Microsoft's been scooping up patents lately, but my personal favorite is the one that allows you to beat the hell out of your phone to make it shut up. Because that's exactly what its newest idea is.
According to the patent application, you'd be able to smack, sorry, "whack" your phone to turn it off. It's actually kind of a brilliant idea: how many times have you been sitting in silent places, just to be reminded it's the 21st century with nice, loud, ring? And how often did you resort to slapping your pocket, as if that would do something.
With this, it would! Here's to hoping they hurry this one along.