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The world’s most expensive mobile number, 666 6666, sold at auction in Qatar for 10 million Qatari Riyals (£1.5 million).

The auction, which was part of a charity event, was organised back in 2006 by national telecommunications corporation Qtel, with the beastly number sold to an anonymous buyer.

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Australian company ASiQ last week announced its release of the world’s most expensive mobile phone app.

Priced at $12,500, the SafeCell app allows owners of private jets to use their mobile phones in-flight to make phone calls.

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Talk definitely doesn’t come cheap with the incredible diamond-encrusted iPhone 4 unveiled earlier this week as the world’s most expensive mobile phone – costing a staggering £5 million.

The handset is wrapped in more than 500 individual flawless cut diamonds, totalling 100 carats.

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Design

Everyone wants to care for Mother Nature these days, from an actor like Brad Pitt and his New Orleans “Make it Right” green building venture to designer Yves Béhar who works his “Green Practice” into all parts of his world-renowned design empire.

It doesn’t matter if you are a die hard green geek or simply have a passion for the latest in cool gadgets – you cannot escape noticing how products and projects that consider the natural environment always make you look and feel better, hands down.

For those of you who are yet to “greentech” yourself – and who could do with a crash course in the latest and greatest green gadgets out there – here are 10 favorites you definitely don’t want to miss.
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If a spanking new Apple iPad isn’t quite enough for you to show off with, don’t worry. You can now take the ‘wow’ factor up a notch with a a gold-plated, diamond-encrusted iPad – for just under £130,000.

The solid-gold iPad Supreme Edition, worth £129,995, gives you Wi-Fi, 3G, 64GB – and a whole lot more.

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Renowned for creating some of the world’s most luxurious and expensive gadgets, Stuart Hughes has diverted his attention from designing exclusive iPod and iPhone wallets to something on more of a grander scale – the world’s most expensive television.

Swiss luxury television maker PrestigeHD asked Hughes to design a spectacular piece for the company. So the world’s leading pioneer in customisations of high-end gadgets took a 55-inch PrestigeHD television and did what he does best.

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HTC’s Legend smartphone, launched at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this month, boasts design features that could make it a serious competitor for Apple’s iPhone.

Taiwanese mobile phone manufacturer HTC’s new phone sports Google’s Android software which analysts are predicting could prove to be a strong adversary against Apple in the smartphone design wars.

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Microsoft has launched the latest version of its mobile phone operating system to rival Apple’s iPhone – the Windows Phone 7 series.

Microsoft hopes its new mobile phone operating system will allow it to replicate its desktop dominance on the next generation of smartphones.

The software has a redesigned user interface and incorporates many Microsoft services such as Xbox LIVE games and the Zune music service.

The software was introduced at an event at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

According to research firm Canalys, Microsoft’s software currently holds around nine per cent of the smartphone market.

That puts it fourth in the global market behind Symbian, Rim (makers of the Blackberry) and Apple’s iPhone OS.

The new system follows the launch of Windows Mobile 6.5 in October 2009.

“This is obviously a huge step forward,” analyst Pete Cunningham of Canalys said.

“Microsoft have really struggled with windows mobile 6 and 6.5 and have been losing market share off the back of it.”

Still, he said, Microsoft should not “rest on its laurels”.

“Although it looks good today and competitive today, the other other firms haven’t revealed their hand.

“It doesn’t launch for another eight or nine months and that’s a long time in the mobile world.”

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What is the internet? Who uses the it, and how often?

Get a breakdown by gender, age, income level, and nationality. It even serves up average broadband speeds for both landline and mobile users at the bottom. Some of this stuff surprised us a bit — For example, desktop computers are still much more common than laptops. You wouldn’t guess that in day-to-day life in the developed world — at least not when it comes to personal use.

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On Wednesday, Apple CEO Steve Jobs made a bid to create a new computing category by unveiling a tablet computer called the “iPad”.

The high-tech gadget is a 9.7-inch multitouch computer that starts at $499 for a 16 GB model that uses Wi-Fi to connect to the Internet. A 3G model that can reach the Web through AT&T’s network costs $130 more, plus $29.99 for unlimited data ($14.99 for 250 gigs).

The first iPads are scheduled to ship in 60 days, the 3G versions 30 days later.

The device runs most of the 140,000 iPhone applications out of the box, giving it a huge headstart. And as Jobs points out, he’s already got a big customer base ready to buy it — loyal Apple users who have bought 75 million iPhones and iPod touches and given Apple 125 million credit card numbers.

Jobs credits Apple’s success to working at the intersection of technology and liberal arts, and he sees the iPad as a continuation of that tradition.

It is, as he puts it, “Our most advanced technology in a magical and revolutionary device at an unbelievable price.

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