Tag: October

11
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Huawei Mate 40 series will be revealed October 22

Huawei Mate 30 Pro Macro rear camera housing
  • The Huawei Mate 40 series, including the Huawei Mate 40 Pro, will be officially revealed on October 22.
  • The reveal was made by Huawei’s Consumer Business CEO Richard Yu via Weibo.
  • Unfortunately, the Mate 40 Pro won’t have Google apps and could be the last of its kind.

Update: October 10, 2020: Huawei Consumer Business CEO Richard Yu has confirmed, via Weibo (h/t GSMArena), that the Huawei Mate 40 series will be revealed on October 22. The reveal will be made starting at 8 AM Eastern time (5 AM Pacific time).


Original story: October 9, 2020: Things have been relatively quiet surrounding the Huawei Mate 40 and Huawei Mate 40 Pro (for obvious reasons). However, we still expect the phones to launch at some point this month, and a leaker claims to know exactly when that will happen.

According to leaker @rodent950 (who has had reliable info in the past), Huawei could launch the Mate 40 series globally on October 22. In China, pre-sales could start that same day for an in-store date of October 30.

Unfortunately, the tipster didn’t know if October 30 would also be the date you could buy a Mate 40 device throughout the rest of the world.

For the record, Android Authority hasn’t received any word from Huawei about any launch events, so we can’t affirm or deny this leaker’s claims.

Huawei Mate 40 Pro: The last of its kind

While we are excited to see what the Mate 40 Pro has to offer, we are certain that it won’t have any Google apps on board. We also know that this will be the last smartphone from Huawei to feature a Kirin chipset, as the Huawei ban now blocks the company from even producing its processors.

Related: We asked, you told us: You think

11
Oct
2020
Posted in programming

Travel Channel Paranormal Programming Highlights for October 12th – 25th

UPCOMING PREMIERES

NEW SEASON

GHOST NATION

Jason Hawes, Steve Gonsalves and Dave Tango are back for more adventures to the other side in a new season of “Ghost Nation.” This season’s locations have bigger mysteries, are more chilling and have never been investigated on television. And this time, they are calling in an old friend for some help – paranormal investigator Shari DeBenedetti. On all investigations, collecting evidence is just the beginning. With the help of their local contacts, they’re going to embed themselves in the community, conducting multi-day investigations in an effort to track down the true source of these hauntings and restore peace to the living. Under the United Paranormal Research Organization (UPRO) banner, local paranormal groups will join the team as they employ new devices and techniques for confronting and questioning spirits. They’ll do whatever it takes to entice the ghost into telling its story and stop at nothing to get to the bottom of the paranormal phenomena. [Hour-long episodes]

SEASON PREMIERE: “Evil Ink” – Premieres Saturday, October 17 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

Jason Hawes, Steve Gonsalves, Dave Tango and Shari DeBenedetti investigate the paranormal events plaguing the Zone13 Tattoo and Body Piercing shop in New Jersey. They head to the town of Deptford to investigate the tattoo shop where disturbing apparitions, disembodied voices and even physical encounters are threatening the business. After their own investigation, it seems that whatever noises the team are hearing are following them as they move. With all these strange happenings and fresh evidence, the UPRO team will determine if the shop is actually haunted by one of the property’s former owners, a woman named Bertha.

“911 Fear Factory” – Premieres Saturday, October 24 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

Jason Hawes, Steve Gonsalves, Dave Tango and Shari DeBenedetti head to Millville, New Jersey,

07
Oct
2020
Posted in computer

Computer programmer Henriette Avram is born, October 7, 1919

Library of Congress photo of Henriette AvramHenriette Davidson Avram didn’t set out to revolutionize libraries, but that’s what she did.

Born in Manhattan in 1919, Avram had visions of a career in medicine and began premedical studies at Hunter College in the 1930s. She switched gears to study mathematics at George Washington University after her family relocated to the the Washington, DC area in 1951.

In 1952, Avram began working at the National Security Agency, where her husband Herbert Mois Avram also worked. There, she learned computer programming as part of an early computer research program, which she later described as a “bootstrap operation.”

