Robot shows human emotions

Waseda, Japan - They really do like their robots in Japan. Now, it seems, they want their robots to like them back. Researchers at Waseda University claim they have developed a humanoid robot which can express human emotions.

HP 5101 netbook thinks it's a notebook

It had better be good at this price, but HP's new Mini 5101 netbook, launched today, ticks the right boxes.

Rambus showcases 7.2Gbps XDR memory system

Rambus has demonstrated an XDR memory system capable of achieving data rates of up to 7.2Gbps. The system - showcased at the 2009 Denali MemCon - was comprised of Elpida's 1Gb XDR DRAM device, along with an XIO memory controller designed to transmit realistic data patterns. The XIO memory controller also demonstrated bi-modal operation with support for next-generation XDR2 DRAM.

Gateway introduces high-definition netbook

Gateway has introduced a high-definition netbook with an 11.6-inch display. The LT3100 - which weighs just 3.14 pounds - features an AMD Athlon 64 L110 processor, a full-size keyboard, multi-gesture touchpad and a ATI Radeon X1270 GPU.

IBM and Cray claim victory in battle for supercomputer supremacy

IBM has managed to retain the No. 1 spot on the Top500 list of supercomputers with its 1.105 petaflop/s Roadrunner system. The Roadrunner, which is currently housed at the DOE's Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), is reportedly the first computer to shatter the formidable petaflop/s Linpack barrier.

PC shipments suffer 23 percent slump

Market watcher iSuppli says PC shipments have fallen by the most it has seen in seven years of keeping tabs on the industry.

Water-cooled IBM supercomputer cuts emissions

Aiming to cut emissions from data centers, IBM has unveiled a new high performance computer that uses water for cooling.

Solid state drive sales stalled

Despite the promise and allure of solid state drives (SSD), penetration into the market still remains low.

Unholy war breaks out over lithium-ion batteries

An incandescent Japan is set to complain to the World Trade Organization (WTO) about proposed restrictions on lithium-ion batteries.

Samsung adds S-ATA minicard to SSD design

Korean chaebol Samsung said it has started sampling a S-ATA interface minicard aimed at the netbook market.

HP touts 'digital generation' web printer

Hewlett Packard claims to have introduced the world's first web-connected home printer. According to HP, the Photosmart Premium with TouchSmart Web offers users easy touchscreen access to popular digital content.

World gives Blu-ray the thumbs down

Adoption of Blu-ray players is slow to the point of statis, with few takling the plunge, according to a survey.

Apple's Steve Jobs had a liver transplant

Steve Jobs had a liver transplant two months ago and is expected to return to work at Apple at the end of this month.

Intel targets future MID market with power-conscious Moorestown

Intel has confirmed that its next-generation Moorestown processor will utilize platform power management (PPM) technology to facilitate a 50x reduction in idle power compared to current Atom-based devices. According to Intel CTO Justin Rattner, PPM represents a "fundamentally new approach" and introduces "changes to silicon" that allows hardware to play a major role in the reduction of power consumption.

Intel moves straight to 32nm

Intel is scrapping its 45nm Havendale chips and moving straight to the 32nm Clarkdale.

Time is right for Indian flat panels

High local demand means the time is right for LCD panel manufacturing to take off in India, says research from Frost and Sullivan.

IBM extends chip agreement with Japanese giants

NEC and Toshiba have extended tech development agreements with Big Blue to create a 28 nanometer high-k metal gate low power chip technology.

Centrino! Intel kills off platforms

Many people - and we suspect that includes plenty of folk at Intel too - have been thoroughly confused by its "platform" tag to identify different products it made.

Is it time for Nvidia to ditch CUDA?

Nvidia had some interesting news today and announced the first Open CL 1.0 drivers for its GPUs today. For now, however, the drivers are only available to registered Nvidia developers, but Nvidia’s effort to support Open CL as a way to exploit graphics processors for general purpose applications is apparent. So, who needs CUDA?

Disney netbook won't make kids Goofy

Disney Consumer Products has teamed up with Asus and will release a netbook computer for children in July.