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Matthew Miller provides you with news, commentary and in-depth reviews of the latest in mobile gadgetry such as tablets, cutting edge smartphones, and portable gaming.
Matthew Miller started using a mobile devices in 1997 and has been writing news, reviews, and opinion pieces ever since. He is a co-host with GigaOM's Kevin Tofel on 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 over 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 1520, 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".
HTC's standalone camera may look like small periscope or an asthma inhaler, but is really well-designed for something that fits nicely into one hand.
HTC's first new connected product lets you take photos and video without having a big screen planted between you and your subject.
Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 Docking Station and new Universal Mobile keyboard are key to my home office
The Surface Pro 3 is my constant companion and primary PC. Thanks to the Docking Station and new Universal Mobile keyboard, my setup has vastly improved.
Many people still use portable navigation devices instead of their smartphones and at just $250 the TomTom Go 600 is one of the best available.
Pebble continues to be my favorite smartwatch. With this software update, users can now leave their activity tracker behind and reduce the number of items on their wrist.
TomTom regularly updates and improves their GPS Watch fitness devices and this week they released a major update with Android and iOS 8 support.
Kobo is the first to launch an ebook reader with waterproof capability and that adds peace of mind for reading when you are close to or in water.
Pebble remains a compelling smartwatch alternative with its cross-platform support and new iPhone 6/6 Plus owners will appreciate the advanced notification support in this update.
Wearables are the talk of the town, but they have to be inexpensive and functional to get people to start using them. It looks like Misfit may have a perfect product with the Flash.
The Moto 360 was one of the most anticipated smartwatches of the year and after using it for a week, I am convinced it is the best available Android Wear watch you can buy.
Jawbone is providing UP24 owners with a major firmware update while also reportedly opening up their API to more hardware opportunities.
The Moto 360 smartwatch was announced at Google I/O, but is finally ready for the public. ZDNet spent time with the new watch and Hint Bluetooth headset.
If you regularly switch between a PC or Mac, tablet, and smartphone then you might want to look at this new keyboard that lets you enter text on all of them with a simple flip of the switch.
The first week of September will be very busy for smartphone and smartwatch fans with at least 15 devices likely to be revealed in Berlin and Chicago.
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