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How to Customize Reactions on Facebook Messenger

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Facebook has just updated its Messenger apps, which you probably realized when you saw the bright, refreshed purple-ombre logo. The cutesy new look is more a precursor than anything else: Soon, Facebook Messenger will integrate with Instagram, and you’ll be able to chat with your friends across both platforms no matter which app you use.

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Whether you love that, hate it, or are already prepping to leave a “the real hack is to quit Facebook, asshole” comment on this post, there are actually a few tiny changes to Messenger worth knowing about while you wait for Facebook’s singularity to form and absorb all it touches. The first, and most important, involves getting rid of that ugly thumbs-up reaction.

How to create a list of custom reactions on Facebook Messenger

You’re no longer bound by a handful of different emoji for reacting to comments made within your chats. Long-press on anything someone has said, and you’ll see this new window pop up:

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Tap the “+” icon, which then pull sup your entire list of emoji for a one-off reaction. If you want to replace any of the defaults on your normal “reaction bar,” tap on “Customize.” Tap on an emoji in your bar to select it, and then tap on an emoji from from your giant list to replace it. I suggest starting with the thumbs-up.

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How to enable Facebook Messenger’s new chat themes

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Pull up a conversation, tap the name (or list of names) at the top, and tap on “Theme” to pick from all kinds of different color variations for your conversation—including a brand-new Halloween theme. Oooooo.

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How to make a Facebook sticker of your face

You’ll soon be able to create a quirky hybrid of you inside of a sticker, complete with effects that you can layer on top of yourself. This feature isn’t live yet, but here’s an idea of what it’ll look like when it arrives:

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How to send sassy messages and pictures using “Vanish Mode”

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I can’t yet access this feature on Messenger, but Facebook is also rolling out a new “Vanish” mode that you can use to create disappearing messages in a private chat. They’ll disapparate away after the other person in your chat has viewed them, and they should work with both text and pictures. (Yes, I know what you’re thinking.)

This is sort of like the “Secret Conversations” already baked into Messenger, but a much easier implementation. You’ll simply swipe up in a chat to switch to Vanish mode, rather than having to create a separate Secret Conversation, set the guidelines for how long you want your messages to stick around, et cetera. Think of this more for… drive-by secret messages.

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Keep That Hotdish Hot With 65% Off a Luncia Casserole Carrier, Only $11 With Promo Code

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Luncia Double-Decker Dish Carrier | $11 | Amazon | Promo code SDDU9S7F

It has been a long time since the days we could safely have a potluck or other gatherings, but we have a fantastic deal perfect for once those times return. These double-decker Luncia dish carriers can be had for 65% off when you add promo code SDDU9S7F at checkout and clip the coupon on the site (it’s just below the price). These holders fit 9″x 13″ sized baking dishes.

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That means you can insulate and keep two dishes of food warm for only $11 instead of $30. What’s more, your Luncia carrier will arrive by Christmas if you order today as a Prime member.

Just add promo code SDDU9S7F and clip the 5% off coupon to bring the price down to $11 for the blue or the grey option.

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Grab this offer while it’s still around!


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Conquer Your Pup’s Dander and Fur With $700 Off a Cobalt or Charcoal Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum

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Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Cobalt) | $200 | Best Buy

Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Charcoal) | $200 | Best Buy

Allergies can be bad enough as the seasons change. Don’t let pet hair and dander add to that by vacuuming it up early and often. That chore is easier said than done— unless you have a robot vacuum to do the work for you. This lovely bright cobalt Bobsweep PetHair Plus robot vacuum and mop, only $200 today at Best Buy seems like an ideal option. That’s a whopping $700 off, by the way.

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You can get the same deal for the charcoal version of the robot vac, too. This model is not only specially made for picking up pet hair, it self docks and charges when it’s finished with the work.

It also comes with a mop attachment, so it can take care of those kitchen floors for you as well. Grab it while it’s still available for this fantastic price!

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Apple will replace AirPods Pro for free with faulty noise cancellation, static or crackling

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Today, exactly one year after Apple first launched the AirPods Pro — and thus the same day the very first AirPods Pro owners will see their one-year warranties expire — Apple has launched a repair program that offers free repairs or replacements for another whole year if your AirPods Pro experience issues with noise cancellation or static.

Specifically, Apple will fix:

Crackling or static sounds that increase in loud environments, with exercise or while talking on the phone

Active Noise Cancellation not working as expected, such as a loss of bass sound, or an increase in background sounds, such as street or airplane noise

Apple says only a “small percentage of AirPods Pro” are affected by the issues, but it apparently wasn’t just an early batch — Apple says affected units were manufactured “before October 2020,” meaning every AirPods Pro ever made might be eligible. That’s quite a recall if so. Apple says it will repair faulty AirPods Pro for two years after you first buy them.

We’ve heard complaints about degraded noise cancellation before, and at least one Verge editor has replaced their AirPods Pro under warranty. It’s nice to hear that Apple isn’t just cutting buyers off as soon as that warranty expires.

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