Cover photo
Verified name
Derek Ross
Works at Phandroid
Lives in Huntingdon, PA
1,183,452 followers|99,220,873 views



Derek Ross

Shared publicly  - 
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 💗
Arik Licholat (Rik Ripper)'s profile photoJD Thayn's profile photoJoseph Hartley's profile photoNadine Bernathy's profile photo
+Derek Ross I need a signed copy please...with cherries on top
Add a comment...

Derek Ross

Shared publicly  - 
Project Fi invites are starting to roll out

Google Voice users beware!
If you signed up to be notified about Project Fi's availability and wanted to sign up as soon as the service was ready, you'll want to check your inbox -- Google is starting to send out the first batch of invites.
Jason Ansaldo's profile photoFedor von Bock's profile photoRonnie Boadi's profile photoStephen Harris (TrackMasterSteve)'s profile photo
Thinking of using it for the home phone instead of Vonage. Buying a Nexus 6 is a lot though.
Add a comment...

Derek Ross

Shared publicly  - 
Met +Eric Schmidt​, still couldn't get a Google IO ticket.
Renaud “和彦” Lepage's profile photoJoseph Hartley's profile photoBig Android BBQ's profile photoNic The MFing Tech Guy's profile photo
Austin seems to be in great spirits as well.
Add a comment...

Derek Ross

Shared publicly  - 
Can confirm.

"There’s probably no better place to find well-executed Material design than Google’s very own Play Store app" and I was imagining meeting the writer of the article on the street and being all like...
11 comments on original post
Louis Collier's profile photogeorge oloo's profile photoS. Morgan's profile photoShreen Ghattas's profile photo
+Aleksandar Stefanović I agree. The closest I've come to perfect is the B&H app:
Add a comment...

Derek Ross

Shared publicly  - 
Sweet! +Tesla Motors​ has used cars for sale at "lower prices" between 60k and 90k! Mere peons such as myself will have to wait for the Model 3. I'm wondering what the down payment on those will be? I'd bet $3,000 to $5,000. Better start saving now!
Elon Musk now sells used cars. The billionaire's electric car company, Tesla Motors, quietly launched a pre-owned vehicle program at the end of April — a new scheme that offers older versions of...
Joseph Hartley's profile photoMatthew Garbett's profile photoTim Edwards's profile photoKimberly Ann Graham's profile photo
Im patiently waiting but i gotta stop going to the mall here in denver lol
Add a comment...

Derek Ross

Shared publicly  - 
Thanks for the awesome Google / Android stickers +Virginia Poltrack+Jono Poltrack​!

(Side note. The camera on the Nexus 7 is terribad.)
Florendo Fiesta's profile photoPat Gencarelli's profile photoVirginia Poltrack's profile photoTravis Hall's profile photo
+Pat Gencarelli Yup, just private message me with where to send it :)
Add a comment...
Have him in circles
1,183,452 people
mustiafiz al-mamun's profile photo
达中華's profile photo
Emma Malay's profile photo
Lucrezia Cheung's profile photo
Sandy Haney's profile photo
Luis Sebasstian's profile photo
jack pull's profile photo
Julio Delgado's profile photo
Paranjothi Pvm's profile photo

Derek Ross

Shared publicly  - 
Xiaomi Mi Note Pro announced, makes you drool

Xiaomi has just raised the bar for smartphones. On May 12th you'll be able to purchase their latest behemoth of a phone, in both size and specs. The Mi Note Pro comes with 4GB of RAM, 5.7-inch Quad HD display, Snapdragon 810 processor, 64 GB of storage and much more. All for this for the cool price of RMB 2999 (about US $483). Congrats Chinese users! Knowing Xiaomi doesn't plan on selling this phone in the US makes me a little sad and jealous.

Dat UI though. Stock Android for life!
Xiaomi today officially unveiled their Mi Note Pro, a 5.7-inch Quad HD device with a line of specs that will make any participant of the mobile arms race sweat.
Calvin Goetz's profile photo
"you'll be able to buy.." 
Add a comment...

Derek Ross

Shared publicly  - 
For #WatchFaceWednesday I'm using the Aquarium watch face that's modeled after my favorite Alarm app, Timely.

