Backspace is glad it has retired from the whole dating game because the scene just got a lot weirder. The mobile phone generation are so socially dependent on their little handsets, we now have a new type of furtive flirt called a phone flirt. Definition: an individual who uses his or her phone to send an inviting message in an attempt to charm someone they are attracted to, perhaps because it's an expression of personal style or because it allows them to express what they would not otherwise have had the courage to say out loud. Backspace got this rather long and clumsy explanation from an LG Mobile Phones press release. The Korean mobile phone company has launched a 'Text in the City' contest in New York and Los Angeles to search for the best phone flirts and their most successful pick-up lines. Here's a choice excerpt from the press release: 'A lingering look from across the room may be the tried and true way to flirt, but LG is looking for hipsters who use the latest technology to get noticed in the hopes that others will give wireless flirting a try.' A sample pick-up line from LG Mobile Phone's contest site was 'U R so fine U blow my mind' . Obviously, the standard of pick-up lines has not improved as quickly as technology. Another funny new term sprouting from mobile phone culture is 'bluejacked'. If you've been bluejacked, you've had an anonymous, strangely personal message turn up on your Bluetooth phone such as: 'You look great in that pink top but your boyfriend should stay away from brown.' You wouldn't know who the message was from but if you were familiar with the technology you'd probably figure out it was from another Bluetooth phone. A number of bluejacking sites have surfaced over the past months and the wireless messaging system is fast becoming a worldwide fad. One site - www.bluejackq.com - is run by a 13-year-old British girl. In bluejacking, the 'bluejacker' takes advantage of a built-in feature in Bluetooth-capable mobile phones that allows people to send each other their contact information. On most phones, that service is switched on by default. When Bluetooth is activated, it automatically seeks out other equipped handsets and sets up a link, sending the message. So the trick is to look out for those executives with their fancy Bluetooth headsets. Chances are, they've got Bluetooth activated. While Bluetooth phones can be configured to block anonymous messaging, people who carry them don't necessarily know that. A bluejacker could even send someone a photo taken with a camera phone using Bluetooth so the person who receives the photo will get a real shock. It doesn't cost a thing, unlike SMS and MMS, since the message isn't being routed through any phone company. So what do you get when you cross a bluejacker with a phone flirt? Send your suggestions to Backspace. In anticipation of this year's holiday shopping season, a recent survey conducted by mobile software company AvantGo on personal digital assistants reveals the shopping habits, retail preferences and wish lists of today's tech-savvy mobile professionals. According to the survey, people now shop with their PDAs because their gift lists and product information are all stored in their trusty digital friend. Respondents named flat-screen TVs, digital cameras and smartphones as this year's hot products. But the best things in life can't be bought - such as personality, humour and wisdom - and 53 per cent listed world peace as their No?1 wish. AvantGo seemed to think that just because we shop with our PDAs means we would go to the trouble of downloading coupons. But Backspace is doubtful that a tech-savvy executive would care, say, about a $1 saving off the shampoo he uses. ? Gossip, rumour or ignominy to share? Write to Neil Taylor at email@example.com .