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My wife's book is now available on Amazon: http://goo.gl/lDtjzH

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- http://www.amazon.com/dp/0985247843/ref=as_li_ss_til?tag=katiebeers-20

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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+Andrew Nguyen​​ the book was originally published two years ago, so two years
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I've been playing with the prerelease Hangouts 4.0 for a while. I'm guessing we won't see this become a public release for a couple weeks or more. It's still pretty buggy, such as the FAB disappearing or extreme lag. The Hangouts team might take a bunch of heat from time to time, but I want them to take all the time they need to turn this app into a work of art. It's looking great so far. Good luck squashing those bugs.
A new version of Hangouts is soon headed to Android devices. Known as Hangouts 4.0, we actually got a taste of what to expect in a previous leaks and in the iOS app that launched a few weeks ago. With a new version of the app now in our hands, we discovered a few new tricks.
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+Derek Ross That's exactly what I do and I recently converted my whole family to that system lol.
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Amazon Dash Buttons now available!

You can now use Amazon Dash Button's to automatically reorder 18 different products when they're running low, saving you a trip to the store.

I'm going to order one or two, once I figure out which of these products I use and if ordering the item from Amazon would save money and if not, is the convenience worth it.
Place it. Press it. Get it. When you're running low, simply press Dash Button, and Amazon quickly delivers household favorites so you can skip the last-minute trip to the store.
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I will never pay for a Dash Button, 5 bucks is too much. If it was free, I would get one.
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We need the Moto X to succeed

It's not a major secret that the US wireless phone industry is widely controlled by the major carriers here. From bloatware, to slow updates, to availability, everything done to carrier branded devices here in the US just plain sucks.

There is however, a better option, and that's unlocked phones sold directly to the consumer from the manufacturer. It's not done very often and when it is, there's often little success, because old habits die hard. The vast majority of consumers buy smartphones from their carrier's website or their carrier's storefront.

Chinese OEMs such as Huawei and others are trying to break into the US market by selling unlocked phones online, without carrier acknowledgement. However, the average consumer off the street has no clue who these companies are and we need this to change. These companies make great hardware too. It's a shame.

Motorola could help set a precedent here. Motorola is a well known brand and they're launching a phone here in the US that's unlocked, affordable, and carries the flagship moniker. We need this direct-to-consumer approach to take off. We need people to realize it's okay to buy a smartphone online.

I'm excited for this method to take off not only for unlocked phones without carriers muddying the waters, but for even more options. We all know what a Samsung phone or HTC phone looks like. We're very familiar with Motorola, LG, and Sony. I'm ready to see Huawei, OPPO, ZTE, and Xiaomi break into the US market and offer us even more choices.

So, I agree +Kellen Barranger. I hope that +Motorola Mobility sells more phones through Moto Maker than they could have ever imagined. The price is right. The design is right. The Google experience is right. This phone should be on everyone's radar.
Whether or not you plan to buy the new Moto X Pure Edition when it arrives in September, you should be rooting for Motorola to sell record numbers of them. This new direct-to-consumer approach from a brand like Motorola is something that could help continue to change this industry for the better ...
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+Christopher Cote The pure edition lady year allowed this, so possibly again.
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Nine years ago... Happy Anniversary +Katie Ross! I love you. Thank you for making my life complete.
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+Douglas McMillan I'm persuasive.
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+Project Loon to provide Sri Lanka with universal Internet access!

Google's Project Loon, the ambitious project that uses stratospheric balloons to transmit Internet access to the ground, is ready to provide the entire country of Sri Lanka with high-speed internet access.
Sri Lanka becomes the first country to enjoy high-speed internet access, courtesy of Google's Project Loon balloons.
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Auto Backup for App data is one of the best features of Android M

There's a major catch here though. It's only useful if app developers update their apps to use the latest API level. If applications are not updated, this feature is useless. I'm hoping we'll see this feature in many popular apps and games, but I wouldn't bet on seeing this being "standard" for a long time.
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When isn't there a catch, whenever google introduces these awesome new features it's mostly useless because devs don't bother to implement them. Take cloud saves for games, was super hyped when google announced it. Finally thought I can play a game on my phone and continue on my tablet and vice versa and no longer have to decide which game I will play where. It's been how long since google introduced cloud saves and it's still not widely spread. It's why I don't bother to put much effort in Android gaming because of lack of cloud game support. Cant be asked with putting several hours in a game only to lose all my save if I get a new device etc. I see the same thing happening here. I hope I'm wrong though. 
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21st Amendment Hell or High Water Watermelon.

Interesting. Not horrible, but I won't be getting another one.

I have about 30 minutes until my wife gets here. That should be plenty of time to drink some beer and play with Hangouts 4.0. Woot!


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Great Lei from Belching Beaver is excellent if you ever get a chance. Pineapple and toasted coconut. #FruitTheBeer 😉
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Just Windows 10 things.
 
Upgrade to Windows 10. It will be fun. They said. Via /u/joey_frydrych #funny #IT #Microsoft #Humour #UseLinux
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Getting the same error myself on my work laptop.
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Happy Windows 10 Day!

Have you installed your upgrade? How did it go? What do you think?

If you’re a Windows Insider member and running build 10240, you already have the Windows 10 version that's rolling out to users today.

I have it at home and have for months as a Windows Insider Program member. I like Windows 10, even though I don't really use any features of Windows and only a handful of applications.
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Doctor Who season 8 finale coming to theaters

In anticipation the upcoming ninth season of Doctor Who, we invite you to relive the spectacular two-part season eight finale, “Dark Water/Death in Heaven,” in breath-taking RealD 3D, when it comes to cinemas nationwide for only two nights, Tuesday, September 15 and Wednesday, September 16.
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+Angie Person Awesome. I hope I can find one! I didn't think the list of theaters was published yet.
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Morphing Burgers. What a time to be alive.
 
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Rolling out now in Play Store 5.8
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Aaah. Pretty pretty.
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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.

Ultimate Google Voice Search Cheat Sheet
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Every Android Enthusiast wants to know what devices you’re currently rockin’. Here’s mine:

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Nexus 7 2013

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Dell Chromebook 11
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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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The pizza is fairly average, but the price is right.
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I often go here for lunch. The food is reasonably priced and tastes great.
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Pure fun for kids. The arcade games and jungle gym produce endless smiles for my little ones.
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One of the best places to go for lunch or dinner in State College. Sometimes the staff need a little work, but overall I've had good experiences.
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If you're looking for a quick burger and fries and dont want to deal with your a low quality fast food joint, give these guys a try.
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For small children, this small amusement park is great. Sadly the gokart track was removed. They're expanding the water park.
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