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Wednesday, November 12, 2003

It's not quite as dramatic as getting punk'd, but it's something, anyway. The spread of Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones has given rise to the new pasttime of bluejacking--sending a text message to someone a short distance away, primarily for shock value.

I can see this being a boon to social maladroits too shy to actually approach another human being. Scope out that pretty girl with a cute electronic message, then wait for reaction. Pray you don't creep her out, like, totally, dude.

Leave it to those cheeky Brits to give us step-by-step instructions on how to pull this off:

- Turn Bluetooth on
- Ensure your phone is discoverable by other Bluetooth devices
- Create contact using your message as the name
- Choose to send this contact via Bluetooth
- Phone searches for Bluetooth-enabled phones within range
- Pick a victim from the phones within range and send the contact to them