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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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Rockmelt shifts focus, tests a PC interface to the digital life

The maker of a social browser maker is changing its focus to provide a Web interface with many social aspects and a way to organize what users see and do online from their desktops.

aircraft hacking app

FAA says Hijack-a-jet app works only on simulator

A German programmer has demonstrated on a simulator an exploit that he says can take control of an aircraft's navigational system, but the Federal Aviation Administration says the exploit won't work on a real jet.

Lawsuit could put kink in Microsoft's push for cloud security

A patent lawsuit filed by New Jersey-based StrikeForce challenges two-factor authentication technology used by PhoneFactor, a company acquired by Microsoft last October.

End of free TV as you know it may be on the horizon

New York networks threaten to stop broadcasts if streaming service Aereo isn't shut down.

on techhive.com

Bitdefender launches free mobile malware app

Security software vendor, Bitdefender, launches its ‘Antivirus Free’ app on the Google Android platform to combat the growth in mobile malware.

on techhive.com

Aereo's plans to expand TV streaming service unfazed by conflicting federal court rulings

Federal judges on two coasts disagree on legality of streaming of live broadcast TV on Internet.

on techhive.com


U.S. business SEC filings suggest cyber threats may be overstated

Many large companies report to the SEC that Internet intruders cause little damage to their operations.

Filmmaker turns to Kickstarter for a journey into the brain

Researchers seek to raise $25,000 by May 14 to produce a dome-format movie made with real 3D images of the brain that will search for the biological reasons we need to go where no one has gone before.

on techhive.com


IsoHunt wants a second chance in Hollywood copyright fight

A website used for searching for entertainment content—much of it pirated—is appealing a case it lost last month to Hollywood copyright-holders.

Windows 8 laptops can't command Windows 7 prices

Whether its due to the operating system or the sluggish overall state of PC sales, Ivy Bridge-equipped Windows 8 laptops are selling for dirt cheap these days.

Blackberry to draw the blinds on music service in June

Subscribers to the closing BlackBerry music service will get Rdio music service free for 30 days.

Mozilla, Samsung collaborating on the browser of the future

Experimental engine for next Web coming to Android, ARM processors

on techhive.com

Google's privacy policy draws fire from Europe

Six European countries want the search giant to change its unified privacy policy. But that could have an impact on the services Google is able to offer because of all the data it collects from customers.

All out of Pi: $25 Raspberry Pi sells out in U.S.

Allied Electronics, which distributes the single-board computer in the United States, posted a notice on its website saying that it's exhausted its limited supply and won't take backorders at this time.


Google's unified messaging app Babble: The downside

Google is apparently experimenting with ways to unify its disparate communication services, but will a single solution give Google too much power?