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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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+Derek Ross great reviews. That's really awesome. 
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Version numbers really don't mean a whole lot in the grand scheme of things. However, for those that need validation on Android Marshmallow getting a full version bump, here's a nice feature list reminder.
Some people believe that Android M doesn’t deserve the title of Android 6, mainly because it isn’t as big of an overhaul as previous Android 1.x releases have been or because it doesn’t accompany the visual changes we’ve seen on previous 1.x releases.

While on some level this is true, going over the long list of improvements does really put into perspective how big of an update M truly is.

Let’s go over all the features we will(or might) see on Android M:
• Now on Tap
• Permissions Management
• SD Cards can be “merged” with internal storage
• Android Pay
• Native fingerprint authentication
• Automatic app data backups
• App Links (you’re going to see less of those “what do you want to open this in?” prompts)
• Doze and App Standby
• Multi Window(currently hidden, uncertain future)
• Theming support(currently hidden, uncertain future)
• Dark theme(removed, uncertain future)
• Customisable Quick Toggles along with other UI tweaking
• Visual Voicemail Support
• Redesign of the Clock Widget and Music Identification Widget
• New “Memory” Section in Settings(it was there before, but hidden)
• Support for deleting screenshots directly through the notification centre after they’ve been taken
• Landscape mode available for the Google Now Launcher(feature will likely be backported to older versions of Android)
• New app and widget drawer with scroll bar support and vertical scrolling
• Built-In File Manager receives a bump in functionality
• Native tap to wake support
• Ability to disable “heads up” or “peeking” notifications
• Native 4K output support
• Stricter APK validation
• MIDI support
• USB Type C support
• New boot animation
• Introduction of a “voice interaction” API to allow better interaction with voice actions in apps
• Toggling battery saver by voice
• Ability to undo and redo text changes with bluetooth keyboard shortcuts
• Multi-selection to merge, delete or share has been added in the contacts application
• Faster text selection along with a floating toolbar for text actions
• Default apps UI
• Direct share can allow you directly share stuff with contacts through the share menu
• Much more granular app info
• Native bluetooth stylus support
• Split-screen keyboard
• Better do not disturb along with repeat caller exceptions
• Bluetooth scanning to improve location accuracy
• Native flashlight API
• Easier access to Multi volume controls(ringer, media, alarm)
• Smoother volume scrubbing (credits to Jason Efstathiou)

Putting all those features aside there are also a number of under-the-hood improvements that seem to have had a very positive impact on both performance and power usage.

I’m puzzled as to how someone could call this a “minor” update. 

Credits: +Android Police​​​
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+Dylan Halliday​ i know your a fanboi!! But this update excites me! ;)
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+Tony B. A little of both
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Random thoughts on Android Wear's new Together Watchface

Together is pretty fun and neat, being able to send quirky messages, doodles, emjois, and photos to the person on the other end. That said, I think my wife needs a smartwatch now. +Jeremy Waite is probably getting tired of me changing his watchface background to pictures of me naked.
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Another nail in the coffin for Flash.

+Google Chrome is taking a major step in killing Flash. All Flash ads in Chrome will be click to play, essentially frozen. If you want an animated advertisement on Google's Adwords platform, you better start using HTML5.
In a post by Google AdWords on Google+, we see that flash ads will be phased out on 1st September. Yay?
If your ads aren't on web giant's network, they better be HTML5 – or they're dead to Chrome
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+Carrie-Anne Swansea they can do that with html5, don't expect those to go anywhere.
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I recently added +Chris Lacy's 'The Blerg' Podcast to my Pocket Casts subscription. His guest this week was +Francisco Franco, another well known Android developer, just like Chris. Now, having these two talented guys on one podcast is interesting, but what's even more interesting was the topic of discussion this week: iOS and the iPhone.

These guys talked up and down what they mostly liked about the iPhone hardware, software, the whole experience, and why they're using an iPhone as their daily driver versus an Android phone, the platform that pays their bills.

I'm sure these guys will catch a little bit of hate mail in their inbox over the next few days, which is a bit saddening.

There's two main points of discussion that their conversation stirs.

1) Use what works for you and what you like. If that's Android or iOS, so be it.

2) With Android, we put up with a lot of shit for the sake of customization or doing 'cool things'.

I've never used an iOS device for more than a few seconds, setting up someone's WiFi or configuring someone's email settings. I personally cannot stand the look and feel of the OS and would never use it as my personal device.

Anyways, give the show a listen, it's definitely insightful.
Download MP3 | Subscribe Pitchforks at the ready, as Android developer and kernel tweaker Francisco Franco and I have a lengthy chat about the iPhone 6! We start off talking about how we came to spend time with the latest iPhone, and then dig into three main topics: the hardware, iOS and the platform's apps. We discuss our experiences using an iPhone on a daily basis, the things we miss most coming from Android, areas where the iPho...
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+Matt Sokolinski they aren't morons. You made a bad point that was inaccurate. Why hurl insults instead of maybe trying to consider their point of view? We all make mistakes from time to time. We're all human. It will not diminish you as a person to concede from time to time. You might even gain a bit of perspective.

Android customisation isn't just limited to appearance. There's also things that affect the way the device functions such as nfc macros, notification led customization, location macros (look up tasker). And probably a bit more common things I might've missed that are commonly used by mainstream Android users like widgets etc. The point they're trying to make is that it's asinine to make such an uninformed assessment on the amount of downloads of one aspect of customization when there's many, many more. 
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Fail Phone gets fired, who would have guessed?

The Amazon Fire Phone is done and so are workers from the product's team. This phone was doomed from the start, launching overpriced and with exclusives. No one should be surprised by this.
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+Daniel Smyth​ just call it how it see it. Funny thing is thou; a lot of Samsung users (the average user) wouldn't notice the switch until the realized there's no Play Store. Along with that; Amazon just proved to the Samsung users that Samsung needs Google more than Google needs Samsung. Again, that's what happens when you fork Android. Just saying... 
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I finally have some free time, so I'm out and about, taking photos and videos with this beast.

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+Michael Marion  I've had a beer made with squid ink and it was incredibly tasty! I thought it was so good, I went back and got a growler. lol
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Huawei Watch finally shows up with premium pricing and iOS support?

It's happening. The Huawei Watch is finally available for pre-order on Amazon and ships on September 2nd. Also, the description mentions iOS support. If that's true, it looks like all of the rumors and code hints last Spring about iOS support were accurate.

Which one do you want?
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LG's new Nexus display panel spotted online

Well, you can tell it's Nexus season when we're comparing third party mockups based CAD files with supposed display panels leaked online. As insane as that sounds, the two devices do seem similar and as a bonus, the bezel seems smaller on the leaked panel. I love the hype, but seeing as we have a few months still, all this does it make the wait seem even longer.

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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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