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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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+LogMeIn buys +LastPass for $115 million

While I'm sure both companies have good intentions, many users aren't too happy on the deal. Most of the complaints come from those who have observed LogMeIn’s licensing practices in the past. The company notoriously switched to a subscription-based model, and effectively hiked the price of their service up by a large amount in the process.

Then there's the fact that essentially customer's usernames and passwords were just purchased by another company, one that they weren't trusting with their holiest of holies.
LastPass fans, sit down. We have something to tell you: LogMeIn has purchased LastPass. The former gets you into your computer from remote connections. The latter helps generate and store secure passwords for easy logins at your favorite sites and services.
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+Lateef Alabi-Oki​ password Gorilla is, I think, an open source password manager that works locally. There is no cloud involved, but that can be fixed, if you want, by syncing the program along with its passwords in a cloud server like Google Drive. Otherwise, you can store the files in a secure thumb stick or something and no one will have access to it. 
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And here's the Hangouts 5.0 splash page.
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Please stop with the splash screens +Android​. All they do is add unnecessary disconnect from the action of tapping the button and being able to send a message. 
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Some pumpkin beer is decent, then others go all fall crazy and lay on the pumpkin spice and nutmeg like a mad man. This beer went somewhere in the middle.
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Ecicsson CEO says 5G wireless will be for the "industrial Internet".

Vestberg also suggested that a 5G network with very low latency levels would be one possible solution to let autonomous cars talk to one another in the future. Such a network, he argued, would be able to handle “hundreds of times more devices being connected.”
5G is about the industrial Internet, with "hundreds of times more devices being connected."
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Okay, who broke +Google Drive?
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What happened to Drive? I haven't noticed. 
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Why are Google apps rockin' a splash screen? Basically, to make the UI look pretty while the application loads if the application isn't currently in memory.
Use cold start time effectively with a branded launch theme
Pro-tip by +Ian Lake

When your app isn’t in memory and is launched, that ‘cold start’ can take significantly longer than if your app is already in memory. Depending on the size of your app and what you’re doing in your Application’s onCreate() (as little as possible I hope!), there may be lag between when the user starts your app and your Activity’s onCreate() is actually called. During that time, the window manager makes its best effort to draw a placeholder UI using elements from your theme such as the background and status bar color.

But the background doesn’t have to be a solid color: it can be an opportunity to add a little more personality and branding to your app without slowing down the user through the use of a branded launch screen (, allowing your app UI to focus on content rather than additional branding. The key is creating a custom theme that overrides android:windowBackground, then replacing that custom theme with your standard theme before calling super.onCreate().

Assuming you have a theme called AppTheme, your launcher theme would be:
<style name="AppTheme.Launcher">
  <item name="android:windowBackground">@drawable/launch_screen</item>

This implies that everything about the launcher theme is inherited from your main theme - you’re just changing the windowBackground. One other attribute you may consider changing here is colorPrimaryDark: the status bar color on Android 5.0+ devices. Setting colorPrimaryDark to your main background color can put more emphasis on your branding at the expense of another element changing when transitioning to your final theme.

But drawable/launch_screen can’t be just a simple image, unfortunately - it’ll end up stretched to fill the entire screen. Instead, you can use an XML file such as:
<layer-list xmlns:android="" android:opacity="opaque">
  <!-- The background color, preferably the same as your normal theme -->
  <item android:drawable="@android:color/white"/>
  <!-- Your product logo - 144dp color version of your app icon -->

Make particular note of the android:opacity=”opaque” line - this is critical in preventing a flash of black as your theme transitions.

Then apply your theme to your activity in your AndroidManifest.xml using android:theme="@style/AppTheme.Launcher".

The easiest way to transition back to your normal theme is to call setTheme( before super.onCreate() and setContentView():
public class MyMainActivity extends AppCompatActivity {
  protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
    // Make sure this is before calling super.onCreate
    // ...

Things to note with this approach:
- No launchpad activity - there’s no delay such as there would be if you were launching a second activity from a dedicated splash screen style activity
- No artificial delays - you’re only using the time that you have, just taking advantage of theming
- No extra overdraw - resetting your theme removes a layer of overdraw compared to having an opaque view with your normal background above the custom windowBackground
- Only for your launcher activity - this isn’t appropriate for deep links into your app or handling a URI, but for launches done through the home screen - the point is to minimize dead time, not to annoy users.
- Fast is best - keeping your app lean and minimizing work done at startup is critical to a good experience, even if that means slightly less time for branding - remember: getting users to the content they care about should be your #1 priority.
- Watch your transition - keep both the number and complexity of your transitions to a minimum by sharing as many elements (colors, etc) as possible to make for a seamless transition straight to content.

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+Derek Ross My opinion is that +Ian Lake's excuses for slow apps which need splash screens to hide it is not good enough excuses.
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Apparently Google+ now has a splash page, like nearly every other Google app.
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that splash tho +Derek Ross+Kevin The Tech Ninja+Paul And Tech​
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iPhone 6S: A tale of two A9's

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. It was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness. It was the time of manufacturing A9 processors by two different companies.

"The A9 chip in Apple's new iPhone 6s is manufactured by two different companies, Samsung and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC). More notably, reports started circulating that the battery life in the Samsung A9 devices was notably worse than that of the TSMC iPhones. Some tests have revealed that the TSMC chips last as much as two hours longer than the phones with Samsung silicon inside."
Apple says battery life should only vary by two to three percent.
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+Steven Wido Think that. If it makes you feel better. It's harmless. Life is short. I wouldn't want to mess up your delusion. Do whatever you need to do to be happy. I do. 
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Only two weeks (1.5 Wednesdays) until the +Big Android BBQ! Who's starting to get excited? I know I sure as hell am. 

Are you going to the BABBQ? +Jeremy Waite and I will get in around 2pm on the 21st.

#soon   #Android   #pinkgorilla   #babbq6  
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Anyone still looking to split a room? :D My last minute planning is screwing me over and I need a place to crash. Let me know! :)
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Verizon to raise grandfathered unlimited data plans by $20

Good ole big red plans on raising the price of your grandfathered-in $29.99 unlimited data plan to $49.99. Seeing as this plan went away four years ago and hasn't seen an increase in price since it debuted, I wouldn't see this as a big deal as the alternative is still more expensive. Verizon said that less than 1% of their customers are still using this plan and this increase is most likely a way to try to get the last remaining folks off of it and onto their new simplified packages.
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Well got a cricket sim. Gonna test it out in my backup phone see how this month goes. Then probably by by +Verizon​
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Amazon launches Handmade, an Etsy competitor

Due to the success of Etsy, the world's largest retailer has decided to get in on the craft and artisan sales game. With Handmade, Amazon has 80,000 items in the store already from artisans all over the world and ready to go at launch. Not bad. It will be interesting to see if the craft culture adopts the corporate vibe of Amazon or if Etsy will remain on top as time goes on.
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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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