Articles By J.R. Raphael

Major shift in $200-tablet market expected

"As we continue to see the volume of existing tablets increase, prices naturally come down on component cost," explains Nick Stam, Nvidia's director of technical marketing. "You'll see a number of devices coming

Published on: April 26th, 2012 J.R. Raphael

Google +1: good for search, or good for Google?

I'm not sure how to say this, but I'm starting to think I might be antisocial.It's not because I've spoken to more smartphones than humans today, mind you -- no, that's just part

Published on: April 4th, 2011 J.R. Raphael

7 tech conference bloopers and blunders

In a way, tech conferences are like movies: You have loads of expensive gadgets, tons of carefully coiffed people, and crews of producers scrambling to keep everything on schedule. It's only fitting that

Published on: February 8th, 2011 J.R. Raphael

Unleash Android’s multimedia muscle

A pop quiz: iPhone is to iTunes as Android is to what? If you're coming up blank, there's good reason.Apple's mobile world is all about a one-size-fits-all philosophy: When you buy an iPhone,

Published on: October 29th, 2010 J.R. Raphael sells for $13M

If there's one thing we can all agree on, it's that sex sells. It should come as no surprise, then, that the Web's simplest sex-based domain name -- -- has just sold

Published on: October 25th, 2010 J.R. Raphael

Android trojan fears — much ado about nothing

Don't look now, but there's another apocalypse a-brewin' in the world of Android. At least, that's what you'd think from some of the tales of death and destruction floating around the Web right

Published on: August 19th, 2010 J.R. Raphael

10 most terrible moments in tech

That Jeff Lebowski was one cool dude. Aside from the fact that he actually referred to himself as "The Dude," the iconic character from The Big Lebowski just had something about him--a kind

Published on: June 30th, 2010 J.R. Raphael

Google Goggles hands-on: image-based search results impressive

Mobile searching has just gotten way, way cooler south of the border. Google unveiled its new Google Goggles visual search tool for Android on Monday, bringing a high-tech twist to accessing information on

Published on: December 10th, 2009 J.R. Raphael

8 horrendous technology failures

Let's face it: Technology seems made to stop working. Screens crack, circuits short, and power supplies abruptly conk out. It's all part of the complex and confounding ecosystem of electronics.The worst, though, is

Published on: October 23rd, 2009 J.R. Raphael

Did Office Depot alter price tags to deceive customers?

Another big box electronics store is facing accusations of lying to customers to try and reel in business. Office Depot "encouraged" its associates to deceive potential purchasers about pricing, an investigation by Laptop

Published on: March 23rd, 2009 J.R. Raphael

People search tools may expose skeletons in your closet

Editor's note: While researching this story, JR Raphael discovered the Coldplay radio station I created on Pandora on August 13, 2006; found that I had looked into purchasing a 4-foot iPod-compatible 3.5mm audio

Published on: March 12th, 2009 J.R. Raphael

Five formidable Facebook frauds and how to protect yourself

Beny Rubinstein knows computer security. An employee of a Seattle-area tech giant with 20 years of IT experience under his belt, Rubinstein has seen a side of the industry that most people will

Published on: March 3rd, 2009 J.R. Raphael

Web of lies

Political campaigns are notorious for inspiring dirty tricks and nasty tactics. Now, south of the border, as the most tech-attuned presidential race to date gathers momentum, the dark art of misleading voters is

Published on: October 22nd, 2008 J.R. Raphael