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All of us have felt that excruciating embarrassment when your phone starts ringing at the most inappropriate moments.

Now Microsoft may have the answer to those occasions when you don't want to answer: smacking the face of your phone to tell it 'not now'.

The software giant has patented the idea, suggesting it will find its way onto Windows Mobile phones soon.

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Microsoft's method is that, when your phone rings, it will turn on the 'accelerometer', which tells the phone which direction it is pointing in and can spot sudden movements.

When your phone starts ringing during the big presentation or the final part of the wedding vows, instead of scrambling for the 'off' switch or the volume button, you can simply smack the screen and silence your phone.

The patent was first spotted by patentbolt.com and, despite the wackiness of the 'whack' idea, it does solve a serious problem for phone users and one of the banes of modern life.

In January this year, orchestra music director Alan Gilbert was so appalled by the continuing distraction during one of the most poignant parts of a performance that he brought the musicians to a standstill.

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They should have incorporated this into Win 9x to dismiss BSODs and restart! :laugh:

Glassed Silver:win

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I can see the slogan already:

Smack your Windows Phone, instead of your partner and kids.

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That would be handy to hit your phone, if it's in your pocket, to stop it from ringing.

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Next up: Lawsuits for broken screens

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I don't know, there are all different types, maybe some phones would get turned on when smacked.

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I don't know, there are all different types, maybe some phones would get turned on when smacked.

what you did there, I see :shiftyninja:

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