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JR Raphael is a writer as well as a mammal. His stories are syndicated in dozens of publications and frequently clicked on by cats pawing haphazardly at their owners’ phones.

With a reputation as both "a leading voice in the mobile space" and "a guy who makes up quotes about his reputation," JR spends much of his time these days covering Android and other parts of the Google universe. He launched the Android Power blog in 2010 to serve as an unfiltered home for his various mobile musings. The blog has since grown to include a diverse mix of analysis, hands-on impressions, and consumer advice (which, in the spirit of full disclosure, is alarmingly high in unsaturated fat).

Android Power aside, JR is a contributing editor at Computerworld, where he reviews phones, tablets, and other devices; a regular contributor to InfoWorld, where he writes long-form feature stories; and a contributor to several other publications. The Washington Post, NBCNews.com, and Bloomberg BusinessWeek are just a few of the places where his byline has appeared.

JR is a frequent guest on the TWiT Network’s All About Android show as well as Mobile Nations’ Android Central Podcast. He has appeared on ABC World News and been cited in such places as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, and USA Today. He was even quoted in Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography of Steve Jobs (yes, really!).

Despite his refusal to comb his hair, JR’s work has been honored with numerous awards, including two Emmys, three Murrows, and a smattering of top distinctions from the Associated Press. He has also been honored by the American Moustache Institute, though he’s been advised to keep that one quiet.

In his spare time, JR enjoys blinking, drawing polka dots, and imagining a world with no hypothetical situations.

Keep up with JR:

Xmarks Is Gone, But Browser Sync Lives On

Xmarks may be shutting down, but there are still decent ways to keep your browser data synchronized across multiple computers.

Microsoft's Windows Phone 7: Another Porn-Free Platform

Microsoft released the final version of its Windows Phone Developer Tools on Thursday, at the same time reminding developers what will and won't fly in its soon-to-launch app store.

Is Steve Jobs a Star-Throwing Ninja?

Have you heard the one about Steve Jobs trying to smuggle Ninja-style throwing stars onto a plane in Japan? (Yes, you read that sentence correctly.)

Apple's New App Store Rules Don't Change Anything

Apple may have released a set of guidelines for getting into its App Store, but the parameters for what'll get an app rejected remain as murky as ever.

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How Six Memorable Tech Companies Got Their Names

Fifteen years ago, if I told a friend I had spent the day Googling myself or looking for names at Go Daddy, he would have assumed I'd gone off the deep end.

Samsung Fascinate: Why Verizon? Why?

Verizon has made some disappointing choices with its new Android phone, taking a perfectly fine device and tainting it with profit-driven modifications.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab vs. the iPad: Compare For Yourself

How does Samsung's Galaxy Tab stack up next to the iPad? Check out this comparison chart to see for yourself.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab vs. the iPad: The Tablet Battle Begins

Samsung's Galaxy Tab, a 7-inch Android slate, is set to debut this week -- and if Android's attack on the smartphone market is any indication, Apple may have a tough fight ahead.

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Froyo Update: Droid Gets Flash, Incredible May Be Next

The Froyo is a-flowin' once again this week, with new updates on the way to Verizon's Motorola Droid and a possible push in the works for the Droid Incredible, too.

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Dell's Aero Smartphone: An Embarrassment to Android

Dell's new Aero smartphone ships with Android 1.5, a 16-month-old version of the Android operating system. No matter how you look at it, there's just no excuse for that.

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Cameron Diaz Could Break Your Computer

There's something about Cameron Diaz that might infect you with a virus. The dazzling Ms. D tops McAfee's latest list of the Internet's most dangerous celebs.

BlackBerry Torch: Where RIM Went Wrong

The odds of RIM's new BlackBerry Torch becoming a smash hit sure aren't looking good -- and strange as it sounds, a lack of sexiness may be to blame.

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Summer of Android: Top 5 IPhone Rivals

In the world of smartphones, two distinct camps have started to form: the infamous Apple devotees, and others.

6 Ways to Type Faster in Android

Save time and headaches by swapping your phone's virtual keyboard for one of these advanced Android input methods.

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Motorola's Droid 2 vs. the Original Droid

The Motorola Droid 2 officially launches on Verizon this week. Here's a side-by-side glimpse at how the phone compares to its predecessor, the original Motorola Droid.

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