The watch face is in it's early stages for now, though the developer has many plans for the future, such as weather, sharable themes, and more.
Derek Ross's profile photoDoug Lynch's profile photoDan Hirsch's profile photoRaul Santos's profile photo
+Jonah Kallen holy crap! It's a sign!
Add a comment...

Derek Ross

Shared publicly  - 
My wife and I met this guy tonight.
Paul Saluzzi's profile photoAlex Cruz (Mazda)'s profile photoMike LaBarge's profile photoRoosevelt Van Der Woodsen III's profile photo
no, Jamie foxx, met you two. he should be so honored
Add a comment...

Derek Ross

Shared publicly  - 
+T-Mobile​​ wants you to #NeverSettleForVerizon. Hilarious. +Verizon Wireless​​ may be expensive and try to squeeze every cent from your wallet, but at least they have coverage.
The gloves just came off, folks. T-Mobile has a bone to pick with Verizon and they want the whole world to know about it. The company has just released new ad campaign called #NeverSettle. Watch the 8 new ads they'll use to attack Verizon in this huge undertaking.
Nathan Towers's profile photoPeter Carenza's profile photoLaurie DesAutels's profile photoBruce Da.'s profile photo
+Nathan Towers​ T Mobile has never throttled me. 22gb this month and... Check out my Ookla Speedtest result. What's your speed?

Oh and what would that be costing at 'just' 10 bucks a gig?
Add a comment...

Derek Ross

Shared publicly  - 
Microsoft slams Android updates, claims Google ships a ‘big pile of... code’

From the article: "Google takes no responsibility to update customer devices and refuses to take responsibility to update their devices, leaving end users and businesses increasingly exposed every day they use an Android device"

This is incorrect. Google updates their devices, Nexus devices. The Nexus 7 from 2012 is on Android 5.1.1 and it's nearing 3 years of age in July. That's impressive. I'm sure it's against their agenda, but confusing AOSP and Google's version of Android (Nexus / GPe) is just horribly incorrect. It's not Google's fault that someone takes open source code and fails to maintain their devices using code updates. That said, Google could attempt to rope in OEMs with stricter rules.
Microsoft's Windows chief, Terry Myerson, isn't pulling any punches against Android this week. Speaking during a keynote appearance at Microsoft's Ignite conference in Chicago, Myerson knocked...
Roy Ngan's profile photoBrandon Lall's profile photoKimberly Ann Graham's profile photoRamon McNally (DJ-ÐiGiT)'s profile photo
I immediately dismiss articles that use the word slam like that. And I dismiss The Verge in general for their click-baity titles.
Add a comment...

Derek Ross

Shared publicly  - 
+Google Play​ Store updated, adds even more Material Design goodies

The latest Play Store update is rolling out and it's packed with a few simple, yet glorious UI tweaks. For those that loves you some material design, congrats on the new eye candy #materiyolo. As for the rest, well, #praiseduarte
Alex Cruz (Mazda)'s profile photogeorge oloo's profile photoMaricel Menal Cervelló's profile photoSeth Goldstein's profile photo
Don't need account 
Add a comment...
Derek's Collections
Have him in circles
1,183,452 people
mustiafiz al-mamun's profile photo
达中華's profile photo
Emma Malay's profile photo
Lucrezia Cheung's profile photo
Sandy Haney's profile photo
Luis Sebasstian's profile photo
jack pull's profile photo
Julio Delgado's profile photo
Paranjothi Pvm's profile photo
Systems Administrator
Virtualization, Infrastructure, VMware, Windows, Exchange
  • Phandroid
    Writer, 2013 - present
    Writer, Blogger, Android personality.
  • Penn State University
    Systems Administrator, 2010 - present
    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.
Basic Information
Looking for
Friends, Networking
I'm an information technology professional with a passion for Android and my family!

