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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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+Matt Lane she's an amazing woman!
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+OnePlus 2 will rock a fingerprint sensor

Another day, another OnePlus 2 spec! This time company has told us that their next Android phone will come equipped with a fingerprint sensor that's faster than Apple's TouchID, supposedly. With Android M officially supporting fingerprint readers, I'm guessing these are about to become the norm.
Okay, so this mornings OnePlus 2 leak was more than likely a fake, but that doesn't mean it didn't get one thing right: the phone's upcoming fingerprint scanner.
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Thumb print reader on the bezel. That's what I want. 
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That's what's great about the Googs. If you want to leave their services, you can, and you can easily take your data with you.
You control your content. You can download your documents, emails, photos, and more at My Account →
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+Jason Falter I experienced that issue when I dropped my google apps account. Couldn't get my movies. I get them on now primarily. 
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Congrats iOS users! .... meanwhile in Android land.....
Hangouts gets speed and beauty on iOS

We've updated the Hangouts app for iOS with a new design that makes it faster to start new conversations and drop in all the stickers, emoji and photos you want.

- Sleek & polished with material design
- Quick compose button to find your most frequent contacts and start a new conversation
- Easy access to the full complement of attachments, making it easy to pick photos, stickers, emoji and more
- Improved experience for phone calling with a new Dialer UI

This update (version 4.0) also includes many bug fixes and performance improvements. It is  live in the App Store now ( The Android update will be coming soon, so stay tuned.
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+Owen Davis Because they can. It's not a matter of who is first, the Nexus updates proved that. As long as it's a good update for everyone.
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One of my close friends of over 15+ years has tragically passed away, leaving a wife and 2 small children behind. These two little boys will never know their father.

As mentioned in a post last week, my friend +Joel Reed was fan of sexy cars, building a successful business tinting and customizing them over the years. Joel loved techy, geeky things too, as he was a fellow Nexus Warrior with his +Nexus 6 and previously ran +CyanogenMod on his +Samsung Mobile USA Galaxy Note. Joel was also a fan of guns and rifles, owing some of the larger assault rifles that I've ever seen. When it came to the stock market or investing, well, that was one of his passions, making money. Joel was my friend, someone who would have done anything for me, someone who was always smiling and laughing, having a great time. But most importantly, Joel loved his two little boys as much as, well, as much as I love my two children, more than words can describe. If you're a parent, you know what I mean.

Even though Joel was a wizard with finances, sadly, he did not have life insurance, always stating that he was self insured with his investments and money saving habits. Which, to a point, that's true. However, once you're no longer around to continue said investing, you're no longer self insured. Besides, life insurance isn't for you, it's for your family, in case something happens to you. It's too late to have this conversation with my friend though. :(

No one likes asking for a hand out, but if you have a few bucks to spare this month, toss them towards the Reed family and their future. If you don't, a +1 and a share of post to spread the word will do.
Dear Friends, On June 22nd, 2015 the Reed Family lost a huge part of their lives; a husband, a best friend, a father, a provider. Help us raise money for Deanne, Ethan and Holden. My name is Ebun Adewumi and I have been friends with Deanne Reed since we were in middle school. Through Deanne I m...
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I feel sorry for you +Derek Ross​ I know how it feels 😢😢
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Earth View from +Google Earth. 

Experience a beautiful image from Google Earth every time you open a new tab in +Google Chrome. 
Experience a beautiful image from Google Earth every time you open a new tab.
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I'd love to see this done for your Wallpaper on Chrome OS, and it changes to a set amount of time
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More thoughts on the Google+ 4 year anniversary from +Yonatan Zunger, Chief Architect on Google+. 
I just thought I would mark today with a post I made four years ago, welcoming everyone on board just a few minutes after we flipped the switch and launched Google+. 

Over the course of the week that followed, I decided to try something a bit crazy and not really "traditional Google:" I spent lots of time running around the service, talking to everyone I encountered, and welcoming them aboard. What I found was that there were tremendous numbers of people out there who wanted to talk: not just about the service, but about all the things they cared about in their lives, from their pets to geopolitics. And the results changed my life.

It's been an amazing four years here: I've seen the project grow from a crazy idea to a giant, thriving community, spread around the world.  I've had so many conversations on so many subjects, and learned so much in the process, that I can't even count. I've learned to write much more effectively, and what it is to have a real conversation about incredibly sensitive subjects where people nonetheless treat each other with respect and seriousness. I've made an amazing group of friends here, people I love and trust and talk to every day. And I even met the love of my life, my brilliant and beloved wife, through the service.

So looking back on four years of what we've built here, I can say: this is going really well. I'm exceptionally glad to have met all of you, and to have had some part in building this community we share, and I'm looking forward to seeing where the next four years take us!
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Dear media outlets of the world,

AC/DC also launched on Google Play Music today, along with Apple Music and Spotify.

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+Derek Ross Apple fanboys are biased. And Apple offers free trials to Spotify and you can subscribe with the iTunes app. I really don't think the average android user knows about the awesome features that Google Play Music offers. Let alone any Google app... Maybe they need more ads for it? 
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Thanks to a little bit of geometry (and science) these new LG Chem built hexagonal batteries can boost smartwatch battery capacity around 25%. Seeing as wearable tech is all the rage right now, that's good news.
According to a report from Korea Times, LG Chem, the largest chemical company in South Korea, has begun shipping a new hexagonal battery to top-tier smartwatch makers. The new battery, which sports...
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What i found out about battery capacity and length of charges from cutting open the battery it seems to be it depends on how much dense is the chemical powder being compressed in the casing. Meaning that the more dense/compress it is the higher the capacity and the longer the charges last. This is comparison between china alkaline battery vs energizer AA battery.

