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Phone port out scams, Mercury smart jacket and an algorithm that can predict heart disease by looking at your eyes

Phone port out scams, Mercury smart jacket and an algorithm that can predict heart disease by looking at your eyes 

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T-Mobile has recently warned its customers about “port-out scams.” This is a type of scam by hackers to get your phone number, then transfer it to another carrier, and finally, use it to access your bank account.

These scams aren’t necessarily limited to T-Mobile and can affect other carriers as well.

How can you protect yourself? For a T-Mobile customer, you can enable port validation, which requires the creation of a 6- to 15-digit passcode.

In Canada, providers also give the ability to set up a PIN on your account. To port out, you need your phone number, account number and PIN. If you forget your PIN, the carriers can reset it for you.

Google’s new AI algorithm

Cardiovascular diseases are the number one cause of death globally. An estimated 17.7 million people died from cardiovascular diseases in 2015, representing 31 per cent of all global deaths.

In the US, about 630,000 Americans die from heart disease each year, that’s one in every four deaths.

In Canada, about one in 12 (or 2.4 million) Canadian adults age 20 and over live with diagnosed heart disease; Every hour, about 12 Canadian adults age 20 and over with diagnosed heart disease die.

Scientists from Google have discovered a new way to assess a person’s risk of heart disease using machine learning. By analyzing scans of the back of a patient’s eye, the company’s software is able to accurately deduce data, including an individual’s age, blood pressure, and whether or not they smoke. This can then be used to predict their risk of suffering a major cardiac event – such as a heart attack – with roughly the same accuracy as current leading methods.

Mercury Smart Jacket

A new smart jacket from the company Ministry of Supply provides a personalized climate control heated jacket that adjusts its temperature to match the user preference.

The jacket that is made from polyester and polyurethane that is waterproof, windproof and odour resistant.

At first thought, one might get the idea that this jacket is going to be heavy because of the heating elements, but that is not the case. The heating elements weight just 3.4 oz which is fairly light making it a jacket that can be used as a regular jacket.

It also uses machine learning to understand the user’s preferences. The more feedback given to the jacket, the better it will get at making automatic adjustments to keep the temperature inside at the optimal level, right up to 57° C.

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Amazon founder Jeff Bezos took to Twitter to announce that the construction of the 10,000-year clock has begun on his property in Texas. Conceived back in 1986 by American computer scientist Daniel Hills, the clock’s mechanism is designed to advance far more slowly than your average timekeeping device. It will tick once a year, its century hand will move once every 100 years, and its cuckoo will emerge every millennium.

Google’s latest consumer version of Chrome, version number 64, just started cleaning up messy referral links. Now, when you go to share an item, you’ll no longer see a long tracking string after a link, just the primary link itself.

This feature now happens automatically when sharing links in Chrome, either by the Share menu or by copying the link and pasting it elsewhere. Even though it slices off the extra bit of the URL, this doesn’t affect referral information.

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