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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:

LivingSocial's breach draws advice from security experts

After 50 million users learn about the weakness of hashed passwords the hard way, LivingSocial reconsiders and revamps its password security practices.

Nintendo boosts Wii U performance with upgrade

The Wii U console gets its first major software refresh, speeding up the system's performance

Locked and loaded, online gamers draw phishing attackers

Cyber thieves attracted to the richness of in-game commerce, report finds

Samsung rationalizes PC naming scheme

All Windows computers will be incorporated into the ATIV brand.

Mobile game downloads expected to triple in the next five years

Game downloads for smartphones and tablets should triple in the next five years, a trend that will have a significant impact on console gaming.

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Delivery delays force T-Mobile and others to postpone Samsung Galaxy S4 shipping

Delivery delays force T-Mobile and AT&T to postpone shipping orders for the Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone.

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Tiny single-board BeagleBone computer arrives at $45

There's a new low-cost single-board computer on the block designed to give the million-selling Raspberry Pi a run for its money. It's called the BeagleBoard Black.

Debate rages over contentious Internet sales tax proposal

As a proposed Internet sales tax bill rushes through the Senate, opponents argue caution.

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CISPA protesters rally, but this Internet blackout may fizzle

Without the endorsement of the big technology firms that helped with the SOPA boycott last year, protests against CISPA aren't drawing the same support or attention.

Yahoo CEO reaffirms decision to prohibit telecommuting

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer defended her decision this week at a Great Place to Work conference, but Earth Day facts don't back her rationale.

New Perk browser lets you rack up reward points for surfing

About 2000 merchants participate in the Perk rewards program, but the browser is a bit pushy.

Failed authentication frequently thwarts online shoppers

About half of online shoppers are "very frequently" or "frequently" prevented from buying online good and services because they can't get their credentials to work at business websites, a study released Wednesday finds.

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Chromebooks may be doing better than numbers suggest

Web usage for Google's Chromebooks may be weak, but shipments remain strong.

AT&T opens Galaxy S4 pre-orders, phones start shipping April 30

The long-awaited Samsung Galaxy S4 phone finally has a launch date: April 30 on AT&T, with other carriers expected to follow suit soon after.

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Money can't buy privacy in Google Play store, study shows

Both paid and free apps in the Google Play store harvest the same amount of private information from Android phones, a security researcher has discovered.