New Yahoo bots give you the news, a pet monkey in Facebook Messenger

yahoo bots facebook messenger monkey pets monkeypet
Christian de Looper/Digital Trends
Ever wanted to own a pet monkey? Well, now you can — kind of –thanks to the Yahoo Monkey Pets bot, which is now available on Facebook Messenger. Okay, it’s not a real pet monkey, but it’s as close as you’re going to get without violating any animal cruelty laws. Yahoo also brought a slew of perhaps more useful bots to Messenger, including News, Weather, and Finances.

The News, Weather, and Finances bots are pretty self-explanatory, but for those unaware of Monkey Pets, the service is basically a bot version of the Tamagotchi — send it emojis and it will share a selfie of its “travels.”

So why use Yahoo instead of services from the likes of CNN and The Weather Channel? Well, Yahoo says that its weather bot stands apart from the rest because it allows you to caption and send images from Flickr, which it promises will help “bring the forecast to life.”

yahoo-bots

The news bot seems to act like most other news bots out there. Yahoo is quick to point out that you can also send news articles directly to your friends, adding somewhat of a social aspect to the bot. To help make it easier to find articles to share, the bot has a search function.

The Finance bot is only available on Messenger. As you would expect, the bot allows you to stay on top of the stock market, search for stocks, follow trends, and so on. Like the others, it has a social aspect to it, allowing you to share information that you find with friends.

It’s certainly an interesting move for Yahoo to bring the bots to Messenger, especially given the fact that its mobile apps really have never been the success that the company might have hoped. No doubt, Yahoo is hoping the bots will help turn its fortunes around, however ,it’s hard to see that happening. It’s also an interesting move considering the fact that the company has its own messaging platform, Yahoo Messenger, which doesn’t yet support bots. Clearly, the company is simply trying to release products it believes will have the most impact.

You can get the new bots on Messenger for yourself by searching for @YahooFinance, @YahooNews, @YahooWeather, or @MonkeyPet.

Emerging Tech

There’s a giant EMP blaster in New Mexico. Don’t worry, it’s here to protect us

An electromagnetic pulse has the potential to disable virtually all electronics within a large area. To help protect against such a threat is a new, friendly EMP emitter. Here's how it works.
Computing

Samsung Notebook 9 Pen is back with new design, internals and S Pen

Samsung's new Notebook 9 Pen looks to be an ideal Windows 2-in-1 for creators. New features include a modern design, an updated S Pen in the box, and the latest eighth-generation Intel Core i7 processor.
Gaming

How do Nintendo Switch, Xbox One X compare to each other? We find out

The Nintendo Switch is innovative enough to stand apart from traditional consoles, but could it become your primary gaming system? How does the Switch stack up against the Xbox One?
Home Theater

What’s new on Netflix and what’s leaving in January 2019

Our complete list of what's new on Netflix for January 2019 and which titles will be removed will help you catch up on your bingeing, and also ensure you don't miss any titles heading into the streaming ether.
Wearables

The best Wear OS watches

There are a ton of different Wear OS watches out there, but which one's right for you? No matter what you're looking for from a smartwatch, here are the best Wear OS watches out there.
Emerging Tech

Capture app saves money by 3D scanning objects using iPhone’s TrueDepth camera

Capture is a new iPhone app created by the Y Combinator-backed startup Standard Cyborg. It allows anyone to perform 3D scans of objects and share them with buddies. Here's how it works.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Booze-filled ski poles and crypto piggy banks

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Home Theater

How to master your equalizer settings for the perfect sound

You may know what an EQ is, but do you know how to adjust equalizer settings for the best possible sound? We go through the basics of the modern EQ and lay out some guidelines for how to achieve tip-top sound from your system.
Mobile

How to switch from iPhone to Android: The ultimate guide

If you've decided to bridge the great tech divide and leave Apple's walled garden for the unknown shores of Android, then you'll find all the tips and advice you need to begin switching from an iPhone to an Android device.
Smart Home

This device detects when your pet is at the door and opens it for them

Tired of waiting for your dog to come inside, or running home in the middle of the day to let your four-legged friend out? Wayzn automatically opens sliding doors for your dog and gives you remote control.
Mobile

Apple pushing update to iPhone in China in response to legal troubles

Apple has been facing legal issues in China due to alleged infringements of patents from Qualcomm Inc. On Friday, Apple announced it will push a software update in China in hopes of resolving any potential legal issues around the iPhone.
Mobile

Need a quick battery boost? Try one of our favorite portable chargers

Battery life still tops the polls when it comes to smartphone concerns. If it’s bugging you, then maybe it’s time to snag yourself a portable charger. Here are our picks of the best portable chargers.
Mobile

iOS jailbreak app store Cydia shuts down purchasing

For years, iOS users have been jailbreaking their devices to install software not approved by Apple. But now the popular app store alternative Cydia will no longer be accepting purchases.
News

Lawsuit alleges Apple falsely advertised the screen size of the iPhone X

A lawsuit alleges that Apple was dishonest in the way that it marketed the iPhone X. The lawsuit alleges that despite Apple's marketing campaign, the new iPhone is not in fact all screen because of the notch.