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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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+Derek Ross great reviews. That's really awesome. 
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AMP is here and it's aimed to make the mobile web faster

Google is attempting to counter the threat from ad-blocking and rivals Facebook and Apple by radically improving the loading speed of web pages on smartphones and tablets.

Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) aims to simplify the structure of mobile web pages and place the data needed to deliver them closer to users both physically and virtually in a bid to to achieve almost “instant” delivery of articles to anywhere in the world.

Congrats +Dave Besbris and team.
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+Thomas Wrobel​ they have. I guess they're only related because Facebook and Apple are cutting out Google with their adless Instant Articles. This is Google's way of saying publishers can make ad money with fast articles too.
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It's surprising to see that Micromax’s Yu Yuphoria has stopped shipping with Cyanogen OS and is now going with stock Android. OPPO, OnePlus, Acatel, and now Yu, I'm starting to notice a pattern.

I still say that +Cyanogen is a fairly new company in the grand scheme of things and we shouldn't write them off just yet. +Wileyfox is putting out Cyanogen OS powered phones. They company is obviously still pushing forward. I'm curious what their upcoming plans with Microsoft include.

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There is nothing wrong with Cyanogen besides their decision to hire McMasterbator. That guy is a fucking tool that is a stain on the CM name.
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Verizon's supercookie will now help AOL target you with ads!

Sigh. Now that Verizon has completed it's acquisition of AOL, Verizon plans on using their supercookie to share customers' personal data to help build an ad profile on AOL's ad network. While you can opt out, most users are unaware that they can do this.
Verizon successfully completed its acquisition of AOL in June this year, and now it will begin sharing customers' personal data for the purpose of ad targe
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I am simply trying to state that while the options are out there....they are not a good fit for some. Honestly, opening and stating that one option is a "lie" is a great way to spark a spirited debate. 
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Google denies harvesting car data via Android Auto

The Googs says that it doesn't collect any of the information mentioned in Motor Trends Porsche piece, and that you only opt in to sharing things that improve your Android Auto experience, such as hands-free control and navigation.

Here's additional testimony from Ford and GM.

Ford’s Statement:

For both Carplay and Android Auto, we only provide access to vehicle data that is required for navigation (such as GPS) and to align interface background colors for day and night modes. And consumers are given the opportunity to opt in to the feature with clarification that vehicle data may be accessed to deliver the experience.

GM’s Statement:

We take the privacy of our customers very seriously and our services – including Android Auto – operate with strong privacy protections and practices. Customers need to give Google consent to share their data before any information is actually shared with Google. We don’t know what Porsche was required to provide Google, but we provide a very limited set of vehicle data that helps us ensure that the Android Auto customer experience is optimal and safe for the user. For example, the system needs to know if the vehicle is in park or drive in order to apply the necessary lock-outs to certain keyboard functions. We don’t provide any data that isn’t necessary for the use of Android Auto.

Android Auto isn't getting all your car's diagnostic data, according to Google.
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I find this whole thing very suspicious (not on Google's part, but on the way this story appeared out of nowhere and only benefits Apple's Carplay platform). I don't have any evidence, but it just seems odd...
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Additional Android 6.0 knowledge bombs. Thanks for the info +Dianne Hackborn :)
This is a pretty good overview in Ars on Marshmallow.  While looking through it, I saw some things that could use more explanation so thought I'd share my comments.

Extended Voice Actions:

The discussion about how applications work with the new voice interaction service may be a little misleading.  As with Now on Tap, applications here don't directly interact with Google; rather they go through a platform API ( for those who care) which interacts with the back-end speech recognition service.  So I wouldn't describe this as developers plugging in to the Google App -- they are using the platform API, which has a back-end plugged in to it (by default via the Google App) that does the recognition.

This is very much how Now on Tap is integrated into the platform, as described in the previous section.  In fact, it isn't very much like, it is it!  Now on Tap and the new voice interaction are all part of the currently enabled VoiceInteractionService, which is what you are selecting when you select which assistant you want.  (This is also why voice actions can now use the context of what you are currently looking at to help with the recognition, because it is also the assistant so it that can do that.)

