The Vergecast

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Reviews: 11

Florian
 Sep 12, 2021
Best tech Podcast with good editors

Phil
 Jul 14, 2021
Great Podcast, but some topics are quite irrelevant sometimes

Pierce
 May 4, 2021
love this show!!!!! I return every week and can't wait for more episodes!

Podcast lover
 Apr 2, 2021
Well, it's a techcast, great as a background soundtrack to the never ending lockdown


 Nov 17, 2020

Description

Hello! This is The Vergecast, the flagship podcast of The Verge... and your life. Every Friday, Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn make sense of the week's tech news with help from our wide-ranging staff. Join us every week for a fun, deeply nerdy, often off-the-rails conversation about what's happening now (and next) in technology and gadgets.

Episode Date
Apple’s Unleashed event / Facebook is planning to rebrand the company / Google holds Pixel 6 event
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The Verge's Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Alex Cranz, and Alex Heath discuss Facebook's plan to rebrand the company with a new name, the products announced at Apple's Unleashed event, and what happened at Google's Pixel 6 event. On The Verge is happening October 22nd and 23rd, and you’re invited  Facebook is planning to rebrand the company with a new name The 8 biggest announcements from Apple’s Unleashed event Apple announces 16-inch MacBook Pro with new M1 Pro and M1 Max processors Apple announces new 14-inch MacBook Pro with a notch Apple’s new MacBook Pro has a notch Apple is ready to admit it was wrong about the future of laptops Apple’s new M1 Pro and M1 Max processors take its in-house Arm-based chips to new heights The new MacBook Pros have one big question mark: battery life PSA: the MacBook Pro 14-inch’s $20 power brick upsell is probably worth it Apple brings MagSafe 3 to the new MacBook Pro Apple’s new 140W charger can fast charge a lot more than just your MacBook Pro macOS Monterey is officially launching on October 25th Apple’s HomePod Mini gets three new color options Apple announces third-generation AirPods for $179 Apple quietly added a MagSafe charging case to its AirPods Pro, too A piece of cloth to clean your Apple devices will cost you $19 Apple Music’s new voice-only plan costs $4.99 per month The biggest announcements from Google’s Pixel 6 event Sundar Pichai and Rick Osterloh think the Pixel 6 is Google’s breakout phone Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro have big screens, big ambitions, and small prices Google’s Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro finally bring new camera hardware in addition to software The Pixel 6’s Tensor processor promises to put Google’s machine learning smarts in your pocket Snapchat says the Pixel 6 is ‘the fastest phone to make a Snap’ The Google Store is open again, and Pixel 6 delivery dates are all over the place Samsung is adding new watchfaces to the Galaxy Watch 4 Samsung will now let you design your own Galaxy Z Flip 3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 22, 2021
Google’s Pixel 6 with Sundar Pichai and Rick Osterloh
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Dieter Bohn sits down with Google CEO Sundar Pichai and SVP of Devices and Services at Google Rick Osterloh to discuss the launch of the Pixel 6 — including its tensor processing chip, the Android ecosystem, and what makes this Pixel launch different from the rest. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 19, 2021
HTC Vive Flow announced / Apple Watch Series 7 review / Apple's Oct 18th event preview
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The Verge's Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Alex Cranz, and Adi Robertson discuss HTC's new VR headset the Vive Flow. Also: Apple, Google, and Samsung all have events next week. The crew discuss what to expect. Further reading: The $499 HTC Vive Flow is VR for people who don’t like VR I have a hard time believing your wearable is good if you had to Photoshop it onto a model Magic Leap somehow raised $500 million to make another AR headset Facebook execs tease VR prototype hardware with new photos Apple Watch Series 7 review: time and time again  Apple announces October 18th event after months of Mac rumors Apple exploring AirPods that take your temperature and monitor posture: report Google announced its Pixel 6 event on October 19th Watch the Pixel 6 Pro get put together and taken apart in leaked videos Google Pixel 6 leak teases Magic Eraser feature, plus five years of Android security updates Google says it’s dropping Material Design components on iOS in favor of Apple’s UIKit ‘Pixel Pass’ is Google’s rumored response to Apple One Samsung announces Unpacked 2 event for Wednesday Oct 20th, right after Apple and Google Samsung tries to prove its foldable phones are tough in a new test video VanMoof’s new V e-bike is its fastest ever  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 15, 2021
Surface extravaganza: a review of Windows 11 and Microsoft’s new Surface lineup
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Dieter Bohn hosts a discussion on reviews for the newest Microsoft products launched this fall — Windows 11, Surface Pro 8, Surface Laptop Studio, and Surface Go 3 — with The Verge's Monica Chin, Dan Seifert, and Tom Warren. Further reading: Windows 11 review: a familiar home that’s still being renovated  Surface Pro 8 review: the best of both worlds Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio review: back to the drawing board Microsoft Surface Go 3 review: left behind Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 12, 2021
Land of the Giants: This Changes Everything
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In Land of the Giants: The Apple Revolution, Recode’s Peter Kafka explores the company that changed what a computer is — and then changed what a phone is. From its beginnings as a niche personal computer company, Apple became the preeminent maker of consumer tech products, a cultural trendsetter, and the most valuable company in the world. And along the way, it changed the way we live. Listen to Land of the Giants on Spotify, Apple or wherever you get your podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 11, 2021
Facebook's bad week: a 60 Minutes interview, a six-hour outage, and a Senate whistleblower hearing
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The Verge's Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Alex Cranz, and Russell Brandom discuss Facebook's bad week: from a 60 Minutes interview, to a 6-hour outage, to a Facebook whistleblower hearing. The crew also get into Android 12, Pixel 6 rumors, iOS 15.1, and more. Further reading: Verge Tech Survey 2021 Facebook encourages hate speech for profit, says whistleblower Locked out and totally down: Facebook’s scramble to fix a massive outage Facebook is coming back after a six-hour outage Facebook is back online after a massive outage that also took down Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger, and Oculus Facebook explains the backbone shutdown behind its global outage on Monday What is BGP, and what role did it play in Facebook’s massive outage Everything you need to know from the Facebook whistleblower hearing The whistleblower hearing hits Facebook where the company is weakest The Facebook whistleblower hearing unearthed the danger of engagement algorithms Facebook’s whistleblower report confirms what researchers have known for years Facebook runs the coward’s playbook to smear the whistleblower ​What’s good, bad, and missing in the Facebook whistleblower’s testimony Mark Zuckerberg breaks silence to say the Facebook whistleblower’s claims ‘don’t make any sense Facebook reportedly slows feature development for ‘reputational reviews’ Google just announced its Pixel 6 event on October 19th Android 12 review: it’s mostly about the looks Android 12 will be coming to Pixel phones in the ‘next few weeks’ Pixel 6’s rumored 23W wireless charging stand and more details leak early iPhone 13 Mini and 13 Pro Max battery life: better, and a beast The latest iOS 15.1 beta includes iPhone 13 Pro camera features Halide’s latest update brings the iPhone 13 Pro’s Macro Mode to older iPhones After Epic v. Apple, a small developer is challenging Apple’s in-app payment system Apple is making it easier to delete accounts attached to third-party apps Apple’s healthcare division leaned on misleading data, report alleges Nintendo Switch OLED review: screentime Google’s latest Next doorbell and camera are not obvious upgrades Amazon is reportedly working on a smart fridge Twitch confirms major data breach after its source code and secrets leak out Taylor Swift fans are getting caught up in the Virginia gubernatorial race The Verge is now on your smart TV Announcing Springboard: The Verge’s documentary on the forgotten history of the Treo Vergecast - A Tech Podcast by Derek Rhoads bit.ly/cutthroughthenight Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 08, 2021
Teaching AI to taste and smell could help the future of product design
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For the next four Tuesdays, Verge senior reporter Ashley Carman will explore how artificial intelligence and machine learning are shaping the future of a variety of industries. In this episode, Ashley explores how AI can be used for product design, but more specifically, for creating fragrances and flavors. Guests include founder of ScentTronix Fredrick Duerinck, computer scientist at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Saket Navalkha, and Michael Spranger from Sony AI This podcast was made by producer Liam James, senior audio director Andru Marino, senior reporter James Vincent, and senior reporter Ashley Carman. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 05, 2021
Amazon’s fall hardware event / Google’s Search On / Code Conference 2021
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The Verge's Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and Alex Cranz discuss all the product announced at Amazon's fall devices event, as well as Google's Search On fall event. Verge senior reporter Alex Heath joins the show to discuss news that came out of the interviews at Code Conference. Further reading: Amazon’s fall hardware event 2021: rumors, news, and announcements Amazon’s race to create the disappearing computer  Here’s the deluge of announcements from Amazon’s fall devices event Say hello to Astro, Alexa on wheels  Amazon’s Astro cannot fetch your beer Amazon Astro is ‘terrible’ and will ‘throw itself down’ stairs, developers reportedly claim Amazon’s automotive efforts appear to be taking a pit stop Don’t be fooled — Amazon’s Astro isn’t a home robot, it’s a camera on wheels Remember when beta testing was free?  Amazon’s new Echo Show 15 is meant to hang on your wall Amazon’s AZ2 CPU knows your face Amazon Glow is a video chat gadget with built-in games to keep kids engaged Amazon announces new wearable and services to try to make you fitter Amazon’s new Ring Alarm Pro combines a security system with an Eero router  Blink’s first doorbell is finally released, four years later Ring Video Doorbells are finally getting package alerts Amazon takes on Nest with a $59.99 smart thermostat Google’s Search On fall 2021 event: news and announcements Google Search’s next phase: context is king  Google expands shopping searches with Lens and in-store inventory checks Google Maps is making it easier to see wildfires and tree coverage Google Lens will soon search for words and images combined Google is using AI to help users explore the topics they’re searching for — here’s how Elon Musk to Jeff Bezos: ‘you cannot sue your way to the Moon Elon Musk: ‘we probably don’t need’ NDAs for Tesla’s ‘Full Self-Driving’ beta USB-C cables are getting new, confusing logos for faster 240W charging standard Nintendo categorically denies that a 4K Switch Pro is in development ‘Rife with sexism’: employees of Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin describe ‘toxic’ workplace culture Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 01, 2021
AI can be your writing buddy, your blogger, or your Dungeon Master
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For the next four Tuesdays, Verge senior reporter Ashley Carman will explore how artificial intelligence and machine learning are shaping the future of a variety of industries. In this episode, Ashley explores the wild world of AI writing and storytelling to find out if her job is in jeopardy. Is AI ready to replace seasoned writers or experienced reporters? Guests include Nick Walton (co-founder and CEO of Latitude), Samanyou Garg (founder of Writesonic), and artist K Allado-McDowell. This podcast was made by producer Liam James, senior audio director Andru Marino, senior reporter James Vincent, and senior reporter Ashley Carman.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 28, 2021
iPhone 13 review / Microsoft’s Surface event biggest announcements
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The Verge's Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Alex Cranz, and Tom Warren discuss the reviews of the iPhone 13/iPhone 13 Pro and the many new devices Microsoft announced at their Surface event this week. Further reading: iPhone 13 review: yep, bigger batteries are better iPhone 13 Pro review: a better display, the best camera, and incredible battery life  iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 review: foundational fixes  iOS 15 is here, but we’re still waiting on a few new features Apple updates macOS Safari with a new look, but you can turn off the big changes EU proposes mandatory USB-C on all devices, including iPhones Apple won’t let Fortnite back on iOS until the Epic v. Apple verdict is final Tim Cook says employees who leak memos do not belong at Apple, according to leaked memo Microsoft’s fall Surface event: the 7 biggest announcements  Microsoft announces Surface Pro 8 with bigger 13-inch 120Hz display and Thunderbolt Surface Laptop Studio is Microsoft’s new powerful flagship laptop Microsoft’s new Surface Duo 2 has all the features that were missing the first time around Microsoft’s new Slim Pen 2 uses haptics to mimic the feeling of using a real pen The Surface Pro X gets a Wi-Fi-only version The Surface Go 3 gets new Intel processors Microsoft’s new mouse has a shell that’s 20 percent recycled ocean plastic Surface Adaptive Kit makes Microsoft’s laptops more accessible Microsoft Surface Pro 8 hands-on: the one we’ve waited for Microsoft Surface Duo 2 hands-on: once more, with cameras Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio hands-on: one weird, powerful computer  The Surface Laptop Studio isn’t as original as Microsoft would have you believe Kids who grew up with search engines could change STEM education forever Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 24, 2021
AI might help edit the next generation of blockbusters
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For the next four Tuesdays, Verge senior reporter Ashley Carman will explore how artificial intelligence and machine learning are shaping the future of a variety of industries. In this episode, Ashley explores how AI is being used to streamline video creation.  Guests include VP of Adobe Sensei Scott Prevost, co-founder and co-CEO of Flawless Scott Mann, and Verge senior reporter James Vincent.  This podcast was made by producer Liam James, senior audio director Andru Marino, senior reporter James Vincent, and senior reporter Ashley Carman.  Read more here Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 21, 2021
Apple’s iPhone 13 event: the biggest announcements
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The Verge's Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and Alex Cranz discuss all the products announced at Apple's hardware event this week: iPhones, iPads, the Apple Watch, and more. Keep listening for some gadget news, including Nintendo finally adding Bluetooth audio to the Switch. Further reading: ​​Apple’s iPhone 13 event: the 8 biggest announcements The iPhone 13 may finally get features Android has had for years The iPhone 13 event was a case study in Tim Cook-era product refinement iPhone 13 and 13 Mini announced with redesigned camera array and smaller notch iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max announced with high refresh rate 120Hz displays The iPhone 13 is a pitch-perfect iPhone 12S Goodbye and good riddance to Apple’s 64GB iPhones Apple announces new entry-level iPad with A13 Bionic chip The iPhone 13’s new camera tricks include cinematic video and macro photography Apple says it every year, but the iPhone 13 cameras do seem much improved Apple’s iPhone 13 Pro is the first iPhone with 1TB of storage Apple drops the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone XR from its lineup Apple’s updated leather MagSafe wallet supports Find My location tracking How the iPhone 13, Mini, Pro and Max compare to Android rivals — and vs. iPhone 12 All-new iPad Mini announced with 5G, USB-C, and larger 8.3-inch display Apple is releasing iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 on September 20th Apple announces new entry-level iPad with A13 Bionic chip The Apple Watch Series 7 has a brand-new look Apple is releasing watchOS 8 on September 20th Should you wait for the Apple Watch Series 7? Apple Fitness Plus is getting Group Workouts and Pilates The Apple rumors were wrong Where are Apple’s new Macs? Here’s what we’re still expecting Apple to announce this year Nintendo finally adds Bluetooth audio to the Switch in new software update Google’s rumored Pixel 6 Tensor processor sounds extremely weird Razer made gamer thimbles Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 17, 2021
Everyone will be able to clone their voice in the future
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For the next four Tuesdays, Verge senior reporter Ashley Carman will explore how artificial intelligence and machine learning are shaping the future of a variety of industries. In this episode, Ashley talks to AI companies that are working with voice synthesis to see why they are targeting the field of voice talent and podcasting and what cloning your voice can be used for in the future. Read more This podcast was made by producer Liam James, senior audio director Andru Marino, senior reporter James Vincent, and senior reporter Ashley Carman. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 14, 2021
Epic v. Apple judge rules that Apple must allow other forms of in-app purchases
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In an emergency Vergecast, The Verge's Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Adi Robertson, and Russell Brandom discuss the ruling today in the Epic v. Apple trial. Further reading: Apple must allow other forms of in-app purchases, rules judge in Epic v. Apple Epic v. Apple judge rules Fortnite’s Peely can appear naked in court Epic will appeal the Epic v. Apple decision Will Fortnite return to iOS? Probably not any time soon The future of the App Store depends on the difference between a ‘button’ and an ‘external link’ The Apple App Store: A brief history of major policy changes  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 11, 2021
Facebook debuts Ray-Ban smart glasses / Apple’s iPhone 13 event will take place on September 14th / Amazon announces its first-ever lineup of smart TVs
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The Verge's Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Alex Cranz, and Alex Heath discuss Facebook's newest endeavor into sunglasses with cameras on them, predictions for next week's Apple event, and of course some new gadgets announced this week. Further reading: Activists push to delay most high-profile climate summit since Paris agreement Microsoft gives up predicting when its US offices will fully reopen Facebook on your face Snapchat’s new AR features can identify the world around you Apple’s rumored AR/VR headset might rely on a nearby iPhone or Mac for processing  Whoop’s new fitness tracker is better thanks to a battery breakthrough Apple’s iPhone 13 event will take place on September 14th New Apple MagSafe charger spotted in FCC alongside four new phones Apple’s car chief is heading to Ford Apple Watch exec takes over secretive car project Apple delays controversial child protection features after privacy outcry Amazon announces its first-ever lineup of smart TVs Amazon announces Fire TV Stick 4K Max — and yes that’s really the name Amazon Luna is expanding to Fire tablets and Chromebooks, and retro games are on the way Twitter takes on Facebook Groups with invite-only Communities How Twitter’s communities could bring context back The Gmail app takes calls now, too, because Google wants it to do everything The Series One Desk 27 is a $2,000 Google Meet machine that doubles as a laptop monitor Microsoft Start is a personalized news feed designed for Windows 11, mobile, and more Theranos’ greatest invention was Elizabeth Holmes  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 10, 2021
Microsoft announces Surface event for Sept. 22nd / Apple concedes to let apps link to the web sign up / iPhone 13 could have satellite connectivity
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The Verge's Dieter Bohn, Alex Cranz, and Chaim Gartenberg discuss a bunch of new Apple App Store policies, the upcoming Microsoft Surface event, and some fun strange new gadgets from this week. Further reading: Reddit bans anti-vaccine subreddit r/NoNewNormal after site-wide protest Ivermectin misinformation has poisoned Amazon’s platform, with few fixes planned Apple’s $100 million settlement agreement “clarifies” App Store rules for developers, but doesn’t change much Apple concedes to let apps like Netflix, Spotify, and Kindle link to the web to sign up Apple and Google must allow developers to use other payment systems, new Korean law declares Apple will ask before it targets you with its ads in iOS 15 Apple says Arizona and Georgia will be first to add state IDs to iPhones Microsoft announces Surface event for September 22nd Microsoft will release Windows 11 on October 5th Windows 11 won’t include Android app support at launch The Windows 11 upgrade situation just got less and more confusing Microsoft won’t stop you installing Windows 11 on older PCs Microsoft is threatening to withhold Windows 11 updates if your CPU is old Microsoft is kicking unsupported PCs out of Windows 11 testing The iPhone 13 could have satellite connectivity The iPhone 13’s rumored satellite link sounds like it’s just for emergencies The next Apple Watch may be delayed due to manufacturing issues Apple reportedly wants a Watch with more health tracking and could ship one next year Apple buys classical music streaming service Primephonic Midrange Samsung Galaxy S21 FE appears again in leaked manual Samsung adds new foldable features to its older Z Fold and Z Flip phones with One UI 3.1.1 Fashion follows function: what’s next for the phone industry TV streaming service Locast suspends service after court ruling This chainless drive system could revolutionize e-bike designs  Sony’s new PS5 model weighs less because it has a smaller heatsink Bose announces QuietComfort 45 noise-canceling headphones with 24-hour battery life Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 03, 2021
OnlyFans' back and forth on adult content ban / Tim Cook’s Apple, ten years later
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The Verge's Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Alex, Cranz, and Adi Robertson discuss why OnlyFans planned to prohibit sexually explicit content on their platform and why it reversed its position days later. Second half of the show, the crew discuss Tim Cook's ten years as Apple CEO, iPhone 13 rumors, and the whole bunch of tech news you may have missed. Further reading: Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine gets full FDA approval US COVID-19 data has never been good enough VidCon cancels its 2021 event, says next one will be in June 2022 The Pfizer vaccine will be officially called Comirnaty, for some reason OnlyFans to prohibit sexually explicit content beginning Sex workers made OnlyFans valuable — then it sold them out OnlyFans pushes SFW app on iOS and Android as it tries OnlyFans' inexplicable ban on porn might be explained OnlyFans CEO on why it banned adult content OnlyFans says never mind, it actually won’t ban porn on October 1st Joe Biden reportedly hosting cybersecurity meeting with Tim Cook, Satya Nadella, and Andy Jassy attending Google and Microsoft promise billions to help bolster US cybersecurity Facebook is reportedly forming an election commission that it will announce in the fall Tim Cook’s Apple, ten years later Apple will take a smaller cut of publishers’ sales if they join Apple News S.Korea parliament committee votes to curb Google, Apple …, Higher-end Mac Mini reportedly landing ‘in the next several months’ 'iPhone 13' Name Emerges on Alleged Packaging Stickers Apple Watch Series 7: Leaked images show 41mm and 45mm bands TSMC is raising chip prices as supply shortages continue Apple to Release iOS 15 iCloud Private Relay as a Public Beta iCloud+'s New Custom Email Domain Feature Now Available in Beta Kanye West’s new Donda Stem Player will apparently let you ‘customize any song’ Snapchat’s new AR features can identify the world around you The manual for Facebook’s Project Aria AR glasses shows what it’s like to wear them Fitbit’s new Charge 5 has a rounded design and a color screen Microsoft’s Panos Panay now directly advises CEO Satya Nadella  Microsoft announces $549 Halo-themed Xbox Series X console Xbox consoles are getting xCloud this holiday so you can stream before you download Elon Musk says Tesla is working on humanoid robots Don’t overthink it: Elon Musk’s Tesla Bot is a joke Alaska Airlines evacuated a plane after a phone burst into flame Samsung will let you unlock your Z Fold 3’s bootloader, but at the cost of your cameras Joe Rogan, confined to Spotify, is losing influence  Making it work 2021 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 27, 2021
Google Pixel 5a review / Facebook's metaverse for work / Apple, Epic, and Google emails
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The Verge's Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Alex Cranz, Allison Johnson, and Dan Seifert discuss reviews for the Google Pixel 5a, Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 and Z Fold 3, and the T-Mobile data breach that exposed personal info of more than 47 million people. Second half of the show, the crew discuss Facebook's new metaverse conference software, the emails from the Apple vs Epic trial, and Intel's new PC gaming GPUs. Further reading: COVID-19 booster shots will be offered to Americans in September, Biden administration says Immunocompromised people should get a third COVID-19 vaccine dose, CDC committee says Go read this deep dive on why US public health data systems couldn’t handle COVID-19 Google Pixel 5a review: boring, but better than ever  Google Pixel 5A comes with a bigger battery and screen, smaller price tag The Google Pixel 6 won’t ship with a charger Galaxy Watch 4 review: welcome to Samsung’s garden  Samsung's Galaxy Z Flip 3 is the first folding phone for normal people There’s still a place for the Note in Samsung’s Galaxy Samsung confirms it’s removing ads from its stock apps later this year How the latest and greatest Samsung and Apple earbuds lock you into their world T-Mobile data breach exposed the personal info of more than 47 million people Microsoft is making it harder to switch default browsers in Windows 11 Apple’s been playing it too MagSafe Apple’s attempt at podcast subscriptions is off to a messy start  FTC says Facebook has been a monopoly ‘since at least 2011’ in amended antitrust complaint Inside Facebook’s metaverse for work Google’s ‘Project Hug’ paid out huge sums to keep game devs in the Play Store, Epic filing claims Google gave phone makers extra money to ditch third-party app stores Google secretly had a giant gaming vision that includes bringing games to Mac Sweetheart deals and plastic knives: all the best emails from the Apple vs. Epic trial Steve Jobs email confirms Apple was working on an ‘iPhone nano’  Intel enters the PC gaming GPU battle with Arc Intel shows off its answer to Nvidia’s DLSS, coming to Arc GPUs in 2022 Intel previews its Alder Lake chip, promises hybrid CPUs for desktops and laptops Water shortages loom over future semiconductor fabs in Arizona  Why Intel and TSMC are building water-dependent chip factories in one of the driest U.S. states GM and AT&T are teaming up to bring 5G to Chevy, Cadillac, and GMC cars by 2024 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 20, 2021
Samsung announces Galaxy Z Flip 3, Z Fold 3, Watch 4 and Buds 2 / Apple’s controversial new child protection features, explained
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The Verge's Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Alex Cranz, and Chris Welch discuss what was announced at Samsung's August Unpacked event, including new foldables. Senior reporter Adi Robertson explains the important changes coming to Apple's Messages and iCloud. Further reading: COVID-19 misinformation is increasing amid US virus surge Kidney transplant patients will test a COVID-19 booster shot in new trial Here’s why Apple’s new child safety features are so controversial  Join us for On The Verge: our exciting 10-year birthday party in New York City Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 announced with much bigger, more useful cover display Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 announced with S Pen support and water resistance  How Samsung beefed up its new folding phones: metal, tape, and a dab of goo Forget the Note — Samsung’s foldables are coming for the Galaxy S as well Google is bringing Samsung to the Apple Watch fight The Galaxy Watch 4 injects Samsung’s capable hardware with Google software Samsung details new smartwatch chip ahead of Galaxy Watch 4 launch Samsung announces Galaxy Buds 2 with active noise cancellation Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 review: nailing the basics with style  Apple’s controversial new child protection features, explained Apple pushes back against child abuse scanning concerns in new FAQ Interview: Apple's head of Privacy details child abuse detection and Messages safety features Senators target Apple’s App Store exclusivity in new bill Senate approves $1 trillion infrastructure package as crypto worries loom Senate cryptocurrency tax reporting deal fails TCL announces new 6-series and 5-series TVs that come with Google TV instead of Roku Valve Steam Deck hands-on: the Nintendo Switch of PC gaming Apple’s 2021 iPhones will reportedly have a video portrait mode HP’s new Chromebase AiO has a screen that rotates from portrait to landscape DOJ letter tells Dish and T-Mobile to figure out CDMA customer migration, or else Dish says it will launch wireless 5G service in beta at the end of September The race to build Africa’s 5G networks is entangled in a U.S. push to cut Huawei’s dominance Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 13, 2021
Pixel 6 preview / Apple reveals new efforts to fight child abuse imagery
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The Verge's Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and Alex Cranz discuss Google's preview of the Pixel 6 and its Tensor chip. Verge policy editor Russell Brandom explains how Apple will reportedly scan photos on iPhones and iCloud for child abuse imagery. Vaccine carrots only got us so far — now, it’s time for sticks New York Auto Show canceled as delta variant spreads NYC’s Key vaccination requirement for indoor dining can be met with an app Yelp will let businesses list their vaccination policies  Moderna says a third shot of its COVID-19 vaccine may be needed to protect against variants This is the Pixel 6, Google’s take on an ‘ultra high end’ phone Google’s Tensor chip is only the first step toward truly great Pixel phones Apple will reportedly scan photos stored on iPhones and iCloud for child abuse imagery Apple reveals new efforts to fight child abuse imagery Google’s new Nest cameras and doorbell have lower prices and more smarts Oppo announces ‘next-generation’ under-display selfie camera Here’s a closer look at Apple’s canceled AirPower wireless charger Apple updates Mac Pro GPUs with new AMD Radeon options You can get a Touch ID-equipped Magic Keyboard without buying a whole iMac now Elon Musk and Apple deny wild story that he tried to replace Tim Cook  Facebook can project your eyes onto a VR headset, and it’s exactly as uncanny as it sounds NYT crossword puzzle no longer works in third-party apps, crosses puzzle solvers HBO Max is getting its own exclusive podcasts, starting with Batman AT&T has officially spun off DirecTV, which is now its own business T-Mobile confirms it will shut down Sprint’s LTE network next year Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 06, 2021
The summer Intel fell behind / earnings for Apple, Google, Samsung / Nothing's Ear 1 earbuds
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Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Alex Cranz, and Chaim Gartenberg discuss this week in tech news: quarterly earnings for the big tech companies, the state of Intel, and the Nothing's Ear 1 earbuds. Further reading: CDC reinstitutes mask recommendations for some vaccinated people Apple will require masks again in most of its US stores Communication around masks is still terrible Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine’s protection against severe disease holds steady over six months The pandemic made it even harder to check on the ocean’s vital signs Next Gen - the future belongs to young people The iPhone 12’s strong momentum helps Apple to another huge quarter Google sets all-time records as search and YouTube profits ... Microsoft reports weaker Surface and Windows revenue amid ... Samsung boosts profits and pledges to 'mainstream' foldables ... Amazon’s earnings show why Andy Jassy is now in charge The summer Intel fell behind Huawei’s P50 announced with Snapdragon 888 and HarmonyOS Leaked Surface Duo 2 photos reveal new triple camera system The Oppo Watch 2 launches in China with a promise of 16 days of battery life Nothing officially reveals its $99 Ear (1) true wireless earbuds  Nothing Ear 1 earbuds review: almost something LG’s new true wireless earbuds have a privacy-conscious ‘Whispering Mode’ New Samsung Flip and Fold leaks show water resistance, renders, and an S Pen case White House says infrastructure deal includes $65 billion for broadband T-Mobile’s new prepaid offer is a direct play for the Boost customers it sold to Dish It’s not just you, streaming the Olympics is a mess Activision Blizzard employees walk out of work to protest rampant sexism and discrimination Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 30, 2021
Verizon switches to Android Messages as default RCS / Jeff Bezos goes to space / Biden and Big Tech
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The Verge's Dieter Bohn and Alex Cranz discuss Verizon switching to Android Messages as default for RCS, as well as the many gadgets from this week. Verge policy editor Russell Brandom joins to talk about President Biden's criticism of Facebook's handling of misinformation on their platform and the nomination of Google critic Jonathan Kanter to lead the Department of Justice's antitrust division. The Verge's Liz Lopatto and Joey Roulette talk with Dieter about Jeff Bezos' space flight this week. Further reading: Biden says platforms like Facebook are ‘killing people’ with COVID-19 misinformation Facebook pushes back against Biden remarks on COVID-19 misinformation Joe Biden says Facebook isn’t ‘killing people,’ but misinformation causes harm The Biden administration should take the First Amendment as seriously as Facebook misinformation FTC pledges to fight unlawful right to repair restrictions Biden to nominate Google critic Jonathan Kanter to lead DOJ antitrust division The space tourism industry is stuck in its billionaire phase  Blue Origin successfully sends Jeff Bezos and three others to space and back An on-the-ground look at Blue Origin’s motley crew Jeff Bezos appreciates your efforts to get Jeff Bezos to space Verizon is also switching to Android Messages as default for RCS Pegasus spyware used to target phones of journalists and activists, investigation finds Dish cuts a 10-year, $5 billion deal to make AT&T the primary service provider for its MVNO The Dish ‘fix’ for the T-Mobile-Sprint merger seems more shortsighted than ever Playdate hands-on: a Game Boy from a different dimension Apple AirPods update to arrive later this year with iPhone SE refresh coming 2022: report Apple releases iOS 14.7 just as MagSafe Battery Pack appears on shelves The first real photos of Apple’s MagSafe Battery Pack are here Apple MagSafe Battery Pack review: convenience over capacity OnePlus Buds Pro announced, coming September 1st for $150 OnePlus Nord 2 review: focused on the essentials OnePlus is merging OxygenOS with Oppo's ColorOS Leaked memo confirms OnePlus will become an Oppo sub-brand Amazon will let devs compete for your Echo Show’s screen and everything else Alexa just added Alexa finally gets a masculine-sounding voice option Amazon promises most Echo speakers will get upgraded to Matter Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 23, 2021
Interview: Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook’s metaverse
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Casey Newton talks with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg about his vision for an embodied internet (or "the metaverse), the challenges of governing it, and gender imbalance in virtual reality today. They also discuss President Biden’s fierce criticism of Facebook’s failures in removing anti-vaccine content in the headlines. Transcript: https://www.theverge.com/e/22352063 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 22, 2021
The Steam Deck is Valve's new handheld / iPhone 13 rumors grow / Virgin Galactic sends Richard Branson to the edge of space
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Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and Alex Cranz discuss this week in tech news — the new Valve Steam Deck, Netflix potentially getting into gaming, a lot of Apple news, and some billionaires going into space. Further reading: The COVID-19 vaccines weren’t hacked — this task force is one reason why Foxconn and TSMC strike deal to buy 10 million COVID vaccines for Taiwan Valve’s gaming handheld is called the Steam Deck and it’s shipping in December Netflix snags former EA, Oculus exec to lead its video game efforts Apple’s latest iOS and macOS betas undo some of Safari’s controversial new design iPhone 13 rumors grow more certain ahead of September launch Redesigned iPad mini reportedly on track to launch this fall Apple just launched an official $99 MagSafe battery pack for the iPhone 12 lineup iPhone 12 reverse wireless charging can power up Apple’s new MagSafe battery pack Apple is working on Apple Pay Later to help you buy things without paying for them yet Apple reportedly wants in on NFL Sunday Ticket Apple’s weather app won’t say it’s 69 degrees Facebook says FTC chair shouldn’t help decide the future of its antitrust case Biden’s executive order puts net neutrality back in the spotlight President Joe Biden’s latest executive order is a huge win for right to repair Space tourism rivalry gets extremely petty ahead of Branson’s spaceflight Virgin Galactic has opened a sweepstakes offering a trip to space Virgin Galactic successfully sends Richard Branson to the edge of space Samsung’s next Galaxy Unpacked device lineup may have been entirely spoiled in huge new leak The Galaxy Z Fold 3 will support the S Pen Pro, according to FCC filings Ikea and Sonos picture frame speaker review: wall of sound TVA TemPad review: who needs TikTok when you can control time and space? We want to see your internet bill Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 16, 2021
Google faces antitrust lawsuit over Google Play Store fees / Nintendo announced OLED Switch / 'EV Day' event held for Stellantis
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The Verge's Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and Adi Robertson discuss the new antitrust lawsuit Google faces from 36 states, the new hardware Nintendo announced this week, and what happened at Stellantis' ‘EV Day’. Further reading: Who needs COVID-19 boosters? Moderna starts human trials of an mRNA-based flu shot Full approval could make the difference for the US COVID-19 vaccine campaign Exposure notification apps could be more effective if they’re better at assessing risk Google faces new antitrust lawsuit over Google Play Store fees Google feared Samsung Galaxy Store and tried to quash it, lawsuit alleges Apple and Google crowd out the competition with default apps  Donald Trump files sweeping, nonsensical lawsuits against Facebook, Twitter, and Google Twitter has lost legal immunity for users’ posts in India, government argue Nintendo’s OLED Switch: all of the news about the console upgrade Don’t count out the Nintendo Switch Pro A bigger, better Switch screen is exactly what I wanted Stellantis, parent company of Dodge and Jeep, had an ‘EV Day’ and it was extremely weird Verizon has its own version of spatial audio and it’s already pushing it on phones AT&T joins T-Mobile in switching all Android phones to Google’s Messages app for RCS Elon Musk just now realizing that self-driving cars are a ‘hard problem’ iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 preview: a first look at Apple’s latest software Maine passes the strongest state facial recognition ban yet Welcome to Simulation City, the virtual world where Waymo tests its autonomous vehicles Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 09, 2021
Microsoft announces Windows 11, with a new design, Start menu, and more
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Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and Tom Warren discuss the official reveal of Windows 11 at Microsoft's event on Thursday. Further reading: The slow transitions of a lingering pandemic The pandemic made Navajo Nation’s radio stations even more vital India’s healthcare workers are busting misinformation on WhatsApp Microsoft’s own Windows 11 livestream runs into technical difficulties Microsoft announces Windows 11, with a new design, Start menu, and more Microsoft reveals the new Microsoft Store for Windows 11, and it has Android apps too Microsoft is bringing Android apps to Windows 11 with Amazon’s app store Here are the visual changes Microsoft showed off in Windows 11 Microsoft teases new File Explorer for Windows 11 Here’s everything Microsoft is removing from Windows 11 Microsoft is changing the Windows 11 minimum requirements Microsoft Teams will be directly integrated as part of Windows 11 Windows 11 is a free upgrade Windows 11’s news feed has built-in tipping to support local content creators Microsoft will let devs keep every penny their Windows app makes — unless it’s a game Satya Nadella’s closing Windows 11 remarks were a direct shot across Apple’s bow Apple argues against sideloading iPhone apps as regulatory pressure mounts Google will now consider letting your video, music or book app evade its 30 percent cut Google delays blocking third-party cookies in Chrome until 2023 Samsung’s Watch Active 4 leaks in new renders Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 revealed in new leak Apple may be looking to make a less expensive big phone in 2022 Tim Cook called Nancy Pelosi to warn her against disrupting the iPhone with impending antitrust bills Why the tech antitrust reform bills are struggling to move forward Big Tech edges closer to break up after deeply unhinged markup We regret to inform you that T-Mobile is selling a 5G-branded gin Ransomware funds more ransomware Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 25, 2021
Google adds RCS encryption to Messages / Congress gearing up to fight big tech / Windows 11 leaks
