> Google Assistant now available on iPhone
– I really want to like this, but my honest reaction is “meh” or at best “huh?” I have to open up my phone to use it, and I’m not sure what the use case is (unlike the voice integration in maps, where I know what I’m looking for and it’s annoying to type on mobile). So now I can open up an app press the button, and say “turn on flashlight” and that will turn the flashlight on my phone. I guess that’s cool?
– Listen to blogs. This one is right up my alley as I’m trying to consume my entire life via audio at 2.5x speed. They also feature trending stories from Medium, which is interesting the context of Medium launching a service for premium members where a narrator reads the articles. Play.ht is doing this with a digital voice that’s easier to listen to than Siri.
> AI Poly
– This is an app for the visually impaired which speaks out loud the things that it’s looking at. If you want to experience the state of what I assume is open source image/object recognition, it’s a pretty cool thing to try. It also hilariously mislabels things, mostly as a refrigerator.