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Derek Ross
You can't fake passion.
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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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FINALLY, the Huawei Watch 2 (Classic) is available for purchase. Though, I personally think it's a not as nice looking as the original Huawei Watch.

But if you need a new Android Wear smartwatch and don't like all of the sporty looking models that are out there, this one seems to be a mix of sport and elegance all in one.

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Dog. Posting attempt #2.

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My pretty #doge sunning himself.

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The second gen Moto 360 is finally getting Android Wear 2.0. Mash your check update buttons if you have one!

I'm really enjoying all of Android Wear 2.0 on my Huawei Watch. It's much smoother than it previously was, battery life is fine, getting 2 days, I really enjoy how notifications are handled, and the new app drawer is nice and easily accessible.

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This new Android TV UI looks quite pleasing, allowing content to play a much larger role. I can't wait to try it out. Also, Assistant!
Welcome to your New Home on Android TV

Android TV brings rich app experiences and entertainment to the biggest screen in your house, and with Android O, we’re making it even easier for users to access content from their favorite apps.

We’ve created a new Android TV home screen, which organizes video content into channels and programs in a way that’s familiar to TV viewers. Each Android TV app can publish multiple channels, which are represented as rows of programs on the home screen. Apps add relevant programs on each channel, and update these programs and channels as users access content or when new content is available.

Also, the Google Assistant on Android TV is coming later this year, and will allow users to quickly find and access content using their voice. Because the Assistant is context-aware, it can help users narrow down what content to play. Users will also be able access the Assistant to control playback, even while a video or music is playing. When the Google Assistant comes to Android TV it will launch in the US on Android devices running M, N, and O.

You can get started developing for the new Android TV home screen using the Android O Developer Preview. To get started, visit the Android O Developer Preview site, and try out the Android TV Channels and Programs codelab for a first-hand experience building an Android TV app.


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Google's DeepMind triumphs again.

AlphaGo has again defeated Ke Jie, the world’s number one Go player, in their second game, meaning Goog's AI has secured a victory in the three-part match.

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+Chris Lacy​ it's a hell of a nice guy and a hell of an Android developer. And, he's hiring. Good luck!
I'm looking to hire an Android engineer to help me develop Action Launcher.

If you're interested, please get in touch!

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Congrats Canadians! You're getting Android Pay in a week! 

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The CW app looks beautiful on my 70" TV. #chromecast
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