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Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn talk to Verge senior editor Tom Warren about leaks of Microsoft's Windows 11 UI and announcements from E3 2021. Verge politics reporter Makena Kelly explains how Republicans and Democrats are gearing up to fight tech monopolies. Verge managing editor Alex Cranz joins the show to talk about Google's updates to Messages and a bunch of gadget news from this week. Further reading: Amazon’s COVID-19 test is now available to consumers Novavax says its COVID-19 vaccine is 90 percent effective Pharma is winning the big business popularity contest Windows 11 leak reveals new UI, Start menu, and more Microsoft Teams’ new front row layout arrives later this year Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella now doubles as the company’s chairman Microsoft announces Xbox TV app and its own xCloud ... Microsoft is bringing next-gen Xbox games to the Xbox One with xCloud Even the Xbox app has stories now The Xbox Series X mini fridge will be available this holiday season Microsoft Flight Simulator is landing on Xbox Series X / S consoles on July 27th The best trailers of E3 2021 Tech antitrust pioneer Lina Khan will officially lead the FTC How Republicans and Democrats are gearing up to fight tech monopolies House lawmakers introduce five bipartisan bills to unwind tech monopolies Senate bill would make it easier to cancel a subscription online after a free trial  Google’s first retail store opens this week Google adds E2E RCS encryption to Messages, emoji mashup suggests, and more for Android Google Workspace and Google Chat are officially available to everybody Honor confirms Google’s apps will return to its phones with new 50 series Beats Studio Buds review: big ambition, imperfect execution Ikea and Sonos announce picture frame speaker, coming July 15th for $199 Watch the debut of Tesla Model S Plaid, the ‘quickest production car ever made’ The Realme GT lays claim to OnePlus’ ‘flagship killer’ mantle Oppo’s rollable concept phone is pure potential lacking polish Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 18, 2021
WWDC 2021: Apple's iOS 15, spatial audio, macOS Monterey, and more
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Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Alex Cranz, and Chris Welch discuss all the announcements from Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference that took place this week. All the links: COVID-19 hospitalization rates in adolescents went up during March and April Where did the COVID microchip conspiracy theory come from anyway? The pandemic might cut down e-waste but widen the digital divide Apple WWDC 2021: the 15 biggest announcements Apple previews iOS 15 at WWDC 2021 The best features of iOS, iPadOS, and macOS that Apple didn’t announce onstage Apple’s Siri will finally work without an internet connection with on-device speech recognition Watch Apple’s Siri blaze through requests with on-device processing You’ll soon be able to use your iPhone as ID at the airport Apple adds welcome privacy features to Mail, Safari Apple’s iCloud Plus bundles a VPN, private email, and HomeKit camera storage With iCloud Plus, Apple’s privacy promise is paired with an upsell Apple’s privacy-focused Private Relay feature isn’t coming to China Apple Music’s spatial audio is sometimes amazing but mostly inconsistent  macOS and tvOS are getting spatial audio support with the AirPods Pro and Max Apple Music begins rolling out lossless streaming and Dolby Atmos spatial audio Apple introduces Siri for third-party devices macOS Monterey lets you run Shortcuts and share files between Macs and iPads Apple may have done the coolest drag and drop demo ever How Universal Control on macOS Monterey works FaceTime is coming to Android and Windows via the web Apple is building video and music sharing into FaceTime Apple announces watchOS 8 with new health features Apple’s new health features bring new focus to elder care technology  Apple lets users see family members’ Health data Apple announces iPadOS 15 with homescreen and multitasking improvements Microsoft announces Xbox TV app and its own xCloud streaming stick Facebook plans first smartwatch for next summer with two cameras, heart rate monitor Sony WF-1000XM4 earbuds announced / review Google’s first folding Pixel is apparently still on track for a 2021 reveal Clubhouse and its clones have an accessibility problem Biden revokes Trump bans on TikTok and WeChat Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 11, 2021
Huawei’s HarmonyOS arrives / Microsoft's next gen Windows / Apple's WWDC preview
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Co-hosts Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn talk with Verge senior editor Tom Warren and managing editor Alex Cranz about operating systems — what's coming up at Apple's developer conference next week, where Microsoft will take Windows next, and the debut of some new systems like HarmonyOS and Fuchsia OS. Further reading: The pandemic showed that big tech isn’t a public health savior The future of COVID-19 immunity looks good We have bigger problems than COVID-19’s origins Apple TV 4K (2021) review: much better remote, slightly faster box Of course repairing the new Apple TV remote is harder than simply unscrewing it Apple TV app comes to Nvidia Shield For Apple TV Plus to succeed, it has to be everywhere — even Android TV Microsoft looks ready to launch Windows 11 Microsoft to reveal its next generation of Windows on June 24th Huawei announces HarmonyOS update for its smartphones Huawei teases its upcoming P50 flagship phone Huawei’s HarmonyOS arrives on tablets with the new MatePad Pro Huawei’s Watch 3 is its first HarmonyOS smartwatch  Google’s new Fuchsia OS arrives first on old Nest Hub AMD announces the Radeon RX 6000M series with RDNA 2 architecture Nvidia announces new RTX 3080 Ti, priced at $1,199 and launching June 3rd Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti review: more 4K for more of your wallet Nvidia’s RTX 3080 Ti is available online right now Amazon buys MGM for $8.45 billion Why on Earth did Amazon spend $8 billion on a zombie studio?  Discovery announces new name of WarnerMedia merger: Warner Bros. Discovery The Great Wings Rush Why Spotify’s Horacio Gutierrez thinks Apple behaves like a monopolist Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 04, 2021
Tim Cook's bad day in Epic vs Apple
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In part 2 of this week's episode, Nilay talks with Adi Robertson about the judge's harsh questioning of Tim Cook on the last day of testimony in Epic vs Apple. Further reading: Apple said Roblox developers don’t make games, and now Roblox agrees Apple’s Phil Schiller gives Epic iPhone testimony At the Epic trial, Phil Schiller got away clean The level of Mac malware is not acceptable, says Apple’s Craig Federighi at Epic trial Apple wants users to trust iOS, but it doesn’t trust iOS users Tim Cook faces harsh questions about the App Store from judge in Fortnite trial Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 22, 2021
Google I/O announcements and iPad Pro M1 review
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In part 1 of this week’s episode, Nilay and Dieter talk with deputy editor Dan Seifert about Google I/O and reviews for the M1 iMac and iPad Pro.  Further reading: Google I/O 2021: the 14 biggest announcements Android 12 preview: first look at Google’s radical new design Android 12 public beta is now available: here’s how to install it Google showed off its next-generation AI by talking to Pluto and a paper airplane Apple iMac M1 review: the all-in-one for almost everyone iPad Pro (2021) review: Mini LED, major improvement Apple’s redesigned MacBook Pros with next-gen in-house chips could arrive early this summer Apple’s $549 AirPods Max can’t play lossless Apple Music — even when plugged in Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 21, 2021
Starlink, Epic v. Apple, and laptops laptops laptops
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The Epic v. Apple trial continues with big drama about naked bananas and weird game definitions. Nilay tries to get Starlink space internet working, and there's new Intel chips. Adi Robertson and Monica Chin join this week. Epic and Apple are now fighting over a naked banana Roku removes YouTube TV from channel store as dispute with Google escalates Apple employees circulate petition demanding investigation into ‘misogynistic’ new hire A Big Map of America’s Broadband problem Secretary Pete Butitgieg on the future of transportation Intel’s flagship Tiger Lake-H mobile chips are here to take on Ryzen 5000 Razer claims its new Blade 15 is the ‘thinnest’ 15-inch RTX gaming laptop Asus’ new Zephyrus M16 has a 16:10 screen and Intel Tiger Lake H processor How a university got itself banned from the Linux kernel University of Minnesota banned from contributing to Linux kernel Watch Elon Musk play Wario, parody SpaceX, and hype dogecoin on Saturday Night Live Tesla stops taking Bitcoin for vehicle purchases, citing environmental harm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 14, 2021
Apple v Epic week 1 roundtable
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Nilay and Dieter talk with Verge senior reporter Adi Robertson and senior editor Tom Warren about the first week of the Epic Games v Apple trial. Why Epic is burning its own cash to cook Apple Apple antitrust trial kicks off with Tim Sweeney’s metaverse dreams The Epic Games v. Apple trial kicks off with kids screaming ‘free Fortnite’ Here are Apple’s and Epic’s full slideshows arguing why they should win at trial I watched the Epic v. Apple trial on Discord Tim Sweeney emailed Tim Cook personally to call for open app sales after WWDC in 2015 Apple exec suggested cutting App Store commission to 20 percent as early as 2011 Epic v. Apple turns into Windows v. Xbox  Why the bad iPhone web app experience keeps coming up in Epic v. Apple Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 07, 2021
iOS 14.5 update features / Apple sales skyrocket / Podcast platforms amp up their product
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Nilay Patel is joined by Verge deputy editor Dan Seifert and news editor Chaim Gartenberg to discuss i0S14.5, Apple's earnings, Epic vs. Apple, chip shortages, and Samsung's new laptops. Senior reporter Ashley Carman joins the show to talk about the wave of action in the podcast industry this past week. Further reading: People who are vaccinated don’t need to wear masks during many outdoor activities, CDC says Social media platforms become triage centers as India struggles with a COVID-19 surge The first problem was vaccine supply. Now, it’s demand. Officials lift pause on Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine iOS 14.5 is out now with new Face ID mask features and Apple’s App Tracking Transparency Why Apple’s new privacy feature is such a big deal Apple’s iPhone 12 and Mac sales skyrocket despite ongoing pandemic Here’s who Apple and Epic are calling to testify in next week’s trial Eddy Cue wanted to bring iMessage to Android in 2013 Apple fined $12M by Russian regulator over App Store monopoly abuse Can Apple get you to pay for podcasts?  Spotify launches podcast subscriptions, but you can’t subscribe in-app Spotify’s miniplayer for Facebook launches today Facebook is building its own in-app podcast player Clubhouse is partnering with the NFL for draft week programming SiriusXM acquires Roman Mars’ 99% Invisible and a bigger stake in the podcasting world Spotify is raising prices for lots of its plans Spotify premium subscriber count increases 21 percent to 158 million Spotify is okay with Joe Rogan telling 21-year-olds not to get vaccinated Samsung’s new Galaxy Book Pro and Galaxy Book Pro 360 are lightweight laptops with OLED screens Samsung announces a cheaper entry-level Galaxy Book with no OLED Samsung’s Galaxy Book Odyssey introduces Nvidia’s new RTX 3050 Ti Elon Musk says Tesla made ‘significant mistakes’ with solar roof project Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 30, 2021
Apple announces new iMacs, AirTags, and iPad Pro / Congress is diving into the App Store fight
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Vergecast hosts Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn discuss all the product announcements from Apple's Spring Loaded event this week with Verge news editor Chaim Gartenberg. Verge politics reporter Makena Kelly details what happened at Wednesday's congressional hearing focusing on competition in Apple's App Store. Further reading: What we’re learning from the rare cases of COVID-19 in vaccinated people Alexa can now tell you where to find a COVID-19 vaccine Doctors are testing a prescription video game for COVID-19 ‘brain fog’ Wisconsin amends Foxconn’s contract to reflect radically smaller project Apple’s Spring Loaded event: the 8 biggest announcements Apple Podcasts launches in-app subscriptions Can Apple get you to pay for podcasts? Apple AirTag hands-on Apple’s AirTags don’t have a built-in keychain loop, and we have some thoughts Apple announces new Apple TV 4K Apple unveils an improved remote for its Apple TV Yes, older Apple TVs can also be calibrated with your iPhone Apple announces thinner iMac with M1 chip and bright colors New Touch ID Magic Keyboards work with all M1 Macs, not just the iMac Apple launches new iPad Pro with M1 processor How the M1-powered iPad Pro compares to other iPad models Any video conferencing app can use the iPad Pro’s fancy zoom and pan camera Big iPad, Mini LED: why Apple’s new iPad Pro display is better and brighter Put macOS on the iPad, you cowards Congress is diving into the App Store fight Lina Kahn on Amazon’s antitrust paradox Apple’s $64 billion-a-year app store isn’t catching the most egregious scams Sen. Tammy Duckworth on hate crimes, racism, and environmental justice Asian Activists are tracking the surge in hate crimes as police reporting falls short Inside the glass fibers connecting our wireless world Subscribe to The Hill Report newsletter Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 23, 2021
LG quits the smartphone business / Sonos Roam review / Apple "Spring Loaded" event preview
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Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and Chris Welch dive into the tech and gadget news from this week — including theories on what will be announced at Apple's spring event next week, LG quitting the smartphone business, and Sonos' next speakers. Further reading: US recommends pause on Johnson & Johnson vaccine use over extremely rare blood clots How the Johnson & Johnson pause could move the needle on vaccine fears For many, COVID-19 vaccines come with a side of side effects How CO2 sensors might help us return to ‘normal’ Airbnb is trying to preemptively cancel post-pandemic bacchanals Celebrate your COVID vaccination with these off-the-wall tchotchkes Expedia launches a new tool to check coronavirus travel restrictions Apple officially announces Spring Loaded event for April 20th New iPad Pro still coming soon but supply could be short, says Bloomberg Apple officially starts letting your iPhone help find lost third-party products Samsung’s Galaxy SmartTag Plus with UWB to track items with AR is out April 16th Logitech officially discontinues its Harmony remotes Apple gets its own button on Roku’s latest remotes Roku announces Express 4K Plus streaming player and rechargeable Voice Remote Pro Roku OS 10 adds instant resume for streaming apps, brings AirPlay 2 to more devices Apple reportedly developing an Apple TV with a built-in camera and speaker LG is quitting the smartphone business LG had a few smartphone hits, but it’ll still be missed LG leaves behind more than a flip phone-shaped hole in our hearts  Google announces Pixel 5A 5G by denying rumors it’s canceled TCL aims to build a better budget phone with the 20 Pro 5G TCL’s Fold ‘n Roll concept transforms a 6.87-inch phone into a 10-inch tablet Sony announces the Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III with variable telephoto lenses US carriers have thankfully abandoned at least one bad plan for RCS Apple says iMessage on Android ‘will hurt us more than help us’  Sonos Roam review: portable potential  Ikea is working with Sonos on a hidden speaker built into art you hang on the wall Spotify’s Car Thing debuts as a limited release for selected US users Amazon announces new Echo Buds with more powerful ANC and better comfort ONEPLUS WATCH REVIEW: BIG, BASIC, AND BORING Microsoft announces Surface Laptop 4 with choice of Intel or AMD processor Can Clubhouse keep the party going?  Apple trusts Phobio for its trade-ins, but maybe you should think twice Google is poisoning its reputation with AI researchers Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 16, 2021
Land of the Giants: The Google Empire
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Vergecast is on vacation this week, so instead we'll share an episode of Land of the Giants from our friends at Recode. Land of the Giants is a podcast that explores the five biggest tech companies and their impact on our world, and this season is all about Google. The episode we're sharing tells the story of how two grad school students with a unique way to search the internet launched a company that would become the gateway to the internet for the entire world. In the rest of the season, Land of the Giants: The Google Empire will cover issues like Google’s relationship with the government, the origins of their antitrust troubles, and what their future may look like as they face off against Congress and the Biden Administration.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 09, 2021
The rise of Clubhouse competitors / Apple's WWDC rumors / What is Google Chrome FLoC?
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Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn talk with Verge deputy editor Dan Seifert about this week's Apple rumors ahead of WWDC 2021 — from their AR headset to new iPads. Senior reporter Ashley Carman joins the show to discuss social audio platform Clubhouse and the rise of competitors from other companies. Further reading: Real-world evidence shows that the COVID-19 vaccines work Biden administration looks to organize ‘vaccine passport’ development Apple Maps will show COVID-19 travel guidances so you know what to expect at the airport Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine highly effective in adolescents Amazon gets FDA authorization for an at-home COVID-19 test kit Errors ruin 15 million doses of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine Apple WWDC 2021 announced as online-only event Apple Aiming to Announce Mixed-Reality Headset With In-Person Event in 'Next Several Months' Ming-Chi Kuo Says Apple’s AR/VR Headset Will Weigh Less Than 150 Grams Apple reportedly plans revamped AirPods for as early as next year New iPad Pros reportedly launching as soon as April, and the 12.9-inch model may have a Mini LED screen Apple reportedly mulls rugged smartwatch coming as soon as this year Casio announces first Wear OS smartwatch in iconic G-Shock lineup Google Chrome FLoC: how it replaces cookies and what it means for privacy  T-Mobile is betting big on Google’s Android services: RCS, YouTube TV, Pixel, and more T-Mobile is already shutting down its live TV service, partners with YouTube TV and Philo Google Nest Hub (2nd-Gen) review: sleep on it Huawei's Mate X2 foldable adopts Samsung's dual-screen ... Xiaomi announces the Mi Mix Fold, its first folding phone The Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra’s camera bump is no moon; it’s a space station Bose Frames Tempo review: the specs to beat Spotify is launching its own Clubhouse competitor Even LinkedIn is making a Clubhouse clone Discord’s new Clubhouse-like feature, Stage Channels, is available now Slack is getting Instagram-like stories and push-to-talk audio ... Instagram launches its own TikTok Duet feature called Reels Remix Facebook shorted video creators thousands of dollars in ad revenue Samsung created a whole Hulu series that’s sponcon for the Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G Biden plans to connect every American to broadband in new infrastructure package NBA on NFT We read your phone plan’s fine print so you don’t have to The unsettling surveillance of anti-Asian racism Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 02, 2021
OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro review / Zuckerberg, Dorsey, and Pichai testify before Congress once again
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Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn talk with Verge reporter Allison Johnson about her review of the One Plus 9 and how it compares with their 9 Pro and other Android flagship phones. Politics reporter Makena Kelly joins the show the discuss Congress’ first hearing of 2021 with the chief executives of Facebook, Google, and Twitter. Further reading: AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine 79 percent effective in US study US officials publicly question AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine data Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine website builds on a swine flu tool OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro announced with Hasselblad-branded cameras OnePlus 9 review: cheaper than the Pro and almost as good The lower-cost OnePlus 9R is official, and it sounds surprisingly strong OnePlus 9 Pro review: the elegant Android alternative Here’s how the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro compare to Samsung and Apple’s flagships The $159 OnePlus Watch is OnePlus’ first smartwatch Angry MacBook owners get class action status for butterfly keyboard suit Intel invests $20 billion into new factories, will produce chips for other companies Intel Unleashed, Gelsinger on Intel, IDM 2.0 - Stratechery The startup trying to augment audio reality in public spaces Yes or no: Are these tech hearings doing anything? Mark Zuckerberg proposes limited 230 reforms ahead of congressional hearing Jack Dorsey is just trolling Congress with Twitter polls now  Lina Khan is just the first step toward tougher US tech regulation Congress tries to get the FTC in fighting shape Microsoft rebrands Xbox Live to Xbox network The street prices of Nvidia and AMD GPUs are utterly out of control Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 26, 2021
Samsung Unpacked 2021 / Zack Snyder's Justice League is in 4:3 aspect ratio / EVs, e-bikes, and batteries
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Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn talk to Verge reporter Julia Alexander about the long-awaited release of "the Snyder cut" of the Justice League film on HBO Max and more updates in the world of streaming services. Verge senior reporter Andrew Hawkins joins the show to discuss the new electric vehicles that were announced this week, talking to Sen. Chuck Schumer about infrastructure, and the state of e-bikes in America. Further reading: People aren’t missing their second COVID-19 vaccine dose, CDC data says Some research has gotten a huge boost during the pandemic Biden promises May 1st vaccine eligibility for all adults and a federal vaccine website Disneyland will reopen on April 30th, for California residents only Tinder is giving away free mail-in COVID-19 tests Apple Maps now shows COVID-19 vaccination locations Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine website builds on a swine flu tool You will watch the Snyder Cut in 4:3 aspect ratio because HBO Max respects cinema Zack Snyder’s Justice League remains overshadowed by its social media campaign Netflix is trying to crack down on password sharing with new test HBO Max will debut its cheaper, ad-supported tier in June YouTube Shorts arrives in the US to take on TikTok, but the beta is still half-baked Chuck Schumer wants to replace every gas car in America with an electric vehicle E-bikes are expensive, but this congressman wants to make ... Canoo reveals a bubbly electric pickup truck Kia shows off first full images of new EV6 electric car Here are the biggest announcements from Volkswagen’s battery event Elon Musk crowns himself ‘Technoking’ of Tesla Foxconn says it might build EVs at empty Wisconsin site, or in Mexico Samsung’s midrange phones now feature fast refresh rate screens, stabilized cameras Samsung says it might skip the Galaxy Note this year Apple discontinues the HomePod, but the HomePod mini will live on New iPad Pros reportedly launching as soon as April, and the … Intel puts Apple’s ‘I’m a Mac’ guy into new ads praising PCs Biden to tap former Senator Bill Nelson as NASA chief Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 19, 2021
NFTs explained / Sonos' new bluetooth speaker / Asus ROG phone 5 review
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Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn talk to Verge deputy editor Elizabeth Lopatto about the NFT craze from the past few weeks and explains how the transactions work. Verge deputy editor Dan Seifert joins the show for a gadget roundup — from the Asus ROG phone 5 review to the new Sonos Roam bluetooth speaker. Further reading: COVID-19 took disease tests out of the lab — and may keep them there People who are vaccinated can socialize together without masks, CDC says COVID-19 vaccine supplies are on the rise in the US Single-shot COVID-19 vaccine is popular at vaccination sites Artifacts from the first COVID-19 vaccination in the US are headed to the Smithsonian Meet Dr. B, the startup connecting people to leftover vaccines Beeple sold an NFT for $69 million NFTs, explained Of course John Legere bought an $888,888.88 NFT from Steve Aoki Jack Dorsey’s first tweet may fetch $2.5 million, and he’ll donate the NFTy proceeds to charity Sonos Roam officially announced for $169, preorders start now Sonos partners with Audi to bring its audio tech to cars Asus ROG phone 5 review  Leaked OnePlus 9 Pro and OnePlus 9 renders leave little to the imagination OnePlus’ next phones will come out on March 23rd Samsung will host another Unpacked event on March 17th Apple reportedly overestimated iPhone 12 mini demand, by a lot Insta360’s Go 2 is a $299 action camera with a surprisingly powerful case The most powerful Wear OS watches are held back by Wear OS Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 review: AMD and Nvidia at their best Razer Blade 15 Base review: losing its edge Best gaming laptops in 2021 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 12, 2021
A conversation about Section 230 and the future of the internet
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Last week, The Verge held a virtual event about regulating the internet — from antitrust to privacy to the many proposals for changing Section 230, hosted by Verge senior reporter Adi Robertson. The event kicked off with a keynote from Sen. Amy Klobuchar, followed by a panel on Section 230 reform with general counsel at Vimeo Michael Cheah, researcher, writer, and strategist Sydette Harry, and general counsel at the Wikimedia Foundation Amanda Keton. In this bonus Vergecast, Adi Robertson and Verge policy editor Russell Brandom discuss takeaways from the event and what's next for the future of regulation on the internet. Further reading: What will Section 230 mean for the internet? Everything you need to know about Section 230 Why Congress can’t stop talking about Section 230 Klobuchar calls on Congress to get serious on tech reform Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 08, 2021
Jack Dorsey’s Square, Inc. buys Tidal / Microsoft Mesh and the future of Microsoft Teams / Apple not switching to USB-C iPhones
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Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn talk to Billboard's Micah Singleton about Jack Dorsey’s Square, Inc. buying a majority stake in Jay-Z’s streaming service Tidal. Verge senior editor Tom Warren joins the show to discuss the announcement of Microsoft's Mesh mixed reality platform and the various updates to Microsoft Teams, Outlook, and more. Further reading: Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine backed by independent FDA committee Long COVID patients say they feel better after getting vaccinated  Vaccine centers embrace stickers and selfie stations  Countries are polluting like it’s 2019 again: Global CO2 emissions came roaring back as pandemic-induced restrictions loosened Jack Dorsey’s Square, Inc. is buying a majority stake in Jay-Z’s streaming service Tidal Square Is Acquiring a Majority Stake in Tidal for $297M NFTs, explained Microsoft Mesh feels like the virtual future of Microsoft Teams meetings  Microsoft Teams will soon let you pretend to be a news reporter during meetings Microsoft’s new Intelligent Speakers deliver its promised meeting room of the future Microsoft Teams is getting end-to-end encryption support Microsoft’s new Outlook calendar board view looks a lot like Trello Microsoft Edge gets a speedy startup feature and vertical tabs Microsoft’s Windows 10 UI overhaul continues with new system icons Google Workspace picks up new features designed for remote work Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Plus review: built for business A folding iPhone could be coming in 2023 Apple not switching to USB-C iPhones in the near future, according to Ming-Chi Kuo iPhone 13 might finally bring a smaller notch and faster screens Arizona advances bill forcing Apple and Google to allow Fortnite-style alternative payment options Epic Games is buying Fall Guys creator Mediatonic OpenHaystack is a new open-source tool that lets you create DIY AirTags on Apple’s Find My network Exclusive: this is the Sonos Roam, coming in April for $169 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 05, 2021
Spotify's big plan for podcasting / Where 5G is headed in 2021 / Everything to know about Paramount Plus
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Hosts Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn talk with Verge reporter Allison Johnson about T-Mobile bringing back their unlimited 5G plan with no throttling, the results of the C-band spectrum auction, and the state of 5G in America. Ashley Carman returns to the show to discuss Spotify's big event this week announcing their plans for podcasters and artists. Julia Alexander joins to report on the details on Paramount Plus' streaming catalog. Further reading: Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot vaccine is effective, FDA confirms One Medical gave COVID-19 vaccines to ineligible people, NPR report says Stretched vaccine timelines re-enter the spotlight COVID-19 vaccines are starting to work in the US MWC insists on holding potential COVID-19 superspreader event in Barcelona What is 5G, and why is it kind of bad right now? Dish is confident in its plan to offer 5G in its first major cities by end of Q3 2021 T-Mobile just brought back a true unlimited data plan with 5G and no throttling T-Mobile has 5G leverage and isn’t afraid to use it Verizon and AT&T spent big in FCC C-band auction for 5G ... The Terrible T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Must Be Undone Spotify CEO Daniel Ek explains how the company plans to help artists (and itself) make money  Spotify HiFi is a lossless streaming tier coming later this year  Twitter announces paid Super Follows to let you charge for tweets Twitter planning a feature to let you auto-block and mute abusive accounts Apple Fitness Plus review  Everything to know about Paramount Plus, ViacomCBS’s new version of CBS All Access Shows based on Italian Job, Fatal Attraction, Flashdance, and more heading to Paramount Plus  Frasier revival in development for Paramount Plus  Paramount Plus is proof we’ve hit peak streaming  Are The Office and Friends bets paying off for Peacock and HBO Max? Marvel’s Loki series will premiere on Disney Plus on June 11th Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 26, 2021
Australia's bargain with Google and Facebook / Apple TV on Chromecast / Nintendo Direct's biggest announcements
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Nilay Patel talks with Adi Robertson and Casey Newton about what Australia's News Media Bargaining Code means for Google, Facebook, and the open web in Australia. Chris Welch and Julia Alexander join the show to discuss the new Amazon Fire TV stick, Apple TV on Chromecast, and the state of streaming services in 2021. Andru Marino and Taylor Lyles discuss the announcements from this week's Nintendo Direct. Further reading: Maps show ZIP codes hit hardest by COVID-19 have low vaccination rates Finicky COVID-19 vaccines raise the stakes of power outages Vaccine rollout won’t be equitable unless health care reckons with racism If you’re vaccinated against COVID-19, you won’t have to quarantine if you’re exposed How to score a COVID-19 vaccine appointment Texas freeze risks slowing COVID-19 progress Facebook will block Australian users and publishers from sharing news links in response to new bill Why Google caved to Australia, and Facebook didn’t Facebook employee warned it used ‘deeply wrong’ ad metrics to boost revenue Facebook’s Australian media ban is taking down official government pages Apple won’t have to allow App Store alternatives on iOS after North Dakota bill fails Amazon Fire TV Stick (2020) review: just get a 4K model Apple TV app now available on the latest Google Chromecast YouTube TV offering HBO Max, Showtime, and Starz for $5 less in new entertainment bundle Donald Glover’s reported Amazon deal could lead to a more curated Prime Video HBO Max is ordering way more kids’ content to compete with Netflix and Disney Plus The 20 biggest announcements from today’s Nintendo Direct Android 12 developer preview is available now with many under-the-hood updates How to easily install the Android 12 developer preview Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 19, 2021
Google's mysterious lack of app updates / Apple’s rumored VR headset / Microsoft’s Surface Duo price drops to $999
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The Verge's Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and Adi Robertson discuss Google's mysterious lack of iOS app updates, the rumors around Apple's potential VR headset, and the rest of this week's gadget headlines. Further reading: AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine has been confusing from the start FDA officials are off on a three-week sprint to review J&J COVID-19 vaccine data PSA: Don’t post your coronavirus vaccination card selfie on social media Why the FDA is taking 22 days to look over J&J’s data PSA: Please wear layers to your vaccine appointment Google’s own iOS apps were begging for updates that don’t exist, but the company says it was because of a bug Google is weighing an anti-tracking feature for Android, following Apple’s lead iOS 14.5 lets you set Spotify and others as Siri’s default music service New North Dakota bill would force Apple to allow alternative app stores and payment systems An iOS developer wants Apple to know just how bad App Store scams have become This may be our first look at Google’s new Android 12 OS Apple’s rumored VR headset could cost $3,000, feature 8K displays and over a dozen cameras Apple’s former hardware leader reportedly now overseeing AR and VR devices Apple reportedly developing next-gen ultra-thin displays for AR devices with TSMC Hyundai and Kia downplay Apple car rumors Hyundai is getting serious about building a ‘walking car’ with four legs Microsoft’s foldable Surface Duo price drops to $999, arrives in Europe next week Sonos FCC filing hints it’s coming for the UE Boom and other small Bluetooth speakers This laptop has seven times the average number of screens Amazon reportedly building an Alexa ‘command center’ that mounts to the wall How Sony put 40,000 PlayStation symbols under your fingertips Elon Musk’s SpaceX is accepting $99 Starlink deposits amid ‘deep chasm’ of red ink Tesla’s $1.5 billion bitcoin purchase clashes with its environmental aspirations Miami mayor says Elon Musk will tunnel under the city for just $30 million The Biden administration is working to help address global semiconductor chip shortage Section 230 is 25 years old, and it’s never been more important Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 12, 2021
Jeff Bezos steps away as Amazon CEO / Ford's electric Mustang Mach-E / Apple Car rumors
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The Verge's Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Sean O'Kane, and Becca Farsace discuss driving Ford's electric Mustang, what's next for Tesla's product line, rumors around Apple's Car endeavors, and Jeff Bezos stepping down as Amazon CEO. Further reading: Scientists want to know if vaccinated people can still become COVID-19 long-haulers If you’re starting an online class, check to make sure your professor is alive Volunteers built a one-stop website to find open NYC vaccine appointments Amazon will have a new CEO as Jeff Bezos transitions to executive chair later this year Bezos’ Amazon: from bookstore to backbone of the internet Meet Andy Jassy, Amazon’s next CEO  Amazon’s electric Rivian vans will start making deliveries in 16 cities this year Ford Mustang Mach-E Kuo adds fuel to Apple-Hyundai electric car rumors  Apple and Hyundai-Kia pushing toward deal on Apple Car Tesla’s new Model S can go up to 520 miles Tesla Roadster production delayed to 2022 Tesla agrees to recall cars with failing displays Tesla’s next car will seamlessly unlock with UWB, FCC leak suggests Don’t buy Teslas during a production ramp, Elon Musk says Another SpaceX Starship nails clean test flight, but explodes on landing Elon Musk’s shot at Amazon flares monthslong fight over billionaires’ orbital real estate The Alpha 1 is Sony's new flagship camera with monstrous  iOS 14.5 tries to solve Face ID’s mask problem with your Apple Watch HP’s Spectre x360 14 review: the best 2-in-1 you can buy Rad Power Bikes raises $150 million to grow its electric bike empire Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 05, 2021
GameStop, Reddit, and Robin Hood: How r/WallStreetBets gamed the stock of GameStop
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The Verge's Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and Elizabeth Lopatto explain how the users of the subreddit r/WallStreetBets sent GameStop, AMC and other stocks rocketing up through the stock market. A year into coronavirus, we’re still counting the dead Slow certification process keeps some pharmacists from giving COVID-19 vaccines Go read this report about the tech systems behind the US’s vaccine distribution Testing sidelined as health departments focus on vaccination How r/WallStreetBets gamed the stock of GameStop Reddit’s GameStop traders turn their attention to AMC stock Memes have broken the brokerages Robinhood blocks purchase of GameStop, AMC, and BlackBerry stock Discord has turned into a virtual trade floor with memes, stocks, and chaos r/WallStreetBets went private — and now it’s back with a message After buy ban, GameStop hypebeasts are looking for a Robinhood alternative Robinhood denies claims that it sold GameStop shares out from under its traders Robinhood will allow ‘limited buys’ of stocks like GameStop starting Friday Samsung Galaxy S21 review Sony’s creator-focused Xperia Pro arrives in the US priced at $2,499 Tesla unveils redesigned Model S with new interior and 520-mile range option OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei’s next company is literally called Nothing Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 29, 2021
Galaxy S21 Ultra review / Apple redesign rumors / Paramount Plus and 2021's streaming services
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The Verge's Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Julia Alexander, and Chaim Gartenberg discuss the Verge review of Samsung's Galaxy S21 Ultra, the numerous rumors about Apple's future products, and ViacomCBS's new rebranded streaming service. Further reading: Amazon offers to help Biden administration with vaccinations CES showed off the COVID-19 mask gimmick arms race Joe Biden halts US withdrawal from World Health Organization Biden appoints Jessica Rosenworcel as acting FCC chair FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel on staying connected during a pandemic The US will rejoin the Paris climate agreement, but that was the easy part Joe Biden cancels Keystone XL permit President Biden to use Defense Production Act for masks, vaccines WhiteHouse.gov now has dark mode Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra review: The Real Deal Apple’s VR and AR headsets detailed in new report Apple is reportedly prototyping foldable iPhone screens Apple reportedly planning big iMac redesign and half-sized Mac Pro 2021 MacBook Pro will ditch the Touch Bar and bring back MagSafe, say reports Netflix had a record year in 2020, thanks in part to the pandemic Paramount Plus, ViacomCBS’s new rebranded version of CBS All Access, launches on March 4th Netflix had a record year in 2020, thanks in part to the pandemic A visit from the Zune squad Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 22, 2021
CES 2021 / Samsung’s S21 lineup and Galaxy Buds Pro
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The Verge’s Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Monica Chin, and Chris Welch dive into all of the important announcements from both inside and outside of CES — including Samsung’s new flagship S21 smartphone line, the many new TVs with HDMI 2.1, Mini LED, webOS, and the next laptops with new chips from Intel and AMD. Further reading: Samsung Galaxy S21, S21 Plus, and S21 Ultra first look: polished design (and prices) Samsung’s Galaxy S21 phones come with plenty of features — but not a charger Samsung’s Galaxy S21 phones don’t include microSD card support You’ll never believe it, Samsung made a black phone Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro review Samsung’s 2021 TVs have dramatically better picture, thanks to Mini LED Samsung made a solar-charging Eco Remote for its latest TVs LG’s 2021 TV lineup includes its brightest OLED ever LG is overhauling its webOS TV software — and maybe ruining it LG Display announces its smallest OLED TV panel yet Sony announces 2021 TV lineup with 4K gaming at 120Hz and improved picture Sony promises streaming quality nearly as good as 4K Blu-ray on Bravia Core movie service Intel’s latest 11th Gen H-series chips promise the fastest ultraportable gaming laptops yet Intel’s 12th Gen chips look to challenge Arm and Apple’s M1 CPUs later this year Intel has to be better than ‘lifestyle company’ Apple at making CPUs, says new CEO AMD’s 7nm Ryzen 5000 mobile processors promise 2021’s best gaming notebooks AMD says RDNA 2 GPU-powered laptops will arrive in the first half of 2021 Nvidia announces $329 GeForce RTX 3060, available in February Nvidia is bringing its RTX 3080 to laptops on January 26th Asus ROG’s 2021 lineup includes its first convertible gaming laptop (ish) Asus updates Zephyrus G14 and G15 with latest AMD and Nvidia chips Asus’ 2021 laptop line includes two new dual-screen ZenBooks MSI’s new GE76 Raider Dragon Edition Tiamat is a tribute to an ancient goddess Lenovo’s new Legion gaming laptops go all in on AMD’s latest Ryzen chips Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 hands-on: a new direction Acer’s new Predator Triton 300 SE is an ultrapowerful, ultralight gaming laptop MSI’s new Creator 15 comes with RTX 3000 graphics  Razer has created a concept N95 mask with RGB and voice projection LG teases its Rollable phone again LG’s Rollable phone is real and launching in 2021 Weird flex: TCL shows off two more of its rollable, extendable display concepts Watch this flexible LG gaming TV bend from flat to curved Finally you can have ice cream at home thanks to ice cream pods Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 15, 2021
Trump banned from Twitter, Facebook, and others / Parler banned from app stores
