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Syndicated writer. Author of Android Power. Occasional exotic dancer.
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I write about Android, Chrome OS, and other titillating technology. You may have seen me in such places as PCWorld, Computerworld, and SeaWorld (hey, that Shamu is all right). I'm the guy behind Android Power and eSarcasm, voted 0.2 times as the best geek-humor website in the world. I also make one hell of a turkey sandwich.

In my spare time, I enjoy flossing, staring blankly, and writing about flossing and staring blankly.

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

• My website: jrstart.com
• My Twitter account: @JRRaphael
• The webcam installed on my 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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Some of my favorite ways to make Chrome faster and more efficient.
Become a mobile browsing pro with these little-known tips for Google's Chrome browser for Android.
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Great article! I spend a lot of time in the Android mobile chrome browser, even use FB and LinkedIn within it, so these tips will really help.
+Artem Russakovskii​​, awesome additional tip! 
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A solid starter pack, with a few advanced tools thrown in for good measure.
From basic business tasks to advanced automation, these 16 apps will make your Android device more useful than ever
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As long as you're okay with its size, the Note 5 is without a doubt the top choice within the Samsung smartphone universe right now. The bigger question is whether a Samsung device is necessarily right for you.

A lot to think about with this phone. My full real-world review:
The new Galaxy Note 5 brings some much-needed sophistication into Samsung's plus-sized phone family -- but at what cost?
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There will never be a perfect phone that will please everyone. Compromises will always exist. It's up to you, if it fits your daily needs.
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Today's lesson: Shoving something in the wrong way can make things break.

Interpret and apply as broadly as you wish.
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I put oil in my gas tank, now my car won't work anymore, I'm hoping the dealership will fix or trade my car for free
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I expected the déjà vu, but I didn't expect the revelation that'd follow.
A sense of déjà vu leads to an unexpected revelation.
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Aaaand last but not least, my (slightly unusual) review of the Edge+:

Review: 6 things to know about the Galaxy S6 Edge+
http://www.computerworld.com/article/2976948
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A new "How I use Android" profile -- featuring Nova Launcher developer +Kevin Barry!

You know Nova Launcher, right? (Of course you do.) The app is one of the best illustrations of Android's flexibility and customization potential, so it's no surprise it's been a power-user favorite for years.

That's why it was also a no-brainer for me to ask Nova's creator to be a part of my "How I use Android" series. Kevin Barry has had a huge impact on how so many of us use Android. Now it's time to see how he uses it himself.

From his favorite apps and devices to the ins and outs of his own home screen setup, it's all here:
The mastermind behind one of Android's most popular customization tools talks about his own home screen setup -- and why big-screened devices aren't for him.
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I'm a action launcher person because it looks better and has nicer functions
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So, yeah -- I'd say that new Wear update with native support for interactive faces is definitely on the way today...

Update: There she is:  http://officialandroid.blogspot.com/2015/08/android-wear-stay-connected-with.html

And also, this: http://googletranslate.blogspot.com/2015/08/watch-your-language-44-of-them-actually.html
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I finally put my finger on what's off about this design. My real-world review of the S6 Edge+ (in, fitting with the phone, a slightly unusual form):
Samsung's latest curved-screen smartphone, the Galaxy S6 Edge+, looks great -- but does that necessarily make it a better device?
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How can you say Samsung Pay is better implemented if it is still in Beta?

There are a lot of things to take in consideration and only time will tell.

The camera is not every thing.

S5:

Ugly and Cheap design
Screen hard to see in direct sunlight
Slow interface
Low light photos were bad
Finger Print scanner was a joke
Water proofing was a fail
Speaker was... Meh

HTC One M9:

Camera isn't as good as the competition

Just that.

Yes, I get Apple also copies. But what I'm saying is how Samsung is so pathetic about it. They copy everything Apple does. They doesn't stay true to themselves. Look at Sony and their water proofing and 2 days battery life in most of their recent smartphones.

Samsung tried the water proofing with the S5 and failed. Now their devices look like a device from Apple in 2010 and 2014.

Look at their tablets, Samsung criticized the iPad aspect ratio. Now they are doing the same thing. Like I said they fallow everything Apple, so they appeal to the people that doesn't know much about smartphones and get in a two year contracts. I wouldn't be surprised if next year they try to implement Apple Pay technique because their method was a fail. Just saying...

So in conclusion, I say for a casual consumer I can't criticize if they buy any phone, they don't know much about it. But if a guy that knows or at least is interested on this market and likes/defends Samsung, there is where the problem begins.

So, just being curious, what phone are you using right now?




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The phone company's phone system has gone rogue

(Aka: How AT&T is driving me and a bunch of other people batty today)

Our +AT&T home Internet service was down all day yesterday. Now, AT&T's automated system won't stop calling to tell me a technician is on the way at 4:00 (even though everything's been back up and running since about 5:00 last night).

Calls came in every 30 minutes till about 8:30 last night. They started up again this morning and are now coming in every five minutes.

A rep at the call center says these nonstop spam calls are going out to every "active" customer in their support system and they haven't figured out how to stop them. Management is working on it, but it evidently involves something related to another department and so they haven't made much headway. There is no estimated time of resolution.

If only, you know, they had the power of a major national telecommunications company to help solve this telecommunications problem.

SAVE ME, GOOGLE FIBER. The nation needs you. Everywhere. Now.
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All you need just block the # , right?
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After years of oppression, the ball is finally in our court.

A story you'll want to read:
You say you want a revolution? The smartphone market as we know is about to be flipped upside down -- and there's no turning back from this kind of change.
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We've had the revolution in Europe, Asia and elsewhere for a few years, this is why Android has 90-95% market share in places like Spain, Asia, and etc. The era of $700 Smartphones should be dead. Basically, the iPhone is dead.
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"Replacing a wireless router is like getting a root canal."

Great analogy regarding Google's OnHub. Good design is all about making parts of our lives easier -- even enjoyable. Nowhere needs that more desperately than areas like routers and thermostats.

I love the idea of companies applying good design to boring products that are awful to use. I hope we see more and more of that over time.
The tasteful new router could be the gateway to a smarter home, but only if people start caring about routers in the first place.
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I Blerged! Some fun (and highly geeky) Friday listening for ya.
 
New episode of The Blerg is out, in which +JR Raphael and I discuss all things Marshmallow and a whole heap more!

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