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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:

It is a good day to Bing: Microsoft adds Klingon support

As part of a marketing partnership with Paramount Pictures to promote the latest Star Trek movie, Microsoft will add Klingon to the languages available at Bing Translator on the Web and in a Windows Phone 8 app.

New Samsung tech could pave way for 5G in 2020

Samsung says it's developed some transceiver technology that can deliver 5G speeds in the 28Ghz frequency at 1.06 Gbps for a distance of two kilometers.

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Porn troll case prompts ISPs to fight to protect customer IDs

Cox, AT&T, other ISPs are fighting a court order in a copyright case, seeking to protect BitTorrent users from a legal fishing expedition.

Nexus 4 may be nearing the end of its short, tough life

The Nexus 4 disappears from the shelves of two UK phone stores, stoking speculation of the model's imminent replacement.

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Banned 3D printed gun files will never truly vanish from the Web

Even though Defense Distributed quickly complied with the State Department's command to strip its 3D printed gun schematics from its servers, the information is now and forever in the wild.

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Is this leaked hybrid the world's first Haswell-powered laptop?

A leaked video purports to show an upcoming Sony Ultrabook hybrid, and it may just be our first glimpse at Haswell in action.

Spotify closes hole that allowed free music downloads

The popular music service nixes a flaw that allowed free downloads using a Google Chrome extension.

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Use of 'honeywords' can expose password crackers

Researchers propose foiling password thieves by salting password databases with red herrings called 'honeywords.'

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Facebook blocks rival Path's access to friends features

By blocking Path's access to Facebook's friends features, the social network may be reacting to reports of spamming by the rival service.

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Spam's birthday and Hotmail's closure lead email milestones

Spam—that scourge of the Internet—turned 35 years old. And Microsoft pulled the plug on its webmail service Hotmail.

Cyberattack affected US defense contractor over three-year period

Advanced persistent data theft at QinetiQ linked to Chinese hackers.

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Portable Bitcoin ATM expected to start swapping coins soon

The compact dispenser of virtual money will headline a Bitcoin conference in San Jose in May.

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Skycam camera would harness Skype to deliver streaming video

The would-be camera -- which its co-founder is looking to crowd-fund -- connects to the Internet using Microsoft's Skype service.

Nokia bets on camera tech to boost phone market share

Nokia's venture arm is investing in a California company that uses multiple lenses to create images, another sign that the phone maker is looking to stand out in the smartphone market with its camera technology.

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Meet the new Galaxy Tab, just like the old Galaxy Tab

Samsung has taken the wraps off the next generation Galaxy Tab tablet, but is the Galaxy Tab 3 really an upgrade over its predecessor?