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Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Adi Robertson, and Casey Newton chronicle the week since the Capitol riot: Trump gets deplatformed and Parler is removed from app stores. Further reading: It’s 2021, and the pandemic is still here  FDA tells US health providers not to modify COVID-19 vaccine dose schedule Florida counties use Eventbrite to schedule COVID-19 vaccine appointments Twitter permanently bans Trump Twitter is deleting Trump’s attempts to circumvent ban Twitter bans QAnon supporters, including former national security adviser Michael Flynn Twitter pulls Trump video that it said posed a ‘risk of violence’ Facebook bans Trump ‘indefinitely’ YouTube says it will punish Trump and other channels that continue to spread election lies YouTube removes Trump video addressing Capitol attack Platforms take action against Trump after Capitol mob attack Reddit bans r/donaldtrump forum for inciting violence Twitch disables Trump’s account indefinitely Big Tech pauses political spending after Capitol riot: Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Airbnb are pausing spending Shopify takes down Trump’s campaign store Google pulls Parler from Play Store for fostering calls to violence Apple removes Parler from the App Store Parler CEO says even his lawyers are abandoning him Parler is gone for now as Amazon terminates hosting Parler posts, some with GPS data, have been archived by an independent researcher Parler sues Amazon for kicking it off the internet Why the post-Capitol deplatforming was necessary Trump’s ban from Twitter creates the ultimate case of link rot in posts across the internet Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 12, 2021
The HDMI Holiday Spec-tacular
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For a special Vergecast holiday episode, The Verge’s Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and Chris Welch talk to three industry experts about the new HDMI 2.1 standard: Polygon's front page editor Samit Sarkar, Vizio CTO Bill Baxter, and HDMI Forum president David Glen. The Vergecast crew discuss what to look for when buying a new TV, how serious the TV manufacturers are on supporting 2.1, and how the new standard is being implemented throughout the industry. Happy holidays! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 24, 2020
Two new antitrust lawsuits against Google / AirPods Max review / iOS 14.3 has arrived with ProRAW for iPhone 12 Pro
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The Verge's Dieter Bohn, Nilay Patel, and Adi Robertson discuss the two antitrust lawsuits against Google announced this week. Chris Welch joins to discuss his review of Apple's AirPods Max. Further reading: FDA authorizes first COVID-19 vaccine in US Health care workers in US start receiving COVID-19 vaccines Texas attorney general announces ad tech antitrust probe against Google Google accused of search manipulation in third major antitrust lawsuit Prosecutors say Google accessed private WhatsApp messages — but the evidence is thin Apple launches new App Store privacy labels so you can see how iOS apps use your data Facebook criticizes Apple’s iOS privacy changes with full-page newspaper ads Facebook hits back at Apple with second critical newspaper ad Apple defends upcoming privacy changes as ‘standing up for our users’ Epic Games Store now offers Spotify, signaling app store ambitions beyond just games Judge orders Tim Cook and Craig Federighi to testify in Epic’s Fortnite case Apple AirPods Max review: superb headphones, awful case Apple Fitness Plus is now available iOS 14.3 has arrived with ProRAW for iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max Halide: Understanding ProRAW Samsung confirms stylus support is coming to Galaxy phones like the S21 Samsung’s Galaxy Note series will reportedly still continue next year Here’s the best look yet at Samsung’s Galaxy Buds Pro wireless earbuds OnePlus 9 leak shows off the upcoming 2021 flagship in photos Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 18, 2020
Apple announces AirPods Max / Qualcomm president Cristiano Amon interview
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Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and Chris Welch discuss Apple's announcement of their AirPods Max noise-canceling headphones and give their first impressions. Second half of the show, Nilay and Dieter talk with Qualcomm president Cristiano Amon about Qualcomm's new flagship processor the Snapdragon 888, the potential of 5G, and what he thinks about Apple's new M1 processor. COVID-19 vaccine starts working within two weeks after first shot Apple and Google’s COVID contact tracing tech is finally coming to their home state of California COVID-19 vaccine monitoring program may be at risk of false reports With guns drawn, police raid home and seize computers of COVID-19 data whistleblower Florida’s justification for raiding COVID data whistleblower Rebekah Jones is looking a little shaky The pandemic turned the volume down on ocean noise pollution Uber asks governors to give drivers early access to COVID-19 vaccines Apple announces $549 AirPods Max noise-canceling headphones, coming December 15th AirPods Max first look Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 11, 2020
The FTC is suing Facebook to unwind its acquisitions of Instagram and WhatsApp
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In a bonus episode of The Vergecast, Nilay Patel talks with Verge policy editor Russell Brandom, senior reporter Adi Robertson, and contributing editor Casey Newton about the FTC suing Facebook to unwind its acquisitions of Instagram and WhatsApp. Further reading: The FTC is suing Facebook to unwind its acquisitions of Instagram and WhatsApp The good and the bad in the government’s case against Facebook Facebook calls antitrust lawsuits ‘revisionist history’ Instagram would be better off without Facebook Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 11, 2020
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 processor for 2021 Android phones / Warner Bros. will release new 2021 movies simultaneously on HBO Max / FCC Chairman Ajit Pai will step down on January 20th
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Verge reporter Julia Alexander joins Nilay and Dieter to discuss WarnerMedia's decision to release all of its new 2021 movies simultaneously on HBO Max. News editor Chaim Gartenberg explains Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 888 processor for upcoming Android phones in 2021. Stories from this week: Facebook will remove COVID-19 vaccine misinformation The people saving our lives should get vaccinated first, experts say Moderna to ask FDA for COVID-19 vaccine authorization Wonder Woman 1984 will be released on HBO Max the same day it’s in theaters for no extra cost  Warner Bros. will release all of its new 2021 movies simultaneously on HBO Max Discovery, home of Shark Week, HGTV, and Food Network, enters the streaming wars with Discovery Plus  FCC Chairman Ajit Pai will step down on January 20th Trump’s bias hawk FCC nominee is one step closer to confirmation Trump calls for last-minute 230 repeal as part of defense spending bill Comcast to impose home internet data cap of 1.2TB in more than a dozen US states next year Comcast to raise internet and TV prices nationwide next year Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 888 processor will power the Android flagships of 2021 Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 888 promises faster speeds, better cameras, and more powerful AI Samsung begins wider rollout of Android 11 and One UI 3.0 to latest phones Verizon’s Galaxy S20 models are the first to get Android 11 and One UI 3.0 Samsung rumored to discontinue Galaxy Note line, add stylus support to 2021 Galaxy S and Z Fold Leaked Galaxy Buds Pro image reveals new rounded design Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 04, 2020
Decoder: Alamo Drafthouse CEO on the future of movie theaters
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On this episode of Decoder, Nilay talks with Shelli Taylor, the CEO of Alamo Drafthouse. Shelli stepped into her new role as CEO during the pandemic. In the conversation, Nilay and Shelli discuss the steps she had to take to get her company back on solid ground — including justifying high fixed costs of expensive lightbulbs — and how the government has failed to manage the pandemic effectively for business owners. They also talk about what it will take to safely reopen theaters and what the future looks like, especially in the streaming age. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 01, 2020
Decoder: Microsoft's Phil Spencer on launching the new Xbox
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On this week’s episode of Decoder Nilay Patel talks to Phil Spencer, the guy in charge of Xbox at Microsoft. They discuss not only the next-generation Xbox and PS5 just arriving in stores now, but how gaming itself has become part of mainstream culture, a trend that has definitely accelerated during the pandemic. We’ve also reached an inflection point for game streaming: Google, Amazon, and Microsoft all have services that allow consumers to play games on any device by streaming them over the internet, kind of like Netflix for games. Is that the future? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 24, 2020
Apple Macbook Air with M1 review / Apple will reduce App Store cut to 15 percent / end-to-end encryption for RCS in Android
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Walt Mossberg joins the show to discuss his experience with Apple's Macbooks with the new M1 chip. Nilay, Dieter, Chris, and Dan discuss The Verge's reviews of the computers. Stories from this week: Trump’s post-election tantrum is holding up federal vaccine planning Virus surges complicate the distribution of scarce COVID-19 treatments CDC says people should not travel for Thanksgiving due to COVID-19 surges The COVID-19 pandemic hits new highs and new lows  Apple Macbook Air with M1 review: new chip, no problem Apple Macbook Pro with M1 review: flexing Arm Apple Mac Mini with M1 review: over-performer macOS Big Sur review Here’s how to run any iOS app you own on Apple’s new M1 Macs Apple will reduce App Store cut to 15 percent for most developers starting January 1st Apple’s biggest App Store critics are not impressed with its new fee cut for small developers Google Stadia is coming to iOS officially as a web app Google Pay's massive relaunch makes it an all-encompassing ... Google is rolling out end-to-end encryption for RCS in Android .. Google’s latest Chrome update delivers ‘largest performance gain in years’ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 20, 2020
Decoder: The future of remote learning with Sal Khan of Khan Academy
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For the next few Tuesday's, we'll be sharing Nilay Patel's new podcast Decoder, an interview show that puts a spotlight on how innovators and policymakers at the frontiers of business and technology are navigating an ever-changing landscape. On this week’s episode of Decoder, Nilay Patel talks with Sal Khan, the co-founder and CEO of Khan Academy, a nonprofit online learning platform for students in kindergarten through high school. Khan Academy is an organization that exists because of technology. What started with Sal tutoring his niece in math over video using off the shelf cameras and software, has grown into an organization with nearly 20 million users per month, available in 46 languages and used in more than 190 countries. And online learning has gotten even more vital with the pandemic. In this conversation, Nilay and Sal discuss the future of learning, what online education is good at and where it struggles, how Khan Academy is growing, and how Sal’s thinking about handling trickier subjects like history and social studies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 17, 2020
Apple announces M1 chip computers / iPhone 12 mini and Pro Max review / HomePod mini review
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Nilay, Dieter, Dan, and Chaim discuss the new computers Apple announced at their "One More Thing" hardware event, as well as their reviews of the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro Max, and HomePod mini. Stories from this week: US sees two days with over 100,000 reported COVID-19 cases COVID-19 vaccine is highly effective, manufacturers report iPhone 12 mini review: fit to size iPhone 12 Pro Max review: the best smartphone camera The 5 biggest announcements from Apple’s ‘One More Thing’ hardware event Mac users couldn’t launch apps this afternoon after Apple verification server issue Apple announces MacBook Air with Apple’s Arm-based M1 processor Apple says new Arm-based M1 chip offers the ‘longest battery life ever in a Mac’ All the apps and games Apple promises for Arm-based Macs Apple announces new Arm-based Mac mini with M1 chip, starting at $699 Apple’s first Arm-based 13-inch MacBook Pro is here with an M1 chip Apple’s new M1 computers top out at 16GB of RAM The biggest difference between the new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro is a fan Apple’s M1 Mac design emphasizes continuity over complexity HomePod mini review macOS Big Sur is now available to download Google will end its free unlimited Photos storage on June 1, 2021 Microsoft: ‘please do not blow vape smoke into your Xbox Series X’ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 13, 2020
Introducing Decoder with Nilay Patel: Mark Cuban on the future of American business
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This is the first episode of Nilay Patel's new podcast Decoder, an interview show that will put a spotlight on how innovators and policymakers at the frontiers of business and technology are navigating an ever-changing landscape. On the first episode of Decoder, Nilay interviews Mark Cuban. Mark is the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, he’s a tech investor, and is on the hit show, Shark Tank. The conversation, recorded as last week’s election results rolled in, covers how interwoven business, technology, and policy are, whether its 5G, or the NBA bubble, or AI, or his investments into healthcare -- if you want to understand the landscape of the future, you have to understand tech, you have to understand business, and you have to understand policy. You can subscribe to Decoder anywhere you get your podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 10, 2020
Xbox Series X, Series S, and PS5 review / Apple announces 'One More Thing' event for November 10th
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The Verge's Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and Tom Warren discuss reviews of the new game consoles — Microsoft's Xbox Series X and Series S, and Sony's PS5. Oh yeah one more thing, there's an Apple event next week. Additional reading: Xbox Series X review Xbox Series S review Astro’s Playroom is the perfect showcase for the PS5’s wild DualSense controller The PS5’s new controller is amazing — here’s how it works Sony confirms the PS5 won’t support SSD storage expansion at launch Best Buy says next-gen Xbox and PS5 consoles will only be sold online for entire holiday season Sony strongly urges gamers not to line up at stores on PS5 release date Sony shows how much easier logging into the PS5 can be, among other tutorials The different strategies of Microsoft and Sony’s next-generation consoles Switch sales are so good that Nintendo is raising forecasts Apple announces 'One More Thing' event for November 10th … Apple to Launch MacBooks With Own Chips Next Week Making macOS run well on ARM processors isn’t the hard part Microsoft’s rougher ride in a similar transition could provide some lessons for Apple Fortnite will reportedly be playable on iOS again through Nvidia’s GeForce Now Sizing up the iPhone 12 mini and 12 Pro Max DJI’s palm-sized Mini 2 drone flies further and shoots 4K for $449 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 06, 2020
Facebook, Twitter take steps to limit the president’s false election claims
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While the counting for the 2020 presidential election still goes on, The Verge's Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and Adi Robertson discuss what steps social media platforms have taken to limit misinformation. Additional reading: Watch the great people of Philadelphia count ballots live Facebook, Twitter take steps to limit the president’s false election claims Twitter restricts Trump campaign official’s tweet alleging Philadelphia voter fraud Before the votes are fully counted, Trump falsely claims victory Twitter restricts yet another Trump tweet for making up election rules People are mistaking a Baltimore Orioles meme for an election misinformation botnet Facebook shuts down huge ‘Stop the Steal’ group YouTube says video claiming Trump won does not violate its election misinformation policies Democrats call on Twitter to suspend Trump as election results file in Massachusetts passes ‘right to repair’ law to open up car data California poised to establish a new privacy regulator with ballot measure win Uber, Lyft drivers aren’t employees after all, California voters say Portland, Maine has voted to ban facial recognition Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 06, 2020
Tearing down the iPhone 12 with iFixit
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The Verge's Dieter Bohn talks with iFixit's Kyle Weins and Kay-Kay Clapp about their teardown reviews, the right to repair, and how to fix the Phone 12. We're a finalist for a Discover Podcast Award! Vote here: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/5978795/2020-Discover-Pods-Awards-Finalists Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 03, 2020
This week's Section 230 hearing / gadgets go to QVC / Motorola Razr 2020 review
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Nilay, Dieter, and Adi discuss the latest Section 230 congressional hearing featuring the CEOs of big tech. Ashley Carman stops by to talk about how gadget makers are turning to shopping channels to market their products. Stories from this week: San Francisco and Oakland phase out Verily COVID-19 testing sites White House officials considered Elon Musk for coronavirus ad campaign We need to rebuild America’s pandemic-fighting agencies Streaming was part of the future — now it’s the only future  Lime’s CEO on the future of scooters: ‘COVID has turned from a headwind into a tailwind’ Mark Zuckerberg just told Congress to upend the internet The latest Section 230 hearing showed that Republicans want to make the internet smaller The Right’s Regulator in Chief Gadget makers’ biggest risk could be a huge reward Influencers’ next frontier: their own live shopping channels Everyone on Instagram will soon be able to go live for four hours Facebook will test shopping from Reels later this year Motorola Razr 2020 review: 5G folding flip phone feels fine LG Wing review: learning to fly, failing to soar  Verizon’s Yahoo zombie appears again as a purple phone First iPhone 12 mini hands-on video shows just how tiny it is Mophie’s new wirelessly charging battery pack clips onto the back of your phone T-Mobile expands its faster midband 5G network, nearly doubling its coverage Microsoft Surface Pro X (2020) review: ARM gets more muscle Amazon Echo Dot (2020) review: have a ball T-Mobile expands into live internet TV with new TVision streaming service PS5 in photos: our first look at Sony’s next-gen console PS5 vs. Xbox Series X: the next-gen consoles in photos Astro’s Playroom is the perfect showcase for the PS5’s wild DualSense controller Control is coming to the Nintendo Switch today, but you can only stream it from the cloud Vizio and LG’s next-gen-ready OLED TVs are up to $500 off at Best Buy Meet the 24-year-old who’s tracking every broken McDonald’s ice-cream machine in the US We're a finalist for a Discover Podcast Award! Vote here: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/5978795/2020-Discover-Pods-Awards-Finalists Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 30, 2020
iPhone 12 and 12 Pro review with Joanna Stern and Nilay Patel
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Every Tuesday this month, Vergecast co-host Dieter Bohn is hosting a series of discussions diving deep into tech review season, each focusing on a specific product. This week, Dieter brings back Vergecast co-host Nilay Patel and senior personal technology columnist at The Wall Street Journal Joanna Stern to discuss their reviews of the latest iteration of the iPhone. Dieter reviewed the iPhone 12, Nilay reviewed the iPhone 12 Pro, and Joanna reviewed them both side by side. The trio discusses what they focused on in their reviews — like 5G, Dolby Vison, and MagSafe — and how significant the upgrades are for this year’s devices. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 27, 2020
Quibi is shutting down / Google faces antitrust charges / Foxconn’s LCD factory is Wisconsin isn’t real
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Dieter Bohn and Nilay Patel talk to Julia Alexander about Quibi shutting down, Adi Robertson about the US government filing antitrust charges against Google, and Josh Dzieza about his report on Wisconsin's empty Foxconn factory. Stories from this week: The ambitious effort to piece together America’s fragmented health data  Microsoft wants to cut down pollution from its business travel   Is Quibi done for? Quibi is shutting down 11 reasons why Quibi crashed and burned in less than a year Quibi’s top executives are ready to blame themselves, not just the pandemic, for Quibi failing Watch AOC play Among Us live on Twitch with HasanAbi and Pokimane The US government has filed antitrust charges against Google Who is Google’s market power hurting? Senate committee approves subpoenas for Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey How to retweet using Twitter’s new temporary format Republican lawmakers are furious after Twitter asks users to read stories before retweeting Facebook’s independent oversight board is now accepting cases The 8th Wonder of the World Exclusive: Wisconsin report confirms Foxconn’s so-called LCD factory isn’t real Apple iPad Air (2020) review: take it from the Pro Amazon Echo (2020) review: music of the sphere Beats Flex review: wireless earbud basics done right Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 23, 2020
Pixel 5 with Android Central and Android Police
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Every Tuesday this month, Vergecast co-host Dieter Bohn hosts a series of discussions diving deep into tech review season, each focusing on a specific product. This week, Dieter talks with managing editor of Android Central Daniel Bader and Android Police editor-in-chief David Ruddock about the Google’s Pixel 5. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 20, 2020
Apple announces iPhone 12, MagSafe charger, HomePod mini
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Stories from this week: Apple’s iPhone 12 event: the 7 biggest announcements Apple announces iPhone 12 with OLED screen and 5G speeds iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max announced with larger displays, updated design, and 5G Apple announces iPhone 12 mini, the ‘smallest and lightest 5G phone in the world’ Apple’s new iPhone 12 line-up comes with a ceramic-hardened display Apple’s new iPhones won’t ship with earbuds or wall chargers Apple cuts EarPods and iPhone charger prices by $10 after it stops bundling them Apple’s iPhone 12 can wirelessly charge twice as fast, but only with a MagSafe charger Apple’s revived MagSafe charging standard opens the door for a portless iPhone The iPhone 12 Pro Max could be Apple’s biggest camera jump in years Breaking down Apple’s three new iPhone 12 camera systems Here’s how you’ll know when you’re on Verizon’s fast or slow 5G on an iPhone 12 The iPhone 12’s mysterious groove is a 5G mmWave antenna window — and it’s exclusive to the US Apple’s iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini cost $30 extra for anyone who’s not an AT&T or Verizon customer Apple announces smaller HomePod mini for $99 Apple’s HomePod will soon support Dolby Atmos with the Apple TV 4K Beats announces $50 Beats Flex earbuds with USB-C and 12-hour battery life Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 16, 2020
Samsung 2020 with Marques Brownlee
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Every Tuesday this month, Vergecast co-host Dieter Bohn hosts a series of discussions diving deep into tech review season, each focusing on a specific product. This week, Dieter talks with MKBHD aka Marques Brownlee about the various phones released by Samsung this year, from the S20 Ultra to the Z Fold 2 5G. The two also discuss the process of reviewing different tiers of phones and how it's changing the smartphone market. This episode was brought to you by Novartis. To learn more about Cell and Gene Therapy visit vox.com/ad/novartis Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 13, 2020
Congress releases tech antitrust report / Apple’s next iPhone will be announced on October 13th
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Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn bring in Russell Brandom and Adi Robertson to discuss congressional report about whether Amazon, Facebook, Apple, and Google are violating antitrust law. Dan Seifert stops by to discuss Apple's upcoming iPhone event on October 13th. Links: Global TV shipments hit record high last quarter, report says America’s internet wasn’t prepared for online school I regularly forget that I have New York’s COVID-19 exposure notification app Congress releases blockbuster tech antitrust report What Google, Apple, Amazon, and Facebook have at stake in the antitrust fight Apple made ProtonMail add in-app purchases, even though it had been free for years Oracle and Google’s Supreme Court showdown was a battle of metaphors Apple quietly stops selling Bose, Sonos and some Logitech gear — only Apple audio remains The Supreme Court is taking on Google and Oracle one last time Apple’s next iPhone will be announced on October 13th Apple Watch SE review: pay a lot less to give up only a little Why Apple needed the FDA to sign off on its EKG but not its blood oxygen monitor The Apple Watch heart monitor sends too many people to the doctor YouTube 4K has come to Apple TV, but we’re waiting on HDR, 60fps, and iPhone/iPad playback Disney movies are now available in 4K on Apple’s iTunes store Apple sues recycling partner for reselling more than 100,000 iPhones, iPads, and Watches it was hired to dismantle  Samsung Galaxy S20 FE review: the right price for the right stuff Samsung Galaxy Note 20 review: stylus tax Google Nest Audio review: the sweet spot Google Fi now directly sells Samsung phones and adds a new 5G map G Suite is now Google Workspace in a bid to merge Gmail, Chat, and Docs Gmail has a new logo that’s a lot more Google More early Prime Day 2020 deals have kicked off on Amazon Meet Ricky Desktop, the most viral beatmaker on TikTok SPACs, explained Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 09, 2020
Pixel vs Nexus with UrAvgConsumer
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Every Tuesday this month, Vergecast co-host Dieter Bohn hosts a series of discussions diving deep into tech review season, each focusing on a specific product. This week, Dieter talks with YouTube's UrAvgConsumer about how the recently announced Google Pixel 5 shares some common ground with Google's 2013 smartphone project the Nexus 5. This episode was brought to you by Novartis. To learn more about Cell and Gene Therapy visit vox.com/ad/novartis Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 06, 2020
Google announces Pixel 5, Chromecast with Google TV, and Nest Audio
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Nilay, Dieter, Dan, and Chris discuss all the announcements from Google's fall hardware event from this week, as well as Sonos suing Google for infringing five more wireless audio patents. Links: If you’re sick this fall, you’ll probably get two virus tests The coronavirus pandemic by the numbers Google announces the Pixel 5 for $699 Google announces Pixel 4A 5G with larger 6.2-inch display for $499 Verizon has an exclusive Pixel 4A 5G that’s $100 more expensive Google says the Pixel’s Soli radar and Motion Sense will return Can the Pixel 5 camera still compete using the same old aging sensor? The Pixel 5 and 4A 5G play it safe Google Chromecast (2020) review: reinvented — and now with a remote Google announces new Chromecast with the new Google TV interface The new Chromecast with Google TV won’t officially support Stadia at launch Google Play Movies & TV is now Google TV but it’s not the same Google TV that runs on Android TV on the new Chromecast, it’s an app New Chromecast works as a cheap but unsupported xCloud streamer The Home Depot is selling a new Google Chromecast that hasn’t been announced Sonos sues Google for infringing five more wireless audio patents The new Roku Ultra has Dolby Vision and improved Wi-Fi performance Roku is adding support for Apple’s AirPlay 2 and HomeKit later this year Roku’s Streambar is a compact soundbar with built-in streaming smarts Google’s new Nest Audio smart speaker is official, costs $99.99 A week with the Xbox Series X: load times, game performance, and more Microsoft’s new $549 Surface Laptop Go aims to compete with Chromebooks Microsoft’s updated Surface Pro X has a faster processor and new platinum color option Apple Watch Series 6 review: minute improvements The Apple Watch heart monitor sends too many people to the doctor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 02, 2020
Apple Watch Series 6 with WSJ's Joanna Stern
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Every Tuesday this month, Vergecast co-host Dieter Bohn hosts a series of discussions diving deep into tech review season, each focusing on a specific product. This week, Dieter talks with senior personal technology columnist at The Wall Street Journal and Verge alum Joanna Stern about Apple's Watch Series 6. Dieter and Joanna also discuss the process of reviewing gadgets on video and the complications of reviewing a product that has this many variants. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 29, 2020
Amazon announces Ring security drone, new Echo devices, a gaming service, and a whole lot more
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Nilay, Dieter, and Dan discuss all the important announcements from Amazon's fall hardware event this week, from a security drone for your home to a new cloud gaming service. Stories discussed this week: CDC removes guidance about airborne spread of the coronavirus Averting a COVID-19 vaccination crisis will take careful communication Ring’s latest security camera is a drone that flies around inside your house Ring announces new line of security cameras for cars Amazon will launch a new location-tracking mesh network system later this year Amazon’s fall hardware event: the 13 biggest announcements Amazon redesigns the Echo with a new spherical design and a custom machine learning processor Amazon’s new Echo show 10 moves to look at you  Amazon’s Echo Show smart displays will soon stream Netflix video Amazon’s AZ1 Neural Edge processor will make Alexa voice commands even faster Alexa’s latest upgrades help it listen to multiple people and ask clarifying questions Amazon unveils new Guard Plus subscription for $4.99 per month Amazon announces new cloud gaming service called Luna Amazon’s Luna game streaming service is powered by Windows and Nvidia GPUs Amazon announces $29.99 Fire TV Stick Lite and upgraded Fire TV Stick The latest Eero mesh Wi-Fi routers support Wi-Fi 6 iPad 2020 review iOS 14 and iPadOS review: iPhone revolution, iPad evolution iOS 14 basics: how to add widgets to your iPhone’s home screen Fitbit Sense review: enough bugs to raise your heart rate  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 25, 2020
Microsoft Surface Duo with Engadget's Cherlynn Low
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Every Tuesday this month, Vergecast co-host Dieter Bohn hosts a series of discussions diving deep into tech review season, each focusing on a specific product. This week, Dieter and Verge deputy editor Dan Seifert talks with Engadget's Cherlynn Low about Microsoft's Surface Duo. The trio discuss how the process of reviewing this device differs from others in the past, where it stands in the phone and tablet market, and other notable points from Dieter and Cherlynn's time with the Duo that didn't make it into the review. We are conducting an audience survey to better serve you. It takes no more than five minutes, and it really helps out the show. Please take our survey here: voxmedia.com/podsurvey.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 22, 2020
Apple announces Watch Series 6 and new iPad Air / PS5 reveals price tag / Oculus announces Quest 2
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Nilay, Dieter, Chaim, and Nicole discuss Apple's newly announced products including the Apple Watch Series 6 and the new iPad Air. Also discussed: the PS5 announced pricing, Oculus has a new headset, and TikTok acquisition news continues to brew. More stories from this episode: Apple Watch’s blood oxygen monitor is for ‘wellness,’ not medicine Apple is creating a fitness subscription service called Fitness Plus The new Apple Watch Series 6 has blood oxygen monitoring The Apple Watch Series 6: first impressions of a very good smartwatch The Apple Watch SE is a new lower-cost Watch New Apple Watches won’t have a USB power adapter in the box Family Setup lets you manage multiple Apple Watches from one iPhone There’s a new iPad Air that looks a lot like an iPad Pro The updated eighth-generation iPad has a familiar design but a new processor New Apple One subscription bundles pack multiple services together Nvidia is acquiring Arm for $40 billion  The PS5 will launch on November 12th for $499.99 PS5 Digital Edition launches November 12th for $399.99 Connect 7: All the news from Facebook and Oculus’ big VR / AR event Oculus Quest 2 review: better, cheaper VR Oculus’ new Quest 2 VR headset starts at $299 and ships October 13th Mark Zuckerberg on why he doesn’t want to ‘put an Apple Watch on your face’ Google to launch Pixel 5, new Chromecast, and smart speaker on September 30th Oracle reportedly wins deal for TikTok’s US operations as ‘trusted tech partner’ Trump to decide on TikTok Oracle deal with Walmart as an … We are conducting an audience survey to better serve you. It takes no more than five minutes, and it really helps out the show. Please take our survey here: voxmedia.com/podsurvey.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 18, 2020
We ask a biostatistician about the timeline of a COVID-19 vaccine
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There’s a lot of information coming and going about the coronavirus, and the next steps for vaccines and treatments for COVID-19 — The Verge even has a newsletter dedicated to it. But how do we asses all this information in a logical way, to prevent confusion, chaos, or something worse? The Verge’s Nilay Patel, Mary Beth Griggs and Nicole Wetsman talked to Dr. Natalie Dean, assistant professor of biostatistics at the University of Florida, about what we know so far about the timeline of a COVID-19 vaccine, and the best way to evaluate the flood of information coming in every day. We are conducting an audience survey to better serve you. It takes no more than five minutes, and it really helps out the show. Please take our survey here: voxmedia.com/podsurvey.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 15, 2020
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 review / Android 11 review / Xbox Series S and X preview
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Nilay, Dieter, and Tom discuss reviews of Samsung's Galaxy Z Fold 2, Microsoft's Surface Duo, and Android 11. Also, previews of the Xbox Series X and Series S. Stories from this week: White House reportedly moves to eliminate COVID-19 security theater at airports Trump’s latest attack on Section 230 is really about censoring speech Microsoft Surface Duo review: double troubles How Microsoft built its folding Android phone  Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 review: an extravagant success  Android 11 review: features by the dozen Welcome to the next generation of gaming Microsoft’s new Xbox Series S is surprisingly small in size and price A first look at Microsoft’s new Xbox Series X console Microsoft confirms $299 Xbox Series S console Microsoft reveals Xbox Series S specs, promises four times the processing power of Xbox One Xbox Series X launches on November 10th for $499 Your move, PS5 Xbox Game Pass is adding EA’s Play subscription service at no extra cost Xbox Game Pass for PC is doubling its price next week A closer look at Nvidia’s new RTX 3080 Apple announces ‘Time Flies’ event for September 15th Apple Music for Android contains mentions of rumored ‘Apple One’ services bundle iPhone 12: everything we think we know about Apple’s 2020 5G iPhones We are conducting an audience survey to better serve you. It takes no more than five minutes, and it really helps out the show. Please take our survey here: voxmedia.com/podsurvey.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 11, 2020
Marc Levoy on moving from Google to Adobe and the ethics of computational photography
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The Verge's Nilay Patel talks with former Google engineer Marc Levoy about his move to Adobe, the state of the smartphone camera, and the future of computational photography. We are conducting an audience survey to better serve you. It takes no more than five minutes, and it really helps out the show. Please take our survey here: voxmedia.com/podsurvey.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 08, 2020
IFA 2020 gadgets / Intel announces 11th Gen Tiger Lake CPUs / Nvidia announces RTX 3080 and 3090
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Nilay, Dieter, Chaim, and Chris dive deep into all the gadget news that dominated this week, including all the announcements at IFA 2020's virtual event showcase. Stories discussed this week: Apple and Google announce new automatic app system to track COVID exposures  Apple releases iOS 13.7 with support for new automatic COVID-19 notification system The CDC’s testing guidance will make the pandemic worse Emergency COVID-19 vaccines will have to convince a skeptical public Robert Pattinson reportedly has COVID-19, and The Batman has halted production Super Mario 3D World and other classic Mario games are coming to the Switch Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit is a Switch racer that uses RC cars Nintendo is releasing a 35th anniversary Super Mario Bros. Game and Watch Intel announces its new 11th Gen Tiger Lake CPUs, available ... Intel debuts a new logo alongside its 11th Gen chips Asus’ latest ZenBook laptops feature Intel’s 11th Gen CPUs and Thunderbolt 4 ports Acer’s new Swift laptops include Intel’s 11th Gen processors Toshiba laptops are no more, but here are Dynabook’s new notebooks with Intel’s 11th Gen parts Samsung launches Galaxy Book Flex 5G, the first 5G Intel Evo laptop Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080: launching September 17th for … Nvidia's new RTX 3090 is a $1,499 monster GPU designed for ... Qualcomm's next budget Snapdragon 4-series chips could ... Qualcomm’s 8cx Gen 2 5G processor promises a new wave of better ARM-based laptops Qualcomm hopes to topple AirPods Pro with ‘adaptive’ noise cancellation for true wireless earbuds Sonos patent gives possible first look at unannounced headphones Bang & Olufsen’s $800 noise-canceling headphones copy the best part of Microsoft’s Surface Headphones Samsung announces The Premiere, a luxury ultra-short throw 4K laser projector The new Philips Hue lightstrip mounts to your TV and syncs with what’s on-screen Lenovo Smart Clock  8BitDo made a mod-friendly, wireless arcade stick for the Nintendo Switch and Asus Zenfone 7 Pro review: fun flipping cameras with a bulky phone attached Samsung announces its cheapest 5G phone and new Trio … We are conducting an audience survey to better serve you. It takes no more than five minutes, and it really helps out the show. Please take our survey here: voxmedia.com/podsurvey.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 04, 2020
Recording police brutality: how technology is driving the new civil rights movement
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Nilay Patel talks with Verge reporter Bijan Stephen and video producer Mariya Abdulkaf about The Verge's new multimedia project Capturing the Police. Capturing the Police is a project from The Verge about how people use technology to bring awareness of police brutality and racism — and what it costs them when they agitate for justice. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 01, 2020
Surface Duo hands on / Amazon's Halo fitness tracker / Epic vs Apple: the latest
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Wired's Lauren Goode returns to the show to discuss Microsoft's soon-to-be released Surface Duo, Amazon's new fitness tracker, and an update on Apple's battle with Epic over the App Store.  Stories this week: FDA authorizes Abbott’s fast $5 COVID-19 test FDA authorizes convalescent plasma to treat COVID-19  Tracking COVID-19 through symptom monitoring will be harder when flu season starts Facebook chose not to act on militia complaints before Kenosha shooting Facebook takes down ‘call to arms’ event after two shot dead in Kenosha  Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman interview Amazon announced Halo, a fitness band and app that scans your body and voice Amazon Look review (2017) Fitbit’s new Sense smartwatch can take your skin’s temperature to help you manage stress Microsoft Flight Simulator players are flying into Hurricane Laura Fall Guys is the feel-good game of the summer Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 2 doesn’t have a release date, but you can already watch this review This could be the first real picture of the Pixel 5 Sony Xperia 5 II leak reveals a new 120Hz display and a headphone jack The Asus Zenfone 7 adds a third lens to its neat flipping camera LG’s swiveling ‘Wing’ phone allegedly revealed in video leak TikTok sues Trump administration over US ban Kevin Mayer quits as TikTok CEO due to ongoing political turmoil Walmart says it’s partnering with Microsoft on a TikTok deal Epic judge will protect Unreal Engine — but not Fortnite Why Epic can’t afford to lose the Unreal Engine in its legal fight with Apple Read the emails between Epic and Apple that led to Fortnite’s App Store ban Apple is holding the Unreal Engine hostage, Epic says in new motion Epic confirms Fortnite’s new season won’t be on iPhone, iPad, or Mac Fortnite is splitting into two different games because of Epic and Apple’s fight Apple apologizes to WordPress, won’t force the free app to add purchases after all Fortnite on iOS already feels empty and dated  Apple’s move to make advertising harder on iOS 14 is part of a trend Announcing the Get Wired podcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 28, 2020
Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman welcomes you to Team Antitrust
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Antitrust criticism of big tech companies like Google, Apple, and Amazon have been louder than ever — from the consumers to the tech companies who compete with them. Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman has been vocal for years about the problem with Google’s dominant market share in maps, local search, and reviews. “I’ve been working on it for over a decade and it’s great to see that more people have jumped on board.” Stoppelman says. “When we started out criticizing Google and highlighting some of their abuses, we got — especially from Silicon Valley — so many eye rolls.” The Verge’s Nilay Patel and Casey Newton recently caught up with Stoppelman to discuss the evolving view of the media and the public on the tech monopolies, as well as how Yelp is handling their competition and what possible changes can be made with regulation from the government. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 25, 2020
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra review / Galaxy Watch 3 review / BlackBerry 5G?
