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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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Android 7.0 Nougat may officially launch on August 5th.

The date seems to be corroborated via two separate leaks. Though, I wouldn't write that date in stone just yet as we've seen dates get oushed back and supposedly correct dates be wrong in the past. Fingers crossed!
It's looking more and more likely that Android 7.0 will hit stable release status in the coming month.
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So Nexuses and Allo will so?
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Bear Awareness Android Mini now available!

What a good day today is! It's my 10 year wedding anniversary AND you can purchase this awesome little Android mini with accessories. What a time to be alive.
Dead Zebra's latest Android figurine collectible is now available for purchase. This $15 package is quite unlike any other we've seen to date, as it comes with 3 different cool pieces for you to enjoy.
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Google's built-in Internet Speedtest seems to be rolling out to a wider audience.
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Android 7.0 Nougat beta now available for Huawei P9

And just like that, Huawei's P9 has a beta version of Nougat available for your flashing pleasure. It seems that Android Police's previous report of solid white navigation buttons seem to be true, at least on Huawei's build.
A beta build of Android Nougat for the Huawei P9 and Huawei Mate 8 has just been captured and it is available to flash on XDA's forums right now!
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Motorola: We're bad and hate monthly updates, so the Moto Z won't get them

That title may include a bit of paraphrasing on my part, but the message is still the same. Motorola thinks that monthly security updates are too much work and won't be pushing them out for the Moto Z. So, kudos to Google, Samsung, and LG for doing the impossible. Also, don't buy a Moto Z if you give a damn about security, which you should.
Motorola has decided to leave everyone scratching their heads as the company has announced it will not be committing to the Android monthly security updates provided by Google.
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LeEco buys Vizio and I'm a little saddened.

So, I heard about this about a month ago. I was saddened then and I'm even more saddened now. Vizio was turning into a nice American brand and it's sad to see another American company get gobbled up into another Chinese brand, a la Motorola.

That said, it will be interesting to see how this pans out as LeEco wants jump head first into smart tv, Android TV and Google Cast support. It will be interesting to see how they leverage Vizio's existing lines moving forward.
Ready for another American-grown company to be gobbled up by big businesses in China? After early morning murmurings, LeEco today confirmed rumors that they have acquired VIZIO. The deal is confirmed to be worth $2 billion.
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+Shelby S I too would love a pew pew thing.
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Well Google, it's in stone now. Gotta make it happen ;)
Two leaks confirm Android v7 release date. +Derek Ross​​ reckons not to fix that date in stone... too late 😂
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10 years ago today I married +Katie Ross​. Happy 10 year anniversary baby. I love you more than I know how to explain.

Here's our original wedding video. (G+ will probably derp on this video upload.)
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I found a nice sized bird's nest on these cliffs.
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+Robert Le Blah probably came down from the top. I've climbed up and down these things in my younger years.
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*Google Play Family Library finally announced, what a time to be alive (and a parent)!*

Edit: The URL to sign up didn't work for me, but I went to and set everything up there.
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Bigcountry won't to let everyone know that we at the Googleplaystore have apps you can download for your family members to add to your phone and play. it might be only 3 are 4 people s5 Samsung mobile has it looks like 3 phones together, that what the I con look like on the phone. .But anyway all an all you should be able to use a app to join 3 or 4 people to your phone. thanks David Bigcountry Wardlaw Bigcountryonlineproductsangoogleplaystore Googleplus welcome everyone to see and be part of the of the best of best apps from Googleplaystore Google.Inc Googleplus thanks God bless everyone. 
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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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