1. Unsend Regretful Facebook Messages
Facebook is officially launching a feature to delete regretful messages that have been sent within 10 minutes. Therefore, that meme you sent to your crush which doesn’t seem as funny anymore can be deleted like it never happened. After word was released that Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, had the power to delete messages, expiring over selected periods of time for security purposes due to the 2014 Sony Pictures email hacks, Facebook users were eager to receive the same privilege. The email hack caused the company to take action to protect executive communication, including “limiting the retention period for Mark’s messages in Messenger. We did so in full compliance with our legal obligations to preserve messages.” Facebook will now allow all users to participate in this feature. How you may ask? Simply tap on a message within 10 minutes of being sent. Once the message has been clicked, users will receive the choice: Remove for Everyone or Remove for You. Clicking Remove for Everyone will result in the previous message disappearing and being replaced by a notification that the user has removed the message. The new feature is available today on the latest versions of Messenger for Android and iOS.
2. AT&T Secures NBA Sponsor Title
Sorry, Verizon. AT&T has secured the wireless sponsor title for the National Basketball League. Verizon will continue to sponsor the NBA, however, they will no longer be the official wireless provider. The sponsorship will begin at the 2019 All-Star Game next week in Charlotte, NC. Additionally, the telecom company will be featured in the Slam Dunk Contest at the game as title partner. This partnership will allow AT&T to advertise its products and services across the entire league, including NBA G League, USA Basketball, the Women’s National Basketball League, and NBA 2K League. AT&T does, in fact, plan to place advertisements of its 5G offerings on all channels once available, heightening the scramble of who’s going to release this service to their customers first. But wait, there’s more. AT&T’s new NBA deal could also mean more VR, 4K video features in NBA games. “We will be working with the NBA as part of this deal to discuss what we can do together on an innovation front,” said Mark Wright, AT&T’s vice president for media services and sponsorship. “That will have value for our customers, whether it’s 4K, virtual reality, mixed reality, just innovative ways to bring the game to life.”
3. McCormick & IBM Create New Spices
The world’s largest spice company, McCormick, has turned to AI to uncover new flavors of spices after 130 years of business. The company has joined forces with IBM in the pursuit to analyze data on taste for a span of 40 years. Together, the two companies are creating an initiative called “ONE” that will invent new seasoning combinations using AI. Could this be the start of all food companies using artificial intelligence to create new products to spice up old ingredients? Tuscan chicken, New Orleans sausage, and bourbon pork tenderloin are just a few of the new flavors that have already been created and will be available in U.S. stores this spring. “By combining McCormick’s deep data and expertise in science and taste, with IBM’s AI capabilities, we are working together to unlock the bounds of creativity and transform the food and flavor development process,” stated Kathryn Guarini, VP of industry research at IBM. McCormick predicts that basil seeds may be the new superfood replacement for chia seeds, along with Japanese sesame blend gomasio as the newest ingredient to perfect a pasta or vegetable dish.