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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.

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Verizon 4G Phones: HTC Thunderbolt or Droid Bionic?

Should you spring for the HTC Thunderbolt now or wait for the Droid Bionic to arrive? Here's a look at how Verizon's two new hot 4G phones compare.

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The 20 Strangest Celebrity Tech Endorsements

When it comes to marketing, few tactics are as tried and true as the celebrity endorsement. But what were these companies thinking?

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Google Adds Site-Filtering Feature to Search

Ever wish you could keep certain sites from showing up in your Google search results? Thanks to a new feature being rolled out right now, you can.

Android Malware: Why You Shouldn't Be Scared

Reports of malware on the Android Market are far less frightening than some stories would lead you to believe. Here's why.

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Hallelujah! Motorola Xoom Is Free From Verizon Bloatware

It's a mobile miracle: The Motorola Xoom is untainted by Verizon's typically unavoidable bloatware.

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Motorola Xoom: To Buy or Not to Buy?

Should you spring for Motorola's Xoom tablet now or wait till more competitors arrive? Here are some things to consider if you're still on the fence.

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Sony's Music Streaming Service: What Were They Thinking?!

Sony is getting into the cloud-based music streaming game -- but its plan of attack seems almost built for failure.

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Google's Android Roadmap: New Clues Emerge

From Gingerbread to Honeycomb and beyond, we're getting a rare glimpse this week at Google's plans for the future of Android.

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Facebook's New Pages: A Hands-On Tour

Facebook's pages are getting a facelift. Here's a quick tour of what's changing.

Inside the Mind of Mark Zuckerberg's Alleged Stalker

The man accused of stalking Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says he never meant any harm and only wanted "advice."

Tech Conference Bloopers: 7 Stories of Snafus and Slipups

Onstage falls, wardrobe malfunctions, and romantic disasters -- cue our real-life blooper reel from tech conferences around the world

The Facebook Phone Fiasco: When Rumors Run Wild

Facebook has come forward once again to knock down the Web's recurring case of Facebook-phone rumoritis. Geez -- can you believe anything you read these days?

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Google Voice Number Porting: Pros and Cons

You can now port your existing phone number into Google Voice -- but should you do it? Here are some pros and cons to help you decide.

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Samsung Galaxy S: Let the Upgrades Begin

T-Mobile is talking up its next-generation Samsung Galaxy S phone today -- but for millions of Android users, that news is being overshadowed by another juicy bit of Galaxy S info.

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Porn in Apple's App Store? Keep Dreaming

Sorry, Charlie, but despite what you may have heard, naked ladies won't be appearing in the App Store anytime soon.

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