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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Spb Mobile Shell improves Phone Edition functionality

Spb Mobile Shell improves Phone Edition functionality

pb Software House develops some of the best mobile software and they just released a new application for Pocket PC and Pocket PC Phone Edition devices called Spb Mobile Shell. Spb Mobile Shell significantly improves the main user interface on these touch screen devices by providing important information on a single screen that is easily navigated with a finger tap. I especially like the looks and functionality of the Spb Menu Actions where your programs appear as large button links and then actions such as New Text Note can be initiated all from quick taps on the display without having to dive down into the programs.

February 6, 2007 by in Mobility

Carnival of the Mobilists #61 sports a Japanese theme

Carnival of the Mobilists #61 sports a Japanese theme

As promised last week, I want to keep informing readers of the availability of the latest Carnival of the Mobilists issue since there really are some great pieces of writing in every weekly newsletter. This week Wireless World Japan hosts Carnival #61. The Carnival takes on a Japanese theme with articles this week falling into the carnival themes of behind the scenes, music, magic, floats, gods, food stalls and 3GSM Barcelona. Is the mobile phone market a two horse race between Nokia and Motorola? As I talked a bit about when the iPhone was announced, do people prefer buttons on their phones? How can you optimize your use of Opera Mini? The answers and discussions to these and many more topics can be found in this latest edition of the Carnival of the Mobilists so visit and enjoy the articles.

February 6, 2007 by in Mobility

MobileTechRoundup show #89, Vista and driver updates

MobileTechRoundup show #89, Vista and driver updates

Vista was launched and MobileTechRoundup show #89 contains lots of discussion of this latest Micrsoft operating system. James, Kevin, and I are all installing Vista on our devices with James trying it on the Fujitsu P1610 and Kevin and I on the Samsung Q1 UMPC. Drivers are being released by many manufacturers, although Samsung hasn't released any for our Q1s yet so we have had to brute force a few aspects. Kevin is happy to have Sammy back and told his readers that Sammy is looking for a new home so contact Kevin if you are interested. EV-DO Rev. A is rolling out from Verizon as well and I am having good experiences with Sprint. Kevin is testing the Netgear SPH-101 Skype phone and it sounds good. Google Maps is available for free for Windows Mobile and Palm devices so make sure you download it now.

February 6, 2007 by in Windows

PhatWare PenCommander 2.0 supports Vista and adds more functionality

PhatWare PenCommander 2.0 supports Vista and adds more functionality

PenCommander 2.0 has been launched around the Vista release and includes support for Windows Vista, which is timely since I plan to put Vista on my Q1 this weekend. PenCommander 2.0 also includes an updated scripting engine to allow for new user-level functions and improved performance, new customizable user interface for Visual PenCommander, new PenCommander skins, ability to select a handwriting recognition engine (important if multiple languages are used), and the ability to make the input panel semi-transparent so you can work on applications with PenCommander sitting on the desktop. IMHO, a gesture/shorthand command application like this is essential for UMPC and Tablet PC users as it improves productivity and makes using the pen a much more enjoyable experience.

February 1, 2007 by in Windows

Google releases Google Maps for Mobile Windows Mobile client

Google releases Google Maps for Mobile Windows Mobile client

Google released a Google Maps Mobile for Windows Mobile devices application today so you no longer have to have a Java client and use the Java utility to find directions and locations on Google Maps. You can visit the Google Maps for Mobile website, download and then install the .CAB file now for your Windows Mobile device. I just installed it on my Dash and like it even better than the Java client because the fonts are cleaner, the navigation is better integrated, and I don't have to go through all those Java midlet authorization screens. You can use it to show traffic status too and it is available for free. Make sure you have an unlimited data plan though before downloading map data to your device.

February 1, 2007 by in Mobility

Verizon Wireless joins Sprint with launch of EV-DO Rev. A network

Verizon Wireless joins Sprint with launch of EV-DO Rev. A network

Verizon Wireless announced their rollout of EV-DO Rev. A wireless broadband network. EV-DO Rev. A gives customers upload speeds five to six times faster than their standard EV-DO rates. Verizon stated the enhanced network will launch in the Boston area, Richmond and Hampton Roads, Virginia, Chicago and its suburbs, Salt Lake City and other cities in Utah, and throughout the state of Florida. There may be other areas with undocumented coverage as well and the two devices with EV-DO Rev. A capability will be available online tomorrow.

