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Facebook Messenger’s new native camera offers Snapchat-like effects

Facebook Messenger’s new native camera offers Snapchat-like effects

Facebook has announced a new native camera in Messenger, and it takes another page out of Snapchat’s book. With this new native camera, users can take a selfie featuring special effects not unlike the ones found on Snapchat. The camera also comes alongside new art features for writing and drawing directly on your selfies, which are then, of course, shared with other Facebook Messenger users.

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The big problems with Facebook Messenger Instant Games

The big problems with Facebook Messenger Instant Games

In case you missed the news, games are now included on the ever-growing list of Facebook Messenger features. There are a lot of them, too, with arcade classics such as Arkanoid and PAC-MAN joining newer titles like Bust-A-Move Blitz and Words with Friends: Frenzy. It's frankly an excellent idea that makes Messenger more attractive as a chatting platform, but it's not without some glaring flaws at this early stage.

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Facebook Instant Games puts PAC-MAN and more in Messenger

Facebook Instant Games puts PAC-MAN and more in Messenger

Facebook is taking gaming out of apps and consoles and baking it right into the News Feed and Messenger, bringing classics like PAC-MAN and more to the social network. Dubbed Facebook Instant Games, the titles require no installation, instead being built with HTML5. That means, not only will they play directly in the Facebook or Messenger app on your phone, or in the browser on your desktop, they're also cross-platform too.

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Facebook begins testing Messenger Rooms for public chatting

Facebook begins testing Messenger Rooms for public chatting

Longtime users of Facebook's various chatting and messaging services may remember Rooms, the feature that debuted in 2014 that allowed users to create public rooms based on interests or topics where people can discuss and form communities. While the service never really caught on, the social media giant appears to be giving it another shot as Messenger Rooms, with a new public trial launching in Canada and Australia for Android devices.

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Facebook testing Messenger ‘instant games’ for playing with friends

Facebook testing Messenger ‘instant games’ for playing with friends

Facebook introduced a couple games in Messenger in recent months, including one related to basketball and another related to soccer. As it turns out, both those games were experiments for a larger project called ‘Instant Games,’ at least per new sources who have cropped up, and we’ll be getting more games in the future. Instant Games may be rolling out in Facebook Messenger this month, the sources say, though it may end up launching at a later date. With it, Messenger users can play easily accessible games with their friends, perhaps drawing more people to the service.

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Facebook Messenger data saver feature appears in testing

Facebook Messenger data saver feature appears in testing

High-speed data is expensive and many mobile users have adopted a waste not, want not attitude toward it. You can use apps like Opera Max to save on data usage in general, and some apps come with their own data-limiting feature. Per some screenshots that have surfaced, its appears Facebook Messenger may soon be one of those apps offering a data saver option to trim usage.

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Message the White House with its new Facebook chat bot

Message the White House with its new Facebook chat bot

The White House has launched the first ever government chat bot for Facebook Messenger, the administration has announced. You can message the Obama administration through Facebook Messenger with this bot, and there's a (very small) chance President Obama himself will read it. This follows President Obama's public response to a Facebook message as a first-ever for any president.

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Facebook Messenger now offers end-to-end encryption to all users

Facebook Messenger now offers end-to-end encryption to all users

Earlier this year, Facebook began testing end-to-end encryption in Messenger through a new feature called Secret Conversations. Initially the feature was only available to a select number of users, but that's been changing over the past few weeks, with Facebook rolling Secret Conversations out to every Messenger user - all 900 million of them.

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Facebook Messenger Lite aims at Android users with slow connections

Facebook Messenger Lite aims at Android users with slow connections

Facebook wants everyone to use its social network and to use its apps. The problem for users on Android in some countries is that their connections are slow and it makes using the full-blown version of Facebook messenger a bit tedious. To help fix that issue Facebook has announced that it has a new Messenger Lite stand-alone app that will be for Android devices.

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Facebook Messenger testing feature akin to Snapchat Stories

Facebook Messenger testing feature akin to Snapchat Stories

Mostly everyone is familiar with Snapchat Stories at this point, and Instagram recently rolled out its own Stories feature that is similar in many ways. Now Facebook is apparently looking into getting into the mix, and is testing a somewhat similar feature for Messenger apparently called "Messenger Day." The feature cropped up via a user in Poland who is apparently one of the people with access to the test.

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Facebook Messenger now lets you poll your friends

Facebook Messenger now lets you poll your friends

Facebook Messenger is getting a new update today, tossing a pair of interesting new features into the mix. First and foremost is the addition of polls, which will let groups make decisions though the age-old concept of majority rule. Payments are also being refined in this update, and can now pick out phrases that would normally be associated with money to summon a "send money" button within the conversation itself.

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Domino’s brings pizza ordering Facebook Messenger bot to US

Domino’s brings pizza ordering Facebook Messenger bot to US

Forget placing an order through Domino’s website — the company has made it possible to order a pizza directly within Facebook Messenger via a bot, giving customers in the United States the same feature that has been available in the United Kingdom and Ireland for a short while. In its current form — which will no doubt be refined in due time — users who have an online account and existing orders can use the Messenger bot to reorder their last meal or place an “easy order,” as well as track their meal's status.

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