JR Raphael

Contributing Editor

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.

For more about JR and easy access to all of his stories, head over to his official writing site at JRStart.com. And be sure to come say hi on Twitter or Google+!

4 hidden shortcuts for typing faster on Android

4 hidden shortcuts for typing faster on Android

Some handy tricks that can save you time when typing on your Android phone or tablet.

The simple way to scan documents with your Android phone

The simple way to scan documents with your Android phone

Two invaluable document scanning tools (and plenty of related tips) for the next time you encounter an important piece of paper.

6 efficiency-enhancing Android apps

6 efficiency-enhancing Android apps

Don't waste time getting around in Android. These free tools save you time so you can get straight to work.

The Google Pixel 2 leak highlights how ho-hum hardware has become

The Google Pixel 2 leak highlights how ho-hum hardware has become

But believe it or not, that's not a bad thing -- because it lets us focus on the part of a smartphone that matters the most in 2017.

The mundane yet meaningful fix Android O is missing (as of now)

The mundane yet meaningful fix Android O is missing (as of now)

Another Android release, another missed opportunity? Lamenting the ongoing presence of a seemingly small issue with significant real-world impact.

The next logical step in Google's Android-Chrome OS 'merger'

The next logical step in Google's Android-Chrome OS 'merger'

Google's two primary platforms—Android and Chrome—are still coming together, and another significant step is in the works.

2 useful Google Docs features you probably aren't using

2 useful Google Docs features you probably aren't using

Ready to turn your efficiency up a notch? These clever Google Docs features can save you time and frustration, no matter what type of device you're working on.

What ever happened to Google Docs' Android add-ons? [UPDATED]

What ever happened to Google Docs' Android add-ons? [UPDATED]

An effort to expand Google's Android office suite appeared almost a year ago -- but then something strange happened.

Is Chrome OS right for you? A 3-question quiz to find out

Is Chrome OS right for you? A 3-question quiz to find out

Chromebooks aren't like regular computers -- so are they right for your needs? These three questions will help you find the answer.

2 handy yet hidden Chromebook security features

2 handy yet hidden Chromebook security features

Chromebook security gets simpler with these ultra-useful but off-the-beaten-path options.

Google's Pixel 'sales numbers' don't tell the whole story

Google's Pixel 'sales numbers' don't tell the whole story

Focusing on (purported) sales figures for Google's first fully holistic phone is missing the forest for the trees.

4 hidden settings to make Chrome for Android even better

4 hidden settings to make Chrome for Android even better

Supercharge your Android phone's Chrome browser with these powerful yet out-of-sight options.

How to fix Android's Smart Lock Trusted Places feature

How to fix Android's Smart Lock Trusted Places feature

A 60-second workaround to make Android's location-based Smart Lock start working again.

Apple's Android upgrade jabs come with a critical caveat

Apple's Android upgrade jabs come with a critical caveat

A friendly reminder about Apple's annual Android put-down -- and why you may want to take those pretty pie charts with a hefty grain of salt.

6 small ways Android O will make your phone smarter

6 small ways Android O will make your phone smarter

When it comes to modern mobile software, little touches can make a big difference. An up-close look at some of Android O's small but significant enhancements.

5 essential questions about the Essential Phone

5 essential questions about the Essential Phone

Before you get too excited over the new phone from Android's founder, consider these pressing questions.

How I Use Android: Droid Life founder Kellen Barranger

How I Use Android: Droid Life founder Kellen Barranger

One of the pioneering forces in Android blogging offers up some insight on how Google's mobile technology keeps him organized and efficient.

Hands on: Android O's most useful features (so far)

Hands on: Android O's most useful features (so far)

After a week with Android O's first beta release, two new features stand out above the rest when it comes to productivity-boosting potential.

Echo who? Google just turned Home into a productivity powerhouse

Echo who? Google just turned Home into a productivity powerhouse

Google just shattered the limits of what a smart speaker can be -- and its once-ho-hum Home product is about to redefine the market.

2 big asterisks to Google's Android upgrade fix

2 big asterisks to Google's Android upgrade fix

Google's got a new plan for improving Android upgrades, but "Project Treble" may not be the saving grace some folks are expecting.

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