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My wife's book is now available on Amazon: http://goo.gl/lDtjzH

In 1992, nine-year-old Katie Beers was kidnapped by a family friend and locked in an underground box for 17 days. Katie has now come forward to tell the story that created a national media storm as reporters uncovered the truth about her pre-kidnapping life of neglect and sexual abuse and the details of her rescue. She shares how this experience and the recent death of her kidnapper, John Esposito, has affected her life. Despite the horrible reality of Katie's days of being chained in darkness, the kidnapping was, in fact, the climactic end of a tragic childhood and the beginning of a new life.

Katie has been traveling around the country the past two years keynote speaking at various child advocacy and victim events, motivational and inspirational speaking venues, and of course various media outlets.

My wife's book, Buried Memories, is a NYT Bestseller. This is the new and updated version that includes new chapters such as life after Buried Memories.

For those that do not know, part of the reason for the new book is sadly because the original book publisher completely screwed her and I over, stealing thousands of dollars from us (essentially victimizing a victim, awesome huh?). The book has been released with a reputable publisher and we couldn't be happier with the change.

Thank you so much for the share and the kind words +Virginia Poltrack. Katie and I appreciate it :)
 
So I really struggled with how to word this post. Let me start by linking to this book- http://www.amazon.com/dp/0985247843/ref=as_li_ss_til?tag=katiebeers-20

I met +Katie Beers​​ before I knew about this book, about her story. I liked her immediately, and in fact, just thought she was a GREAT person. The kind of friend that when you meet them for the first time, you walk away thinking to yourself, "I really adore that person, I'm so happy to have met them!"

Then I learned a bit about this story, and ordered the book. And I was floored. To say she is an amazing person and survivor is an understatement. Basically, I was completely blown away and have a new found respect for someone I already held in really high regard. Katie, thank you for sharing this. You're amazing, and deserve every happiness. I'm really proud to call you a friend 💗
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+Andrew Nguyen​​ the book was originally published two years ago, so two years
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Dr. Dre’s new album will premiere on Apple Music this Thursday. Congrats Apple Music users.
The wait is almost over, as Dr. Dre's first album in 16 years is set for release this Friday on iTunes and Apple Music. But Apple subscribers are getting a special treat: Beats 1 DJ Zane Lowe took...
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Dre? Wow. I forgot about him. 
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Sandy, Oregon does municipal broadband right.

About 10-13 years ago, my small community was looking into municipal ran Internet access. I was appointed to the County Chamber of Commerce Technology Committee. I attended many meetings and seminars surrounding the effort. Sadly nothing ever came from it once the proposals reached the commissioners. It looks like Sandy, Oregon got it right though.

For just $40 a month, you can get symmetrical 100Mbps service or $60 a month for 1Gbps. There are no contracts and there are no data caps. This is what happens when a small town treats Internet access as a utility.
Small Oregon city upgrades network to fiber, destroys competition.
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Here, $15 gets me less than 100 kBps (unlimited) for a month. And I can't use any other service cause they don't have a decent reach here.
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Yo dawg, I heard you like watches, so here's a watch, for your watch.
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What's the next. .good night dear! 
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0-day bug in fully patched OS X exploited

Hackers are exploiting a serious zero-day vulnerability in the latest version of Apple's OS X so they can perform drive-by attacks that install malware without requiring victims to enter system passwords.

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Privilege-escalation bug lets attackers infect Macs sans password.
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+Daniel Heitmann I hear that from my lead at work. He's an engineer.
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After HitchBOT was murdered in Philadelphia, kindhearted hackers and makers want to repair HitchBOT or make their very own HitchBOT2. Good for them. Something needs to be done. SkyNet is watching. We need to let the robots know that we aren't all that bad
"This is the kind of thing that a makerspace exists to apply our skills to."
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Just keep it out of the United States next time.
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Samsung Galaxy Note 5 gets the hands-on treatment

Ahead of the upcoming Samsung Unpacked event, the Galaxy Note 5 has leaked in full S-Pen glory. So what do you say Samsung fans? How does it look?
We’re still about a week away before Samsung makes the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 official, but it seems someone is ready to show off the phone a little ahead of schedule.
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+Jason Jury I like the logo, let's people know I have a expensive carrier 
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I've finally received my Project Fi invite! Woot! Now, into the trash bin you go, since both T-Mobile and Sprint do not exist where I live.
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Wow ! Can't wait to hear you're review of this Google's project 
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HTC sends Fantastic Four ad notification to HTC One M8 and M9 users

HTC sent out a sponsored or recommended Fantastic Four notification to users. The notification is clearly an advertisement. HTC has never sent out a notification about a theme in the past and the notification clearly states when the movie will be available for viewing in the theater.

