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Presidential debate tonight: Trump vs. Biden, time, topics, moderator, channel and how to watch – CNET

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

The first presidential debate went off the rails and the second debate was replaced by dueling town hall events after President Donald Trump, who tested positive for COVID-19, pulled out because he wanted to debate in person, not virtually. The final debate between Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is slated for Thursday, Oct. 22, at 9 p.m. ET (6 p.m. PT) at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. The two candidates will appear on the same stage in person and socially distanced from each other and the moderator.

After constant interruptions plagued the first debate — mostly Trump speaking over Biden — a new rule has been implemented for the final debate. Each candidate’s mic will be muted during the other’s initial 2-minute response to each debate topic. During open discussion afterward, however, both mics will be live.

Otherwise the format will be similar to the first debate, which will run for 90 minutes with no commercial breaks. Kristen Welker, NBC News’ White House correspondent, will act as moderator. Welker has announced six topics ahead of Thursday’s debate: 

  • Fighting COVID-19
  • American families
  • Race in America
  • Climate change
  • National security
  • Leadership

How can I watch the debate on TV or online?

The debate will be shown live on every major network and cable news channel, including ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and C-SPAN. You’ll also be able to stream the debate live on YouTube via CBS News and other services like C-SPAN. (Editors’ note: CBS News is owned by ViacomCBS, which also publishes CNET.) The debate will also be streamed via Twitter’s US Election hub in the Explore tab.

If you don’t have a cable or satellite TV subscription, you can watch the debate with a live-TV streaming service. All of the services listed below carry the major networks and cable news channels. If you want to watch the debate on a particular local network, you can check whether each service carries it in your area with the links below.

If you live in an area with good reception, you can watch the debate on ABC, CBS, Fox or NBC for free on over-the-air broadcast channels just by attaching an affordable (under $30) indoor antenna to nearly any TV.

It’s mentioned above, but to reiterate here: If you have a broadband connection, you can watch the full debate live on YouTube and many news sites. We’re linking here to the coverage from our sister site CBSN. (You can also watch at, and in the CBSN app on various smart TV and mobile app platforms.)

Sling TV’s $30-a-month Blue plan includes NBC and Fox but none of its plans include ABC or CBS. The Blue plan also includes popular cable news channels such as CNN, Fox News and MSNBC. Enter your address here to see which local channels are available where you live. Read our Sling TV review.

Hulu with Live TV costs $55 a month and includes the four major networks — ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC — along with popular cable news channels including CNN, Fox News and MSNBC. Click the “View channels in your area” link on its welcome page to see which local channels are offered in your ZIP code. Read our Hulu with Live TV review.

AT&T Now’s basic $55-a-month Plus package includes the four major networks — ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC — along with popular cable news channels including CNN, Fox News and MSNBC. You can use its channel lookup tool to see which local channels are available where you live. Read our AT&T TV Now review.

FuboTV costs $60 a month and includes the four major networks — ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC — along with popular cable news channels including Fox News and MSNBC but not CNN. Click here to see which local channels you get. Read our FuboTV review.

YouTube TV costs $65 a month and includes the four major networks — ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC — along with popular cable news channels including CNN, Fox News and MSNBC. Plug in your ZIP code on its welcome page to see which local networks are available in your area. Read our YouTube TV review.

What else should I know about the 2020 election?

Beyond what’s sure to be an extraordinary debate, the election on Tuesday, Nov. 3 will be marked by disinformation from numerous sources both before and after Election Day. Here are the facts.

Voting by mail: There has been no evidence of coordinated vote-by-mail fraud, with fewer than 150 criminal convictions for the crime over the last 20 years. The president has voted by mail through his home state of Florida, and Republican politicians and Trump’s family members, including Donald Trump Jr., have recorded public service announcements encouraging Republicans to vote by mail.

Different states have different methods of verification, from requiring a signature to having a witness present. Here’s how to find vote-by-mail information for your state.

And no, you can’t vote by text in US federal or state elections.

Absentee ballot: “Absentee ballot” is now being used interchangeably with the term “vote by mail” now that at least 35 states have changed their policies to make it easier for anyone to apply in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Previously, many states only allowed you to get an absentee ballot if you were deployed with the US armed forces, would be out of town on Election Day or were ill.

Election results: Americans are used to getting results on election day, but this year could be different. Widespread use of mail-in ballots because of the coronavirus may mean a final count will take several days or even weeks as officials process the backlog of votes. Here’s how to track your ballot in every state.