So, it wouldn't make sense for this to move to a Google Play Services API, because it is a very well-defined platform API.  This also isn't really the first time this pattern has appeared: it is basically how input methods work, where platform APIs arbitrate interaction between the application and the current back-end input method.  More closely, speech-to-text and the old simple speech recognizer are both pluggable components, which applications interact with through a (simple) platform API to whatever back-end implementation the user has selected.


On the topic of organization of "permissions," while I would agree there is some further cleanup that can happen in the UI, in many cases things are deliberately not simple runtime permissions.  For example, the new "Draw over apps" and "Modify system settings" controls actually correspond to existing permissions, which we explicitly didn't want to turn into simple runtime permissions.  We want to discourage apps from using them unless they have a really good reason, and they don't have anything to do directly with specific personal data access so are really hard to explain to users.

You'll note there is a warning dialog that appears when enabling an app's access to one of these, giving more information about what is happening.  This is also a pattern followed by other existing dangerous access controls like accessibility services and usage access.

Speaking of accessibility, if anything we'd like to see that made less easy for apps to get to.  This feature really is intended for accessibility services, and you should be skeptical about any other kind of app asking for access to it -- it gives that app almost complete control over your device and the ability to see everything you do on it!

Also fwiw, the new runtime permissions implementation makes use of app ops for applying permissions restrictions to pre-M applications.  You can basically see this as the long desired UI for app ops, and app ops' basic behavior remains the same where turning off access means the app simply sees no data (no location, zero contacts, etc).  We never create fake data.


Abuse of high priority messages have a special difference from other things like notifications: they must go through Google servers, so Google can monitor and modify what is being sent to devices.  If apps abuse these for other things besides their intended use, we will be able to stop that abuse without touching any software on the device.  (Also "abuse" here is much less subjective than for notifications, where there is a large gray area of things some users care about and some don't.  For high priority messages, if it isn't something that is time critical to go to the user immediately, it is not appropriate.)

Chrome Custom Tabs:

This isn't really tying an app to Chrome.  It is defining an extended API with the browser than an app can use to get the behavior.  The standard implementation used by apps should work with any browser as long as it supports the API, regardless of what the default browser is.  So Firefox and others should be able to implement the same API as Chrome and get the same behavior from the same apps.
Marshmallow brings a lot of user-requested features but still has no update solution.
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Meter -  Material Design themed wallpaper widget "thing"

Here's the latest from Google's Creative Lab: _Turn your wallpaper into a live dashboard, displaying real-time statistics and information such as app usage, missed calls, and battery level._
Turn your wallpaper into a live dashboard, displaying real-time statistics ...
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Aaand it still doesn't target Marshmallow.
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The ability to create automatic Do Not Disturb rules in Android 6.0 Marshmallow is such a simple, but important feature.
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Yep. Have had Tasker doing that for a while now.
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Hangouts 5.0 update:

Sending messages lag: Gone.
Loading conversation lag: Gone.
Main screen conversation update lag: Reduced.
Hangouts splash screen: Included.
Pop-up 'signed in as': Now in white.
GIFs: They work!
Dogfood icon: Removed.
Is it coming today: Shrug emoji.
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About 6 hours worth of Doze and 4% lost.
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My nexus 6 is amazingly fast and lasts probably 30-40% longer. I use hangouts too much for Doze to be effective I think.

I am seeing higher Cellular Standby battery consumption on Marshmallow though. So still room for improvement. 
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I cannot wait for Season 2 of The Flash!
Everything you need to know about Season 1 before tonight's premiere
or you could just binge watch season one on Netflix, but for those that want the two minute version. Collider uses the speedforce to cover the major plot points/villians of the 22 episodes in under two minutes
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Waiting for this movie..
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I went to +Enterprise Rent-A-Car to pick up my car reservation. This is exactly what happened. They gave away my reservation.
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+Matt Lane My insurance covers a rental up to $30 a day, so I got a full size, which is $28 a day. I got a 2015 Sonata.
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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.

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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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