Second stimulus check: Pelosi sets 48 hours for pre-election deal, Senate prepares to vote on scaled-down bill. Here’s the latest.

Emilee Geist

Without a deal within 48 hours, there won’t be enough time to pass a coronavirus stimulus bill before Election Day, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sunday.

Pelosi, D-Calif., said on ABC’s “This Week” that she wanted to make a deal before Nov. 3, but there had to be a deadline so the bill could be drafted and passed in time. The House has passed a $2.2 trillion measure while the White House has offered $1.8 trillion.

“We’re saying to them, ‘We have to freeze the design on some of these things. Are we going with it or not, and what is the language?’ ” Pelosi said.

“I’m optimistic because, again, we’ve been back and forth on all of this,” she said. “Because we want to have an agreement, we can come to negotiation. And we can do it now.”

She repeated that optimism later in a letter to members of

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Here’s where to buy popular face mask styles for 2020

Emilee Geist

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

By now, you’ve become accustomed to wearing face masks when you go out in public, and you know which masks fit your face comfortably. We’ve selected our favorite masks from several popular fashion brands and reputable stores. The masks are appropriate for kids to wear to school or you to wear to work or when you go outin public. Some even donate to coronavirus-related charities. 

Read on to see the face masks that CNET readers love most (as measured by previous clickthrough data) and the stylish coverings that CNET editors are wearing.

Read more: 8 dangerous COVID-19 face mask myths you need to stop believing

Face mask tips to remember

  • Cotton face mask options may be the most comfortable and easiest to fold up and carry
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Here’s how to buy face masks with popular styles for 2020

Emilee Geist

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

It’s important for adults and kids alike to have a collection of comfortable face masks and coverings. Our selections, culled from popular fashion brands and reputable stores, are appropriate for school or work or pretty much anywhere in public. Some even donate to coronavirus-related charities. 

Read on to see the face masks that CNET readers love most (as measured by recent clickthrough data) and the stylish coverings that CNET editors are wearing.

Read more: 7 face mask myths debunked: What to know about coverings, COVID-19 and your health

Face mask tips to remember

  • Cotton face mask options may be the most comfortable and easiest to fold up and carry around, and they’re machine washable.
  • Some masks have pouches where you can add extra filter material.
  • Masks that
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Forget Congress. Here’s how to DIY a 2nd stimulus check

Emilee Geist

Forget Congress. Here's how to DIY a 2nd stimulus check
Forget Congress. Here’s how to DIY a 2nd stimulus check

Congress and the White House still haven’t made a deal to give you a second $1,200 coronavirus stimulus payment, similar to the direct deposits, checks and money orders Americans started receiving in the spring.

Democrats who control the U.S. House and Republicans in the Senate and the Trump administration have been unable to agree on another round of cash to relieve financial pain and stimulate the economy. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin plan to try again in the coming week.

But the negotiations have already been going on for months. If you could use another $1,200 right now, don’t wait for Washington to sort things out. Here are 10 ways to find the sources of cash to get a second stimulus check the DIY way.

1. Pay less for everything online

If you do most

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From bullets to rabbits, here’s everything you need to know before you buy

Emilee Geist

With prices ranging from £5 to £5,000, the choice can be overwhelming. But we've covered everything, from toys for women and men to couples, to help you make an informed decision (The Inependent/iStock)
With prices ranging from £5 to £5,000, the choice can be overwhelming. But we’ve covered everything, from toys for women and men to couples, to help you make an informed decision (The Inependent/iStock)

If you’ve never bought a sex toy before then it’s easy to feel intimidated by the whole process.

While you thankfully no longer have to go into a shop marked “XXX”, ordering online can be a bit overwhelming, with websites filled with brightly coloured phalluses, and prices varying from £5 to £5,000.

In order to make sure that you buy the right toy for you, we’ve put together a comprehensive toy shopping guide.

Everything electronic we recommend comes with a gentle setting to start you off, and will be delivered in a discrete parcel that your postman won’t give a second look.