QAnon: QAnon is a conspiracy theory that falsely claims that Trump is secretly fighting Democratic elites who run a Satanic child sex-trafficking ring. Trump supporters and Congressional candidates have professed to be believers, despite a lack of any evidence. Earlier this month, 17 Republican congressmen voted against a bipartisan resolution condemning QAnon

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UFC 254: Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Justin Gaethje — Start time, how to watch or stream online and full fight card – CNET


This is Khabib Nurmagomedov’s first fight since the death of his father and coach Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov.

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UFC 254 is just days away at this point and we couldn’t be any more excited. At the top of the card, the biggest fight of 2020: An absolute barnburner. A lightweight unification contest between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje

From a styles standpoint, it could be the most compelling match-up of the year.

In one corner we have Nurmagomedov: The most dominant champion in UFC history. With a record of 28-0, he’s only lost one round in his entire MMA career — against Conor McGregor at UFC 229 — and has dominated almost every other second he’s been in the octagon.

In the other corner, possibly his nightmare match-up. Justin Gaethje is not just a technical brawler with concrete slabs for hands (and maybe the best leg kicks in MMA) he’s also a world class wrestler. The consensus is Gaethje has a better chance than anyone to keep this fight on the feet and out of Nurmagomedov’s comfort zone — who likes to take opponent down and wreck them with ground and pound till they’re sapped of life and energy. If you want further insight into this match-up, you can’t do better than Inside The Octagon with Dan Hardy. Great show, great insight.

If you want a little more information on the fight and the backstory leading up to the contest, I recommend UFC Countdown. 

UFC 254’s undercard is pretty light, with the exception of one fight: A middleweight contest between former champ Robert Whittaker and Jared Cannonier. That one will be an absolute banger so don’t miss it. Whittaker is one of the best UFC middleweights ever and Cannonier has been a wrecking ball in the last couple of years. The winner will most likely face off against current champ Israel Adesanya, so tune in.

How to watch UFC 254

This year the UFC entered a new partnership with ESPN. That’s great news for the UFC and the expansion of the sport of MMA, but bad news for consumer choice. Especially if you’re one of the UFC fans who want to watch UFC live in the US.

In the US, if you want to know how to watch UFC 254, you’ll only find the fight night on PPV through ESPN Plus. The cost structure is a bit confusing, but here are the options to watch UFC on ESPN, according to ESPN’s site.

  • Existing yearly ESPN Plus subscribers can order the upcoming UFC fight for $65
  • Existing monthly ESPN Plus subscribers will be able to either upgrade to an annual plan and buy UFC PPV for $85 or purchase the ability to watch the UFC event on PPV for $65 by itself.
  • New ESPN Plus subscribers can buy a bundle of one UFC PPV event (streaming in HD) and an ESPN Plus annual recurring subscription for $85. The ESPN Plus annual ESPN subscription will auto-renew after one year, at the price of an ESPN Plus annual subscription at the time of auto-renewal.

You can do all of the above at the link below.

MMA fans in the UK can watch UFC 254 exclusively through BT Sport. There are more options if you live in Australia. You can watch UFC 254 through Main Event on Foxtel. You can also watch on the UFC website or using its app. You can even order using your PlayStation 4 or using the UFC app on your Xbox One.

Start time

This is a weird one. Normally UFC events have the same start times, this time round it’s absolutely topsy turvy so pay close attention to the times below. For those in other regions, the UFC has a great list of start times.


  • The main card starts Oct. 24, 2 p.m. ET (11 a.m. PT).
  • The prelims start Oct. 24, 12 p.m. ET (9 a.m. PT).
  • The early prelims start Oct. 24, 10.15 a.m. ET (7.15 a.m. PT).


  • The main card starts Oct. 24, 7 p.m. BST.
  • The prelims start Oct. 24, 5 p.m. BST.
  • The early prelims start Oct 24, 3.15 BST.


  • The main card starts Oct. 25, 5 a.m. AEDT.
  • The prelims start Oct. 25, 3 a.m. AEDT.
  • The early prelims start Oct. 25, 1.15 a.m. AEDT.

Fight Card

This card is subject to change. We’ll try and keep updated as much as possible.

Main Card

  • Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Justin Gaethje, 
  • Robert Whittaker vs. Jared Cannonier
  • Alexander Volkov vs. Walt Harris
  • Jacob Malhoun vs. Phil Hawes
  • Cynthia Calvillo vs. Lauren Murphy
  • Magomed Ankalaev vs. Ion Cutelaba


  • Stefan Struve vs. Tai Tuivasa 
  • Nathaniel Wood vs. Casey Kenney 
  • Alex Oliveira vs. Shavkat Rahkmonov 
  • Da-un Ung vs. Sam Alvey 

Early Prelims 

  • Liana Jojua vs. Miranda Maverick 
  • Joel Alvarez vs. Alexander Yakovlev
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Harley-Davidson LiveWire recalled over wonky charger software – Roadshow


Harley’s electric LiveWire is getting a recall.

