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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:

Why are they called that? The silly stories behind six tech brands

How did TiVo, Skype, eBay, and others wind up with the names they did? JR Raphael has the answer.

11 tech buzzwords that need to go away

From "phablet" to "fanboy," these overused expressions have officially overstayed their welcome.

Android 4.0: The Ultimate Guide (Plus Cheat Sheet)

How to find your way around Google's Ice Cream Sandwich operating system and make the most of its new features.

The 10 Commandments of Social Media Etiquette

Are you a social media sinner? If you regularly violate any of these commandments, the answer is probably yes.

Fluent Review: An Innovative New Interface for Gmail

A new service called Fluent promises to revolutionize the way you use Gmail. We put it to the test to see what it's really all about.

The Best Office Apps for Android Tablets

With the right set of apps, your Android tablet can become an indispensable part of your mobile work arsenal.

The 18 Coolest Android Accessories Around

Who doesn't love swag? We tracked down some of the coolest Android-themed knickknacks, gizmos, and fashion items around. Get ready to get seriously Googley.

The Future of the $200 Tablet

The low-end, under-$200 tablet market is on the brink of a transformation -- and that means you'll soon be able to get a lot more value for a lot less money.

6 Standout Smartphones for Prepaid Plans

The Case for Prepaid Smartphones: How to Cut the Contract and Save

Prepaid smartphones were once both lower-cost and lower-quality, but lately they're becoming a viable alternative for many users.

Stupid Tech Support Tricks: IT Calls of Shame

Pronoun problems, IT ghosts, the runaway mouse -- when it comes to computers, the customer isn't always right.

20 Iconic Tech Sounds Bound for Extinction

Boy, does technology evolve fast. How many of these now-historic sounds do you remember?