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The Vergecast is your source for an irreverent and informative look at what's happening right now (and next) in the world of technology and gadgets. Hosted by Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn, alongside a cavalcade of tech luminaries, Vergecast is the only podcast you need to make sense of the week in tech news. And your life.


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  • 310: CEO Patrick Spence, E3, and net neutrality ends
    Fri, Jun 15, 2018


    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 Vergecastsome 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

  • 309: WWDC, Sonos Beam, and Microsoft buys Github
    Fri, Jun 08, 2018


    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

  • 308: Code Conference, Pixel 3 rumors, and WWDC preview
    Fri, Jun 01, 2018


    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

  • Bonus: Today, Explained "We updated our privacy policy"
    Wed, May 30, 2018


    You know those privacy policy emails flooding your inbox lately? Turns out those are thanks to the European Union’s crackdown on websites that collect your personal data. The Verge’s Russell Brandom explains the regulation known as the GDPR and why Europe seems to care about your security more than America. 

  • 307: Elon Musk, Red Hydrogen, and Zuckerberg in the EU
    Fri, May 25, 2018


    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

  • Bonus: Converge with Casey Newton premiere episode
    Wed, May 23, 2018


    As you may have heard on The Vergecast, The Verge is launching a new podcast hosted by Vergecast regular Casey Newton. It's called Converge with Casey Newton and you can listen to it right here in the Vergecast feed.

    If you like what you hear, go on and subscribe to the show wherever you get your podcasts.

    RSS feed

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  • 306: The Selfish Ledger, YouTube Premium, and One Plus 6
    Fri, May 18, 2018


    The Vergecast trio comes together this week to discuss an internal Google video that was obtained by The Verge titled “the Selfish Ledger.” That topic takes up a good chunk of the show, but there’s a lot more after that.

    Nilay, Paul, and Dieter jump into other Google-related topics, like what’s happening to YouTube Red, Google Duplex theories, and a list of gadget news.

    They were able to fit in Paul’s weekly segment he does every week “Don’t block my chain,” so if you listen to it all, you’ll get it all. 

    04:04 - Google’s Selfish Ledger is an unsettling vision of Silicon Valley social engineering

    19:02 - Apple Watch behavioral science

    19:47 - Google Duplex demo, or say whether the calls were edited

    23:56 - Google Chrome is removing the secure indicator from HTTPS sites in September

    28:12 - Entire Nest ecosystem of smart home devices goes offline

    30:16 - YouTube Music and YouTube Premium announced as YouTube Red replacement

    39:28 - OnePlus 6 announced with a glass back and a notched 6.3-inch display

    41:42 - The RED Hydrogen One is coming to AT&T and Verizon this summer

    44:16 - Onkyo’s receivers will work with Sonos, thanks to upcoming June firmware update

    46:33 - A new Wi-Fi standard could let different mesh routers work together

    48:41 - Paul’s weekly segment “Don’t block my chain

    52:46 - Microsoft’s Surface Hub 2 is designed for an office of the future

    53:29 - Microsoft reportedly working on $400 Surface tablets to compete with the iPad

    53:44 - The desktop belongs to Electron

    1:01:38 - Uber CEO: our future won’t just be cars

  • Bonus: Ctrl-Walt-Delete special edition - iMac 20th anniversary
    Fri, May 11, 2018


    Ctrl-Walt-Delete returns for a special episode all about the iMac 20th anniversary. Walt Mossberg and Nilay Patel reminisce on the introduction of Apple's iMac, and how it influenced the open web and computers going forward.

  • 305: Google I/O and Microsoft Build
    Fri, May 11, 2018


    So much happened this week in the world of The Verge. Both Google and Microsoft hosted their annual developer conferences and announced a whole bunch of stuff, so Nilay, Paul, Natt, and Dieter gather to break it down and give you the highlights.

    And this wouldn’t be an episode of The Vergecast without the segment Paul does every week, “Kick flip the kickstand script.” It’s a big one, so listen to the whole episode to get everything you need for this massive week in tech news.

    01:28 - 10 Biggest announcements from Google I/O

    03:45 - The selfishness of Google Duplex

    21:09 - Android P

    26:41 - At I/O Google showed its willingness to change and shape our lives

    34:33 - JBL’s Android-powered soundbar does a lot of things right

    38:43 - Volvo’s native Google integration is the next level for Android Auto

    44:06 - Six new Google Assistant voices, including John Legend

    47:49 - Nadella’s Microsoft

    56:51 - What is edge computing?

    1:08:16 - Paul’s weekly segment “Kick flip the kickstand script

    1:10:38 - Net neutrality, mergers, AT&T, and Michael Cohen: what we know so far

  • 304: Facebook’s F8, Oculus Go, and Apple earnings
    Fri, May 04, 2018


    This week on The Vergecast, Nilay returns to the show after welcoming a child! Dieter is out this week, so Nilay and Paul bring on Adi Robertson and Casey Newton to discuss what happened at Facebook’s F8 developer conference, the Oculus Go, and some earnings talk.

    There are also a lot of new Instagram features. Is it slowly just becoming Facebook?

    There’s a lot more in between that — like Paul’s weekly segment “Safety first!’ they said” — so if you listen through this whole episode, you’ll be all caught up on the tech news this week.

    05:51 - All of the news from Facebook’s F8 developer conference

    22:51 - Oculus Go review

    36:47 - Video calls are coming to Instagram

    42:21 - Over 400 Startups Are Trying to Become the Next Warby Parker. Inside the Wild Race to Overthrow Every Consumer CategoryInc.

    46:14 - Paul’s weekly segment “Safety first!’ they said

    47:45 - Koss Porta Pro Wireless

    49:13 - Sprint and T-Mobile have announced that they will merge

    59:56 - Verizon is putting Oath bloatware like Go90 on its Galaxy S9 phones

    1:04:18 - Apple reports solid iPhone revenue but stays quiet on HomePod sales

  • 303: new Gmail, Spectacles 2.0, and iPhone SE 2?
    Fri, Apr 27, 2018


    This week on The Vergecast, Dieter, Natt, and Paul are still without Nilay but there’s a whole lot to talk about.

    Google made some changes with Gmail — which is now live, and Snap surprised us this week with their new edition of Spectacles — but what makes them different from the original model?

    Also, there’s a whole bunch of Amazon news and rumors this week, including an Echo Dot for your child.

    There’s even a whole lot more in between that — like the segment Paul does every week (say it with me) “I’ve carved this for you out of aluminum” — so listen if you listen to this whole episode of The Vergecast, you’ll be all up to date with the tech news of the week and won’t have to worry about much else the rest of your weekend. 

