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It sounds like Siri, Cortana and the entity known only as Google Now could get some competition. Facebook is launching a virtual assistant of its own, according to The Information, and James Bond fans might smile when they hear what Zuckerberg and Co. are calling it. Moneypenny is a feature that l...

July 13th 2015 at 9:42pm 0 Comments
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When it first announced plans to let you send money to your pals in its Messenger app, Facebook said the feature would roll out in the States in the coming months. Well, the time has come. After flipping the switch for folks in New York City and the surrounding areas in late May, the social networ...

June 30th 2015 at 4:41pm 0 Comments
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Facebook wants as many people using Messenger as possible... and after today, that includes people who aren't using Facebook at all. Anyone in the US, Canada, Peru and Venezuela can now sign up for Messenger without using a Facebook account. You only need to provide your phone number to get starte...

June 24th 2015 at 1:30pm 0 Comments
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Facebook recently revealed that it would open up its Messenger platform to third-party apps, and we're now seeing how you'll be gaming on it. Facebook told TechCrunch that Doodle Draw is the first "true game," for Messenger -- until now, it's only permitted GIFs, audio and the like. I gave it a wh...

June 10th 2015 at 8:24am 0 Comments
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Sharing your location with the person you're chatting with in Facebook Messenger isn't a new feature, but the way its done has changed... thankfully. The app no longer shares your location by default, nixing the stalkerish function that updated folks on your friends list with your movements. Inste...

June 4th 2015 at 5:49pm 0 Comments
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Even though Facebook's mobile Messenger specifically tells you that it tracks your location data the first time you install the app (and every time you start a new conversation), most folks don't realize how often and how accurately it actually does so. In fact, the app pings your location each ti...

May 27th 2015 at 4:54pm 0 Comments
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Facebook has been cautious about rolling out Messenger payments in the US so far, but it just opened them up in a big way. The feature now works for anyone in New York City and the surrounding areas, so you can cover your share of that SoHo pizza when a chat buddy brings it up. The software itself...

May 27th 2015 at 2:27pm 0 Comments
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Next time someone contacts you on Facebook Messenger for the first time, you'll see a calling card of sorts showing his photo, other public info and how you two are connected. Facebook's Vice President of Messaging, David Marcus, calls it "enhanced caller ID for messaging," and it shows up even if...

May 22nd 2015 at 6:38am 0 Comments
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Facebook Messenger's video calling feature is now available in more locations -- almost everywhere, according to David Marcus, "with the exception of a few countries." Marcus, the social network's Vice President of Messaging Products, announced the development as a status update. He didn't exactly...

May 20th 2015 at 8:03am 0 Comments
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Contrary to previous reports, it appears Facebook is still toying with the idea of featuring games in Messenger. According to The Information, the social network plans to strengthen its instant messaging platform by adding games, as it looks to find a fresh, more lucrative source of revenue. Faceb...

May 18th 2015 at 3:04pm 0 Comments
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When I was first approached about checking out the WaterField Designs $335 Rough Rider messenger bag, it occurred to me that I've never written about something as decidedly non-technical before. Let's face it: When I plop down my case and begin unloading my work stuff, my focus has always been on...

May 11th 2015 at 4:00pm 0 Comments