After a stint as a systems analyst at Datatrol Corporation, Avram joined the Library of Congress’ Office of the Information Systems Specialist in 1965. She was asked to lead a team tasked with analyzing cataloging data to determine if it could be computerized.

The team developed the MARC format, Machine Readable Cataloging, an automated cataloging system. Since the mid-1800s, library bibliographic and holdings information was typewritten on cards, some annotated by hand. When Avram’s team set out to modernized it, the catalog included millions of books, maps, films, and recordings. She developed a way to capture the card data electronically, designing a mathematical code, using numbers, letters, and symbols for different fields of information.

MARC incorporated the Dewey decimal system and other classification methods into a central system, and the Library of Congress information was stored on magnetic tape. MARC became the national standard for electronic cataloging in 1971, and Avram led seminars at libraries across the country to introduce it.

photo of Henriette Avram presenting a magnetic tape containing catalog information to Richard CowardHenriette Avram presented a magnetic tape containing 9,300 records to the British National Bibliography’s Richard Coward in 1967. Source: American Libraries

The format led to an international data standard, which automated library functions and enabled sharing of information electronically between libraries.

06
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

The PlayStation Plus Free Games For October 2020

A new month means a new round of free PlayStation Plus games. Starting later today, PS Plus subscribers can claim Vampyr and Need for Speed Payback. You still have a few days to add September’s free games to your library, so make sure to snag them if you haven’t already.

Developed by Dontnod Entertainment–the studio behind the Life is Strange series–Vampyr is an action-RPG that flew under the radar when it released in 2018. You play as Dr. Jonathan Reid, a man who took a hippocratic oath to help the citizens of London but now finds himself a newly turned vampire. This understandably creates a moral dilemma, and there’s also a widespread influenza outbreak that is threatening the population. Your choices in Vampyr truly matter, altering both the gameplay and the story. It earned a 7/10 in GameSpot’s Vampyr review.

Racing fans can pick up Need for Speed Payback, the 2017 entry in the long-running series developed by Ghost Games. Payback is set in an open-world environment based off of Las Vegas. Payback has both online multiplayer and a single-player story mode featuring three playable characters with differentiated skills. It has more than 70 vehicles to race with. While Payback is definitely one of the more underwhelming entries in the series–it earned a 5/10 in our Need for Speed Payback review–now you can check it out for free.

Ahead of the arrival of these titles, it looked as if we had gotten a bonus PS Plus game, Bloodborne, although it appears to have simply been an error and has now been removed.

For those who are planning on upgrading to the PS5, PlayStation Plus will soon have a new perk. Sony recently announced the Plus Collection, which will give

05
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Ghost of Tsushima’s multiplayer expansion launches October 16th with four-player raid on the way

Sucker Punch Productions’ excellent samurai PlayStation title Ghost of Tsushima will get its free multiplayer expansion, officially called Ghost of Tsushima: Legends, on October 16th, according to a new blog post from publisher Sony.

The co-op expansion, first revealed back in August, will allow up to four players to participate in a whole new game mode with unique missions, cosmetics, and classes. Sucker Punch revealed today that Legends will also get a four-player raid, evoking the elaborate and lengthy puzzle-filled dungeons more commonly found in games like Destiny, Final Fantasy XIV, and World of Warcraft. The raid will arrive “in the weeks following launch.”

The blog post also details for the first time the four different classes you can play as: Samurai, Hunter, Ronin, and Assassin. Each class has unique abilities, like the Ronin’s revival and spirit dog class (Sucker Punch says you can even pet your spirit companion) and the Assassin’s teleportation ability.

Image: Sucker Punch Productions

The mode will feature two-player story missions that unravel more of the supernatural narrative, which is based on Japanese mythology. There are also four-player survival missions that sound a lot like a classic horde mode in which you fight wave after wave of enemies and try to stay alive as long as you can.

“Ghost of Tsushima: Legends features two-player story missions and four-player survival missions, as well as a Raid that we’ll release in the weeks following launch. After you’ve downloaded version 1.1 of Ghost of Tsushima, you can visit the PlayStation Store from your PS4 to download a free unlock for Ghost of Tsushima: Legends, which will allow you to play,” explains Darren Bridges, a senior game designer on Ghost of Tsushima. “Keep in mind that an internet connection and an active PlayStation Plus subscription will