Google Contacts, A Revamped Cross-Platform Contact Management Application from Google

Google Contacts

Google Contacts is a newly revamped contact management system from Google designed to keep track of emails, phone numbers and other information across different applications. The app, which is currently in public preview, offers a number of features designed to streamline the traditionally cumbersome process of maintaining contact info. The new Contacts makes it easier to merge duplicate entries and includes recent emails and meeting information with contact cards.

You can now see your most recent emails and meetings with a person directly in their contact card. So whether it’s been two days or two years since your last conversation, it’s easier than ever to pick up right where you left off.

Google Contacts

Google Contacts

Google Contacts

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Slow-Motion Video of a Low-Flying Commercial Airliner Landing Mere Feet Away From a Crowded Beach

A video posted by Paul Luning (@pluning) on

Travel writer Paul Luning captured slow-motion video of an extremely low-flying commercial airliner as it landed feet away from amazed spectators on the crowded Maho Beach on the island of Saint Martin in the Caribbean. The beach has become a popular destination for plane spotters due to a short runway, which requires planes to touch down as early as possible.

Flying frequently tends to make one either bitter or obsessed with aviation. I fall into the latter category. Visiting Maho Beach in Saint Marteen was always on my bucket list. It’s as crazy as it looks–planes landing just feet from a public beach.

Jet Warning

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Eight-Year-Old Seattle Girl Receives a Steady Supply of Gifts From the Neighborhood Crows

Gabi Mann Gets Gifts From Crows
Gabi Mann. Photo by Lisa Mann

Gabi Mann, an eight-year-old girl living in Seattle, has an unusual arrangement with the neighborhood crows–she feeds the birds each morning, and in return, the crows leave a steady supply of gifts for her. The arrangement began in 2013, when Gabi and her mother Lisa began feeding the crows peanuts and dog food. The birds began leaving trinkets in the yard like pieces of glass, a paper clip, and a blue LEGO block. Gabi has meticulously labeled each gift and stores them in her growing collection. Podcast The Bittersweet Life explores the unusual tale of Gabi Mann and the crows in this recent episode.

Gabi Mann Gets Gifts From Crows
A portion of Gabi Mann’s collection. Photo by Katy Sewall

Gabi Mann Gets Gifts From Crows
A crow in the Mann’s yard. Photo by Lisa Mann

Gabi Mann Gets Gifts From Crows
Crows in the Mann’s yard. Photo by Lisa Mann

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Photographer Creates Photos of Majestic Flocks of Plastic Bags Darkening the Sky

Plastic Bag Murmuration Photos Alain Delorme

In his series Murmurations – Ephemeral Plastic Sculptures, Paris-based photographer Alain Delorme has created a series of photographs that, at first glance, seem to document the beautiful forms created by flocks of starlings (these flocks are also known as “murmurations”). However, closer inspection reveals the flocks to be made up of hundreds upon hundreds of plastic bags. Luckily for Mother Earth, the clouds of bags were digitally composited by Delorme. According to Delorme, he was inspired to create the series after learning about the Great Pacific garbage patch.

Plastic Bag Murmuration Photos Alain Delorme

Plastic Bag Murmuration Photos Alain Delorme

Plastic Bag Murmuration Photos Alain Delorme

Plastic Bag Murmuration Photos Alain Delorme

photos by Alain Delorme

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Empatica Embrace, An Multi-Function Watch That Creates Smartphone App Alerts When Wearer Has an Epileptic Seizure

The Empatica Embrace is an attractive multi-function watch that can be used to monitor heart rate, stress levels, and sleep patterns. The watch and its accompanying smartphone app can alert another person when the watch-wearer is having an epileptic seizure or any kind of disruption in the sympathetic nervous system.

Embrace is a watch that looks great on anyone. It can track your activity, stress and overall balance. It is designed to bring a better lifestyle to people that live with Epilepsy: they get an alert when an unusual event happens, like a convulsive seizure, warning them and their loved ones.

Empatica recently raised over 514% of their original funding ask through Indiegogo. The watch is currently available for pre-order, with delivery planned for October 2015. Additionally, Matteo Lai, the Empatica CEO, has stated that with every watch purchased, another one will be donated to a child in need of one.


Embrace Ankle


Embrace Watch

Embrace App App

images via Embrace

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Terminally Ill Woman Is Taken by Ambulance to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam So She Can Visit It One Last Time

Ambulance Takes Woman to Art Museum for Last Visit

On Tuesday, a terminally ill woman was taken via ambulance to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam so she could visit the arts and history museum one last time. The moving event, captured in a photograph, was the work of Stichting Ambulance Wens Nederland (Ambulance Wish Foundation Netherlands), a Dutch organization that fulfills the last wishes of terminally ill, non-mobile patients with a fleet of custom ambulances and 200 volunteer medical personnel. The group also took two other terminally ill people to the museum during the Tuesday trip. According to the organization’s website, they have fulfilled nearly 6,000 wishes since their founding in 2007.

Ambulance Takes Woman to Art Museum for Last Visit
The ambulances parked at the Rijksmuseum. The foundation transported three people to the museum during Tuesday’s trip.

Ambulance Takes Woman to Art Museum for Last Visit
A terminally ill man viewing a painting at the Rijksmuseum.

photos via Stichting Ambulance Wens Nederland

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