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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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Facebook hopes to tackle Fake News in Germany

Apparently 'Fake New's is highly prevalent, or at least it was, on Facebook during the US election. Many people weren't able to tell the difference between a popular website and a random no-name website setup in random parts of the world that they had never heard of before. That's shocking and sad... but that's another rant. Anyways, Facebook hopes to combat these bad sites this time around for the German election.

Facebook will begin rolling out its fake news filter in Germany, The Financial Times reports, where lawmakers have expressed growing concern over the spread of fabricated news stories and Russian...
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New LG Smartwatches pass through FCC with LTE and Android Wear 2.0

LG's LG-W280, LG-W280A, and LG-W280V have pass through the FCC. It's possible that these model numbers represent a WiFi variant, an AT&T variant, and a Verizon variant, though that's just a guess based on model numbers. These watches also rock Android Wear 2.0, based on included screenshots. I'm going to bet these are some of the watches that the Googs recently said that they were working on with one of their partners, launching with Wear 2.0.
An Android Wear device from LG recently passed through the FCC, sporting what appears to be a round display, as well as standalone LTE connectivity. While documents held by the FCC that contain actual images of the device remain confidential, at least three different variants are being tested: LG-W280, LG-W280A, and LG-W280V. These letters could symbolize …
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Android Wear 2.0 is launching in February. What a time to be alive.
Google has sent out a developer email urging Android Wear developers to have their apps ready for the on-watch Play Store by February.
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Are we about ready to see an update to Google Voice? I hope so.

That said, I stopped using Google Voice this past summer and ported my number out of GV and back to my carrier. I don't really miss it.
Oh boy, are we about to be treated to a new Google Voice? Maybe! A handful of Google Voice users (including me) are seeing a new banner at the top of our Voice accounts on the web that reads, “The new Google Voice is here.” That note is followed up with a link to “TRY …
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Damn. Autonomous driving technology seems to be progressing at an extremely high rate. Watch Nvidia's BB8 self-driving car navigate the world with ease.
This is BB8. It’s Nvidia’s autonomous car and it’s been driving around in California and New Jersey testing things out. It’s always nice when companies give their cars cutesy names (this one is, of...
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The all new +NVIDIA Shield Android TV is now available

I love my generation one Shield TV and would definitely recommend this to anyone looking to get an Android TV. That said, Android TV isn't for everyone and Chromecast would be sufficient for most people. But, if you're looking to do a little more, such as gaming, running your own media server, and want Google Assistant, this may be your media device.

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It's good to know that the Huawei Watch for women may be returning very soon. We need more sexy and elegant smartwatches for women, dammit!
Several retailers have listed the Huawei Watch Elegant and Jewel models as out of stock and discontinued, but a Huawei representative says they're merely restocking after a busy holiday season.
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Andy Rubin's new company Essential to launch a phone later this year. This has all of my attention.
Android's creator is building a high-end smartphone to be the centerpiece of a series of AI-infused consumer gadgets.
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Chrome OS will be getting Android 7.1 goodies in the near future.
'This is Chrome OS's year,' people say optimistically as they think for the gazillionth time about buying a Chromebook. Hell, I'm one of those people. Will... by Phil Oakley in Applications, News, Nougat 7.0/7.1
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Nice. Google Assistant gets Now On Tap's screenshot capability, though you can't use it on the Homescreen. Odd.
Google got in a habit of dumping all sorts of features and incomplete ideas into Google Now on Tap. With the move away from On Tap, Assistant focused more... by Ryan Whitwam in Google, News, Pixel, Pixel XL
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The iPhone was announced 10 years ago today and it changed the world

The iPhone started a mobile Internet revolution. Love iOS or hate iOS, you have to admit that the iPhone changed the world. Until it's announcement, smartphones were clunky and well, just bad.

Also, after the iPhone, Android changed directions from looking similar to BlackBerry, to the juggernaut you know today.
Ten years ago today, Jobs surprised everyone with a truly revolutionary product.
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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:
Google Pixel XL

Android Tablets:
Nexus 7 2013

Android TV:
Shield TV


Huawei Watch
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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    Writer, 2013 - present
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    Windows, Linux and VMware Systems Administrator. Network and Firewall Administrator.
  • 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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NVIDIA SHIELD (2017) review: Still the king for a reason

NVIDIA's SHIELD Android TV console has been, since its launch in 2015, the only Android TV you really should be paying attention to. For 201

Android Wear 2.0 coming in February according to email

Google has sent out a developer email urging Android Wear developers to have their apps ready for the on-watch Play Store by February.

Watch Steve Jobs unveil the first iPhone — his greatest performance ever

Ten years ago today, Jobs surprised everyone with a truly revolutionary product.

Watch BB8, Nvidia’s self-driving car, navigate the world

This is BB8. It’s Nvidia’s autonomous car and it’s been driving around in California and New Jersey testing things out. It’s always nice whe

NVIDIA Announces New SHIELD Android TV Console, Starts at $199 | Droid Life

During NVIDIA’s CES keynote event, the company announced an upgraded SHIELD Android TV console. Offering access to 4K HDR content from both

Revealing the Future: Faraday debuts its FF91

Automotive upstart shocks with power and lack of price tag.

Swarovski's first Android Wear watch is launching in March | Android Cen...

Swarovski has announced that it is teaming up with Qualcomm to launch its first Android Wear watch designed for women at Baselworld 2017, wh

Mattel’s $300 Echo clone will read your children bedtime stories

Toymaker Mattel has built a digital home assistant designed to look after young children and babies. According to reports from Fast Company

Lenovo Launches Smart Assistant Speaker Powered by Amazon Alexa | Droid ...

CES 2017 is officially here and Lenovo is one of the first companies out of the gate with some major announcements. Their line-up for 2017 w


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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - 2014-09-29

Hey Cambridge geeks! We have now sold 80% of the general admission tickets to BAHFest East. This means it is likely they will sell out very

Amazon patented a fantastical floating airship warehouse for its deliver...

Amazon has been working on getting a drone delivery program off the ground for a while now, but some new patents show the company isn't out

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.

Google+ v9.3 reveals plan to move Location Sharing to Google Maps and ma...

This week has been busy with updates, but many are just checking bugs off the list before everybody takes off a couple of weeks for the holi

Chinese company TCL buys global rights to BlackBerry phone brand

BlackBerry has signed over (mostly) global rights to use its branding on phones to Chinese manufacturer TCL. The news follows an announcemen

Introducing the new Google Wallet experience on the web

A new Google Wallet experience on the web makes it easy to quick send and request money.

DEAL: Google is offering $10 off the 2015 Chromecast

Google is currently discounting the 2015 Chromecast by $10 to bring the price down to just $25. The deal seems to only be for those residing

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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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The hot bars and the cold bars, especially the sushi bar, are amazing.
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I'm a cheesecake fan, buy wow, the filet mignon here was amazing. The wait staff were also very helpful with our massive 16 person party.
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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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The wait staff made our meals extra special for our small children by making Mickey and Minnie Mouse pancakes for them. Very friendly. Great food. We will be going there again!
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Your typical Dunkin Donuts. Go upstairs in the Prudential Center and then to the left.
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Great beer with a wonderful atmosphere. Sit upstairs and enjoy couches and TV or enjoy the weather outside on the patio.
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