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JR Raphael
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I write about the human side of technology. I'm the executive word-chef of Android Intelligence. I am not -- I repeat, NOT -- an amphibian.
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JR Raphael is a writer as well as a mammal. He’s the guy behind the acclaimed Android Intelligence column at Computerworld. He writes humor-infused feature stories for a variety of publications and drinks fruit-infused beverages from a variety of glasses. At night, he sleeps.

In his spare time, JR enjoys flossing, staring blankly, and writing about flossing and staring blankly.

If you'd like to stalk JR, consider these helpful starting points:

• His website: JRStart.com
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• The webcam installed on his left fibula [not yet available]

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I was once honored by the American Mustache Institute. Seriously -- see here: http://goo.gl/DOv36
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Ahah. It's all starting to make sense:
With the company's low-cost, closely controlled phone program reportedly coming to America, the missing piece of the puzzle may finally be apparent.
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You have to much hope with Google. How many times have we heard this is it, google is going to get Google's android into more hands and how many times has it actually succeeded outside of the tech crowd. Android pretty much got undercut by OEMs in India and I'm pretty sure the same will happen again. Look OEMs just don't care about "pure" android. If they did they would have been doing it long time ago. I think it's time to accept OEMs want to make android there own and different and if the market doesn't show interest in "pure" android or fast updates then neither are OEMs. I wish they did but I've accepted OEMs would rather have you buy a new phone with the latest update then actually give you updates in a timely manner
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Now, this is sensible UI design: App adds support for Shortcuts; home screen (with Action Launcher) shows visible indicator so I know something's there.

Compare that to Google's own native approach for App Shortcuts, which requires endless guessing and awkward behavior: http://www.computerworld.com/article/3141644/android/android-app-shortcuts.html

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+Jaap Haitsma ^^ Yup.
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Nougat's Quick Settings panel can let you do all sorts of useful stuff -- if you have the right apps to expand it.
Android Nougat's Quick Settings panel is far more powerful than it initially appears. Here's how to make the most of it.
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HTC
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2017 TECH PREDICTION: This year, there will be lots of meaningless but confidently stated tech predictions.
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I predict there will be snacks.
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Catch up now and learn from the best! (Have I mentioned how much I love this series?)
Some of the brightest minds from the Android world shared their favorite devices, apps, and tips with us in 2016. Catch up now and learn from the best!
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+JR Raphael Okay. Thanks. I'll stay subscribed then.
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Good stuff alert! Some of my favorite Android tips from the past year:
Make the most of this holiday break with these standout tips for your favorite Android devices.
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A new year, a new marketing-friendly smartphone obsession. Here's why I've got my skepticism guard up high over the Bezel-Free Revolution™:
Sorry to rain on the futuristic parade, but despite what device-makers are about to tell you, bezel-free smartphones aren't all flowers and sunshine.
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+Edward Kreutzer Good. When there's a real topic you never bothered to even read, I think you have better uses of your time than to show yourself as a poor discussion participant. Next time you can even skip posting altogether!
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Tuesday tip: Are you sick of random websites asking if they can show notifications in Chrome? I am. Here's how to stop it from happening:
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I just chastised +Tom's Hardware yesterday for sending me ads in their "notifications". I was expecting article notifications. Not ads. Removed their privileges. ( https://plus.google.com/+DanTrevino/posts/fTndZPqJK3L )
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If you want to call this a "hot" take, I won't object.
Forget how Samsung's upcoming smartphone looks or what's inside. The biggest test has little to do with the device itself.
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+Ted Fishman I generally don't know what I'm writing about next week, let alone several months from now. ;-) I also tend to focus more on big-picture analysis than straight reporting of sales numbers and the likes (which is something the more news-oriented folks at CW tend to handle). But yes, this is absolutely an area I'll continue to watch and observe.
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New year, new tips! Some really useful pointers for my fellow Pixel owners:
Attention, Pixel owners: Grant your phone new powers with these easy-to-follow pointers for unlocking hidden potential.
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That's not the google way. You need to install the other 43,000 messenger apps they have made available.

I also use Hangouts, and I can't conceive of using a device-specific SMS app. I just want them to fix the issue where I can say "ok google, send a text to Whoever" so it will show up as sent from Hangouts, not the Messenger app.
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Some gluten-filled nuggets worth digesting as we head into the holidays. (Mmm....chewy.)

Merry Festivus, everyone!
From useful insights on the evolution of Google services to important perspective on the future of Android, these original analyses are must-reads for anyone interested in mobile technology.
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Wow

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And the award for Worst Name For a Wearable Gadget goes to...

(P.S. Use caution with that "Touch Area." I hear it's...quite sensitive.)
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Totally not what I imagined that to look like as I was reading the description.
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