2021 Audi A4 review: No-nonsense, entry-level luxury

The A4 is a bit of a looker, especially with the sportier S Line accommodations seen here.

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When a buyer first dips their toes into luxury sedans, they tend to start small. As a result, the compact-lux segment requires automakers to put forth a solid effort in order to keep those first-time buyers coming back for more. To that end, the 2021 Audi A4 brings a ton of kit to the table in an effort to stand out from the crowd.


  • Comfortable and fun to drive
  • Solid consumer tech

Don’t Like

  • Limited storage in both cabin and trunk
  • Negligible fuel-economy change over 2020 model

The most notable update for the 2021 Audi A4 is the addition of a 12-volt mild-hybrid system, as well as replacing the base front-wheel-drive setup in favor of AWD across the board. Both the base 40 and the higher-output 45 variants receive this upgrade, as well as a small power bump — not that either version necessarily needed it. My tester packs the beefier version of Audi’s 2.0-liter turbocharged I4, which now produces 261 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque.

The A4 45 might not be a proper sports sedan like the

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Friday is the IRS cutoff for $600 stimulus checks. The story with your payment group, what next

The IRS is sending $600 stimulus checks now, but if you don’t get yours by next week, you may have to wait.

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The IRS is almost out of time to finish sending second stimulus checks to millions of eligible Americans before the deadline arrives. After today, Jan. 15, anyone qualified who hasn’t received a stimulus payment will still have a chance to get it when they file their 2020 federal taxes this year (a complication if you don’t normally file taxes).

The IRS has a method in place to help you claim your missing money — it’s called the Recovery Rebate Credit — but it requires taking extra steps to file for your payment. The IRS and US Treasury have moved at lightning speed to jointly send out most of the second stimulus checks through direct depositpaper checks and EIP debit cards. However, there still may be millions of payments left to go.

We also know the IRS is working to resolve a major electronic-transfer problem, so there’s a chance that the delivery of your direct payment could slip for weeks or months. We’ll explain everything we know about which payment group you might

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Impulse Neuro-Controller executes sport strikes with ideas as an alternative of mouse clicks

George Will, a political commentator for almost half a century at The Washington Publish, is thought to additionally get pleasure from weighing in on sports activities every so often, most notably baseball. He’s keen on repeating the easy however important commentary that these video games are a matter of “seconds and inches.”

In digital video games, the identical maxim applies, however much more so. Fractions of inches matter when concentrating on the enemy. And significant time will not be measured in seconds however in thousandths of seconds.

With that in thoughts, builders at Canadian startup Brink Bionics have developed a tool that guarantees to spice up gamer proficiency by slashing the delay time between an intent to behave and execution of the particular motion.

Actually, the Impulse Neuro-Controller basically kicks into motion from the second the person merely thinks about performing.

The system is a fingerless glove with embedded sensors that detect the physique’s naturally generated electrical impulses that precede precise muscle motion.

The sensors lie atop 4 muscular tissues known as the dorsal interossei that management finger motion. Typically, it takes about 150 milliseconds after an individual thinks about shifting a finger earlier than motion begins. The Impulse

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