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Owners of Harley-Davidson’s LiveWire electric motorcycle could be in for a bit of a shock (figuratively speaking) if their bike is one of the 1,012 that is being recalled for a problem with the onboard charging system.

According to a filing Oct. 8 with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), some owners could experience a situation where their LiveWire suddenly loses power and can’t be restarted. If the bike is standing still, this would not be very pleasant. If the motorcycle is leaned over in a corner, it could be dangerous.

Luckily, the recall should involve a relatively simple fix that will see dealers updating the onboard charger’s software. That’s it. Easy peasy. Notifications have started to go out to owners of affected motorcycles, but concerned owners who haven’t received a notice can call Harley’s customer service line and reference recall number 0176.

Hopefully, this issue won’t dissuade folks from considering the LiveWire as a potential purchase, because aside from a few minor gripes, we really enjoyed our time on it and found it to be a fun and competent (if expensive) electric motorcycle.

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Stimulus checks and child support: IRS lets some parents ‘double dip.’ What to know – CNET


Stimulus checks for dependents were rife with issues, with some parents not receiving any payment and other parents both getting $500 for the same child.

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While the clock is ticking on a second stimulus check, some people are still trying to wrap their minds around the first payment of up to $1,200 per person and $500 more per “child” dependent. Navigating the eligibility rules regarding dependents is a winding road, and for parents in situations where child support is involved, a wrong turn could cost you. 

It isn’t just enough to qualify for the first or second payment, if a new federal bill is approved. There are specific rules that apply to child support. Those apply to the parents who owe it, and also the ones who receive the payment.

For example, some parents who owed a debt for unpaid child support wound up not only having their own stimulus checks garnished, but some or all of their current spouse’s $1,200 was taken as well. On the other end of the spectrum, some parents who are separated or divorced but maintain joint custody have actually gotten two $500 checks per child, one for each parent. Then there’s the issue of figuring out if the wrong parent got the dependent check.

We’ll tell you what you need to know about how the first round of checks for child dependents was processed and what that might mean for any future stimulus check, whenever that payment could arrive. (Here’s who did not count as a dependent for the first check, and how stimulus totals are calculated.)


States were allowed to take some or all of a person’s stimulus check payment to cover past-due child support bills.


Stimulus checks can be garnished for child support

Although the government prevented debts like overdue student loans and back taxes from being taken from the first round of stimulus checks, one type of debt not covered by those protections was overdue child support, also known as “arrears” or “arrearage.” If you owe more than $150 in arrears, your state may reserve the right to garnish some or all of your first stimulus check, based on how much you owe. 

And if you’re owed child support, you may receive money garnished from your child’s other parent, although how long it takes to get you depends on a lot of factors (the money has to process through the state, which will then issue it to you).

The next round of stimulus checks may or may not be garnished

Depending on which language is incorporated into the next stimulus bill — if one is passed at all — past-due child support may or may not be garnished again. The Heroes Act, a proposal that was passed in the House of Representatives but is not law, specifically prohibited reducing or offsetting the amount of stimulus checks to pay a child support debt. The Senate’s HEALS Act, which is also not law, allowed it. It’s unclear where the current stimulus bill under negotiation in Washington stands on the matter.

How to recoup money taken from your spouse’s check


If your nonparent spouse had money deducted from their stimulus check for child support that you owe, the IRS will issue another check to make up the difference.

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Although states had the right to garnish CARES Act stimulus check money from parents who owed back child support, the IRS, which issued the checks, says it didn’t mean to allow states to also deduct from a current (nonparent) spouse’s stimulus check as well.

If you are now married to someone who is not the child’s parent, and past-due child support was deducted from funds intended for your current spouse, the IRS directed taxpayers in August to fill out a Form 8379 (PDF) in order to receive a replacement check. However, since then, the agency says it is sifting through to find such errors and will be issuing replacement checks, although it did not provide a timeline for doing so. It appears the IRS is ironing out this particular wrinkle, so hopefully it won’t be a problem next time.

What if the $500 went to the parent who’s owed child support?

Most of the time — but not always — the noncustodial parent pays child support to the custodial parent, who likely claims the child on their taxes. Sometimes, however, child support is owed even when parents share custody (when one parent earns significantly more than the other, for example). In many of those cases — but, again, not all — parents alternate claiming the child on their taxes (one in odd years, the other in even years, for example).

