Digital Trends Live: Facebook Messenger change, GoNation, and more

On episode 61 of Digital Trends Live, we discussed trending topics, from Facebook finally allowing users to delete messages from its Messenger app to AT&T introducing 5Ge on select smartphones. Kim Wetzel, Digital Trends’ home editor, also joined the show to talk about the future of surveillance technology, and we also welcomed two special guests to the show: Chaz Tanase of GoNation and Dan Ferguson of Groove Jones.

Facebook is finally allowing users to delete messages from its Messenger service for up to 10 minutes after the messages has been sent. The long-awaited feature began rolling out on Tuesday and can be used in individual and group chats. However, in this case, unsend doesn’t necessarily mean unseen. It is still possible for people on the receiving end of your messages to see the content if you don’t delete them fast enough.

We also sat down with Tanase, the CEO and co-founder of GoNation, to discuss how the mobile-first platform is allowing users to connect with local businesses. GoNation combines SAAS (software as a service) with social aspects and searchable and sharable data. Tanase found, through his work as a successful club promoter, that a lot of businesses were struggling to get relevant information to their customers without a strong platform. Now, he and his team are focused on bringing businesses and customers together with the tool he built to fill a void in local business discovery.

And last but not least, we were also joined by Ferguson, the executive vice president of interactive digital strategy and a partner at Groove Jones, a company that provides virtual reality and machine learning services to brands. From entertainment to apps and commercials, Groove Jones’ teams are developing immersive experiences, most recently the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am golf tournament with a mixed reality experience Jordan Spieth, powered by the Magic Leap One, an AT&T exclusive device that brings Mixed Reality to new heights. The Magic Leap One goes on sale to the public in AT&T stores later this year. For more information about Groove Jones and the work the company is doing, you can visit their website and for more information about Magic Leap One, visit the AT&T Newsroom.

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