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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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Have you watched The Man in the High Castle yet?

I finished the first season last weekend and I have to say, I really, really enjoyed it. The first episode got me hooked, there was a bit of a lull in the middle, but the last episode brought me right back.

It's 1962, America has lost WWII; the east is the Greater Nazi Reich and the west, the Japanese Pacific States. Amidst this oppression there is new hope - films that seem to show a different world. When her sister gives her a film and is then murdered, a woman comes to believe the films hold the key to freedom and becomes obsessed with finding their mysterious guardian, The Man in the High Castle.
Go inside the making of one of the most ambitious shows ever in the Amazon Original Series, The Man In The High Castle. See how the cast and crew create a world that shows us what America would look like if it lost World War 2.
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+Big Android BBQ#BABBQ15

A month later, I finally had some free time to make another shadowbox with the latest #BABBQ pins. Now to hang it.
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Be wary of any USB Type-C charger that purports to support QC2.0 or QC3.0 out of the same Type-C port. That's breaking the spec as show below.
Can Qualcomm QC and USB Type-C coexist on the same connector?
I get this question sometimes, so I wanted to do a quick post to address it.
tl;dr : Type-C Spec forbids it.

Longer explanation:
Qualcomm's QC2.0 and 3.0 use variable voltage on Vbus in order to get more power over the same USB A-to-microB cables. My #Nexus6 , for example, comes with a Motorola Turbo Charger which outputs at 5V, 9V, and 12V. QC 2.0 allows for up to 18W charging over an A-to-microB cable by using the combination 12V * 1.5A.

18W is no slouch, actually, and right now, that's actually 3W more than the 15W that USB Type-C 3A charging can do.

The difference is that Qualcomm's solution is very proprietary, and it takes over the D+/D- (usb data) lines for good, so that Type-A port can't be used to communicate to your PC at the same time you fast charge.

USB Type-C doesn't have that restriction. You can have a hub with a 3A charging port that also hooks up all the data lines as the negotiation is separate from D+/D-.

When the USB-IF got to specifying Type-C, at the same time, considered higher voltages and much more dynamic power requirements as well. That is when the USB Power Delivery was introduced as well. Power Delivery will be able to handle much higher voltages (up to 20V) and higher currents (up to 5A) in a non-proprietary way.

This section of the Type-C specification 4.8.2  calls out chargers and devices that want to use a proprietary charging method and restricts them specifically from modifying Vbus (which is what QC does to get to 9V and 12V), and from altering roles from source to sink.

The idea is to reduce the confusion that could happen because PD does all of these things in an open and non-proprietary way.

If you're looking for an explanation why the Nexus 6P and 5X do not support QC of some kind, it's because of the final line in the section I've screenshotted here.

Also, any USB Type-C charger that purports to support QC2.0 or QC3.0 out of the same Type-C port is also breaking this section of the spec as well.

Hope this has been helpful!

#USB   #TypeC   #USBC   #Nexus6P   #Nexus5X  
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+andy o thanks for the input. I asked Cody from Android Police the same question and he said it should be fine. Jerry from Android Central said it should be fine as well. I'm just trying to soak up as much info on this as possible. 
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+Google Store​ Black Friday Deals!

Save $80 on Nexus 5X
Save $200 on Nexus 9
Save up to $100 on select Android Wear watches
Buy 2 Chromecasts for $50
Save $50 on select Chromebooks
Save $30 on Nest Cam
Get $50 Google Play Credit with Nest Thermostat
Save 50% on cases and covers

Official Google Store for Google devices and accessories. Buy Android phones, tablets, Chromecast, Chromebooks, Android Wear, Nest, and more
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No Black Friday sale in Denmark though - why +Google Store?
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30% off any TV season on Google Play!
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+Steve Rodrigue And when you're overpaying for poorer quality? Bearing in mind that when you buy the Blu-ray, you also get your cruddy digital copy, but you paid less for both?
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More Google+ Preview updates!

I'm glad the team is listening and iterating.

G+ Web Preview Updates
As promised, we're continuing to listen and respond to feedback on the new Google+.

Today we're launching a number of updates to our Web preview including:
- Adding a 3 column stream view for very wide screens
- Adding the ability to reply to comments in context
- Removing the limit on circle streams in the menu (previously 6)
- Adding the option to view 'Posts from Circle' from the Following screen

These changes (which you can see in the image below) will be rolling out today. And look for more updates on Android, iOS, and the Web soon. Thanks~
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The new Prime Air drone isn’t just a quadcopter anymore, it's actually more of a hybrid of a helicopter and an airplane. It takes off and lands vertically, but then it switches to a regular horizontal mode when in flight. The new drones can fly for 15 miles and fly over 55 mph. I guess that means when they do launch, if these number stay the same, you'll need to have a distribution center fairly close.
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GTFO. Of all the places to post that question you think here is acceptable/appropriate? I would normally help, but you need to learn your action made the internet worse and isn't acceptible.
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Didn't get a Project Fi Nexus 6P or 5X and want to build your own Phone holder or Cable tidy? Now you can with these simple instructions!

Thanks to the real MVP that uploaded them here:
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Here's what the Cards Against Humanity team bought with your $5 'donations' to their sale of 'nothing' on Black Friday.

Sorry, you won't be getting part of a small island this year.
It's the third annual anti-Black Friday stunt from the card game company.
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Amazon is having a "Fire Sale" for Black Friday!

Fire TV stick for $24.99
Fire TV stick with Voice Remote for $34.99
Fire TV for $74.99
Fire tablet for $34.99
Fire HD 6 tablet for $69.99
Fire Kids Edition tablet for $84.99
Kindle E-reader with Special Offers for $49.99
Kindle E-reader for $69.99
Kindle Paperwhite E-reader $99.99
Kindle for Kids Bundle E-reader for $69.99
Amazon Echo for $149.00

Check them all out here:
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Happy Thanksgiving!

Enjoy your day with family, friends, and loved ones. If you're traveling, have a safe trip. And most importantly, eat and drink too much, because I sure as hell will.
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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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