Karaoke Wireless Microphones – Here’s What to Look For

Karaoke Wireless Microphones – Here’s What to Look For

Thanks to advances in recording technology, microphones for karaoke have improved tremendously in the past few years. Wireless technology has also improved dramatically, resulting in wireless karaoke microphones that not only are rugged and full of cool features; they work as well as their corded counterparts.

What to look for in a good wireless karaoke microphone: rugged construction is the first thing to look for, it’s a sign that the mike is of good quality, and will hold up under constant use. You would be surprised at how even an amateur karaoke setup can wreak havoc on poor quality microphones.

Next, look for noise filter technology. If your mike loses signal for even a second, it can send a nasty bit of noise through your sound system, resulting in an embarrassing glitch in your performance. Noise filters monitor this condition and will attenuate any noise that results from losing connection.

Battery life is another important consideration. While many lower-priced mikes use nine-volt or AAA batteries, the better units feature rechargeable battery packs with a recharging base. This is a great convenience, and well worth the extra money.

The specs on your microphone can be manipulated to look good on the package, so beware of incredible specs on a cheap mike. All mikes can state a wide frequency response – it’s the sensitivity at the low and high ends that separate a good microphone from a cheap one.

There are 3 main types of wireless – FM, VHF and UHF. Older mikes used FM frequencies, but were prone to interference. Newer, multichannel VHF and UHF models give better performance.…

MySpace Mobile: Too Popular or Too Slow?

MySpace Mobile: Too Popular or Too Slow?

Near the closing of the 2008, MySpace Mobile may be the third greatest downloaded app within the Android App world (reported by Google’s App gauges by fame). Many additional web logs and sites have produced erroneous statistics from Fast Company’s content deduced from an article written by Medialets that Alex Muse often rebuts.

Averaging 50,000-250,000 downloads, over 9,000 comments, a median Android Application user grading of 3.5, and a mediocre Rating of three Android Tapps. When did this application crash? Remember this is MySpace.

The Issue

MySpace was capable of producing so many downloads from their own company name and fame entirely. Only the application lets down most expectations. MySpace Mobile, has many flaws as stated, and doesn’t even come close to the WAP edition. Also many complaints of login problems and very slow load times have been echoed. In reality it is more of a status update rather than a pic uploader, then again you cannot accomplish that out and about without the Android Application. There’s other reasons to even use this app.

Further Unanswered Questions.

* MySpace Mobile is featureless when compared to the WAP version, such that as; making friend requests, blogging, and posting bulletins. Is there a gameplan to make this application better then the WAP release?

* Besides the above-named lacking characteristics, it could be an amazing program if desktop options were transferred across like; making a new profile, media player, a chat feature would be nice also. Is there any intention of adding these features?

* Most users complain of login problems and slow functionality, is any solution in the works?

* Why does MySpace constantly hammer the Mobile download when you have already selected to view the desktop version. Before and after logging in?…

Motorola V325i Cellular Phone Review

Motorola V325i Cellular Phone Review

I bought this phone to replace my previous one. I used to have an Audiovox CDM8910, and it has been a pretty sad excuse for a phone. The Motorola V325i cell phone blows the Audiovox out of the water.

This phone feels pretty much like any other normal cell phone. It’s not extremely thin by any means. It’s also not really heavy or really light. It pretty average as far as the feel of it goes. When you’re holding it, it feels like there is actually something there in your hand; it has some weight. Personally, I prefer this over a phone that is really thin and light. I want to be able to feel it in my pocket so I don’t have to keep checking to make sure it’s still there.

It’s a pretty durable phone. I’ve dropped it a few times, but you can’t tell. It still works as great as it did when I got it. It’s a pretty sturdy phone. The hinge is quite rugged too, so it would be difficult to accidentally snap it in half. Actually, unless you were really trying, it’s pretty much impossible to break it in half. Even if you dropped it while it was open, it’s not going to snap. It will still get scratched up and stuff, of course, but it’s most likely not going to break.

The sound quality is pretty good. It’s not amazing for sure. I mean you can tell you’re on a cell phone. But the sound isn’t all garbled either. It’s plenty clear to hear and understand what the other person is saying. It’s not crystal clear, but it does a good enough job for the price you have to pay for it.

