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Official: Linux buffs lay out more on marital aids than Mac users

Mac owners spend more money on sex toys than Windows users do, but Linux buffs outspend both of them, even though they visit less pages on pervy product producers' websites. That's the claim of one such, UK dildo deployer Lovehoney, which has published its Google Analystics logs in a shamelessly self-promotional plug. Or should …

Sony pops cap on lippy-like music stick

Someone at Sony - a man, probably - said the new Walkman NW-E013 looked like a lipstick dispenser, so now the compact MP3 player is being dispensed to women. It's other femme-friendly characteristics: a bright, glossy casing coming in an array of charming colours. Sony Walkman NW-E013 Sony's Walkman NW-E013: lipstick like …

Sony goes green with... er... leopard skin look laptop

Apple may have completely left the planet with its nebulous, spaced-out Leopard branding, but thankfully folk who favour the fake feline look can still rely on Sony, which today rolled out a leopard-skin print laptop - the special edition 'Spotted Life' Vaio FZ. The machine is part of what the Japanese giant calls its "Graphic …

Better plate than never: sign up now for the gold iPhone

Some folk accuse iPhone owners of possessing far more money than sense, but if you've got it, flaunt it, I always say. And if you really want to show off how considerably richer you are than the rest of us, what better than a gold-plated Apple handset? That's what UK-based specialist phone fixer Amosu is now offering. A payment …

Western Digital pitches pink product... for charity

Western Digital is the latest drive maker to offer pocket-friendly storage that triggers a charity donation every time one's purchased. Like Sony, Belkin, Seagate and other before it, WD's targeting Breast Cancer, but it's not going to stop giving after a month. Western Digital pink Passport 250GB WD's pink Passport: bad colour …

Sony sells pink kit to benefit Breast Cancer research

Pink products may be a downer for many women, but Sony has at least a good reason for releasing a selection of salmon-hued hardware: it's all in aid of Breast Cancer Awareness Month over in the States. Sony Breast Cancer Vaio Sony's Vaio CR: buy one, Sony give $75 to Breast Cancer Research Buy a pink Vaio CR notebook, a rose- …

Wengé wood inspires Sony's autumn Vaios

Sony has introduced a laptop with what it calls a "fabric-like natural finish" in place of the usual dull, flat plastic look reserved for nondescript notebooks. Sony Vaio NR10 Sony's NR10: inspired by an obscure African timber With the true fashionista's flair for the florid, the consumer electronics giant gleefully described …

Women say no to pink tech toys

Advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi has put down in black and white what plenty of women around here have been thinking for ages: we want technology but we don't want it coloured pink or encrusted with fake gemstones. The company recently polled female internet users here in the UK and found that most of them believe …

Best Buy bags Liz Claiborne for designer kit cases

US retailer Best Buy is attempting to tone down its blokey image and embrace its feminine side with a line of femme-friendly iPod, phone, camera and laptop cases styled by fashion house Liz Claiborne. Liz Claiborne Best Buy accessory Liz Claiborne's Best Buy accessories: iPod holders... Available throughout the Best Buy chain …

Philips parades gem-like gadgets for luxury loving ladies

I like being a girl. If I were a man, I'd never get the chance to purchase shiny items like Philips' Swarovski crystal-encased earphones and - luxury of luxuries - USB Flash drives, all hi-tech toys cunningly disguised as jewelry. Philips announced its Active Crystal range in March with a view to getting these sparkly items …

Sony brings bold colours to latest laptops

Sony has rolled out a range of laptops based on Intel's latest 'Santa Rosa' Centrino Duo technology, sheathed in a range of "bold... eye-popping... fashion-forward" (eh?) colours and equipped with a "pulsating" light that shines through the chassis to tell you what the machine's up to. Sony Vaio CR series notebook Sony's blue …

Alcatel debuts fashion mag friendly ladyphone

Alactel Mobile Phones' latest - the 1970s-sounding GlamPhone - is sponsored by womens' fashion mag Elle, so guess what, Reg Hardware told yours truly to go and watch this "glamorous icon of the season" strut its stuff. Alcatel's GlamPhone Elle No.3 Alcatel GlamPhone Elle No.3: what, no pink? no frills? Despite its name, the …

