As anyone who has experienced it will tell you, ransomware can be a nightmare. Once it infects a network, it can encrypt all the files and will demand payment (nearly always Bitcoin) before it hands over an unlock key. These attacks often come with a warning that unless the ransom is paid within a set time, the key will be destroyed and the user will never be able to access their data. While finding you’ve been infected with ransomware is bad, it can be especially problematic for organizations such as hospitals. Such was the case for the Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, which had its network locked up by a ransomware attack on February 5, and has only recently regained control of its systems after paying $17,000 to the attackers. After the ransomware was discovered, staff at the hospital were forced to use land lines, fax machines, and keep paper records for the ten days that the network was locked down. Some patients had to be sent to other hospitals for procedures such as … [Read more...] about Hollywood hospital pays ransomware attackers $17,000 to release its systems
Background: Sega hasn’t put out a successful home console is nearly three decades. The Sega Genesis did well against the Super Nintendo in the early 90s but add-ons like the Sega CD and the 32X came up short, as did the standalone Sega Saturn and Sega Dreamcast. The Game Gear doesn’t really count because it is a handheld and it was grossly outsold by the Nintendo Game Boy. Sega’s next global console release, its first in close to 20 years, could reverse the company’s misfortunes. Ironically enough, it’s a miniature version of the system that put Sega on the map in 1989, the Sega Genesis (known as the Mega Drive outside of North America). How odd – 30 years later and the two top contenders in a new category of mini consoles are the Super Nintendo and the Sega Genesis, just as they were back in the day. Or at least that appears to be the trajectory we are currently on. The SNES Classic has already proven itself as the best-selling miniature console in … [Read more...] about Sega Genesis Mini review round-up: The best miniature console yet?
Virtual reality pioneer Oculus VR on Monday announced Oculus Connect, a developer conference designed to bring engineers, designers and creative minds from around the globe under one roof to share and collaborate in the interest of virtual reality. In a blog post on the matter, the company said attendees will be the first to learn about upcoming Oculus technology through sessions and workshops led by Oculus engineers and industry pioneers. Devs will also have the opportunity to receive design and engineering feedback in hands-on labs. The event will be led by keynotes from Brendan Iribe (CEO), Palmer Luckey (Founder), John Carmack (CTO) and Michael Abrash (Chief Scientist) - or in other words, pretty much every big name in VR will be there. The inaugural event will take place September 19-20 at the Loews Hotel in Hollywood, California. Oculus said the full session list will be announced as we inch closer to the event. Those interested in attending can submit their applications starting … [Read more...] about Oculus VR announces inaugural “Oculus Connect” developer conference
Apple TV Plus, the new online streaming service from Apple, is officially here. Rather than building a big catalogue of movies and TV shows, like Netflix or Amazon Prime, Apple is banking on a number of star-studded original Apple TV Plus shows to draw in subscribers. Apple has pulled out all of the stops for its slate of original shows. There are top writers, directors, producers and A-list celebrities signed on for series spanning all genres, from documentaries to comedies and everything in-between. We've seen plenty of teaser trailers for the new shows over the past few months. But now that they're finally available to watch on Apple TV Plus, are the originals worth a watch? And will they be enough to draw viewers away from Netflix, Amazon Prime, and soon, Disney Plus?We'll be releasing our Apple TV Plus review in due time – but for now we've rounded up the verdicts of critics from a range of online reviews to share their opinions for your viewing pleasure … [Read more...] about Apple TV Plus reviews round-up: star-studded shows rated by critics
Two more of the Marvel series coming to Disney Plus have lead writers in place: Moon Knight and She-Hulk. Jessica Gao, the Emmy-winning writer of Rick and Morty's memorable 'Pickle Rick' episode, will be the showrunner of She-Hulk, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Meanwhile, Moon Knight will be headed up by Umbrella Academy executive producer and writer Jeremy Slater, reported by the same outlet. There was no comment from Marvel Studios or Disney on either bit of news, but both writers took to Twitter to share their feelings on being hired to further the stories of the MCU.I’ve been chasing She-Hulk for SO long. This is the the definition of a dream come true.November 8, 2019I was seven when I bought my first Marvel comic, and my life was changed on the spot. It’s no exaggeration to say that joining the MCU is the single greatest honor of my career. I’m thrilled and terrified and deliriously happy.November 9, 2019Is the price of Disney Plus worth it?Loads of … [Read more...] about Disney Plus’s She-Hulk and Moon Knight Marvel series now have writers