    01:20 - Gmail’s biggest redesign is now live

    09:49 - Google is finally making a standalone Tasks app

    16:38 - Snap’s second-generation Spectacles are more grown up — and more expensive

    28:05 - Amazon will now deliver packages to the trunk of your car

    32:33 - Amazon’s new Echo Dot Kids Edition comes with a colorful case and parental controls

    37:04 - Amazon is reportedly working on its first home robot

    40:29 - Amazon teases upcoming Fire TV Cube

    43:41 - Paul’s weekly segment “I’ve carved this for you out of aluminum

    45:53 - Dieter essential phone feels

    47:47 - There are a ton of sketchy rumors about an upcoming iPhone SE 2

    50:44 - The OnePlus 6 is coming on May 16th

    52:56 - Spotify launches a redesigned app with on-demand playlists for free users

  • 302: Chat for Android, Nintendo Labo, and Motorola (like a) G6
    Fri, Apr 20, 2018


    It was a slow week until Google decided to attempt another fix for Android messaging and Nintendo made the entire staff fall in love with cardboard. Nilay’s still on paternity leave, but Dieter and Paul are joined again by Technology Editor Natt Garun to explain it all.

    We also jumped on the hot-button issues like the Russian ban of Telegram and how Alexa Skill Blueprints aren’t Turing complete. And, of course, Paul’s weekly segment “Ring-a-ding-ding” has all the insightful Bluetooth MIDI accessory commentary you crave.

    1:20 - Chat for Android

    20:48 - Telegram

    29:22 - Nintendo Labo

    37:41 - Amazon Skill Blueprints

    41:09 - Motorola G6

    43:44 - Paul’s Weekly Segment "Ring-a-ding-ding"

    46:39 - New free Spotify

    48:51 - RIP vaunt



  • 301: Zuckerberg testifies, Spotify hardware, and Huawei P20 Pro review
    Fri, Apr 13, 2018


    After a week of Facebook-intensive newsThe Vergecast is here to break it all down for you. Nilay is out this week, so Dieter and Paul welcome senior editor Natt Garun and Silicon Valley editor Casey Newton to the show to go over all the news.

    Even though Mark Zuckerberg took up most of the site this week, there was a still a lot of other stuff happening. Spotify may be releasing some hardware products, we reviewed the Huawei P20 Pro, and the cast gets into some classic talk about the web.

    There’s a whole lot more in between that — like Paul’s weekly segment “Record resolution revolution” — so listen to it all, and you’ll get it all.

    02:03 - Mark Zuckerberg testifies in front of Congress

    33:17 - Spotify’s first hardware device might be this music player for your car

    43:00 - Apple’s RED iPhone 8

    43:37 - Huawei P20 Pro review

    49:15 - Paul’s weekly segment “Record resolution revolution

    51:34 - Web apps are only getting better

    52:52 - HP goes up against the iPad Pro with its $599 Chromebook x2

    52:56 - This is the new Gmail design

  • 300: iPad review, Facebook drama, and Apple drama
    Fri, Apr 06, 2018


    It is episode 300 of The Vergecast! To celebrate, Nilay, Dieter, and Paul start the show by explaining inside jokes that have been stamped into the show over the past few years. Don’t understand what Scissor Vodka is? Are you wondering why Bixby is a dog? Do you need to know why Paul says his name at the end of each episode? Well, we took the time to answer that.

    Also, there’s some news that came out this week. We have an iPad review, some Mark Zuckerberg updates, and a little bit of Apple drama.

    There’s a lot more in between that — like Paul’s segment he does every week with the same name “Lonely Alone” — so listen to it all, and you’ll get it all.

    03:14 - Joke explainer

    16:13 - Mark Zuckerberg calls Tim Cook’s comments on Facebook ‘extremely glib’

    21:54 - Apple Music had a better Weeknd than Spotify

    24:03 - Apple hires Google’s former AI boss to help improve Siri

    31:16 - Apple iPad (2018) review

    35:50 - Apple’s redesigned Mac Pro is coming in 2019

    46:30 - Paul’s weekly segment compilation

    49:38 - Paul’s weekly segment “Lonely Alone

    52:18 - Facebook wants a social media supreme court so it can avoid hard questions

  • 299: new iPads, Microsoft reorg, and Europe's new privacy rule
    Fri, Mar 30, 2018


    We’ve got a bunch of tech luminaries on The Vergecast this week to help us understand the week in tech news.

    Nilay, Dieter, and Paul welcome Lauren Goode back to the show for her last week at The Verge to discuss the new iPads that Apple released this past Tuesday. Lauren and Dieter went to Chicago for the event, so they share their experience and insight on the new products and their relationship with the education field.

    After that, the crew bring in senior reporter Russell Brandom to help us understand how Europe’s new privacy rule is reshaping the internet.

    And finally, senior editor Tom Warren returns to the show to share his expertise with Microsoft and break down Microsoft’s announcement of the reorganization of their company.

    There’s a whole lot more in between all of that — like Paul’s weekly segment “The little robot that could” — so listen to it all and you’ll get it all.

    03:12 - The 5 biggest announcements from the Apple education event

    32:18 - How Europe’s new privacy rule is reshaping the internet

    51:17 - Paul’s weekly segment “The little robot that could

    53:12 - Microsoft is ready for a world beyond Windows

    If you enjoyed this podcast and want to hear more audio from The Verge, well you’re in luck. Season 2 of Why’d You Push That Button hosted by Kaitlyn Tiffany and Ashley Carman is here! This week’s episode is about Facebook event invites. You can subscribe anywhere, including on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play Music, and our RSS feed. And get caught up on season 1 if you missed out.

    Also! You can check out Lauren Goode’s podcast Too Embarrassed to Ask.

  • Bonus: Casey Neistat full interview
    Fri, Mar 23, 2018


    Nilay talks one-on-one with Casey Neistat about a multitude of topics, including Beme, his view of YouTube, Twitch, and other platforms, sponsorship, and what he’s up to next. It’s exactly what you’d expect from Neistat, honest and direct.

    If you already listened to the edited version on The Vergecast this week, skip to 11:50.

  • 298: Cambridge Analytica, Casey Neistat, and Apple's education event
    Fri, Mar 23, 2018


    It’s loaded Vergecast this week. Nilay, Paul, and Dieter welcome back Silicon Valley editor Casey Newton to break down the Cambridge Analytica scandal at Facebook, after talking through predictions for next week’s Apple event.

    But first, another Casey makes his debut on The Vergecast — Casey Neistat! Nilay talks one-on-one with Casey about a multitude of topics, including Beme, his view of YouTube, Twitch, and other platforms, sponsorship, and what he’s up to next. It’s exactly what you’d expect from Neistat, honest and direct.

    02:36 - What to expect from Apple’s education event

    20:56 - Casey Neistat interview

    52:07 - Paul’s weekly segment “Swag for Me? Swag for you too

    54:59 - Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica data scandal, explained

  • 297: Wixen vs Spotify, problems with Siri, and Breadbot
    Fri, Mar 16, 2018


    This week on The Vergecast, Nilay, Dieter, and Paul are back in New York City after being at SXSW last weekend. To kick off the show, they welcome back senior writer Sarah Jeong to explain a $1.6 billion lawsuit between Spotify and Wixen Publishing.

    In the second half of the show, the trio discusses recent reports of the inner workings of Siri — including the history and how it stands today.

    There’s a lot more in between that — like the segment Paul does every week, “Untitled” — so listen to it all, and you’ll get it all.

