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Dialed In 33: HTC Touch Dual, Samsung Instinct hit stores

Two of the spring's most anticipated cell phones are arriving in stores. We also catch you up on the latest news and cell phone reviews, including a Sony Ericsson handset with gesture control. What's that, you ask? Just listen and find out. Listen now: Download today's podcast

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Up close with Sony's ultrathin TVs

CARLSBAD, Calif.--A steady stream of folks rushed the stage Wednesday after Howard Stringer's speech, but they weren't looking to corner the Sony CEO. Rather, they wanted to see his superthin television.

Sony already has an 11-inch OLED model that sells for $2,500, but Stringer showed an even thinner model due out within the next 12 months. It's thinner than a credit card, just 0.3mm thick.

Among those who went onstage to see it was decor guru Martha Stewart, who gave it the all-important thumbs up. "I like it," Stewart told me, adding … Read more

Buzz Out Loud 733: Flying Poop Factory

That is, sadly, the new name for the International Space Station, where astronauts have a real problem to contend with, unlike the New Mexico folks trying to ban public Wi-Fi. In other news, Warner Music is backing a hilariously insane plan to get you to rent a song, one time, for 10 cents a pop, and it turns out that all those furious, ranty e-mails about Dell's terrible tech support were true! Listen now: Download today's podcast EPISODE 733

$20 Million Dollar Experiment to See if You’ll Rent a Song for 10 Cents http://michaelrobertson.com/archive.php?minute_id=265Read more

Sony CEO Stringer: You can't afford our best TV

CARLSBAD, Calif.--Sony CEO Howard Stringer says the culture of profitability has returned to his company. But, he says, it still has work to do.

In an interview with Stringer at the D6 technology and media conference, The Wall Street Journal's Walt Mossberg started by pointing out the failures of Sony's digital music player and interactive TV ventures. Stringer said that Sony is now running about 5 percent profit margins. Those margins need to get bigger to sustain the company, or, he says, "If we have any more success, we'll be bankrupt."

Speaking about the … Read more

Sony commits to 'Tru2way' TV

Sony signed an agreement with the country's six largest cable companies Tuesday to develop a TV that will receive cable services without the need for a set-top box.

The Japanese electronics giant will make an LCD set based on the Tru2way cable platform introduced in January at CES by Comcast. Tru2way allows interactive cable services to be integrated directly into devices.

Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications, Charter Communications, Cablevision, and Bright House Networks have all agreed to develop the technology behind Tru2way.

Sony's not the first consumer electronics company to announce a device based on the platform, … Read more

Howard Stringer channels Howard Beale. Now what?

I've always admired Sir Howard Stringer. Any ex-journo who can finagle a knighthood (honorary or not) from the queen obviously has a lot on the ball. When he took over at Sony three years ago, he knew he was walking into a mess. The fact that this historically very insular company was willing to put its trust in a gaijin spoke volumes about a willingness to change.

He carried out the mandatory reorganization and promise to break down the famously high walls separating divisions and product groups. Stringer wanted to get the creative juices flowing again so Sony could … Read more

Sony's CEO wants managers' blood to boil

Sony's CEO Howard Stringer is bringing new meaning to the term "anger management."

He wants Sony managers to get mad, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.

Anger-passion, combined with energy, innovation, imagination, and bold steps, is the ticket to get Sony back on track as it sets out its next three-year growth plan, Stringer is cited as having told the company's staff of more than 1,000 managers during a closed-door annual management meeting in Japan.

"I'm asking you to get mad," Stringer said, according to the Journal report.

The … Read more

Pick any color for your new Walkman

If you've ever bought an MP3 player that comes in several colors, you might have felt the agony of having to choose which one. Should I get that white one to match my MacBook? Go with basic black because it matches everything? The new NWD-E020F series Walkman players may help solve that fashion conundrum.

Like its predecessor, the E010 series, there's a cap on this new entry-level player which hides a built-in USB jack. This makes for more convenient song transfer, a proposition made all the sweeter now that the process is a drag-and-drop affair, less SonicStage. Its … Read more

Sony pushing 'live' content into theaters

No longer are movie theaters just for movies.

Sony Pictures Entertainment now sees them as almost-live performance venues.

The entertainment company wants to display live events in theaters equipped with digital projectors, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.

Sony has established a new unit, called The Hot Ticket, to distribute the broadcasts. The company will focus on shooting music concerts, sporting events, and Broadway shows, the paper reported.

New York's Metropolitan Opera showed eight performances with high-definition technology at movie theaters across the country earlier this year, according to the Journal.

According to the Los Angeles Times, … Read more

Buzz Out Loud 730: Tom is a pervert

We're sorry to inform you that Tom has been kicked off Buzz Out Loud for being 37 years old, because you just can't tell by looking. Well, OK, not BOL, but he did get kicked off Faceparty. In other news, Twitter gets some funding, but we're asking for a better Twitter. Also, the future has arrived, and it's a future with health insurance, no matter what your genetic markers might suggest. Listen now: Download today's podcast EPISODE 730

Sony to distribute ‘live’ shows to theaters http://online.wsj.com/article_email/ SB121142408161613141-lMyQjAxMDI4MTIxMjQyMjI0Wj.html

Twitter reportedly closes $… Read more