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The IHT's online edition has a story up about Nokia's research into future phone technologies. Not too much is really surprising; they're looking into using radio-frequency tags for payment through cellphones in much the same way DoCoMo's doing with its new FeliCa services, and are experimenting with the idea of different kinds of displays—flexible, twistable, stretchable—to get away from the tyranny of the current glowing rectangle. The most concrete product of the search for the future so far appears to be a Bluetooth headset mike powered by a tiny fuel cell that they're currently testing in-house, which will keep on trucking provided you give it a squirt of methanol every 10 hours.

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