Sony Ericsson waxes lyrical over 'nature-inspired' handset

Inspired by its "design team's love for the materials and colours found in the natural world", purple prose merchant and occasional phone supplier Sony Ericsson has thrust a new, gold-coloured slider, the S500, on the unsuspecting American phone-buying public. Sony Ericsson 'Spring Yellow' S500 That said, the S500 is a quad- …

Moto gives thumbs-up to 'imperial purple' RAZR

Who can Motorola have in mind for its limited edition purple RAZR V3i handset? Roman emperors? Catholic cardinals? Prince fans? Bloggers with a particularly florid prose style? Whoever, it's offering the beetroot-hued handset to Stateside buyers. Motorola's limited edition purple RAZR V3i We've seen the specs before - little …

Motorola teases Hong Kong girls with gilt-y pleasures

Here's Motorola's latest lady-leading limited edition mobile telephone: a one-off "champagne gold" KRZR K1 ready to bring a true sense of gilt to your life. Well, if you live in Hong Kong, that is. The skinny quad-band clamshell handset, described as both a "conversation piece" and a "fashion statement", is now available in …

Nokia gushes over colourful phone threesome

Nokia introduced a trio of colourful, consumer-friendly handsets today, connecting its XpressMusic line to 3G networks and its L'Amour - urgh - phones to CDMA carriers. But what caught our eye was the budget, voice-centric 5070. Nokia 5070 It's aimed at kids, of course, though Nokia must also have its eye on wrinklier …

Philips to glitz up gadgets with Swarovski sparklies

So what do women really want from technology? That it should be easy to use? That it should work straight out of the box? That it should be, dare I say it, useful? Not at all, says Philips, we want it to sparkle. Yes, it's partnering with glass-blower Swarovski to bring a little luxury - and I stress the word 'little' - to a …

Russians ready Tsar-studded Nokia 8800

And what mobile telephone will Moscow's most fashionable oligarchs be clasping to their ears this spring? If Russian handset supplier Isse has its way, its re-styled Nokia 8800, the Monaco, that's what. The two models strutting out on Isse's website reveal a pair of regal designs that hark back to a former era of the Tsar, St …

Motorola revamps StarTAC for Koreans... again

Motorola has revived its olde StarTAC brand in a bid to win the hearts and wallets of Swinging Sixties-obsessed South Korean trendies. The phone maker this week re-launched the line with the StarTAC III MS900 clamshell. Motorola StarTAC III The handset's specifications are fully modern, with the usual MP3 player features …

Samsung shows 'world's slimmest' handset

Hardware Widow @ 3GSM Samsung may have used this week's 3GSM show in Barcelona to re-announce a heap of handsets it launched around the world during the latter half of 2006, but it also showed off its Ultra Edition II line: two skinny sliders, an equally narrow-hipped clamshell and the thinnest phone in the world, Samsung claimed. The sliders are …

Asus debuts lacquer'n'leather luxury laptop

Asus has formally announced its anticipated U1F 11.1in compact notebook, a luxury laptop run up in carbon fibre and magnesium-aluminium alloy, decorated with piano lacquer, and mounted with a made-to-measure leather palm rest. It even has a Blu-ray Disc drive. Those Asus U1F key features in full asus u1f luxury leather and …
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Sony Vaio laptop to star in blue move

sony vaio c2 'rediscovery blue' laptop Hardware Widow Sony has taken the wraps off its spring laptop collection, darlings, touting not only the notebooks stylish looks but also the fact they'll all come bundled with Windows Vista. Desktop Vaios will ship with Microsoft's flash new operating system too, it said. sony vaio c2 …

LG bags Prada for luxury phone fling

LG is to launch an "avant garde" Prada-branded mobile phone early next year, the company has revealed. LG's not saying much about the handset, beyond the fact it will incorporate an "advanced touch interface" to "eliminate the conventional keypad". That and all the other PR fluff about "the best in style and performance", how …

Apple a-quiver over iPod vibrator copyright clash

Apple has set the lawyers on the makers of the iBuzz iPod-driven vibrator. The company claims the UK website established to promote the stimulatory accessory violates its copyright. Specifically, what LoveLabs describes as an "animation showing silhouettes of girls diddling themselves silly" is, in the words of Apple legal …

