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Submission + - Robotic Penguins (

Corporate Troll writes: The graceful robotic penguins "in the video were unveiled by German engineering firm Festo this week.

Using their flippers, the mechanical penguins can paddle through water just like real ones, while larger helium-filled designs can "swim" through the air. The penguins are on show at the Hannover Messe Trade Exhibition in Germany.

Each penguin carries 3D sonar developed by EvoLogics in Berlin, Germany, which is used to monitor its surroundings and avoid collisions with walls or other penguins.


Submission + - Asus shows off Atom-based Eee PC (

Corporate Troll writes: "Asustek Computer Inc. on Monday offered a preview of the Eee PC 901, the next version of its popular ultraportable laptop that is based on Intel Corp.'s upcoming Atom processor.

The Eee PC 901 was on display at the WiMax Expo, which is being held alongside Taipei's annual Computex exhibition. The laptop is expected to be launched on Tuesday, when Intel announces the availability of the Diamondville version of its Atom processor.

Based on a 1.6-GHz Atom processor, the Eee PC 901 has an 8.9-in. screen, 1GB of memory and a memory-card slot."


Submission + - The Vista Death Watch (

Corporate Troll writes: John C. Dvorak muses over the current state of Vista and he isn't very optimistic. Still, his biggest grip seems to be price and not the other problems that Vista has.

Microsoft has extended the life of Windows XP because Vista has simply not shown any life in the market. We have to begin to ask ourselves if we are really looking at Windows Me/2007, destined to be a disdained flop. By all estimates the number of Vista installations hovers around the number of Macs in use.

How did this happen? And what's going to happen next? Does Microsoft have a Plan B? A number of possibilities come to mind, and these things must be considered by the company itself.

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