I’m usually in a pretty big rush in the mornings, so while I’d love to be able to sit down and watch 10 minutes of news or check headlines online, I don’t usually have time to do so. So when I heard about the launch of Winston, a neat app that narrates the day’s top stories to you, I knew I had to try it.
When you first download the app (only available for Apple iOS devices right now), Winston will ask you to choose which news categories you’re most interested in (from headlines, world news, technology, sports, business, politics, entertainment, fashion, cuisine, gaming and travel). You can also choose to log in with Facebook and/or Twitter, and get summaries of your friends’ most important status updates and tweets for the day.
Once you set your preferences (you can add or delete categories at any time), you can choose a news “channel” on your home page to start Winston‘s “newscast” for that category, or choose “Briefing” to get an overview of the top stories in all your channels. Winston then dictates short summaries of each story to you in a fancy English accent, complete with background images and classical music.
You know those super-intelligent computers in movies like Iron-Man? It’s sort of like that.
I’ve been using Winston for a few days now, and I think it’s really cool. I like to lean my phone up against my bathroom mirror and listen to Winston read my top headlines to me while I’m doing my hair and makeup in the morning. It doesn’t take any time away from me getting ready, and I love that I’m more informed about the world’s top stories (and anything important in my friend’s lives) in just a few minutes!