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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 …
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PC sales continue meteoric death plunge through 3rd quarter, drop another 8.6 per cent

The latest figures from Gartner on PC sales will make dispiriting reading for manufacturers; sales for the third quarter are down 8.6 per cent overall, with European sales down nearly 14 per cent. "The third quarter is often referred to as the 'back-to-school' quarter for PC sales, and sales this quarter dropped to their lowest …
Iain Thomson, 10 Oct 2013
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Platform clouds generating more noise than cash

There's a lot of talk about infrastructure and platform cloud services, but thus far the cloud biz is a relatively small portion of the $3.6 trillion in global IT spending. But its share is growing fast, and that has a lot of people excited and waving their hands a lot. The prognosticators at Gartner are among the hand wavers. …
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Samsung to raise $1bn in US bonds for Texas plant

Samsung is planning to raise a billion dollars to fund US expansion, and will be pushing Tizen onto Americans as a Bada-compatible platform, with Intel's help. The bonds will have a five-year maturity, with the money being used to expand production at Samsung's Austin factory in a move which Bloomberg attributes to the …
Bill Ray, 17 Jan 2012
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A second opinion on sucky second quarter server sales

Global server sales remained in the doldrums during the year's second quarter, says new data from Gartner whose bean counters have found revenues off 2.9 per cent to $12.86bn against a slight 1.4 per cent shipment rise to 2.37 million boxes shipped out to customers between April and June. The x86 server continues to dominate in …

Brits buzz off with OhMiBod iPod-driven vibrator

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 …
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Marathon adds suspenders to virty server belts

Marathon Technologies is adding disaster-recovery capability to its everRun MX fault-tolerant code. Just last month, Marathon Technologies tweaked its updated everRun MX fault-tolerant clustering for virtual machine hypervisors, which allows for FT clustering of VMs that span more than one core. This is something that VMware …
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Gartner: Windows 7 upgrade catch for XP converts

Enterprise computing is never straightforward - and neither is the advice around it. Rare is the large organization whose PC or server operating systems come from a single vendor, and rarer still is the organization whose systems are all running exactly the same version of Microsoft's Windows. And if the software is difficult …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Jun 2009
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Gartner report card gives high marks to x64, blades

After Dell and Hewlett-Packard reported their financial results for their most recent fiscal quarters last week, the box counters at Gartner and IDC could tweak their models to figure out how the server makers stacked up in the final quarter of 2009. Gartner got its grading done first and handed out report cards today. As we …

'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 …
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Planning to eBay those unwanted Xmas gifts? Think again

Women in their 20s from the South East are most likely to take umbrage at seeing their lovingly-selected gifts up for auction, though in the North East the majority of the population (88 per cent) will take offence. The survey of 431 people comes from The London Gift Consultancy, and shows that only 1.6 per cent of respondents …
Bill Ray, 19 Dec 2006

2011 Reg roundup: Hacking hacks, spying apps and an end to Einstein?

As mobile sales and connections continued to soar and break records, just how much your phone knows about you and who can see that information were big subjects in 2011. The long-smouldering issue in the UK of newspaper journos paying private investigators to break into mobile voicemail inboxes in search of scoops finally …
Gavin Clarke, 01 Jan 2012
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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 …

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 …

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 …
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Microsoft develops new SOA acronym for financial services

With IBM and Gartner preparing to evangelize SOAs at the analyst's Symposium and IT/expo next week, Microsoft has got off to an early start by announcing an architecture targeting developers and integrators in financial services. The Microsoft Insurance Value Chain Architecture Framework (IVCAF) 1.0 contains tools, libraries …
Gavin Clarke, 09 May 2006
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Arise, Sir Lou of Big Blue

Lou Gerstner, high panjandrum at IBM, has been awarded an honorary knighthood in the Queen's latest birthday honours list. Following his anointment Sir Lou will be 551st in line for the throne, behind India Hicks, a member of the Mountbatten family and god-daughter of Prince Charles, but 20 places ahead of Sir Bob Geldof, the …
Drew Cullen, 17 Jun 2001
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Software as service: read the small print

Garter is advising organizations subscribing to software as a service, delivered by an emerging generation of suppliers, to "read the small print". Customers should draw-up water-tight contracts and monitor their relationship with suppliers, to avoid over-spending. "When you buy a subscription, monitor it - don't keep throwing …
Gavin Clarke, 20 May 2005
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AMD tells software companies to re-think dual core

AMD has urged ISVs to re-examine their software licensing policies for dual-core systems, the same day IBM reportedly said it will pursue separate policies for x86 and its own Power5 processor. While Oracle has declared it will treat dual core chips as separate processors, and price its software accordingly, Red Hat, Sun …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Apr 2005

Server market surges in Q2

There are signs of life in the server industry as almost all major vendors enjoyed double-digit growth in the second quarter, according to preliminary numbers from Gartner. A total of 1.28 million servers were shipped worldwide in Q2. This marks a 17.6 percent gain over the same quarter a year ago and the largest rise in …
Ashlee Vance, 29 Jul 2003
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US hosting company reveals hacks, citing disclosure law

Citing California's security breach disclosure law, Texas-based Allegiance Telecom notified 4,000 Web hosting customers this week of a recent computer intrusion that exposed their usernames and passwords, in a case that experts say illustrates the security sunshine law's national influence. The law, called SB 1386, took effect …
Kevin Poulsen, 13 Mar 2004
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Cupid stunts to boost Valentine e-commerce

A little over six weeks ago Web pundits were frothing at the mouth as e-commerce received a festive shot in the arm from people buying Christmas gifts online. For the last few weeks, a similar fervour has gripped e-tailers selling everything from flowers and chocolates to lingerie -- and all in the name of luurve. Yes, it's …
Tim Richardson, 12 Feb 1999
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Confess about XP Reloaded quick, Gartner tells MS

Microsoft should level with us, soon, on whether or not it intends to ship an interim 'XP Reloaded' version of Windows, and if it is getting the green light, it should discuss the timeline and feature sets immediately, says Garter. The research outfit's recently-issued 'First Take' is actually directed at giving upgrade advice …
John Lettice, 04 Mar 2004