In situations like these, it’s possible that the $500 stimulus payments for dependents could be sent to the parent who’s owed back child support while the one who owes receives nothing. If that happens, the parent who did not receive the money can claim it on their 2020 tax return and receive it along with any refund due in 2021, according to Janet Holtzblatt, a senior fellow at the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center. “Double dipping,” in this instance, isn’t a glitchboth parents technically qualify for the $500 payment (for a total of $1,000 per child).


If you need help figuring out dependent payments, try contacting the IRS directly.

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Here’s where to go if you need help figuring this out

Like anything having to do with taxes, this stuff can get confusing pretty quickly. If you need help and don’t have an accountant on retainer to assist you, you can try looking for more information on the IRS website or giving the IRS a call. At the bottom of the IRS’ letter accompanying paper checks is a number you can call for more information: 800-919-9835. The IRS help number is 800-829-1040.

Stay up to date on the latest on stimulus bill negotiations here, find out how much you might qualify for with our payment calculator here and see when you might get a second stimulus check with our stimulus timeline here.

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2021 Hyundai Elantra prices pack value starting at $20,645 – Roadshow

I think the new look is pretty good.

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Hyundai’s angular and edgy 2021 Elantra is nearing its launch this fall, and before the automaker starts shipping them out to dealers, we have prices for the compact sedan. (Not that it’s even that “compact” anymore.) On Thursday, Hyundai said the 2021 Elantra starts at $20,645 after a $995 destination charge, or just $300 more than the outgoing model.

For the extra $300, buyers got a whole lot more for their money. The base SE trim packs an 8-inch touchscreen for infotainment and even wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It even gets alloy wheels, an upgrade from the outgoing car’s base trim, which rocked hubcaps. Jump into the volume-selling model, the SEL, and things like smart keyless entry, heated seats and even a trunk that opens hands-free are all standard. Prices for the trim start at $21,895 before optional packages that can toss even more comforts and tech at the sedan. You’re looking at around $25,000 if you want an Elantra SEL with all the optional goods, which includes a 10.25-inch touchscreen, nicer wheels, adaptive cruise control and a digital car key.

At the top of it all is the Limited model, which costs $26,445 and ups the ante with even more technology, like Hyundai’s very excellent Highway Drive Assist and voice recognition. Oddly, as we’ve seen in other Hyundai models, opting for the top-range model with built-in navigation ditches wireless smartphone mirroring. You’ll have to use Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with a cable instead. And every one of the standard Elantra trims comes with a 2-liter inline-four engine with a CVT.

But, the 2021 Elantra also introduces two new flavors. The Elantra Hybrid joins the menu with its 1.6-liter Atkinson cycle inline-four engine and a 1.32-kilowatt-hour battery. There’s also a dual-clutch transmission onboard, which could make the hybrid a bit more fun to drive than the standard sedan. Hyundai expects the car to return 54 miles per gallon combined, which is pretty excellent. Prices start at $24,545.

Finally, the Hyundai Elantra N Line debuts, which effectively replaces the Elantra GT and GT N Line models. For $25,095, the Elantra N Line will take a crack at the Civic Si with a 1.6-liter turbo-four engine that makes 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual is standard, but if you want the dual-clutch transmission, you’re looking at $26,195.

Clearly, Hyundai wants to cover all its bases with the new Elantra, and it looks like it may have the goods to really give the Civics and Corollas of the world a run for their money. We can’t wait to see how they all drive.

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iPhone 12 launch shouldn’t be a COVID-19 superspreader event – CNET


Just skip the hoopla and order online. 

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

Every fall, Apple fans dependably line up at marquee stores like Manhattan’s famed Apple Fifth Avenue Cube, spending days in folding chairs for a chance to be one of the first to get their hands on a new iPhone. But with this year’s launch of the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro on Friday, the situation is radically different thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. That throws into question whether people should show up at Apple stores at all. 

If there’s any confusion on this, let me clear it up for you: Stay away.

Let me also be clear: I’m not advocating you skip out on buying an iPhone. Apple has spent years building up its online presence and working with its carrier partners to allow you to activate wireless service online, and now you can chat or call a retail specialist, removing the need for people to physically show up at stores aside from pickups (You should call your local Apple store to see what options it offers). For the most part, you haven’t needed to line up for a long time, and Apple is offering even more options this year.

“We’re offering new ways for our customers to get to know all of our products before they buy, so they can be sure to get the product that’s right for them,” Diedre O’Brien, head of Apple’s retail business, said in a release issued Wednesday.

