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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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GTA5 Galaxy Note 7 Mod allows you to use the Note 7 as an explosive device

While this is kind of hilarious, it's also a bit misleading. The Note 7 didn't explode, it just spontaneously caught fire and burned to a crisp.

Apparently Sammy isn't happy about the mod and has been taking down YouTube videos that feature them. #priorities  
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F Iphone.
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Google has released the latest Android Developer Preview for Android 7.1 Nougat for the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, and Pixel C.
Google has released the latest Android Developer Preview for Android 7.1 Nougat. For now, this is only available for the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, and Pixel C.
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+Arpan Maity November I guess. Final release December.

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Haha... A smoking Galaxy Note 7 costume for Halloween...Hilarious.

Apparently his fiance is dressing as a firefighter and plans on following him around all night.
A man named Chris Kiley made a costume with tons of Galaxy Note 7 retail boxes attached. I think you can tell where we're going with this -- they blow up!
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Google Assistant has a 'You Don't Know Jack' game show Easter Egg. Just say 'OK Google, I'm feeling lucky'.
The Google Assistant channels "You Don't Know Jack" with a trivia game show.
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OK Google, I'm feeling lucky.
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Nine Email app potentially leaked Exchange Server credentials.

Well, this is terrifying.

Due to a lack of certificate validation with a configured remote Microsoft Exchange server, Nine leaked associated Microsoft Exchange user credentials, mail envelopes and their attachments, mailbox synchronization information, calendar entries and tasks. Attacks are unlikely, however the man in the middle attacks could have been carried out while on the same WiFi network as the attacker. This was patched last Thursday.
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Wow that just shows can't trust anyone or anything these days Outlook really messed up my tablet
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Pixel and Pixel XL factory images available for download!

Just because the Pixel phones don't carry the Nexus moniker doesn't mean that they won't get some of the Nexus treatment. You can now snag NDE63P Android 7.1 for your Pixel and Pixel XL if you're into tinkering.
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My brother-in-law is living on the edge.
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+Nerdy Girl Erin nice, appreciate the feedback. I like your approach to it all, a good phone is just that, a good phone. Didn't read any over hype bias in your assessment. So glad, we've got plenty of that to go around twice already. Probably won't be a whole heap of difference in flagships, other than companies putting their own extra little touch on it. 
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Tesla announces all production cars now have full autonomous driving hardware!

From the updated order page:

All you will need to do is get in and tell your car where to go. If you don't say anything, the car will look at your calendar and take you there as the assumed destination or just home if nothing is on the calendar. Your Tesla will figure out the optimal route, navigate urban streets (even without lane markings), manage complex intersections with traffic lights, stop signs and roundabouts, and handle densely packed freeways with cars moving at high speed. When you arrive at your destination, simply step out at the entrance and your car will enter park seek mode, automatically search for a spot and park itself. A tap on your phone summons it back to you.
Once again our readers guessed it right (well 40% of you). You said that today’s announcement would be about Autopilot 2.0/Tesla Vision and you were right. Though Tesla seems to be moving awa…
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Allo 2.0 is here. Now with Splash screen and Monochrome chats. (I'm sure plenty of bug fixes under the hood and other tweaks I missed.)

Oops. I totally forgot about quick replies which also brings about Android Wear support for drawing emojis and using your voice to reply. I had no idea how often I would use quick replies on my phone until the feature was added. Now I use it all the time.
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Looks like Trump needs to build a better wall around his email servers. servers use unpatched, unsupported Windows Server 2003, IIS 6.
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Google Pixel reviews are in and for the most part, everyone loves this phone.

Long battery life, being fast and powerful, and having the Google Assistant make this phone a winner in +The Verge's book. This is the best of Google and what Google wants Android, or smarphones in general, to be.

The only downside to this phone (I have not played with it yet) seems to be the fact that this flagship phone is missing two flagship features. Waterproofing and more than 2 years of support. That said, Google's support options for those 2 years do seem to be top notch.

I can't wait to get mine.
Every Android phone has always been a little compromised, and everybody knows it. There's been a veil of bullshit between you and what Google intended on all of them.
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The pixel is awesome-)
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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.

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
Ultimate Community Curated Android Circle Round 2b
Android Developers A-M
Android Developers N-Z

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:

  • 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


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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    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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Now available: Android 7.1 Developer Preview

Posted by Dave Burke, VP of Engineering A couple of weeks ago we announced that a developer preview of Android 7.1 Nougat was on the w...

Man dresses up as a collection of smoking Galaxy Note 7s for Halloween

A man named Chris Kiley made a costume with tons of Galaxy Note 7 retail boxes attached. I think you can tell where we're going with this --

This Halloween I'm going as a fire hazard (OC) (plus instructions on how...

Just a disclaimer, as many people are seeing this and thinking its a terrorist thing or supposed to be a suicide vest. The Galaxy Note 7 siz

Trump Organization uses really, really insecure e-mail servers. Sad! servers use unpatched, unsupported Windows Server 2003, IIS 6.

“I’m Feeling Lucky” is the Google Assistant’s insane trivia game show

The Google Assistant channels "You Don't Know Jack" with a trivia game show.

Google Pixel review: Home run

Every Android phone has always been a little compromised, and everybody knows it. There's been a veil of bullshit between you and what Googl

Evan Blass on Twitter: "Google's two smartwatches will be released with ...

Google's two smartwatches will be released with Android Wear 2.0 in Q1 2017 [image courtesy of:

Update: Verizon says its Pixels will get updates at the same time as Goo...

Verizon apparently has turned over a new leaf and "won't stand in the way of updates."

[-Read description-] Cached Youtube screen recording - Pixel XL video st...

Cached Youtube phone app screen recording - Quality has been affected by this and by converting and uploading it again. Do not pay much atte

HTC’s Halfbeak Android Wear smartwatch is still alive, poses for the camera

It's been a while since we've heard anything in regards to the rumored HTC Halfbeak, but it looks like HTC may finally be close to unveiling

Samsung has reportedly shut down production of the Galaxy Note 7

According to multiple sources, production of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has been shut down. The initial report came from an anonymous source

Verizon responsible for major updates for Pixel & Pixel XL

After some confusion about who will be handling updates for the Verizon versions of the Pixel & Pixel XL, a Google rep has confirmed the com

107 Photos taken with the Google Pixel

The Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL were announced today and according to the highly reputable DxO Mark, the Pixels have the world's best e

Android 7.1 Nougat's changelog is here, includes both Pixel-exclusive an...

Android 7.1 Nougat was unveiled earlier today alongside the Pixel and Pixel XL, but there's still a fair bit we don't know about it. Now, th

The inside story of the Google phone

In a nationally televised commercial that premiered last month, an empty search box sitting against a stark white background slowly morphs,

Google’s hardware chief has a Pixel in his pocket

Google’s really leaning in to this can’t-keep-a-secret thing in regards to its highly anticipated new Pixel phones. We just spotted Google’s

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Discover all the latest about our products, technology, and Google culture on our official blog.

This is the 4K Google Chromecast Ultra

Google is holding a wide-ranging hardware launch event on October 4, where it's expected to debut a pair of Pixel-branded phones, a VR heads

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The rooms were clean and the included breakfast was great. The only downside was the lack of a hotel bar and not having a large place for guests to congregate.
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I had delicious clam chowder and my wife had an amazing chicken pot pie. The service was excellent. One of the staff brought over two stuffed animals for our young children. This place was perfect and exactly what I wanted for lunch.
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It was a very pleasurable experience working with Steve. I'd recommend Park's to anyone based on his level of customer service.
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Amazing atmosphere, great beer, and a bookcase liquor shelf.
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