Eight years into its life and now living in the shadow of the Supra, the Toyota 86 should be feeling a bit long in the tooth. Yet its classic sports car construction, modular (yet basic) technology and pure driving feel have kept this compact feeling fairly fresh nearly a decade on.
Fantastic chassis dynamics and handling
Some of the best driving ergonomics in the business
Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard tech
Hakone Edition looks gorgeous with metallic green paint, black and tan leather interior
Underpowered, even more so with the automatic transmission
Terrible rear-view camera system feels like an afterthought
The 2020 model year brings a few new options and upgrades to the Toyota 86 aimed at keeping the coupe interesting for buyers and relevant among its evolving competition. There’s new tech, a new performance package and a mean, green Hakone Edition, too.
New for 2020
Enthusiasts looking for a turn-key performance boost gain access to a new TRD Handling Package that swaps in Brembo stopping gear — with four-piston, 12.8-inch discs up front and two-pot, 12.4-inch discs at the rear — firmer Sachs dampers and 18-inch alloy shod with Michelin Pilot Sport 4
Don’t believe that gasoline-electric vehicles are anything but boring and slow? Well, it’s time to change your tune, because the RAV4 Prime is the second-quickest Toyota after the Supra sports car. With 302 horsepower on tap, this plug-in hybrid SUV can zip from a standstill to 60 mph in as little as 5.7 seconds, a time that is legitimately swift. And thanks to ample low-end electric torque, it feels even fleeter.
Delivering that strong performance is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, an Atkinson-cycle unit borrowed from the RAV4 Hybrid but retuned for Prime time. Without going too far into the technical weeds, it’s augmented by a trio of electric motor-generators, two in the front transaxle assembly, and a third at the rear. The latter provides on-demand all-wheel drive by turning the aft tires. Serving as an electron reservoir is an 18.1-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack, mounted under the main-cabin floor in a way that does not detract from passenger space. It’s cooled using air-conditioning refrigerant and is backed by a 10-year/150,000-mile warranty. Drivers are further shielded from repair bills by a separate, 8-year/100,000-mile guarantee that covers other hybrid components.
That generously sized battery helps provide a preliminary EPA efficiency rating of 94
Porsche’s GTS badge is conferred upon some of its best-driving vehicles, positioned in a space above the base models but below the true insanity of the Turbo and Turbo S variants. It’s generally assumed that any Porsche is good to drive, even its larger SUVs, but the GTS treatment takes it a step above. Returning for the 2021 model year, the Cayenne GTS proves that its two-door models don’t get to have all the fun.
Usually, you have to pay for a sinister look, but the Cayenne GTS — and all GTS models, for that matter — makes it standard. It’s a good look, too, with tinted headlights and taillights, 21-inch black alloy wheels and the elimination of every smattering of chrome. My tester is a Cayenne GTS Coupe, which picks up even more character by way of sleeker rear-end bodywork and the additional spoilers that come with it. This specific car also comes with the $10,350 Lightweight Sport Package, which adds another inch to the wheel size in addition to a carbon fiber roof and a sharper exhaust with centrally mounted tailpipes. It all looks the business, but then again, regular ol’ Cayennes look pretty darn good,
Are you in the market for a high-performance SUV with a fast roofline? Is the 600-horsepower BMW X6 M not quite enough? Well, don’t worry, BMW has just the thing: the 2020 BMW X6 M Competition, which offers a touch more power, tighter chassis tuning and a little more style, too.
Big performance chops
Stylish with respectable practicality
Can be overly complex
Large blind spots
A mightier X6 M
Like its squared-off X5 M Competition sibling, the X6 M Competition packs substantial firepower under its hood. BMW’s familiar 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 is here, packing 617 horsepower. Torque matches that of the non-Competition model, checking in at 553 pound-feet available between 1,800 and 5,690 rpm.
Flick the engine into its Sport or Sport Plus setting and performance is ample, with zero quibbles about boost lag. Drop the hammer and the X6 M Competition romps to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds, which is one-tenth of a second quicker than the regular X6 M. Triple-digit speeds happen in a hurry, and will eventually top out at 177 mph with available M Driver’s Package, the two-mode active exhaust system putting out a grumble all the while. Without
The Motorola Edge Plus has pretty much everything you’d hope for in a premium 5G phone: A Snapdragon 865 chipset, a giant battery, an OLED screen with a high refresh rate and multiple rear cameras with heavy-duty specs. Motorola took features found on other top-of-the-line Android phones, put its own Moto spin on them and built them all into one of the most wonderful Android phones I’ve tried in a long time.
Long-lasting battery so far.
Best cameras on any Moto phone.
No IP rating for water resistance.
Night Vision isn’t great.
But there are two things about the phone that can impede its success. One is its chunky build and lack of IP rating for water or dust resistance. The other is that it’s sold as a Verizon exclusive in the US, which could shut out interested buyers. Considering the Edge Plus is competing in a sea of other 5G, Snapdragon 865-powered phones, it needs all the advantages it can get. Anyone in the market for such a device can afford to be picky.
