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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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Google Voice gets major UI refresh, Hangouts days are numbered for consumers, in my opinion.

The new UI is here, finally, after 5 years of zero updates. If you still use Google Voice, this update is quite substantial.
Google Voice is getting a fresh design and new features, across Android, iOS and the web.
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The results are in: the Samsung Galaxy Note 7's caught fire thanks to shitty batteries and not Samsung hardware.
The information is in, and we know why the Galaxy Note 7 caught on fire.
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HTC halfbeak leaks again, shows us yuuuuuge bezels

HTC's upcoming Android Wear smartwatch dubbed halfbeak, which I recall leaking a year and a half ago, finally shows it's ugly face to the world in a series of leaked photos. Hopefully this is an unfinished prototype.
HTC's Android Wear watch, codenamed Halfbeak, leaked back in October on Chinese social network Weibo. Since then, we haven't heard a peep from the Taiwanes... by Phil Oakley in Android Wear, HTC, News
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Vizio devices now have support for Google Home

My kids have been using this for a while to Cast Netflix to the Vizio TV in the Family Room. They don't use the remote any longer. It's hilarious. What a time to be alive.
Vizio today announced that they've added Google Home support to their various SmartCast products. These include sound bars, TVs, wireless speakers, and more.
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Lenovo didn't realize they could destroy Motorola and still be successful...shocking.

In an extensive report published by The Wall Street Journal, Lenovo Group Ltd.’s CEO Mr. Yang Yuanqing is quoted as saying:

"We underestimated the differences of the culture and the business model."

Lenovo has accepted that it underestimated the efforts that reviving Motorola as a global brand would be. Read on to know more about the report!
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These could be Google and LG's upcoming Android Wear Smartwatches.
We're just a few weeks away from the release of Android Wear 2.0, and along with that we expect Google's new watches to arrive. Google has confirmed it's w... by Ryan Whitwam in Android Wear, Google, Leaks, LG, News
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Alternative Facts: China now allowing all citizens to visit any web page they want. Everyone in China is enjoying the Internet. The Internet there is great. No one is complaining.
The Great Firewall just got more impenetrable.
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Unless physically disconnected, there must be ways to connect to the internet.
Btw, I am in China.
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Alternative Fact: Electrolytes help the plants grow.

#pixelpushing #alternativefacts
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Instant Tethering allows you to...instantly tether...with ease!

If you're rocking a Nexus or Pixel and wish to share your Internet connection with your Pixel C or Nexus 9 tablet, now you can without having to go through the barbaric process of configuring a hotspot all by yourself. This sounds like an excellent feature if you're often sharing your LTE connection to your tablet.

Which... I don't have a tablet any longer and really don't see the need for one at this time, so I won't be using this feature. I do however share my Internet connection to my children's tablets in the car quite often. Too bad this feature won't work for those types of scenarios.
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Samsung, Sony, Moto, HTC, LG and even Huawei have already updated or started updating existing flagships. Nougat is going to climb the distribution chart much quicker than previous versions. 
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You can now chat with Aeden from Westworld on your Google Home.
Sign up · Log in · Westworld – Verified account @WestworldHBO. Delos has always been pushing the boundaries of what's possible. Ask #GoogleHome to talk to Aeden at #Westworld today. 0:22. 12:04 PM - 18 Jan 2017. 45 Retweets200 Likes. Reply to @WestworldHBO ...
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Android One may be coming to the USA

The report puts pricing at $200-300, which isn't really in the same budget category Android One devices live in inside other markets. Hopefully they'll be closer to $200, allowing even more people to rock stock-Android devices with timely updates.
Google started the Android One initiative back in 2014, with the goal of partnering with manufacturers to develop low-end Android phones that would receive... by Corbin Davenport in Google, News
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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
    Writer, Blogger, Android personality.
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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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China just made VPNs illegal

The Great Firewall just got more impenetrable.

Ringing in 2017 with updates to our Google Voice apps

Google Voice is getting a fresh design and new features, across Android, iOS and the web.

Star Wars: Episode VIII will be titled The Last Jedi

Up until now, we’ve been referring to the next installment of the Star Wars franchise as Episode VIII. Today that changes. Lucasfilm has ann

The real reason(s) the Note 7 caught fire | Android Central

The information is in, and we know why the Galaxy Note 7 caught on fire.

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.

Donald Trump trades in his Android for a 'secure' device

According to the AP, President Barack Obama's latest locked-down device was an iPhone.

You can now control your Vizio SmartCast devices with Google Home

Vizio today announced that they've added Google Home support to their various SmartCast products. These include sound bars, TVs, wireless sp

Android One phones may be arriving in the United States in the coming mo...

Google started the Android One initiative back in 2014, with the goal of partnering with manufacturers to develop low-end Android phones tha

First Android Wear 2.0 devices revealed: Google and LG’s Watch Sport and...

Google has teamed up with LG in a Nexus-style partnership to produce the first devices powered by Android Wear 2.0: the LG Watch Sport and L

The Verizon Pixel is performing better than expected

The Pixel continues to be a smash hit as Verizon struggles to keep inventory stocked of the new device, and other carriers are seeing new ac

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

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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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