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John Heckendorn
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This could be interesting for coffee lovers who have yearned for a La Marzocco at a comparatively reasonable price.
 
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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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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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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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As for HBO...

I guess this explains why there was no HBO app included with the Nexus Player. Apple was probably negotiating for an exclusive with HBO for months - maybe years - while Android TV was being developed. The only question now is for how long that exclusive will be in place, and when HBO NOW will appear on the ATV platform. 
While today's Apple spotlight is on its watch, the company also gave the Apple TV some love with news of an exclusive channel launch and a price drop. Apple announced that the Apple ...
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+Michael Dopp​​ their pace with HBO Go is very slow indeed.

I don't know who actually develops the HBO Go apps on each platform for them, but MLB Advanced Media is handling HBO Now.

There won't be months or longer delays in seeing new platforms added to HBO Now. This is the same platform that MLB At Bat runs on, and compared to Center Ice, Game Time and Sunday Ticket it is the best of the bunch. 
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Espresso Machines  - 
 
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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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:

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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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News from my alma mater on using 3D printing tech for structural building

A research team at UC Berkeley led by Ronald Real is pushing the envelope by using 3D printing for large structures. Unlike earlier experiments elsewhere, they're using a new formulation of dry #cement , rather than extruded cement, to create their product. Check out the videos in the article.

The irony is that Portland cement is not the greenest building material out there, to say the least, and I hope some of the brain power at Berkeley is being used to find substitutes that would materially reduce the environmental impact of the large-scale manufacturing and use of cement around the world.

#GoBears   
Ronald Rael and UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design just unveiled the Bloom Pavilion - the world’s largest 3D printed building made from powdered cement.
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OK, whodunit?

The story that spawned all the headlines like this one over the past few days...

HUAWEI WATCH WILL REPORTEDLY COST $1000!

...certainly smells like a competitor's FUD/disinformation campaign. If so, dear reader, which company do you think started the rumor?
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At nearly 1100 votes, the community seems highly suspicious of Motorola (tied with the next two choices put together). I've been a little surprised at how this turned out. And I wonder if the results would have been wildly different had Motorola/Lenovo been Motorola/Google instead.
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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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