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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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It looks like the Googs has some Black Friday deals coming. I'm guessing we'll see them on the +Google Store​?
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+Derek Ross​ I doubt highly, because of how bad Google logistics are, that they would release a new device on Black Friday unless they are handing out drugs at the pre-Thanksgiving party.
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USB-C info from the USB-C guru himself.
I'm creating a collection of posts that I plan to write and other resources that you can find online to demystify #USB   #TypeC  and hopefully answer a lot of questions that people have had lately!
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You're getting closer +T-Mobile. Now you just need to get some towers up in the gray area, which is where I live and spend most of my time.
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+carl fasel How have they "Ripped me off"?

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WSJ: Apple Pay coming to China next year

Apple Pay and Android Pay might not be a hit that I wish they were, but that doesn't mean that mobile payments aren't slowly gaining steam. Next up on the mobile payments radar is China with Apple Pay according to the Wall Street Journal. Right now the payment market in China is dominated by state-run transaction processor UnionPay. Visa and Mastercard were just granted approval to operate in China. Apple could have a large uphill battle to get Apple Pay off the ground, more so than the one that already exists elsewhere with mobile payments.
Apple has reportedly cut deals with China's big four banks, and now awaits regulatory approval.
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Logan earned his Bobcat rank!
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Woot! We just did that last week
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Crazy rumor alert: Google to help Samsung optimize TouchWiz

Let's pretend that this rumor is true. This would be quite advantageous for Google and in the best interest of the entire Android ecosystem. Samsung is the #1 Android OEM. That means the majority of people out there rock Sammy's abomination known as ToucWiz. The UI is slow and lags, despite rocking extremely great hardware. Since TouchWiz is what many people use, many people have a subpar experience on Android, think it sucks, and go to another platform. I hope this does happen.
Samsung has made major strides this year in optimizing TouchWiz, its proprietary user interface seen on all of its Android ...
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+Daniel M then leave the settings as they are. Oh, and don't change the notification panel. Please use the stock dialer. And the stock Messaging app. And the stock Calendar. And the stock Calculator. Just...don't do nothing.
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For #WatchFaceWednesday I give you the official Star Wars watch face. You can choose from three different themes: light, dark, or droids. You can also tap the watch face to get a little bit of geeky this day in Stsr Wars history info. Nice.

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The Fossil Q Founder is now available for $295!

The Fossil Q Founder is the first affordable Android Wear smartwatch to sport an Intel processor. And, it has a flat tire.
So you want a watch with modern functionality and classic good looks? This season timing is everything with the Q Founder — a (best of both worlds) touchscreen digital watch in refined stainless steel that tracks steps and connects seamlessly to your phone.<br>*Fossil Q Founder is engineered with Intel Innovation® and powered by Android Wear™ — in addition to tracking your activity, receiving notifications, and inspiring weekly curiosity, you can...
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And then I found out that two people in my new office play World of Warcraft and Hearthstone and the old and retired WoW Radier in me is all like...
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+Elon Musk basically tells Jeff Bezos: Mine is bigger than yours while discussing the ins and outs of New Shepard versus Falcon 9.  Either way, it's a great move forward with spaceflight and reusable rockets. Congrats Bezos.
Regardless of who wins reusable launch market, we all win in the end.
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+Jake Weisz Don't need to respond. It's just light banter. Don't be so touchy.
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The NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV will be $50 off and includes a free $50 remote on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. That's a heck of a deal, saving $100 in total.
We know this Black Friday there's plenty of options to choose from if you in the market for a new smartphone. But if you're already good in that department, perhaps something for the living room will tickle your fancy. Chiming in with a Black Friday deal of their own is NVIDIA who will be taking $50 off the SHIELD Android TV when purchased either directly through them, or in-store at Best Buy, Fry's, GameStop, or Micro Center (Thursday, 11/26 12:...
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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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“Clock boy” Ahmed Mohamed wants an apology—and $15 million | Ars Technica

Mohamed's lawyer: "The numbers are huge... but the damages are incalculable."

Apple Pay will launch in China early next year, says WSJ

Apple has reportedly cut deals with China's big four banks, and now awaits regulatory approval.

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For starters, you get to drop-test the phones by throwing them on the ground.

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Google, part of Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O), aims to launch the China version of its Google Play smartphone app store next year, according to peo

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