I don’t consider a camera to be an important part of a cell phone, but for some people it could be useful. You’ll be glad to know that this phone has a decent camera. It’s actually pretty good if you just want to take a quick picture. However, there is no flash, so you can’t really take pictures in the dark. You need a decent amount of light to take a good picture, so that could be one downside to the camera. You get three settings for image resolution. They range from 120×160 to 480×640 pixels. That comes out to a max of 0.3072 megapixels. Not great at all if you are a camera person. But for a cell phone, the camera serves its purpose. At the largest resolution, the pictures are noticeably blocky and not extremely clear. But I think that’s expected. Since it’s just a phone and not a real camera, it does a good enough job of taking pictures. This phone does not do videos, which is unfortunate.

You get five preset sound profiles that can be rotated through easily with the phone closed. You just press the volume button and then use another button to cycle through them. Of course they can …

How to Donate Used Cell Phone Batteries

How to Donate Used Cell Phone Batteries

The amount of cell phones being produced and purchased increases drastically every year. No part of a cell phone is biodegradable. Discarded cell phone batteries actually contain chemical compounds that are harmful to nature and the environment if not properly recycled. Numerous charitable organizations have a need for old cell phones and/or old cell phone batteries. Regardless of the condition every cell phone can be donated to a charitable organization. Some organizations sell the used phones to a recycling company, while other organizations reprogram the phones for future use. Below are steps explaining how to donate a used cell phone and a list of possible donation locations.


Decide the working condition of your used cell phone in terms of how the phone functions and battery life. If possible clear all contacts, videos, photographs, voice and text messages.


Search online for places to donate used cell phones. Deciding where to donate a used cell phone depends on the over-all working condition of the phone and the battery. If the cell phone and battery are in good working order the phone may be donated to an organization that will reprogram the phone. If the cell phone or battery is not functioning the phone will need to be donated to an organization that will sell the phone to a recycling company.


Prepare the used cell phone for shipping based on where the phone is being shipped. If the phone is going to be reprogrammed be sure the phone is well protected and include any accessories including battery recharger. If the cell phone is going to be recycled be sure the phone is protected well enough to endure shipping. A note or letter is not required with the cell phone donation.…

Late Night Dining on Mobile Bay

Late Night Dining on Mobile Bay

You might think about life in LA (that’s lower Alabama) is a bit laid back, but there’s always something to do in this area. Whether it’s a movie in the park or a trip to nearby Dauphin Island, night owls have no shortage of good places to eat. You don’t have to settle for a chain restaurant experience-try one of these unique eateries and squash those late night cravings.

Callaghans’ Irish Social Club

Callaghan’s is truly a Mobile landmark! Located at 916 Charleston Street in Mobile, Alabama it’s a place that’s always brimming with personality. Besides popular crooners and musical talent, you’ll find a tempting late night menu. From starters like the Old Fashioned French Onion Dip to burgers like Irish Dip Reuben, you won’t forget a meal here. They serve food right up to 11pm but do call 251-433-9374 for reservations.

Golden Dragon on Airport

If you’re staying at one of the hotels on Airport Boulevard, order delivery or takeout from the Golden Dragon. They have an extensive online menu with several healthy selections to choose from. You’ll find this busy establishment at 2206 Airport Blvd but you can call them at 251-478-8842. Delivery ends at 11pm so get your order in by then.

Mediterranean Sandwich Company

This amazing restaurant boasts hand crafted orders with the freshest ingredients. For your convenience you’ll find two Mediterranean Sandwich Companies in 274 Dauphin Street ,Mobile, Al 36602, 251- 545-3161 and 2502-2 Schillinger Road South, Mobile, Al 36695, 251-725-0126. You can’t order fries here-only genuine Mediterranean meals. During the week the restaurant closes at 9pm but from Friday to Sunday, the kitchen is open til 2am!


Union seems an unlikely name for a southern restaurant but in the Mobile Bay area it is the place to go for that late night craving. Located at 659 Dauphin Street, you should call for reservations before making the trip, 251-432-0300. Why? Because their steaks are legendary here! From upscale burgers to steaks and delicious, seasonal entrees there is also a wine bar. Located off Dauphin Street in between Dearborn Street and Washington Street. Book your reservation through OpenTable. 