What’s left has been a mix of hardcore Apple fans who want the glory and publicity of being first in line — knowing the media will dependably be there to interview them — tourists waiting in line to snag the phone because their home country won’t have it for a few weeks and enterprising, cash-carrying buyers looking to quickly flip the devices on the secondary market. 

I’ve spent years covering these product launches, and I’ve grown to appreciate the camaraderie and fun that comes from spending hours or even days with other fanboys eagerly awaiting the latest and greatest from Apple. 

But these lines are just a showy demonstration of the loyalty of Apple’s fanbase and the kind of draw products like a new iPhone can still have — even if they don’t really offer any real insight into what broader demand for these products actually looks like. So it’s important to say this again: No amount of geeking out is worth the risk that comes from either catching or spreading a deadly and highly contagious airborne virus — even if you’re wearing a face mask. In an era when social distancing and masks are literally the difference between life and death, the typical lines at Apple stores shouldn’t exist. 

I say this knowing that there will inevitably be lines forming at Apple stores, many of which are open around the world. The Cube, for instance, will be open at 8 a.m. ET on Friday for the new phones. Apple will enforce strict social distancing protocols, which means those lines that used to span the block will extend even further as people stay at least six feet away from each other. 

Apple in March closed all of its stores outside of China and extended the closure of US stores as the spread of coronavirus was just beginning to climb. In May, Apple reopened a number of stores but instituted temperature checks and health screens for customers. Since then, Apple has had to shut down some stores and reopen them in different areas based on the rate of infections.

Of the 510 Apple stores around the world, 481 are open, according to a tally taken by 9to5Mac. 

Needless to say, it’s not advisable to visit a carrier partner store either.  

You could argue that these lines are outdoors and the stores will surely limit the number of customers inside. Apple has shown itself to be conscientious of the virus, as evidenced by the credit reel that explains how it put together its presentations for its developer conference in June and then the iPad and iPhone events in September and October. But it’s easy to see some of that discipline breaking down as the lines stretch further and further back. 

The company will offer people further back in the line a reservation ticket to come back later and offer pick-up kiosks as it shakes things up. The company has expanded the number of express kiosks where you can quickly pick up products too. 

But that likely won’t be enough if the expected demand is to be believed. Analysts predict that the iPhone 12 series will be a top seller this holiday, instantly making Apple the No. 2 5G player behind Huawei. CNET reviewer Patrick Holland just this week called the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro among “the highest rated phones of all time.” 

Mix that kind of excitement with people already dealing with pandemic fatigue over the lockdown rules and it’s a recipe for many potentially forgoing the safety measures in place. 

Now playing: Watch this: Our in-depth review of the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro


This isn’t the time to be taking a step back on our containment efforts. While some countries have effectively dealt with the coronavirus, they’re in the minority. Cases in the US, among other countries, are beginning to spike back up as we deal with the coming of yet another wave. The US alone accounts for more than 221,000 of the 1.1 million deaths from COVID-19, with 8.3 million Americans testing positive for the virus. Hundreds of people, of all ages, are still dying from the virus  in the US every day. And that doesn’t even take into account that we’re at the start of the flu season, another virus that takes lives.

It’s telling that Apple won’t be sending any public relations staffers to its flagship stores — something it usually does to help coordinate media coverage during these splashy launches. CEO Tim Cook has showed up to stores in the past, but it would be surprising if he made an appearance this year. 

Let’s hope consumers, especially those hardcore fans, take advantage of those options and place their orders at home. Because nothing — not even the new iPhone 12 — is worth dragging out our terrible coronavirus lockdown situation even longer.  

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See inside the eye of Hurricane Epsilon with these jaw-dropping photos – CNET

The Air Force Reserve Hurrican Hunters saw this stunning wall of clouds inside the eye of Hurricane Epsilon in October 2020.

Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunters

The record-setting Atlantic hurricane season of 2020 has delivered another major storm in the form of Hurricane Epsilon. The storm’s intensity is now waning, but the daring crew of an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunters airplane took a trip into the hurricane’s eye on Wednesday. The views were spectacular.

The Hurricane Hunters perform the important work of gathering firsthand weather data — including wind speed, temperature and air pressure — to help the National Hurricane Center make accurate storm forecasts. 

The Air Force Reserve team tweeted a series of photos from inside the eye showing an impressive wall of clouds reaching up into the blue sky. You can see a bit of the Lockheed-Martin WC-130J’s propellers in the images.

The Hurricane Hunters also delivered some video footage of the expedition showing the dramatic moment when the aircraft breached the wall of the storm and emerged into the calm center. 

