Matthew Miller

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Matthew Miller started using mobile devices in 1997 and has been writing news, reviews, and opinion pieces ever since. He was a co-host, with Kevin Tofel, of the MobileTechRoundup podcast for 13 years and authored 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 Google Pixel 4, Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus, LG V60 ThinQ, Google Pixelbook Go, Microsoft Surface Pro 6, and many more, along with plenty of wearables, 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".

Matthew is a professional naval architect by day and a mobile gadgeteer at all other times. He purchases his own devices and then sells them on Swappa to buy more. Many other devices are sent for review on a typical 30-day or long-term loan basis and then returned to the carrier or manufacturer.

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Hey Apple, where are the free trials for iPhone applications?

Hey Apple, where are the free trials for iPhone applications?

I know a few of us here on ZDNet are hard at work on iPhone 3G and iPhone application articles and one aspect of the new Apple iPhone Application store that struck me immediately was that there are no trial versions of the commercial software. One of the major benefits for me that gets me using and eventually buying mobile software applications is the ability to try a full, or even limited, version for 14 to 30 days on my devices to see if the application truly fits my needs and is worth the cost. There are NO trial applications that I can find on the iPhone Application store.

July 10, 2008 by in Apple

New iPod nano may be the motivation I need to train hard again

New iPod nano may be the motivation I need to train hard again

The big Apple iPod event was held today and as Andrew posted we saw a refresh of the entire iPod lineup. While the capacity upgrades may be nice for some, I personally find the most surprising and refreshing news to be the iPod nano update. These devices include an integrated video camera, speaker, mic, pedometer and FM radio tuner, none of which I was expecting to see in the nano lineup. I figured we would see a camera and mic in the iPod touch, but that hasn't happened yet. The iPod nano is a runner's dream and I intend to give you a real-life perspective of it in action soon. I also enjoy using my Flip minoHD camera, but IMHO Apple just trumped these type of devices (there is a Kodak model too) in more ways than just the video camera hardware.

September 9, 2009 by in Apple

Kindle for Mac is now available

Kindle for Mac is now available

Last fall Amazon rolled out Kindle for PC so you could enjoy your purchased Kindle content on your Windows computer. Last night Amazon released a beta of Kindle for Mac so you could enjoy Kindle content on a Mac.

March 17, 2010 by in Apple

What's up with the MacBook Air single USB port and where is the flash card reader?

What's up with the MacBook Air single USB port and where is the flash card reader?

You have all probably seen the news about the new MacBook Air announced this morning by Steve Jobs and now that the glitz and glamour of the keynote is wearing off people are diving into the details. One major issue, IMHO, that Adrian Kingsley-Hughes pointed out in his first thoughts was the lack of a removable battery. The problem with the USB solution is that the MacBook Air, actually all of the Apple notebooks, do not include any kind of media card reader so if you want to upload any photos/videos you have to take out your USB modem, connect a card reader, move the photos/video onto the hard drive, and then reconnect your USB modem to connect again.

January 15, 2008 by in Apple

S60 touch technology announced, watch out Apple

S60 touch technology announced, watch out Apple

I saw a sign at the S60 Summit that listed S60 touch interface as an upcoming feature. I think the introduction of the iPhone really pushed manufacturers to speed up development of technology they had under wraps and today Nokia officially announced the S60 touch user interface would be coming in 2008. Rafe has a YouTube video of the presentation at the Symbian Smartphone Show over at All About Symbian that has me personally very excited about 2008. Imagine something like the iPhone, but with more functionality and an open architecture for virtually unlimited customization and expansion to your needs and desires.

October 15, 2007 by in Apple

Easily add custom ringtones to your iPhone for US$9.95

Easily add custom ringtones to your iPhone for US$9.95

While the ringtones on the iPhone for the most part are pretty decent, I prefer to use theme songs from my youth or favorite movies on my devices so I was disappointed that custom ringtone support was not available. Ryan posted the news on Mobility Beat that an inexpensive application is now available that allows you to create custom ringtones. I immediately went over to the Efiko Software site to find out more about iPhoneRingToneMaker and went ahead and purchased it for US$9.95 (50% introductory special). I was a bit skeptical since it seemed just too easy to create a ringtone, but as you can see in the YouTube video below that I shot of the process it really is quite simple.

July 25, 2007 by in Apple