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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:

What Google's NFC Android Phones Will Mean For You

Google's next generation of Android phones will include a new kind of technology called Near Field Communication, or NFC. Here's a primer on what it'll actually do for your device.

on techhive.com

The Nexus S and Google: Everything There Is To Know

The leaks are flying fast -- so what's the real deal with Samsung's Nexus S? Here's a complete (though completely unofficial) primer on the hotly anticipated Android device.

on techhive.com

Google Instant Previews: A Hands-On Tour

Google's got a little something new to make your next Web search even speedier. Here's a hands-on look at Google Instant Previews.

5 Strange But True Ways to Find a Job

In a world of polished résumés and carefully rehearsed interviews, sometimes a new job can pop up in the most unexpected place.

Verizon's Android App Store: Everything There Is To Know

Verizon's Android app store will start appearing on selected phones next week. So what's it really all about, and what'll it mean for you? Here's the full scoop.

on techhive.com

Violent Video Game Ban Could Set Dangerous Precedent

Should the government regulate sales of violent video games? The U.S. Supreme Court is weighing the issue--and its decision could have a serious impact on the future of First Amendment rights.

Why Apple's 11-Inch MacBook Air Is TSA-Approved

The TSA says Apple's new 11-inch MacBook Air can stay in your bag when you pass through airport security. So what sets it apart from other noncheckpoint-friendly notebooks?

on techhive.com

Unlock Android's Multimedia Muscle

No iTunes? No problem. Here's everything you need to know about managing multimedia on your Android device.

on techhive.com

Sex.com and the World's Most Expensive Domain Names

Sex.com just sold for a reported $13 million (whew!). So what other domain names can fetch that kind of cash?

Verizon Tiered Data: Should You Switch Your Smartphone Plan?

Verizon's new tiered data plan will reportedly offer a cheaper option for smartphone users. So is it worth making the switch?

on techhive.com

Apple: No Sex or Drugs With Your Rock 'n' Roll

Hot off the heels of a controversial sext-censoring patent, Apple is extending its smut-squashing authority into the realm of music.

on techhive.com

Microsoft's Windows Phone 7: No Tablets For You

Don't expect to see the Windows Phone 7 software popping up on tablets anytime soon; Microsoft has something else in mind.

Google TV: Exciting, But Expensive

The list of features for Google TV is sky-high -- but if you want the full Web-TV experience, you'd better be ready to pay the full price.

on techhive.com

Skype's Android App: A Disappointing Debut

Analysis: Skype's first stab at Android is a convoluted mess of unexplained options and unreasonable restrictions.

on techhive.com