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My wife's book is now available on Amazon:

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-

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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+Matt Lane she's an amazing woman!
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Google Glass consumer edition MIGHT have just passed through the FCC. I haven't worn Glass since last fall, but I always loved the potential of Glass. Exciting times are ahead.

#GlassExplorers #GlassFamily
A recent FCC filing is causing some to believe this device could be the next version of Google Glass. The mysterious device -- filed under FCC ID A4R-GG1 -- is reportedly carrying all the wireless connectivity you'd expect from a next-gen wearable.
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+Dave Combe CHOO CHOO! I love Android Wear, but a stable version of Glass with tweaked hardware could bring me back!
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Hopefully this time next year both my Chromebook and Nexus phone will be rocking USB-C...and hopefully all of my other test phones / review units.
The Universal Type-C Charger.
Because one cord should be enough.
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+Ben Schoon​ come on Ben! You can do it lol I got myself a pixel 2. Well worth it!!! I'm holding on to my nexus 10 and hoping the next nexus tablet is usb-c.
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July 28th seems like a good day for an Android Wear update. How about you guys?

More details #soon.
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+Reyad Allie I haven't seen that, though its possible, of course.
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I thought it would be a good idea to enable the +IFTTT recipe to Tweet out which songs my Amazon Echo was playing. The Ross children are at home today and apparently using the Echo to listen to music. I have disabled the recipe.

Thanks +Scott Wilson.
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+Derek Ross​ I saw Jason Mraz in concert in South Dakota, he's extremely talented. Too bad your "kids" are haters...
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According to @evleaks, this is the BlackBerry Venice, which is powered by Android. Very nice looking.
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Looks like a Nokia lumia, I don't remember the name
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reddit subs "going dark" in protest

Hell hath no fury like a redditor scorn, apparently. A large amount of the popular subreddits are closed right now. Here's a list of a few of the major ones and their subscriber numbers:

/r/askreddit (8.7 million subscribers)
/r/todayilearned (8.6 million)
/r/pics (8.6 million)
/r/iama (8.3 million)
/r/videos (7.9 million)
/r/gaming (7.8 million)
/r/movies (7.5 million)
/r/technology (5.1 million)
/r/books (4.9 million)

Wow. I'm still reading the various live threads and comments everywhere. This is just insane.
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To sum it up for the people who seem to be clueless. The firing of the employee was not the reason for the subs going dark. It was due to reddit as a whole not giving a fuck about the mods who rely on Victoria giving 0 heads up to deal with the situation. Many of the subs that went dark used her often and with no warning she was gone and they needed a replacement on a very short notice which is difficult. Hence the reason people of reddit are pissed at the company not being in tune with their audience so to speak. 
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Chevy is making air conditioning for phones with Snapdragon 810's!

Wireless smartphone charging is becoming a pretty desirable feature in cars nowadays. But Chevrolet seems to think this luxury can present a problem: with everything our phones are constantly doing...
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+Shawn Mernagh except that cars are making more HP than ever now.....
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Went on a supply run.
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+Tim McDowell Yes. Hell yes.
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How much is your smartphone worth? There's an app for that!

My friends over at +Swappa are getting into the Android app business. First up? Swappa Price. If you're looking to sell your phone or tablet or even buy a new one, you'll want to have this app in your arsenal.

As for the app itself, the app is beautifully designed and works as intended. It detected my Nexus 6 and showed me current prices as well as the price trend over time. There's even a pretty little FAB for searching and sharing.

Congrats +Ben Edwards +Lucas Freeman +Brock Hatfield +Tony McAfee +Patrick Hill and others. I can't wait to see your next app!
We're still a bit of ways away from a full-fledged Swappa app, but the company has released a new price chart that'll give you a good idea of how much a phone is worth.
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+Manish Khanduja shoot us an email at so we can assist. Should not be seeing compatibility issues with that device.
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+Pujie Wear updated, tons of new features!

One of my favorite watch faces for Android Wear was updated this morning. There's an improved UI, advanced mode, and more.

Advanced mode
In Advanced mode you can for instance set the thickness and the radius of the circles, the radius of the tickmarks, the location of the indicators (within limits) and much more.

