AI will soon decide what you hear in Google Assistant news briefings

The news reports you get from Google Assistant are about to get a whole lot smarter, or so says Google. The same artificial intelligence that powers the Google News app is coming to Assistant. Google pitches the new system as a way to get quick, personalized news in audio form throughout the day.

Google worked with publishers like the Associated Press and South China Morning Post to develop the new system, which builds a custom news “playlist” each time you ask Assistant to read the news. Read MoreAI will soon decide what you hear in Google Assistant news briefings was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

AI email client Astro is shutting down after being acquired by Slack

With Inbox by Gmail saying goodnight in March 2019, some of us will be looking for a new experimental email client. Sadly, one potential replacement will no longer be an option: Astro is being acquired by Slack and will cease to operate as a standalone app on October 10.

New user signups have been disabled and the apps for Android, iOS, and Mac will stop working next month, with Amazon Alexa support and the current Slack integration also being killed. Read MoreAI email client Astro is shutting down after being acquired by Slack was written by the awesome team at Android Police.