Christina Aguilera had it all wrong, because apparently what a girl really wants are PCs designed specifically for their gender. And what a girl needs are pre-loaded scrapbooking, diary, and horoscope apps. We're not kidding, and neither is Fujitsu, which unveiled a new line of "Floral Kiss" computers designed by a team of female engineers "aiming to bring elegance to PCs."
Women who play games online tend to be a little more social, are happier, and live in the south. Oh, and they also have more sex than females who don't play online games, according to a study by Harris Interactive that was commissioned by Gamehouse. That would explain why they're happier, and presumably, so are their partners. More than half -- 64 percent -- of online women gamers are in a serious relationship of some sort, and 7 out of 10 are happy with their relationship status, whether they have one or not.
Nearly two-thirds of adult Internet users (65 percent) are plugged into at least one social networking site, such as MySpace, Facebook, or LinkedIn, according to a new report by Pew Internet. That's up from 61 percent from a year prior, and more than double what it was back in 2008 (29 percent). Pew draws some interesting conclusions out of those figures.
Do a quick Google News search for "women in technology" and your results are sure to be bemoaning the lack of female bodies in the industry (or maybe just results for that White Town album). Last year both the NYT and the WSJ had articles related to the topic – and published within a few weeks of each other – with the WSJ’s title being “Addressing the Lack of Women Leading Tech Start-Ups” and the intro to the NYT piece setting the tone with: “It’s become a familiar lament: Where are the women in technology?” Likewise, the Wikipedia entry for "Women in Computing" focuses almost entirely on the decline of women in tech-related fields, the modern day fights against sexism in the industry, and has sections like "Attracting women in computer science" and "Gender theory and women in computing." (Interesting side note: there is no entry for "Men in computing.")
Very rarely do stories of women and technology vary in tone from the gender gap theme. Where are the women? Well, heck, we’ve been here all along - something we've recently pointed out in our Valentine's Day piece about ENIAC. So, in honor of Women's History Month and Ada Lovelace Day (March 24th), and all the women in tech, we’ve decided to pay homage by counting down the 15 Most Important Women in Tech History.
Market research firm comScore has released a new report outlining how women are shaping the Internet, and yes folks, that includes gaming.
"Women's high engagement with Games and Online Gaming sites may come as a bit of a surprise," comScore writes. "However, this is indicative of the evolution of the gaming landscape, which has given rise to casual gaming -- an activity that is very popular among women. Women are much more likely to play casual games (i.e. Solitaire, Sudoku, and Scrabble) than action, adventure, and sports games, which are typically favored by young males."
According to comScore, female gamers age 55 and over spend the most time playing games online of any demographic, and other than the 15-24 age bracket, women outpaced men every time.
Casual gaming isn't the only online activity women are drawn towards. Females outpace males in social networking, instant messaging, and emailing. And would you have guessed that women are nearly as likely as men to visit gambling sites? It's true, says comScore, which also points out that over one-third of women visit sex-themed sites, compared to nearly half of all men.
It doesn't take a survey to prove that Facebook is popular, but if we're to put a testosterone-filled slant on the study released this week by Oxygen Media, the social networking site might be a great way to meet women.
Oxygen Media studied the habits of 1,605 adults using social media between May and June of this year, asking them several questions in the process. In doing so, the study's authors found that 21 percent of women between the age of 18-34 check Facebook in the middle of the night. Here's where things get interesting.
Again focusing just on the women, 39 percent classified themselves as Facebook addicts, while 57 percent said they talk to people online more than in person. Some other stats to slant however you see fit:
42 percent have no problem posting pics of themselves intoxicated
79 percent don't take to issue to kissing in photos
50 percent are open to being Facebook friends with complete strangers
Make of those numbers what you will, knowing that if you strike out with a complete stranger, the next one you hit up is likely to add you as a friend. Play your cards right and she'll eventually post a pic of you two swapping spit while intoxicated.
Myxer, the Florida-based website which claims the Internet's largest catalogs of free ringtones, wallpapers, videos, applications, and games has put together a report detailing how female consumption habits compare to males in the mobile phone space. Here are a few highlights of what they found:
Females accounted for 67 percent of total downloads by unique users on the Myxer platform in April 2010
1.7 times as many females as males came to Myxer to download content in April, while each female that visited downloaded 17 percent more content than the average male
The average female on Google's Android and Apple's iPhone platforms downloaded 21 percent and 6 percent, respectively, more mobile content than the average male in April
While none of this is shocking, we were surprised to learn that when considering adoption of new smartphones in April, women chose BlackBerry more often than men at a clip of 49 percent versus 43 percent. Men, on the other hand, prefer Android, with 23 percent of men choosing the Android platform versus 18 percent of women.
Forget about getting coal for Christmas, any 8-year-old boy will tell you that the worst gift ever conceived is Sony's new Jill Stuart Sweet Limited PSP Bundle. That's okay, because Sony's targeting the other gender with this one.
Sony's going all out in trying to appeal to female gamers. In addition to the pink PSP, the bundle also includes a pink cleaning cloth and a pink and gold carrying case, both of which come imprinted with Jill Stuart's name.
On the hardware side, the bundle includes the PSP 3000 and not the newer (and redesigned) PSP Go. It also includes a 4GB memory stick.
Only girl gamers in Japan need apply, where the new bundle is being released on March 4th for about $232. No word on when, or if, Sony plans on bringing this one to the U.S.
Like, OMG! Netbooks are soooo cute! But "once you get beyond how cute they are, you'll find that netbooks can do a lot more than check your mail." For example, they can help you 'Get healthier' (tech tip #2) by tracking exercise and food intake at free online sites, and to 'Eat better' (tech tip #3) by finding recipes online. You can even 'Get Organized' (tech tip #4), because "Remember the Milk is a free, tweakable online task manager." Or use a netbook to 'Chill out' (tech tip #5).
These are all real tech tips, and they're all listed on Della, Dell's new microsite dedicated to helping women shop for notebooks without focusing on all those manly GHz and GB abbreviations. The new site pays particular attention to the Dell Mini 10 and Studio notebooks, making it a point to convince women that these laptops won't cramp their stylish lifestyle.
Grand Theft Auto's Hot Coffee mod made the whole concept of transitioning from dinner and dancing to bedroom antics seem way too easy. Now it appears it might be harder to take that relationship to the next level, according to a new survey which suggests women prefer the internet to having sex.
The survey, which was commissioned by Intel, pinged 2,119 adults in an attempt to show how essential the internet has become, the Wall Street Journalreports. What Intel found is that 46 percent of women would rather put their sex drive on hold for two weeks than to go without internet access for that long. And it's not just older females who feel that way. According to the survey, 49 percent of women aged 18-34 feel the same way, compared to 52 percent of women aged 35-44.
Not surprisingly, the numbers are somewhat lower for men. About 30 percent of men said they'd rather go without sex for two weeks than internet access, but unlike women, that number goes down as the age goes up. Some 39 percent of men aged 18-34 prefer the internet to sex, but only 23 percent of men aged 35-44 feel the same way.
Hit the jump and tell us which you would rather give up for two weeks.