Microsoft sets up common robotics development platform

While all eyes are on Microsoft for the upcoming Vista and Office 07 product launches, the software giant today made another announcement aimed at a completely new audience - robotics engineers. Microsoft Robotics Studios was released yesterday, which gives developers a universal platform for robotic programming.

Samsung OneDRAM: High-end memory hits cellphones

Samsung today announced a new high-performance memory that promises to boost the performance of high-end smartphones.

Dell expands recycling worldwide

Dell has expanded its recycling efforts worldwide and now offers free recycling of its products in Asia, Brazil, and Mexico. Customers will be able to either recycle or donate old computers to support local non-profit organizations. According to Dell, it is the first computer make to have such a far-reaching program.

Google open sources Web Toolkit

Google is open sourcing the same software that helped to produce popular sites like Google Maps and Gmail. The company has released the Google Web Toolkit under the Apache 2.0 open source license. Independent developers can now use the toolkit to make and debug their own Java applications.

AMD and IBM promise more performance for 45 nm processors

AMD and IBM presented first details of its 45 nm production process at the International Electron Device Meeting (IEDM) today. While practical data for the consumer remains scarce, the two companies indicated that their production approach will bring performance improvements of about 15%.

AMD adds new flagship Athlon 64 X2 processors 5400+, 5600+

Sunnyvale (CA) - AMD today launched new dual-core mainstream processors in order to regain at least some of its competitiveness in the segment of higher-end mainstream processors. The new 5400+ and 5600+ bring an increase of clock speed and are squarely aimed at Intel's Core 2 Duo E6600 and E6700 processors. See the AMD AM2 processor slide show here...

Epson develops next-generation HTPS panel for LCD projection TVs

Seiko Epson has announced a new high-temperature polysilicon (HTPS) LCD panel that will boost the performance of 3LCD front projectors and large-screen LCD projection TVs.

Broadcom announces single-chip, 65nm 1080p digital TV solution

Broadcom has announced what it claims to be the industry's first high-definition (HD) digital TV silicon solution designed on 65nm node that supports full 1080p display resolution.

Novell announces OpenSuse 10.2

Novell rolled out a new version of its Open Suse Linux distribution.

Art Lebedev scraps $1200 b/w Optimus keyboard

Chicago (IL) - Russian design studio had some bad - or good, depending on your perspective - news over the weekend. The Optimus LED keyboard, which was announced to be made available for pre-order in a limited edition for $1200 a piece later this year - has been canceled. The good news here is that design studio perhaps figured out that $1200 for a b/w LED keyboard that was originally promised to come with color LED keys to cost as much as a good cellphone did not make much sense.

Fujitsu announces 300 GB notebook hard drive

Sunnyvale (CA) - If you considered the impact of perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) on hard drives, as rather negligible so Fujitsu's announcement this morning may change your opinion: The company said it will begin shipping monstrous 250 GB and 300 GB notebook hard drives in the first quarter of 2007.

Lite-On IT launches its first BD burner in Japan

Lite-On IT recently launched its LH-2B1S serial ATA Blu-ray Disc (BD) Triple Writer, the company's first BD burner, in Japan at a retail price of 70,000 yen (US$600), with the price significantly lower than BD burners offered by other vendors, according to industry sources in Taiwan.

Windows Vista to make PCs 20% more expensive, says iSuppli

El Segundo (CA) - The introduction of Windows Vista will have an immediate impact on the investment that is required to build a PC. The often discussed memory upgrade that is required to achieve a decent Windows Vista experience, will increase the bill of materials by about 20%, market research firm iSuppli estimates in a report released today.

Nvidia to roll out integrated MCP 73 chipset for the Intel platform in Q1 07

Nvidia will introduce its first integrated graphics processor (IGP) chipset (MCP 73) for the Intel platform in the first quarter of 2007 at the earliest, according to industry sources.

HowTo Video Training Page - Skype 3 Videos added

We've always brought you news about new hardware and software, but wouldn't it be great to actually learn how to use the darn stuff? Our new HowTo video section contain short, high-quality videos that clearly explain new features or show how to perform important tasks.

Adobe releases Acrobat 8

Adobe Acrobat, the popular PDF reader and creator, is getting a face-lift with its new version 8. Adobe has just released new versions of its Acrobat Reader and Acrobat Professional which includes a streamlined menu bar, GPU acceleration and built-in document security.

Samsung intros 18X SATA Lightscribe DVD burner

Samsung today announced what the company claims to be the world's first 18x DVD rewriteable drive that connects to a PC via Serial ATA (SATA).

Microsoft releases Live Search Books beta

Microsoft has released a first public version of a search engine that allows Internet users to search through "tens of thousands of out-of-copyright books."

40% efficient solar cell developed

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced a new solar cell that can convert more than 40% of sunlight into electricity. The cell, made by Boeing-Spectrolab, uses mirrors and prisms to boost the sunlight going into the cell. The DOE says the cells could be sold for $3 per watt and make electricity for 8 to 10 cents per KW/hour.

Kingston releases 1200 MHz DDR2 memory

Forget about the $650 liquid-cooled 1.15 GHz memory you may have just ordered for your rig. Turns out that the OCZ PC2-9200 FlexXLC devices aren't cutting edge anymore, just two weeks after their announcement. Bragging rights for the memory with the highest clock speed are moving over to Kingston's HyperX PC9600 modules, which are clocked at 1.2 GHz. The company also offers a PC-9200 version (1.15 GHz).