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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:

12 Futuristic Movie Gadgets We Need Right Now

These movie gadgets may be fictional, but they sure are awesome. Isn't it about time we start seeing this stuff in the real world?

Top 5 Hacker Fails: Exploits Gone Bad

Taunting tweets, provocative pics, iPad-spam chats -- stupid slip-ups lead to high-profile hacker arrests.

11 Essential Android Tablet Apps: The Ultimate Starter Kit

Got an Android tablet? These 11 must-have apps are all optimized for Honeycomb tablets and stand ready to help you make the most of your big-screen experience.

The Web vs. the World: 10 Epic Battles

5 Big Tech Players; 5 Bad Android Apps

Using Android isn't all cupcakes and ice cream sandwiches. Here are five of Android's biggest app fails--from tech companies that should know better, like Facebook and Skype.

Create, Share, and Play Video in Android

With Android devices, entertainment doesn't stop at music and pictures. Here's how to get more fun from your phone's camcorder features and great video apps.

30 Ridiculously Dumb Tech Warning Labels

Tech products have some really stupid disclaimers. Here are 30 of the worst we've seen.

ICANN't Believe It: New Internet Rules Will Be a Mess

A new Internet domain system will create a limitless number of new dot-com-like suffixes -- and will create chaos for users and businesses alike.

IBM Turns 100: Some Perspective

IBM celebrates its 100th birthday this week. In tech years, by our estimation, that makes the company approximately 4,976 years old.

Apple's Unlocked iPhone Not as Magical as It Seems

Apple is now selling its iPhone 4 unlocked in the United States--but for most users, the move isn't as magical as it may sound.

Facebook Facial Recognition: New Technology, Familiar Problem

Facebook's facial recognition flap is reflective of an ongoing disregard for user privacy by the site. Hey Zuck: Enough's enough.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1: Everything There Is To Know

Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 launches next week. Here's a guide to everything you need to know about the hotly anticipated new Android tablet.

Twitter Buying TweetDeck: A Passionate Plea

It looks like it's a done deal: Twitter is buying TweetDeck. Here's a simple but passionate plea for the company's top brass.

Honeycomb 101: Getting to Know Your Android Tablet

Not sure how to get started with your new Android tablet? Fear not: We've got you covered.

Verizon: Say So Long to Unlimited Data

Verizon says it's axing its unlimited smartphone data plan. Should you be worried?