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Think about a gadget that matches in your again pocket and allows you to surf the online anyplace, write paperwork, make VoIP calls, watch films, and take heed to your whole music library. That’s not precisely what Nokia had in thoughts when it launched the 770 ($360; nokia.com), a PDA-size web pill with WiFi and Bluetooth. However as a result of the machine has an open-source working system, anybody can construct new applications for it, endowing it with almost infinite capabilities (we’ve nicknamed it the HackBerry). To get began, try our favourite apps within the gallery under, then discover them and over 100 extra at maemo.org.

And if you happen to missed opening evening at PopSci‘s Second Life Future Lounge, you’ve nonetheless bought an opportunity to choose up a free digital Nokia 770—it’ll change your avatar’s life for the higher (critically). Come on over!

Discover the best way

Join a 770 to a Bluetooth GPS receiver, and use it as a conveyable navigation machine with Maemo Mapper. Obtain maps forward of time, or set it to seize them robotically. Luis Bruno

Management your own home PC

A Nokia 770 using VNC Viewer to remotely link to a computer
VNC Viewer permits you to remotely hyperlink to any laptop over the web and creates a digital desktop in your 770. Open and replica information simply as if you happen to have been at dwelling. Luis Bruno

Make free calls

A Nokia 770 using VoIP software from Gizmo Project.
Why rack up cell minutes? Obtain VoIP software program from Gizmo Mission and name any quantity within the US for a penny a minute, or make worldwide requires just a few cents extra. Luis Bruno

Maintain it on-line on a regular basis

A black Nokia 770 cellphone.
Free your self from WiFi by pairing the 770 with any Bluetooth cellphone, and use the cellphone’s information connection to surf. The quickest obtainable is the LG CU500 ($150; cingular.com), the primary cellphone within the US to make use of HSDPA, which provides you 10 megabits per second—higher than dwelling broadband. Luis Bruno

This story has been up to date. It was initially featured within the December 2006 difficulty of Common Science journal.

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