We can make dual-core smartphones that last for days and put LEGO into space - well, eventually - so why is it that gadgets for women are generally so, well, rubbish? This week news of the HTC Bliss for Verizon broke, a prototype "phone for ladies" that the carrier is supposedly putting through its focus group paces. The Bliss may not commit the first sin of a "female gadget" by being bright pink, but it does have a (code)name like a gossip mag and, from what we know so far, fall victim to the same needless flaws that generally seem to plague tech targeting girls.

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