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Dieter, Dan, and Becca discuss reviews of Samsung's Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, Galaxy Buds Live, and Galaxy Watch 3. They also discuss a potential BlackBerry phone coming to the market...in 2021.  Stories from this week: Attack of the gaiters  Galaxy Note 20 Ultra review How Samsung’s beans broke the mold of wireless earbuds iFixit’s Galaxy Buds Live teardown shows that even Samsung calls them beans Samsung Galaxy Buds Live review: good sound, unique … Google’s Pixel Buds are now available in more colors nearly four months after launch Google’s Pixel Buds get new transcribe mode, attention alerts, and sharing detection Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 review: time for a change Fossil updates its Gen 5 smartwatches with sleep tracking and more fitness features The Nubia Watch is a decadent OLED smart bracelet New images of Fitbit Versa 3 and Fitbit Sense leak Epic says Apple threatens ‘catastrophic’ response in two weeks if Fortnite doesn’t comply with rules Apple tells Epic ‘we won’t make an exception’ for Fortnite Uber CEO on the fight in California: ‘We can’t go out and hire 50,000 people overnight’ Here’s your best look yet at ZTE’s first smartphone with an under-display camera Apple is now a $2 trillion company A new 5G BlackBerry phone with Android and a physical … theverge.com/newsletters Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 21, 2020
How money and payments have become social media
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Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel talks to Lana Swartz, assistant professor of media studies at the University of Virginia about her new book New Money: How Payment Became Social Media. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 18, 2020
Fornite kicked off the App Store and Microsoft’s Surface Duo arrives on Sept 10th
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Nilay, Dieter, Tom, and Dan discuss the timeline of events that lead to Epic Games suing Apple and Google after being kicked out of mobile app stores. They also discuss Microsoft's announcement of the Surface Duo's release date and technical specs. Stories discussed this episode: Big Tech pledged a billion to racial justice, but it was pocket change US passes 5 million coronavirus cases Big airlines are hoarding cash to survive the pandemic Vaping linked to higher risk of COVID-19 in teens and young adults, study finds Microsoft opens xCloud game streaming beta early on Tuesday Apple confirms cloud gaming services like xCloud and Stadia violate App Store guidelines Microsoft condemns Apple’s App Store policies Facebook slams Apple’s App Store policies, launches Facebook Gaming on iOS without games Fortnite vs Apple vs Google: a brief and very incomplete timeline Epic offers new direct payment in Fortnite on iOS and Android to get around app store fees Apple just kicked Fortnite off the App Store Watch Epic’s Nineteen Eighty-Fortnite short mocking Apple right here Epic Games is suing Apple Fortnite for Android has also been kicked off the Google Play Store Epic is suing Google over Fortnite’s removal from the Google Play Store Google forced OnePlus to decimate a Fortnite launcher deal, claims Epic Games Fortnite vs Apple vs Google: a brief and very incomplete timeline Epic rallies Fortnite players against Apple with a warning that they’ll miss the next season Microsoft’s Surface Duo arrives on Sept 10th for $1,399 Microsoft releases Surface Duo press event video with 30 minutes of demos The Xbox Series X could launch on November 6th Microsoft’s new Xbox Series S console confirmed in leaked controller packaging When I don’t buy the new Xbox, Microsoft will laugh all the way to the bank Android is becoming a worldwide earthquake detection network Google is re-adding a Calendar app to Android Auto so you can see how to get to your next appointment Google Maps finally works with CarPlay’s excellent dashboard mode Google promises the next Wear OS update will launch apps up to 20 percent faster Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 14, 2020
How a TikTok ban would affect the influencer economy
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Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel talks with New York Times reporter Taylor Lorenz about what actually happens to TikTok users, creators, and the influencer economy if a ban on the app was implemented in the United States. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 11, 2020
Samsung Unpacked, Google Pixel 4a review, and Apple's new 27-inch iMac
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Nilay, Dieter, Becca, Chris, and Dan discuss the products announced at Samsung's virtual event this week, as well as the Google Pixel 4a review, a new 27-inch iMac, and Greg Joswiak replacing Phil Schiller as head of Apple marketing. Stories discussed this week: Apple and Google’s COVID-19 tracking system will make its full US debut in new Virginia app We can’t skip steps on the road to a COVID-19 vaccine Twitter blocked Trump campaign account from tweeting over COVID-19 misinformation Facebook removes Trump post for falsely claiming children are ‘almost immune’ to COVID-19 One tweet tried to identify a cop — then five people were charged with felony harassment President Trump withdraws FCC renomination after 5G controversy Donald Trump trying to control the FCC is a ‘disaster,’ says Sen. Ron Wyden President Trump says he will ban TikTok in the US today How the Trump administration could ‘ban’ TikTok Apple is not interested in buying TikTok Instagram launches Reels, its attempt to keep you off TikTok Google announced Pixel 5, Pixel 4a 5G, and Pixel 4a all at once Pixel 4a review Galaxy Note 20 first look  The Galaxy Z Fold 2 is Samsung’s big promise that it can fix its foldable future Samsung Galaxy Buds Live review The best part of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus is its screen Sony WH-1000XM4 review Greg Joswiak replaces Phil Schiller as head of Apple marketing The new 27-inch iMac’s webcam isn’t just better; it’s smarter Scientists rename human genes to stop Microsoft Excel from misreading them as dates Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 07, 2020
Sen. Ron Wyden says Trump’s Section 230 FCC shuffle is a ‘disaster’
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The Verge's Nilay Patel and Adi Robertson talk to Senator Ron Wyden, who co-authored Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Wyden discusses the forced sale of TikTok to a US-based company, the bills out to reform Section 230, his new privacy bill preventing law enforcement from buying data on the open market, and how Trump's handling of recent FCC nominations is a "disaster." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 04, 2020
Tech antitrust hearing: the important moments and what comes next
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Nilay, Makena, Adi, and Casey discuss the important moments from Congress' antitrust hearing with Apple’s Tim Cook, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, and Google’s Sundar Pichai. Stories discussed this week: Antivirus: A weekly digest of the latest COVID-19 research Kodak is branching out into pharmaceuticals with US investment Twitter forced Donald Trump Jr. to delete tweet spreading COVID-19 misinformation Moms in Tech Facebook group splintering over allegations of racism Google will keep employees working remotely until July 2021 NASA’s life-hunting Mars rover is officially on its way to the Red Planet Tech antitrust hearing: all the news, updates, and documents from Congress’ big moment Everything you need to know from the tech antitrust hearing What Amazon, Google, Facebook, and Apple have in common Antitrust panel says the messages show Zuckerberg trying to buy out his competition Jeff Bezos can’t promise Amazon employees don’t access independent seller data Google’s business model ‘is the problem,’ David Cicilline says The iconic Flip Video almost became Google’s first camera, emails show Amazon bought Ring for market position, not technology, emails suggest Read Steve Jobs’ emails about why you can’t buy digital books in Amazon’s apps Facebook usage and revenue continue to grow as the pandemic rages on Google parent company Alphabet sees its first revenue decline in history Apple reports strong Mac and iPad sales in record-breaking Q3 earnings Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 31, 2020
Sandworm: A New Era of Cyberwar and the Hunt for the Kremlin's Most Dangerous Hackers
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Verge editor-in-chief talks with Wired senior editor Andy Greenberg, author of Sandworm: A New Era of Cyberwar and the Hunt for the Kremlin's Most Dangerous Hackers. Greenberg's book is all about a group of hackers inside the Russian government called Sandworm, who were responsible for damaging cyber warfare attacks in various countries over the past few years. Andy and Nilay discuss the origins of Sandworm, the intricacies of their attacks, and how they escalated what we think of as "cyber war." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 28, 2020
Big tech antittrust hearing preview and the Xbox Games Showcase breakdown
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Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn talk with Casey Newton and Makena Kelly about what to expect at the upcoming big tech antitrust hearings featuring Jeff Bezos, Tim Cook, Mark Zuckerberg, and Sundar Pichai. Megan Farokhmanesh and Andrew Webster return to discuss the games announced at the Xbox Games Showcase this week. Stories from this week: New COVID testing strategy could speed up backlogged labs ‘COVID parties’ are a pandemic urban legend that won’t go away The tech antitrust hearing is shaping up to be one for the ages Antitrust investigations aren’t the biggest threat to Facebook’s future The big winner in Slack’s Microsoft fight could be Google Xbox Games Showcase: all the news from Microsoft’s July 2020 event Sony’s first vlogging camera almost nails it  Latest iOS 14 beta offers more evidence of a 5.4-inch iPhone Alexa will soon be able to launch Android and iOS apps using voice commands Samsung promises new mobile and TV products at virtual September event Blurry Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 leak hints at camera upgrades and gold model Samsung’s Galaxy Note 20 Ultra may try to be the Xbox Phone This is what Samsung’s bean-shaped Galaxy Buds Live will look like in your ears The brain behind the Google Pixel camera is building a universal camera app for Adobe Windows 10X might not arrive until 2021 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 24, 2020
Election cybersecurity: How ready are we for November 3rd?
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Cybersecurity journalist Kim Zetter talks with The Verge's Nilay Patel and Russell Brandom about the state of election security in the US — what methods are being proposed to stop potential interference in the voting process, the problems with mail-in voting during a pandemic, and how voting machines are not always the best solution for a presidential election. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 21, 2020
Twitter gets hacked / NBC's streaming service Peacock debuts / TikTok in the US is threatened
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The Verge's Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Russell Brandom, and Julia Alexander discuss an unprecedented Twitter hack this week, the release of NBCUniversal's new streaming service Peacock, and the potential restrictions on TikTok in the US. Stories discussed this week: White House reportedly orders hospitals to bypass CDC during COVID-19 data collection CDC employees say the agency has a culture of ‘racial aggression’ Etsy sellers are offering sheer mesh face masks that provide ‘very little protection’ Seventeen states sue Trump administration over new student visa guidelines Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Elon Musk, Apple, and others hacked in unprecedented Twitter attack Twitter shut off the ability for many people to tweet after massive hack Twitter reveals that its own employee tools contributed to unprecedented hack Lawmakers demand more details on Twitter’s massive hack The massive Twitter hack could be a global security crisis Twitter says passwords were spared in yesterday’s attack, but it’s still working to restore locked accounts The FBI opens investigation into Twitter attack over national security concerns White House says restrictions on TikTok could come in ‘weeks, not months’ TikTok’s biggest problem is outside its control Peacock’s interface aims to recreate the feeling of live TV, but it comes up short  Why Peacock and HBO Max aren’t on the biggest streaming platforms How to stream Peacock Netflix names content chief Ted Sarandos as co-CEO Netflix adds another whopping 10 million subscribers, but warns growth may slow Microsoft discontinues Xbox One X and Xbox One S digital edition ahead of Series X launch Xbox Series X can play all Xbox One games, unless they use Kinect Microsoft to launch xCloud streaming free with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate in September Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 17, 2020
Will virtual dates stick around after the pandemic?
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The Verge's Why’d You Push That Button? is back for a special episode all about virtual dating in 2020. The pandemic has forced us all to stay at home when we can, which means if you want to go on a date, it may have to be done online. Ashley Carman and Kaitlyn Tiffany return to talk to online daters and app makers about how they are adapting to virtual-only dating, and what features and behaviors will stick around after social distancing and the pandemic end. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 15, 2020
How Color of Change helped lead the Facebook boycott
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Nilay Patel talks to Rashad Robinson, president of Color of Change. Color of Change, an online racial justice organization, is one of the groups leading the ad boycott against Facebook and other social media companies in response to hate speech appearing on the platforms. In the interview, Robinson talks about how the boycott campaign came together; his history pushing Facebook on issues of hate speech and civil rights; and meeting with Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg, and fellow leaders of the boycott to discuss the Facebook civil rights audit and how the company can improve the platform. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 14, 2020
iOS14 public beta is released, Google’s Pixel 3A is discontinued, and Samsung's event is coming soon
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Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and Dan Seifert discuss Apple's iOS14 public beta, the future of Google's phones, and what to expect at Samsung's next hardware event. Stories discussed this week: This isn’t a COVID-19 wave — it’s a tsunami Tracing the link between your phone and the next pandemic Doctors are better at treating COVID-19 patients now than they were in March After the pandemic, doctors want their new robot helpers to stay Facebook and Instagram will remind people to wear face masks White YouTube creators struggle to address past use of racist characters Everything that the big social networks banned this week, ranked Coca-Cola, Microsoft, Starbucks, Target, Unilever, Verizon: all the companies pulling ads from Facebook Facebook auditors call out Mark Zuckerberg for ‘vexing and heartbreaking decisions’ iOS 14’s public beta is rolling out today iOS and iPadOS 14 public beta preview: something for everybody Reddit says it’s fixing code in its iOS app that copied clipboard contents LinkedIn says it will stop repeatedly copying iOS clipboard Apple promises to support Thunderbolt on its new ARM Macs Intel’s Thunderbolt 4 standard looks to raise the bar for USB-C devices Google’s Pixel 3A is discontinued, but these retailers are still selling it Samsung reportedly won’t include chargers with some phones starting next year Samsung needs a splashy product for its splashy product launch Mysterious new Samsung wearable revealed in FCC filings Logitech is already giving up on its Alexa-powered Harmony remote control Google’s upcoming Nest speaker revealed in regulatory filing BMW is going all-in on in-car microtransactions A weakened version of the EARN IT Act advances out of committee Fading Light: the story of Magic Leap’s lost mixed reality magnum opus I built my own camera with a Raspberry Pi 4 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 10, 2020
Bug bounties: the good and the bad of computer security
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Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel talks to founder and CEO of Luta Security Katie Moussouris. Moussouris has a long history in computer security, working at Microsoft and the Department of Defense creating their first bug bounty programs to incentivize catching and reporting security bugs and vulnerabilities in software systems. Nilay and Katie discuss the good and bad of bug bounties, encryption dilemmas with consumer devices, voting security in elections, and overall how we keep our software and networks secure. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 07, 2020
Introducing Land of the Giants: The Netflix Effect
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This week we’re sharing an episode of Land of the Giants, a podcast from our friends at Recode and the Vox Media Podcast Network that examines the most powerful tech companies of our time. The second season is called The Netflix Effect, and it’s hosted by Recode editors Rani Molla and Peter Kafka. The Netflix Effect explores how a company that began as a small DVD-by-mail service ultimately upended Hollywood and completely changed the way we watch TV. It’s a fascinating look at what really goes on behind the scenes at Netflix, one of the few companies that’s actually growing during the pandemic, and how they’re continuing to transform entertainment for you and me.   New episodes are released every Tuesday morning.   listen and subscribe to Land of the Giants: The Netflix Effect wherever you get The Vergecast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 30, 2020
Apple announces macOS Big Sur, new silicon chips, and iOS 14
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Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn welcome back Verge alum and Wall Street Journal columnist Joanna Stern to discuss the big announcements from Apple's developer conference this week. Verge news editor Chaim Gartenberg joins in the second half to discuss the Apple updates you may have missed. Stories discussed this week: Fire and plague prepared these teens for the world New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut will quarantine travelers from states with surging COVID-19 cases The EU plans to ban US travelers indefinitely after haphazard COVID-19 response The healing power of Black art Big Sur is officially macOS 11.0 as Apple finally leaves OS X behind  Macs with new Apple-built chips will natively run iPhone and iPad apps Apple’s new ARM-based Macs won’t support Windows through Boot Camp Apple details iOS 14, its next major software update iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 will let you set default email and browser apps watchOS 7 announced with sleep tracking and rebranded Fitness app Apple TV 4K will at last play YouTube in 4K with tvOS 14 update AirPods updated with automatic switching and a new ‘Spatial Audio’ feature Apple teases new tracking protections and an approximate location feature in iOS 14 Apple approves Hey email app, but the fight’s not over After outcry, Apple will let developers challenge App Store guidelines Hey opens its email service to everyone as Apple approves its app for good Microsoft is shutting down Mixer and partnering with Facebook Gaming Mixer failed — here's why Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 26, 2020
Why activists need to think about cybersecurity
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Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel and policy editor Russell Brandom talk to founder of CryptoHarlem and cybersecurity expert Matt Mitchell, who works with activists to develop strategies to leave less data behind and help mitigate threats to their cause. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 23, 2020
WWDC predictions / Limiting Section 230 Immunity to Good Samaritans Act
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Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn run through the most interesting rumors and predictions of announcements at Apple's WWDC next week. Adi Robertson joins to discuss the latest threat to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Stories discussed in this episode: Cheap steroid reportedly improves survival for severe COVID-19 cases FDA ends emergency authorization for hydroxychloroquine  Why there’s so much confusion around asymptomatic COVID-19 cases The gadgets Late Night with Seth Meyers uses to keep the show running from home  Google commits $175 million to racial equity with focus on black-owned businesses Instagram’s CEO says the platform is examining how its policies affect black users Apple faces another EU antitrust complaint as App Store pressure grows Apple says the App Store created $519 billion in commerce last year Justice Department asks Congress for a sharp cut to websites’ legal protections Senate Republicans want to make it easier to sue tech companies for bias Facebook removes Trump ads for using Nazi imagery Google Ads bans Zero Hedge for racist content, but reverses Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 19, 2020
Basecamp CTO David Heinemeier Hansson and Rep. David Cicilline on Apple's monopolistic app store fees
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Apple is acting like a monopolist and a bully, according to the chairman of the House Antitrust Committee. Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) joined The Vergecast along with Basecamp CTO David Heinemeier Hansson to discuss the plight of Hey, Basecamp’s new $99-a-year premium email service. Earlier this week, Heinemeier Hansson revealed that Apple had rejected the Hey iPhone app from the App Store because it didn’t offer any way to sign up and pay in the app itself — which would require giving Apple a 30 percent cut of the fee. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 18, 2020
Sen. Ed Markey on the politics of technology
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Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel and Verge reporter Makena Kelly talk to Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts about bringing broadband access into rural areas, the technology plights caused by the pandemic, privacy concerns over contract tracing, and the race to 5G. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 16, 2020
Android 11 beta / PS5 reveal / Amazon, IBM, and Microsoft ban facial recognition tech for police
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Stories discussed this week: Tinder CEO Elie Seidman on finding love during the pandemic It’s hard to figure out how often people without symptoms spread COVID-19 Inside Nextdoor’s ‘Karen problem’ Nextdoor tells community leads to allow Black Lives Matter discussions after exposé Contact tracing programs have to work with local communities to be successful Apple launches $100 million Racial Equity and Justice Initiative Android 11 beta: all the announcements Android 11: conversations, bubbles, and making sense of complexity Five new features Android 11 borrows from the iPhone Android 11 may be the best texting platform if you use multiple chat apps Apple’s virtual WWDC keynote will take place on June 22nd at 1PM ET Apple will announce move to ARM-based Macs later this month, says report Apple pulls podcast apps in China after government pressure The new Sonos app and S2 update are available now IBM will no longer offer, develop, or research facial recognition technology Amazon bans police from using its facial recognition technology for the next year  Microsoft won’t sell facial recognition to police until Congress passes new privacy law Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 12, 2020
Tinder CEO Elie Seidman on finding love during the pandemic
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Tinder and its parent company Match Group have weathered the COVID-19 pandemic relatively well, all things considered. User engagement is up, as is interest around new product features, like video calls. More than six years after its launch, Tinder is finally introducing a one-on-one video calling feature that it says will be heavily moderated for content and safety. At the same time, Tinder CEO Elie Seidman says he and his team are focusing on how to keep young people coming to the app and how they can build digital relationships inside of it, especially as in-person dates slow down.Seidman joins Vergecast host Nilay Patel and Verge senior reporter Ashley Carman for a chat about the future of the platform, how it’ll keep people safe over video calls, and what happens to its Tinder U initiative that it’s focused on for years. Plus, he explains how Joe Exotic might be more important to a relationship than living near each other. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 09, 2020
SpaceX launches humans to space / Facebook's ongoing moderation controversy / Sonos Arc's convincing surround sound
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Stories from this episode: Blaming protesters for COVID-19 spread ignores the bigger threats to health 5G coronavirus conspiracy theorists are endangering the workers who keep networks running Telehealth wasn’t designed for non-English speakers The pandemic has made it harder to buy a new laptop Byte flight The United States will cut ties with the World Health Organization, says President Trump  FCC extends deadline for ISPs to quit charging customers who use their own equipment K-pop stans overwhelm app after Dallas police ask for videos of protesters SpaceX successfully launches first crew to orbit, ushering in new era of spaceflight A rocket launch can’t unite us until the space world acknowledges our divisions Watch NASA astronauts fly SpaceX’s Crew Dragon using touchscreens SpaceX’s Crew Dragon successfully docks with the space station What the future of the space station looks like after SpaceX’s historic launch Meet the cute stuffed dinosaur that hitched a ride on SpaceX’s historic launch SpaceX is launching its latest batch of internet satellites, including one with a visor Trump’s Twitter order violates the First Amendment, new lawsuit claims Facebook won’t take any action on Trump’s post about shootings in Minnesota Facebook employees walk out in protest of Donald Trump’s posts Twitter takes action against Rep. Matt Gaetz for glorifying violence In leaked audio, Mark Zuckerberg expressed ‘disgust’ with Trump’s posts Mark Zuckerberg defends hands-off Trump policy to employees after walkout Nine things we learned from leaked audio of Mark Zuckerberg facing his employees Ban them all What other social networks can learn from Snapchat’s rebuke of Trump Huawei P40 Pro review: there’s a catch HBO Max won’t hit AT&T data caps, but Netflix and Disney Plus will The Sonos Arc puts convincing surround sound in a single soundbar Here’s our best look yet at Google’s new Android TV streaming device Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 05, 2020
The head of HBO Max on launching without Roku, adding 4K HDR, and the Snyder Cut
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Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel and Verge reporter Julia Alexander talk to Otter Media CEO Tony Goncalves on his new project overseeing HBO Max. Goncalves discusses AT&T's strategy for the WarnerMedia streaming service, the dispute with getting the app on Roku and Amazon, HBO Max's place in the streaming wars, and how their data usage works on mobile. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 02, 2020
Trump signs executive order targeting social media companies / HBO Max launches in the US
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Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn welcome back Adi Robertson and Casey Newton to the show to discuss Trump's executive order targeting social media companies like Twitter, Facebook, and Google. Julia Alexander also stops by to discuss the launch of WarnerMedia's new streaming service HBO Max. Stories discussed this week: Google search results will take ‘page experience’ into account next year T-Mobile now supports cross-carrier RCS messaging Google Messages may finally be adding end-to-end encryption for RCS Why Twitter labeling Trump’s tweets as “potentially misleading” is a big step forward FCC commissioner says Trump’s Section 230 plan ‘does not work’ Donald Trump is starting a messy fight with the entire internet White House organizes harassment of Twitter employee as Trump threatens company Donald Trump signs executive order targeting social media companies YouTube is deleting comments with two phrases that insult ... YouTube fixes error that deleted comments critical of the ... YouTube says China-linked comment deletions weren't ... HBO Max is full of potential, but its biggest hurdle remains AT&T’s messy execution HBO Max is taking on Netflix with human curation instead of solely relying on algorithms HBO Max will use anime from Crunchyroll to compete with Netflix’s growing empire All eight Harry Potter movies are streaming on HBO Max much earlier than expected Snyder Cut fans demanded AT&T’s attention, and now AT&T is demanding their cash Here are the hundreds of classic movies people can stream on HBO Max You can no longer subscribe to HBO via Apple TV Channels HBO Max’s catalog is full of weird holes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 29, 2020
Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield on competing with Microsoft, the future of work, and managing all those notifications
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Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel talks to Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield about remote working, competition with Microsoft, and the way technology changes how we communicate. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 26, 2020
Microsoft Build 2020, Elon Musk's factory play, and Joe Rogan moves to Spotify
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It’s Friday, which means there’s a new episode of The Vergecast to fill you in on all of the news from this week. Join Nilay, Dieter, and a rotation of other editors for everything that you need to know. The three topics covered this week are: Microsoft’s Build developer conference Elon Musk’s... active month Spotify getting exclusive streaming rights to The Joe Rogan Experience podcast During the first part of the show, Verge senior editor Tom Warren joins Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn to discuss what was announced at Microsoft Build 2020 and what’s next for Windows software. Microsoft Lists is a new app designed for Teams, SharePoint, and Outlook Microsoft’s new Fluid Office document is Google Docs on steroids Microsoft to unify Windows desktop and UWP apps with new Project Reunion Microsoft’s new PowerToys Run launcher for Windows 10 is now available to download Microsoft Edge is getting a new sidebar search feature and Pinterest integration Microsoft is bringing Linux GUI apps to Windows 10 Microsoft’s new Windows Package Manager is already better than the Windows Store Microsoft Surface Earbuds review: comfort at a cost Microsoft Surface Go 2 review: don’t push it First look: Microsoft’s 13.5-inch Surface Book 3 A little over 35 minutes into the show, Verge deputy editor Elizabeth Lopatto updates us on Elon Musk’s latest endeavors, including his battle with Alameda County over opening his factory, his protests against lockdown orders, and SpaceX’s upcoming Crew Dragon spacecraft launch. Elon Musk’s battle to reopen Tesla’s Fremont plant may shape his legacy Tesla drops its lawsuit against Alameda County over lockdown order Elon Musk is playing Twitter footsie with the fringe right Here’s why Elon Musk keeps raising the price of Tesla’s ‘Full Self-Driving’ option Elon Musk’s Boring Company finishes digging Las Vegas tunnels Meet the first NASA astronauts SpaceX will launch into orbit Last but not least, senior reporter Ashley Carman stops by to explain the importance of Spotify landing The Joe Rogan Experience podcast as an exclusive. Joe Rogan’s podcast is becoming a Spotify exclusive It just took $700 million or so to put Spotify on top of the podcasting world Google suspended a popular Android podcast app because it catalogs COVID-19 content There’s a whole lot more discussed in this episode, so listen here or in your preferred podcast player to hear it all. Other stories discussed in this episode: Mark Zuckerberg on taking his massive workforce remote Students are failing AP tests because the College Board can’t handle iPhone photos Amazon reportedly delays Prime Day until September as it works to restore normal shipping Here’s how NYC is using powerful UV light to kill the coronavirus on subways and buses The FCC has received hundreds of complaints about carriers’ coronavirus pledge Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 22, 2020
Sundar Pichai on managing Google through the pandemic
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Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel and executive editor Dieter Bohn interview Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai. Pichai disusses Google’s COVID-19 response: the way the company is handling the pandemic and how he’s working with Tim Cook from Apple on exposure tracking. They also talked about how he is running one of the biggest companies in the world remotely and how the company is handling employees working from home Of course they talk about their products and services: the future of the Pixel, competing with companies like Apple and Samsung, and RCS messaging. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 19, 2020
Questions about Facebook's oversight board, Quibi's popularity, and the rumored Pixel 4a
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Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn welcome Dan Seifert, Casey Newton, and Julia Alexander to talk about gadget news, Facebook's oversight board, and updates in the streaming world. Stories discussed this week: The doomsday bunker market is thriving amid the coronavirus pandemic Amazon asks Congress to pass a law against price gouging during national crisis Uber’s response to COVID-19: face masks, selfies, and fewer people in the car The lockdown live-streaming numbers are out, and they’re huge Elon Musk defies coronavirus order and asks to be arrested  Tesla has already started making cars again at its California factory Twitter introducing new labels for tweets with misleading COVID-19 information Google says that the majority of its employees will work from home until 2021 The mastermind of Google’s Pixel camera quietly left the company in March Google Pixel 4a Performance Review tests the phone's ... Android 11's public beta to launch with June 3rd live stream … TCL wants to be the next big name in budget phones Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro (2020) review: return to baseline Dell launches new XPS 17 and redesigned XPS 15 with 16:10 edge-to-edge displays Alienware’s Area-51m, m15, and m17 laptops are getting new 10th Gen Intel chips and upgraded GPUs Facebook will pay $52 million in settlement with moderators who developed PTSD on the job Half of all Facebook moderators may develop mental health issues How Facebook is using AI to combat COVID-19 misinformation and detect ‘hateful memes’ Facebook’s independent oversight board could be overwhelmed by the challenge Tenet is now Hollywood’s litmus test for what happens next  The Mandalorian’s second season won’t be delayed, says Disney CEO AMC Theaters will no longer play Universal movies after Trolls ... Alamo Drafthouse launches Alamo on Demand VOD service HBO Max will use anime from Crunchyroll to compete with Netflix’s growing empire HBO is teaming up with Scener to give subscribers the ability to watch TV together WarnerMedia expands free HBO Max deal to HBO subscribers ... Quibi will add sharing features as the app struggles to find subscribers Jeffrey Katzenberg Blames Pandemic for Quibi’s Rough Start Major CBS All Access changes coming this summer as company speeds up relaunch Wannabe influencers are being trained to film a believable YouTube apology video Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 15, 2020
How pandemic disinformation is affecting social networks
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Alex Stamos, former chief security officer of Facebook and director of the Stanford Internet Observatory talks to Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel and editor Casey Newton about his role consulting on security for Zoom, disinformation around the pandemic on social media, and the threat of foreign interference in the 2020 election. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 12, 2020
New releases: Surface Go 2, Macbook Pro 13-inch, and the first Xbox Series X gameplay footage (Goodbye Paul)
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Stories discussed this week: The disappointing truth about antibody testing Apple is giving $10 million to COVID-19 testing kit company FDA authorizes CRISPR-based test for COVID-19 Sen. Ed Markey wants the FCC to rethink its broadband deployment plans An Amazon warehouse worker in New York has died of COVID-19 An Amazon VP’s resignation has cast a spotlight on the company’s working conditions Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders demand Amazon explain whistleblower firings Pittsburgh’s airport is the first in the US to use UV-cleaning robots NYC will use powerful ultraviolet lamps to kill the coronavirus on subways and buses ESPN to air live NBA 2K League games We’ve known how to make healthier buildings for decades The spring of iterative hardware updates MacBook Pro 13-inch: come for the keyboard, stay for the performance The saga of Apple’s bad butterfly MacBook keyboards is finally over Microsoft’s new Surface Go 2 has a bigger display and better Intel processor Microsoft Surface Book 3: new Nvidia GPUs, up to ... - The Verge Watch the first Xbox Series X gameplay footage, showing off ray-tracing and graphics of the next-gen console These 11 new games will get free upgrades for the Xbox Series X Here are the first 13 games optimized for the Xbox Series X Xbox Series X Optimized games promise 4K up to 120fps, ray tracing, and fast load times Madden 21 shows that cross-gen gaming on Xbox Series X and PS5 could be messy Sonos announces the Arc, its first Dolby Atmos soundbar Sonos will launch its new app and big S2 software update on June 8th Google unifies all of its messaging and communication apps into a single team Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 08, 2020
Sonos CEO discusses the Arc and customer backlash over leaving old products behind
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This week we saw Sonos announce several new products, most significantly the Arc, which is the company’s first soundbar to support Dolby Atmos. Other new devices include the Sonos Five speaker and a refreshed Sub, and all three will only work with Sonos’ new S2 app that launches next month. Sonos CEO Patrick Spence sat down virtually with Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel for The Vergecast to discuss the new products, the S2 update, the backlash that Sonos took from customers over its “Recycle Mode”, and the perception that the company is leaving customers with older Sonos hardware behind. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 06, 2020
The 3 new CEOs of Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile, Big Tech's quarterly earnings, and Zoom's misleading user numbers
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Nilay, Dieter, and Paul discuss quarterly earnings from tech companies, the new CEOs of the three biggest mobile carriers, and how Trolls World Tour may be changing the movie theater business. Stories discussed this week: More than 1 million people in the US have tested positive for COVID-19 No one knows when the COVID-19 pandemic will end  It’s impossible to count everyone with COVID-19 Elon Musk is dangerously wrong about the novel coronavirus Elon Musk says shelter-in-place orders during COVID-19 are ‘fascist’  Americans are surprisingly open to letting their phones be used for coronavirus tracking Apple and Google have begun testing their COVID-19 exposure notification API  How a team of NASA engineers developed a ventilator for COVID-19 patients in just a month Apple’s latest iOS beta makes it easier to unlock an iPhone while wearing a face mask Zoom admits it doesn’t have 300 million users, corrects misleading claims Google Meet video conferencing is now free for anybody Messenger Rooms are Facebook’s answer to Zoom and Houseparty for the pandemic Microsoft Teams jumps 70 percent to 75 million daily active users Google Duo video calls are about to look a whole lot better Facebook usage is surging, but the company warns it may be temporary New DisplayPort spec enables 16K video over USB-C AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson is stepping down, John Stankey to serve as new CEO John Legere abruptly resigns from T-Mobile board of directors ‘to pursue other options’ Trolls World Tour made nearly $100 million without theaters, but theaters aren’t obsolete AMC Theaters will no longer play Universal movies after Trolls World Tour’s on-demand Next year’s Oscars will allow streaming-only movies to qualify, but with heavy restrictionssuccess Regal Cinemas warns Universal over Trolls World Tour skipping theaters  WarnerMedia expands free HBO Max deal to HBO subscribers who pay through Apple’s services Oppo Find X2 Pro review: supercar smartphone Intel NUC 9 Extreme review: small size, big potential Google Pixel Buds review: second time’s the charm DJI’s new Mavic Air 2 has an upgraded camera and much longer flying time Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 01, 2020
How Amazon's dominance is more visible during a pandemic
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Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel interviews co-director of the Institute for Local Self Reliance Stacy Mitchell about her critique of Amazon's power in America's marketplace. As Amazon becomes more essential infrastructure during the coronavirus pandemic, Nilay and Stacy discuss the increased visibility of Amazon's monopoly power and the way it treats its workers. Is it possible to regulate a company that people use and love so much? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 28, 2020