Change the position of the touch to view calendar area
You can now change the position of the touch area. To avoid problems with the quicksettings, you can now choose where you want the touch area to be (Main settings, Calendar section). 

You can find the full changelog here:

Download the app here:
All features are directly available, in app purchases are just for an optio...
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+Plex hacked, change your password ASAP!

Another day, another security breach... Plex has been compromised. Passwords were stolen, though they were hashed and salted, and should be safe. That said, it's still best practice to change your password, just in case. The affected users might be limited to those that have a Plex Forums account, if you've never created a Forums account, you might be safe, but hey, in the name of security, you might as well change your password anyways.
If you use the Plex media server for your movie and TV library, you’ll need to change your password this morning. The company announced it’s forum servers were hacked, leaving email addresses, forum messages, and hashed passwords vulnerable.
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+Matt Lane​, biometrics is more like a username than a password. 
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You can't fake passion.

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.

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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:
Nexus Player

Moto 360
Google Glass

Dell Chromebook 11
Samsung Chromebook


I'd be perfect for these Circles:

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  • Virtualization / Cloud Computing
  • VMware
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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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Reddit Moderators Are Locking Up The Site’s Most Popular Pages In Protest

The moderators behind a number of the most popular subreddits on the site -- which is known as the front page of internet -- have made their

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Plex Hacked, Change Your Password Now

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AQUAPIXEL Watch Face (Round) - Android Apps on Google Play

AQUAPIXEL features 3 minimalistic analog watchfaces with a watercolor painted backgrounds from the French Artist EmeMms. This watchface pack

Rowley Wristwear - Android Apps on Google Play

Take a glimpse into the creative world of Cynthia Rowley with this beautifully designed watch face. Rowley Smartwatch features a stunning se

Moods of Norway – Apps para Android no Google Play

With 36 featured events, this watch face stays fresh throughout the year. Moods of Norway’s designs are original and outspoken, and can also

If Beats 1 is live global radio, why is it broadcasting replays already?

Like lots of curious people, I was tuned into Beats 1 radio yesterday. I caught the very first song and then dipped in and out of the stream

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Tonight’s leap second may cause problems for the Internet

Due to the Earth's slowing rotation, we have to pause the clocks for a second.

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Google Maps will soon warn drivers when they approach rail crossings

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8 Pride-themed Easter eggs from Google

In honor of this year's Pride festivities, Google's LGBT employees developed festive Easter eggs that celebrate the community.

Now anyone can make an Amazon Echo

Amazon wants to take voice control to new heights. Just two days after making the Echo wireless speaker available to the masses, the retail

Terminator Genisys Watch Face - Google Play의 Android 앱

Glitch-up your smartwatch with awesome graphics and animations based on the latest movie in the Terminator series. See the iconic Terminator

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ANREALAGE WatchFace - Android Apps on Google Play

WatchFace was born from the fashion brand ANREALGE. You could enjoy the ANREALAGE logo and Sundial design watch.----------------------------

Pool? Check. Bar? Check. Breakfast? Check. Big Android BBQ? Double check. The Hyatt Place has been a great place to stay for every Big Android BBQ. I wouldn't stay at any other place.
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I'm not a coffee fan, so I can't comment on that. I can however comment on the atmosphere and the food, which are both excellent. This is a great place for lunch.
Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Very Good
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OIP food is a near staple in the area. Their pizza is excellent and their subs are perfect.
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If you want a budget friendly breakfast, Donna's is the place to get it.
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Johnny's has one of the best beer selections in town if you're into microbrews. The recent upgrades have made Johnny's a staple of Huntingdon night life... if there is such a thing.
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reviewed 3 weeks ago
Kelly's always has great food that's wallet friendly. I love their club sandwiches. They're famous for them. And their wings and beer battered haddock. The atmosphere is a bit antiquated, but you don't go here for modern accommodations. You go here for good food and friendly staff.
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reviewed 3 weeks ago
The best damn wings in town. Period. The accommodations could use an upgrade, something a bit more modern and nicer. Take-out or delivery is best here. Staff is always very helpful and friendly.
Food: ExcellentDecor: Very GoodService: Excellent
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