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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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Dell's SEC report describes challenges for PC makers

Dell's proposal to take the company private cites stumbling Windows 8 and slow Windows 7 upgrades among the reasons for slow sales and tough times.

Google, Mozilla want to turbocharge 3D games in your browser

New high-performance JavaScript is touted by Mozilla and garners Google support.

Surging PC game sales won't wither when new consoles appear, expert says

Sales of PC games his $20 billion in 2012 and aren't expected to let up anytime soon.

Privacy taking a backseat? Adware on Android on the rise

A study by Bitdefender says that adware aimed at devices running Android increased 61 percent over a five month period ending in January. And user privacy is taking a hit because of that, the security researcher contends.

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Surface Pro usage inches up, lags other Windows devices

Microsoft's premium tablet, the Surface Pro, showed some usage gains during the month, but it's still deep in one ad agency's rankings compared to other Windows 8 devices and its RT slate sibling.

Windows 8 Store cracks 50K app mark, but now what?

After a sluggish 2013 start, Microsoft's Window 8 App Store appears to be attracting new titles again, hitting the 50,000 app milestone and recruiting developers for the next wave.

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California senator pushes electronic privacy protection

Congress has let the Electronic Communications Privacy Act languish for decades, so a California state senator is urging the states to enact their own protections.

New report details cyberwar rules, puts hackers in crosshairs

The damages caused by a virtual attack would need to be as serious as those in a real world, or kinetic, attack.

Torrent site IsoHunt loses copyright-infringement lawsuit appeal

MPAA hails court ruling on the copyright-infringement case that involved the file-sharing site.

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Big monitor demand grows as overall display market shrinks

Market research firm IDC expects display shipments to contract by 6 percent in 2013, though people who do buy monitors will go for larger screens.

Microsoft revives 'smoked' campaign to tout Windows Phone speed

The "smoked" campaign -- in which Microsoft shows off how quickly its phones can perform common tasks -- is back, and this time, Samsung's Galaxy S III is the target.

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MessageMe attracts a million worldwide users in its first week

The hot messaging startup allows you to add "doodles" to messages, as well as pull images from Google, music from iTunes, and videos from YouTube.

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Verizon's revamped fees could lead to a la carte programming

Verizon wants to negotiate eyeball-based content fees for programming it buys, and customers may get a break out of the deal.

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Spam sources cluster in 'Bad Neighborhoods,' report says

About 20 ISPs produce almost 50 percent of world's spam, a researcher finds, and he suggests that identifying these virtual neighborhoods will make it easier to spot and block unwanted and malicious email.

Facebook shuts off data tap to startup MessageMe app

Facebook has blocked MessageMe, a new mobile messaging app, from access to the Facebook API so MessageMe users can no longer load their lists of Facebook friends into MessageMe.

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