Hurricane Epsilon hasn’t posed a big threat to land, but it is expected to cause tropical storm conditions as it passes east of Bermuda on Thursday.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) had predicted an above-normal storm season for 2020, and that’s been borne out. We ran out of regular storm names and are now using the letters of the Greek alphabet.

The hurricane season runs through the end of November, so we may yet end up with more lettered storms and more spectacular views of their insides.

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The 7 best laptop deals at Lenovo’s early Black Friday sale – CNET




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Lenovo is getting a jump on Black Friday and is already offering deep discounts on some of our favorite laptops. This week, a model from the flagship ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8 line is deeply discounted, as is a configuration from the previous X1 Carbon Gen 7 series. Two-in-one convertible tablet-laptops are also on sale, including the ThinkPad X1 Yoga. You’ll also find deals on a 13-inch ThinkPad X390 and 14-inch ThinkPad T490 and T490S business laptops and a high-powered Legion gaming laptop.

These deals require discount codes, which we’ve listed below, but they should appear on the Lenovo page, too. With that small caveat noted, let’s dive into the deals.


You can save nearly $900 on Lenovo’s flagship ThinkPad with code THINKHAPPY. It features a 10th-gen Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB solid-state drive. The 14-inch display offers full HD resolution and 400 nits of brightness. This model is customizable, and I suggest doubling the RAM to 16GB and the SSD to 512GB. Those upgrades raise the price to $1,582, but also bumps the savings up to $1,054 off with the above code.


Lenovo’s ThinkPad T series is second only to the company’s flagship X1 Carbon line in the ThinkPad pecking order. With code THINKYAY, you can knock a huge hole in the price of this model that features a 14-inch display powered by a eighth-gen Core i5 CPU, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. It’s not as sleek at the above X1 Carbon but offers the same CPU and double the RAM and storage space for the same price. The display features a 1,920×1,080 resolution and 400 nits of brightness. 


The ThinkPad T490S is a slimmer version of the ThinkPad T490 but not quite as thin as the flagship ThinkPad X1 Carbon. This configuration is marked down to $1,200 with code THINKYAY and features a eighth-gen Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD. The 14-inch display has a 2K (2,560×1,440-pixel) resolution and 500 nits of brightness. The CPU is two generations old but should have no trouble with general office tasks, especially with an ample 16GB of memory. And that’s a lot of storage capacity and a crisp, bright display for the money.

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It’s not quite as thin and light as the flagship X1 Carbon, and its display is a smidge smaller, but the 13-inch ThinkPad X390 is a rugged laptop built for business. This configuration features the component lineup as the ThinkPad T490 above: eighth-gen Core i5, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. The 13.3-inch display features a 1,920×1,080-pixel resolution and 300 nits of brightness. You can get it for $900 with code THINKYAY.

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Our favorite two-in-one laptop for the business set, the ThinkPad X1 Yoga boasts an abundance of hardware options and security features all wrapped up in a thin, light aluminum frame. And with the code THINKYAY, you can get it for only $950. This model features a 10th-gen Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. It also includes the ThinkPad Pen Pro. The 14-inch display has a 1,920×1,080-pixel resolution and 400 nits of brightness. Read our Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 4 review.


Lenovo isn’t likely the first name you think of when it comes to gaming laptops, but its Legion line of mobile gaming rigs offers stellar performance for less money than competing systems from brands that are better known among gamers. You can save $400 with code GAMING4U on a Legion 5i gaming laptop that features a 17.3-inch display with a 1,920×1,080-pixel resolution. Inside you get a 10th-gen Intel Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM and GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics. It also features a 1TB hard drive for storage and a 512GB SSD for additional storage space and fast data access.

Now playing: Watch this: CNET’s laptop reviewers pick their favorite 2020 laptops


Originally published earlier this year. Updated with current deals.

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NFL 2020: How to watch Giants vs. Eagles on Fox Thursday Night Football without cable – CNET

The COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc on the schedules for the NBA, NHL, MLB and MLS (plus nearly everything else), but the NFL is still moving ahead with its 2020 campaign. 

Week 6 survived some scares around the league and delivered a Sunday filled with competitive games, surprises and upsets. The Ravens held off a late Eagles rally, the Titans rode on the back of Derrick Henry to hold off the Texans in OT, the Colts came back from a 21-0 hole to beat the Bengals, while the Giants and Falcons got their first wins of the 2020 season. Don’t worry, Jets fans, your team remains winless. Monday saw the Chiefs take down the Bills and the Cardinals run all over the Cowboys

While some in the swing state of Pennsylvania (and likely many around the country) will be focused on tonight’s final presidential debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, those looking to escape politics can find a divisional matchup on Thursday Night Football between the 1-5 New York Giants and the 1-4-1 Philadelphia Eagles. Given the state of the NFC East, the winner of this game could end up in first place of the division after the weekend, especially as the Cowboys take on the Washington Football Team on Sunday. 

