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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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Happy Birthday Android! (Well, one of Android's birthdays...there's so many.) What do you think the Googs will announce?
We’re getting ready for a sweet day tomorrow. 🎂 #Android
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Hey Derek, enjoy the rest of your weekend and thanks for the tip!! Happy birthday android!!!

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Over 500 Million Yahoo! accounts were compromised in 2014

"The account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (the vast majority with bcrypt) and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers," the statement reads. "The ongoing investigation suggests that stolen information did not include unprotected passwords, payment card data, or bank account information; payment card data and bank account information are not stored in the system that the investigation has found to be affected."

The company is blaming a "state-sponsored" hacker.
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Real world conversations where Google Assistant provides a useful and beneficial experience.

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I know...your post is about technology, however, I was blown away by the fact that you live in Lewistown! Is this Lewistown East of State College? It has to be. Watkins Glen is 3.5 hours away. I, unfortunately, grew up in Lewistown. We used to go to Watkins Glen. Small world! I cannot believe I am following you, and then find you to be from my hometown. I live in State College. Most people I meet on Google Plus are from far away countries. Too funny! 
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And then the user on the Internet said that Allo didn't come with a kitchen sink, insinuating every other messaging app did, and I viewed all of them like...
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Why Google Allo is amazing in one example:

A few weeks ago, I took a picture of myself and sent it to my lovely wife +Katie Ross. Google immediately suggested that it could add more to our conversation by noticing I was wearing a t-shirt for my Uncle's brewery, Crystal Lake Brewing Company. Then, Google asked if we'd like flight information from State College to Chicago. Wow, pretty cool. Then, Google showed us potential dates, prices, and an easy tap to view more information with Google Flights to buy plane tickets. That experience was really damn cool.

My Uncle's brewery just celebrated their two year anniversary. Since it's about a 12 hour drive for me and I have two small children, I haven't been able to make it there, yet. This little interaction made me really, really think about making it out there, something I'd love to do this fall.

My point here I guess is that sure, it's fun to try to get the Google Assistant to pop up by trying to force it into the conversation and of course you're going to do that because it's new and exciting. However, the true power is when it happens naturally, acting as a value added service.
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Can't wait for October 4th myself.
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A wearable camera? +Google Glass​ much? Man these things are ugly though. And you have to use Snapchat! Haha. #DoA
The glasses will cost you $130, but supplies will be limited.
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Google continues to build two of everything...OnHub and now Google WiFi

Why? Because reasons. Apparently the Googs plans on announcing this little WiFi equipped router for $129 on October 4th. Why do you want this over OnHub? Who knows?!

Conspiracy theory time: Google WiFi will build out public hotspots for Android users to use, similar to Xfinity WiFi.
OnHub-schmonhub: two sources are now telling us that Google will introduce an own-brand Wi-Fi router called Google Wifi, and that the device will cost $129... by David Ruddock in Exclusives, Google, News, Rumors
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Maybe it's a router for power users. No need to over think this.
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#MadeByGoogle seems to be taking off around the world. It's nice to see this level of effort from the Googs.
Google is buying up massive swaths of vertical real estate to advertise its upcoming October 4th hardware event. Billboards in the United States, building-side projections in Germany — timed to...
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Don't like Allo? Think it's missing a feature that you must have? Tried complaining on the Internet and nothing happened? Try submitting feedback. I hope this helps!
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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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  • RG Technologies, LLC
    Owner, 2003 - 2010
    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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OnHub-schmonhub: two sources are now telling us that Google will introduce an own-brand Wi-Fi router called Google Wifi, and that the device

feedly: organize, read and share what matters to you.

Feedly connects you to the information and knowledge you care about. We help you get more out of you work, education, hobbies and interests.

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Meet the newest member of the Google family.

Behind the wheel of Uber’s new self-driving car, which hits the road today

On Monday, I found myself behind the wheel of a Ford Fusion driving down a Pittsburgh street lined with gorgeous Romanesque brick factories.

Google's Upcoming Pixel Launcher Available for Download Unofficially

The Pixel Launcher from the upcoming Pixel phones from Google has been made available for download, unofficially. Head on over for more info

WhatsApp devs master-troll Apple with a hidden 'fuck you' in source code

WhatsApp has a gang of badass developers, but it seems not all of them are particularly found of their colleagues over at Apple.

PSA: What are you waiting for? RETURN YOUR NOTE 7!

Another Galaxy Note 7 has exploded in Florida, and this time taking a family's car along with it. Do yourself a favor and swap the device ou

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Upgrade to iPhone 7 with Apple Plug.

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More Nexus 7 details leak ahead potential announcement today

Today we get a lot more info on the Huawei-built Nexus 7P. Here's the quick rundown of what's said to be coming with the first 7-inch Nexus

Android Pay

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LTE Advanced is so 2014. We’re already on to the next big thing. Verizon...

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Huawei's "Nexus 7P" might actually be a tablet

Huawei's plans for a "Nexus phone" may actually have turned into plans for a Nexus tablet -- the aptly-named Nexus 7P -- according to Evan B

The Acer Chromebook R13 is designed specifically to run Android apps

Many Chromebooks have been given the ability to access the Play Store and download apps. Not all Chromebooks have access, but nearly every n

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Wings, music, family fun.
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Quite crowded and the service wasn't all too great, but the food was decent. I'd like to visit during a less busy time and give them another chance.
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