Dear Lifehacker, I've been getting into the Facebook Messenger game Everwing but have run into a problem. The ability to watch ads - which grants access to free trophies, dragons and magic items - has stopped working. This puts me at a serious disadvantage when competing against friends for the weekly high score. Please help!
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Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.
Online commerce is moving from being purely transactional into a more service-driven mode of operation. That means customers won't just visit your online store or service expecting a simple exchange of goods and services for money. They will expect to be able to ask questions and receive a prompt response. Facebook Messenger is becoming a key communication tool for many businesses so the news that Facebook has made it easier to integrate Facebook Messenger into your website is welcome.
Android: Once upon a time, Facebook's Messenger app was just a way to send chat message to your friends. Over the years the social network has loaded the app with features such as the ability to send GIFs and play games with your friends. The app has its own personal assistant, and now every time you open it you're also hit in the face with all your friend's Stories. It's a lot of information, and all that information needs a decent amount of bandwidth to work and display on your phone.
Android: A recent server-side update to the Facebook and Messenger apps caused a bug that rapidly drained users' batteries even more than those apps usually do. Fortunately, it's been fixed, but you'll need to restart your apps.
Android: Facebook's mobile apps are notorious for hogging battery life and resources. So, you'd probably love a stripped down Messenger app that was only 10MB, right? Well, it exists, but most countries can't use it yet.
Chatbots are all the rage, and run the gamut from useless to truly interesting. "And Chill" falls into the interesting category. Simply send it a note via Facebook Messenger and ask it what to watch on Netflix. It churns for a bit, and can turn out surprisingly good results -- as long as you're clear about what you want.
Android: If you've used Facebook Messenger for a long time, you might remember the glory days when it could handle your SMS messages, too. For some reason, Facebook took this feature away, but it's back in the latest Messenger beta.
Ah, Facebook. There's something to be said for having all your social media needs in one place, but the problems with Facebook are as numerous as its users. Here we've collated some of our most useful, interesting and amusing Facebook tips and tricks so you can take your take back your News Feed, Timeline and Profile.
Windows/Mac/Linux: If you use a lot of different messenger apps to keep in contact with people, say, Slack for work, Facebook Messenger for friends, WhatsApp for people overseas and Steam for your gaming buddies, you know how hard it is to keep track of all those. Franz stuffs them all into one app.
Android: Previously mentioned hands-free driving app Drivemode has a lot of great features, but it just added a great one -- the ability to respond to messages in almost any texting app with your voice. SMS is included, but so is Google Hangouts, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Gmail.