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Episode 429

Tech News Today 429: 57% Zuck

Sony's in the red, Google got itself a Bouncer, the Facebook fallout, AMD's new strategy, and more.

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Top Stories

  • Sony Posts $2.1 Billion Loss After Announcing New CEO
  • Sony Swings to Loss, Slashes Full-Year Forecast
  • Outgoing Sony CEO Howard Stringer Says Much of Big Losses out of His Control
    • the company reported a quarterly loss of $2.1 billion
    • dragged down by losses in its television business and the impact of the strong yen on its European operations.
    • This will likely mark Sony's fourth consecutive year in the red.
    • Sony forecasted a loss of $2.9 billion for the full fiscal year, far beyond its previous prediction in November of a $1.18 billion loss.
    • Losses come partly from selling off its 1/2 of a joint venture with Samsung to make LCD panels
    • Sony also took a loss to buy out Ericsson from its Sony-Ericsson JV
    • Howard Stringer at a press conference today: "It would be nice if there were no earthquakes, no floods, no hackers, no anything, but on our own skills, we can get the company back to the targets we've already issued," Howard said after repeated questions from reporters about his legacy.
    • "When we do come back, I'll come back to this press conference and address one or two of you reporters again."
  • Google now scanning Android apps for malware
  • Android and Security
    • The new service, code-named "Bouncer," scans apps for known malware, spyware, and Trojans, and looks for suspicious behaviors and compares them against previously analyzed apps, Hiroshi Lockheimer, vice president of engineering on the Android team, said in an interview with CNET this morning.
    • Here's how bouncer works (From Google's blogpost)
      • once an application is uploaded, the service immediately starts analyzing it for known malware, spyware and trojans.
      • It also looks for behaviors that indicate an application might be misbehaving, and compares it against previously analyzed apps to detect possible red flags.
      • Google actually runs every application on Google’s cloud infrastructure and simulate how it will run on an Android device to look for hidden, malicious behavior.
      • "It won't get uploaded at all if it is an instance of known malware," Lockheimer said.
      • Google also is analyzing new developer accounts to "prevent malicious and repeat-offending developers from coming back,"
  • Exclusive: Windows Phone 8 Detailed
  • Windows Phone 8 Preview
    • got its hands on some details on Windows Phone 8, codenamed "Apollo" via a video hosted by senior vice president and Windows Phone manager Joe Belfiore, and intended for partners at Nokia
    • Apollo will add support for multicore processors, new screen resolutions (a total of four, although actual pixel counts weren't specified), NFC, and removable microSD card storage
    • WP8 and Windows8 would share a kernel, networking stacks, security and multimedia support. Which allows developers to "reuse -- by far -- most of their code"
    • Zune desktop integration would get the boot. Media syncing would be via Windows
    • As for apps: the addition of native code support, which will enable more powerful applications as well as ease the porting of code from programs initially developed for iOS or Android. Current Windows Phone apps would be backwards compatible
    • Windows Phone 8 is said to add native BitLocker encryption -- the same 128-bit, full-disk encryption found on Microsoft most recent desktop platforms. So-called "line-of-business" applications are also gaining support, allowing businesses to deploy proprietary, tailoredsoftware behind their company firewalls.
    • Paul Thurrott confirmed many of these items at
    • Included that the Skype app will be still a separate but better app and not integrated into OS. Still optional.

Discussion Stories

  • Former Xbox Live marketing manager joins Apple to focus on App Store
  • Apple grabs another gaming executive with appointment of Xbox Live marketing chief
    • Robin Burrowes, former head of Xbox Live marketing in Europe, Middle East, Africa, has joined Apple according to his LinkedIn profile. Burrowes worked at Xbox 7 years, responsible for Xbox dashboard promotions. Previously held positions at HMV (UK-based music, films games, and tech shopping chain) & MSN.
    • Former Xbox PR manager Nick Grange joined Apple last year and so did former Nintendo PR manager Robert Saunders.
    • This week Apple announed John Browett, former Dixons CEO (UK-based tech retailer) and CEO, was now Senior Vice President of Apple's global retail operations, responsible for the company's retail efforts worldwide. will report directly to Apple CEO Tim Cook who is "thrilled" to have Browett bring "his incredible retail experience to Apple." Browett replaces Ron Johnson who left for JC Penney last year.
    • Back in December Apple was granted planning permission to build "new prototype" Apple Store in Palo Alto, CA. That's only a block away from the current one, which is expected to close down after the new one is opened.
    • Apple currently in 11 international markets outside US
  • Under new CEO, AMD will launch processors for tablets this year
  • AMD uncloaks tablet processor plans
    • AMD got itself a new CEO in August, Rory Read and today he said to analysts that AMD is getting into the tablet game.
    • Its first tablet chip is codenamed Hondo which will have a CPU and GPU on one chip, it's a 40nm chip and obviously will try to be ultra-low power at 4.5W
    • MD Global Business Units general manager Lisa Su, speaking at the company's Financial Analyst Day in Santa Clara, California said "we will see tablets with Windows 8 out there with AMD silicon."
    • AMD is targeting x86 support at under two watts. "We can absolutely get x86 to less than 2 watts,"" Su promised. ""So if you think about that, you can take the full Windows 8 capability into an x86 processor in a tablet system that lasts for over 30 days battery life. That is very much within the realm of our capability."

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"Hey there TNT folks, I'm sure you got a lot of email in response to your caller yesterday but you CAN develop for iOS on iOS. Codea ( is just one example of many development / prototyping software for the iPad that allow you to develop for the iPad. Unfortunately you can not get something in the app store that you develop on the iPad now but you can completely prototype an app on the iPad and of course you could always edit source code on the iPad but you would have to package it on a Mac before sending it off to the mysterious App Store approval process. This is something I would love to see Apple fix in the future and I think we may see that if their iOS versions of Garage Band and iMovie are any indication.

Love the show, keep up the good work! -- -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- Adam Alma"

"Hi TNT crew!

Just to pick up on the Randomizer discussion from TNT428, here's a really simple way to easily distinguish left and right earbuds from each other: tie a small knot in the cable of the right earbud (or hey, you could do the left, I don't mean to be all dogmatic about it).

This way, you can tell at a glance - or even just through touch - which earbud represents which channel.

Is this a simple enough suggestion to patent? :p

Love the show, keep up the great work!

Ralph aka @if0x"



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