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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Share your cameraphone pics everywhere with ShoZu

Share your cameraphone pics everywhere with ShoZu

As a father of three active daughters, I like to use my camera-enabled phones to capture moments of their lives when I don't have a dedicated camera in hand. I upload these pics to Flickr, Vox, my blog, my Facebook site, and sometimes my TextAmerica site. I have used the native utilities on S60 devices, Vox upload tool, special email address (WordPress functionality), Facebook utility on a BlackBerry, and ShoZu in the past, but am pleased that something major was just updated that brings all these various tools into a single package. With the latest version of ShoZu you can now easily send your latest snapshot to all these services, and a lot more, with a single upload via MMS or email. This will save me lots of time and also allow me to post to several sites at once.

November 20, 2007 by in Social Enterprise

What happens to my mobile services if Microsoft buys Yahoo!?

What happens to my mobile services if Microsoft buys Yahoo!?

The big news of the day is obviously the Microsoft bid for Yahoo! and this immediately prompted me to wonder how this would impact my mobile usage of Yahoo's services. I currently use Flickr for my online photo repository and mobile upload tool. I have a couple of Yahoo! email accounts and belong to a few Yahoo! Groups. I also enjoy using the Yahoo! Go services such as email, photos, sports, news, maps, and search on my mobile devices and find it to be one of the best mobile services clients that is available today. Lastly, I am a Yahoo! Music unlimited subscriber and have unlimited subscription music playing on my Windows Mobile and S60 devices. In addition, Yahoo! services work quite well on Macs and many Microsoft services are not fully supported on Macs so this is a concern of mine as well.

February 1, 2008 by in Social Enterprise

Five reasons why Nokia should consider buying Yahoo

Five reasons why Nokia should consider buying Yahoo

Nokia makes some awesome devices and I continue to be impressed by their innovation and functionality. However, as we saw last year Nokia is expanding their service offerings, largely through aquisitions. I think Nokia will continue with their hardware, but their future focus on services may be where they focus a lot of effort and IMHO is actually much more intriguing. I just read an interesting article by Stephen Wellman over at Information Week where he give five reasons that Nokia should buy Yahoo.

February 7, 2008 by in Social Enterprise

Yahoo! Music Unlimited will soon reach its limit

Yahoo! Music Unlimited will soon reach its limit

It looks like on of the concerns I had with Yahoo and mobile products has been taken care of by another company. Rhapsody and Yahoo Inc. announced a strategic partnership that will see Yahoo! Music subscribers being migrated to Rhapsody over the next several months. For Yahoo! Music subscribers, this generally means an increase in the monthly subscription fee from around US$9/month to US$12.99/month when your existing contract expires.

February 5, 2008 by in Social Enterprise

CES: Skype announces support for more mobile platforms, including the PSP

CES: Skype announces support for more mobile platforms, including the PSP

I use Skype to record out MobileTechRoundup podcasts and also to call my family when I am on the road. I mostly use it on my MacBook Pro with some occasional use on the Nokia N800 Internet Tablet (which is a great sounding VoIP device). Skype announced continued expansion into the mobile arena with the 3 Skypephone, Freetalk Wireless Stereo Headset, Intel-based Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs), Nokia N810 Internet Tablet, Sony mylo Communicator, and PSP-2000 series device.

January 7, 2008 by in Social Enterprise

MobileTechRoundup show #104; iPhone is returned

MobileTechRoundup show #104; iPhone is returned

I give listeners my last word on my iPhone ownership over the last two weeks in MobileTechRoundup show #104. Kevin asked some good questions and there are definitely reasons to like the iPhone. We had a listener email about what non-camera options were available and after hashing it over we realized there really are not that many choices available for people, but our recommendation is for a sound device. James discussed issues with GPS on the BlackBerry 8830 and questioned what in the heck Verizon is doing. We all have Skype on our Nokia N800 devices and James and Kevin even used Skype without a WiFi connection using iSkoot.

July 13, 2007 by in Social Enterprise

Twitter goes mobile

Twitter goes mobile

I have been using Twitter since July 2006 (see my December post on the subject) and usually have notifications for several people turned on for my mobile phones. I personally use Twitter mainly for updates about my mobile life and rarely use Twitter at a desktop. Thus, I was quite happy to find out via Twitter postings this weekend that there is now a mobile Twitter page where you can login and manage/view Twitter right from your web-enabled mobile device.

May 7, 2007 by in Social Enterprise

Twitter on a mobile; What are you doing?

Twitter on a mobile; What are you doing?

Twitter is a free social networking service that works on any text messaging enabled mobile phone or web browser. Let friends, family, and others know what you are up to and meet up with buddies along the way. You may even find out what people are doing before you read about it in a blog.

December 13, 2006 by in Social Enterprise