Peter Mayhew, Actor Behind Chewbacca’s Mask in ‘Star Wars,’ Dies at 74

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Peter Mayhew, the British-born actor best known for portraying the gentle giant Chewbacca in the “Star Wars” movie franchise, died on Tuesday at his home in North Texas. He was 74.

His family confirmed the death in a statement on Thursday but did not specify where he died. In recent years he had lived in Boyd, in Wise County. A representative for Mr. Mayhew said he died after having a heart attack.

Mr. Mayhew, who was 7-foot-3, climbed into a shaggy costume to play Chewbacca, the menacing-seeming yet cuddly Wookiee who is Han Solo’s sidekick and co-pilot aboard the spaceship Millennium Falcon.

He appeared in all three films of the original “Star Wars” trilogy, as well as in the prequel “Revenge of the Sith” in 2005 and the sequel “The Force Awakens” in 2015.

Jerry Merryman, Co-Inventor of the Pocket Calculator, Dies at 86

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Jerry Merryman, a self-taught electrical engineer who helped design the first pocket calculator, died on Feb. 27 in Dallas. He was 86.

His wife, Phyllis (Lee) Merryman, said the cause was heart and kidney failure. He had been hospitalized since late December for complications arising from surgery to install a pacemaker.

In 1965, two years after he joined the electronics maker Texas Instruments without a college degree, the company asked Mr. Merryman and two other engineers to build a calculator that could fit into a shirt pocket.

He designed the fundamental circuitry in less than three days, and when Texas Instruments unveiled the device two years later, the moment marked a transformational shift in the way Americans would handle everyday mathematics for the next four decades.

“Silly me, I thought we were just making a calculator, but we were creating an electronic revolution,” Mr. Merryman told the NPR program “All Things Considered” in 2013.

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On October 15, 2018, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen passed away due to complications from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. He revealed earlier in October that he started treatment for the cancer, which he had also battled back in 2009. His sister, Jody, released an official statementregarding her brother's passing:

While most knew Paul Allen as a technologist and philanthropist, for us he was a much-loved brother and uncle, and an exceptional friend. Paul’s family and friends were blessed to experience his wit, warmth, his generosity and deep concern. For all the demands on his schedule, there was always time for family and friends. At this time of loss and grief for us – and so many others – we are profoundly grateful for the care and concern he demonstrated every day.

Douglas Rain, voice of HAL in 2001: A Space Odyssey, dies aged 90

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Douglas Rain, the Canadian actor best known as the voice of ship’s HAL 9000 computer in the Stanley Kubrick sci-fi epic 2001: A Space Odyssey, has died aged 90. Rain died from natural causes in hospital in Ontario.

HAL was named after IBM (one letter shifted).

Despite HAL’s celebrated status, Rain was never cast in a feature film in a live acting role, however, he did agree to voice a HAL parody in the Woody Allen comedy Sleeper, in which he played a computer overseeing a complicated cloning procedure.

Blockchain Leading Network

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Blockchain was publicized in 2009 when the Bitcoin network emerged, it is the original source code for Bitcoin. Though, in the last two years it has transpired into fintech’s leading source of information and provides companies with a way to track value and store factual data. Each block’s record cannot be altered without the alteration of all other blocks; its technology grounds new currencies, reducing fraud, and producing more opportunities for global markets. Financial services all over the world have invested in Blockchain, and Microsoft Azure offers Blockchain’s distributed ledger technology available on their site.