Reviews of Apple's Magic Keyboard, iPhone SE, and Logitech Combo Touch
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Stories discussed this week: Google is now listing COVID-19 testing centers in search results CEOs sticking with Trump’s ‘open the economy’ group after he tweets call to ‘liberate’ states Bill Gates says countries will probably use interviews and databases to track the coronavirus Bill Gates is now the leading target for coronavirus conspiracies, says report Connecticut suburb deploys ‘pandemic drones’ to try to enforce social distancing Boston Dynamics’ Spot robot is helping hospitals remotely treat coronavirus patients The jury is still out on Zoom trials Marco Polo has been around for years, but it’s blowing up amid the pandemic Lo-fi beats to quarantine to are booming on YouTube Apps aren’t a reliable way to measure blood oxygen levels First at-home COVID-19 testing kit authorized by the FDA iPhone SE review  Magic Keyboard for the iPad Pro review: the best way to turn an iPad into a laptop Logitech Combo Touch review Microsoft prepares to launch Surface Book 3 and Surface Go 2 Apple will reportedly use 12-core 5nm ARM processor in a 2021 Mac LG V60 Dual Screen review: V for versatility Motorola returns to flagship phones with the Edge Plus - The ... Wi-Fi is getting its biggest upgrade in 20 years Snapchat use is, predictably, way up with everyone home and staring at screens Netflix adds 15 million subscribers as people stream more than ever, but warns about tough road ahead  Netflix says Tiger King is as popular as Stranger Things  HBO Max will launch on May 27th  Fandango just purchased Vudu from Walmart to better compete against Amazon, iTunes Sonos launches its own streaming radio service Samsung smart TVs are getting an Apple Music app Google Duo video calls are about to look a whole lot better Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 24, 2020
Interface Live: Casey Newton and Sarah Frier talk Instagram’s hidden history
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Part of The Verge's Interface Live series, silicon valley editor Casey Newton talks with Bloomberg reporter Sarah Frier about her new book No Filter, which delves into the history of Instagram and how the app became what it is today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 22, 2020
Apple's new iPhone SE, OnePlus 8 Pro review, and Verizon buys BlueJeans
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Stories discussed this week: The Interface Live on Zoom: the hidden history of Instagram, with Bloomberg reporter Sarah Frier In a self-isolated world, developers are learning to make games from home How GM and Ford switched out pickup trucks for breathing machines The search for COVID-19 treatments shows how messy science can be How Medium became the best and worst place for coronavirus news Unemployment checks are being held up by a coding language almost nobody knows How you’ll use Apple and Google’s coronavirus tracking tool Apple’s second-gen iPhone SE is here: all the news and details Even ‘small’ phones are big now The iPhone SE 2’s camera setup is going to lean on Apple’s software The new Moto G Stylus and G Power are surprisingly adept cameraphones Samsung’s Galaxy S10 Lite will launch in the US on April 17th for $650 Google’s midrange Pixel 4A could launch soon, and there may not be an XL version Apple is tweaking how MacBooks charge to extend battery lifespan Apple’s new Magic Keyboard for the iPad Pro goes up for preorder, ships next week Apple’s over-ear headphones reportedly have swappable ear pads and headbands Here are five things with four wheels that cost less than the Mac Pro’s $700 wheel kit Go read this analysis of what the iPad Pro’s LIDAR sensor is capable of OnePlus 8 Pro review: big league OnePlus 8 review: familiar formula OnePlus announces the Bullets Wireless Z headphones The $579 RedMagic 5G is the first phone with a 144Hz display Verizon is buying BlueJeans, one of Zoom’s videoconferencing rivals Google is reportedly building its own processor for Pixels and Chromebooks Foxconn’s buildings in Wisconsin are still empty, one year later Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 17, 2020
Apple and Google are building a coronavirus tracking system into iOS and Android
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Nilay Patel talks with The Verge's Adi Robertson, Casey Newton, and Nicole Wetsman about Apple and Google announcing a system for tracking the spread of the new coronavirus, allowing users to share data through Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) transmissions and approved apps from health organizations. Links: Apple and Google are building a coronavirus tracking system into iOS and Android What is contact tracing? Why Bluetooth apps are bad at discovering new cases of COVID-19 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 10, 2020
Quibi's launch week, Asus laptop reviews, and Sony's PS5 controller
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Stories discussed this week: Webcams have become impossible to find, and prices are skyrocketing Why the 5G coronavirus conspiracy theories don’t make sense UK mobile carriers politely ask people to stop burning 5G towers No one’s getting new emoji in 2021 because of the pandemic Foxconn will produce ventilators at its controversial Wisconsin plant Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 review: AMD has rewritten the rules Nvidia’s RTX Super GPUs for laptops have arrived — here’s where you’ll see them first Asus’ ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 is a gaming laptop with two screens MSI announces new laptops with Comet Lake H and new Nvidia GPUs Gigabyte’s latest gaming laptop supports Intel’s most powerful 10th Gen Core i9 processor yet Razer’s new Blade 15 has powerful specs and an improved keyboard Samsung Galaxy Chromebook review Asus Chromebook Flip C436 review Microsoft reportedly delays Surface Neo beyond 2020 Can Meg Whitman outwit a pandemic with Quibi? Quibi app review: shifting landscape Quibi’s shows are fun, familiar, and a little forgettable It’s impossible to screenshot a Quibi show, and that’s detrimental to its success Disney Plus surpasses 50 million subscribers Sony reveals new DualSense controller for the PlayStation 5 Microsoft’s Xbox Game Bar is getting custom widgets and its own store on Windows The OnePlus 8 Pro will have super fast, 30W wireless charging Google’s midrange Pixel 4A could launch soon, and there may not be an XL version  Google’s Hangouts Meet is now just Google Meet Google extends free access to advanced teleconferencing features to September 30th Google trademarks 'Google Meet' and 'Google Chat,' support ... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 10, 2020
Microsoft CTO Kevin Scott on AI for rural America
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Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel talks to Microsoft CTO Kevin Scott about his new book Reprogramming the American Dream: From Rural America to Silicon Valley―Making AI Serve Us All. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 07, 2020
Zoom's privacy concerns, Apple buys Dark Sky, and Sprint is dead
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Nilay, Dieter, and Paul talk to Tom Warren about Zoom's privacy and security concerns. The crew also looks back at the history of Sprint after it finally merged with T-Mobile. Paul's weekly segment "If I were a rich man" updates the keyboard-in-the-front club. The show ends with some chat about Apple buying the weather app Dark Sky and allowing in-app rentals on their mobile devices. Stories discussed in this episode: After walkouts, Amazon pledges temperature checks and masks in all warehouses Jeff Bezos’ space company is pressuring employees to launch a tourist rocket during the pandemic Zoom is leaking some user information because of an issue with how the app groups contacts Zoom faces a privacy and security backlash as it surges in ... Zoom announces 90-day feature freeze to fix privacy and ... Zoom isn't actually end-to-end encrypted  Zoom quickly fixes 'malware-like' macOS installer with new ... Microsoft aims to win back consumers with new Microsoft 365 subscriptions T-Mobile completes merger with Sprint, John Legere steps down as CEO Sprint is dead. Long live Sprint What’s next for Sprint customers now that the T-Mobile merger has gone through? Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 review: AMD has rewritten the rules Apple now lets some video streaming apps bypass the App Store cut Amazon Prime Video now allows in-app rentals and purchases on the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV Apple acquires popular weather app Dark Sky and will shut down the Android version Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 03, 2020
Amy Webb is a quantitative futurist
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Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel talks to founder and CEO of The Future Today Institute Amy Webb. Amy is also a professor at NYU's Stern School of Business and recently came out with a book called The Big Nine: How the Tech Titans and Their Thinking Machines Could Warp Humanity. During the coronavirus pandemic, Amy and Nilay discuss whether we could have predicted this outbreak, how it can change trends in the future, and how it may even accelerate trends like AI and cloud-based robotics. They also talk about The Future Today Institute's 2020 Tech Trend Report that was released this month — which is a quantitative look at the big trends that may dominate the future. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 31, 2020
Reviews for the Macbook Air and iPad Pro (2020) and how the coronavirus is affecting tech companies and culture
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Stories discussed this week: Amazon warehouse workers are outraged after a coworker tested positive for COVID-19 and they weren’t notified ‘We’re all going to get sick eventually’: Amazon workers are struggling to provide for a nation in quarantine It’s time for a regular Amazon daily coronavirus briefing Twitter locks account encouraging coronavirus ‘chickenpox parties’ Zoom is 2020’s hottest yoga studio Apple says customers must wait to pick up repairs locked inside its retail stores Best Buy moves to curbside pickup only as it sees surge in orders for home office equipment Disney Plus and Facebook are also reducing streaming quality in Europe Amazon and Apple are reducing streaming quality to lessen broadband strain in Europe YouTube joins Netflix in reducing video quality in Europe YouTube creators figure out how to film during a pandemic Fashion influencers are rethinking their curated aesthetics because they can’t leave their houses Fox will broadcast NASCAR’s substitute sim racing ‘season’ on television Pro drivers are competing with gamers after F1 and NASCAR canceled races How to watch movies with friends online Everything you need to know about the coronavirus  Subscribe to Home Screen: a newsletter to brighten your inbox Apple MacBook Air (2020) review: the best Mac for most people Apple iPad Pro review 2020: small spec bump, big camera bump Never buy hardware today based on a promise of software tomorrow The new MacBook Air and iPad Pro are already discounted on Amazon Huawei hopes the P40 Pro can lure you away from Google  Living a Google-free life with a Huawei phone Dell now lets you control iPhones from its PCs Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 27, 2020
Impossible Foods CEO Patrick Brown on a new kind of meat
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Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel talks to Impossible Foods CEO Patrick Brown about Impossible's mission to replace animal-derived meat worldwide and what that would mean for our climate and culture. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 24, 2020
Apple announces new iPad Pro and Macbook Air, Sony reveals PS5 specs, and confusion around the coronavirus testing website
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Nilay, Dieter, and Paul discuss the new iPad Pro and Macbook Air that Apple announced this week, the confusion around Google's coronavirus testing website, and the specs revealed for the PS5. Stories discussed this week: Comcast modestly raises slow internet speeds for low-income users because of coronavirus AT&T is suspending broadband data caps for home internet customers due to coronavirus AT&T, Comcast, Verizon and others agree not to overcharge customers during coronavirus Verily’s coronavirus screening website launches with very limited access Trump’s Google testing announcement mixed up several real projects The White House still can’t explain what’s going on with the coronavirus screening website Coronavirus testing shouldn’t be this complicated Apple announces online-only WWDC 2020 due to coronavirus spread Apple announces new iPad Pro with trackpad support and a wild keyboard cover iPadOS 13.4 adds full mouse and trackpad support The iPad Pro is ready to supplant the Mac just as the MacBook Air is great again Logitech’s iPad keyboard case with trackpad costs half as much as Apple’s The new iPad Pro’s LIDAR sensor is an AR hardware solution in search of software The new iPad Pro’s LIDAR scanner can turn a living room into an AR game of Hot Lava You can try the iPad’s new trackpad and mouse support right now with Apple’s public beta Apple announces new MacBook Air with improved keyboard, faster performance, and more storage Moog and Korg are offering synth apps for free while we’re all stuck at home PS5 vs. Xbox Series X: a complicated battle of SSD and GPU speeds Sony says the PlayStation 5’s SSD will completely change next-gen level design The Xbox Series X specs look impressive, but that’s not enough Here’s how Xbox Series X removable storage will work Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 20, 2020
FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel on broadband access across America
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Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel and Verge policy reporter Makena Kelly talk to FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel about American broadband policy and the advocacy for internet access, broadband competition, and net neutrality. While the coronavirus pandemic is happening and people are working online at home, now is a perfect time to talk about who has access to the broadband, who doesn't, how much it costs, and how we can get it to more people for less money. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 17, 2020
Galaxy S20 review and leaks of iOS 14, watchOS 7, and Pixel 4a
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Stories discussed this week: Dr Disrespect is the villain who could change the future of TV This backpack has it all: Kevlar, batteries, and a federal investigation The art and craft of scientific glassblowing Samsung Galaxy S20 review: just right Leaked watchOS 7 code reveals new ‘International’ watchface Apple watchOS 7 features leak: sleep tracking, watchface sharing, and more Apple Watches may soon detect blood oxygen levels More iOS 14 leaks hint at next Apple hardware and a new home screen view iOS 14 will reportedly have improved mouse cursor support New MacBook models with scissor-switch keyboards are reportedly coming soon Google Pixel 4A hands-on reveals specs, camera, and a possible release window Google can reportedly revoke Android licenses if TV makers also partner with Amazon A sneaky attempt to end encryption is worming its way through Congress Congress takes aim at Google search in antitrust hearing Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 13, 2020
COVID-19: How it spreads, how to test for it, and economic impact
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Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel talks with Verge health reporter Nicole Wetsman and Verge deputy editor Liz Lopatto about the health concerns of the coronavirus outbreak as well as its economic effect in the United States.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 10, 2020
Mac Pro and Pro Display review, TCL's folding phone concepts, and rumors of an iPad keyboard with a trackpad
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Stories discussed this week: Everything you need to know about the coronavirus  The Verge Guide to 2020 Election Congress proposes anti-child abuse rules to punish web platforms — and raises fears about encryption The Verge tech survey 2020 Apple reportedly releasing an iPad keyboard with a trackpad later this year Apple is planning to launch a 14.1-inch MacBook Pro with a ... Mac Pro review: the price of power - The Verge Apple Pro Display XDR review: category of one TCL’s new foldable and rollable concepts imagine a wild future of phones Vivo’s Apex 2020 concept has breakthrough cameras and an ultra-curved screen Get a closer look at the Xiaomi Mi Mix Alpha in MKBHD’s hands-on video New Google Pixel features coming this month include more emoji, dark mode scheduling, and Google Pay improvements Samsung launches its 2020 lineup of 4K and 8K QLED TVs Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 06, 2020
Political advertising on social media, privacy and encryption legislation, broadband access in rural communities, and other tech policy in 2020
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Verge policy reporter Makena Kelly chats with Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel about important points in US tech policy recently as we go into the 2020 presidential election. Nilay and Makena get into the policy topics that The Verge will be covering heavily this year — including political advertising on social media, amendments to Section 230, encryption and privacy legislation, and broadband access in rural areas. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 03, 2020
Galaxy S20 Ultra's camera issues and Bob Iger steps down as Disney CEO
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Stories discussed this week: Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra review: shutter bug Samsung pledges to improve Galaxy S20 camera after reviewers see issues Bob Iger steps down as Disney CEO, replaced by Bob Chapek Meet Bob Chapek, Disney’s new CEO and the Tim Cook to Iger’s Steve Jobs Disney’s new corporate synergy nightmare is personified in Simpsons promo New Juul patent application hints at AI-powered vape to help users quit nicotine Apple’s new Mac Pro and Pro Display technology overviews show off just how ‘pro’ they are Sony did a phone with a headphone jack! LG’s new V60 ThinQ 5G shows steady evolution for a company in need of big change Amazon’s Eero routers get updated with Apple’s HomeKit support Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus review: better sound, even better stamina Huawei announces the Mate XS foldable with a more durable display and faster processor Xbox Series X official specs: AMD CPU, 12 teraflop GPU, SSD, and more Microsoft’s Xbox Series X will be able to resume games even after a reboot Microsoft confirms Xbox Series X will support "four generations of gaming" Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 28, 2020
Argo’s CEO explains why its fleet of self-driving taxis won’t be all-electric (at first)
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One of the burning questions facing the world of self-driving cars is whether it makes sense to go all-electric or not. Some, like GM-owned Cruise, is all in on battery-electric vehicles. Others are going half-and-half, like Waymo building a fleet that includes both all-electric Jaguar I-Pace SUVs and gas-burning Chrysler Pacifica minivans. Argo, the Pittsburgh-based self-driving company backed by Ford and Volkswagen, has concerns about an all-electric fleet, especially when it comes to the need to recoup the cost of all the expensive technology that makes the car autonomous. The company’s CEO, Brian Salesky, sat down with The Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel and senior reporter Andrew Hawkins to explain why. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 25, 2020
Galaxy Z Flip review, CBS streaming service revamp plans, and Android 11 features so far
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Stories discussed this week: Folding glass: how, why, and the truth of Samsung’s Z Flip A Motorola Razr’s screen is reportedly peeling right on the fold Galaxy Z Flip teardown reveals that its hinge brushes may not block much dust Galaxy Z Flip durability test calls Samsung’s Ultra Thin ‘Glass’ into question Leaked images show TCL prototype phone with expandable, slide-out display Dish Network floats merger with DirecTV over pace of cord-cutting CBS is planning an improved streaming service after squandering its head start with All Access HBO and HBO Max are headed to YouTube TV HBO Max’s first ad wants to remind you how many of your favorite shows and movies it owns Disney+ has surpassed 28 million subscribers since launch … Tiger’s retro LCD handheld games are making a comeback The most interesting new Android 11 features so far Android 11 will fix dozens of small annoyances, but what about the apps? Google releases Android 11 developer preview earlier than expected Apple considers allowing apps like Chrome and Gmail to be set as iOS defaults Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 21, 2020
Chief Product Officer of Adobe Scott Belsky returns
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Chief Product Officer of Adobe Scott Belsky chats with Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel and reporter Dami Lee about what he learned from putting Photoshop on the iPad, adapting products to new creators and platforms, Creative Cloud for the Mac Pro, and the goals of the Content Authenticity Initiative. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 18, 2020
Motorola Razr review, Samsung's Galaxy S20 event, and T-Mobile and Sprint allowed to merge
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Stories discussed this week: Motorola Razr review: folding flip phone flops Motorola Razr undergoes iFixit’s ‘most complicated’ teardown yet Samsung learned some tough lessons from the Galaxy Fold debacle Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip beats the Motorola Razr in nearly every way Samsung Galaxy Z Flip first look: folding glass changes everything The Galaxy S20 is the first high-refresh display phone many people will own Why Samsung’s 108-megapixel camera isn’t just a gimmick All of the biggest announcements from Samsung’s Galaxy S20 event Samsung confirms its AirDrop-like ‘Quick Share’ is launching on the Galaxy S20 Here’s how Samsung’s Galaxy S20 stacks up against the Pixel 4, OnePlus 7T, and more Samsung’s regular Galaxy S20 doesn’t support ultra-fast 5G Samsung’s Galaxy S20, Plus, and Ultra first look: cameras, 5G, and 120Hz screens Samsung confirms its AirDrop-like ‘Quick Share’ is launching on the Galaxy S20 T-Mobile and Sprint win lawsuit and will be allowed to merge The court let T-Mobile buy Sprint because Sprint completely sucks Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 14, 2020
New Jersey’s former attorney general on Ring cameras and facial recognition
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In this week’s Vergecast, former New Jersey attorney general Anne Milgram stopped by the studio to talk with Verge editor in chief Nilay Patel and me, senior reporter Colin Lecher. As Nilay notes, Milgram, who also co-hosts the podcast Stay Tuned with Preet Bharara, is “the first cop we’ve ever had on the show,” and gave some thoughtful responses to questions about surveillance, predictive policing, and more. “We all, I think, have the right reaction, which is we don’t want to use data that’s biased or we don’t want to have problems,” Milgram says. “And yet in our personal lives, we give access to a huge amount of information and a lot of it is not public.” The rise of home security systems like Amazon’s Ring camera have raised serious questions about privacy, and Milgram weighed in on the issue. Below is an excerpt for that conversation, lightly edited for length and clarity. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 11, 2020
Iowa caucus app issues, Panos Panay takes over both Microsoft’s hardware and software, and Google reveals Q4 earnings
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Stories discussed this week; Election tech was supposed to clean up the Iowa caucus … Iowa's caucus fracas shows we're still too ignorant about how … America is bad at voting (it isn’t just Iowa) US attorney general says tech and telecom industries should invest in Huawei competitors Donald Trump ‘apoplectic’ in call with Boris Johnson over Huawei US pushing tech and telecom industries to build 5G alternative to Huawei Microsoft’s Windows future is now tied to hardware Microsoft's Surface chief now leads Windows and hardware ... YouTube is a $15 billion-a-year business, Google reveals for … Creators finally know how much money YouTube makes, and ... Google now has a 'multibillion-dollar' hardware business Google opens its latest Google Glass AR headset for direct purchase The Super Bowl is streaming in 4K HDR for the first time ... Roku and Fox strike a last-minute deal to keep Super Bowl ... Apple might be releasing a new Apple TV soon Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 07, 2020
How 5G and edge computing fit into the future of Intel’s traditionally chip-focused lineup
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Intel is one of the biggest names in the tech world, with chips that quite literally are the brains behind most of the computers and servers that we use every day. But the world of computers is expanding and Intel is changing, too, with a focus on both edge computing that puts processing resources in the cloud and the power that’s available directly on the physical device.  And at the head of that is Dr. Venkata (Murthy) Renduchintala, the chief engineering officer and group president of the Technology, Systems Architecture and Client Group at Intel. Renduchintala joined Intel in 2016, having previously headed up competitor Qualcomm’s chip business.  Renduchintala is the person in charge of almost all of Intel’s hardware, from design to engineering to manufacturing. He joined Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel and news editor Chaim Gartenberg for an interview episode of The Vergecast this week to discuss the present and future of Intel, including the company’s place in the development of 5G, the changing landscape of personal- and cloud-based computing, and what the next-generation of processors could look like.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 04, 2020
iPad turns 10, Apple's first quarter earnings, and what Google is doing with the Search design
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Stories discussed this week: Former Windows chief reveals Microsoft's reaction to the iPad … Apple's iPad changed the tablet game 10 years ago today … The iPad is still finding its place ten years in Microsoft's Surface Pro X is the world's most extravagant ... Apple's iPhone 11 and AirPods help company hit a new … Apple reportedly working on tracking tags, high ... Google's ads just look like search results now How much longer will we trust Google's search results? Google is backtracking on its controversial desktop search … Google aims to unify its workplace tools and messaging apps into one service The Scroll subscription service is an ingenious web technology hack Scroll makes hundreds of websites ad-free for $5 per month … Pentagram designed a smart speaker that’s like HitClips for kids Here’s what you need to watch the Super Bowl in 4K HDR WarnerMedia takes $1.2 billion revenue hit in hopes that HBO ... AT&T tried to buy out the streaming wars — and customers are ... Comcast is raising rates for cable subscribers as it moves ... Samsung Galaxy Z Flip rumor roundup: everything we think … Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 31, 2020
Neil Young says the Macbook Pro has “Fisher-Price” audio quality
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Musician Neil Young and tech executive Phil Baker have been trying to push the tech industry to make it easier for consumers to listen to high-quality audio for almost a decade now. The duo’s hi-res music player Pono aimed to fix problems they said plagued MP3 players like the iPod and music software like iTunes — like compressed, lossy, and low-fidelity audio files that were not similar enough to their original recordings. But five years after the Pono was released, Young believes the tech industry has still not advanced enough for consumers to easily listen to high resolution audio. The two men’s new book, To Feel the Music: A Songwriter’s Mission To Save High Quality Audio, details the hurdles they had to overcome to create the Pono, as well as what the tech industry should do in order to get consumers to realize what their missing with streaming and “CD-quality” music. In an interview with The Vergecast, Young tells Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel that even though Grammy-winning artists are able to make music almost anywhere they go on their laptop or mobile devices, they’re still sacrificing on audio fidelity. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 28, 2020
Apple's encryption controversy, Bezos's hacked phone, and Sonos stopping old product updates
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Stories from this week: Trump demands Apple unlock iPhones: ‘They have the keys to so many criminals and criminal minds’ How to FBI-proof your encrypted iPhone backups  Can Apple live up to Apple’s privacy ads? Apple rejects AG Barr’s claim that it didn’t assist with Pensacola shooting probe The FBI has asked Apple to unlock another shooter’s iPhone Senator asks Jeff Bezos for more information on Saudi-linked hack Saudi Arabian prince reportedly hacked Jeff Bezos’ phone with malicious WhatsApp message PSA: Never open a WhatsApp message from the crown prince of Saudi Arabia Here’s a first look at Android on Microsoft’s dual-screen Surface Duo Microsoft’s software plan for the Duo Android phone is surprisingly realistic Introduction to dual-screen devices Motorola’s foldable Razr will launch on February 6th after delay Cruise driverless taxi: no steering wheel, no pedals Sonos will stop providing software updates for its oldest products in May Comcast plans price hikes for cable customers as it looks ahead to streaming Peacock launch Google’s ads just look like search results now Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 24, 2020
Rep. David Cicilline on regulating big tech monopolies
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After a congressional hearing with executives from Sonos, Tile, Basecamp, and PopSockets, the chairman of the House Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law, Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI), speaks to The Verge’s Nilay Patel and Adi Robertson about leading an investigation into how big tech platforms like Google, Amazon, and Apple are affecting competition for other tech companies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 23, 2020
August's Yves Behar and Jason Johnson unlock the smart home
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Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel interviews Yves Behar and Jason Jason, co-founders of the smartlock company August about their new products, the state of the smart home, and making products that work in both European and American homes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 23, 2020
AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su talks new Ryzen 4000 chips and out-performing Intel
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Editor-in-chief of The Verge Nilay Patel talks to CEO of AMD Dr Lisa Su at CES 2020 about AMD's new Ryzen laptop chips, the competition with Intel for consumer laptops, and if she is going to take on the high end of Nvidia's GPUs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 21, 2020
Microsoft’s Edge Chromium launches, NBC reveals Peacock details, and our CES takeaways
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Stories this week: The Verge Awards at CES 2020: welcome to the land of the concept Eight big takeaways from CES 2020 These gaming PCs want to compete in the console wars Laptops were boring at CES, but there’s hope for the future The most important TVs of CES 2020 were finally for the masses Microsoft’s new Edge Chromium browser launches on Windows and macOS How to install extensions on Microsoft’s new Edge browser The browser wars are back, but it’s different this time Google is finally killing off Chrome apps, which nobody really used anyhow Google to 'phase out' third-party cookies in Chrome, but not for ... Roomba’s robot vacuum could grow arms in the near future OnePlus confirms its next phone will jump to a 120Hz screen Latest Galaxy S20 Plus leak shows off 120Hz display and no … Samsung’s Galaxy S20 and its many cameras revealed in leaked photos  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 17, 2020
Anna Wiener's Uncanny Valley
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Anna Wiener talks to Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel about her book Uncanny Valley, a memoir about her time in Silicon Valley working for startups when they were new and flashy. Wiener also discusses the shift in tone to the reality of what technology and connection do to us and our culture. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 16, 2020
OnePlus' CEO Pete Lau doesn't think folding phones are good enough
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At CES 2020, The Verge's Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn sat down with OnePlus CEO Pete Lau in his first podcast appearance to talk about the OnePlus concept phone with a disappearing camera as well as his thoughts on newer technologies in the smartphone world, like 5G and folding phones. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 14, 2020
CES 2020 roundtable: Concept cars, Quibi, foldables, and more
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Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Ashley Carman, and Sean O'Kane highlight the most important, weird, and surprising things The Verge saw at CES 2020. Stories from this episode: Sonos said what every smaller tech company was thinking: working with big tech sucks Amazon’s hardware boss responds to Sonos accusations of stolen technology Sony’s electric car is the best surprise of CES Byton’s 48-inch screen might not be as distracting as it looks Mercedes-Ben’s Avatar-themed concept car with scales Sony surprises with an electric concept car called the Vision-S Segway S-Pod Quibi versus the world Spotify will use everything it knows about you to target podcast ads 2020 might be the year of reasonably okay foldable PCs, maybe Foldable and dual-screen laptops desperately need Windows 10X Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Fold is a $2,499 PC with a folding OLED screen PS5 logo Intel NUC Extreme platform Neon CEO explains the tech behind his overhyped ‘artificial humans’ Samsung’s ‘artificial humans’ are just digital avatars This is Intel’s first discrete graphics card in 20 years, but you can’t buy one Samsung’s Ballie The most promising AirPower alternative isn’t ready yet Royole’s new smart speaker has a wraparound touch display Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 10, 2020
CES 2020 Day 1: Sero rotating TV, Galaxy Chromebook, and a preview of the week
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Recorded live in Las Vegas, The Verge's Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and Ashley Carman discuss what has already been announced at the start of CES 2020 as well as what to expect throughout the week. Stories discussed in this episode: Amazon’s Fire TV soundbars will get Dolby Atmos, HDMI switching, and more later this year Samsung details its stunning bezel-less 8K TV Samsung’s new Sero TV can rotate vertically for your TikTok and Instagram videos LG unveils eight ‘Real 8K’ OLED and LCD TVs ahead of CES LG’s smart TVs are the latest to add Apple TV, and you won’t have to buy a 2020 model to get it Sony’s first TVs of 2020 include its smallest 4K OLED ever TCL will enable variable refresh rates for some TVs later this year Vizio’s 2020 lineup includes its biggest TV yet and first-ever OLED TCL’s new soundbar uses reflectors for more immersive Dolby Atmos audio Roku launches program to let third-party soundbars integrate with Roku TV Amazon’s Fire TV soundbars will get Dolby Atmos, HDMI switching, and more later this year Vizio’s new soundbar rotates its speakers for better Dolby Atmos surround sound Ring adds lightbulbs, solar power to its smart lighting lineup The Samsung Galaxy Chromebook is beautiful, fast, and expensive Segway’s newest self-balancing vehicle is an egg-shaped wheelchair My favorite thing so far at CES Dell’s Concept Ori and Concept Duet laptops imagine a foldable and dual-screen future Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Fold is a $2,499 PC with a folding OLED screen Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 07, 2020
The lives of YouTube moderators, a new smart home standard, and the Xbox Series X announced
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Stories discussed this week: Google and YouTube moderators speak out on the work that’s … Big tech is finally working together to fix the smart home Z-Wave is making a huge change so it doesn’t get left behind in the smart home wars Ikea 2.0: inside the furniture giant’s big bet on the smart home ... This Apple Watch charger plugs directly into a USB-C port so you can carry fewer cords Xbox Series X: all the news about Microsoft’s next-gen game console Microsoft’s next Xbox is Xbox Series X, coming holiday 2020 The Xbox Series X is basically a PC The Xbox One Series X: bad name, good design  Google Stadia should have stayed in beta Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 20, 2019
The toxic work environment at Away
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Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel talks Verge news reporter Zoe Schiffer about the concerning work conditions at luggage startup Away and the details from the Verge investigation. Further reading: Former Away employees describe a toxic work environment Away replaces CEO Steph Korey after Verge investigation The Away scandal is a moment of reckoning for Slack Here’s the leaked memo in which Away tells employees not to fave The Verge’s investigation Away’s new CEO was going to be second in command — until a toxic workplace story blew up Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 17, 2019
Apple's expensive Mac Pro, gadgets of the decade, and Twitter's project Bluesky
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Stories this week: Apple’s most expensive Mac Pro costs $52,599 Apple’s most expensive Pro Display XDR requires a special, Apple-made cloth to clean it You can now buy Apple's new Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR … The Mac Pro's optional wheels cost $400 Logitech made a bespoke $200 magnetic 4K webcam for … Apple will reportedly release an iPhone without any ports in 2021 Lightroom finally adds direct photo import on iOS The Apple TV remote is so bad that a Swiss TV company developed a normal replacement Rewound is a new app that turns your iPhone into an iPod The Verge’s gadgets of the decade Twitter is funding research into a decentralized version of its ... A decentralized Twitter would bring the company back to its past Twitter will now let you post iOS Live Photos as GIFs Twitter is bringing back labels for US election candidates Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 13, 2019
FaZe Clan CEO talks growing pains, global expansion, and lawsuits
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Editor-in-chief of The Verge Nilay Patel and Verge reporter Julia Alexander sit down with CEO/Co-Owner of FaZe Clan Lee Trink. Lee talks how he runs a multifaceted company from working with talent to the dependence on platforms to selling apparel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 10, 2019
Tesla Cybertruck first ride, Elon Musk's bad tweets trial, and Google's founders leaving
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2:00- Tesla Cybertruck first ride: inside Elon Musk’s electric pickup truck 23:55 - Ford’s Mustang Mach-E is an electric SUV with up to 300 miles of range 30:30 - No, e-bikes aren’t cheating 37:03 - Elon Musk tries to explain Twitter in ‘pedo guy’ defamation case 1:00:55 - Paul’s weekly segment “In the apocalypse, we don’t need space bars” 1:03:23 - Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin relinquish control of Alphabet to CEO Sundar Pichai 1:19:05 - Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 865 flagship is here — without integrated 5G Other links: Tesla Cybertruck will get up to 500 miles of range and start at $39,900 Elon Musk explains why Tesla’s Cybertruck windows smashed during presentation Elon Musk promises Cybertruck vs. Ford F-150 rematch after controversy Google’s third era Larry Page is the tech world’s Dr. Manhattan The rise, disappearance, and retirement of Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 865 promises 5G, camera, and gaming improvements In 2020, Qualcomm’s slower chips may be more important than its best ones Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 765 chip could usher in the first affordable 5G phones Emotonal Baggage: Inside the toxic work environment at Away The dark side of electronic waste recycling Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 06, 2019
How to fight lies, tricks, and chaos online
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Verge reporter Adi Robertson talks to Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel about how to spot lies, false information, and trolling online and how to handle it as a user on the internet. Adi just published a guide on The Verge that details a system for slowing down and thinking about information — whether that information is true, false, or something in between. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 03, 2019
Pirate Radio » The PIRATE Act
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Congress is in the process of passing a non-partisan bill to increase support for enforcement against illegal pirate radio operations: Fines can now go as high as $2 million, and the FCC will fund “enforcement sweeps” in major radio markets. Does this target well-intentioned community radio, designed to speak to immigrant communities? Episode three of The Verge's Pirate Radio mini-series featuring Bijan Stephen. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 26, 2019
Pirate Radio » Dial up!