Here’s how you can catch all of Thursday night’s action on Fox, the NFL Network and Amazon Prime Video — as well as the rest of the NFL season — without cable.


The Philadelphia Eagles and quarterback Carson Wentz host the rival New York Giants on Thursday Night Football. 

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How can I watch the NFL without cable? 

You can stream the 2020 NFL season, no cable required, on any live-TV streaming service that carries channels with live games. Numerous such services offer broadcast networks like CBS, NBC and Fox as well as ESPN, the NFL Network and NFL RedZone. Exact channels may also vary based on where you live, but the best services for NFL fans are YouTube TV and FuboTV.

Thursday Night Football is also available to stream on Amazon Prime Video (so long as you subscribe to Amazon Prime), Twitch or in the Yahoo Sports or NFL apps. Fox and the NFL Network will broadcast the game as well.

For those looking for a different experience, Fox will be streaming the game in 4K on FuboTV (as well as offering the 4K feed on certain cable and satellite providers). Amazon, meanwhile, will be adding the option to choose from a variety of different announcers inside its Prime Video app, so you have options just in case Fox’s Joe Buck and Troy Aikman aren’t to your liking. 

Read more: NFL streaming: Best ways to watch the 2020 football season live without cable

YouTube TV costs $65 a month and includes all the channels NFL fans need: CBS, Fox, NBC, ESPN and NFL Network. There’s also an option for RedZone for an extra $11 a month. Plug in your ZIP code on its welcome page to see which local networks are available in your area.

FuboTV costs $65 a month for its Family plan and includes CBS, Fox and NBC plus ESPN and the NFL Network. An $11-a-month Sports Plus add-on will get you into the RedZone, and FuboTV will also stream the Fox Thursday Night Football games in 4K. 

Click here to see which local channels you get.

Hulu with Live TV costs $55 a month and includes CBS, Fox, NBC and ESPN. Click the “View channels in your area” link on its welcome page to see which local channels are offered in your ZIP code. The NFL Network and RedZone aren’t available from this service.

AT&T TV Now’s basic, $55-a-month Plus package includes CBS, Fox, NBC and ESPN. You can use its channel lookup tool to see which local channels are available where you live. The NFL Network and RedZone are not available.

Sling TV splits its live NFL options across its $30-a-month Blue plan and $30-a-month Orange plan, which forces NFL fans into a tricky choice or encourages them to spring for both at $45 a month. Sling Blue includes the NFL Network, NBC and Fox as well as the option to add RedZone through the Sports Extra add-on for $10 per month. Sling Orange includes ESPN. 

Sling TV doesn’t offer CBS, but its packages are discounted by $10 for the first month. Enter your address here to see which local channels are available where you live.

CBS All Access costs $5.99 per month and will let you watch the games being broadcast on your local CBS station on Sundays if you live in one of these 206 markets where the service offers live TV. It makes for a good add-on for Sling TV subscribers, who don’t get CBS.

All of the services above offer free trials, allow you to cancel anytime and require a solid internet connection. Looking for more information? Check out our massive streaming services guide.

As mentioned above, the NFL will also once again stream 11 games live on Amazon Prime Video and Twitch. The full list of remaining dates and games for that platform is: 

  • Oct. 22: New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles
  • Oct. 29: Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers
  • Nov. 5: Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers
  • Nov. 12: Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans
  • Nov. 19: Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks
  • Dec. 3: Dallas Cowboys at Baltimore Ravens
  • Dec. 10: New England Patriots at Los Angeles Rams
  • Dec. 17: Los Angeles Chargers at Las Vegas Raiders
  • Dec. 25: Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints (Note: this Christmas Day matchup is on a Friday.)

Finally, cord-cutters can receive free local CBS, Fox and NBC broadcasts using an over-the-air antenna.

When did the NFL season start? 

The NFL regular season began on Thursday, Sept. 10, with the Houston Texans visiting the Kansas City Chiefs.

Where will games be played? 

The current plan is for teams to play their games as scheduled in their respective home stadiums. 

Will fans be allowed in? 

This is one of the big wild cards. There is no clear answer, with some teams planning to open with fans and some without. 

The Chiefs, for example, hosted their home opener on Sept. 10 with 15,895 fans in attendance, 21% of Arrowhead’s capacity. 