    02:27 - A $1.6 billion Spotify lawsuit is based on a law made for player pianos

    31:45 - What went wrong with Siri

    47:38 - Paul’s weekly segment “Untitled”

    48:45 - Never forget a letter value with this Scrabble-themed keyboard

    49:13 - These gargantuan ‘headphones’ massage your ears

    49:43 - Google’s NSynth Super is an AI-backed touchscreen synth

    50:28 - BreadBot is an insanely over-engineered gadget just for baking loaves of bread

    51:03 - This Japanese startup is making a hover backpack to augment jumping ability

    52:05 - Bose is developing augmented reality glasses with a focus on sound

    57:04 - Fitbit takes a second swing at smartwatches with the $199 Versa

  • 296: Galaxy S9 review, Android P, and Google tries to fix the web (live @ SXSW 2018)
    Sat, Mar 10, 2018


    This week, The Vergecast is down in Austin, Texas for South by Southwest 2018 in front of a live audience. Nilay, Dieter, Casey, and Ashley run through the news and share their expertise about Google’s new plan to make the web faster, using Samsung’s Galaxy S9, and Android P for developer testing. If you wanted to see the show, sorry you missed it! But good news for you, I recorded it so you can listen to it whenever you want.

    And here’s the articles discussed on the show this week:

    00:45 - Google’s latest plan could change how you browse the web

    10:03 - Amazon has a fix for Alexa’s creepy laughs

    17:16 - Samsung Galaxy S9 review

    27:17 - Android P is available for developer testing

    32: 57 - Paul’s weekly segment “Shoes — You’ve got em

    35:24 - On Twitter, lies spread faster than the truth

    41:02 - Snap confirms layoffs of ‘just over 120’ engineers

    45:00 - Barack Obama is reportedly planning Netflix shows

    50:59 - Q&A

  • Who owns a meme?: Bonus from Why'd You Push That Button
    Tue, Mar 06, 2018


    Season 2 of The Verge's other Why'd You Push That Button is here!

    The season opener is all about memes, which sounds both boring and scary and is neither. Listen here!

    Subscribe anywhere else you find podcasts, including on Apple PodcastsSpotifyGoogle Play Music, and our RSS feed. And get caught up on season 1 if you’re late to the party.

  • 295: Mobile World Congress 2018, Galaxy S9, and Vivo Apex concept phone
    Fri, Mar 02, 2018


    The Vergecast trio is back and so is gadget news. Mobile World Congress was this week, and so much happened in the world of The Verge. Nilay, Dieter, and Paul have everything you need to know.

    A few other things sprinkled in are the next Light Phone 2, Google Clips review, and a little bit of camera talk — so listen to it all, and you’ll get it all.

    03:07 - Samsung’s Galaxy S9 packs an upgraded camera in a familiar body

    17:22 - Vivo’s Apex concept phone

    19:15 - The Clone Wars: iPhone X copycats battle for notch supremacy

    25:59 - Android Go is here to fix super cheap phones

    32:44 - Nokia’s banana phone from The Matrix is back

    36:59 - The Light Phone 2 adds messaging and more to the ultra-minimalist cellphone

    38:40 - Huawei’s new laptop has a mechanical pop-up webcam in the keyboard

    44:29 - Amazon has acquired Ring to bolster its home security products

    48:54 - Paul’s weekly segment “Bounce shot

    52:07 - Sony’s new A7 III is a $2,000 full-frame mirrorless camera that should terrify Canon and Nikon

    52:40 - Google Clips review

    If you enjoyed this podcast and want to hear more audio from The Verge, well you’re in luck. There’s a new show Why’d You Push That Button, hosted by Kaitlyn Tiffany and Ashley Carman, which you can subscribe to right now! Season 2 starts March 6th.

  • 294: S9 leaks, Google Reply, and Twitter's war on bots
    Fri, Feb 23, 2018


    This week on The Vergecast, Dieter is on vacation, so Silicon Valley editor and host of an upcoming Verge podcast, Casey Newton, joins us. Nilay, Paul, and Casey run through the news of the week, including Samsung Galaxy S9 leaks, Twitter bots, and third-party keyboards.

    Also, as a preview of Casey’s upcoming podcast Converge with Casey Newton, Casey takes over as the host of The Vergecast for a segment to beta test a new game for his podcast with Nilay and Paul as contestants.

    We’ve got a whole lot more in between that — like Paul’s segment he does every week “Warm robot hugs” — so listen to it all, and you’ll get it all.

    02:26 - Everything we think we know about the Samsung Galaxy S9

    09:26 - Intel’s 5G laptops vs Qualcomm’s all day LTE laptops

    16:22 - Does Google Reply count as another messaging app?

    20:28 - Swype keyboard has been discontinued

    22:00 - Twitter bans bulk tweeting and duplicate accounts in bot crackdown

    31:32 - Here’s some Twitter options for Mac users now that the official app is going away

    37:05 - Converge with Casey Newton beta

    56:36 - Paul’s weekly segment “Warm robot hugs

    58:26- Apple employees can’t stop walking into the beautiful glass doors at new Apple Park campus

  • Bonus from Today, Explained: Black Panther Is the Most Important Movie of 2018
    Thu, Feb 22, 2018


    We're doing something special this week. Vox.com has a new daily news podcastcalled Today, Explained. We're going to put one episode in our feed -- take a listen, and subscribe if you like it.

    "Black Panther" is the biggest movie in the world, but what makes this comic book adaptation more important than the nearly 20 Marvel movies that came before it? Today, Explained host Sean Rameswaram attends a "Black Panther"-themed engagement party and speaks to Evan Narcisse, writer of the "Rise of the Black Panther" comic books, to find out. (No spoilers!)


  • 293: Waymo v Uber, another iOS bug, and AMP Stories
    Fri, Feb 16, 2018


    This week on The Vergecast, Nilay, Dieter, and Paul welcome senior writer Sarah Jeong to the show for the first time. Sarah was at the federal court in San Francisco for Waymo v. Uber trial and has been reporting on it for The Verge, so she lends us her expertise to explain what was going on between the two companies.

    Also, Dieter explains why so much software is broken and also checks the pulse of the open web with this week’s tech headlines.

    There’s a whole lot more in between that — like the segment Paul does every week “Fingers are round if you think about it” — so listen to it all, and you’ll get it all.

    01:06 - HomePods are staining wooden tables with a white ring

    06:28 - Tesla Model 3 first impressions feat. MKBHD

    07:34 - The Uber-Waymo trial with Sarah Jeong

    25:21 - Major new iOS bug can crash iPhones and disable access to apps and iMessages

    32:52 - Samsung halts Android Oreo rollout on Galaxy S8 due to ‘unexpected’ restarts

    35:21 - Fiat Chrysler sent an over-the-air update that is causing Uconnect to endlessly reboot

    39:27 - Paul’s weekly segment “Fingers are round if you think about it

    41:56 - Microsoft is turning Progressive Web Apps into Windows apps

    45:42 - The ‘Stories’ format is coming to Google search next

    57:36 - Caavo review

    1:04:56 - Boston Dynamics robots can now hold the door for its friends

  • 292: Homepod review, Intel's Vaunt smart glasses, and Falcon Heavy launch
    Fri, Feb 09, 2018


    A lot of things happened this week in the world of The Verge, and we have some first-hand experience to share.