Enjoy Mobile’s finest late night dining! …

We Control Ownership and Operation of Automobiles – Why Not Guns?

We Control Ownership and Operation of Automobiles – Why Not Guns?

As the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments on gay marriage this week, Yahoo asked readers and contributors to share what one cultural issue absorbs their interest. Here’s one perspective.

COMMENTARY: While I sincerely hope the Supreme Court will make a sane decision on the federal Defense of Marriage Act, putting the federal government out of the business of interfering in what should be, not just a local, but a personal issue, the issue that I’d really like to see some rational movement on is the obsession we have in the United States with guns, and efforts to stem the endemic violence caused by the proliferation of guns in our society.

I served my country for more than half a century, 20 years of that time in uniform. As a native Texan, I grew up with guns, but during a time when they were used for hunting and target shooting more than school or workplace massacres. I have no beef with people owning guns, provided that ownership is responsible. Unfortunately, those who hide behind the Second Amendment don’t seem to care that failing to responsibly control ownership of guns, especially automatic weapons with high-capacity magazines, is not what the Founding Fathers had in mind. We control ownership and operation of motor vehicles, why not take the same view of items that have one, and only one, purpose – to cause destruction?

The state of Maryland, where I currently live, is finally moving in the right direction. It’s time the rest of the country followed.…

Will We Always Keep Our Cell Phone Numbers?

Will We Always Keep Our Cell Phone Numbers?

I have this friend; Bill; who was from Vermont (413…even though 413 is Western Mass). He moved to New York City (Brooklyn) in…early 2000’s sometime to become an actor. I haven’t been to hisMySpace in a while but for years his profile read: “The Vermont Man With a Plan.” He has since become The Brooklyn Man Who Needs a Hand; still, he keeps his 413 cell phone number.

I grew up in Connecticut (203) and as soon as I moved to New York City (212, 917), quickly amended my area code identity to coincide with my new locale. That was almost 10 years ago. I moved into New York City in 2001, moved out in 2007, moved back in 2008, moved out again in 2009; still, my cell phone number has remained the same.

I work in a hotel in Westlake Village California and recently met a woman who was checking in for a few days as part of her larger relocation for a work assignment. As she was checking in she handed me her driver’s license; New City, New York (some 40 miles up the Palisades in Rockland County from Manhattan). When I commented that I had been from the area we shared some fond memories of the east coast. I queried for a phone number; “Yes, of course, 845…” 845 was an extension for cellular numbers in the outer lying areas of the Hudson Valley in upstate New York.

“Oh you’re going to have to get rid of that soon,” I commented.

“No, well, no,” she said as though she hadn’t even considered it. “This number is how people know me; so many people have this number.”

“Will your business keep you here for some time?” I questioned.

She stopped and looked up at me; appearing almost a little scared. “Well I’ll always be a New Yorker,” she said with finality.

It seems that, even more than we may realize, a cellular number is something of an identifier in this day and age. What’s explosive about them is that, for many of us, our cellular numbers were the first ones of their kind. My 917 number may have belonged to other people (917 was introduced in 1992) but it certainly hasn’t since 2001. While that may seem to be a pretty silly reason to keep something like a cell phone, still, we do. I’m not going back to New York to live anytime soon but I’m also not going to get rid of my cell phone either.

As we move into the 21st Century and beyond so much of what we have is unoriginal. So in a way keeping something pure is our only way of holding onto something that may have never been anyone else’s. I wonder though; will my generation; the first generation of new cellular only area codes (get ready Manhattan; 929 is coming soon!); will we always keep these same numbers we’ve always had forever, …

Save Money on Your Telephone Service

Save Money on Your Telephone Service

Most of us pay at least $40.00-$50.00 or more a month on residential telephone service. Businesses telephone lines can even cost much more than that. If you have several calling features or make a lot of long distance calls, this figure could go up significantly.

If you live in many areas in Kentucky, North Carolina and Mississippi there may be a more cost effective solution. A telecommunications company called Dialog Telecommunications www.calldialog.com offers solutions that can cut your telephone bill by a minimum of $5.00 to $15.00 or more a month.

