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Facebook’s desktop messaging app is finally here

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Image: GIAN EHRENZELLER/EPA/REX/Shutterstock Your prayers have been answered.  Facebook has finally released a beta version of Workplace Chat, a desktop messaging service for businesses. The new messaging service is essentially a competitor to Slack and is part of Facebook's Workplace for Desktop suite. SEE ALSO: Zuckerberg fires back at Trump over Facebook’s role in the U.S. election The beta version of the chatting app is currently available for machines running Windows 7 and above and macOS 10.9 and above. It allows users send individual and group messages in a window that won't get lost among browser tabs.  Image: screenshot/facebook The [...]

Condom-aware fingerprint tech set for use

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe technology can tell whether the person has touched blood and if it is from a human or animal Fingerprint technology which can detect the brand of hair gel used by a suspect or whether they have handled a condom could soon be admissible in court. The technique uses a form of mass spectrometry to detect traces of various substances within a fingerprint. It can provide "diverse information" about a suspect, including any alcohol or drug use, researchers have said. The Home Office said it could be "only months" before it is [...]

Dubai police will soon zoom around the sky on hoverbikes

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Dubai's cops will soon take to the air. Image: AFP/Getty Images Dubai is aggressively turning itself into a "Future City," putting self-flying taxis in the skies and a facial recognition system in its airport. The Dubai police department's latest ride is now adding another sci-fi transportation staple: the hoverbike. The Dubai police, which already has luxury patrol cars, self-driving pursuit drones, and a robot officer, just announced it will soon have officers buzzing around on hoverbikes, which look like an early version of the speeder bikes used by the scout troopers on Endor in Return of the Jedi.  The force [...]

First flight lands on remote St Helena

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFirst commercial flight touches down at "the world's most useless airport" The first scheduled commercial airline service to the remote British island of St Helena in the south Atlantic has touched down safely. The virgin flight, an SA Airlink service from South Africa, ends the island's long-standing reliance on a ship which sailed every three weeks. It is hoped that the service, funded by the UK, will boost tourism and help make St Helena more self-sufficient. But British media have dubbed it "the most useless airport in the world". After further trials [...]

Comedian Sean Hughes dies aged 51

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSean Hughes: A career in comedy Irish stand-up star and BBC quiz show panellist Sean Hughes has died aged 51. Richard Bucknall, his former agent and promoter, said the "formidable" comic died in hospital on Monday and would be remembered for his "superb wit". Hughes was a team captain on Never Mind the Buzzcocks on BBC Two and had his own Channel 4 sitcom, Sean's Show. Fellow comedians, including Al Murray, Katy Brand and Jason Manford, have been paying tribute to the performer, who was also a writer and actor. "I was [...]

Fire crew suspended for cling film ‘joke’

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The children's mother said what happened "was intended as a joke" and the youngsters enjoyed it. Related Topics Essex County Fire and Rescue Service Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-41429546

An 8-bit Harrison Ford hunts for fugitives in this ‘Blade Runner’ recreation

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Ryan Gosling's "I'm in another masterpiece" look. Image: warner bros. There's something uncanny about the way Warner Bros. is handling critics and press for Blade Runner: 2049. I've seen this weirdness before — and reading the tea leaves, I'd say we may very well have a modern classic on our hands here. But there are also reasons to believe the sequel to the sci-fi touchstone is a replicant of the 1982 original: A cult hit that's a huge with fanboys and film geeks, but severely bores moviegoers and flops at the box office. SEE ALSO: There's a secret way to [...]

LeBron James destroys Trump with the perfect, understated insult

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Champion of insults. Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock There are so many things to call President Donald Trump.  On Saturday morning, LeBron James found the perfect one. The NBA star called Trump "U bum" over the president's rescinded invitation for Steph Curry to visit the White House, which came only after Curry stated that he didn't want to go anyway.  SEE ALSO: NFL players slam Donald Trump for rant against protests U bum 😂 https://t.co/PU1WuB9lqs — christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) September 23, 2017 at least the Trump era brought the until-now-criminally-underused insult of "bum" back — Erin 🎶Gloria🎶 Ryan (@morninggloria) September 23, 2017 Good [...]

‘IT: Chapter Two’ gets a release date and people are already speculating

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Image: warner bros. Get ready to float again, guys. SEE ALSO: The striking differences between Stephen King's 'It' and the '90s mini series The second part of Stephen King's IT movie adaptation is coming back to theaters on September 6, 2019, New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. announced.  Gary Dauberman is working on the script and Andy Muschietti, director of the record-breaking first installment, will also make a comeback along with producers Barbara Muschietti, Roy Lee, Dan Lin, Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg. IT has become the biggest R-rated horror movie ever, earning $478.1 million globally. Chapter Two will focus [...]

Family discovers their dog survived deadly wildfire, was waiting for them to return

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A family was elated to discover that their Bernese Mountain Dog, Izzy, somehow managed to survive the wildfires that have ravaged areas of California.  Jack Weaver and his brother-in-law Patrick Widen hiked miles to Weaver's mother's home in Santa Rosa earlier this week. Despite being turned away by police, the men managed to make their way to the property for an important mission.  SEE ALSO: Striking images reveal wineries devastated by wildfires Although most valuables had been destroyed in the wildfire that ripped through the city, the men returned to the burned down home to retrieve the body of the [...]