by George Heymann

Quick Look: Timeriffic, control mute, vibrate, brightness, wifi and airplane on/off on your schedule.

by George Heymann | @techeadlines

Timeriffic is a very useful, easy to set-up and manage Android utility that allows you to control mute, vibrate, brightness, wifi and airplane on/off on your schedule.

Ever since my days with the Palm Treo, where you could set a simple on/off schedule for the phone with a couple of clicks, I’ve wanted an easy to use utility that would allow me to control many of my phones settings on a schedule.

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US could see $53 billion in 4G network investments by 2016, says Deloitte

by A. Montaqim

Technology Market 

Consultancy firm Deloitte says that wireless telecommunications companies in the United States could invest $25 to $53 billion in fourth generation cellular wireless networks (4G) between 2012 and 2016, triggering $73 to $151 billion in gross domestic product growth and creating 371,000 to 771,000 jobs.

The firms also says additional growth could occur as high-tech companies create new mobile broadband products and services, further changing the way people live, work and learn.

The Deloitte report, The Impact of 4G Technology on Commercial Interactions, Economic Growth, and US Competitiveness, investigates the economic dynamics surrounding 4G technology and explains how the US can maintain the global leadership position in mobile broadband innovation it won during the 3G era.

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Simple security for wireless

Researchers demonstrate the first wireless security scheme that can protect against “man-in-the-middle” attacks — but doesn’t require a password.

By Larry Hardesty

MIT News Office

In early August, at the Def Con conference — a major annual gathering of computer hackers — someone apparently hacked into many of the attendees’ cell phones, in what may have been the first successful breach of a 4G cellular network. If early reports are correct, the incident was a man-in-the-middle (MITM) attack, so called because the attacker interposes himself between two other wireless devices.

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Best Buy launching a new “Bill Checker” service to help customers save on wireless.

by George Heymann

Best Buy has partnered with Validas, a service company that specializes in analyzing wireless costs, to launch its “Best Buy Bill Checker” service to help customers lower their wireless bills.

The Best Buy Bill checker service analyzes wireless bills for AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint and T-Mobile cellular customers, identifying and addressing potential savings. Smartphone users can text “Billchecker” to 71700 to receive a link to the service directly accessible from their device. Consumers can also access Best Buy Bill Checker online at .

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T-Mobile bringing back free WiFi calling feature May 11

According to a recent TmoNews report if you have a WiFi calling capable phone you will soon be able to make and receive calls over WiFi WITHOUT using in-plan minutes. Qualifying customers with a WiFi capable phone will receive a text message in the coming days alerting them of the feature.

The service is available to Even More, Even More Plus and 4G Do More Rate plan customers .

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Is it time for wireless carriers to offer us a short-term handset lease?

by George Heymann

With developments in mobile technology accelerating at a break-neck pace, I realize that no matter how carefully I choose a device today, I’m forever destined to be behind the “handset upgrade curve.”

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Microsoft Arc Mouse

By George Heymann

Are you in the market for a new mouse for your desktop or laptop? I may have a solution that can work for both. It’s the Arc Mouse from Microsoft. The Arc Mouse is a full-size mouse (4.44”x2.32”) 4-button wireless laser mouse that folds to almost half (60%) of its fully extended size for portability when traveling.

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Check in with Gowalla for a chance to win one of 500 4GB Eye-Fi cards.

Check in with Gowalla at any Apple or Best Buy Buy store for a chance to win one of 500 4GB Eye-Fi cards. The promotion was announced yesterday (06/17) and will continue till the cards are gone. If you win you can send Gowalla your shipping address within the gowalla app. Additional information and video after the break.

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