Want a screen with a higher refresh rate than 90Hz? Check out the 120Hz displays on the
The Fitbit Charge 4 ($150 at Best Buy) has everything you need in a fitness tracker for under $200. It finally includes built-in GPS to track outdoor workouts independently, it has better training tools for athletes, and it fits most of the same smartwatch features into a slimmer package than the more expensive Fitbit Versa ($145 at Amazon). It’s my favorite Fitbit yet. If you’re looking for a fitness tracker than behaves a lot like a smartwatch without the extra bulk, the Fitbit Charge 4 might be the perfect fit.
Sleek, minimalistic design
Heart rate zone notifications
Compatibility with iOS and Android
Sleep tracking and analysis
Low visibility in direct sunlight
No quick reply for messages on iPhone
Shorter battery life than the Fitbit Charge 3
Added features without the added bulk
There are plenty of great wearables for athletes, like the Garmin Forerunner 945 and Suunto 3, that have way more fitness chops than the Charge 4, but they’re not the most fashionable. The $150 Charge 4 (£130, AU$230) is a tracker I will happily wear 24/7 thanks to its sleek, understated design. If you’re familiar with the Charge 3 (
Apple has announced new in-house components, most notably its CPUs. Here’s how this could change the IT landscape.
As has been long-rumored, Apple recently announced a transition to in-house designs for all of its products, including its desktop processors. This marks the end of a 14-year partnership with Intel for its desktop and laptops and continues a trend that started with the iPhone and iPad adopting Apple-designed CPUs several generations ago.
While the CPU is the headliner, Apple is also bringing most other component-level designs in-house. This accomplishes several things for the company, from providing more control over product performance and power use, to reducing the ability of other companies to copy Apple features by using the same off-the-shelf components. The move is also somewhat intriguing as Tim Cook is broadly credited for designing Apple’s far-flung and complex supply chain, which will be dramatically overhauled as Apple brings the engineering portion of that supply chain in-house.
This is not the first time Apple has bucked the Intel-dominated desktop market, as prior to the Intel transition Apple used Motorola CPUs in its core products.
“Due to current COVID-19 conditions in some of the communities we serve, we are temporarily closing stores in these areas,” Apple said in a statement shared with TechRepublic. “We take this step with an abundance of caution as we closely monitor the situation
Two companies came together to create a better app for helping organizations get employees back to work after the coronavirus.
TechRepublic’s Karen Roby spoke with Jonathan Erwin, CEO of Redeapp, and Stacy Griggs, CEO of El Toro, two companies based in Louisville, KY, about their workplace contact tracing app. The following is an edited transcript of their conversation.
Karen Roby: You guys have partnered here to launch a return-to-work app that goes beyond contact tracing. This is something we’ve been talking and hearing a lot about, and there’s obviously lots of security and privacy concerns. Jonathan, let me start here with you. Just tell us how this app works and really what audience you’re serving.
Jonathan Erwin: Redeapp is essentially a mobile workforce performance platform. We’ve been around since 2011, researching, developing tools for large organizations in industrial, healthcare, construction, mining, hospitality, and retail. Really what Redeapp is, is a way to engage employees on their mobile devices, and HealthePassport is a way to create both a health safety… . Not just, “Hey, here is your self health declaration for a day,” but “Hey, here is a view of all of your employees
For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO website.
For weeks, Americans have been looking for a sign that the Senate could approve a second stimulus check for eligible Americans. And for weeks, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said his chamber of Congress would make that decision in July: if there will be a new stimulus package after all, if it will include new direct payments, who would be eligible and when the second round of checks will go out.
But July is a long month and when exactly during its 31 days Congress will reach a decision is still unknown. Complicating the matter are some lengthy recesses when the Senate will not be in session. Using that schedule and lawmakers’ clues, we can estimate when the IRS could start
This much is clear: the Senate and House will decide this month if Americans will get a second stimulus check. But how much money you might receive and — crucially — if you would even meet the requirements for a second payment, are very much open to discussion, assuming a new check for individuals and families is written into the next rescue package.
Here, we’ll tell you everything we have heard so far about who may or may not be eligible for an extra economic impact payment.
There are three central questions when it comes to a second stimulus check for Americans, if it happens: when will you get your next check, how much money you might get and who would be eligible for the payment. At this point the answers are all unknown, but here we’ll tell you everything we have heard so far about who may or may not qualify for an extra economic impact payment.
Here’s one thing we know. The pressure is on for Washington lawmakers to begin crafting a second economic rescue package. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to immediately start work on another coronavirus relief proposal, The Washington Post reported.
For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO website.
As June draws to a close, it’s clear that work on a second stimulus check, if it happens at all, will begin in July. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been saying it for weeks, but there’s more to the story than a timeline — a not-so-simple timeline at that. There’s still the question of when next month a decision will be made. And the date you can expect to see your check is up in the air. Consider for a moment that the IRS began sending out the first stimulus checks in mid-April and still has tens of millions more to go.
On Tuesday, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Federal Reserve Board Chair Jerome Powell are scheduled to testify before the House of Representatives about the US economy and are expected to talk about a possible second stimulus package. But none of that will matter if the Senate doesn’t pick up the conversation soon — there’s more about that schedule below.
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