    This week on The Vergecast, Nilay, Dieter, and Paul, welcome science reporter Loren Grush back to the show to tell us what it was like to watch SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket launch in person, as well as meeting SpaceX CEO Elon Musk.

    Also, Dieter got an exclusive look at Intel’s new smart glasses, and Nilay reviewed Apple’s HomePod, so they share their experiences with the technology and discuss what it means for the rest of the market.

    There’s a lot more in between that — like Paul’s weekly segment “USB-C-crets” (I think that’s how you spell it) — so listen to it all, and you’ll get it all.

    02:17 - Intel made smart glasses that look normal

    20:40 - Apple HomePod review

    44:28 - SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy launch with Loren Grush

    1:07:57 - Paul’s weekly segment “USB-C-crets

    1:11:44 - The Uber-Waymo trial: greed, ambition, and robot cars

    1:15:01 - Inside the desperate fight to keep old TVs alive

  • 291: The Boring Company flamethrower, Samsung foldable displays, and iOS12 reports
    Fri, Feb 02, 2018


    The Vergecast is here once again! Nilay, Paul, and Dieter run through the news that hit the site this week to fill you in case you missed it. We talk about the Boring Company’s flamethrower, some Samsung leaks and previews, a bit of 5G wireless network talk, and wow — now that I’m looking at it — a lot more topics.

    Keep listening for a deep dive into what each member of The Vergecast thinks The Vergecast is, as well as Paul’s weekly segment that everyone knows the name of.

    Happy Groundhog Day!

    01:12 - Elon Musk has sold all his flamethrowers

    11:22 - Samsung Galaxy S9 images leak ahead of next month’s unveiling

    13:38 - Samsung says foldable displays and Bixby will help drive growth in 2018

    17:41 - The thesis of The Vergecast

    27:48 - The Trump administration said it has no plans to build a 5G wireless network

    40:26 - Paul’s weekly segment “Not my editor’s choice

    44:07 - Headphones talk

    50:31 - Nintendo is bringing Mario Kart to smartphones

    54:17 - Apple reportedly focusing on reliability and performance in iOS 12 over new features

    1:06:55 - ICE has struck a deal to track license plates across the US

  • 290: DJI Mavic Air, HomePod ships in February, and iOS11.3 preview
    Fri, Jan 26, 2018


    This week on The Vergecast, Nilay, Dieter, and Paul call Ben Popper — former business editor at The Verge who now works with DJI — to answer some questions about the new drone the company announced this week, the Mavic Air.

    There is also a discussion about what’s happening at Apple this week. The HomePod was announced without some key features at launch in a few weeks. There’s also an update to iOS 11 that’s being publicly previewed on their website.

    There’s a whole lot more in between that — like Paul’s weekly segment “A Kin for your wrist” — so listen to it all, and you’ll get it all.

    Here are the articles discussed in this week’s episode:

    02:45 - Apple previews iOS 11.3

    13:37 - Apple will release its $349 HomePod speaker on February 9th

    27:54 - DJI Mavic Air with Ben Popper

    54:10 - Paul’s weekly segment “A Kin for your wrist

    57:43 - Amazon doesn’t care if you accidentally shoplift from its cashier-less store

    1:01:17 - RED says its Hydrogen One smartphone will ship this summer

    1:01:42 - Acer announces $349 Chromebook Spin 11 with 360-degree hinge and USB-C

    1:03:25 - Samsung teases camera improvements for Galaxy S9

    1:04:18 - Trump administration wants to end NASA funding for the International Space Station by 2025

    1:05:07 - How the Apple Watch tries to change your behavior

  • 289: Nintendo Labo, Detroit Auto Show, and Facebook's transforming news feed
    Fri, Jan 19, 2018


    Nilay, Dieter, and Paul have returned from CES 2018 and are all together in the New York City office for this week’s Vergecast. As I was typing out the timestamps on here, I realized there’s a lot of news this week. So check it out! We’ve got highlights from the Detroit Auto Show, the changing algorithm of your Facebook News Feed, and the most gadgety gadget we’ve seen in a while, Nintendo Labo.

    There’s a whole lot more discussed in between all of that — like Paul’s weekly segment “Win or Lose 2: the secret to winning” — so listen to it all, and you’ll get it all.

    02:31 - YouTube is taking down Tide Pod Challenge videos and oh my god don’t eat laundry pods

    03:40 - YouTube tightens rules around what channels can be monetized

    12:00 - Nintendo is making a bunch of weird DIY cardboard toys for the Switch and they’re awesome

    17:30 - The best, worst, and weirdest cars from the 2018 Detroit Auto Show

    19:40 - Apple’s CarPlay is finally coming to Toyota and Lexus vehicles

    23:13 - Is BMW going to make you pay for Apple CarPlay every year?

    24:43 - Tim Cook says the next iOS update will allow users to disable intentional battery slowdowns

    32:55 - Facebook’s startling new ambition is to shrink

    44:54 - Paul’s weekly segment “Win or Lose 2: the secret to winning

    47:59 - Project Fi creates its own version of an unlimited plan

    51:12 - Half of US Senate supports reversing FCC’s net neutrality ruling, but it still won’t be overturned

    52:23 - Verizon’s streaming TV service might have standalone app ‘channels’

  • CES 2018: Robots, TVs, and virtual assistants
    Fri, Jan 12, 2018


    The Verge crew is on our way back home after a week at the Consumer Electronics Show 2018. This week, we did a ton of reporting, a ton of videos, and four live Circuit Breaker shows, so we did not have a lot of time to sit down and tape a full-length Vergecast. But what we did do was collect a bunch of audio recorded throughout the show — including clips from Circuit Breaker Live — to give you an idea of what it’s like to be at CES, and what kinds of things we saw this year.

    Enjoy, and we’ll see you next week.

    00:44 - Day -1

    03:14 - Day 0

    24:54 - Day 1

    45:30 - Day 2

    1:05:02 - Day 3

  • 288: Meltdown and Spectre will kill us all
    Fri, Jan 05, 2018


    CES is next week, and we'll get to it, but first we need to talk to security expert Russell Brandom to make sure we won't all be dead from CPU security vulnerabilities before then. Also, stay tuned for Paul Miller's excellent and enlightening sci-fi short story allegory for how Meltdown actually works. He did a great job.

    Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn, the world's foremost experts on what to expect from the world's most important technology tradeshow, make their CES predictions, and Paul does his weekly segment "Mustard, back off!" So wow, what a great episode. Sorry about the sad stuff where computers are fundamentally flawed and nothing is safe.

    2:56 - Meltdown and Spectre

    42:17 - Paul's weekly segment "Mustard, back off!"

    48:14 - CES preview

  • 287: Magic Leap, iPhones slow down, and Microsoft removes Chrome installer from Windows Store
    Fri, Dec 22, 2017


    Hello! And happy holidays. This is the last Vergecast of 2017! But we go out with a bang (At least two computers broke down during this recording). The two big things that happened this week was the unveiling of the mysterious Magic Leap augmented reality goggles and Apple confirming they slow down older iPhones. So Nilay, Dieter, and Paul welcome senior reporter Adi Robertson back to the show, who has been reporting on Magic Leap for the past few years.

