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Music streaming service Deezer adds Flow and Playlist Radio features, updates Mac beta

Music streaming service Deezer has launched a couple of new features today designed to allow users of the free version to make the most of the service on their smartphone or tablet.

The first of the two new features — Flow — looks at a user’s music library and previous streams to create a personalized radio station.

The second  — Playlist Radio  — takes your favorite playlists and combines them with Deezer’s own recommendations to create a streaming radio station “focused on music discovery”, Deezer said.

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Both of these features are available for free  (and without time restrictions) to free users – although Playlist Radio will also play ads.

Alongside the new features, the French company also rolled out a new Deezer beta for Macs today that allows users to merge their music collections with Deezer’s library.

“Regardless of the file format, your personal music library is automatically synchronized with Deezer meaning you’ll have access to Deezer’s entire catalogue of 30 million tracks as well as all your favourite music from your personal CD or download collection, at the touch of a button,” the company said.

It added that the Mac version is “much lighter and quicker” than using a Web client too.

The update follows hot on the heels of Spotify’s fresh lick of paint, rolled out just over a week ago. Clearly, with so much competition in the music streaming space, all the big services are looking to keep introducing new features in a bid to remain relevant.

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In Which We Make Coffee With The Founders Of Bonaverde, A Machine That Roasts, Grinds, And Brews

Last we heard from the founders of Bonaverde, they had just launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $135,000 to produce a coffee maker that turns green, unroasted beans into a cup of coffee in under 14 minutes.

At this point the startup has raised $465,475 with eight days to go, so we caught up with founders Hans Stier and Felix Artmann when they were in New York to check out a prototype of the machine. You may be wondering if this was just an elaborate ploy to get a free cup of coffee. The answer is yes.

As far as user experiences go, the Bonaverde is about as easy to manage as the Keurig you bought for your dad on Black Friday – although presumably less so on the cleanup. A couple spoonfuls of green coffee beans go in the hatch on top, you hit “On,” and the machine does its thing: roasting, cooling, grinding, and brewing the beans.

Unroasted beans stay fresh for months – much longer than the pre-roasted beans you might otherwise buy – so flavor is one of the claims on which Bonaverde is staking its business. Turns out their machine brews really solid coffee that’s neither stale-tasting nor bitter. Some critics have pointed out that roasted beans should be allowed more time to air before they are ground, and while that may be optimal, Bonaverde’s coffee was still really good.

When it launches Bonaverde will also serve as the online marketplace for the raw beans, meaning coffee farmers can connect directly with their end consumers. Down the line, the site will feature all of the producers that shoppers can buy from.

Note that coffee maker in the video is just a prototype of the one that will go to market, which has a much prettier exterior.

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