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How the Hmong diaspora uses the world's most boring technology to make something weird and wonderful. Episode two of The Verge's Pirate Radio mini-series featuring Mia Sato. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 22, 2019
Pirate Radio » Outside the wire
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When the US entered Afghanistan, local DJs were hired to help with the war effort. And when the American military pulled out, they abandoned those voices, leaving many of them for dead. Episode 1 of The Verge's Pirate Radio mini-series featuring Chris Harland-Dunaway. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 19, 2019
Apple releases 16-inch Macbook Pro, Motorola announces a new Razr, and Disney+ launches
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This week on The Vergecast, Nilay, Dieter, and Paul go through the products announced this week including Apple's 16-inch Macbook Pro and Motorola's new Razr foldable phone. Julia Alexander then joins the show to cover the initial launch of Disney+ and the ongoing streaming wars. Stories this week: The everything town in the middle of nowhere Apple’s 16-inch MacBook Pro is here, and it has a good keyboard A fully loaded 16-inch MacBook Pro costs $6,099 Apple’s new Mac Pro is shipping next month Google’s rollout of RCS chat for all Android users in the US begins today Motorola resurrects the Razr as a foldable Android smartphone John Carmack stepping down as CTO of Oculus to work on AI Disney+ experiencing ‘unable to connect’ errors on launch day The Mandalorian’s first episode shows that Star Wars can work on the small screen Disney+ doesn’t have to sell anyone on streaming How to get a year of free Disney+ from Verizon The Simpsons’ aspect ratio is messed up on Disney+ Verizon’s new set-top box is possibly the worst option out there for streaming Apple could bundle news, TV, and music into one subscription as soon as 2020 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 15, 2019
How America gave up on free markets with Thomas Philippon
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On this week’s Vergecast interview, Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel talks to finance professor and an economist at the NYU stern school of business Thomas Philippon. Thomas just wrote a book called The Great Reversal: How America Gave Up on Free Markets all about competition and consolidation in different markets. When Thomas moved to the United States from France in the 90s, he noticed everything from laptops to internet access was cheaper in America, but over time has gotten more and more expensive. In the interview Nilay and Thomas discuss why that is — unsurprisingly the answer is consolidation in a lot of our markets. Thomas makes a point that in some places, concentrations are actually good and creates value for the consumers, but in some markets like healthcare, technology, and airtravel, that consolidation has resulted in way higher prices for Americans. Since the prices go up slowly, we don’t actually notice. If you have been listening to The Vergecast and been paying attention to our big conversations about whether or not we should be breaking up big tech companies, whether we should regulate them, or whether tech companies with network effects like Google and Facebook are different than companies like AT&T and GE, this conversation is up your alley. Below is lightly edited except of the conversation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 12, 2019
Microsoft Surface roundup: Surface Pro X, Surface Laptop 3, and their processors
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In a bonus episode of The Vergecast this week, Dieter Bohn hosts a Microsoft Surface roundup with deputy editor Dan Seifert and senior editor Tom Warren. The trio go through reviews of this years new product lineup and how they compare with their counterparts. Links: Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15-inch review: it’s a bigger Surface Laptop Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 13.5-inch review: have a normal one Microsoft Surface Pro 7 review: I wish this looked like a Surface Pro X Microsoft Surface Pro X review: heartbreaker Surface Pro X vs. Pro 7: ARM needs some legs Microsoft bet against Intel with its new Surfaces — and lost Microsoft leak reveals Windows 10X will be coming to laptops Microsoft unveils new Edge browser logo that no longer looks like Internet Explorer Microsoft’s Edge Chromium browser will launch on January 15th with a new logo Microsoft previews the future of Office documents with Fluid Framework for the web Hands-on with Microsoft’s xCloud game streaming service Xbox Game Streaming hands-on: turn your Xbox into a game streaming server Xbox Elite 2 controller review: Microsoft’s best Xbox controller just got better Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 10, 2019
Adobe Max 2019 announcements, AirPods Pro, and missed texts from Valentines Day
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This week on The Vergecast, everything that happened at Adobe Max 2019, reviews for the Microsoft Surface Pro X and AirPods Pro, and missed text messages from Valentines Day. Stories this week: Adobe Max 2019: all the top announcements Adobe’s Photoshop for the iPad is finally here, with more features to come  Adobe is developing Illustrator for the iPad, to be released 2020 Adobe Aero turns Photoshop layers into interactive AR experiences Adobe’s Fresco drawing app arrives on Windows Photoshop adds an extremely helpful AI subject selection tool  Adobe previews an AI feature that can tell when an image has been manipulated-  Adobe’s AI-powered video framing tool is available now in Premiere Pro Adobe is launching a free AI-powered Photoshop Camera app Adobe is building live-streaming into Creative Cloud apps Adobe’s Premiere Rush can now publish directly to TikTok Microsoft Surface Pro X review: heartbreaker Microsoft's Edge Chromium browser will launch on January … Microsoft unveils new Edge browser logo that no longer looks ... Microsoft’s new Office app for iOS and Android combines Word, Excel, and PowerPoint Microsoft previews the future of Office documents with Fluid Framework for the we A ton of people received text messages overnight that were originally sent on Valentine’s Day Somehow, Android's messaging mess is about to get even … AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile have finally agreed to ... Apple AirPods Pro review: perfect fit Google buys Fitbit for $2.1 billion Google is buying Fitbit: now what? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 08, 2019
What happened in the comments section of the FCC's net neutrality hearing?
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This week on The Vergecast, Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel talks with Jeremy Singer-Vine, the data editor for the BuzzFeed News investigative unit, about his story that was published recently regarding the fake comments on the Federal Communications Commission’s online net neutrality debate. If you haven’t read the piece, you should. The investigation details where all of the fake comments in the FCC’s net neutrality process came from, including dead people leaving comments and shady political operatives involved in the scam. It’s not really a story about net neutrality; rather, it’s about how systems designed for public participation in the government are so easily scammed, and what the challenges are for preventing such scams from happening. Nilay and Jeremy discuss why it happened, how it happened, and what happens next if we want to use the internet to encourage open access participation in government without corruption. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 05, 2019
The future of photos with Google Pixel camera's product manager and Instagram's director of product
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Live at The Glass Room in San Francisco, Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and Ashley Carman are joined by Google Pixel camera product manager Isaac Reynolds and Instagram head of product Robby Stein to talk about how the photos we share influence the photos we take — and vice versa. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 01, 2019
Amber Baldet on what blockchain technology can do for us beyond cryptocurrency
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Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel interviews cryptocurrency expert Amber Baldet, co-founder of Clovyr and on the board of the Zcash foundation. Nilay and Amber discuss where cryptocurrencies on the blockchain are going, the potential of Facebook's Libra project, and how the blockchain can revive our trust in putting our data online. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 29, 2019
Reviewing the Pixel 4, the calm before the streaming war, and a Foxconn Wisconsin update
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Stories discussed this week: Foxconn finally admits its empty Wisconsin ‘innovation centers’ aren’t being developed Foxconn’s giant glass dome in Wisconsin is back, baby Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL review: more than the sum of its sensors Google to update Pixel 4 face unlock with eye detection ‘in the coming months` The Pixel 4 is more like an iPhone than any other Android phone Google promises another Pixel 4 software update, this time for the screen’s refresh rate Google’s older Pixels won’t get the Pixel 4’s dual exposure and Live HDR+ features Google’s Pixel 4 was $100 off on Amazon for a second time Microsoft Surface Pro 7 review: I wish this looked like a Surface Pro X Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15-inch review: it’s a bigger Surface Laptop Apple TV app launches on Amazon Fire TV devices Comcast’s ‘free’ streaming box actually requires an additional $13 / month fee Disney CEO says Scorsese and Coppola can ‘bitch about movies’ if they want  Verizon is offering a free year of Disney+ to unlimited data and Fios customers There’s a new Banana Phone, and it can play ‘Bananaphone’ Twitch megastar Shroud is joining Ninja on Mixer as an exclusive streamer Caffeine hopes celebrities and entertainment can help it beat Twitch Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 25, 2019
Will the Sprint and T-Mobile merger create competition?
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This week for our interview series on The Vergecast, host and Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel talks to Gigi Sohn, a distinguished fellow at Georgetown Law’s Institute for Technology Law and Policy. We’ve had Gigi on the show before to talk about the ramifications following the repeal of net neutrality. This time, we brought her back to talk about some recent developments in the tech policy world, including lawmakers in states like California introducing net neutrality bills. We also talk to Gigi about the Sprint and T-Mobile merger and the issues surrounding how that merger will seemingly go through unless it’s stopped by a lawsuit from several states. Can Dish become a fourth mobile carrier? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 22, 2019
Pixel 4 hands-on and Mark Zuckerberg's speech on free speech
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The biggest announcements from Google’s 2019 Pixel event The Pixel 4 has a radar chip that lets you control music and wave at pokémon Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL hands-on: this time, it’s not about the camera The Pixel 4 lacks one of the best perks that came with Google’s previous flagship phones Google improves the Pixel 4 camera with Live HDR and more With no buds or adapter, Pixel 4 opens the door to rival headphone makers Pixel Buds 2 hands-on: Google takes on the AirPods Pixelbook Go: Google finally made a reasonably priced Chromebook Google’s new Nest Mini has better controls, similar sound, and the same price Nest Wifi first look: Google finally combined a smart speaker and a router Google’s Stadia wireless controller won’t be very wireless at launch Facebook’s decision to allow lies in political ads is coming back to haunt it Democrats are striking back against Facebook’s ads policies Mark Zuckerberg on lies in political ads: ‘I don’t think it’s right for a private company to censor politicians’ Mark Zuckerberg took on China in a speech defending free expression Facebook privacy abuse targeted by ‘Mind your own business’ bill Take our Vergecast survey! theverge.com/survey Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 18, 2019
Google's Rick Osterloh shows off new Pixel and Nest hardware
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Vergecast hosts Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn attended Google's hardware event on Tuesday and sat down with SVP of Devices & Services Rick Osterloh to discuss Google's new products: the Pixel 4, the Pixelbook Go, the Nest Mini, and the Pixel Buds 2. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 16, 2019
Twitter's Kayvon Beykpour on product features Twitter is prioritizing
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Twitter’s head of product Kayvon Beykpour sits down with Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel and Silicon Valley editor Casey Newton to talk about how Twitter juggles its policy with trust and safety, the state of verification, the future of video in your feed, and how tweets can become more ephemeral.  Please take our survey here: theverge.com/survey Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 15, 2019
A deep dive into macOS Catalina, iPadOS, and the 2019 iPad
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This week on The Vergecast, Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and Paul Miller go deep on Apple's updated operating systems: macOS Catalina and iPadOS.  Also, Sony confirms their next console will be the PS5 in 2020.  Stories this week: Apple’s macOS Catalina update is coming todayCatalina ReviewPhotoshop and Lightroom users should wait before updating to macOS CatalinaNetflix confirms it won’t port its iPad app to macOSYou need a MacBook with a butterfly keyboard or a modern Mac desktop to use macOS Catalina’s SidecarWhy I’m turning off auto-updatesApple starts selling Microsoft’s Xbox controller after adding support in iOS, macOS, and tvOSiPadOS review: it’s complicated, finallyLinksys' mesh routers can now detect motion using Wi-FiApple’s Siri can now play music through SpotifyiOS 13 has gotten better, but there’s still a long way to go Apple iPad (2019) review: no competitionSony confirms next console is called PlayStation 5 and coming holiday 2020The next console war is going to be way more fun than the last oneSamsung made the smartwatch Google couldn’t Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 11, 2019
Logitech's CEO Bracken Darrell on going beyond hardware
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This week on The Vergecast interview series, Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel speaks to current CEO of Logitech Bracken Darrell. Logitech has acquired a couple of companies over the past few years, notably Blue Microphones and Ultimate Ears. Recently, Logitech acquired their first software company Streamlabs, a streaming software company used by almost half of all streamers on platforms like Twitch and YouTube. Nilay and Bracken talk about how acquiring this software company makes sense for Logitech, its own hardware that works with Streamlabs, and what it’s like making hardware for big companies like Apple, Microsoft, and Google. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 08, 2019
Facebook's leaked audio, Microsoft's Surface event, and net neutrality's battle this week
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Stories this week: Mark Zuckerberg leaked audioRead the full transcript of Mark Zuckerberg's leaked internal Facebook meetingsElizabeth Warren: companies like Facebook ‘repeatedly fumble their responsibility to protect our democracy’Microsoft is building a phone   again, it’s called the Surface DuoWindows 10X is Microsoft’s latest stab at a ‘Lite’ operating system, exclusively for dual-screensMicrosoft announces dual-screen Surface Neo, coming next holidayMicrosoft’s future is built on Google’s codeMicrosoft doesn’t think Windows is important anymoreA first look at Surface Duo, Microsoft’s foldable Android phoneMicrosoft Surface Neo first look: the future of Windows 10X is dual-screenInside Microsoft’s new custom Surface processors with AMD and QualcommMicrosoft announces Surface Pro 7 with long-awaited USB-C portThe Surface Pro X and Surface Laptop 3 are upgradable, but only a littleMicrosoft’s Surface Laptop 3 comes in two sizes and with two different processorsMicrosoft Surface Pro X and Surface Pro 7 hands-on: It’s ARM vs. IntelMicrosoft Surface Earbuds first listen: live transcribe your lifePolitical Operatives Are Faking Voter Outrage With Millions Of Made-Up Comments To Benefit The Rich and PowerfulThe FCC can repeal net neutrality, but it can’t block state laws, says court  iOS 13.1.1 now available with fixes for battery drain, third-party keyboard bug, and moreApple is fixing iOS 13’s bugs at a breakneck pace with another new update today Please take our survey here: theverge.com/survey Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 04, 2019
Microsoft’s Panos Panay unfolds the Surface Duo
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Chief Product Officer of Microsoft Panos Panay joins editor-in-chief of The Verge Nilay Patel and senior editor Tom Warren hours after Microsoft’s Surface hardware event to talk about the new Surface lineup — including the debut of their foldable devices.  Mr. Panay also talks about why Microsoft is using Android for their Duo device, their relationship with Google, and the future of dual-screen form factors. Below is a lightly edited transcript of the conversation.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 03, 2019
Inside Bill Gates' brain with Davis Guggenheim
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This week on our Vergecast interview series, editor-in-chief of The Verge Nilay Patel chats with filmmaker Davis Guggenheim on his new documentary “Inside Bill’s Brain: Decoding Bill Gates” on Netflix. Davis talks about how he got Bill Gates to participate in the film, the structure for the documentary, the most surprising thing he’s learned about Bill, and more. We are conducting an audience survey to better serve you. It takes no more than five minutes, and it really helps out the show. Please take our survey here: theverge.com/survey  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 01, 2019
Amazon's 80 new products, Oculus Connect, and Xiaomi’s Mi Mix Alpha
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Stories this week: Amazon pushes Alexa privacy with new delete optionsAmazon’s new Echo Studio sounds like the future of smart speakersThe top 8 Echo products Amazon announced todayHere are all of the other new Echo and Ring products announced todayAmazon announces third-generation Echo smart speakerAmazon’s new $59 Echo Dot with Clock includes an LED displayAmazon’s Echo Buds sound good and are great at noise reductionUsing Amazon’s Echo Loop ring is like whispering a secret to AlexaAmazon Echo Frames preview: trying on the Alexa smart glassesAmazon’s new Echo Loop puts Alexa in a discreet smart ringAmazon follows up its Alexa microwave with a new Alexa Smart OvenAmazon is simplifying device setup with ‘Certified for Humans’ programAmazon announces Fetch pet tracker that uses new Sidewalk networkingAmazon’s new Echo Flex lets you put Alexa everywhere in your homeAmazon’s Echo Glow is a $29 lamp for Alexa dance parties and bedtime storiesAll the new features coming to Alexa, including a new voice, frustration mode, and Samuel L. JacksonJeff Bezos says Amazon is writing its own facial recognition laws to pitch to lawmakersFacebook says it will build AR glasses and map the worldOculus will add new social features powered by FacebookOculus Link will let you plug your Quest headset into a gaming PC to play Rift gamesOculus is launching hand tracking on Quest next yearFacebook acquires neural interface startup CTRL-Labs for its mind-reading wristbandOculus CTO John Carmack says ‘we missed an opportunity’ as the Gear VR diesXiaomi’s Mi Mix Alpha is almost entirely made of screenThe OnePlus TV is finally here7 good and 3 bad things in iPadOSSamsung will let Galaxy Fold owners replace their screens once for $149 Please take our survey here: theverge.com/survey Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 27, 2019
John Gruber and Nilay Patel compare their iPhone 11 reviews
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John Gruber of Daring Fireball joins Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel for the annual iPhone review week to compare notes on Apple's new iPhone 11 and 11 Pro. John and Nilay also get into their approach for reviewing tech products in 2019. We are conducting an audience survey to better serve you. It takes no more than five minutes, and it really helps out the show. Please take our survey here: www.voxmedia.com/podsurvey.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 24, 2019
Reviews for the iPhone 11 Pro, Apple Watch Series 5, and a new Facebook Portal
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Apple iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max review: the battery life is real Apple iPhone 11 review: the phone most people should buy iOS 13 is now available to download Apple pushes up iOS 13.1 and iPadOS to September 24th iOS 13 review: join the dark side Apple Watch Series 5 review: the best smartwatch What can Google do to compete with the Apple Watch? Not much Amazon Music rolls out a lossless streaming tier Everything we know about the Pixel 4, the most-leaked phone … Google announces October 15th hardware event for Pixel 4 ... Microsoft is working on foldable Surface devices with liquid … Microsoft's Surface Laptop 3 may include a new 15-inch … Microsoft's next Surface Pen looks like it'll have wireless ... Facebook's new Portal devices are cheaper, smaller, and … Facebook introduces Portal TV, a video chat camera ... The 10 Apple Arcade launch games you have to play - The … Apple Arcade could have huge consequences for the iOS app … Where’s the Apple Arcade, Music, and TV Plus bundle? Nintendo Switch Lite review: a triumphant return to dedicated ... We’re hiring! theverge.com/podcastjob We are conducting an audience survey to better serve you. It takes no more than five minutes, and it really helps out the show. Please take our survey here: www.voxmedia.com/podsurvey.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 20, 2019
Dani Deahl on how streaming and sampling is changing the music industry
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This week on The Vergecast interview, Nilay Patel talks to music reporter and host of the The Verge video series Future of MusicDani Deahl. Dani walks Nilay through two episodes of the brand new season — one about how music sampling has changed the way people are writing music, and the other about how the music streaming platforms are re-shaping the music industry. You can watch Future of Music now on The Verge's YouTube channel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 17, 2019
Apple announces the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, Watch Series 5, and more
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Stories from this week: iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max: hands-on with Apple’s new flagship phonesApple’s new iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro cameras: what they doWith the iPhone 11 Pro, what does it even mean for a phone to be ‘pro’? Apple’s new iPhone finally sacrifices thinness for battery lifeThe 3 best and worst features of the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro MaxThe iPhone 11 Pro comes with a USB-C 18W wall charger and USB-C to Lightning cableiPhone 11 improves on the XR in every wayiPhone 11: a first look at Apple’s new default iPhoneThe iPhone 11, Pro, and Pro Max will cost $699, $999, and $1,099, respectivelyAirDrop on the iPhone 11 will let you point at people to share photosApple’s iPhone 11 doesn’t have 5G because 5G isn’t ready for the iPhoneWhat we’re still waiting for after Apple’s iPhone 11 eventApple Watch Series 5: hands-on with the new generation smartwatchThe upgraded seventh-gen iPad has a 10.2-inch displayiPad 10.2-inch: hands-on with Apple’s new 7th-gen tabletApple Arcade is launching on September 19th for $4.99 a monthApple TV Plus one-year trial comes with every Apple device purchasHere’s Apple TV Plus’ launch lineupApple TV Plus launches on November 1st for $4.99 per monthGoogle takes one tiny step closer to the world beneath the worldGoogle Pixel 4 XL leaked in extensive hands-on videos …Leak reveals how the Pixel 4’s new face unlock setup differs …Leaked Google Pixel 4 photos show orange color variant …Leaked Google Pixel 4 promo video includes gestures …Latest Pixel 4 rumors claim 8x zoom, improved Night Sight …Leaked Google Pixel 4 XL pictures show off the giant top ... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 13, 2019
Can you build a company like Uber without being a jerk?
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On this week’ interview episode of The Vergecast, editor-in-chief of The Verge Nilay Patel sits down with New York Times reporter Mike Isaac. Isaac has been reporting on the ride-sharing company Uber for over five years now and just released a book all about Uber and the stories surrounding it called Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber.   Nilay and Mike talk about how Uber got to where it is today, Uber’s interactions with companies like Apple and Google, and whether or not you have to be a “jerk” to start a company that changes the world.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 09, 2019
Android 10 official release, IFA 2019 dispatch, and Facebook Dating launches
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This week on The Vergecast, there's a new "portable" Sonos speaker, Android 10 is now available on all Pixel phones, our reporters at IFA 2019 run through the announcements from the field, and Facebook brings their dating feature to the United States.  Discussed this week: Sonos CEO Patrick Spence: “There’s no category of audio that I don’t think we want to explore”Sonos’ first portable speaker is the $399 MoveAndroid 10 officially released for Google Pixel phonesAndroid 10 review: permanent betaGoogle Assistant’s Ambient Mode turns Android devices into smart displaysGoogle can’t fix the Android update problemPhilips Hue gets Edison-style light bulbs, a smart plug, and updated Hue Go lampAmazon, Roku, and the battle for your TVAnker is putting Fire TV in a soundbar for the first timeAmazon announces new Fire TV Cube with Dolby Vision, HDR10+, and ‘Local Voice Control’LG’s new G8X ThinQ bets that two screens are better than a foldable oneHow Samsung fixed the Galaxy FoldFacebook Dating launches in the United States todayNike’s Adapt Huaraches will let you ask Siri to unlace your shoesApple iPhone 11 event rumors ranked from mind-blowing to no wayApple Music launches on the webTouch ID and Face ID could coexist in 2020 iPhones, says reportApple may release a new Apple TV with an A12 chipThe New York MTA would like you to stop dropping your AirPods onto the tracks Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 06, 2019
Sonos CEO Patrick Spence: "There's no category of audio that I don't think we want to explore"
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CEO of Sonos Patrick Spence sat down with Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel for The Vergecast once again, this time immediately after a Sonos press event in New York City. Sonos had just announced a few new products, notably their first Bluetooth speaker — the Sonos Move — so Spence answered some questions about those new products, what it took to finally bring Bluetooth to a Sonos device, and if Apple’s Siri will be coming to their speakers.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 05, 2019
iPhone event Sept 10th, Microsoft Surface event Oct 2nd, and the future of Siri
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Stories this week: HP has a new CEOApple’s next iPhone event will take place on September 10thApple releases iOS 13.1 beta before iOS 13 is even outApple apologizes for Siri audio recordings, announces privacy changes going forwardApple was a little behind on Siri privacy, now it’s way aheadApple contractors were allegedly listening to 1,000 Siri recordings a day — eachWe’re still not getting voice assistants rightBBC plans ‘Beeb’ voice assistant for its apps and servicesA phone insurance company bought uBreakiFix, the official Pixel and Galaxy phone repairerApple will let more independent repair shops buy ‘genuine’ iPhone partsMicrosoft announces Surface event on October 2nd in New York City ...Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 headset goes on sale in SeptemberSamsung announces Galaxy Home Mini public beta before full-size speaker has even shippedFitbit’s new Versa 2 has an OLED screen and Alexa voice supportFossil ‘Gen 5’ smartwatch review: best of a Wear OS situationGarmin’s best GPS sport watches are getting even betterLG’s $4,399.99 fridge makes ‘craft ice’ for cocktail loversGoogle’s been thinking about a watch with a hole-punch cameraNintendo Switch Lite hands-on: a budget handheld with a premium …TV manufacturers unite to tackle the scourge of motion smoothing Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 30, 2019
Former chief security officer of Facebook Alex Stamos
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Nilay Patel interviews Alex Stamos, director of Stanford's Internet Observatory and former chief security officer for Facebook. Nilay and Alex talk about how Cambridge Analytica changed Facebook, the tradeoffs big tech companies make with working with law enforcement and keeping users secure, and how prepared Facebook is for the next presidential election.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 27, 2019
Galaxy Note 10 Plus review, Apple fall lineup rumors, and green bubble Giphys
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This week on The Vergecast...Dieter's got a review for the Galaxy Note 10, Samsung has some blue bubble bashing GIFs, and there are a whole bunch of Apple device rumors.Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus review: should you spend for the stylus?Samsung made a sad Giphy page filled with comeback GIFs to send people who diss green bubblesApple’s Pro iPhones, new iPads, and 16-inch MacBook Pro detailed in Bloomberg reportApple’s noise-canceling AirPods and cheaper HomePod expected in 2020iOS 13 beta hints at an Apple iPhone 11 event on September 10th …New ceramic and titanium Apple Watch models spotted in watchOS 6 …Apple TV Plus will reportedly cost $9.99 per month and launch in …Apple reportedly ups TV spending by $5 billion to compete with Amazon and NetflixApple warns you may permanently discolor your Apple Card if it’s stored in leatherYou should opt out of the Apple Card's arbitration clause — here's how …Intel introduces eight new 10th Gen Comet Lake processorsDell’s latest XPS 13 and Inspiron laptops feature Intel’s Comet Lake 10th Gen CPUsBose tries to beat Sonos to the punch with a do-everything portable speakerSonos’ first portable Bluetooth speaker leaks in more detailApple’s noise-canceling AirPods and cheaper HomePod expected next yearThis label means your laptop has nine hours of real battery life ...Verizon just announced a partnership with Boingo to solve its biggest 5G problem Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 23, 2019
Sen. Michael Bennet talks tech in the next election
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The Verge's Makena Kelly and Nilay Patel sit down with senator and presidential candidate Michael Bennet to discuss his new book "Dividing America" Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 20, 2019
Huawei announces HarmonyOS, Apple's bad battery week, and smart ovens turning on overnight
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Stories discussed this week: Smart ovens have been turning on overnight and preheating to 400 …June Oven competitors want you to know their smart ovens can't ...Apple explains the new iPhone warning for 'unauthorized' battery …Apple is locking iPhone battery repair, says iFixit - The VergeThe FAA has banned recalled MacBook Pros from all flights — like any ...Spotify takes Spotify for Podcasters out of beta Apple and Spotify are reportedly in talks to let Siri play your Discover …Spotify is testing a new Favorite Device feature for handing off music toSonos is making a Bluetooth speaker, and here are some of its ...Snap announces Spectacles 3 with an updated design and a second …Facebook now lets anyone make an Instagram face filterSecurity researchers find that DSLR cameras are vulnerable to ransomware attackHuawei delays Mate X launch beyond SeptemberHuawei's new operating system is called HarmonyOSThe Honor Vision TV is Huawei's first HarmonyOS device  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 16, 2019
Exclusive: Matt Mullenweg and Automattic bought Tumblr. What’s next?
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Automattic just bought Tumblr from Verizon for reportedly 3 million dollars. CEO of Automattic Matt Mullenweg sits down with The Verge's Julia Alexander and Nilay Patel for this emergency episode of the Vergecast to share what his plans are for the micro-blogging platform.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 14, 2019
TechFreedom's Berin Szóka on bad tech policy
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This week on the Vergecast interview series, The Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel sits down with Berin Szóka, the president of TechFreedom. TechFreedom is a tech policy think tank based in Washington, DC that “digs deep into the hard policy and legal questions raised by technological change.” Berin and Nilay have differed on a few issues regarding tech policy, like net neutrality, but what they do agree on is the state of the tech policy conversation — it’s bad. Szóka says Republicans he has previously worked with are now getting important topics like Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act wrong, and bad-faith politicians are misinterpreting it to try to score points and pass policy in their favor. Hear Berin talk about what’s happening now with legislation like Sen. Josh Hawley’s platform moderation bills, why it’s weird for conservatives to want to directly regulate speech on the internet, and how this might play out in the future. Below is a lightly edited excerpt of the conversation. Subscribe to Waveform with MKBHD at http://bit.ly/WaveformVergecast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 13, 2019
Samsung shows off Galaxy Note 10, Disney announces streaming bundle, and Apple's Siri recordings controversy
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Stories this week: Samsung Galaxy Note 10: two sizes, new S Pen, and DeX on your …Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Unpacked event: the biggest ... Samsung didn't mention Bixby once during its entire Galaxy Note 10 …Samsung confirms its long-delayed Galaxy Home smart speaker is still in the worksSamsung isn’t going it alone in the fight against Apple and GoogleSamsung's new Galaxy Book S is a Qualcomm-powered laptop with …Pixel 4 will reportedly feature a screen with a 90Hz 'Smooth Display …Google releases final beta for Android Q and changes the back …Android Q’s back gesture controversy, explained Samsung's Galaxy Watch Active 2 brings back the bezel controlDisney announces $12.99 bundle for Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ Disney has made $8 billion at the box office, but its ambitions are …Disney is drastically changing Fox’s future after a number of flopsJuul launches a Bluetooth e-cigarette that tracks how much you vapeApple stops letting contractors listen to Siri voice recordingsDeleting your Siri voice recordings from Apple's servers is confusing …Microsoft contractors are listening to select Skype calls and Cortana recordingsThe Apple Card starts rolling out today Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 09, 2019
Being hopeful about the web with Paul Ford
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This week on the interview episode of The Vergecast, editor of cheif of The Verge Nilay Patel sits down with CEO of Postlight Paul Ford. Paul Ford co-founded Postlight in 2015 and is a writer, product strategist, educator, programmer, and software consultant. If you read a lot of tech writing, you probably know Paul’s name. In 2015, Ford wrote an entire issue of Bloomberg’s Business Week titled “What is code?”  which colorfully explained how programming works on the web for people who don’t do it. Recently, he wrote a piece in Wired about how we should still be hopeful and excited about tech and what it can still do for us. Theres a lot of negative conversation about tech lately — regulating huge companies, what Facebook and Amazon are doing wrong — but from someone who builds things for the web, Paul brings an optimistic look at how tech can positively and creatively impact our lives in a fun and exciting way. Paul comes in to talk about his hopefulness, his piece in Wired, the state of building stuff for the web, and  how people think about tech today.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 06, 2019
Apple diversifying business, face unlock for Pixel 4, and a bill banning endless scrolling
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Stories this week:The iPhone now makes up less than half of Apple’s businessApple confirms the Apple Card is coming in AugustGoogle is asking people on the street to scan their faces for $5The Google Pixel 4 will unlock using a face scanThe less expensive Pixel 3A helped Google sell twice as many smartphones last quarterNew bill would ban autoplay videos and endless scrollingThe major broadcasters are suing to shut down this app that streams ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC for freeT-Mobile CEO on 5G: Verizon is ‘clueless,’ AT&T is ‘lying, confusing’Dish confirms that it will become a major US mobile carrierVerizon says it has a secret 5G plan after T-Mobile CEO calls company ‘clueless’Verizon expands its 5G network to four more citiesVerizon’s CEO thinks half of the US will have access to 5G next yearLook upon Samsung’s new 3.5mm to USB-C dongle, ye mighty, and despairYou can already reserve the Galaxy Note 10 and it will arrive on August 23rdNew Nvidia Shield TV box shows up at FCCMophie’s iPhone XS and XR battery cases are now available for allIt’s a keyboard! It’s a trackpad! It’s almost a great iPad mouseYou can now run Android on a Nintendo Switch Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 02, 2019
Mark Cuban on why AI is the future and Facebook’s Libra isn’t
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Billionaire businessman Mark Cuban stops by to discuss his views on artificial intelligence, net neutrality, breaking up Big Tech, investment opportunities he’s excited about, and why he thinks Facebook’s Libra is dangerous.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 30, 2019
Apple's Intel acquisition, the Galaxy Fold starts its comeback, and a $5 billion fine for Facebook
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Stories discussed this week: Apple buys Intel’s smartphone modem businessSamsung says it has fixed the Galaxy Fold and will release it in SeptemberT-Mobile won’t sell the Galaxy Fold when it is rereleasedSony’s latest RX100 camera finally gets a mic jackThe first speakers from Ikea and Sonos are inexpensive and sound greatFTC hits Facebook with $5 billion fine and new privacy checksFacebook will have to monitor its own privacy rules — and that’s likely not enoughFTC sues Cambridge Analytica and restricts former CEO’s business activityFacebook confirms new FTC antitrust investigation after posting strong earningsWhy wasn't the FTC harder on Facebook?Facebook design flaw let thousands of kids join chats with unauthorized usersJustice Department announces broad antitrust review of Big TechAmazon ‘destroyed the retail industry across the US’ says Treasury Secretary MnuchinTrump keeps losing tech policy fightsDish reportedly reaches deal with T-Mobile and Sprint to become the new fourth major US carrierOrigin PC’s Big O gaming PC has a built-in PS4 Pro, Xbox One X, and Nintendo SwitchAnker CEO Steven Yang is all in on USB-CApple iPhone 11 rumors: Lightning port, new Taptic Engine, upgraded …This year's iPhone should be the last with LightningYou can subscribe to Land of the Giants: The Rise of Amazon here Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 26, 2019
Why everyone hates Big Tech with Matt Yglesias of The Weeds
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Vox Senior Correspondent and host of The Weeds Matt Yglesias joins Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel in this special crossover episode to explain what Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which allows platforms to circumnavigate liability for user content, really means. They also discuss Elizabeth Warren’s proposal to break up big tech platforms, and how it may or may not fix anything. Subscribe to The Weeds for free here Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 22, 2019
Big tech at Capitol Hill, Elon Musk's brain machine interface, and Macbook 2019 reviews
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Nilay Patel invites a cavalry of experts from The Verge (Makena Kelly, Adi Robertson, Liz Lopatto, Dieter Bohn, and Paul Miller) to discuss the Big Tech hearings that took over Capitol Hill, Elon Musk's Neuralink brain machine interface, and the new Macbook reviews.  Stories this week: Facebook reportedly reaches $5 billion settlement with the Federal …Facebook tells Congress how it thinks Libra should be regulatedHouse Democrats are considering a bill to ban Facebook from the …Senators aren’t sold on Facebook’s Libra projectEU opens Amazon antitrust investigationThe unpredictable legal implications of Trump’s Twitter-blocking defeatElon Musk unveils Neuralink's plans for brain-reading 'threads'Boston Dynamics' robots are preparing to leave the lab — is the world ready? Apple is silently updating Macs again to remove insecure ... Apple MacBook Air (2019) review: the new normalApple MacBook Pro 13 2019 Two USB ports review: considered ... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 19, 2019
Everything is too hard to use, with Asurion CEO Tony Detter
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Everything is too complicated. Asurion CEO Tony Detter joins Verge editor-in-chief, Nilay Patel to discuss simplifying our experience with tech products, the problems with closed eco-systems and why an insurance company like Asurion got involved with tech support. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 16, 2019
Nintendo announces Switch Lite, Apple updates Macbooks, and a wild email from Foxconn
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Nintendo announced a new Switch! Nilay, Dieter, and Paul discuss what's different with the new model and what's being updated with the original one. But first, continuing coverage of Foxconn's factory in Wisconsin — this time with a cryptic email.Next: new Macbooks! Kind of. Apple updated the Macbook Pro and Air and got rid of the 12-inch Macbook and its butterfly keyboard for future models. There's a whole lot more like a Zoom security flaw, a new streaming service, and of course some FCC talk.  🎶This week's theme song 🎶Foxconn will only create 1,500 jobs, says Wisconsin governorNintendo Switch Lite is a smaller, cheaper Switch built exclusively for handheld playNintendo is updating the original Switch with a new CPU and storageApple is reportedly giving up on its controversial MacBook keyboard …Apple discontinues 12-inch MacBookApple is silently removing Zoom’s web server software from MacsApple Watch eavesdropping vulnerability forces Apple to disable Walkie-TalkieI’m Jad Abumrad, and This Is How I WorkA small notebook for a system administrator WarnerMedia confirms its Netflix rival will be called HBO MaxAT&T says it will automatically block robocalls ‘in the coming months Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 12, 2019
Net neutrality was repealed a year ago. Gigi Sohn explains what’s happened since
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It's been a year since net neutrality was repealed. Gigi Sohn, a distinguished fellow at Georgetown Law's Institute for Technology Law and Policy, chats with Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel about what's happened since by explaining the ripple effect of harmful policy decisions and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 09, 2019
Mourning a robot with Ashley Carman and Kaitlyn Tiffany of 'Why'd You Push That Button?'
