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Switched's Comprehensive Guide to Video Game Emulators

The video game emulator -- the bit of software that allows nostalgic button-mashers to mount an NES on their PCs in order to relive halcyon "HADOUKEN!" days -- is one of the most misunderstood elements of modern computing. But we're here to tell you exactly what they are, how they work, and even offer a comprehensive directory of the best ones for your favorite platform. Read on for our...

Anonymous Takes Down Playstation.com in Response to Suit

The hacktivists at Anonymous have lately set their sights on Sony. The collective's latest action is in response to the company's lawsuit against hacker George Holtz, also known as GeoHot. Holtz previously published the code necessary to jailbreak the PS3, enabling users to run homebrew software on their consoles. The group's ongoing denial of service attack has taken down Playstation.com for...

Wimbledon to be Broadcast in 3-D, Streamed to Movie Theaters Around the World

Few sporting events are more deeply rooted in tradition than Wimbledon, where applause is always kept to a polite murmur and staid dress codes are strictly enforced. This year, though, the world's most celebrated tennis tournament will be filmed in 3-D for the first time, with the semi-final and championship matches being broadcast in movie theaters around the world. Sony will produce the...

Get Your Glasses Ready: 24/7 3-D TV Launches Sunday on DirecTV

Next week, two channels will begin broadcasting 3-D programming around the clock, albeit to a limited audience. 3net, a 3-D joint venture from IMAX, Discovery and Sony, will launch on Sunday night, just one day before ESPN begins full-time broadcasting on ESPN 3D. For the moment, 3net plans to air many of the same shows on loop, including 20 hours of original programming in February. The...

Feature Film Downloads Skyrocket, Surpass TV Streams

In 2010, sales and rentals of feature-length films online climbed a stunning 38-percent, with U.S. consumers spending a grand total of $385 million on downloadable and streaming movies. By contrast, only $366 million was spent to purchase or rent television shows online, marking the first time that movie downloads have surpassed that of TV. As the market has grown, Apple's dominance has started...

Absorbed by His PSP, Italian Boy Falls Onto Train Tracks, Avoids Tragedy

A 10-year-old Italian boy is lucky to be in one piece today, after falling on to a railway line in Milan. The boy, who was on his way home from school, was engrossed with whatever game he was playing on his Sony PSP, and apparently didn't notice the ledge toward which he kept walking. Luckily, an off-duty policeman named Alessandro Micalizzi immediately jumped in to rescue the boy, and,...

Sony Announces New, Super-Powered PlayStation Portable

Let's be honest. The PSP Go was a bit of a letdown as a follow-up to the original PSP. And, while most of the attention has been focused on the upcoming "PlayStation" phone (which has yet to appear with any PlayStation branding on it), Sony has been quietly working on a proper sequel to the PlayStation Portable. Codenamed NGP, the next-gen PSP packs an impressive array of hardware that would make...

3-D TV at CES: Going Small and Cheap, Whether You Want It or Not

As we wandered the halls of CES 2011, one thing became abundantly clear: that this 3-D thing just isn't going away. We'd previously written off 3-D TV and movies as gimmicky and prone to producing headaches, but the industry is clearly taking it very seriously. Last year, all the major TV manufacturers were pushing 3-D sets, and all were back this year with upgraded displays, new glasses and...

Dedicated 'Netflix Button' Coming to TV Remotes

Netflix wants to make sure when you think streaming movies you think of it and its iconic white on red logo. To that end, we've learned, that the company has actually managed to convince a number of companies to put a dedicated Netflix button on their remotes. In the spring, Internet-connected Blu-ray players and TVs from the likes of Sony, Haier, Dynex (Best Buy's in house brand), Panasonic,...

Freewheelin' Sony Seeks Amateur DJs for Dylan Remix Contest

Jay-Z's release of an a cappella 'Black Album' inspired the creation of brilliant, yet unauthorized, remixes. Amateur music-mixers now have access to another icon's raw material, but this opportunity is officially sanctioned by Sony. The record company recently announced its Remix Project, which allows amateur and professional producers to manipulate -- without fear of reprisal -- a classic tune...

Official PlayStation App Arriving for iPhone and Android

PlayStation Euro-gamers will soon have access to a new app that dramatically expands the Sony gaming experience. The company's PlayStation Europe site recently released details concerning an official app for the iPhone and the iPod touch, as well as for "most Android compatible handsets with a minimum of OS 1.6." The app purportedly allows users to access their trophies, share their...

Consumers Skipping on 3-D and Web-Connected TVs

During this holiday season, electronics manufacturers and retailers were counting on new tech like 3-D and Internet connectivity to help push TV sales, but it looks as though consumers have little interest in the latest gimmicks. According to Reuters, Best Buy chief exec Brian Dunn told analysts on Tuesday that 3-D TV sales were not living up to industry expectations. He blamed consumer confusion...

Gift Guide: Sony 7506, Renowned Headphones for Under $90

If you need quality sound without having to rely on wax-covered earphones, uncomfortable white buds or plastic-y cups, you can't go wrong with a pair of Sony's MDR 7506's. They've been a rugged standby of pros for nearly a decade, and with good reason. Weighing in at 8.1 ounces, the fully-adjustable 7506s are still comfortable after long hours of audio recording, band practice, music listening or...

Hulu Plus Now Open to All Online, Coming to Sony TVs and PS3

Forget the in crowd with their fancy 'invites.' Hulu Plus is now available to everyone, as is its $9.99 monthly price tag. Additionally, the premium streaming service is now supported on all 2010 model Sony Bravia TVs, and PS3 owners will be able get in on the action next week. Roku owners, sadly, will just have to continue to wait....

TV Prices Expected to Plunge This Holiday Season

If you're in the market for a new TV this holiday season, you're in luck; major electronics manufacturers are slashing prices left and right. On Friday, Sony announced that it had abandoned all hope of turning a profit this year, while Panasonic predicted that its TV prices will drop even further during this fiscal quarter. The announcements come on the heels of similarly pessimistic outlooks...