    There’s a whole lot more in between that, like Paul’s weekly segment “Robots teach me how to breathe?” so listen to it all and you’ll get it all.

    01:41 - Magic Leap finally unveils augmented reality goggles

    31:39 - Apple confirms iPhones with older batteries will take hits in performance

    50:13 - Paul’s weekly segment “Robots teach me how to breathe?

    52:45 - Google brings Chrome to the Windows Store as just a download link

    57:29 - Caavo, the universal remote control that uses machine vision, will ship on February 14th

    1:02:50 - Amazon Echo Spot review

  • 286: FCC kills net neutrality, the iMac Pro arrives, and T-Mobile buys Layer3 TV
    Fri, Dec 15, 2017


    The Vergecast three-piece is back together, with Nilay leading the flagship podcast. The biggest news this week is something we’ve seen coming for a while: on Thursday, the FCC voted to repeal net neutrality rules. Nilay, Dieter, and Paul sit down to discuss the action and their viewpoints on what this means going forward for the internet.

    Also, the iMac Pro is now available to order and Dieter got to write about it. There’s quite a bit of talk about whether this computer is worth the price for its power.

    There’s a lot more in between that — like Paul’s weekly segment “The internet of claps” — so listen to the whole episode to get everything to need to know in the world of tech this week. 

    02:10 - The FCC just killed net neutrality

    41:53 - The iMac Pro is a beast, but it’s not for everybody

    57:23 - What is Layer3 TV and why is T-Mobile buying it?

    1:04:16 - Paul’s weekly segment “The internet of claps


  • 285: ARM powered PCs, Googlevs Amazon, and Messenger Kids
    Fri, Dec 08, 2017


    This week, Dieter Bohn runs the show with Paul Miller and Natt Garun, and it's been a wild week of news. Amazon and Google are basically feuding right now: Google is pulling YouTube from the FireTV so the podcast trio ponders what this frightening predicament means for the streaming and the open web. Also, Microsoft launched some ARM-powered Windows 10 PCs, so you bet these tech luminaries are going to talk about it.

    There’s lots more in between that, like Paul’s weekly segment (say it with me) “Color me surprised,” so listen to it all and you’ll get it all.

    05:00 - Microsoft launches ARM-powered Windows 10 PCs with ‘all-day’ battery life

    17:44 - Qualcomm announces the Snapdragon 845 processor

    22:40 - How Messenger Kids takes more from families than it gives them

    30:17 - Google and Amazon are punishing their own customers in a bitter feud

    40:27 - DeepMind’s AI became a superhuman chess player in a few hours, just for fun

    44:21 - Major airlines are about to ban ‘smart luggage’

    49:45 - Paul’s weekly segment “Color me surprised

    52:06 - Instagram is testing Direct, a standalone messaging app that replaces the current inbox

    54:57 - Apple's had a shockingly bad week of software problems

    1:00:22 - Bitcoin hits $15,000

    1:04:01 - CryptoKitties

  • 284: HQ, selfie authentication, and solar panels turning air into water
    Fri, Dec 01, 2017


    Let get this out of the way: Nilay and Dieter are not on the show this week.

    But really, we’ve got a great show hosted by Verge podcast professionals Lauren Goode and Casey Newton. Oh and Paul is still here, too!

    So what are we talking about on the show today? Well, a lot. Lauren, Casey, and Paul analyze the news that was at the top of the site this week, including a glitch that left American Airlines without pilots during the week of Christmas; a rundown of the new trivia app HQ; and the reveal of the man who deactivated Trump’s Twitter account briefly a few weeks ago.

    Also, Lauren gives us a closer look into the newest episode of her video series Next Level, which deals with solar panels that turn air into drinking water.

    There’s a whole lot in between that, like Paul’s weekly segment “Whiskey pods? No.” So, listen to it all, and you know what? You’ll get it all.

    02:56 - Google might merge back with Nest to make more smart home products

    10:23 - The man who deactivated Trump’s Twitter account has revealed himself

    17:35 - HQ

    25:35 - Facebook uses selfies as login authentication for suspicious activity

    29:02 - Verge holiday book recommendations

    32:00 - ‘Only a few hundred’ American Airlines flights still lack pilots after massive computer glitch

    34:27 - Inside the decade-long fight to expose Morgan Marquis-Boire

    38:53 - Next Level season 2 episode 3

    52:07 - Paul’s weekly segment “Whiskey pods? No.”

    55:56 - Amazon unveils $250 AI camera and machine learning tools for businesses

    1:04:50 - Is now a good time to buy a new phone / laptop / TV?

  • Net Neutrality 2017 Thanksgiving madness
    Mon, Nov 27, 2017


    The FCC decided to bury the news about its plan to end the Net Neutrality rules in the middle of Thanksgiving week here in the US. But that won't stop Nilay, Paul, and Dieter from doing a Vergecast. 

    This was originally broadcasted live on YouTube on November 24th, 2017.

  • 283: Pixel Buds review, OnePlus 5T, and Surface Book 2
    Fri, Nov 17, 2017


    This week on The Vergecast, Nilay, Paul, and Dieter run through a few things in the tech world that happened this week, like reviews for Google’s Pixel Buds and Microsoft’s Surface Book 2, and the announcement of the OnePlus 5T.

    Also, Lauren Goode stops by the show to talk about season 2 of her video series Next Level, which takes a closer look at technology's impact on the human experience. This week’s episode featured DJI's Aeroscope technology that can track rogue drones.

    There’s a lot more in between all of that — like Paul’s weekly segment “Robot dogs are people, too” — so listen to it all, and you’ll get it all.

    02:50 - Microsoft Surface Book 2 review

    13:12 - Google Pixel Buds review

    25:40 - Next Level season 2 episode 2

    47:54 - iPhone X: a few weeks later

    1:01:04 - OnePlus 5T announced with bigger screen, new camera system, and a headphone jack

    1:05:15 - Paul’s weekly segment “Robot dogs are people, too

  • 282: Pixel 2XL screen saturation update, an iOS11 bug, and Harmony Link hub services shut down
    Fri, Nov 10, 2017


    There’s a lot of little tech news this week, and we’ve got the perfect podcast to sum it all up. This week on The Vergecast, Nilay, Paul, and Dieter run through topics like Samsung’s ad that mocks the iPhone, the update to Pixel 2 XL screens, and Logitech shutting down Harmony Link hub services.

    Also, The Verge’s video series Next Level is back! Lauren Goode returns to talk about the season premiere, which deals with creating holographic videos, and how that can be used to preserve memories.

    There’s a whole lot more in between that — like obviously Paul’s weekly segment “One 2 Won (One)” — so listen to this whole show to get everything you need.

    02:23 - Samsung returns to mock iPhone X buyers in latest commercial

    06:06 - An iOS bug won't let some users type 'I'

    15:02 - Google updates Pixel 2 XL with new 'saturated' color display option

    18:21 - How big of a problem is the Pixel 2 XL's screen, really?