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What happens when your robot friend dies? Ashley Carman and Kaitlyn Tiffany of Why'd You Push That Button? explore the grieving community surrounding the short-lived social robot Jibo. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 05, 2019
Why big companies will never get content management right, with UCLA’s Sarah T Roberts
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Behind the screen: content moderation in the shadows of social media author Sarah T Roberts joins Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel to discuss the business and dark side of content moderation while pondering future solutions.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 02, 2019
Jony Ive leaving Apple, iPadOS public beta, and Bill Gates’ greatest mistake
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Public betas for iPadOS, iOS 13, and macOS Catalina are available now so Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and Paul Miller discuss the updates from using the software themselves. Also, It was announced during this recording that Apple’s chief design officer Jony Ive will depart the company later this year — the crew reacts. Other topics this week include Bill Gates discussing Microsoft losing to Android, a new Raspberry Pi, and updates on Foxconn's factory in Wisconsin.  Stories discussed this week: Jony Ive leaving Apple after nearly 30 years to start new design firmiPadOS public beta preview: worthy of the new nameiOS 13 hands-on: dark mode, Apple Maps, Reminders, and moreiOS 13’s best upgrade is in your car macOS Catalina first look: goodbye, iTunes; hello, iPad apps on Mac$35 Raspberry Pi 4 announced with 4K support and up to 4GB of RAMJony Ive leaving Apple after nearly 30 years to start new design firmBill Gates says his ‘greatest mistake ever’ was Microsoft losing to AndroidOne year after Trump's Foxconn groundbreaking, there is almost nothing to show for it Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 28, 2019
Kara Swisher on Silicon Valley’s lack of competition
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Recode editor-at-large Kara Swisher joins Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel to discuss the possibilities of breaking up big tech companies like Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon. Kara also explains how the dominance of these four giant companies harms competition and innovation in Silicon Valley and why tech companies should be doing more to help. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 25, 2019
Facebook announces Libra, Section 230 threatened, and RCS in the hands of Google
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Paul Miller explains Facebook new cryptocurrency Libra, Adi Robertson explains Senator Josh Hawley's move to amend Section 230, and Dieter explains how Google is taking charge of RCS.  Stories discussed this week: Samsung accidentally makes the case for not owning a smart TV GE accidentally makes the case for not owning smart GE bulbs A paper towel dispenser with an end-user license agreement is a special kind of hellFacebook's Calibra is a secret weapon for monetizing its new ..Facebook confirms it will launch a cryptocurrency called Libra in 2020 …Internet giants must stay unbiased to keep their biggest legal shield Both parties are mad about a proposal for federal anti-bias certification Microsoft and Kano are launching a build-your-own Windows 10 PC kitGoogle is taking charge of RCSUsing secure chat is a moral imperative, and iMessage is my bestCyberpunk 2077 doesn't look weird enough to be edgy  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 21, 2019
Death, fear, and anxiety at Facebook’s worst-performing content moderation site in North America
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Earlier this year, The Verge’s Casey Newton broke the story about the working conditions of Facebook moderators at a campus in Phoenix, AZ In his feature, “The Trauma Floor,” In his follow-up reporting “Bodies in Seats,” he discovered that the pattern of severe workplace conditions extends to a second campus. Nilay Patel and Casey Newton discuss a workplace in Tampa, FL plagued by fear and anxiety and worse. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 19, 2019
Facebook executives Adam Mosseri and Andrew Bosworth on splitting up Facebook, privacy and more
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Facebook executives Adam Mosseri and Andrew Bosworth sit down with The Verge’s Casey Newton at Code Conference to discuss antitrust and the prospect of breaking up Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp. They also discuss Facebook Portal, and how the company is adopting new approaches to privacy, content moderation, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 18, 2019
Introducing Nice Try! Utopian
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Nice Try! is a new podcast from Curbed and the Vox Media Podcast Network that explores stories of people who have tried to design a better world, and what happens when those designs don't go according to plan. Season one, Utopian, follows Avery Trufelman on her quest to understand the perpetual search for the perfect place. Enjoy this special preview of the first episode, Jamestown: Utopian for Whom, and subscribe to Nice Try! for free in your favorite podcast app. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 15, 2019
Recapping Code Conference, Youtube’s CEO apologizes, and the Pixel 4 leaks
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Fresh off of Code Conference, Nilay, Dieter, and Paul discuss YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki’s apology and difficult week, and consider whether there’s any viable alternative to Youtube. They also discuss the leaked photo of the upcoming Pixel 4. And later, a recap of what happened at E3 includes video game and hardware updates. Subscribe to the Vergecast here for free in your favorite podcast app Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 14, 2019
Beyond Meat CEO Ethan Brown on sustainable food systems and the science of protein
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Fresh off his IPO, Beyond Meat CEO Ethan Brown joins Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel to discuss the evolution of plant-based burgers, the science of protein, why his company avoids GMOs, and their mission to help create a more sustainable food system. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 11, 2019
YouTube’s bad week: pedophiles, hate speech, and Steven Crowder
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There was so much news this week that we had to add another Vergecast episode to cover it all. Besides Apple’s WWDC, the most important story in The Verge’s coverage has been the various crises YouTube is facing over its moderation policies — problems with hate speech and harassment, pedophiles on the platform, and white supremacist content. Verge editor-in-chiefand Vergecast co-hostNilay Patel invites Silicon Valley editor Casey Newton and senior reporter Adi Robertson to the show to explain what is happening on YouTube, how YouTube is handling it, and the outrage cycle surrounding it.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 07, 2019
WWDC 2019, a new Mac Pro, and updates to the iPad
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This week Apple held their annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC).  The Verge's Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and Paul Miller discuss everything announced — from the Mac Pro to iOS to iPadOS. Also, Google gave some updates on their new Stadia game service right before the show so the crew dives into that as well as the Palm Pre 10th anniversary. Stories discussed this week: -The Palm Pre launched 10 years ago today, here’s what it meant to me -Apple’s $5,000 Pro Display monitor doesn’t come with a stand in the box -Apple announces all-new redesigned Mac Pro, starting at $5,999 -Does the iPad make sense as a computer now? -Apple knows that iPad mouse support has broad appeal -iPadOS should make the iPad a better tablet, but not a laptop -Sidecar lets you use your iPad as a second display for your Mac -Apple reveals iPadOS for iPad with new home screen widgets and multitasking improvements -Apple Maps is getting its own version of Google Maps’ Street View -House lawmakers launch antitrust investigation into Big Tech -Apple announces new sign-in tool to compete with Facebook and Google -Apple will permanently remove Dashboard in macOS Catalina -Apple CarPlay getting design refresh and better Siri support in iOS 13 -Apple TV and iOS will soon support Xbox One and PS4 controllers -Apple’s HomePod speaker will be able to recognize who’s speaking to it with iOS 13 -Apple enables HomeKit support for home security cameras and routers -Apple wants to save your hearing and track your menstrual cycle with new Apple Watch update - Google’s Stadia game service is officially coming November: Everything you need to know  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 07, 2019
The ethics of AI with Google's AI lead Jeff Dean
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What are tech giants like Google doing to tackle the ethical issues that surround artificial intelligence? Verge senior reporter James Vincent speaks with Google AI lead Jeff Dean and Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel about AI bias, facial recognition, and government regulation around AI. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 04, 2019
Weird laptops of Computex, new Intel and AMD chips, and a WWDC preview
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The Verge's Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and Paul Miller discuss all the new laptops revealed at Computex 2019, the new processor chips from Intel and AMD, what's to come at Apple's WWDC next week, and more updates on the T-Mobile and Sprint merger.  Stories discussed this week: Laptops are getting weird and wonderfulTwin River is Intel’s attempt to build a dual-screen laptop out of fabricDid Intel just nail the dual-screen gaming laptop?Asus put two 4K screens on its extravagant ZenBook Pro Duo laptop Intel, AMD, and ARM each see our computing future differentlyAMD’s flagship Ryzen 9 3900X has all the performance at half the price of IntelIntel’s 10th Gen, 10nm Ice Lake CPUs: everything you need to knowApple WWDC 2019: Mac Pro, iOS 13, Marzipan, and what else to expectApple should make more iPad apps for the MacApple refreshes the iPod touch with the iPhone 7’s processorApple’s latest defense of the App Store shows how hard it is to compete with AppleApple’s former app approval chief says he’s ‘really worried’ about company’s anticompetitive behaviorExperts are furious over the FCC’s rosy picture of broadband accessT-Mobile and Sprint might have to create a new carrier to get their merger approvedSprint’s 5G network is here, and it’s completely different from what Verizon and AT&T are doing5G has arrived in the UK, and it’s fast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 31, 2019
How technology is changing music with Switched on Pop’s Charlie Harding and Nate Sloan
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Switched on Pop hosts Charlie Harding and Nate Sloan join Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel to unpack how technology is changing the distribution, making, and sound of popular music.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 28, 2019
The T-Mobile and Sprint merger, Apple tweaks the Macbook keyboards, and Huawei vs. Trump
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The Verge's Russel Brandom joins the show to decipher the Huawei ban as well as its larger implications. Second half of the show, Dieter Bohn explains how Apple is tweaking its troubled keyboard design on its current and future Macbooks. Nilay Patel ends the show with updates on the T-Mobile and Sprint merger.  Playdate is an adorable handheld with games from the creators of Qwop, Katamari, and moreOuya will be shut down for good on June 25thHuawei vs. Trump: all the news about the Chinese phone maker's …Intel, Qualcomm, and other chipmakers reportedly join Google in Huawei banGoogle pulls Huawei’s Android license, forcing it to use open source versionLawmakers applaud Google for revoking Huawei’s Android licenseHuawei can keep sending software updates to phones for three months, US saysMicrosoft removes Huawei laptop from store, remains silent on potential Windows banApple tweaks its troubled MacBook keyboard design, expands repair …Apple will repair 2016 MacBook Pros with 'flexgate' display issues for …Apple updates top-end MacBook Pros with tweaked keyboard and ...Sprint will sell off Boost Mobile if merger with T-Mobile is approved …T-Mobile's merger promises are meaningless Justice Department recommends blocking T-Mobile-Sprint ... The future of AT&T is an ad-tracking nightmare hellworld Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 24, 2019
Huawei, 5G, and Robocalls with FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks
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FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks stops by to discuss Huawei, regulating robocalls, net neutrality, the race for 5G and more with The Verge’s Nilay Patel and Makena Kelly. Subscribe to the Vergecast here for free in your favorite podcast app Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 21, 2019
OnePlus 7 Pro review, the White House's censorship tool, and more streaming wars
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Dieter Bohn's OnePlus 7 Pro and Pixel 3a review starts off the show, followed by Adi Robertson's coverage of  everything the government is doing with Facebook and tariffs, and we end on our featured updates on the streaming wars.  Stories mentioned this week: One month ago, Foxconn said its innovation centers weren't empty …Verizon’s 5G network is now hitting gigabit download speedsThe new Apple TV app launches today on iOS, Apple TV, and Samsung TVsFacebook will increase pay for its contractors in North AmericaSamsung’s Galaxy Home missed its April launch date, and the company won’t say whyGoogle Pixel 3A review: a $399 phone with a great camera OnePlus 7 Pro review: an amazing screen meets a good enough …White House launches tool to report censorship on Facebook …Donald Trump is short-circuiting the electronics industry Phones and laptops are next to be hit by Trump's China tariff hikes …White House cracks down on Huawei equipment sales with executive …FCC commissioner calls for investigation into Chinese telecoms operating in US networksHP’s new dual-screen gaming laptop lets you watch Twitch and play simultaneouslyWhat does it cost to compete with Disney and Netflix? Quibi bets $2 …Disney wants full control of Hulu, but doesn't want to lose any shows …Comcast is giving Disney full control of HuluSubscribe to The Vergecast for free in your favorite podcast app https://pod.link/430333725 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 17, 2019
The lawyer who won against Apple at the Supreme Court
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Apple just lost a case at the Supreme Court, and an antitrust lawsuit claiming that the App Store is a monopoly will proceed. Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel and senior reporter Adi Robertson speak to Mark Rifkin, one of the lawyers who argued the case against Apple.Subscribe to the Vergecast here for free in your favorite podcast appFor more on this case, check out Adi Robertson's recent work on The Verge  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 14, 2019
Google I/O and the future of Android with Google SVP Hiroshi Lockheimer and Android Director Stephanie Cuthbertson
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Google's I/O conference in Mountain View, California, the Vergecast crew chats with Hiroshi Lockheimer, SVP at Google for Android, Chrome, Chrome OS, Play, comms and photos, and Stephanie Cuthbertson, director of Android to the show to talk new products such as the Pixel and Nest line, messaging, and of course Android. Subscribe to The Vergecast for free in your favorite podcast app https://pod.link/430333725 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 09, 2019
F8 and Facebook's future in privacy
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Facebooks F8 conference happened this week so The Verge's Nilay Patel, Casey Newton, Ashley Carman, and Paul Miller break down the biggest announcements and updates from the event including Messenger, Instagram, WhatsApp, Oculus, and more.  Stories discussed this week:The 5 biggest announcements from Facebook’s F8 developer conference keynote Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the ‘future is private’Facebook keeps asking whether its keynote makes people like FacebookFacebook Messenger is coming to the desktopThe next version of Facebook Messenger will be radically smallerWhy Facebook is making a big bet on MessengerFacebook bans Alex Jones and Laura Loomer for violating its policies against dangerous individualsFacebook could create new privacy positions as part of FTC settlementFacebook adds ‘secret crushes’ so you can see which friends are thirsting after youFacebook’s Portal is getting WhatsApp support and launching internationallyOculus Quest review: a great system with a frustrating compromiseNubia stuck a cooling fan in its latest gaming smartphoneApple explains why it’s cracking down on third-party screen time and parental control apps Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 03, 2019
Luminary and the podcast wars to come, with Nick Quah and Ashley Carman
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The Podcast Wars are coming. After Luminary’s troubled launch, The Verge’s Nilay Patel and Ashley Carman sit-down with podcast expert Nick Quah of Hot Pod to discuss if Luminary or anyone could be “the Netflix of podcasts” and where the industry is headed. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 30, 2019
WWDC leaks, Luminary’s launch troubles, and Galaxy Fold review
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After a week of Galaxy Fold troubles, The Verge's Dieter Bohn, Ashley Carman, and Paul Miller continue the foldable saga, along with drama with the new podcast app Luminary. We've also got some leaks from Apple's upcoming WWDC event and a rumored Pixel 3a from Google I/O so keep listening to stay informed.  Stories this week: Samsung Galaxy Fold review: broken dreamSamsung delays Galaxy Fold indefinitely: ‘We will take measures to strengthen the display’AT&T is now telling customers the Galaxy Fold will ship on June 13thiFixit’s Galaxy Fold teardown reveals its biggest design flawPodcast wars: $100 million startup Luminary launches Tuesday …iPad ImportiPad Windowing, dark modeiPad external DisplaySiri Intents & Siri ShortcutsOnePlus 7 Pro launch event set for May 14thThe OnePlus 7 Pro will have a 'breakthrough' display and 5GGoogle's Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a may come to T-Mobile Google teases new Pixel announcement for May 7th  To see The Vergecast live at Google I/O, RSVP at  theverge.com/vergecastlive Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 26, 2019
Aurora CEO Chris Urmson on what's next for self-driving cars
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Aurora CEO Chris Urmson stops by to discuss the future of self-driving cars with The Verge's Nilay Patel and Andrew Hawkins. They explore how the industry has evolved over the years, and how long it will take before self-driving cars are commonly used on the road. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 23, 2019
Samsung's Galaxy Fold phones are breaking
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The Samsung Galaxy Fold is here — and it’s already breaking. The Verge’s Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and Paul Miller talk first impressions of Samsung’s new phone. Later, they discuss the end of the feud and lawsuits between Apple and Qualcomm and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 19, 2019
The electric scooter revolution with Lime co-founder Brad Bao
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Lime co-founder Brad Bao explains how the electric scooter revolution will evolve. The Verge's Nilay Patel and Andrew Hawkins discuss the seemingly overnight emergence of electric scooters in cities across the country. They explore the tension scooters can create and ponder the future of urban mobility. Vote for Vergecast in the Webby's! as well as The Verge's Why'd You Push That Button? and our wonderful YouTube channel Verge Science Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 16, 2019
Foxxconn's empty innovation centers and a blackhole photo revealed
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Loren Grush discusses the first image of a black hole, Nilay discusses Foxconn's broken dreams, Dieter discusses gadgets, and Paul discusses Microsoft's Chromium Edge browser. Long show but stick with us, there's a lot to know here. Stories discussed this week: - See the first image ever taken of a supermassive black hole - Ikea and Sonos made the ultimate speaker lamp - Foxconn’s ‘innovation centers’ are a bunch of empty buildings in Wisconsin - Turns out Amazon buying Eero wasn’t the startup success story we thought - New Zealand privacy commissioner says Facebook is run by ‘morally bankrupt’ liars - T-Mobile relaunches Layer3 TV service as TVision Home - Netflix confirms it killed AirPlay support, won't let you beam shows to … - YouTube TV raises monthly price to $50, but adds Discovery channels ... - Google patches ads into Android TV home screens without warning … - LG G8 ThinQ review: many gimmicks, not enough progress - Samsung's Galaxy A80 is an automated notchless slider with a ... - Hidden Google Play info suggests 'midyear' release for Pixel 3 devices ... - Microsoft's Chromium Edge browser is now officially available to test … - Microsoft reveals all the Google things it removed in its Chromium … Vote for Vergecast in the Webby's! as well as The Verge's Why'd You Push That Button? and our wonderful YouTube channel Verge Science also, we'd love our listeners and reader to fill out theverge.com/survey Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 11, 2019
Jaron Lanier's ideas for the future
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Computer philosophy writer and "founding father of virtual reality," Jaron Lanier, chats with Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel about why he's optimistic about the future. Lanier shares his thoughts on how the "manipulation economy" has reshaped the world we live in and why we should be controlling and profiting from our own data. Vote for Vergecast in the Webby's! as well as The Verge's Why'd You Push That Button? and our wonderful YouTube channel Verge Science Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 09, 2019
AirPods 2 review, AirPower gone, and all the things Google killed
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Apple cancelled AirPower! But they released AirPods 2. The Verge's Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and Paul Miller discuss what Apple's next move is as well as what their competitor Google is cancelling too. There's a whole lot more so keep listening for Paul's weekly segment "A jaunty nega-notch", an AirPod competitor, and more 5G updates.  Stories discussed this week:The Creators IssueApple cancels AirPower wireless chargerApple drops HomePod price down to $299Apple AirPods 2 review: even more wirelessAmazon Is Making a Rival to Apple’s AirPods as Its First Alexa WearableAndroid Q's second beta embraces foldable phones, multitasking …Leaked Oppo Reno pictures show off the weirdest notch-killing slider yetAnker's GaN charger-battery combo is now in the Apple Store Verizon begins deploying its 5G mobile network in parts of Chicago and MinneapolisMicrosoft unveils new Surface Book 2 model with Intel's latest quad …Dell XPS 13 (2019) review: the right stuff, refinedApple apologizes for continued reliability problems with its MacBook … Vote for Vergecast in the Webby's! as well as The Verge's Why'd You Push That Button? and our wonderful YouTube channel Verge Science Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 05, 2019
Figuring out Apple's TV plans with Recode’s Peter Kafka
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Will Apple's new foray into streaming be able to swim in the same waters as Netflix and Disney, or will it go the way of Verizon's Go90? Recode executive editor Peter Kafka and Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel discuss Apple's plan for streaming, news, and more. Subscribe to Recode Media with Peter Kafka. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 02, 2019
Apple unveils credit card, streaming plans, and more
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Apple's event this week introduced Apple TV Plus, Apple News Plus, Apple Card, Apple Arcade, and more channels on Apple TV. The Verge's Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Chris Welch, and Paul Miller run through the event, their new services, and how it will compete with current products in the market.  Stories discussed this week: Apple Event 2019: TV plus shows, News, Oprah and biggest …Apple's TV efforts: an abridged history over the yearsApple News Plus: price, release date and how to sign upApple launches $9.99 Apple News PlusThe Apple Card is a perfect example of Apple's post-iPhone strategy …Apple announces Apple Card credit cardApple Card: Apple's thinnest and lightest status symbol everApple Arcade has game developers excited, but questions remain …Apple Arcade is a new game subscription for iOS, Mac, and Apple TV All the shows coming to Apple's TV streaming serviceApple's revamped TV app is coming to Roku and Fire TVMacbook Air (2019) reviewI rode with Nissan’s AR and 5G-powered virtual passengersNintendo plans two new Switch models for this year: WSJ  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 27, 2019
The Age of Surveillance Capitalism with Shoshana Zuboff
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The age of surveillance capitalism author Shoshana Zuboff considers whether "data is the new oil" and explains how data collection has fundamentally changed the economy and how big companies interact with consumers. Shoshana Zuboff breaks down how to define, understand and fight surveillance capitalism. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 26, 2019
Apple's new iPad mini and Google's Stadia gaming platform
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A rundown of Apple's latest product updates including the new iPad mini, iPad Air, and AirPods. The Vergecast crew Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and Paul Miller also discuss Apple's upcoming event on Monday and what their new services may contain. Second half of the show features Google's announcement of their new game streaming platform Stadia. Links: - Facebook stored hundreds of millions of passwords in plain text - Apple updates $399 iPad mini with Apple Pencil support -Apple’s new iPad mini is a terrific small tablet with no competition -Apple brings back the iPad Air with 10.5-inch display and Smart Keyboard support -Apple’s new AirPods come with a wireless charging case, Hey Siri support, and more battery life -Apple will let you add 256GB of RAM to an iMac Pro for $5,200-Apple updates iMacs with new Intel processors and AMD GPUs -A brand-new AirPower image has appeared on Apple’s Australian site-What to expect from Apple’s TV and news service event -Apple’s plan for its new TV service: Sell other people’s TV services - gone90.biz -Here are the shows and films coming to Apple’s streaming service - Is this robotic therapy pet the uncanny valley of dog?-Google unveils Stadia cloud gaming service, launches in 2019 -Google Stadia uses a custom AMD chip to offer 10.7 teraflops of cloud gaming power-Oculus unveils the Rift S, a higher-resolution VR headset with built-in tracking Thanks to Microsoft Azure for sponsoring this episode. Get started with a free account and 12 months of popular free services at Azure.com/trial today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 22, 2019
The future of Facebook and democracy with Casey Newton and Alex Stamos
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Facebook's former chief security officer Alex Stamos joined Casey Newton onstage at SXSW to discuss the difficult issues that plague Facebook and democracy. Subscribe to The Interface, Casey Newton's newsletter about social platforms and democracy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 19, 2019
Introducing Switched on Pop
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Check out Switched on Pop, a podcast that digs into the musical theory and cultural context of pop music. In this episode, hosts Charlie Harding and Nate Sloan explore how streaming changed the sound of pop music.  For more from Switched on Pop, subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 18, 2019
Galaxy S10E review and Spotify takes on Apple
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The Verge's Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Natt Garun, and Paul Miller discuss the changes in the new Android Q beta as well as a review of the Samsung Galaxy S10, S10+. and S10E. Which phone is best? Also, Spotify files antitrust complaint over 'Apple tax' All that and much more on this week's Vergecast. Stories discussed in this episode: Android Q developer beta is available now on all Pixel devices The best early features of Android Q Every new Android Q feature we have found so farSamsung Galaxy S10E review: short, not shortchangedSamsung Galaxy S10 review: the awkward middle childSamsung Galaxy Buds review: imperfectly acceptableFacebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp are still down for some users …Facebook returns after its worst outage everFacebook and Instagram's outage cost advertisers thousands of …Spotify files antitrust complaint over 'Apple tax' Why Vivo thinks port-less phones are the futureApple confirms March 25th event, expected to announce new TV …Apple's WWDC 2019 will kick off on June 3rd  Thanks to Microsoft Azure for sponsoring this episode. Get started with a free account and 12 months of popular free services at Azure.com/trial today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 15, 2019
Breaking up Apple, Google, Amazon, and Facebook
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How would we break up the world’s most powerful companies? Live from SXSW, The Verge's Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Casey Newton, and Ashley Carman discuss just how one would break up giants like Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 12, 2019
Facebook's privacy pivot and the streaming wars
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Breaking down Mark Zuckerberg’s letter on Facebook about its privacy-focused future. The Verge's Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn,  Julia Alexander, Casey Newton, and Paul Miller discuss Facebooks new pivot to privacy, the next move for HBO after the AT&T restructure, and YouTube's bad actors.  Stories from this episode: The president just called the CEO of Apple ‘Tim Apple’Read Mark Zuckerberg's letter on Facebook's privacy-focused future …Mark Zuckerberg promises a newer, more private Facebook Facebook knows Facebook isn't the futureFacebook's pivot to privacy has huge implications — if it's realThe messy details behind Facebook’s messaging plansHBO CEO Richard Plepler is leaving the company amid AT&T …AT&T's new HBO chief criticizes Netflix, says it 'doesn't have a brand …AT&T just made its first huge changes to HBO and the rest of …Game of Thrones' final season trailer prepares us for the biggest fight …Disney is ending its vault program, giving Disney+ a huge boost in the streaming warsHow baseball’s tech team built the future of televisionDying social robot Jibo goes out with a song and a danceYouTube is demonetizing all videos about Momo YouTube's family vloggers worry about future amid comments …YouTube terminates more than 400 channels following controversy …YouTube is 'aggressively approaching' solution to child exploitation ...voxmedia.com/podsurvey Thanks to Microsoft Azure for sponsoring this episode. Get started with a free account and 12 months of popular free services at Azure.com/trial today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 08, 2019
Can Anchor be the Youtube for podcasts? And should they?
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Anchor CEO Michael Mignano discusses the company's recent acquisition by Spotify, the future of podcasting, and whether Anchor could become the "YouTube for podcasts." The Verge's Nilay Patel and Ashley Carman talk to Mignano about the current difficulties the podcast industry faces along with possible solutions for discovery and questioning what to do with the RSS feed. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 05, 2019
Mobile World Congress: How should your foldable phone fold?
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The latest news from Mobile World Congress including Huawei's new foldable phone, Nokia's five-camera phone, and Sony's very tall phone. The Verge's Nilay Patel, Dan Seifert, Paul Miller, Natt Garun, and Chaim Gartenberg discuss which foldable phone so far has the best design, what phone can actually get 5G, and Microsoft's updated headset the HoloLens 2. Stories discussed this episode: - Huawei has the best first draft for a foldable phone - This 18,000mAh battery has a phone in it - Sony’s Xperia 1 literally stands out from the crowd with a super tall screen - LG enters the 5G game with the V50 ThinQ - LG’s palm-reading G8 has a unique vision of the future - LG’s answer to the foldable mania is a second screen - The Nokia 9 PureView has five cameras and a lot to prove - Motorola confirms its foldable phone is coming, and it could look like a RAZR - HoloLens 2: inside Microsoft's new headset - A closer look at Microsoft’s new Kinect sensor - USB 3.2 standard gets new, even more confusing names ahead of its mainstream debut Thanks to Microsoft Azure for sponsoring this episode. Get started with a free account and 12 months of popular free services at Azure.com/trial today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 01, 2019
Casey Newton on the secret life of Facebook moderators
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In “The Trauma Floor,” The Verge’s Casey Newton uncovered the horrendous working conditions for contract Facebook moderators. On this week’s Vergecast, he and editor-in-chief Nilay Patel discuss how he uncovered them. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 26, 2019
The Samsung Galaxy Fold is here and so is the Galaxy S10
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Samsung unveils its new Galaxy foldable phone and the new S10 at their latest event. The Verge’s Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Dan Seifert, and Paul Miller react to the latest Samsung event and debate whether a foldable phone priced at a nearly $2,000 will be a game-changer. They also discuss the new updates to Samsung’s S10 phone, including a headphone jack. Stories mentioned in the show: Samsung’s foldable phone is the Galaxy Fold, available April 26th starting at $1,980 Samsung officially announces the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus, starting at $899 The Samsung Galaxy S10E is small without skimping too much Hands-on with Samsung’s new Galaxy Watch Active Samsung’s new Galaxy Watch Active measures blood pressure Nike says it’s ‘actively working’ to fix its broken smart sneakers Samsung’s Galaxy S10 5G will temporarily be a Verizon exclusive Trump wants 6G internet ‘as soon as possible’ AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson on Recode Media Google claims built-in Nest mic was ‘never intended to be a secret’ Apple dug a tunnel beneath the App Store, and the rats are getting through Apple to combine iPhone, iPad, and Mac apps by 2021, says Bloomberg You can remap the Bixby button on Samsung’s Galaxy S10 to do whatever you want Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 22, 2019
Foursquare is tracking you... responsibly
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CEO of Foursquare Jeff Glueck discusses the ethics of companies that track their users’ movements. Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel and Glueck further explore Foursquare's aim to help its customers become less reliant on mapping companies like Google, and how responsibly managing a user’s data and privacy is not only the right thing to do, but good for business. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 19, 2019
Amazon HQ2 cancelled and Apple's rumored March 25th event
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Nilay, Dieter, Casey, and Paul react to Amazon cancelling plans for their second headquarters in NYC, Apple's rumored spring event and announcements, and some new Android phones hitting the market soon.  Stories featured in this episode: Amazon cancels HQ2 in New York after backlashAmazon HQ2 defeat is a win for Queens activists but a ‘facepalm’ for tech leadersAmazon is buying mesh router company EeroJeff Bezos says National Enquirer is threatening to publish his nude …Apple’s Netflix competitor will reportedly be unveiled in March... or maybe AprilApple is reportedly planning a March 25th event for its subscriptionApple just made it easier to find and manage subscriptions in iOS …Apple's video service may launch without HBO and Netflix support …Apple reportedly demanding a staggering 50 percent of revenue with ...Apple's new deal for journalism should send publishers runningEarth is dying and this couple is crowdfunding a sex buttonNorth Focals glasses review: a $600 smartwatch for your facePhone makers aren’t even trying to keep their secrets secret anymoreGoogle launching Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel Watch in 2019, says Nikkei …The LG G8 has a vibrating OLED screen for a speaker Thanks to Microsoft Azure for sponsoring this episode. Get started with a free account and 12 months of popular free services at Azure.com/trial today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 15, 2019
Bill Gates on solving the world’s problems… and building a better toilet
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Bill Gates and Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel discuss the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s ambitious plans to improve health in poor countries, build better toilets, gather better data about women, and rethink taxes on the wealthy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 12, 2019
5G madness: why is Sprint suing AT&T?
