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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 Duo is a week old and has now been downloaded over 5 million times on Android.

I don't video chat very often, but when I do, I used to use Hangouts. Now, I use Duo. It's fast. It's, EXTREMELY simple. And, the quality is perfect.

Thanks Googs.

Now... we just need Allo to officially launch.
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WiFi Assistant comes to all Nexus users!

Originally a Project Fi exclusive feature, WiFi Assitant is expanding to all Nexus users in the United States, Canada, Mexico, UK and Nordic countries.
Keep your connection speed high and your data bill low with Wi-Fi Assistant, a feature that allows you to automatically and securely connect to more than a million, free open Wi-Fi hotspots. Originally a Project Fi exclusive feature, we are now expanding Wi-Fi Assistant to all Nexus users in the United States, Canada, Mexico, UK and Nordic countries. This will roll out to users over the next few weeks. Learn more:
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Android Pay automatically adds Walgreen's loyalty cards

Android Pay now automatically adds your Walgreen's loyalty card during the check-out process if you pay with Android Pay. No longer do you need to scan your Walgreen's card AND tap to pay with NFC like a primitive barbarian in two separate processes. It's now all handled at the same time. Congrats Walgreen's shoppers.... I don't have any of those around here.
It's the first retail store with full Android Pay NFC integration.
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Here is the best Android 7.0 Nougat review you'll find.

Even though I've been known to review many a Android device (though not in a long while) I still love reading what others have to say on the subject. And let me tell you... When +Ron Amadeo​ writes words, I read them. So sit back, relaxing, sip your evening beverage, and enjoy learning everything you've ever wanted to know about Google's latest version of Android.
Big smartphones are everywhere, and Nougat's new features make them more useful.
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Allo there Android 7.0 Nougat! I can't wait to update my Nexus 6P!
Get #AndroidNougat and all of its sweet, new features on select #Nexus devices. Updates start rolling out today.
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Google Wallet updated to allow automatic cash-out

+Google Wallet has an update that's rolling out that will allow for automatic transfers of money from Google Wallet to your preferred bank account. So, when someone sends you money, the money will be on it's way to your bank account, without you having to manually start this process. Not bad dot jay peg.
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iOS vulnerabilities likely spread for years, allowed iPhone's to be remotely jailbroken.

After the exploits surreptitiously jailbreak a target's iPhone, Pegasus immediately starts trawling through a wealth of its resources. It copies call histories, text messages, calendar entries, and contacts. It's capable of activating the cameras and microphones of compromised phones to eavesdrop on nearby activities. It can also track a target's movements and steal messages from end-to-end encrypted chat apps.

Apple has already issues security updates to patch these vulnerabilities.
Jailbreak vulnerabilities allowed attackers to tap encrypted chat messages.
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Use this app by +Michael Evans​ to enable night mode in Android 7.0 Nougat!
Want access to the Night Mode Quick Tile on Nougat? Seems like it's hidden...
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Chase finally getting Android Pay support

Not bad Chase. Only a year and a half after you said coming soon. My Amazon rewards card is excited.

Android Pay has a growing list of banks that support the tap-to-pay service. Despite adding 19 new banks and credit unions back in July, Chase was once again one of the few major financial institutions shunning the service for reasons. If you're a Chase customer anxiously waiting for the chance to use Android Pay, September 7th can't come soon enough. That's the day the Chase will reportedly flip the switch and allow Android Pay users to finally ...
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MMmmMM... Love that fresh Nougat source smell in the morning...
JIT: Don't update the dex cache of another class loader. This only works for properly delegating class loaders. But Java allows non-delegating ones :( bug:29964720 test:612-jit-dex-cache (cherry picked from commit 491617a612c8a1c890e72d8ba780a151ddee8e11) (cherry picked from commit ...
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Enjoying Nougat from a 5X.. Had to add the Nexus Launcher to make it look the part, been on N Beta since June and not seeing many changes from Beta..
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Allo there my previous, come to papa! #AndroidNougat
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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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If your download isn't done by tomorrow morning, you'll have to pay to upgrade Windows.

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Simplify your day. Pay Hands Free. Now accepted at select locations in Silicon Valley. You can find the full list of stores and new merchant

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