A bit tacky +HTC.

M8 and M9 users, are you upset by this action?

As for the notion of using your phone for advertisements, this action shouldn't be all too surprising. HTC was reportedly looking to monetize BlinkFeed with sponsored content. This notification isn't the same concept, but it does walk a thin line as HTC users probably didn't opt into receiving this advertisement and there's not a simple way to opt out beyond disabling notifications for Sense Home or disabling the app and switching launchers.

If it were me, I'd be a bit upset and I'd stop using Sense immediately. Thankfully, I'm a Nexus sort of man.
Uh oh... HTC managed to piss off a few One M7/M8/M9 owners after pushing a Fantastic Four notification ad to their devices. While it's technically notifying users of a new theme available to them, it's hitting a little close to home for those that remember Android's AirPush ads from back in the day.
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Cloudbooks are Chromebooks, but with Windows 10

Acer, one of Google's top Chromebook OEMs is about to launch a Cloudbook, which is basically a Chromebook competitor, coming in with cloud storage, cloud office apps, and an extremely budget friendly price of $169. I'm very curious to see the performance of these things. Windows tends to like a little more in the spec department, so it will be interesting to see if this Cloudbook / Chromebook clone can take off.
What is a Chromebook if it doesn't run Chrome OS? A Cloudbook, apparently. That's what Acer's calling its latest Windows 10 laptops, two inexpensive machines with the kind of minimal storage space...
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Android Lollipop is now almost on 18.1% of devices... which, is still pretty damn bad seeing as on Lollipop has been since last fall.

Every few months throughout the year I keep saying that with the next version of Android we'll see updates much quicker than the previous year. Some OEMS get quicker, some get slower.
We're not sure why Google skipped July, but they've finally updated their platform distribution numbers for the month of August. Better late than never, we suppose. For those unaware, these are Google's official numbers to help developers track which percentage of devices are running specific versions of Android.
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+Ana Gutierrez left red for tmo two years ago. The only issue I have is the lack of coverage in the outer regions. I have great coverage in Kansas City, but drive about two hours to nowhere and I've got nothing. You do have to make sure the phone you go with can be rooted and the bootloader unlocked, other than that you're golden.
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It's time to begin operation Quick Charge 2.0 accessory test. Perfect timing. It's 8pm and my Nexus 6 is dead.
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  • Phandroid
    Writer, 2013 - present
    Writer, Blogger, Android personality.
  • Penn State University
    Systems Administrator, 2010 - present
    Windows, Linux and VMware Systems Administrator. Network and Firewall Administrator.
  • RG Technologies, LLC
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    Information Technology Solutions Provider that delivered business aligned, end to end solutions and products to organizations whose success depended on information technology.
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I am an Android Enthusiast. I’m on the pulse of the latest Android news and write content about Android daily. I’m constantly scouring the Internet for the latest Android news, apps, games, Android ROMs, hacks, security, tips, tutorials and mobile devices. I’m a large supporter of our beloved Android Community and am always willing to help with anything Android related, just ask.

Ultimate Google Voice Search Cheat Sheet
Unofficial Google Glass FAQ

Android Shared Circles:
Android Engagers
Ultimate Community Curated Android Circle Round 1
Ultimate Community Curated Android Circle Round 2a
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Android Developers A-M
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Every Android Enthusiast wants to know what devices you’re currently rockin’. Here’s mine:

Android Phones:
Nexus 6

Android Tablets:
Nexus 7 2013

Android TV:
ADT-1
Nexus Player

Wearables: 
Moto 360
Google Glass

Notebook:
Dell Chromebook 11
Samsung Chromebook

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I'd be perfect for these Circles:

  • Android Enthusiast
  • Mobile technology
  • Wearable technology
  • Google Glass Explorer
  • #SoGE
  • Writer / Blogger
  • Social media / social networking
  • Google+ Tips / Google+ Help
  • Hangouts
  • Technology / Tech News
  • Computer Security
  • Virtualization / Cloud Computing
  • VMware
  • Craft Beer

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Derek is a senior Information Technology business professional with vast experience in virtual infrastructure design and administration, network engineering and architecture, enterprise customer support, systems design, disaster recovery planning, and help desk operations. Former IT entrepreneur, Derek is currently a network systems administrator at a Penn State University.

I use social networking to meet new exciting people, make new friends, stay up to day with old friends, express myself and engage in some great conversations that I wouldn't have normally had the opportunity. Over the past 17 years of my online life, I've made numerous online friends through various social communities and continue to talk to them, even the oldest ones, all of the time. I look forward to meeting you :)

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I host a weekly Android news show. I write for Phandroid. Google Glass Explorer!
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Ripple - explore your world - Android Apps on Google Play
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Where broadband is a utility, 100Mbps costs just $40 a month
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Small Oregon city upgrades network to fiber, destroys competition.

Finally, a $9,000 watch that attaches to your Apple Watch
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California-based (where else?) watch-maker Nico Gerard has announced a timepiece that has an Apple Watch lodged within a pretty typical anal

Acer's Cloudbooks are Chromebooks with Windows 10
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What is a Chromebook if it doesn't run Chrome OS? A Cloudbook, apparently. That's what Acer's calling its latest Windows 10 laptops, two ine

Lollipop now running on 18.1% of Android devices according to official n...
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We're not sure why Google skipped July, but they've finally updated their platform distribution numbers for the month of August. Better late

We can rebuild him: Philadelphia hackers offer brotherly love to fallen ...
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Google has its own car company called 'Google Auto'
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Google has quietly been running its self-driving car program under a subsidiary company called Google Auto LLC, according to documents obtai

OnePlus 2 lacks NFC because “very few people” use it; second device to l...
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Carl Pei of OnePlus fame had another sitdown today, and he revealed a couple of interesting things. Namely, the arrival of another device la

Huawei Wear – Aplikácie pre Android v aplikácii Google Play
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Huawei Wear is an integrated Huawei wearable product application data and services, to provide users with a complete, consistent, convenient

Shared Amazon Prime benefits are now limited to one other person
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Amazon wants to eke out a bit more money from Amazon Prime: new subscribers can only share their membership with one other person now. Previ

Apple reportedly wants Siri to transcribe your voicemail messages
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Apple is testing a new service that uses Siri to transcribe voicemails, according to a report from Business Insider. The feature is supposed

Robot depending on kindness of strangers meets its demise in Philadelphia
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HitchBOT interacted with humans through speech, tested "whether robots could trust" us.

Tesla's autopilot mode will get two awesome new features
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Last fall, Tesla introduced an optional, semiautonomous "autopilot" mode on its Model S. Equipped with ultrasonic radar, the system can sens

Vysor (Beta)
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Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge Plus exposed in leaked press renders, ...
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those looking for something a little more authentic, @evleaks has come out of retirement once again to reveal some officially unofficial pre

Android M Developer Preview 3 was supposed to be out by today, but it pr...
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When Google first opened the floodgates to the Android M Developer preview, we were told the 3rd revision would be out by the end of July. W

xkcd: Devotion to Duty
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[[A terrorist is holding a gun and talking on a cell phone to the boss.]] Terrorist: We took the hostages, secured the building, and cut the

NETGEAR WiFi Analytics – Apps para Android no Google Play
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How strong is your WiFi signal? You can use the NETGEAR WiFi Analytics app to get advanced analytics that help you optimize your existing or

Tomb Raider I – Apps para Android no Google Play
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LARA ESTÁ DE VOLTA PARA MAIS AÇÃO CLÁSSICA! Estamos voltando para onde tudo começou, num dos mais famosos videojogos de todos os tempos. É i

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I've been camping here since a child and now I camp here with my own children. If you have a boat, get a spot down by the water.
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I love going here with family. Its rarely crowded and the scenery is always beautiful.
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I'm not normally a Starbucks fan, but the staff was very helpful and our order was filled quickly. The place was a little cramped though.
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They were a live safer at midnight when no other place was open. Staff were helpful.
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Our waiter was extremely helpful and friendly. The food was delicious. The atmosphere was amazing. This our our first time here and I told my wife I want to make this place our new go to restaurant. It's that good.
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