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:
Nexus 6

Android Tablets:
Nexus 7 2013

Android TV:
Nexus Player

Moto 360
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 :)

Bragging rights
I host a weekly Android news show. I write for Phandroid. Google Glass Explorer!
Collections Derek is following
Map of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has lived
Huntingdon, PA
Derek Ross's +1's are the things they like, agree with, or want to recommend.
Marvel 올스타 배틀 - Google Play의 Android 앱

소환사 님! 울트론이 올스타 배틀에 침입했습니다! 가장 강한 챔피언들로 팀을 구성하여 콜렉터가 울트론을 물리치는 일을 돕고 귀중한 ISO 스피어가 광기로 가득 찬 울트론의 손아귀에 들어가지 못하도록 지켜주십시오!울트론의 메시지: 잘 들어라, 쓸모 없는

Aquarium Watch Face – Apps para Android no Google Play

ALSO COMPATIBLE WITH SQUARE WATCHES!--The design of the most beautiful Android app ever now available on your wrist!Features:⚓ Multiple them

LG Call for Android Wear - Android Apps on Google Play

LG Call for android wear is a companion app which is work with LG android wear device. You can enjoy Recent call, Favorite contact and Dial

Tesla Energy is Elon Musk's battery system that can power homes, busines...

Tesla has finally taken the wraps off Tesla Energy, its ambitious battery system that can work for homes, businesses, and even utilities. Th

BrailleBack - Android Apps on Google Play

BrailleBack is an Accessibility Service that helps blind users make use of braille devices. It works together with the TalkBack app to give

Creative Preview – Android Apps on Google Play

Make sure you know how consumers will experience your ad creative when it actually goes live. Download Google's Creative Preview app to prev

Project Fi by Google - Android Apps on Google Play

Project Fi is a new wireless experience from Google designed to help you get the highest-quality connection, enable easy communication acros

Illustration Faces 2 by VA - Android Apps on Google Play

Choose from four watch faces for Android Wear: "Headphones", "Scooter", "Cuda" and "Super Bee", each with unique customizations. Change colo

Google Designer Says You Don’t Need a Smartwatch, and That’s OK

Matías Duarte says stop worrying about whether you need a smartwatch, because in the future, wearables will become as ubiquitous as apps

Gang members: We did not make truce to harm cops

Members of the Black Guerrilla Family, the Bloods and the Crips talk to 11 News, saying they did not make a truce to harm police officers.

Ladder - 一键翻墙 - Google Play 上的 Andr​​oid 应用

注:如果无法下载,请到 下载 只需轻轻一按,即可访问全球网络,并且保护您的隐私。\n\n特色:\n* 无需注册, 无需任何设置\n* 不限制速度, 不限制流量\n* 多国代理,一键测速©技术,轻松选择最快线路\n* 同时兼容安卓5.x, 4

Best Buy now accepts Apple Pay, coming to stores 'later this year'

Best Buy is getting behind Apple Pay. Today the electronics retailer pushed out an update for its iOS app that allows customers to buy items

Someone got Android Wear running on the Samsung Gear 2

Samsung has not been one of Android Wear's biggest supporters. They have opted to use their own Tizen OS instead. The Gear 2 is one such dev

Just-released WordPress 0day makes it easy to hijack millions of websites

Exploit code lets unauthorized attackers gain administrative control.

Tesla's home batteries could be leased similarly to SolarCity scheme

Tesla is widely expected to introduce a pair of new battery technologies later this week: a battery for the home and a "very large scale uti

Comcast reportedly abandons acquisition of Time Warner Cable

Comcast is calling off its $45 billion dollar attempt to buy fellow cable provider Time Warner Cable, according to Bloomberg. The decision c

Project Fi and Nexus 6: More choice in how you connect - The Official Mo...

We want to give you the freedom to choose the mobile experience that's right for you, which is why we are proud to be the first hardware par

Man puts 8 bullets in his Dell, tells police it’s worth the ticket

Lucas Hinch was ticketed for shooting his gun in Colorado Springs city limits.

Great food in amazing atmosphere.
Public - 3 weeks ago
reviewed 3 weeks ago
Very helpful staff.
Public - 3 weeks ago
reviewed 3 weeks ago
Public - 3 weeks ago
reviewed 3 weeks ago
Excellent selection of beer and burgers. Our waitress was fun and very friendly. Also, do the challenge ;)
Public - 4 months ago
reviewed 4 months ago
59 reviews
Great food and atmosphere.
Public - 3 weeks ago
reviewed 3 weeks ago
Absolutely the best steak I've had in a very long time. The atmosphere was quite pleasant and the wait staff very polite and helpful.
Public - 2 months ago
reviewed 2 months ago
Public - 6 months ago
reviewed 6 months ago