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 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".

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 eBay or Swappa to buy more. Many other devices are sent for review on a 30-day loaner basis and then returned to the carrier or manufacturer. If any are provided as “long term loaner units” this will be clearly disclosed in his reviews.

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Qualcomm import ban will effect U.S. 3G data networks

Qualcomm import ban will effect U.S. 3G data networks

Yesterday, the Bush administration decided to uphold a June decision from the US International Trade Commission that bans chips made by Qualcomm Inc. that violate a Broadcom Corp. patent. This does not look like good news for Qualcomm and those of us who want to see more 3G mobile devices in the United States. Qualcomm will appeal the decision, but the Forbes article states that a reversal of a US ITC decision hasn't been made for 20 years. The CTIA had called on a veto of the ban by President Bush and stated that the ITC ban would costs U.S. consumers and producers an estimated $4.3 to $21.1 billion, and will cause billions more in lost productivity across the U.S. economy.

August 7, 2007 by in Legal

Free your mobile music experience with iTunes and EMI Music

Free your mobile music experience with iTunes and EMI Music

Apple and EMI Music announced a DRM-free option will be available for all EMI Music titles on the iTunes store starting in May. You'll be able to pay 30 cents extra for music with no restrictions and listen to the song on all your mobile devices and digital audio players without having to worry about compatibility. Hopefully, more major record companies will see the benefits of providing DRM-free music in the future.

April 2, 2007 by in Legal

MobileTechRoundup show #96

MobileTechRoundup show #96

It took a few tries since Kevin's MacBook is having hardware issues, but MobileTechRoundup show #96 was recorded by all three hosts on MacBook devices. We started off by talking about my initial impressions of the Nokia N95 and the fun things you can do with the integrated GPS. James and Kevin also expressed their thoughts on the 5GB cap on Verizon's data plan and is it really a cap that any "normal" user would ever hit? EMI and Apple announced DRM-free music is coming soon and Kevin wondered who is next. Rhapsody music service was discussed as well as the free streaming Pandora experience.

April 13, 2007 by in Legal

Bah Humbug: Apple countersues Nokia for infringing on 13 patents

Bah Humbug: Apple countersues Nokia for infringing on 13 patents

A couple of months ago Nokia filed suit against Apple for using 10 wireless technologies they patented without compensation. It looks like Apple is getting into the holiday spirit by countersuing Nokia stating that Nokia is infringing on 13 Apple patents. There are no details yet on what those 13 patents pertain to so we will have to keep an eye out to see what Apple believes Nokia took from them. I wonder how hard Apple had to dig to find more patents than Nokia accused them of stealing?

December 10, 2009 by in Legal

Hands-on with the B&N nook update 1.2.0, available now

Hands-on with the B&N nook update 1.2.0, available now

A couple hours ago I mentioned that a rumored 1.2.0 software version may be coming to nook owners today and in hopes that this was true I went to the Barnes & Noble ebook store on my nook and bought a single issue of a newspaper. I haven't yet tried out a newspaper and wanted to see what it looked like on the nook and figured getting the nook to actively connect might help prompt for a firmware update. After my newspaper issue was downloaded, I saw a pop-up in the bottom right corner that showed it was downloading an update. After a few minutes (connected via 3G) my nook went through the update process (make sure you have adequate battery available) and is now confirmed as having software version 1.2.0 on board

February 5, 2010 by in Legal