Dialog Telecommunications www.calldialog.com is not an Internet based phone service, it is a traditional land line based phone service. How it works, is simple.

Your existing telephone service provider, Bell South for instance, still owns and services the main telephone lines. If you are having a new phone installed they, not Dialog Telecommunications, are the ones who will install or repair your phone lines on Dialog Telecommunicaitons’ behalf.

You are not paying both telephone companies, you are only paying Dialog Telecommunications www.calldialog.com who in turns pays fees to say, Bell South or whomever is your local provider. The new laws and regulations over the past few years have made telephone service much more competitive ending the virtual monopoly most telephone companies have had in the past. Now consumers have choices that make their money go further and get more calling features to boot.

Dialog Telecommunications telephone calling plans may vary in price by coverage area somewhat, but how it works is simple. The quoted monthly price is a flat rate, there are never, ever any added taxes and fees-unlike traditional telephone carriers such as Bell South. This rate never changes, no matter how many covered minutes you use your telephone line. You are also given a guarantee that you rate will never go up as long as you are a Dialog Telecommunications customer. What more can you ask for!

I live in Western Kentucky which is covered by Bell South. My monthly telephone bill rate was over $45.00 through Bell South for a plan that had two ring tones (not two telephone lines, just ring tones), caller ID, and call waiting. No long distance calling minutes or any other perks were included.

Now through Dialog Telecommunications www.calldialog.com I pay $35.00 per month, every month with no rate changes. I now have unlimited local calling, unlimited local long distance calling (not nation wide long distance) and unlimited calling features.

With Dialog Telecommunications, you can have almost all the calling features Bell South provides. Personally, I have call waiting, call forwarding, three way calling and caller ID. These are all included in your monthly fee with Dialog Telecommunications. There is no change in your monthly rate if you have one or ten calling features activated on your account. They do have to be requested either at sign up or by a simple phone call once you’re a customer.

The unlimited, anytime local long distance is …

Why the Motorola Triumph Smartphone Offers Too Little Too Late

Why the Motorola Triumph Smartphone Offers Too Little Too Late

The Motorola Triumph smartphone is one of the latest Android phones to hit the market, but although it’s a modern phone, most of its features aren’t that modern. Following is why the Motorola Triumph is the last of a dying breed.

Outdated Camera

Having an HD camera is one of the biggest perks of owning a smartphone, and while it’s uncommon to see 8 megapixel and even 12 megapixel cameras on modern smartphones, the Motorola Triumph under-delivers in the camera department. While the Motorola Triumph’s inbuilt camera isn’t horrible, it’s more comparable to smartphone’s of “yester-year” with only 5 megapixels, a VGA front-facing camera, and 720p video capture with up to 24 frames per second, while 1080p and 30fps is the modern norm.

Inferior Hardware

If you thought that the outdated camera of the Motorola Triumph is the only feature that needs an upgrade, you’d be surprised to find that it isn’t. The modern smartphone features a fast dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, a quick GPU, and lots of storage space, but not the Motorola Triumph. The Motorola Triumph is seriously lacking under the hood with a 1 GHz single core, 512MB of RAM, and 2GB of storage space. Quite frankly, there are MP3 players on the market with better specs than the Motorola Triumph and most of its hardware is half of what’s expected in today’s market.

Android 2.2 Only

Android 2.3 Gingerbread is the latest Android operating system and will feature many upgrades from Android 2.2 including, a new keyboard, better word selection tools, more efficient power management, better application control, internet calling, better camera options, upgraded download management, an all-new user interface, and lots of other great features, but none of those features will be experienced on the Triumph. While most smartphones are getting rid of the old and getting with the new, the Motorola Triumph is clinging onto the past and will feature Android 2.2 instead of the new and efficient Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

No 4G Internet Options

Fourth generation wireless technology, or 4G for short, has been alive and well since 2009 and is the most modern method for connecting to model devices while they are out of Wi-Fi range. 4G internet is usually a surefire feature of most modern phones, but unlike other modern smartphones, the Motorola Triumph won’t feature 4G access and will only support 3G mobile internet capabilities.…