Archive for June, 2008


Review HTC Touch Diamond

Chris of Mobile Tech Addicts has done a stellar job of reviewing the HTC Touch Diamond. Not only did Chris give us one of the most thorough reviews of the Diamond he has even given us some great tips on how to speed up the Diamond’s Touch Flo user interface.



Check out the full review at Mobile Tech Addicts

Via Mobility Today


HTC Touch Diamond Extended Battery

Looks like Expansys has the answer to all of you Diamond owners that don’t have image_thumb enough power to get through the day.

Increase talk and data time of the HTC Diamond with an extended capacity battery. Includes replacement battery cover.


You can check it out at Expansys

Via MoDaCo


Samson GTrack First Impressions

With all of the Podcasting and streaming video I have been doing lately I figured itGTrack_stand_cw-web was time to get a good sounding microphone. I have been researching a lot of products and I decided to go with the Samson GTrack.

The GTrack is a USB condenser microphone with a built-in audio interface, allowing simultaneous input of vocals along with guitars, bass, or keyboard while also providing monitoring through an on board headphone output. I am using the Bose QC3 headphones to monitor the sound quality and I have to tell you the sound is rich and full. 

Setup of this device was very easy, Vista instantly found the device and installed the drivers. After that all I had to do was to set the GTrack as the default device in Skype and Ustream.

I called Dave Ciccone and Michael Manna to test the unit and they each said that it sounded great. I then did a Ustream broadcast and had multiple people tell me that the mic sounded great.

The G-Track ships with a desktop mic stand, swivel stand mount, USB cable and all the cables needed to connect any musical instrument with a standard 1/4 inch or RCA output. The G-Track ships with Cakewalk’s Sonar LE  software.

After I use it for a while I will post a full review but first impressions is that this is going to be a great addition to my home studio.


GTrack Features

  • Large diaphragm studio condenser microphone
  • Mic and instrument/line gain control with a clip LED
  • Stereo input jack for instrument and line level signals
  • Stereo headphone output for no latency monitoring with level control
  • Threee position headphone switch for stereo, mono, computer monitoring
  • USB bus-powered and compliant
  • Audio I/O cable, USB cables and desktop microphone stand included
  • Bundled with Cakewalk’s Sonar LE DAW software
  • Vista Compatible

    The G-Track lists for $129.00 and so far it is worth every penny. I got it on sale for $99 at a local music store. I also ordered a boom stand which should be in sometime next week.

    For more information on the GTrak visit the Samson site here.


    Wireless company to allow other carriers’ devices

    MetroPCS Communications Inc. has become the largest U.S. wireless carrier to say it will let customers bring cell phones from other carriers, which it will then reprogram for use on its own network.

    This week’s announcement by the Dallas-based regional carrier is one of a series of moves in the industry that amount to a gradual opening of the U.S. wireless market, giving consumers more choice over what phones to use on what networks.

    Carriers generally sell phones that are locked to their own service. This protects their business model, which is based on subsidizing the cost of the phone by hundreds of dollars, then making that money back on monthly service fees.

    Continue reading ‘Wireless company to allow other carriers’ devices’


    Windows Mobile Total Access

    Windows Mobile Owners Circle was launched in 2007 now it has morphed into  wm Total Access, It has a new name, a new look, with more exclusive content, offers, and extras.

    Here are some of the features of this new site.


    More ringtones, extras, and add-ons

    When you want to personalize your phone, there are simple things you can do for maximum impact. Total Access helps you make your phone uniquely your own..

    How:  Free, exclusive and limited ring tones, themes wallpapers and detailed but instructions on how to find, set and use these assets

    Tips, premium help & how-to (for FREE!)

    Total Access helps familiarize you with all the things your Windows Mobile phone can do, plus gives you access to premium help and support from user forums and other experts when you have questions.

    How: Customized and premium help and how to content from Microsoft and  3rd parties; help forums seeded and moderated by Microsoft MVPs

    Software, service & more

    Your Windows Mobile phone does a lot—and can be even further enhanced. Total Access offers free games and is your guide to the software and services that help you get even more from your phone.

    How: Free, exclusive and limited interactive games, Media Applications (Viigo, Zumboi), Software (e.g.Photo contacts) and access to Microsoft mobile services and offers

    You can check it out here


    Virgin Mobile to buy Helio for $39M

    Virgin Mobile USA Inc. is buying Helio LLC, a struggling cell phone carrier that wasvirgin-sm founded to bring the advanced features of South Korean phones to the U.S. market.

    Virgin Mobile said Friday it would pay $39 million in stock for Helio, which has 170,000 subscribers, down from nearly 200,000 at the beginning of the year.

    At the same time, British billionaire Richard Branson’s Virgin Group and SK Telecom, the South Korean carrier that is the majority owner of Helio, will each invest $25 million in Virgin Mobile. That will give SK Telecom a 17 percent stake in Virgin Mobile.

    Continue reading ‘Virgin Mobile to buy Helio for $39M’


    HTC to make Shadow II UMA handset for T-Mobile USA

    Digitimes is reporting that HTC will be making the Shadow II

    High Tech Computer (HTC) will be the contractor for T-Mobile USA’s forthcoming UMA (unlicensed mobile access)-enabled smartphone, the Shadow II, making the Taiwan-based handset maker a new supplier of UMA handsets for the US wireless service provider in addition to Nokia, Samsung Electronics and RIM (Research in Motion), according to market sources.

    Via Digitimes