Other teams, including the Tennessee Titans and Chicago Bears, had said that they plan to host their respective home openers without fans in the stands in Week 2. This so far seems to be a team-by-team, city-by-city situation that is subject to a lot of change throughout the season.

What happened to the preseason? 

The NFL canceled the entire 2020 preseason in July, with teams focusing on doing their own training camps to prepare for the upcoming season. 

Will the NFL move some Sunday games to other days? 

The NFL had been rumored to be looking at moving some games to Saturday if college football was scaled back significantly this fall, but this scenario seems unlikely now that the Big Ten, Pac-12, Mountain West and MAC conferences announced they will play truncated seasons, which reversed previous decisions to postpone their fall seasons. The ACC, Big 12 and SEC have already begun their 2020 campaigns.

The NFL would potentially need to seek government approval if it did want to move games to Friday or Saturday nights due to Chapter 32 of the United States Code, which was designed to keep those nights free from September through December for high school and college football. 

Which players are sitting out? 

Like in other sports, a fair amount of NFL players have opted out of the 2020 season. Here are a few of the notable players not participating this year, with a larger list available at ESPN

  • Patrick Chung, S, New England Patriots
  • Dont’a Hightower, LB, New England Patriots
  • Marqise Lee, WR, New England Patriots
  • Marquise Goodwin, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
  • Devin Funchess, WR, Green Bay Packers
  • Geronimo Allison, WR, Detroit Lions
  • C.J. Mosley, LB, New York Jets
  • Nate Solder, OT, New York Giants
  • Damien Williams, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
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Stimulus package: Here’s what Biden says his COVID relief plan would be if he were president now – CNET

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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden revealed his thoughts on the stimulus package.

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Election Day is less than two weeks away. President Donald Trump’s administration continues to negotiate with the Democratic party over a new stimulus deal to provide much-needed funds for those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Although it’s unclear when this next relief package will make its way through Congress, Trump’s opponent, Democratic nominee Joe Biden, already released his plan for a stimulus package. 

On his website, Biden lays out his “Emergency Action Plan to Save the Economy,” which is a rundown of what he would do if he were the president right now. Although it’s a speculative overview, the plan provides insight on Biden’s policy if he’s elected president before a new stimulus bill passes. 

It includes some elements we saw in the CARES Act, such as stimulus checks for qualified Americans and more unemployment benefits. Biden’s plan also adds new measures to provide additional financial help. 

Here’s what’s in Biden’s stimulus plan.

More stimulus checks for individuals and families

The CARES Act was the first stimulus package intended to help those financially affected by the pandemic. One of the most popular aspects of the act was the $1,200 stimulus check sent out to an estimated 159 million Americans. It caused a jump in household spending at a time when the pandemic was at its worst and others were able to save the funds for a later time. 

Biden’s plan, like the one Trump is backing, will include more checks, but it doesn’t specify how many or for how much. Democrats and Republicans are currently negotiating for more stimulus relief that would include another round of direct payments, but the clock is ticking as both members of the House of Representatives and Trump want a deal in place before the presidential elections on Nov. 3.

Student loan forgiveness

Included in the CARES Act was a forbearance for student loans. Those individuals who owed money wouldn’t need to make payments or see any interest accrue until the end of September, according to Biden’s stimulus vision. 

Back in August, Trump extended the forbearance until the end of 2020. Biden’s plan goes a different direction by offering a loan forgiveness of a $10,000 minimum. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat from Massachusetts, outlined a plan to forgive the federal student loan debt back in September.  

Boost unemployment benefits

Lockdowns across cities led to an unprecedented spike in unemployment with more than 20 million people having lost their jobs back in May. To help those unemployed so suddenly, the CARES Act provided a weekly bonus payment of $600 to go on top of the unemployment benefits provided by the states. These extra funds expired at the end of July, and President Trump restarted the bonus in August via an executive memo. This temporary relief provided $300 extra for six weeks and has since been exhausted with only a new stimulus package capable of providing more funds. 

Biden’s plan does not go into specifics on how much funding would be available. It does say that a bill would boost unemployment benefits. 

Social Security increase

There were no measures to Social Security in the CARES Act or other relief packages since then. Biden’s stimulus plan calls for an additional $200 added to the monthly payments to Social Security recipients. 

What else?

Biden’s action plan also includes additional reliefs such as more money for small businesses, emergency sick leave for everyone who needs it, fiscal relief for states and no out-of-pocket money for COVID-19 testing, treatment and an eventual vaccine

For more information on the current stimulus package situation, read how much stimulus money you could get if a bill is passed, why you might receive an EIP card instead of a check, or how you can get more stimulus money