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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Get Earthcomber and Sling Player Mobile for free on your Nokia N95

Get Earthcomber and Sling Player Mobile for free on your Nokia N95

I just read on Darla Mack's blog that Nokia updated the Download! content for US Nokia devices. A couple of the new applications you can download and install are Earthcomber and Sling Player Mobile for S60. I went into depth and showed a video of Sling Player Mobile on S60 devices and if you purchased a Nokia N95 in the U.S. you get this software application for free (US$29.99 value). It isn't clear if this has to be the new N95-3 or if purchasing the N95 from Nokia USA or other online vendors counts, but after my Sling Player Mobile trial ends I'll try it on the standard N95.

October 2, 2007 by in Developer

Forum Nokia developers actively support S60 devices

Forum Nokia developers actively support S60 devices

I am a big fan of the S60 platform and in particular the Nokia N95, Nokia N73 and N93 and one major differences between these devices and the iPhone is the huge 3rd party development community. Michael Tangeman, from The Pen Group sent along a loaner Nokia N80ie loaded with applications from Forum Nokia developers. The applications include fring, FlashWeather, PocketCaster, Project Gotham Racing Mobile, SCANBUY Shopper, and SCANBUY Media. Michael also included QuickOffice and I plan to post a thorough review of the latest version in the next couple of weeks. So take a look at my image gallery for application screenshots and read below for a bit more about each application.

July 1, 2007 by in Developer

T-Mobile customers can soon pre-order the Motorola CLIQ for $199.99

T-Mobile customers can soon pre-order the Motorola CLIQ for $199.99

Andrew was lucky enough to get some hands-on time with the Motorola CLIQ a couple of weeks ago and I was thinking about picking one up since I am a T-Mobile customer. Today, T-Mobile announced that existing customers could pre-order the CLIQ starting 19 October by visiting the new CLIQ website. This pre-sale runs from 19 October until 1 November and then starting on 2 November new customers will be able to pick one up for $199.99 with a two-year agreement.

September 29, 2009 by in Developer

CTIA 09: Microsoft announces Marketplace partners, removes application update charges

CTIA 09: Microsoft announces Marketplace partners, removes application update charges

To kick off the CTIA news, Microsoft announced some official support for Windows phones as well as a change in policy, for the better, in regards to developers and the Windows Marketplace. The policy for developers to be charged for updates after the seven-day window has been updated and developers will be able to make updates to their applications throughout the application lifecycle with no additional charges. It is great to see Microsoft listening and responding quickly to feedback from the community.

March 30, 2009 by in Developer

Forget 99 cent smartphone apps, let's be fair to developers too

Forget 99 cent smartphone apps, let's be fair to developers too

I wrote about the BlackBerry App World minimum pricing plan back in March as RIM stated the minimum cost for a priced, not free, application would be $2.99. As I said then and still say today, 99 cent apps don't give most developers what they deserve for creating the application and is a bit ridiculous for consumers to use as a standard for mobile application pricing. Microsoft is holding some developer events this week in Redmond and has encourage developers to follow a strategy similar to RIM where apps are priced more reasonably in line with what is fair to both the developer and the consumer. It doesn't look like Microsoft will dictate this minimum price level and will let the market decide, but I sure hope we don't end up with thousands of 99 cent apps.

August 20, 2009 by in Developer

UPDATE: Hands-on with Evernote for the Google Android platform

UPDATE: Hands-on with Evernote for the Google Android platform

Capturing thoughts and notes is something that many of us do with our smartphones and my favorite cross platform application to perform this is Evernote. I have been asking them for an Android client since I purchased my T-Mobile G1 last year. I read a Tweet about a beta appearing on the Android Market so I have been testing it out and using it on the Sprint HTC Hero the past few days. It is a great first start with support for a few ways to capture notes and I am sure it will get better over time, just like the other mobile clients.

October 7, 2009 by in Developer

Will Apple allow one or two 3rd party apps to run in the background?

Will Apple allow one or two 3rd party apps to run in the background?

As we approach the June WWDC event and the expectation that Apple will roll out iPhone OS 3.0 along with some possible new hardware, the rumors of what else may be in the OS update heat up. The latest speculation is that Apple will allow one or two 3rd party apps to run in the background. Currently, Apple lets you run the iPod music functions in the background, but no 3rd party apps have this capability. The servers side notification support coming in iPhone 3.0 may address the needs for some apps, such as IM apps, but there are still some others that would benefit from running in the background on the iPhone.

May 15, 2009 by in Developer