From The Next Web: Microsoft opens Xbox One X pre-orders with limited ‘Project Scorpio Edition’


If you’ve been waiting to pre-order an Xbox One X, now’s your chance. Microsoft has opened up pre-orders for its new flagship console, starting at $499. What’s more, the earliest adopters will receive a limited “Project Scorpio Editionâ€� as well. For those not keeping up, when Microsoft revealed Project Scorpio would officially be called the Xbox One X, many gamers were disappointed at the name choice. It’s phonetically too similar to Xbox One S, and the codename just sounded cooler. Now the company is appeasing these gamers with the Project Scorpio Edition. The differences are only cosmetic: ‘Project Scorpio’ is…

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From TechCrunch: Microsoft kicks off Xbox One X pre-orders today with a limited ‘Project Scorpio’ edition

 Microsoft just pulled the trigger on Xbox One X pre-orders, offering up the souped up version of its console for $499. Unveiled back at E3 in June after a year’s worth of teasers, the latest Xbox One features more memory and improved processing designed for 4K playback. The company is also using its platform at the Gamecom conference in Cologne, Germany to debut a limited edition version… Read More

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From GeekWire: Solar eclipse traffic and weather: Oregon feels the calm before totality

24 hours before totality
MADRAS, Ore. – Traffic to Oregon’s total eclipse zone has been surprisingly light over the past couple of days, but officials say they’re not out of the woods yet. The traffic flow to Salem and Corvallis on the west side of the Cascades, and to Madras and points eastward on the dry side of the mountains, has been “very manageable,” Lou Torres, a spokesman for the Oregon Department of Transportation, told GeekWire today. “We do anticipate that it’ll pick up later this afternoon, and into tonight and Monday morning,” he said. After Torres spoke, Oregon DOT and the Oregon State… Read More

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From TechCrunch: Taxes in the gig economy

 The first generation of gig economy contractors is essentially riding shotgun as an entirely new industry defines itself. While they enjoy flexibility and a convenient way to supplement a primary income, they also must act as guinea pigs uncovering the shortcomings of the industry’s support network. One issue in particular has become a clear gap for gig economy workers: taxes. Read More

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From BGR: Watch what happens when a Tesla owner gets his 97 year old Grandfather into a Model S

When it comes to video reviews of Tesla’s Model S and Model X, there are certainly no shortage of them one can find on YouTube. And while most are rather informative, even entertaining at times, a lot of them end up blending together after a while. That said, a new viral video making the rounds shows us what happens when a Tesla owner shows off the futuristic Model S to his 97-year old grandfather. The video is altogether charming and serves to remind us just how easy it is for those who follow tech closely to take impressive technological advancements for granted.

Filmed by Zev Gitalis, the video begins with Gitalis’ grandfather asking about taking the car on long trips, which prompts Gitalis to tell his grandfather about Tesla’s network of Supercharging stations. Once the pair get into the car, Gitalis shows his grandfather the Model S’ 17-inch digital dash and they get moving.

“Before we go any further,” the grandfather says early on, “it doesn’t make any noise. It’s impressive.”

Shortly thereafter, Gitalis showed off the car’s instant acceleration, which seemed to truly delight his grandfather.

“Oh boy,” he exclaimed gleefully, “you gotta have a parachute to drive this car!”

The entire video is really great and can be viewed below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6Nw6xp0NfM

Since going live about a week ago, the video has garnered nearly three-quarters of a million views. Indeed, it wouldn’t surprise us if we saw Elon Musk link to the video via Twitter in the coming days.

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From GeekWire: NASA science aircraft using Seattle as base during mission to capture first video of eclipse

NASA science aircraft
The Museum of Flight in Seattle is no stranger to unique aircraft, and Monday’s total solar eclipse is attracting a special plane from NASA which will offer the first glimpse of the rare event off the coast of Oregon as it collects data. NASA’s Gulfstream III science aircraft arrived on Sunday from the Armstrong Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base in California. It will be using the museum as a base for two days as it flies out of Boeing Field to conduct an airborne science mission over Oregon and capture the first video images of the eclipse. Have… Read More

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