I am not convinced its because of the hexagonal shape unless it can accommodate more space to keep the chemical powder inside but even if it does i don't think it can keep so much compare to the round battery either.
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Oh hello Moto G 2015 3rd Gen

Supposed Moto G 3rd Gen press renders of hit the web. I wonder if that's a fingerprint reader on the back or is the Moto G too budget friendly for such a feature?

You know we’re getting close to the launch of the Motorola Moto G 2015 when press renders of the device are leaked online. This time we have our clearest look yet at the device before it’s officially unveiled later this year.
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Dear Android users: Feel free to be upset. iOS just got the new Hangouts.
When the iOS Hangouts app gets the FAB before Android...
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Google Maps will warn about railroad crossings

The Federal Railroad Administration plans to announce a new partnership with Google that will ensure drivers are alerted whenever they come up on a rail crossing. Google is using data from the Department of Transportation to identify every rail crossing in the United States and mark those location in Maps.

Federal transportation officials can't quite explain why the number of US rail crossing accidents jumped by 9 percent last year, but they've recruited a powerful ally to keep that figure from...
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This is pretty cool. I'd like for it to warn me when I am within 1 mile of a liquor store too. 
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    Windows, Linux and VMware Systems Administrator. Network and Firewall Administrator.
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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.

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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

Android TV:
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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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LG Chem built a hexagonal smartwatch battery that boosts capacity by 25%

According to a report from Korea Times, LG Chem, the largest chemical company in South Korea, has begun shipping a new hexagonal battery to

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The CircleRank of Derek Ross is 784! In United States the CircleRank is even 166! Derek Ross says 'You can't fake passion.' and has 1201997

Google Maps will soon warn drivers when they approach rail crossings

Federal transportation officials can't quite explain why the number of US rail crossing accidents jumped by 9 percent last year, but they've

8 Pride-themed Easter eggs from Google

In honor of this year's Pride festivities, Google's LGBT employees developed festive Easter eggs that celebrate the community.

Now anyone can make an Amazon Echo

Amazon wants to take voice control to new heights. Just two days after making the Echo wireless speaker available to the masses, the retail

Terminator Genisys Watch Face - Google Play의 Android 앱

Glitch-up your smartwatch with awesome graphics and animations based on the latest movie in the Terminator series. See the iconic Terminator

Time Will Come - Android-apps op Google Play

This watch face features Attling’s unique Scandinavian style of ‘beauty with a thought’ — a combination of elegant design and inspirational

ANREALAGE WatchFace - Android Apps on Google Play

WatchFace was born from the fashion brand ANREALGE. You could enjoy the ANREALAGE logo and Sundial design watch.----------------------------

Geox Watch Face – Android Apps on Google Play

"Geox shoes breathe with your every step. Style and technology combined to ensure you stay looking great and feeling comfortable all day lon

Apple says it will pay artists during Music's free trials (updated)

Taylor Swift has a lot of clout in the streaming music world, it seems. Just hours after the singer railed against Apple for declining to pa

Microsoft is giving away Windows 10 to anyone who tests it

While there was some confusion over Microsoft giving away Windows 10 to pirates, the software giant is now being clear about its free upgrad

Game-over HTTPS defects in dozens of Android apps expose user passwords

Apps downloaded more than 200 million times fail to properly encrypt login data.

Nokia CEO says the company will design and license phones again

When a deal with Microsoft allows it to do so in 2016, Nokia plans to design and license phones again. In what comes as no surprise, the com

Google reportedly acquires startup Agawi so users can stream apps ahead ...

Late last year, Google is said to have acquired Agawi, a company that streams apps much like we currently do with media. According to The In

Nest - Android Apps on Google Play

At Nest, we make products that are beautiful, thoughtful and easy to use. Same goes for our newly redesigned Nest app. Control your Nest Lea

Meet Nest Protect | Nest

Be informed. Not alarmed. The Nest Protect: Smoke + Carbon Monoxide detector. Nest Protect thinks before it speaks, and can be monitored fro

Meet Nest Cam - YouTube

The new Nest Cam is designed to watch out for your home and family – even when you can’t. With secure 1080p HD video streaming, advanced Nig

Pool? Check. Bar? Check. Breakfast? Check. Big Android BBQ? Double check. The Hyatt Place has been a great place to stay for every Big Android BBQ. I wouldn't stay at any other place.
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I'm not a coffee fan, so I can't comment on that. I can however comment on the atmosphere and the food, which are both excellent. This is a great place for lunch.
Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Very Good
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OIP food is a near staple in the area. Their pizza is excellent and their subs are perfect.
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If you want a budget friendly breakfast, Donna's is the place to get it.
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Johnny's has one of the best beer selections in town if you're into microbrews. The recent upgrades have made Johnny's a staple of Huntingdon night life... if there is such a thing.
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Kelly's always has great food that's wallet friendly. I love their club sandwiches. They're famous for them. And their wings and beer battered haddock. The atmosphere is a bit antiquated, but you don't go here for modern accommodations. You go here for good food and friendly staff.
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The best damn wings in town. Period. The accommodations could use an upgrade, something a bit more modern and nicer. Take-out or delivery is best here. Staff is always very helpful and friendly.
Food: ExcellentDecor: Very GoodService: Excellent
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