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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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I'm enjoying a Lancaster Milk Stout and cooking chicken on the grill, while enjoying this beautiful weather. Hope your weekend was great.

Also, this glass is from a brewery in Hawaii.
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+Maison Pulaski milk stouts...though it's hard to pick just one.
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No shit. It looks like the ability to find locations that accept Android Pay is rolling out to users already. Awesome.
I heard about this feature coming not long ago. Finally seeing it today. +Derek Ross​ you seeing it yet?
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I don't use it. Sales sales sales.
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Google building live support with screen sharing into Nexus devices

Here comes the Nexus feature set that +Sundar Pichai recently mentioned during recent +Recode conference. Sundar mentioned that the Googs would put exclusive features into Nexus devices, spicing them up a little bit and it seems this is one of those upcoming features. Another that may or may not be in the pipeline is unlimited original quality storage for images and videos via Google Photos.

Keep those Nexus features comin'.
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YouTube will soon bring live broadcasting to the mobile app

Streaming live video from mobile seems to be all the rage these days. Sadly the leader of live video streaming , at least on the desktop, hasn't joined the mobile Revolution. That's all about to change. And I can't wait. Maybe this will be my way of getting back into live Android news, something I did for quite some time, but haven't done so in quite some time as well either. 
The reigning king of internet video is ready to take on Periscope and Facebook.
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Universal search on Netflix for Android TV? FINALLY. What a time to be alive!
Looking for your next +Netflix binge? It just got easier on #AndroidTV, now with universal search.
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FINALLY!!! Using that on-screen gamepad-friendly keyboard vs. voice was driving me insane! It does make you realize though just how damn good voice recognition is nowadays.
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Project Bloks: teaching kids how to code

Google has a new physical teaching tool or toy that's aimed at harnessing kids creativity and teaching them to code.

And seeing as I have two little tech engineers at home, this makes me highly excited. My son had been asking for a robotics kit for a while and my daughter is highly creative. I can't wait for this to become available and see what my two little loves will build.

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My kids love playing with Minecraft's not the same but it's also cool.
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Google is working on a non-Nexus smartphone coming this year

Yes. Yes. Yes. I'm excited for a 'Pixel' Phone!

I'm curious about the release time with the upcoming HTC Nexuses. Will this smartphone be released then or later? 
Based on a handful of rumors, we are expecting two HTC-built Nexus devices within the next few months. But a new rumor claims that Google is working on another device which will be completely designed by Google without any influence from HTC or other partner manufacturers. The rumor claims that Google is planning on releasing the Android-powered smartphone before the end of 2016 and that the company is in already talking with service providers re...
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I just realized that by releasing a more or lees conventional phone this, Google can shake the kinks out of the delivery and support process before a more challenging launch next year of a Project Ara device. They also can establish the necessary relationships with the carriers to allow a much broader distribution channel.

Such a carrier relationship would only work if they can negotiate Apple-like control over the OS shipped on the phones. i.e. direct updates from Google with no minimal carrier bloatware.
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Dear Hangouts, I'm tired of clearing app data and cache every few days just to make you work. You piece of shit.
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Chromebooks to get a better storage manager in the near future

With the addition of Android apps to Chromebooks, users are about to use their Chromebooks in an entirely different way than they were originally intended, they're going to actually use local storage. So, what's the next logical step? Give users better tools to manage said local storage, of course.
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HTC made Nexus anyone? Yes, please.

Specs have leaked for one out of the two upcoming Nexus phones made by HTC. Here are the specs for the smaller of the two.

Rumors of HTC building not one, but two Nexus devices for Google this year are starting to sound a little more real. Not too long ago, we learned the code name for the upcoming devices: the S1 (Sailfish) and M1 (Marlin), with new information on hardware pointing toward the S1 being the smaller of the two. Although nothing is confirmed at this point, the folks at Android Police are giving this leak an 8 out of 10 confidence level, detailing the fo...
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HTC has been horrible for updating their devices, worse of all manufactures, the repair ability is horrible as well. :\
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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:

Android Phones:
Nexus 6

Android Tablets:
Nexus 7 2013

Android TV:
Nexus Player

Moto 360
Google Glass

Dell Chromebook 11
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  • Virtualization / Cloud Computing
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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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