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Ireland’s health service shuts down IT systems after ransomware attack

Ireland’s national health service has been hit with a ransomware attack, prompting it to shut down its computer systems. The Health Service Executive (HSE) described the step as a “precaution” aimed at containing the issue while it assesses the situation with security partners. According to The Irish Times, the HSE is investigating the breach with …

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The Pentagon is tracking US citizens without a warrant, Senator says

The Pentagon may be using commercial data to track Americans without due legal process, according to a letter from Senator Ron Wyden shared with Vice News. Wyden had queried the Department of Defense (DoD) about mobile location and other data it had purchased from commercial sources, following reports in the WSJ and elsewhere. The DoD …

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Netflix is making a CG-animated ‘Ultraman’ feature film

Ultraman fans will have another thing to look forward to on Netflix in addition to the second season of the ongoing animated series. The streaming giant is developing a CG-animated feature film for the franchise still in partnership with Ultraman creator Tsuburaya Productions. While the series continues the storyline of the live action show from …

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Fisker, Foxconn deal to build EVs in the US is ‘signed and sealed’

Fisker is still preparing to deliver its sub-$40,000 electric Ocean (pictured above), but it’s also signed an agreement solidifying plans with Foxconn to build more cars. We still have little more than sketches to go on for what the Project Pear vehicle will be, but the “breakthrough new segment vehicle will use a new lightweight …

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Elon Musk efficiency tweet pushes Dogecoin prices up again

Last weekend the price of Dogecoin (a meme-inspired cryptocurrency that was developed “in about two hours” in 2013) fell sharply after Elon Musk said on Saturday Night Live that cryptocurrency is a “hustle.” Now, possibly confirming that statement, Musk has followed up his announcement that Tesla is “suspending” accepting payments in Bitcoin because of its …

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Pinterest will test livestreamed events with three days of creator workshops

Starting on May 24th, Pinterest will host a three-day online event that will see the company livestream content from some of its most popular content creators. Pinterest shared the details of how the test, one of its first public attempts at livestreaming, will unfold with TechCrunch. The only way to watch the videos will be …

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SpaceX charts a path for Starship’s first orbital test flight

Following the successful landing of SN15, SpaceX now plans to attempt to fly a Starship prototype into orbit. In a filing with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the company details how it hopes its next test flight will unfold. According to the document, a Starship craft fitted with a Super Heavy booster will lift from …

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Disney cuts the theater-exclusive window in half for ‘Free Guy,’ ‘Shang-Chi’

Following the lead of other studios like Warner Bros. and Universal, Disney announced that upcoming movies like Free Guy and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will be exclusively available in theaters for just 45 days, instead of the pre-pandemic standard of 90 days. On today’s earnings call CEO Bob Chapek said “Flexibility …

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