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Sprint is suing AT&T for falsely advertising its network as "5G." Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel chats with Sprint's legal counsel, Craig Whitney, about why Sprint is suing AT&T and why no one can seem to agree on what 5G is. Sprint is suing AT&T over '5G E' lies Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 08, 2019
Spotify’s big audio play, plus a Palm tiny phone review
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Spotify acquires Gimlet Media and Anchor in a play to further expand into audio beyond music streaming. Later, Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and Paul Miller review the tiny new Palm phone, address Samsung Galaxy S10 rumors and finally, some Apple updates. Links: - Spotify gets serious about podcasts with two acquisitions - Latest leaks confirm cheaper and smaller Samsung Galaxy S10e - Samsung’s Galaxy S10 will be one of the first Wi-Fi 6 phones - New Samsung true wireless earbuds appear in leaked promotional … - Samsung Galaxy Sport leak shows a sleek bezel-less smartwatch … - Palm phone review: it won’t save you from your phone - Apple releases iOS 12.1.4 to fix Group FaceTime security flaw - Apple is compensating the 14-year-old who discovered major FaceTime security bug - Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts is leaving in April - Apple just endorsed AT&T’s fake 5G E network - Fine, here’s a $100 Lightning to Ethernet dongle for iPads - Net neutrality takes center stage at congressional hearing Check out: Azure.com/trial to sign up for a trial today! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 08, 2019
Lina Khan on Amazon’s Antitrust Paradox
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Should we break up Amazon and Facebook? Columbia Law School academic fellow Lina Khan, who wrote the impactful “Amazon’s Antitrust Paradox" for The Yale Law Journal, joins Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel to discuss whether Amazon and Facebook should be broken up and what it might look like if that were to happen. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 05, 2019
Apple goes to war with Facebook and Google
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Apple has disabled Facebook and Google’s internal applications after privacy violations were revealed, leaving Google and Facebook employees at a standstill for key operations. Meanwhile, in other Apple news, the tech giant’s revenue declined over the holiday quarter and is reportedly testing new iPhones with three rear cameras and a USB-C port. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 01, 2019
Fixing America’s internet, with Susan Crawford
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Harvard Law School professor Susan Crawford explains how America’s internet connectivity issues and corrosive infrastructure are holding the country back and how we can rally to fix it. She and Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel also discuss the Huawei scandal, politicians' roles in improving broadband internet, and her new book Fiber: The Coming Tech Revolution—and Why America Might Miss It. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 29, 2019
More Galaxy S10 leaks and Sonos headphones
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The Samsung Galaxy S10 continues to leak, indicating that it may have a headphone jack, a hole-punch display, and a cryptocurrency wallet. But that’s not all. We also saw some new concepts for foldable phones, a rumor about Sonos headphones, and theories on Google’s secret Fuchsia operating system. So this week on The Vergecast, Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and Paul Miller run through all of that and then some, which you can listen to right now. Thanks to Microsoft Azure for sponsoring this episode. Get started with a free account and 12 months of popular free services at Azure.com/trial today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 25, 2019
Pixel 3 Lite leaks, Apple releases new battery cases, and Samsung readies the S10
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This week on The Vergecast, Nilay, Paul, and Dieter run through a week of gadget news. Images of the Google Pixel 3 “Lite” and the Samsung Galaxy S10 have leaked, starting up a new season of phone releases. The crew also looks forward to what Google will do with its investment in Fossil’s smartwatch tech, Microsoft’s experiment with foldable devices, and how the Federal Trade Commission will react to Tim Cook’s call to give consumers more privacy. There’s a whole lot more in this week’s episode — including Paul’s weekly segment “Please replace magenta” — so listen to it all to stay informed. You can also check out our new narrative fiction series Better Worlds, featuring 10 stories by 10 different fiction writers about the future and hope. YouTube Verge Extras The Verge dot com   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 18, 2019
August CEO Jason Johnson on opening the smart home of the future
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Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel chats with August CEO Jason Johnson about smart locks and the challenges of integrating various technologies within a smart home. They discuss whether every company needs to be a data collection company, and why it's so difficult to be a hardware company in tech. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 15, 2019
CES: Google vs. Alexa and the latest 5G delusion
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More from CES with The Verge’s Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Dami Lee, and Dan Seifert who talk through the ongoing developments in voice assistant technology and the continuing rivalry between Google Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa. They also discuss a range of gadgets from the showroom floor such as Alienware's Area51m laptop to a laundry-folding robot as well as Verizon’s shots fired at AT&T over their 5G claim. 2:05 - Tim Cook says Apple will “announce new services this year” 8:02 - Google’s plan to take on Alexa: new features, new devices, and a Trojan horse 9:25 - We finally heard Google Assistant work on Sonos speakers 12:01 - Google Assistant’s new interpreter mode can translate conversations — but it’s not magic 15:06 - Google Assistant is coming for your car with new hands-free voice control from Anker and JBL 27:05 - Foldimate’s laundry-folding machine actually works now 31:24 - Wacom’s $649 Cintiq 16 bridges the gap between hobbyists and pros 38:16 - BOCCO emo 42:05 - The Alienware Area-51m is a full-fledged desktop disguised as a laptop 42:23 - Lenovo’s new Yoga S940 is all about its impressive display 49:12 - Verizon says it won’t launch fake 5G icons like AT&T did Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 09, 2019
CES: LG’s impressive rollable TV and Samsung’s iTunes integration
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The Verge's Nilay Patel, Ashley Carman, Dieter Bohn, and Vlad Savov discuss the first big news day at CES — including Samsung getting iTunes on their TVs, LG's new rollable display actually coming out in 2019, and the numerous announcement of 8K. 07:28 - Apple trolls CES with a giant dig at Android and Alexa privacy 08:16 - Five big questions about Apple putting iTunes on Samsung TVs 17:12 - LG will bring AirPlay 2 support to its 2019 TVs 20:20 - Taking the smarts out of smart TVs would make them more expensive 27:08 - LG’s groundbreaking roll-up TV is going on sale this year 33:08 - LG’s 2019 TV lineup includes Alexa, HDMI 2.1, and an 88-inch 8K OLED 33:50 - Samsung’s 75-inch MicroLED 4K TV is a huge step into the future 33:59 - Sony is adding Apple’s AirPlay 2 and HomeKit to its Android TV 38:27 - Sony’s best 2019 party speaker has cup holders for your beer 43:33 - Roku and TCL are working on an 8K HDR TV coming in 2019 46:11 - Smells like there could be drama in the scented proprietary pods business 49:08 - Kohler’s smart toilet promises a ‘fully-immersive experience’ 54:08 - Asus reversed the notch to get its laptop bezels even thinner 55:47 - Corsair shrunk the RGB LED down to be as small as the head of a pin 59:07 - T-Mobile roasts AT&T for updating phones with a fake 5G logo Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 08, 2019
CES: Privacy and smart TVs with Vizio CTO Bill Baxter
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To kick off our coverage of the Consumer Electronics Show, Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel sits down with Vizio chief technology officer Bill Baxter to talk about the future of the SmartCast platform, what it’s like to put AirPlay 2 and Apple HomeKit on Vizio TVs, and, most importantly, privacy relating to data tracking on smart TVs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 07, 2019
Apple's iPhone problem and CES preview
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This week, Nilay, Paul, and Dieter prep by looking at rumors, early announcements, and predictions for the upcoming “biggest event in tech”. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 04, 2019
GoPro CEO Nick Woodman on how to compete without competition
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GoPro CEO Nick Woodman joins The Verge's Nilay Patel and Sean O'Kane to discuss GoPro's recent launches, occupying a space with few competitors, and why it pulled out of the drone market. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 18, 2018
334: Sundar Pichai testifies, Samsung A8, and Verizon's future
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This week on The Vergecast, Nilay, Paul, and Dieter devote half the show to discussing what happened when CEO of Google Sundar Pichai testified before the House Judiciary Committee. Congress thinks Google has a bias problem — does it? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 13, 2018
What Foxconn’s really doing in Wisconsin, with Reply All’s Sruthi Pinnamaneni
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Nilay Patel interviews Sruthi Pinnamaneni on The Vergecast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 11, 2018
333: 5G phones, Juul, and Microsoft's move to Chromium
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This week on The Vergecast, Nilay, Paul, and Dieter are joined by Verge science reporter Rachel Becker to discuss what’s going on in the world of Juul — why it’s so popular, how addictive it is, and where it’s being restricted. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 07, 2018
The history of online harassment before and after Gamergate with Caroline Sinders
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Cataloging online harassment before and after Gamergate with Caroline Sinders Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 04, 2018
332: Pixel Slate, Google Fi, and Section 230
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Nilay, Dieter, and Paul are back from Thanksgiving and ready to spill the beans on the tech news you may or may not have been paying attention to this week. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 30, 2018
Silicon Valley’s Rep. Ro Khanna talks tech regulation
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On this week’s interview episode, Nilay is joined by Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) and Verge policy reporter Makena Kelly to discuss Congress’ plans to regulate Big Tech in the new year. Earlier this month, Democrats were able to take back a majority in the House of Representatives, and after blockbuster events this year like Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal, lawmakers are gearing up to rein in these Silicon Valley giants. Khanna, who represents the California district that houses the Apple and Google campuses, was tasked with developing a set of principles these companies should abide by when it comes to issues like privacy, net neutrality, and anti-competitive behavior. He made the rounds, consulting with think tanks, the creator of the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee, and the tech companies themselves. From those discussions, Khanna was able to put forth a framework of 10 rights US citizens should have when they’re on the internet. Khanna’s set of principles is called the “Internet Bill of Rights,” and with Democrats recapturing the House, tech leaders like Khanna have a chance to codify ideas like these into laws. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 27, 2018
Amazon HQ2, Google Night Sight, and Facebook
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Dieter Bohn, Casey Newton, and Paul Miller bring you the latest this week with Amazon's announcement of the location of its new headquarters, a report on Facebook's leaders, a Google Pixel 3 Night Sight review,and a whole bunch more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 16, 2018
President of StubHub Sukhinder Singh Cassidy
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Nilay Patel interviews President of StubHub Sukhinder Singh Cassidy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 13, 2018
330: iPad Pro review, Macbook Air review, and Walt Mossberg
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Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn reviewed Apple’s new iPad Pro and MacBook Air, and discuss their take on this week’s show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 08, 2018
Anker CEO Steven Yang is all in on USB-C
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Nilay interviews Steven Yang, Founder and CEO of Anker. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 06, 2018
329: Macbook Air, iPad Pro, and Mac Mini
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Vergecast hosts Nilay and Dieter were able to attend Apple’s event in Brooklyn this week, so you can guess that’s what the crew talked about on this weeks show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 02, 2018
Ivy Ross (Google’s VP of hardware design) and Rishi Chandra (Google’s VP of home and Nest)
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Google's Ivy Ross and Rishi Chandra discuss the evolving and increasingly human design language of Google products, the future of devices like the Home Hub in a world that demands privacy, and — yes — the infamous Pixel 3 notch. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 30, 2018
328: iPhone XR review, Google Home Hub and Yoga Book C390
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This week on The Vergecast, Nilay, Paul, and Dieter discuss Nilay’s review of the iPhone XR as well as reviews of the Yoga Book C930 and Google’s Home Hub. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 26, 2018
Julia Alexander says YouTube makes everything more extreme
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How YouTube makes everything more extreme Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 23, 2018
327: Pixel 3 review, the new Palm phone, and Google antitrust violations
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Pixel 3 review, Google antitrust violations, and the new Palm phone Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 19, 2018
Scott Belsky brings Photoshop to the iPad
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Scott Belsky brings Photoshop to the iPad Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 15, 2018
Pixel 3, Pixel Slate, and Home Hub
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Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and Dan Seifert went to Google’s Pixel 3 event this week in New York City. After the event, the trio, along with Paul Miller, got together for an early taping of The Vergecast to discuss Google’s product announcements and their first impressions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 11, 2018
Ring CEO Jamie Siminoff wants to reduce neighborhood crime
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Ring began as a humble crowdfunded project called Doorbot — a Wi-Fi-enabled video doorbell that enabled two-way communication. In 2013, it was rejected on Shark Tank. This year, the company was acquired by Amazon for over $1 billion. Nilay sat down with Ring CEO Jamie Siminoff on this week’s Vergecast to talk about joining the Amazon family of brands, the future of security in smart homes, and how Ring product owners may (or may not) work with law enforcement to make neighborhoods safer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 09, 2018
325: Chinese spy chips, Microsoft announcements, and Pixel 3 preview
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This week on The Vergecast, Nilay, Dieter, and Paul bring in experts to report on the top stories on the site this week. Reporter and host of Why’d You Push That Button Ashley Carman stops by the studio to explain the Bloomberg report detailing “Chinese spy chips” that may have been planted on servers from companies like Apple and Amazon. After that bizarre piece of news, senior editor Dan Seifert comes on the show to talk about the Microsoft hardware event he attended this week and the new products that were announced. We’ve also got a Google hardware event coming up next week, so they run through the leaks and rumors of gadgets that we might see. Check back next week for our full event coverage on this show. There’s a whole lot more in between all of that — including our favorite reoccurring segments from Liz Lopatto and Paul Miller — so listen to it all, and you’ll get it all. 01:45 - What we still don’t know about the Facebook breach 2:48 - Chinese spy chips would be a ‘god-mode’ hack, experts say with Ashley Carman 29:18 - This week in Elon Musk with Liz Lopatto 33:37 - Microsoft Surface event 2018: the 5 biggest announcements with Dan Seifert 1:10:03 - Paul’s weekly segment “Type like nobody’s watching” 1:13:58 - New Google Pixel 3: the 8 most credible leaks 1:16:36 - LG V40 Review: one phone, five cameras 1:19:28 - iPhone XS: Why It’s A Whole New Camera – Halide Also, in case you missed it, Nilay talked to Meredith Rose from Public Knowledge about the Music Modernization Act. You can listen to that along with this episode right in the Vergecast feed. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 05, 2018
Public Knowledge’s Meredith Rose explains the Music Modernization Act
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The Music Modernization Act has passed Congress and now sits on President Trump’s desk, awaiting his signature. The bill is years in the making, a much needed solution to the complicated collision of music streaming services, licensing issues, and copyright law. For this week’s interview episode of The Vergecast, Nilay sat down with Meredith Rose, Policy Counsel at Public Knowledge, a consumer advocacy group. They talked about how the Music Modernization Act will help artists get paid, companies license music, and how new streaming services might compete with giants like Spotify. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 02, 2018
324: Instagram chaos, Photokina 2018, and Elon Musk gets sued
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This week, we saw the two founders of Instagram abruptly leave, so Casey Newton comes on the show to talk about all that drama and what it might mean for Facebook’s prized possession. Then, Dan Seifert joins us to talk about all of the cameras that were announced at Photokina this year, plus all the models that were announced before the show even started. Finally, Liz Lopatto comes on for an impromptu This Week In Elon to discuss the fact that the SEC has filed a lawsuit against Mr. Musk, which happened just before we started recording the show. 1:28 - Instagram founders resign from Facebook 5:00 - 5 times Facebook messed with Instagram 20:43 - Whats App co-founder Forbes interview 22:32 - Former boss of Facebook Messenger calls Brian Acton “low class” 32:31 - Photokina 2018 recap 38:39 - Zeiss camera with built-in Adobe Lightroom 51:16 - Paul’s weekly segment “Space Egg” 56:07 - This week in Elon Musk: Live Edition™ with Liz Lopatto 1:09:52 - Oculus Quest Also, in case you missed it, Nilay talked to Google AMP’s Malte Ubl about how he’s trying to make the mobile web better. You can listen to that in the Vergecast feed. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 28, 2018
Google AMP’s Malte Ubl wants to make the mobile web better
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You may not have heard of Google AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) but you almost certainly have used it. The Google open-source project has been making waves since it launched in 2016 in an effort to make the mobile web faster to load and smoother to navigate. This week, Nilay sat down with Malte Ubl, creator and tech lead of AMP, to talk about the controversy of bifurcating the web, forming a technical steering committee to co-lead the project, and Ubl’s vision for the future of the mobile web. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 25, 2018
iPhone XS review, Apple Watch 4 review, and Amazon's surprise hardware event
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This past week, Nilay reviewed the new iPhone XS and XS Max while Dieter reviewed the Apple Watch series 4. Paul, Dieter, and Nilay dedicate half the show to their review and whether it’s worth upgrading to the new model. Second half of the show, the crew tries to cover all of the insane amount of gadgets that Amazon announced this week, including a DVR for over-the-air channels. There’s a whole lot more in between that — like deputy editor Liz Lopatto’s “This week in Elon” segment — so listen to it all and you’ll get it all. 01:26 - Apple iPhone XS and XS Max review: smoothed out 32:10 - Apple Watch Series 4 review: the best gets better 54:44 - This week in Elon Musk with Liz Lopatto 59:00 - Paul’s weekly segment “Spin to win” 1:03:46 - The 14 biggest announcements from Amazon’s surprise hardware event 1:33:09 - Sony is launching a PlayStation Classic console this December loaded with 20 games Also, in case you missed it, Nilay along with transportation reporter Sean O’Kane talked to Ford AV CEO Sherif Marakby about self-driving cars and what Ford is doing with them. You can listen to that right in the Vergecast feed.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 21, 2018
Ford Autonomous Vehicles President and CEO Sherif Marakby
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Big car companies like Ford have broken themselves up to enter the market of self-driving cars and compete with Silicon Valley companies like Tesla and Uber. Ford Autonomous Vehicles hopes to become the go-to supplier of autonomous driving software, and have even set the ambitious goal of shipping a self-driving car without a steering wheel or pedals in the next few years. For this week’s interview episode of The Vergecast, Nilay and Verge transportation reporter Sean O’Kane sit down with Ford Autonomous Vehicles President and CEO Sherif Marakby to discuss the past, present, and future of self-driving cars. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 18, 2018
Apple iPhone XS event, iPhone XR, and Apple Watch Series 4
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Vergecast hosts Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn attended the Apple event on Wednesday, and they were able to get their hands on the new iPhones and Apple Watch that were on display. After the event, they headed to our San Francisco studio to Skype with Paul Miller to record their first impressions, a summary of the event, and lay to rest some conspiracies. That’s all you really need to know before listening! 3:11 - Apple’s AirPower charger is still a no-show, one year after it was first announced 5:18 - September Keynote 2018 — Opening Film 08:33 - iPhone XS and XS Max: hands-on with Apple’s giant new phone 13:18 - The 3 best and worst features of the iPhone XS and XS Max 20:32 - iPhone XS Max overview 31:16 - Apple iPhone XR hands-on: the new default iPhone 47:15 - Paul’s weekly segment “E-skates arm race” 49:39 - Apple watch4 hands-on: bigger is better 1:04:15 - Apple adds lyric search, phone calls, and multiple timers to the HomePod 1:14:47 - What’s worse than a dongle? No dongle Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 13, 2018
Anki CEO Boris Sofman
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Anki, known for creating “robots that move you,” just finished a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund their new home robot, Vector. Anki CEO Boris Sofman sat down with Nilay for this week’s interview episode of The Vergecast to talk about the new companion robot, why gendering the robots is important, and how to avoid the uncanny valley. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 11, 2018
Apple event preview, social media hearings, and monopoly week
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This week on The Vergecast, Nilay, Paul, Russell, and Dieter dedicate half the show to The Verge’s monopoly week, which dives into the future of tech monopolies. They also discuss the social media hearings that happened on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. In the second half of the show, the crew updates us on what to expect for next week’s Apple event, from the mysterious third phone to the updated AirPods rumors. There’s a whole lot in between that — like a whole section dedicated to Roombas — so listen to it all, and you’ll get it all. 01:33 - Trump says Amazon, Facebook, and Google represent a ‘very antitrust situation’ 08:08 - The 7 biggest moments from Wednesday’s social media hearings 26:13 - This week in Elon Musk with Sean O’Kane 30:39 - The 9 most plausible rumors about the new iPhones 35:28 - Pixel 3 XL found in a Lyft, had already leaked enough for driver to recognize it 37:39 - New 6.5-inch iPhone X model reportedly called the ‘iPhone XS Max’ 38:25 - Third-party USB-C to Lightning cables are reportedly happening 42:41 - Five things to expect at the Apple event next week 45:16 - Paul’s weekly segment “The decline of dirt” 50:59 - Google’s Pixel 3 event will take place on October 9th 51:53 - BMW is the latest automaker to introduce its own in-car voice assistant 52:04 - Netflix and YouTube are most throttled mobile apps by US carriers, new study says 52:20 - Razer confirms it’s working on a second-generation Razer Phon 53:17 - Samsung teases foldable smartphone launch for later this year Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 07, 2018
Tim Wu thinks it’s time to break up Facebook
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Best known for coining the phrase “net neutrality” and his book The Master Switch, Tim Wu has a new book coming out in November called The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age. In it, he argues compellingly for a return to aggressive antitrust enforcement in the style of Teddy Roosevelt, saying that Google, Facebook, Amazon, and other huge tech companies are a threat to democracy as they get bigger and bigger. Nilay sits down with Wu for this week's interview episode of The Vergecast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 04, 2018
IFA 2018, Apple event announced, and iPhone/Apple watch leaks
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This week, The Verge has been at IFA 2018, Europe’s big tech event. There are a lot of new gadgets, so Nilay, Dieter, and Paul go through their favorites on The Vergecast. Also, Apple announced its September event this week, and immediately following the announcement, iPhone and Apple Watch leaks surfaced. The crew discusses. And, of course, we have our fan-favorite segments: Liz’s “This week in Elon Musk” and Paul’s “Keyboard-in-the-front club: population 2” There’s a whole lot more in between that — like Sonos announcing a geeky new amp — so listen to it all, and you’ll get it all. 01:04 - The Internet of Garbage by Sarah Jeong 02:08 - Apple’s next iPhone event will be on September 12th 03:24 - Purported iPhone XS image shows gold color and Plus-sized display 15:03 - Leaked Apple Watch Series 4 image reveals bigger display, new complications 25:15 - This week in Elon Musk with Liz Lopatto 29:30 - IFA 2018: all the biggest news from Europe’s grand tech showcase 29:43 - Acer’s absurd Predator Thronos gaming chair is fit for a king 32:29 - Lenovo’s new Yoga Book replaces the keyboard with an E-Ink screen 36:22 - Asus’ new laptop has a touchscreen trackpad 37:44 - Skagen’s minimalist Falster smartwatch gets a sequel with fitness features 43:01 - Sony’s 1000X M3 noise-canceling headphones have an improved design and USB-C 45:09 - Paul’s weekly segment “Keyboard-in-the-front club: population 2” 48:51 - Trump lashes out at Google: all the news about the president’s intensifying feud with Silicon Valley 52:18 - The new Sonos Amp is coming to save your old speakers 59:20 - The last Blockbuster: what we really lose when video stores shut down Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 31, 2018
Microsoft’s president explains how Gab shutdown notice went from customer support to his desk
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We're kicking off our secondary Vergecast episode of the week with an interview with Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith. In this wide-ranging interview , Smith expanded on why the company nearly shut down Gab.ai, the “free-speech” absolutist platform that’s become an alt-right favorite. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 28, 2018
App Store chaos, ray tracing, and new Macbook Air rumors
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This week on The Vergecast, Paul, Nilay, and Dieter start off the show with the news that Netflix is testing a payment feature to bypass Apple’s App Store fees, which leads into a larger discussion of (as Nilay calls it) “App Store chaos.” Paul seems pretty excited about “ray tracing” — a term that Nvidia is using for its upcoming graphics cards — so the crew explains what that means and how far ahead Nvidia is compared to its competition. Competition is a general theme in this week’s episode. We’ve also got our two recurring segments in the show: deputy editor Liz Lopatto’s “This Week in Elon Musk” (which is now a newsletter) and Paul’s segment “Cold ears, warm heart.” And we must not forget the latest Apple rumors that have hit the news in preparation for the likely Apple event in September. But there’s a whole lot more in between that, so listen to it all and you’ll get it all. 03:35 - Netflix is testing a payment feature to bypass Apple’s App Store fees 20:39 - ‘Ray tracing’ could bring the biggest graphics jump in a decade 30:59 - DJI’s new Mavic 2 drones have upgraded cameras and zoom lenses 34:34 - Nikon strikes back at Sony with first full-frame mirrorless cameras 40:09 - This week in Elon Musk with Liz Lopatto 44:15 - Apple’s MacBook Air successor will reportedly have slim bezels and high-res Retina display 51:14 - Microsoft to bundle Xbox One consoles, Xbox Live, and Game Pass into a monthly subscription service 52:56 - Paul’s weekly segment “Cold ears, warm heart” 53:52 - A day in the life of a Waymo self-driving taxi Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 24, 2018
This week in Twitter, Elon Musk, and batteries
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We’ve got a whirlwind of an episode this week on The Vergecast. Nilay, Paul, and Dieter bring back Silicon Valley Editor and host of Converge Casey Newton to discuss Twitter’s bad week and what the heck is going on with them. But before that, there’s a whole lot of other things that came up. We reviewed both the Galaxy Note 9 and Android 9 Pie this week, so Dieter runs through everything you need to know about the two launches. We’ve also got two fresh segments this this week. Deputy Editor Liz Lopatto updates us on this week in Elon Musk, and culture reporters Megan Farokhmanesh and Bijan Stephen stop by to tell us what’s happening in culture section of The Verge. There’s a whole lot more in between that — such as Paul’s segment, “Phone prison,” that he does every week — so listen in to hear it all. 01:36 - Battery week 02:14 - Note 9 review 09:58 - Android 9 Pie review 18:11 - This week in Elon with Liz Lopatto 21:51 - Tesla allegedly covered up drug trafficking and spied on employees at the Gigafactory, whistleblower says 23:03 - Verizon’s 5G home internet launch will come with free YouTube TV or Apple TV 4K 23:26 - Sprint and LG will release a 5G smartphone in the first half of 2019 31:02 - This week in culture with Megan and Bijan 38:18 - Twitter’s fear of making hard decisions is killing it 1:01:05 - Twitter officially kills off key features in third-party apps 1:08:00 - Paul’s weekly segment “Phone prison” 1:11:20 -Google may add Windows 10 dual-boot option to Chromebooks Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 17, 2018
Magic Leap, Galaxy Note 9, and Android Pie
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If you’ve been reading The Verge this week, then you know Samsung announced a few products. We got our hands on the Galaxy Note 9, the Galaxy Watch, and we even got to look at that Home speaker as well. That news is covered in a big chunk of The Vergecast this week, but there was also so much other stuff that happened. Adi Robertson was able to travel down to Plantation, Florida, to check out Magic Leap’s creator edition headset. She sits down with Nilay, Paul, and Dieter to discuss her experience with the device and how it compares to the years of hype surrounding it. And, of course, since another week went by on this planet, there is another week of Elon Musk news. Science editor Liz Lopatto graciously fills us in on the show. Like I said, there’s a whole lot more — like Paul’s weekly segment SHAASUIVG — so if you listen to it all, you’ll get it all really. 03:32 - Samsung announces Galaxy Note 9 with bigger screen, huge battery, and more powerful S Pen 16:20 - Fortnite for Android is launching today exclusively on recent Samsung Galaxy devices 23:47 - Samsung unveils its latest smartwatch — the Galaxy Watch 24:27 - Samsung announces Galaxy Home speaker 25:49 - Samsung is partnering with Spotify across its devices 29:20 - The 5 most important Android Pie updates 32:57 - I tried Magic Leap and saw a flawed glimpse of mixed reality’s amazing potential 54:25 - This week in Elon Musk with Liz Lopatto 58:33 - Microsoft Surface Go review: a little goes a long way 1:03:03 - The new Anki Vector robot is smart enough to just hang out 1:08:35 - The FCC lied to Congress about an alleged cyberattack and didn’t come clean until now 1:12:00 - Justice Department appeal says AT&T-Time Warner merger decision is ‘contrary to fundamental economic logic’ 1:14:48 - Paul’s weekly segment “SHAASUIVG” 1:17:24 - Google Pixel 3 XL leak appears to show production hardware and wired USB-C Pixel Buds 1:18:09 - The Palm smartphone reboot is shaping up to be disappointing Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 10, 2018
Surface Go, Apple earnings, and HipChat memories
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In the thrilling conclusion to our three part epic miniseries, "Apple doesn't make the laptops we want," Nilay, Paul, and Dieter discuss how nothing really even matters because Apple is a phone company worth $1 trillion. Samsung, Amazon, and Tesla earnings are also discussed, along with Farhad Manjoo's "Frightful Five" thesis. Then, in "The Bezel Wars," our hosts discuss the Surface Go, iPad rumors, and the Windows 10 S life Dieter has been living. Paul's weekly segment about "Wireless Vapes" is as poignant as ever. Ultimately, the final question is something like, "How many notches can you fit on the blockchain?" 02:19 - The race to $1 trillion 05:25 - Phones, not Macs 14:18 - Amazon's cloud power 24:53 - Dieter's Surface Go impressions 26:41 - Can you name ten Windows 10 S apps? 34:20 - #donglelife 38:44 - Paul's weekly segment, "Wireless Vapes" 44:35 - Two notches, max 46:31 - Pixel 3 leak 47:54 - Mergers and acquisitions Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 03, 2018
Macbook Pro review, Lenovo smart display review, and the Data Transfer Project
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After a week of speculation on whether the new MacBook Pro was throttling performance under heat, Apple released a software fix to address the problem. Dieter’s review for the laptop (post software fix) published on Wednesday so Nilay, Paul, and Dieter discuss what happened with the product and how it performs. Dieter also reviewed the new Lenovo Smart Display, so there's a chunk of the show dedicated to that device, which exceeded expectations. And we’ve got another week of Elon Musk. Transportation reporter Andrew Hawkins gives us an update in what has been happening in the world of Tesla, SpaceX, and the various endeavors of the unpredictable billionaire. We’re going strong with our weekly interviews, and this week we have Brian Willard from Google to discuss the Data Transfer Project — Google’s initiative designed to transfer data from one service to another without downloading and re-uploading. We also can’t forget the segment Paul does every week called “What is it like to be a dolphin?” so keep listening for that. But you know, we’ve got a whole lot more in between that — so listen to it all and you’ll get it all. 02:30 - Apple MacBook Pro review (2018, 15-inch): the heat is on 22:01 - This week in Elon Musk with Andrew Hawkins 26:53 - Lenovo Smart Display review 35:44 - Data Transfer Project with Brian Willard of Google 59:46 - Paul’s weekly segment “What is it like to be a dolphin?” 1:02:30 - Amazon’s Alexa Cast makes it simpler to play music from your phone on Echo speakers 1:10:00 - Facebook growth slows in aftermath of privacy scandals Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 27, 2018
Google gets fined, Macbook Pro benchmarks, and Roku CEO Anthony Wood
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We’ve got a super stuffed episode of The Vergecast this week. First, the biggest news in tech right now is the European Commission’s ruling that Google has been unfairly using Android to push Google search on users, giving it an unfair advantage. Nilay, Dieter, and Paul sit down and discuss the implications. In the second half of the show, Dieter discusses some of the new MacBook Pro benchmarks that claim the processors may throttle performance due to cooling issues. Nilay got an exclusive interview with Roku CEO Anthony Wood, so we’ve included that in this episode as well. Also, our culture coverage continues this week with another roundup by Megan Farokhmanesh and Bijan Stephen. There’s even a whole lot more in between that — like Paul’s newly sponsored segment “Fold the phone” — so listen to it all, and you’ll get it all. 01:46 - Verizon is shutting down its original video app Go90 06:26 - Six questions you were afraid to ask about Google’s EU antitrust case 25:09 - Google may put its Fuchsia OS on smart home devices within three years 34:25 - This week in culture with Megan and Bijan 39:42 - Test suggests 2018 MacBook Pro can’t keep up with Intel Core i9 chip’s thermal demands 53:15 - Roku CEO Anthony Wood interview 1:17:33 - Paul’s weekly segment “Fold the phone” 1:20:39 - Galaxy Note 9 leak suggests it looks a lot like the Note 8 1:22:12 - Walmart reportedly plans to launch Netflix competitor under its Vudu brand later this year Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 20, 2018
Updated Macbook Pros, Microsoft Surface Go, and this week in Elon
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This week on The Vergecast, Nilay and Dieter discuss an Apple event they were invited to this week for Apple’s updated MacBook Pros. Along with Paul, they dive into how creatives are using these machines, and what these new specs are. Another laptop announcement from this week is Microsoft’s Surface Go. The crew runs through their demo with the computer and discuss how it compares to the other Surface devices. And continuing with our trend, we also have a new edition of “This week in Elon Musk,” hosted by science editor Liz Lopatto. There’s a lot more in between that — like Paul’s newly sponsored segment “Hearrings” — so listen to it all, and you’ll get it all. 01:36 - 10 years of app store 05:12- Apple’s new MacBook Pros have the latest Intel processors and quieter keyboards 21:58 - Apple worked with Blackmagic on a new external GPU 33:09 - This week in Elon Musk with Liz Lopatto 38:20 - Microsoft’s $399 Surface Go aims to stand out from iPads or Chromebooks 45:49 - Magic Leap is shipping its first headset this summer 51:56 - Justice Department appeals ruling in attempt to block massive AT&T–Time Warner merger 57:24 - Paul’s weekly segment “Hearrings” 1:00:23 - YouTube TV goes down (again) during World Cup 1:02:43 - Xbox One is getting Dolby Vision support 1:03:32 - Apple will end its photo printing operation in September 1:06:55 - This amazing new web tool lets you create microsites that exist solely as URLs 1:08:09 - This app reads Wikipedia to teach you about the cities you’re driving through Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 13, 2018
macOS Mojave beta, Microsoft Surface USB-C dongle, and this week in Elon Musk
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The Vergecast starts off this week in a traditional fashion with a talk about dongles — Microsoft’s $80 USB-C dongle to be exact. But there’s a whole bunch of little things that also happened this week that Nilay, Dieter, and Paul discuss. We’ve got Apple acknowledging the problem with its MacBook keyboards, Google demoing Duplex, and Apple releasing the Mojave public beta. Also this week, we bring you two new rotating segments on the show. First we have transportation reporter Sean O’Kane with “This Week in Elon Musk” — a rundown of the news that happened this week in the Elon Musk canon. Second, culture reporters Megan Farokhmanesh and Bijan Stephen run though their favorite “Culture Headlines” on The Verge this week. And of course we’ve got Paul’s weekly segment that he does every week, “Rhymes With What’s Poppin’,” so if you listen to the whole show, you’ve got a stew going. 02:20 - Microsoft’s Surface USB-C dongle launches on June 29th for $79.99 09:15 - Apple acknowledges faulty MacBook and MacBook Pro keyboards with new repair program 15:00 - macOS Mojave is now available in public beta 20:59 - Intel now faces a fight for its future 29:06 - This week in Elon Musk with Sean O’Kane 33:41 - Google Duplex really works and testing begins this summer 42:03 - BlackBerry Key2 review: a keyboard with a phone 42:59 - LG says screw everything, we’re doing five cameras for the V40 43:57 - The Galaxy Note 9 hits the FCC, with launch of Samsung’s next flagship presumably on the horizon 45:51 - AT&T more than doubles ‘admin fee’ for every wireless customer 48:31 - Culture headlines with Megan and Bijan 52:58 - Honda retires its famed Asimo robot 53:41 - Paul’s weekly segment “Rhymes with whats poppin” 55:58 - Amazon adds voice control to its Alexa iOS app 59:19 - Sonos Beam review: living room upgrade Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 29, 2018
Recode's Kara Swisher, AT&T - Time Warner, and IGTV
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Instagram announced on Wednesday a standalone app called IGTV, a place for watching long-form vertical video. Casey and Ashely — who went to Instagram’s event that announced the app — talk with Nilay, Dieter, and Paul about their initial feelings about the platform and predict how it will fit into the social mediasphere. Also, Nilay Patel sits down with Kara Swisher to talk about the recent AT&T and Time Warner merger. Kara published a book in 2003 about the AOL and Time Warner merger There Must Be a Pony in Here Somewhere (the merger split off in 2009) so the two discuss the similarities and differences between the two mergers and what they can potentially mean when distribution companies own content. There’s a whole lot more in between that — like Paul’s weekly segment (now up for sale) “Shaavoop” — so listen to it all and you’ll get it all. 01:54 - Instagram announces IGTV, a standalone app for longer videos 19:33 - AT&T launches new WatchTV streaming service at aggressive $15-per-month price 27:26 - Tinder parent company buys anti-Tinder dating app Hinge 35:51 - Kara Swisher talks AT&T - Time Warner merger 1:07:12 - Paul’s weekly segment “Shaavoop” 1:11:51 - What happens if Apple loses its Supreme Court App Store antitrust appeal? 1:19:27 - Apple’s AirPower charging mat rumored to ship in September following ‘technical hurdles’ 1:19:48 - Apple and Oprah are teaming up to make videos Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 22, 2018
Sonos CEO Patrick Spence, E3, and net neutrality ends
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In addition to our classic Nilay, Dieter, and Paul trio, we’ve added a few things this week. To give you the best coverage of E3, culture editor Laura Hudson gives us a quick rundown of the news from the expo to start off the show In the second half of the show, Nilay sits down with Sonos CEO Patrick Spence. Don’t worry, there’s plenty of other classic Vergecast — some gadget talk, Paul’s weekly segment (you know, “How big is the Moon?”), and some deep dives into net neutrality, antitrust law, and Comcast’s $65 million bid on 21st Century Fox. 02:06 - Laura Hudson’s E3 roundup 07:13 - Sony issues weak response to Fortnite cross-play controversy on PS4 and Switch 11:26 - Microsoft is getting ready for the next Xbox vs. PlayStation console war 16:33 - Joseph Gordon-Levitt is defending a controversial plan to crowdsource Beyond Good and Evil 2 art 25:01 - Interview with CEO of Sonos Patrick Spence 1:02:49 - Paul’s weekly segment “How big is the moon?” 1:06:28 - I picked up a Boring Company Not-A-Flamethrower and it’s mine now 1:07:04 - The Boring Company’s Chicago project seems awfully cheap for something so big 1:11:18 - HTC U12 Plus review: fixing what didn’t need to be broken 1:12:54 - Samsung upgrades the Chromebook Plus with a second camera and new processor 1:13:44 - Eero promises not to brick routers if you don’t pay a subscription 1:17:47 - Net neutrality is dead — what now? 1:19:48 - Comcast makes $65 billion offer to steal 21st Century Fox away from Disney Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 15, 2018
WWDC, Sonos Beam, and Microsoft buys Github
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Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference happened this week, and Nilay, Dieter, Jake, and Ashley are on top of it. Second half of the show, we’ve got Dieter’s exclusive look at the Sonos Beam, Microsoft buying GitHub, a new Fire TV thingy, and breaking news for Essential. There’s a whole lot more in between that — like Paul’s weekly segment (hosted by Jake Kastrenakes) “Hey look at this thing I just found on theverge.com“ — so if you listen to it all, you’ll get it all.  02:48 - Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference 04:35 - Siri will soon be able to pull off multistep routines through Shortcuts 15:40 - Walkie-Talkie on the Apple Watch is a clever riff on FaceTime Audio 19:01 - Apple’s Memoji lets you create an Animoji of yourself 23:35 - Apple CarPlay will soon let you use Google Maps, Waze, and other third-party maps 25:21 - Apple will let developers port iOS apps to macOS in 2019 33:51 - The Apple TV is finally getting Dolby Atmos support 38:56 - The Essential Phone’s first new module since launch is a magnetic headphone jack 41:02 - The Beam is Sonos’ ambitious attempt to win the living room 50:40 - Amazon’s Fire TV Cube is an Echo, streaming box, and universal remote in one 55:05 - Paul’s weekly segment “Hey look at this thing I just found on theverge.com” by Jake 57:30 - Microsoft confirms it’s acquiring GitHub for $7.5 billion 1:00:07 - Facebook accused of giving over 60 device makers inappropriate access to user data 1:06:06 - Instagram might soon let you post videos up to an hour long 1:09:48 - California’s net neutrality bill could set a national standard Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 08, 2018
Code Conference, Pixel 3 rumors, and WWDC preview
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The Vergecast is here once again to fulfill the weekly prophecy of illuminating tech news. This week, Dieter is at Recode’s Code Conference, but he still calls in to talk to Nilay, Natt, and Paul about what he saw and heard. Also, Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference is next week, so the crew runs through what to expect. There’s a whole lot in between that — like Paul’s weekly segment “Embarrassingly parallel,” rumors about the next Pixel phone, and some deep philosophy about whether a phone is a tool or an instrument — so listen to it all, and you’ll get it all.  00:41 - Code Conference 2018 5:32 - Evan Spiegel on Facebook: ‘We would really appreciate it if they copied our data protection practices’ 11:56 - AT&T and Verizon both want to run massive ad-tracking networks to rival Facebook 21:03 - Apple’s WWDC 2018: iOS 12, macOS, and what else to expect 27:31 - Apple’s AirPlay 2 with multiroom audio streaming and stereo 37:41 - Paul’s weekly segment “Embarrassingly parallel” 40:24 - Cryptocurrency mining rigs are just PCs — so why won’t Stripe let you sell them? 44:04 - Google reportedly planning Pixel 3 for October, and the XL model will have a notch 48:26 - 2018 O’Reilly AI Keynote, Thomas Reardon, CEO, CTRL-labs 53:02 - Your phone is an instrument, not a tool Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 01, 2018
Elon Musk, Red Hydrogen, and Zuckerberg in the EU
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Are you driving somewhere for the holiday weekend? Here at _The Verge_ we'd like to encourage you to use a car that's wholly or at least primarily powered by dirty fossil fuels. On this week's episode of _The Vergecast_, Nilay, Natt, Casey, and Paul discuss how we're financially beholden to Big Car, and what to do about it now that Elon Musk has called us out on our bias. We also got a chance to discuss Nilay's insane theory about Apple's dongle suppression campaign, Mark Zuckerberg's wacky trip to the EU, and spoke with unearned confidence about Dieter's hands-on with the Red Hydrogen One. Paul's weekly report on robots that do backflips is, of course, also something that happened. 01:50 - Elon Musk 27:54 - Red Hydrogen One hands-on 32:34 - RIP Essential? 36:37 - BlackBerry KEY2 41:19 - Dongle suppression EXPOSED 47:15 - Paul’s weekly segment “Robot backflip weekly update” 51:08 - GDPR is happening 55:54 - Mark Zuckerberg in the EU 1:03:51 - Casey shamelessly plugs Converge 1:06:35 - What’s happening in the rest of tech Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices