Matthew Miller

Matthew Miller started using mobile devices in 1997 and has been writing news, reviews, and opinion pieces ever since. He is a co-host, with ZDNet's Kevin Tofel, of the MobileTechRoundup podcast and an author of three Wiley Companion series books. Matthew started using mobile devices with a US Robotics Pilot 1000 and has owned more than 200 different devices running Palm, Linux, Symbian, Newton, BlackBerry, iOS, Android, webOS, Windows Mobile, and Windows Phone operating systems. His current collection includes a Nokia Lumia 830, Apple iPhone 6 Plus, BlackBerry Passport, Sony Xperia Z3, Microsoft Surface Pro 3, and many more, along with tons of accessories and classic devices like the Apple Newton MessagePad 2100 and Sony CLIE UX50. Matthew can be found on various discussion forums under the user name of "palmsolo".

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Speak into your iPhone for fast Google search results

Speak into your iPhone for fast Google search results

Google continues its efforts to optimize the mobile experience on the iPhone with their new speech recognition search application that will lets iPhone users ask questions verbally and receive back Google search results. This new search functionality will also take advantage of the iPhone location-based technology and sometimes give you back local results. Other recent improvements in Google services include new search results pages optimized for the iPhone and Google Earth for the iPhone.

November 13, 2008 by in Innovation

CompanionLink lets you synchronize your Outlook data with the G1 Android

CompanionLink lets you synchronize your Outlook data with the G1 Android

My T-Mobile SIM card has been living in my T-Mobile G1 Android device now for a few weeks and I continue to use it for phone calls, email, and web surfing. I was pleased to read that CompanionLink Sofware now has a way for you to sync your PIM data (no email) between Outlook, Lotus Notes, Palm Desktop, Novell Groupwise, and other clients to your T-Mobile G1. CompanionLink for Google Android is available now for US$29.95 with a free 14-day trial.

November 13, 2008 by in Microsoft

Voice Terminal Service brings the internet to the visually impaired through phones

Voice Terminal Service brings the internet to the visually impaired through phones

I am blessed to have good eyesight and finger dexterity so interacting with the small screens and keyboards that are a part of my daily mobile life is rather easy for me. However, there are people who are visually impaired, have limited internet access, or need a complete hands-free solution that want to access this same content that I enjoy on my devices. A couple of months ago, Audiopoint released their Voice Terminal Service (VTS) that provides instant access to user-defined internet content over ordinary landlines or mobile phones without data plans and by using advanced text-to-speech technology.

November 13, 2008 by in Mobility

Want a sleek RAZR-like Nokia S60 device for just $70?

Want a sleek RAZR-like Nokia S60 device for just $70?

My first S60 phone was the Nokia 3650 and it was a device that served primarily as a phone. I don't think many people who owned the device even knew how powerful of a mobile operating system it was and all of the functions they could perform. I know I focus on the higher end smartphone for my personal usage, but there are many more people out there that just want a phone primarily for making and receiving calls. AT&T and Nokia announced the release of a device, the Nokia 6650, that is primarily a solid mobile phone, but also has the backing of S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 2 so it can do a whole lot more if you want it to.

November 12, 2008 by in Mobility

MySpace for BlackBerry now available

MySpace for BlackBerry now available

I have been thoroughly enjoying my new BlackBerry Bold and earlier today I was browsing the social networking apps found on the BlackBerry site and discovered the cool Flickr application to go along with the Facebook application I already downloaded. I was then contacted just a couple minutes later by my RIM contact to let me know that the MySpace for BlackBerry application was launching later today.

November 12, 2008 by in BlackBerry

HTC announces world's first GSM/WiMAX mobile phone

HTC announces world's first GSM/WiMAX mobile phone

HTC is arguably the most innovative company when it comes to mobile phones, in particular those running the Windows Mobile operating system. Today, they announced the HTC MAX 4G device that is the world's first GSM/WiMAX headset. The device will be available in Russia on the Yota Mobile WiMAX network. The device appears similar to the super high-end HTC Touch HD that was recently revealed with a large 3.8 inch 800x480 display and touch screen interface. The HTC MAX 4G will support the Yota Video network and with the device you can actually display up to nine TV channels simultaneously.

November 12, 2008 by in Hardware

Nokia E63 announced; mass market QWERTY device

Nokia E63 announced; mass market QWERTY device

The Nokia E71 is one of the best QWERTY mobile phones I have ever used (see my review) and there were rumors of another model coming out that was quite similar, yet targeted at a bit lower cost. Today Nokia officially announced the Nokia E63 and Rob Evans has one that he is showing off with an E71. Also check out the rest of the posts Rob has made as he covers the software and device in more details with the only E63 hands-on experience I have seen so far on the internet.

November 11, 2008 by in Telcos

You can now pick up a 16GB SanDisk microSDHC for $100

You can now pick up a 16GB SanDisk microSDHC for $100

SanDisk emailed me yesterday and told me that their huge capacity 16GB microSDHC card was now available for US$99.99. SanDisk is the first card maker to get cards with this high capacity out in stores. They promptly sent me a card to evaluate with my latest mobile devices that arrived a couple hours ago. I quickly popped it into my new BlackBerry Bold, T-Mobile G1, and Palm Treo Pro devices to check compatibility and ability to store captured images and play music and video files.

November 11, 2008 by in Hardware

Opera Mini 4.2 beta includes skins and video support

Opera Mini 4.2 beta includes skins and video support

One of the first things I download onto my Windows Mobile, S60, and BlackBerry devices is Opera Mini so I was very pleased to receive the notice today that Opera Mini 4.2 beta is now available for download for all of these devices (it is a Java application). There are four new things that are highlighted in this latest updated version that should make Opera Mini 4.2 even more compelling.

November 10, 2008 by in Mobility

AT&T Fuze is now available for $299.99

AT&T Fuze is now available for $299.99

I have used the HTC Touch Diamond for several months and the display is absolutely fantastic. Today, the HTC Fuze from AT&T is available today for US$299.99 after US$50 mail-in rebate and 2-year contract. The no commitment price is US$499.99, which actually is a very reasonable for a device with all of these high end features and much cheaper than the US$700+ I have paid in the past for unlocked devices with these types of features.

November 10, 2008 by in Mobility

BlackBerry Storm commercials are appearing on TV

BlackBerry Storm commercials are appearing on TV

Larry posted a bit earlier about the possible 17 November launch date for the BlackBerry Storm. I don't watch much TV, but I have already seen two Storm commercials (one can be found on YouTube) so I think the date is most likely correct. You can also check out the BlackBerry Storm 9530 interactive guide. It is interesting to see that the main steps shown in device setup include inserting the SIM card, yet the Storm is launching with Verizon on their CDMA network where SIM cards are not used. I understand Vodafone should be getting a GSM version of the Storm, yet the link for the demo clearly indicates it is for the US market.

November 10, 2008 by in Mobility

mophie Juice Pack for iPhone 3G now shipping

mophie Juice Pack for iPhone 3G now shipping

Jason mentioned the new RichardSolo 1800 iPhone battery pack earlier today and after returning from my recent business trip I discovered one was sent to me for evaluation. Unfortunately, I no longer have an iPhone 3G so I am returning my evaluation unit and hope to try out their new RichardSolo 1800 for BlackBerry to use with my new BlackBerry Bold. Another very popular battery pack also arrived at my house (again, I will have to return it without an evaluation) for the iPhone 3G and it is now available for everyone to purchase. The mophie Juice Pack for the iPhone 3G can be purchased for US$99.95.

November 10, 2008 by in Networking

First impressions of the RIM BlackBerry Bold

First impressions of the RIM BlackBerry Bold

My AT&T SIM has been bouncing back and forth between the Nokia E71 (see my review) and Palm Treo Pro (see my review and with these two devices I have confirmed that QWERTY devices are my preferred form factor. Another couple of new devices recently launched with this same form factor, including the Samsung Epix and the BlackBerry Bold. I was just sent a BlackBerry Bold evaluation unit to spend time with and wanted to post some of my initial thoughts and experiences, along with an image gallery of the hardware and some of the software aspects of this new BlackBerry device.

November 9, 2008 by in BlackBerry

Apple moves into 2nd place in worldwide smartphone sales

Apple moves into 2nd place in worldwide smartphone sales

It is pretty amazing watching the growth of the Apple iPhone in the worldwide smartphone market and the latest Canalys Q3 2008 report shows that Apple is now number 2. Nokia continues to lead with a large percentage, but others are catching up fast. There is also some encouraging news for U.S. smart phone fans, like myself, as the numbers show the smartphone market in the U.S. has doubled since last year.

November 7, 2008 by in Mobility

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