    21:32 - Next Level S02 E01 with Lauren Goode

    43:36 - Logitech will brick its Harmony Link hub for all owners in March

    52:49 - Intel and AMD team up against Nvidia to produce a new laptop chip

    59:32 - Paul’s weekly segment One 2 Won (One)

    1:02:26 - Justice Department pushes back against AT&T–Time Warner merger

    1:10:32 - Broadcom may acquire Qualcomm amid existential legal battle with Apple

  • 281: iPhone X Review
    Fri, Nov 03, 2017


    The iPhone X is finally here. Nilay had the chance to review it, so, along with Paul, Ashley, and Dan, he discusses what it’s like to use the phone in the real world as well as what the process of reviewing it was like.

    We also welcome Phil Esposito, The Verge’s lead video director, to the show for the first time to discuss the roller coaster that is working on the two videos we produced throughout the week.

    There’s a whole lot in between that — like Paul’s weekly segment about a robot dog — so listen to it all and you’ll get it all.

    03:22 - iPhone X first impressions

    24:33 - iPhone X review with Phil Esposito

    37:16 - Animoji

    50:14 - Paul’s weekly segment “Can form an emotional bond with members of the household while providing them with love, affection, and the joy of nurturing and raising a companion

    53:48 - The HTC U11 Plus was originally intended to be the Google Pixel 2 XL

  • 280: Pixel 2 XL screen, Amazon Key, and iPhone X preorder
    Fri, Oct 27, 2017


    Nilay, Dieter, and Paul run through the news this week on The Vergecast, with a lot of heavy sighs to go around. There's the Pixel 2 XL screen fiasco, Amazon's home camera invasion efforts with Amazon Key, and Amazon's oversized new Fire TV. Plus, Paul is back with his weekly segment about water pods. And more! Listen in and lament the current state of technology with your three best friends.

    02:44 - Google 'actively investigating' reports of Pixel 2 XL screen burn-in …

    17:39 - Google Pixelbook review

    27:50 - Microsoft kills off Kinect, stops manufacturing it

    31:38 - Amazon Key is a new service that lets couriers unlock your front door

    37:22 - Amazon Echo (2nd gen) review

    38:07 - Amazon Fire TV (2017) review

    46:00 - Apple’s Face ID struggles detailed in new iPhone X report

    55:54 - Paul’s weekly segment “WATER PODS

  • 279: Pixel 2 review, KRACK, and Microsoft's Surface Book sequel
    Fri, Oct 20, 2017


    The reviews are in and everybody just loves the quality OLED component Google picked for the Pixel 2 XL. Really just can't stop talking about it. And talking? That's what the Vergecast is for. On this episode Nilay, Paul, and Dieter discuss the reviews of Google's new phones, and The Verge's security expert Russell Brandom drops by to explain KRACK and four-way handshakes. It's all the grit and off-axis color shifting of a Pentile display, in podcast form.


    03:08 Dieter: Pixel 2 review

    10:27 Smartphone screens, display

    17:58 Features, camera, speaker

    26:12 Russell: Wi-Fi, WPA 2 protocol

    39:40 Paul’s Segment

    46:45 Dieter: Surface Book 2

    52:14 Microsoft fall creator update




  • 278: Oculus Go, Movies Anywhere, and Windows Phone died again
    Fri, Oct 13, 2017


    We’ve got a bloggy Vergecast today. In between review weeks, a few things popped up in the news that Nilay, Dieter, and Paul needed to talk about. Google is integrating video chat into a phone but still not text; you can now watch all the movies you’ve purchased online in one place; Apple is on a “hype cycle” talking about AR; and Windows Phone died again.

    But that’s not all. There’s a whole lot in between that — like the segment Paul does every week, “You know Dan, the duck face is no longer cool” — so listen to it all and you’ll get it all. 

    07:28 - Android Messaging rant

    18:49 - Hollywood studios join Disney to launch Movies Anywhere digital locker service

    26:07 - Google will “permanently remove” Home Mini feature that led to constant recording

    32:21 - Apple hype cycle

    38:02 - Oculus announces new $199 self-contained VR headset called Oculus Go

    49:59 - Windows Phone is dead

    58:17 - Paul’s weekly segment “You know Dan, the duck face is no longer cool

    1:01:50 - Amazon finally makes a waterproof Kindle, after 10 years of Kindles

  • 277: Pixel 2 first look, Pixel Buds, and Google Home Max
    Fri, Oct 06, 2017


    Another week, another tech event: on Wednesday, Google had its fall hardware event. Nilay, Paul, and Dieter try to fit everything they want to say into 90 minutes. Dieter had some exclusive looks at the products, and was able to talk to CEO Sundar Pichai and senior vice president of hardware Rick Osterloh, so the crew lets Dieter talk this week to get more of the details.

    There’s a whole lot in between that — including everyone’s favorite segment “Micro is more mini than mini” — so listen to it all and you’ll get it all.

    01:46 - Google event

    13:12 - Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

    29:02 - Google Buds

    51:43 - Pixelbook

    1:02:14 - Google Home Mini and Max

    1:10:30 - Google Clips

    1:26:18 - Paul’s weekly segment “Micro is more mini than mini

  • 276: Echo Spot, Fire TV 4K, and Pixel 2 event preview
    Fri, Sep 29, 2017


    Amazon announced a few more Echo devices this week, and The Vergecast is here to recap it all. Nilay, Dan, Dieter, and Paul discuss Amazon’s strategy with these new products, as well rumors of stuff that will be announced at Google’s event next week.

    There’s a whole lot of stuff in between that — like Twitter’s new 280 character limit — so listen to it all and you’ll get it all.

    02:22 - Twitter just doubled the character limit for tweets to 280

    06:08 - The 5 biggest announcements from Amazon’s surprise hardware event

    09:23 - Amazon’s Echo and Echo Plus are hiding a lot of new tech

    16:41 - Amazon's Echo Spot is a sneaky way to get a camera into your bedroom

    24:31 - Google pulls YouTube off the Amazon Echo Show

    41:16 - This week in TV stuff

    46:52 - Amazon announces new Fire TV with 4K and HDR for only $70

    52:33 - Paul’s weekly segment “Kitsch in the Kloud

    54:14 - Google Pixel 2 event: what to expect

  • 275: iPhone 8 review, Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE review, and Apple TV 4K review
    Fri, Sep 22, 2017


    Last week, we brought you The Vergecaslive from San Francisco after the Apple event. This week, The Vergecast is back in NYC for Apple reviews week.

    Nilay Patel, Paul Miller, Lauren Goode, and Dan Seifert go through the reviews, including the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, the Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE, and the 4K Apple TV.

    There’s a lot more in between that — more leaks about the upcoming Google event! — so listen to it all, and you’ll get it all.

