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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MWC08: Bluetooth SIG creating spec to harness speed of WiFi

MWC08: Bluetooth SIG creating spec to harness speed of WiFi

I am a big fan of Bluetooth technology and am actually using a Think Outside Bluetooth keyboard to type this article on my new Fujitsu U810 Tablet PC. Blair sent me some big news from the Bluetooth SIG announcing that they are developing a new radio substitution method that will allow devices with both Bluetooth and WiFi radios to access and use both those radios for much faster data transfer rates. The new architecture is called Alternate MAC/PHY and the core specs for it are expected to be published in mid-2009.

February 12, 2008 by in Networking

Will this LG device be next in the T-Mobile Shadow lineup?

Will this LG device be next in the T-Mobile Shadow lineup?

Arne Hess has been busy digging through the FCC site and found that the LG KS20 Windows Mobile Professional device may be coming to the US in 2008. I saw the LG KS20 at Mobius a couple of weeks ago and thought it had a great form factor for a touch-screen device. According to the FCC details GSM/EDGE at the 850 and 1900 MHz frequencies are supported, but there were no specifics on UMTS or HSDPA. It does have Bluetooth and WiFi as well. These wireless options makes me wonder if this could be the next device in the T-Mobile Shadow lineup.

December 16, 2007 by in Networking

WiMAX may be rolling out sooner than you thought

WiMAX may be rolling out sooner than you thought

I stopped by the Xohm (pronounced Zome) booth today at CES 2008 to try to get some answers on the roll-out of WiMAX in the U.S. While I think people understand the concept of WiMAX (wide-area WiFi) it seems with all the news of Sprint and Clearwire's decision to not move forward with a nationwide network many were left wondering if WiMAX was really going to happen and when. After talking with Xohm representatives and hearing the latest from Chief Technology Officer Barry West, Sprint Nextel, we will see WiMAX available commercially before the summer of this year.

January 9, 2008 by in Networking

Nokia N95 8GB NAM and N82 8GB revealed by Nokia?

Nokia N95 8GB NAM and N82 8GB revealed by Nokia?

Nokia may not be quite as good as Apple at keeping upcoming devices quiet, but they are very careful about leaking news. It seems that Devin from The Nokia Guide site discovered that the N95 8GB NAM (North American model with 3G support for U.S. networks) and N82 8GB may be coming soon. He was browsing the web and visited one of the Nokia pre-installed bookmarks where he discovered these two device names in the list of supported devices.

December 23, 2007 by in Networking

Truphone extends free VoIP to landline phone offer

Truphone extends free VoIP to landline phone offer

In my blog entry on VoIP services on Nokia S60 devices I discussed a bit of my experiences with Truphone. At that time Truphone was offering free calls to landlines until 31 March, but I just saw the news that this offer has been extended until 30 June and includes free calls to 40 countries. If you have a compatible S60 smartphone then I highly recommend you give it a try. I just wish the Nokia N80ie battery would last longer than a few hours so I could use the service more than I already do. You can also talk to people and receive calls from them via Google Talk so your friends and family don't even need a S60 device to call you via Truphone.

March 29, 2007 by in Networking

fring VoIP now available for Windows Mobile devices

fring VoIP now available for Windows Mobile devices

Back in February I posted a blog entry on how S60 was in the lead for mobile VoIP and it seems that now Windows Mobile is catching up with the release of a new client. The excellent mobile VoIP application, fring, is now available for Windows Mobile 5 and 6 devices. The same powerful functionality and connectivity as you have seen on the S60 platform is available for Windows Mobile. Thus you get fring, Skype, Google Talk, and MSN integration as well as Twitter support. I used Skype before, but it is still in beta and has some issues so I look forward to trying fring on my T-Mobile Dash and also a T-Mobile Wing.

June 20, 2007 by in Networking

Dentists needed for mobile Bluetooth pain

Dentists needed for mobile Bluetooth pain

Bluetooth is designed as a cable replacement wireless technology, but unlike simply plugging in a cable devices have to be paired and have to have matching profiles for things to work. Unfortunately, devices don't always talk well with each other and even mobile experts have trouble getting over the connection issues.

June 28, 2006 by in Networking