Second stimulus check: Could you qualify for another IRS payment? What we know now

Just because you got a stimulus check the first time doesn’t mean you’ll qualify for a second payment, if there is one.


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The good news is that we’ve worked out a probable timeline for when people might receive a second stimulus check from the IRS. In fact, the stimulus bill is “coming to a head some time within the next three weeks, beginning next week,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday — a bill that has a good chance of including that extra direct payment for individuals and families.

The less good news is that we’re still unsure how much money the next payment could bring and who could be eligible for the extra money under a new coronavirus relief bill. There’s no guarantee that those who got the full $1,200 benefit the first time around will qualify for the second round.

White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow has said the second stimulus payment will focus on people who are jobless or have lower incomes, Fox Business reported, but it isn’t clear how that

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Microsoft Surface Headphones 2 deliver more for less

Microsoft’s over-ear noise-canceling Surface Headphones 2 were released earlier in 2020, and the biggest change from their predecessor is the price: The original Surface Headphones launched at $350, while the Headphones 2 cost $250 (£240, AU$400). Like the original, there’s a lot to like about this second-gen model. While they’ve lost their hands-free Cortana voice control feature (a change no one will lament), the combination of some small design tweaks, better battery life, upgraded Bluetooth and the new lower price help bump their rating up and make them more recommendable.

Like

  • Cost $100 less than original
  • Comfortable to wear
  • Good sound and effective noise canceling
  • Touch controls and on-ear dials that allow you to adjust the level of noise canceling and volume
  • Multipoint Bluetooth pairing (connect two devices at the same time)
  • Improved battery life
  • Easily pair with Windows PCs (also works with Macs)
  • Works well for making calls
  • Ear cups now rotate 180 degrees

Don’t Like

  • Sound quality isn’t as good as some premium noise-canceling headphones.

The headphone retains the same design but now comes in black and light gray.


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The Surface Headphones 2, which come in black as well as the original light gray color, haven’t

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Global e-waste is up 21% in 5 years, causing serious environmental harm

The Global E-Waste Monitor 2020 reports a record 59 tons of e-waste, and predicts a rise to 81 tons by 2030.

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Even non-techies can be reliant on many pieces of technology, as they navigate the day: Smart watch, smart phone, earbuds, tablets, laptops, car charger, and more. And while there’s the unicorn who proudly holds up their still-working iPhone 4, today’s tech has a shelf-life.  As technology grows faster and less expensive, increasingly more people have any combination of tech gadgets. 

“Between our reliance on technology and ‘the upgrade culture’ that has become pervasive in recent years, it’s clear why electronic waste is rising at such an incredibly high rate,” said Liam Howley, CMO of Decluttr, an online tech consignment company. “Around 130 million cell phones are thrown away each year in the US, with that number growing.” 
 
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Eventually, most tech becomes e-waste, a fast-growing worldwide problem. Electronic and electrical equipment are linked to widespread global economic development. The Global E-Waste Monitor 2020 reported a record 2.7 million tons of e-waste (discarded products with a battery or plug), and predicts that figure will rise to

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Second stimulus check: Could you qualify for another IRS payment? What we know

Just because you got a stimulus check the first time doesn’t mean you’ll qualify for a second payment, if there is one.


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For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO website.

In the next few weeks, the Senate and House are expected to approve a new coronavirus economic relief bill that could include a second stimulus check. While we’ve worked out a probable timeline for when people might receive an additional payment from the IRS, we’re still unsure who will receive it. There is no guarantee that those who got the full $1,200 benefit the first time around will be eligible for a new check or direct deposit payment this time.

White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow has said the second stimulus payment will focus on people who are jobless or have lower incomes, Fox Business reported. It’s unclear how that would be calculated.

Here’s everything we’ve heard so far about who may or may not be eligible for an extra economic stimulus payment. This story updates often in light of new developments.

Why do we keep hearing about a $40,000 cutoff?

This

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How to recycle Apple Cards: A greener way to cut the credit line

Many people are unsure exactly how to dispose of the mostly titanium Apple Cards. In this post, we detail how to recycle Apple Cards and more.

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In August of 2019, Apple launched the Apple Card across the US. The credit card works with the Apple Wallet app to streamline payments for Apple customers. Cardholders who want the actual card can request it via the Wallet app. Eventually, individuals may eventually want to cancel their Apple Card for any number of reasons. Historically, many have often sliced their old cards when they were finished with them.

Unlike traditional plastic credit cards, the Apple card is made predominantly of titanium. This presents a number of difficulties when it comes to disposing of the card once customers choose to cancel the line of credit. Needless to say, one cannot simply slice a titanium card to smithereens using a standard pair of household scissors or push the product through a shredder.

For this reason, we’ve curated this guide explaining how to dispose of Apple Cards when the time comes. Fortunately, Apple makes the process exceptionally easy and straightforward.

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YouTube TV review: The most full-featured live TV streamer is no longer the best value


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Ever had a cable bill jump by 30% in a single month? That’s what subscribers of YouTube TV are feeling now after a price hike from $50 to $65 taking place July 31. While the service did get some extra channels in the form of Comedy Central, MTV and Nickelodeon, they’re not worth another $15 a month for most subscribers. YouTube TV is still the easiest live TV streaming service to use and the one with the most channels and best features, but it’s no longer our top overall choice. That honor goes to Hulu Plus Live TV, which costs $55 a month, has an excellent slate of essential channels and includes Hulu’s vast on-demand library.

Like

  • More channels than any competitor, including PBS
  • Superb cloud DVR
  • Excellent on-screen interface and handy search bar

If you’re the kind of cord cutter who can stomach the $65 price, however, YouTube TV could still be for you. It’s easy to use, slick and fast on a variety of TV and mobile devices. Its cloud DVR is the best in the business, with unlimited storage and pretty much all the capabilities of a hardware DVR such as TiVo

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