    02:51 - iPhone 8 and 8 Plus review

    35:32 - Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE review

    1:00:26 - Apple TV 4K review

    1:24:27 - Google leaks

    1:27:19 - Paul’s weekly segment “DOG FOOD PODS

    1:29:40 - Google is buying part of HTC’s smartphone team for $1.1 billion

  • 274: Apple's iPhone X Event, Bodega, and Animoji
    Fri, Sep 15, 2017


    Recorded live in front of an audience in San Francisco after Apple's iPhone X event, Nilay, Dieter, and Paul welcome Lauren Goode and Casey Newton back to The Vergecast to run through everything announced at the new Steve Jobs theater in Apple Park. 


    The gang also takes questions from the audience. 


    If you weren't able to make it to the show, we've got the tape for you here


    02:11 - Apple park

    07:54 - Apple TV 4K 

    12:32 - iPhone 8 

    17:52 - iPhone X 

    28:57 - "the notch" 

    38:38 - Apple Watch

    48:41 - Paul's weekly segment "Is there a refrigerator in this thing?"

    53:40 - Animoji

    1:02:34 - The state of Apple

    1:17:37 - Q & A 

  • 273: Apple event rumors, Galaxy Note 8 review, and Loren in zero gravity
    Fri, Sep 08, 2017


    We’re one week away from The Vergecast Live in San Francisco, so Nilay, Dieter, and Paul talk through the last-minute rumors about what to expect at Apple’s event on September 12th.

    We also dedicate part of the show to the Galaxy Note 8, which was reviewed on the site this week.

    And for the season finale of her video series Space Craft, Loren Grush stops by to tell us what it was like being in zero gravity on a parabolic plane.

    There’s a lot more in between that, so listen to it all and you’ll get it all.

    03:14 - Juicero, maker of the doomed $400 internet-connected juicer, is shutting down

    06:41 - The Boston Red Sox used an Apple Watch to steal pitching signs

    10:44 - Galaxy Note 8 review

    31:09 - Space Craft episode 4 with Loren Grush

    52:41 - Apple iPhone 8 event: what to expect

    1:16:32 - Paul’s weekly segment “Untitled

    1:20:34 - lots of TV stuff

  • 272: IFA 2017, LG V30, and more smart speakers
    Fri, Sep 01, 2017


    The Vergecast returns to the New York studio this week. Dieter, Nilay, and Paul run through what was announced so far at IFA 2017, including the LG V30, Sony Xperia XZ1, and lots of smart speakers.

    Halfway through the show, Loren Grush makes a pit stop on her way to space to talk about episode 3 of her new video series Space Craft.

    04:01 - LG’s V30 loses the gimmicks and gains a beautiful OLED screen

    12:41 - Sony’s Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact have refreshed designs and Android Oreo

    21:10 - Lenovo made a weird $70 Alexa speaker that only works with its Android tablets

    23:26 - Lenovo’s new Yoga 920 laptop has far-field microphones so you can shout at Cortana

    24:56 - Google announces three third-party speakers with Assistant, plus LG appliance integration

    34:07 - Space Craft episode three with Loren Grush

    51:46 - In colossal screw up, Essential shared customers’ driver’s licenses over email

    57:34 - Fitbit has a lot to prove with Ionic, its new smartwatch

    1:08:56 - Paul’s weekly segment “Who will let me out of this yarn prison?

    1:11:03 - Sony's new wireless earbuds include noise-cancellation technology

    1:12:36 - Apple’s iPhone 8 event is happening on September 12th

    Oh yeah, and Apple announced that its next event will be September 12th. So we announced we are doing a live Vergecast on September 13th in San Francisco! Join us!

  • 271: Hands-on with the Note 8, Android Oreo, and Verizon's new unlimited data plans
    Fri, Aug 25, 2017


    This week on The Verge, Dieter was able to get his hands on the new Galaxy Note 8. So on The Vergecast, Nilay, Dieter, and Paul go over the first impressions of Samsung’s latest product and what the pricing will mean for future smartphones.

    Next up, Loren Grush returns to the show to talk about the second episode of Space Craft, as well as her experience seeing the eclipse this week in Nashville.

    There’s a lot more in between, like Android Oreo’s name announcement, Verizon’s new unlimited data plans, and some new smart speakers on the horizon, so listen to it all and you’ll get it all.

    02:43 - Note 8 specs and features

    17:06 - Apple reportedly planning $999 price for new iPhone

    26:36 - How I outran clouds to get the perfect eclipse photo with Loren Grush

    34:12 - Space Craft episode two with Loren Grush

    44:34 - Android O is now officially Android Oreo

    47:40 - Google may take on the Echo Dot with a mini Google Home

    51:26 - Samsung confirms it’s working on a smart speaker

    52:13 - Paul revisits Intel’s new chip announcements

    57:41 - Verizon’s good unlimited data plan is now three bad unlimited plans

    1:09:38 - Paul’s weekly segment “YotaPhone 3; still Yota-ing

    1:12:07 - Apple TV is losing badly to Roku and Amazon in the living room, survey finds

    1:13:28 - iOS 11 Safari will turn Google AMP links back into regular ones when sharing

    1:19:34 - Nikon’s new D850 has 45.7 megapixels and enough features to tempt Canon shooters

  • 270: Essential phone review, Charlottesville online, and Space Craft
    Fri, Aug 18, 2017


    On The Verge’s flagship / only podcast, Nilay, Dieter, and Paul go through the weekly rundown of news that hit the site this week.

    The show begins by addressing the accumulation of online hate as a result of the Charlottesville attack, and how it’s affecting the topics we cover.

    Also, the Essential Phone is out today, and Dieter had the chance to review it. Nilay, Paul, and Dieter discuss where phones like Essential are headed with this release and the other upcoming releases this fall.

    We’ve got a new segment for you as well! Loren Grush, science reporter and friend of the show, steps into the studio to talk about her new video series Space Craft, where she finds out what it takes to be an astronaut in modern-day space programs.

    There’s a whole lot in between, so listen to it all and you’ll get it all.

    Here’s a list of stories we talked about on the show:

    05:46 - Charlottesville attack puts a spotlight on online hate

    23:09 - Essential Phone review

    43:25 - Headphone jack still missing

    49:43 - Space Craft episode 1 with Loren Grush

    1:09:30 - Paul’s weekly segment “You say surveillance, I say sousveillance

    1:11:52 - Eclipse toolkit

    1:14:07 - Samsung’s new fitness smartband leak reveals offline Spotify support, 5 ATM water resistance

    1:14:48 - Apple is reportedly investing $1 billion in original video content

    1:15:42 - Walmart’s Vudu video streaming service is coming to Apple TV on August 22nd

    1:19:03 - Intel announces its next-generation Ice Lake chips unexpectedly early

    1:22:02 - iOS 11 has a “cop button” to temporarily disable Touch ID

    1:23:32 - Meet the streamers using Twitch to pay for college

    1:23:42 - The Docx games: three days at the Microsoft Office World Championship

    1:24:03 - Science doesn’t explain tech’s diversity problem — history does

    1:25:12 - Paul’s podcast “Why watch people play video games?

    If you enjoyed this podcast and want to hear more, let us know what you want to hear! We’re starting some new podcasts soon and want your feedback.

    In the meantime, you might want to check out Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher, and Too Embarrassed to Ask hosted by The Verge’s Lauren Goode! You can find them all in iTunesGoogle PlaySpotify, and anywhere you get your podcasts.

