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Killing two birds with one stone

It's a small beginning, but has enormous potential to address two major environmental issues simultaneously:
- What to do with all the carbon dioxide we're generating;
- How to generate the fuels and materials we need without raping the earth.

However, there are still two significant objectives that need to be achieved before this will make any difference:
- How to get the process to a yield rate to where it needs to be;
- How to scale it up so that it becomes commercially viable.

Regardless, it's a nice innovative achievement, and congratulations to the teams at my alma mater and LBL who did it.
By combining biocompatible light-capturing nanowire arrays with select bacterial populations, a potentially game-changing new artificial photosynthesis system offers a win/win situation for the environment: solar-powered green chemistry using sequestered carbon dioxide.
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Good news for those one percenters with 2nd gen Pixels who want to save a few bucks...
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Monoprice has announced a new line of USB-C cables and adapter accessories designed for USB-C devices such as Google's new Chromebook Pixel. The new cables from Monoprice offer USB-C connections for USB 2.0, 3.0, and 3.1, and they'll let you use almost any USB accessory through the single USB-C port on your new Chromebook Pixel. The current lineup of USB-C products can be found below...
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I just ordered my C > HDMI cable and it arrived today.  ;(  Oh well.  Now I know.  Actually, the price difference is very little.
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This could be interesting for coffee lovers who have yearned for a La Marzocco at a comparatively reasonable price.
 
The Low Rent Linea

I'm not convinced this will be the machine of choice at its price point for true espresso freaks & geeks (that would be the Vesuvius), but there should be enough prosumer-types to make this product reasonably successful. 
La Marzocco may be famous in coffee but the Italian espresso machine company has never been what you'd call affordable. That's not quite going to change with
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It's prettier than my Spaziale Vivaldi (but that's not hard to achieve) !
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Come and get it!
  Android 5.1 has slowly begun rolling out to Nexus devices over the last couple of weeks (and has been seen on Android One devices since February), but Google has today posted the factory ima...
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+John Heckendorn Well that's a real shame if true.  Maybe we can find a Dev to chime in on this thread.
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Hmmmm...I guess:

More cream : coffee :: More cowbell : music
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+Eddie Fray​ NP. You're right, it's about passion. I asked a Starbucks Batista about a coffee they had on brew and they replied "I don't know what it's like, I don't drink coffee."

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3 months...

Looks like Apple's exclusive with HBO NOW will last 90 days... and then - as the article points out - it expires shortly after Google I/O. Hmmmm...a little something for the Android TV platform on the way? 
In case you weren't watching yesterday's Apple press conference, the company cut out a slot of time to talk about Apple TV. A pretty big announcement was made -- HBO Now, a cord cutter's dream. There's just one problem: Apple has a 3-month exclusivity deal for the service.
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+John Heckendorn yeah and its also easier to switch servicea seasonally. We all should let HBO know how disappointed we are through email and social media. Companies need to learn that the apple first mentality angers a lot of customers.
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Dell showing some innovation...

...but for that price, it should be a convertible Chromebook (running Android in tablet mode only) and equipped with a Braswell LP chip and 4GB RAM. 
Dell's Venue 8 7000 finally shipped back in January, offering an amazing 2560x1600 resolution on its 8.4-inch screen and an insanely thin body at just 6mm. Praise for the tablet was fairly universa...
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Dell should turn the Sputnik team loose on a CrOS version of the XPS 13. The Ubuntu version is now available so Linux drivers for the hardware aren't a problem. There should be another premium Chromebook besides Pixel. 
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This could be interesting for coffee lovers who have yearned for a La Marzocco at a comparatively reasonable price.
 
The Low Rent Linea

I'm not convinced this will be the machine of choice at its price point for true espresso freaks & geeks (that would be the Vesuvius), but there should be enough prosumer-types to make this product reasonably successful. 
La Marzocco may be famous in coffee but the Italian espresso machine company has never been what you'd call affordable. That's not quite going to change with
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The Low Rent Linea

I'm not convinced this will be the machine of choice at its price point for true espresso freaks & geeks (that would be the Vesuvius), but there should be enough prosumer-types to make this product reasonably successful. 
La Marzocco may be famous in coffee but the Italian espresso machine company has never been what you'd call affordable. That's not quite going to change with
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Driverless Cars

"Driverless" is a misnomer if, in effect, a robot is driving, but it's fascinating how quickly the concept has become part of the national psyche. While this M-B is clearly a long way from prime time - and who else thinks it's shaped like a greyhound's head? - it's good to see that car companies, and not just innovative tech companies like Google, are beginning to kick the tires. 
"Please, go ahead." The gleaming silver spheroid resting before me on the tarmac has a pleasant, female voice. It’s friendly, almost conversational, were it not for the monotonous whirring of a...
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+TuneIn​ issued an update today that promises to improve the experience on Android TV. They had a long, long way to go, especially with the really poor UI, and while I won't be able to check out the changes until later, I'll be cautiously hopeful things are at least a little better. 
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Launching from sideload launcher gives it a more useful interface
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A new Google app to check out!

I have the feeling this is going to become known as the +Daria Musk app. :)
Google has released a new app to the Play Store called Interactive Events. As the name implies, this new app is developed for events and hosted sessions. Unfortunately, we're unable to test out the features as you're required to sign-in to an event using text or QR code. Clearly Google is still working on things. Humorously, it appears as though Google left some code inside the app...
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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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EDIT: Now closed, sadly! by far the best restaurant in phoenix south of broadway. imaginative kitchen and romantic environment.
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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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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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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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