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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:

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.

Sprint's New Smartphone Fee -- How 'Bout a Little Honesty?

Memo to Sprint: If you want to raise your smartphone rates, just raise 'em -- don't play games and make us guess how much we're going to pay.

Myspace For Sale? Who Would Want to Buy Myspace?

Start saving up your cash, compadres: Myspace is officially up for grabs. But honestly, why would anyone want to buy it?

Verizon iPhone Arrives: Is Android In Trouble?

The Verizon iPhone is finally a reality -- so will its arrival spell certain doom for Google's Android platform?

Android Honeycomb: A Detailed Tour of Google's Tablet OS

Google's new Android Honeycomb OS will offer a whole new kind of tablet experience. Here's the lowdown on what it's all about and what it'll bring to the table.

HTC EVO Shift vs. Sprint's Original EVO 4G

Sprint's new HTC EVO Shift is pretty different from that other EVO device. Here's a side-by-side comparison.

Android 3.0: Coming In March?

Another new version of Android may be right around the corner. A report published this week says Google's Android 3.0 will arrive in March.

Want Swype for Android? Now's Your Chance

Swype, a popular Android keyboard replacement, is now accepting new users -- but only for a limited time.

Google Chrome

Using Google's minimalist Web browser is a unique experience.

Google Launches New 'Body Browser'

A new Google tool lets you explore the human body in fully layered, three-dimensional detail. Here's a hands-on tour.

Gawker Hack Exposes Ridiculous Password Habits

Wondering what kinds of passwords people use across the Web? This week's massive Gawker hack is giving us a glimpse--and it sure isn't a pretty picture.

Google's Chrome 8: What's New, What's Next

Google's just released a new version of its Chrome Web browser -- and the update paves the way for some big things ahead.