February 1, 2007 by in Mobility

Carnival of the Mobilists #60

Carnival of the Mobilists #60

I have been negligent in posting weekly links to the Carnival of the Mobilists and am sorry to any readers who may have enjoyed reading those excellent articles. I am happy to announce that Mobbu is hosting Carnival #60 this week. Michael Mace continues to write some excellent commentary on the mobile world and I am sure you will enjoy his post on the current smartphone and mobile data market. Another of my favorite mobile writers, Steve Litchfield, chimes in with thoughts on the ease of use of different mobile device brands. This edition of the Carnival is packed with articles from a large number of mobile enthusiasts and experts and I found it extremely informative and enjoyable. Rod over at Mobbu did a great job of bringing you links and thoughts on all the topics and I encourage you to spend an hour checking out all these mobile treasures. Also stay tuned for the next Carnival of the Mobilists.

January 31, 2007 by in Mobility

MobileTechRoundup show #88

MobileTechRoundup show #88

A couple of new mobile product discussions kicked off MobileTechRoundup show #88 when James, Kevin, and I chatted about the Medion UMPC that has me thinking of switching from my Q1 and the HTC Athena Pocket PC Phone Edition device. I also discovered my MacBook Pro cable was fraying and actually it is dead right now. James discovered EV-DO Rev. A in Houston and I tried it out with Sprint. A cool freeware for S60 3rd Edition devices was also discussed and if you have one of these devices then check it out and improve your email and texting capabilities.

January 30, 2007 by in Hardware

Seagate's D.A.V.E. will be your mobile device's new best friend

Seagate's D.A.V.E. will be your mobile device's new best friend

Are you constantly buying larger and larger capacity external storage cards in different form factors for your mobile devices? Do you watch a lot of video content or listen to tunes and podcasts on your mobile devices? Well, Seagate just announced a product that will solve your external storage needs with a cool way to access that content from different devices so you don't have to format and load the same content on different cards. D.A.V.E. was announced this morning, but won't be available until May or June.

January 29, 2007 by in Networking

Apple MagSafe failure prevents work from getting done

Apple MagSafe failure prevents work from getting done

Apple's new MagSafe A/C adapter currently has my MacBook Pro acting like a brick as it is unusable with a dead battery and no way to charge it back up. A visit to the Apple Store is planned that will hopefully result in successful replacement of the defective part, but I am just having lots of bad luck with Apple products lately and may be bypassing them out of frustration. Are Apple products really high quality or is the sleek design just making things seem better than they really are?

January 29, 2007 by in Apple

Palm releases Direct Push update for Palm OS based Treos

Palm releases Direct Push update for Palm OS based Treos

Treo 680 and 700p owners now have the ability to get push email on their devices with the Exchange ActiveSync Update for Palm OS devices that was made available today. You can install the update over-the-air and in addition to the Direct Push Technology features, users also get the security updates that are a part of this module.

January 29, 2007 by in Microsoft

MobileTechRoundup show #87

MobileTechRoundup show #87

Our guest host from last week at CES is not back this week, but we did wrap up our thoughts on our trips to Vegas during MobileTechRoundup show #87. There has been quite a bit of talk about the Nokia N800 and a few may be on the way to the MoTR crew shortly. James, Kevin, and I also spent a bit talking about the new Microsoft definition of a UMPC and how the OQO is one now, but then again without Vista it isn't really. We also talked about the failed Zune squirting and why I am back to using my Yahoo! Music subscription service. We even have a freeware of the show that presents Google Reader in a slimmed down way for reading on a UMPC or other mobile device.

January 25, 2007 by in Tech Industry

Rumors of the T-Mobile AMEO 8GB Windows Mobile Phone Edition emerge

Rumors of the T-Mobile AMEO 8GB Windows Mobile Phone Edition emerge

The HTC Athena rumors surfaced in December and now more details are emerging that show the device may be coming soon from T-Mobile in Europe as the AMEO. This Windows Mobile 5.0 Phone Edition device sports just about every mobile device feature and spec you could want in a single device, but is there a market willing to pay for this type of device?

January 23, 2007 by in Mobility

Let your contacts understand your availability with iotum Talk-Now

Let your contacts understand your availability with iotum Talk-Now

iotum Talk-Now releases a preview version of their Relevance Engine application called Talk-Now for BlackBerry users. How many times do you start a phone call with "Do you have time to talk?" Well, if you want to know the actual status of your contact and want them to know your status and you use a RIM BlackBerry device, then you should try the new free preview of Talk-Now.

January 21, 2007 by in BlackBerry

EverNote 2.0 beta adds Advanced Image Recognition technology

EverNote 2.0 beta adds Advanced Image Recognition technology

EverNote is an advanced note taking and information capture application that has a free and a Plus version available. The Plus version of 2.0 includes Advanced Note Recognition (ANR) technology with Advanced Image Recognition (AIR) technology. The AIR technology allows you to search photos and graphics stored in your notes to find embedded typed or even handwritten text. The Plus version is currently available for just under US$40 so give the 90-day trial a go and see if you like it.

January 20, 2007 by in Developer

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