phone calls, follow these steps.

  1. Open the Settings app.
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How to use the limited photos picker in iOS 14 for added privacy

Ensure apps can only access the photos and albums that you designate by using the new limited photos picker in iOS 14.

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iOS 14 introduced a substantial change to privacy controls around the access of photos and photo albums: Apple is allowing users to choose exactly which photos that apps can access instead of allowing them to be granted full access or no access to the photo library. This privacy change even affects older apps that haven’t been updated to iOS 14.

SEE: iPhone 12: A cheat sheet (free PDF) (TechRepublic)

How to use the limited photos picker in iOS 14

After you upgrade to iOS 14 and go to select a photo in an app, you’ll notice a new photo permissions dialog that appears. This dialog lets you choose a limited subset of your library for the app to pick from (the Select Photos option), or use the pre-iOS 14 privacy setting that lets the app receive full access to all photos in your photo library (the Allow Access To All Photos option) (Figure A).

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The new dialog for selecting photo privacy settings when accessing the photo library from an iOS 14 app.

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