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Gmail is rolling out a new update that will (finally) turn contact info into links in emails

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Gmail is finally getting with the times.

For its latest update, the email service is making a long-awaited improvement by turning key information in emails — such as addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses — into clickable links.

In a blog post shared on Monday, Google explained that both Gmail and Inbox by Gmail on Android, iOS, and the web will start detecting and converting the above information into hyperlinks. The feature’s full roll-out is expected to take up to three days.

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Now, clicking on email addresses will prompt a new email composition window using your default mail app, and, as you probably assumed, tapping phone numbers on a mobile device will start a new call request. Read more…

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This app collects women’s stories to fight harassment in developing countries

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After a 23-year-old woman died from being brutally gang-raped on a bus in New Delhi, India back in 2012, ElsaMarie D’Silva — an aviation professional turned social entrepreneur — was compelled to join the global conversation surrounding sexual violence against women.

In hopes of making cities safer for women, D’Silva and a group of friends developed Safecity — an app that crowdsources and documents incidents of sexual harassment and assault that occur in public spaces.

“The idea is to have this information in the public domain so women and girls can connect with each other over these stories,” D’Silva said at Mashable’s Social Good Summit on Sunday. Read more…

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How one software engineer is using an app to fight hunger in Nigeria

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Growing up having experienced the struggles of hunger firsthand, Oscar Ekponimo made it his life’s mission to use his talents to help others without food.

Now a software engineer living in Abuja, Ekponimo developed Chowberry — an innovative web app working to provide affordable nutrition to millions of Nigerians who are malnourished and suffering from hunger.

Chowberry uses cloud-based software to provide retail merchants with data on any soon-to-expire food in stock. This allows food nearing the end of its shelf life to be discounted, acquired, and distributed by charities, orphanages, and non-profit organizations rather than simply tossed out. Read more…

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Alt-right supporters are burning MAGA hats after reports of Trump’s alleged DACA deal

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News of Donald Trump reaching a possible DACA deal with Democratic congressional leaders has infuriated members of the alt-right. 

And, as we’ve learned from the hashtag #burnmyMAGAhat, those alt-right supporters are taking their anger with the president out on his hats. Sad!

Politico and other outlets reported on Wednesday night that Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi confirmed they’d come to an agreement with Trump on a plan that would protect the nearly 800,000 people at risk by ending DACA.

The terms reportedly included providing Trump with additional border security but no promises on funding for his proposed wall. After hearing of the bipartisan move, firm alt-right supporters felt betrayed by Trump, and expressed their frustration by burning their Make American Great Again hats in protest. Read more…

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Earth sends Cassini a whole lot of love after the mission comes to a bittersweet end

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After 13 years of exploration, the Cassini spacecraft finally met its demise, hurtling itself into Saturn’s atmosphere and burning up early Friday morning. 

And as was expected, people everywhere are mourning the loss of the iconic mission.

WELL, I’m literally bawling my eyes out now.

Sleep well, beautiful Cassini

How very moving and how incredibly grand for humanity.

— Jennifer Scheurle (@Gaohmee) September 15, 2017

Over the years, the mission — which first launched in 1997 — provided human eyes with stunning images of Saturn, extended insight into the planet and nearby moons, and a greater understanding of the overall solar system. Read more…

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No, Donald Trump did not save cats from Hurricane Harvey flooding

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Another day, another debunk.

The latest fake photograph to spread online like wildfire is an image of President Trump saving several cats from a flood. But just in case you somehow couldn’t already tell from the horrible Photoshop job — the image is fake.

Turns out fake shark photos aren’t the only fabrications coming out of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

The image shows a man walking through thigh-high flood waters clutching two cats close to his chest. The head atop the man’s body is in fact Donald Trump’s (complete with a “Make America Great Again” hat), but according to the fact-checking site Snopes, the man in the original photograph is named Brandon Smith.  Read more…

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Activists hang ‘Racism is as American as baseball’ banner at Red Sox game

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Once again, sports and politics collided after activists hung a giant anti-racism banner from the stands during a Boston Red Sox game.

With ESPN host Jemele Hill recently calling Donald Trump a “white supremacist” on Twitter – not to mention the controversy surrounding NFL player Colin Kaepernick — it’s certainly not the first time the two have become intertwined this year.

According to The Boston Globe, during the fourth inning of Wednesday night’s game between the Boston Red Sox and the Oakland Athletics, five fans lowered the black banner — which read in white letters: “Racism is as American as baseball” — over Fenway Park’s legendary Green Monster. Read more…

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Donald Trump just slammed Hillary Clinton again but she had the perfect comeback

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Hillary Clinton just @’d Donald Trump on Twitter and it’s about to go down.

On Wednesday night, over ten months after winning the Presidential Election, Donald Trump decided to bash his former opponent Hillary Clinton on Twitter. 

But ohhhhh boy was she prepared to fire back.

Just one day after Clinton’s campaign memoir What Happened was published, Trump wrote to his followers: “Crooked Hillary Clinton blames everybody (and every thing) but herself for her election loss. She lost the debates and lost her direction!” Read more…

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