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Wow

An incarnation of this in roadster trim would be awesome, +Mazda USA!
For decades, Mazda had been known as the sole remaining automaker producing cars powered by rotary engines — that is, until the RX-8 left the market in 2012. But at this year's Tokyo Motor Show,...
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FCC enables a very consumer-friendly enhancement for communications services and developers to deliver

+Google  should update  #GoogleVoice  to take advantage of this resource right away. As should +T-Mobile, +AT&T, +Verizon, and +Sprint!
Media Contact: Will Wiquist, (202) 418-0509will.wiquist@fcc.gov For Immediate Release FCC RELEASES DATA FOR ‘DO-NOT-DISTURB’ TECHNOLOGIES Robocall Data to Help Call-Blocking Technologies Empower Consumers
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+HBO is getting closer, though no Android TV compatibility is still a bit of a downer.
 
Two cheers for HBO NOW

They just added Chromecast support (about a week later than when they'd promised it).

But still won't install on Android TV. C'mon, +HBO, make it happen! 
HBO NOW is the new standalone streaming service that gives you all of HBO®—...
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Hopefully Roku support will come soon too. 
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A good article from +Nate Hoffelder about a not-so-obvious effect of the Google Tax in Spain, but his thesis makes a lot of sense if you see it as part of their government's consistent pattern of repressing speech and trying to control pubic opinion.

So much for any vacation in Spain Nate might have taken...he's already broken their laws by publishing the article.
When Spain passed its Google Tax in October 2014, the obvious flaws in forcing websites to pay for the privilege of linking to content made me wonder whether the Spanish government or someone had an ulterior motive in getting the law passed. Over the past week it has become clear why the Spanish govt passed this... Read More »
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More +Tesla Motors​ news

250 miles per charge will probably be an important threshold for many prospective customers, and if they were to release a truly purpose-designed roadster, I'd be all over it.

Still, the Model 3 will not be good enough for those San Francisco to Los Angeles drives, nor Phoenix to San Diego or Albuquerque. I'm still hoping the fuel cell option gains traction and critical mass, and meets or exceeds plug-in electrics in terms of fully loaded cost. 
Some more information has been revealed regarding Tesla’s latest automotive offering.
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+Nest​ news incoming!

Can you say #Brillo? And maybe a little #SOLI down the road?
Nest is holding an event on Wednesday, June 17th, when we may hear about new products in the first substantial way since Google bought the company just over a year ago. Nest isn't providing any...
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I haven’t gotten the update yet, but I know some of the apps I want to see... 
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Looks like my other update came today, +John Heckendorn.  I can now see those other apps you were talking about.  :-)
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OK, now that we have the Chromecast Audio, here's the NEXT thing we need!

The CCA is a handy little device for all of those powered speakers -- which is nearly all of them -- that don't have HDMI inputs. And while some apps like Google Music, Spotify, and TuneIn already support casting audio, one class of app is MIA: Android alarm clock apps.

Currently I stream my favorite alarm clock app via Bluetooth to a set of powered speakers to which is connected a Bluetooth receiver, and while that mostly works fine, I'd rather bypass my phone as an audio intermediary and just have the streaming content go to the speakers directly from the source.

The only minus I can think of is that most "clock radio" apps can detect when a chosen source is offline and then play an annoying alarm to awaken you, but it shouldn't take rocket science to account for that situation.

So c'mon, +Apalon, +Squarenotch, +AVG Technologies, #TanyuSoft , #MobiTobi , #iHandy , #AugmentedMinds , +GalaxyApps, #DelightRoomLtd , #BinaryTacticsLLC , #8BitImmersiv , #ZDworks , #SollidSoft , #ByPN , and all you other talented developers, and update those alarm clock apps!
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+Stefan Swidén don't know how yours is set up, but my chromecast-setup is amazing. For example, I'm starting Netflix to watch a movie. I start the app on the phone, or tablet, press chromecast, this starts the TV, sets the right channel, starts the amplifier, sets the right channel, once this is done the chromecast starts playing the movie. No fuss with starting a computer and TV, navigating to Netflix.com, start the movie and so on. 
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Two cheers for HBO NOW

They just added Chromecast support (about a week later than when they'd promised it).

But still won't install on Android TV. C'mon, +HBO, make it happen! 
HBO NOW is the new standalone streaming service that gives you all of HBO®—...
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Yes, tried against my nexus player and an actual chromecast too. 
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Interesting hydrogen news

The world is going to need a variety of energy sources in the future as fossil fuels become scarcer and/or more expensive to extract and use. While pure electrical solutions (derived from photovoltaics, wind, etc.) have been getting the lion's share of attention, hydrogen as a fuel is likely to be key for certain use cases. This discovery by Stanford researchers is a very small, early step, but systematic reductions in the cost of extracting, storing, transporting, and using hydrogen will be necessary to propel its use as an alternative fuel.

Sidenote: In any article about energy, it's pretty amusing to read the inevitable comments from those who view energy single-mindedly, in this case, believing there's only one right technology - be it battery-stored electricity or hydrogen fuel cells - worth focusing on. So therefore, they fiercely defend it while denigrating alternatives. It's like arguing that there's only one right species, when in reality, we live in a world more diverse and complex than we can imagine.
Hydrogen is the most common element in the universe, but we have a surprisingly tough time making it here on Earth. Until now.
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With the caveat that this is really early, and it's a long way from here to wide-scale commercial utilization...this breakthrough is potentially massive for solar energy...to the point it could make much of the grid redundant.

The materials in most of today’s residential rooftop solar panels can store energy from the sun for only a few microseconds at a time. A new technology developed by chemists at UCLA is capable of storing solar energy for up to several weeks — an advance that could change the way scientists think about designing solar cells.
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Someone help Mike out. Or in. So to speak.

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I'm becoming increasingly intrigued by the idea of using a Chromebook for mobility. This Windows notebook I'm using started out fast and has become slower and slower -- as Windows usually does. I'm...
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  • Charles Schwab & Co.
    Technical Director, 2000 - present
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Just had an incredibly tasty breakfast at Lux. The cafe being packed at 8 am on a Sunday morning should tell you something. The menu is simple but complete, the food is great, and the baristas know what they're doing on their La Marzocco 3-group machine. The staff are friendly and helpful, and the kitchen really efficient. What more can anyone ask for?
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One of our favorite food spots in Scottsdale, Distrito offers imaginative riffs on Southwestern food classics as well as an interesting wine list and formidable selection of Tequilas and related drinks. There are both indoor and outdoor eating areas, the latter a good place to people watch. And it's in great proximity to the theatre, museums, galleries, and old-town Scottsdale. Recommended!
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Fantastic!
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A varied but not overambitious menu and nice wine list, with outstanding, attentive service, Dinner for Two is a great place to sup when in Santa Fe for opera or relaxation. Except for their seafood, most of the ingredients seem to be locally sourced. Oh, and save room for dessert!
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This is a great comfort food spot, with warm, friendly service and tasty, generous dishes. Anything with pork is recommended, but they execute well across the board. While it's not quite five-star in terms of a cutting-edge menu, I think everyone will enjoy a very satisfying meal and overall experience at Barrio Queen.
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Really 4 1/2 stars, but excellent comfort food and enthusiastic, friendly service. We'll be back.
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A very good charcuterie and boucherie in Saint Remy de Provence. Excellent pates and a very friendly owner and staff.
Quality: ExcellentAppeal: ExcellentService: Excellent
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