RIP Messenger: What the Spacecraft Taught Us About Mercury

Messenger’s fate was sealed from the beginning: When it ran out of fuel, the space probe would crash into Mercury, the planet it was sent to observe. What we didn’t expect is Messenger to last four years instead of one. After an unexpectedly long and fruitful mission, Messenger met its inevitable end today. » 4/30/15 5:05pm 4/30/15 5:05pm

NASA to Send Messenger on a Final Trip So Close to Mercury It Could Melt

Over a decade ago, NASA shot Messenger into space, and in 2011, it became the first probe to orbit around Mercury, sending back our first closeups of the planet. But all good things must come to an end, and Messenger is running out of fuel. In one last tour, Messenger will fly lower than ever over Mercury—so close… » 1/05/15 4:15pm 1/05/15 4:15pm

Facebook's Messenger App Logs Way More Data Than You Realize

Ever since Facebook first started pushing users over to its standalone messaging app (whether they liked it or not), there have been cries of outrage over what's seemed like an inordinately large amount of required permissions. And while there's still no indication that Facebook has any sort of bad intent, the company » 9/11/14 10:25am 9/11/14 10:25am

The Best Features of Facebook Messenger You're Probably Not Using

Facebook took a lot of flak for making its standalone Messenger app mandatory. Many feel (myself among them) that a standalone app for messages is unnecessary. Even so, that doesn't make it a bad app, or not useful in its own way. Here are some of the best features of Facebook Messenger that make it worth using. » 8/13/14 3:39pm 8/13/14 3:39pm

Facebook's Messenger Protocol Will Power the Internet of Things

One of the big problems with creating a connected house—where thermostats talk to light swtiches which talk to coffee-making robots—is that there’s a lot of communication protocols, and most of them are proprietary. But never fear, a new standard’s been agreed on: um, Faccebook Messenger. » 5/01/13 5:27am 5/01/13 5:27am