You can trust our independent reviews. We may earn commission from some of the retailers,

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As the Royal Mint launches a Winnie the Pooh 50p coin, here’s other book-inspired collectables to buy

Emilee Geist

It's the first time the tales of Winne the Pooh and his friends are appearing on a limited edition coin run (iStock/The Royal Mint)
It’s the first time the tales of Winne the Pooh and his friends are appearing on a limited edition coin run (iStock/The Royal Mint)

From 23 September, Winne the Pooh fans will be able to get their hands on a commemorative 50p coin, created by The Royal Mint.

The classic stories written by A.A. Milne, telling the tales of Winne the Pooh and his friends, inspired the designs and are appearing for the first time in a limited edition coin series.

While it won’t be entering circulation, you can buy your own online as a keepsake piece to add to an existing coin collection or to start a new one.

In the run-up to Christmas, a Piglet and a Christopher Robin coin will be released to the public too, which would make the perfect gift for a fan of the books. 

Available as a single 50p piece in silver, gold

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From materials to filters, here’s everything you need to know

Emilee Geist

The main benefit is most of your germs will be caught in it, making you less of an infection risk to others (iStock)
The main benefit is most of your germs will be caught in it, making you less of an infection risk to others (iStock)

The coronavirus pandemic has meant that face masks and coverings will become part of daily life.

The UK government and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have both advised wearing face coverings in a bid to reduce the infection transmission of Covid-19.

Since 15 June, it has been mandatory in England to wear them while using public transport and in hospitals. Failure to follow these rules can result in people being refused entry and a £200 fine. 

The new rules mean that anyone travelling by train, Tube, bus, ferry or plane in England should be wearing a face covering. Those travelling by train will be asked to cover their face as they enter a station. 

It is also required to wear a face covering when in shops, supermarkets,

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Elon Musk expected to tout ‘million-mile battery.’ Here’s what that means.

Emilee Geist

Perhaps you’ve heard about the “million-mile battery” — the latest buzz phrase electric vehicle proponents hope will energize public interest in buying EVs.

If you haven’t, Elon Musk will make sure you do on Tuesday, when Tesla goes online for what it’s calling Battery Day. Musk is expected to detail a million-mile battery project — along with, he teased on Twitter, other “exciting things.”

Musk’s teasers don’t always pan out. But the idea of a million-dollar battery offers real promise.

“[I]t would eliminate one of the big negatives associated with electric vehicles,” said Donald Sadoway, a materials chemist and battery expert at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology: the car owner’s fear that the battery will die and require costly replacement.

But because the battery industry is loaded with startups and inventors promoting their wares, often before they’re ready for prime time, Sadoway suggests some skepticism is in order.

What

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Here’s how you measure the success of a UX design project

Emilee Geist

As designers, we want the products we build to be satisfying and easy to use, but how can we know that’s the case? We start by measuring the user experience with evidence rather than opinions. But can UX really be measured? Absolutely. By evaluating products with qualitative and quantitative methods, we gain access to a host of illuminating UX metrics.

There’s nothing like completing a UX project. It takes an incredible amount of time, effort, and skill to travel from design problem to solution. Crossing the finish line is a great feeling, but seasoned UX designers know that there’s always more to be done…

A C-level executive calls with a question. “Now that the project is over, how do we track the results we’re trying to achieve?”

It’s a fair concern — one that leads to a bigger topic. How can UX designers measure success and prove that their work

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From bullets to rabbits, here’s everything you need to know about buying sex toys

Emilee Geist

With prices ranging from £5 to £5,000, the choice can be overwhelming. But we've covered everything, from toys for women and men to couples, to help you make an informed decision (The Inependent/iStock)
With prices ranging from £5 to £5,000, the choice can be overwhelming. But we’ve covered everything, from toys for women and men to couples, to help you make an informed decision (The Inependent/iStock)

If you’ve never bought a sex toy before then it’s easy to feel intimidated by the whole process.

While you thankfully no longer have to go into a shop marked “XXX”, ordering online can be a bit overwhelming, with websites filled with brightly coloured phalluses, and prices varying from £5 to £5,000.

In order to make sure that you buy the right toy for you, we’ve put together a comprehensive toy shopping guide.

Everything electronic we recommend comes with a gentle setting to start you off, and will be delivered in a discrete parcel that your postman won’t give a second look.

You can trust our independent reviews. We may earn commission from some of the retailers,

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