'Party in your pants' iBuzz back... for two

The iBuzz, one of the first iPod-driven vibrators, is back, reinvented not only as a more compact, more stylish device but also with the ability to power a pair of his'n'her - or just her - vibrating bullets simultaneously. And now you can colour-coordinate it with your music player too. The iBuzz Two will shake to the rhythm …

Asus W6 leather-clad laptop

Review Leather, a material that calls to mind, at one extreme, Diana Rigg, tight thigh-length boots, the crack of the whip and, at the other, well-worn sofas, ancient libraries and the air of long-faded wealth. Somewhere in between sits Asus' latest leather-covered laptop, the W6Fp... asus w6 leather-clad laptop Asus might like to …

Mio styles sat nav as girl-friendly 'fashion accessory'

Mio first demo'd its H610 GPS gadget at CeBIT in March. Then, the handheld sat nav tool was merely a good-looking but non-gender specific device. But now, by the application of some flower-like screen-printing and some equally florid PR fluff, the H610 is reborn as a gadget for girls - "a must-have fashion accessory" that takes …

Garter maker touts 'sexy' thigh-mount phone holder

I'm not quite sure why you'd want a garter belt fitted with a pocket of sufficient size to hold most popular brands of mobile phone and digital music player. Simply to avoid taking a handbag when you're out for a night on the tiles? Or because you want to tease and charm the geek in your life? Personally, I'd like to think my …

Orange bleats about Samsung's Blush

Orange describes the upcoming Samsung X830 Blush as the "only compact a girl needs", but at 2cm thick, it's not what you'd call a slimline handset. But then the Blush is bright pink, so we're clearly going to gooey at the fork for it no matter what, the fellers at Orange reckon... But what would men know? The Blush's wide waist …

Vertu talks up mobile telephone for toffs

Posh people's phone maker Vertu has announced its latest handset, Constellation, details of which emerged back in August through an unofficial posting on the web. Apparently bothered by the leak, Vertu has post-dated its announcement back to May 2006 to ensure it was first with the news. The release certainly wasn't there when …

Brits buzz off with OhMiBod iPod-driven vibrator

NSFW It's 8in long, powered by a pair of AA batteries and gives off a distinct buzzing sound. No, it's not the latest Microsoft Zune knock-off coming out of China, but US adult toy maker OhMiBod's debut product, the OMB411 iPod-driven vibrator, which has just begun shipping in the UK. With a claimed insertible length of 5.5in - I …

Apple admits iPod Nano colours may 'change over time'

Just when you thought the new metal-made iPod Nano marked an end to screen scratches, there's another threat to the diminutive music player's colorful good looks - and this time Apple's admitted it up front. Yes, the TOY boy came back from a sojourn Stateside with bag full tech toys for himself and a single girl-friendly gadget …

Sony colours Vaio C series for Cosmo crowd

Sony's Vaio C Series notebooks, launched this week, go right to the heart of cosmopolitan chic - or so the consumer electronics giant would have us think. Laptop as lifestyle accessory - or fashion accessory? It depends, I suppose, on who you are: a "free spirit", an "explorer", a "jet-setting nomad"? Whatever, Sony's got a hue …

BenQ aims to pull with 'mauve sensation' lady-phone

BenQ Mobile certainly has an eye for the ladies. Having announced butterfly-branded and Hello Kitty kitted versions of its AL26 slider phone, the company today said it's out to captivate women "women with a desire for elegance and dazzling color" by seducing them with its upcoming "luxury style statement" SL80 handset. The …

BenQ pursues painted ladies with butterfly-branded handset

If you think BenQ Mobile's Hello Kitty handset is just too darn girly for you, you're probably not going to be impressed with its follow-up either. The company is to offer a second AL26 handset, this time boasting a butterfly logo to make it "the perfect fashion accessory for young, style-conscious women". Which is exactly what …

Brief wait for iPod underpants, warns supplier

NSFW It just had to happen. Yes, someone's designed a pair of ladies underpants with an iPod Nano-sized pouch. We're not talking about the iPod thong spoof that did the rounds not so long ago, but the new knickers share the same name: iGroove. Alas, it's also the name of a series of speakers from Klipsch. Undeterred, supplier …