These are the features that you're probably going to use every day when you type on Allo. If you're a little embarrassed -- like when you tell your wife that you forgot to feed the cat -- you might offer a mea culpa in small type to adequately express your debasement. If your sister tells you she's pregnant, you might respond with a huge "CONGRATS!" Allo also has other enjoyable features that you'll probably use less often. It will include bots, so you can use the app to make reservations via OpenTable, for example.
Will we demand to know when we're speaking with a bot? Or will we accept that we'll wind up unwittingly conversing with algorithms? Or do we see them merely as tools, unworthy of the values that bind civil society together? These are questions ethicists, developers and designers are puzzling over. How we respond could have far reaching implications for how humans ultimately treat each other.
Google's Gboard for iOS is lagging a bit behind its Android counterpart, but a new update for iPhone users comes with a game changer. As The Verge has noticed, its dedicated GIF-maker button is no longer hidden at the bottom and now has a more prominent position on the keyboard, right on top beside the word suggestion bar. It's made even better by the fact that it can now also record short video snippets using the front-facing camera, making it a veritable reaction GIF machine.
Google is introducing a new way to listen to short, single-topic news reports via the Google Assistant. The idea is to offer Google users an alternative to replays of short radio broadcasts or long shows for the audience that likes quick hit reports, with a feature unique to Google users. Consider it all-news radio, but each story is from a different source. From USA TODAY to Wired, Associated Press, NPR, ABC and more, one after the other, in a personalized feed. Google calls Your News Update "a smarter way" to listen to the news.