  • 269: Google memo, Surface PCs reliablity, and fall phones preview
    Fri, Aug 11, 2017


    This week on The Vergecast, Nilay, Lauren, Dieter, and Paul begin by discussing the controversy over the Google engineer who was fired over writing a 10-page viral memo about diversity. The story illustrates a deeper problem in Silicon Valley, which Lauren has discussed in her podcast recently, so the cast talks about the science of the claims, the responsibly of Google, and what it means in the larger tech industry.

    In the second half of the show, the crew runs through the latest leaks, releases, and controversies in the gadget world, including Paul’s segment he does every week, “FROYO PODS.” 

    01:46 - Google engineer fired over memo files labor complaint

    33:09 - Consumer Reports stops recommending Microsoft Surface PCs over reliability concerns

    37:41 - The new iPhone could have a resizable home button and face recognition for payments

    46:22 - 4K Apple TV with HDR spotted in HomePod firmware

    48:54 - Essential promises a new phone release date 'in a week'

    56:19 - Another Pixel 2 leak shows the phone’s large front bezels

    58:14 - Paul’s weekly segment “FROYO PODS

  • 268: Tesla Model 3 first drive, iPhone leaks, and a bluetooth salt shaker
    Fri, Aug 04, 2017


    We are without Nilay Patel on The Vergecast this week, so Dieter Bohn and Paul Miller step up to host with some very special guests: transportation editor Tamara Warren, and tech editor Natt Garun. Tamara was one of the few people who got to test drive the Tesla Model 3 last week, so she brings her expertise to the show to talk about what she knows so far.

    Also, some of the iPhone’s design and features got leaked out from code in the HomePod, so Natt Garun helps the crew break down all the information we’ve gleaned.

    There’s a whole lot in between that — like Paul’s segment about the salt shaker Smalt — so listen to it all and you’ll get it all.

    01:18 - Tesla Model 3 first drive

    31:02 - The next iPhone’s screen design and face unlock apparently confirmed by HomePod firmware

    39:52 - This iPhone 8 concept video imagines a touchscreen in the home button

    48:33 - Next Level final episode with Lauren Goode

    1:10:56 - Paul’s weekly segment “Smalt you later

    1:14:25 - Apple returns to growth as cheaper iPads boost sales

    1:15:32 - Fitbit says its long-awaited smartwatch will be ready for the holidays

  • Walt Mossberg remembers the iPod nano
    Fri, Jul 28, 2017


    Apple announced this week that the iPod nano has been discontinued, taking down the website for both the shuffle and the nano today. Walt Mossberg - renowned tech reviewer, looks back on the iPod nano's origin with an anecdote about an interaction he had with Steve Jobs.

  • 267: iPod nano discontinued, Microsoft Paint's fate, and Foxconn's new factory
    Fri, Jul 28, 2017


    The Vergecast summer 2017 continues! This week, The Verge launched Verge Guidebook, a new guide to show you what to buy, what you shouldn't, and how to use it all. Nilay, Dieter, and Paul start off the show discussing the new review system and how-tos coming to the site.

    Then, there’s another set of obituaries this week: Apple nano, Adobe Flash, and Microsoft Paint. The crew pays their respects to the weird moments these products gave us.

    Returning for episode 3 of her series Next Level, Lauren Goode stops by to give us behind-the-scenes info on the latest episode and what’s in store for episode 4.

    There’s a whole lot of stuff in between, so listen to it all and you’ll get it all.

    03:22 - Welcome to Verge Guidebook

    16:51 - Apple confirms iPod nano and iPod shuffle have been discontinued

    22:20 - Adobe will finally kill Flash in 2020

    29:35 - Microsoft Paint isn’t dead yet, will live in the Windows Store for free

    39:02 - Next Level episode 3 with Lauren Goode

    56:12 - A Wisconsin company will let employees use microchip implants to buy snacks and open doors

    1:00:20 - Pixel 2 headphone jack

    1:01:21 - Apple supplier Foxconn unveils plan to build a $10 billion LCD factory in Wisconsin

    1:17:18 - Paul’s weekly segment “Meizu? Me, too

    1:22:22 - Twitter stalls, fails to add new users this quarter

    1:23:43 - YouTube’s head of music confirms YouTube Red and Google Play Music will merge to create a new service

    1:33:23 - Elon Musk dismisses Mark Zuckerberg’s understanding of AI threat as “limited”

    1:37:37 - An eight-year-old reviews the Nintendo Switch


  • 266: Bixby launches, Alexa on Android, and a new hyperloop
    Fri, Jul 21, 2017


    Summer editions of The Vergecast continue as Nilay and Dieter welcome Ashley Carman and Jake Kastrenakes back to the show to discuss the news that hit the site this week. Elon Musk said he got “verbal” approval from The White House to build a hyperloop on the East Coast, Comcast is back at it again with statements on net neutrality, and we’ve got a few updates in the AI department.

    Also, Lauren Goode updates us on the newest episode of her series Next Level once again! This week, she visited Dolby Labs to explore their experiments to track people’s emotional responses as they watch movies and TV.

    There’s a lot more in between that, so listen to it all and you’ll get it all. 

    02:52 - Pacific Rim: Uprising’s teaser

    05:24 - Elon Musk says he has a green light to build a NY-Philly-Baltimore-DC hyperloop

    11:47 - Bixby feels more like a return of the old Samsung than a path to the future

    20:27 - Next Level episode 2 with Lauren Goode

    37:21 - You’ll be able to talk to Alexa on Android phones starting this week

    40:25 - Why is Comcast using self-driving cars to justify abolishing net neutrality?

    44:09 - Microsoft wants to close the rural broadband gap with TV white spaces

    51:58 - Ashley’s weekly segment “Let’s talk about translucent gadgets

    54:26 - Google Glass is back from the dead

    58:04 - Snap’s Spectacles are now available directly from Amazon

    1:00:18 - How Instagram is reshaping restaurant design

    1:04:25 - Apple joined by Foxconn and others in its fight with Qualcomm

  • 265: RIP Windows phone, net neutrality day of action, and Next Level
    Fri, Jul 14, 2017


    Welcome back to another week of The Vergecast. Nilay, Paul, and Dieter sit down in the studio to bring you the news that hit our site this week. First off, the net neutrality day of action was on Wednesday, as was Nilay’s piece on the matter. The gang debate the issue in this net neutrality “season” of news.

    Halfway through the show, senior tech editor Lauren Goode stops by to talk a little bit about her new video series Next Level, which shows the technology that’s being worked on at some of the world’s most innovative companies and research institutions. You can check out the first episode here.

    Last, but not least, we have what you’ve been waiting for — phone news! We have a mini Verge mobile show to discuss the deaths and births of the mobile world recently.

    There’s a whole lot in between that, so listen to it all and you’ll get it all. 

    03:45 - A Microsoft font may have exposed corruption in Pakistan

    07:39 - Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T want Congress to make a net neutrality law because they will write it

    23:39 - The FCC says net neutrality destroys small ISPs. So has it?

    35:47 - Next Level with Lauren Goode

    52:13 - iFixit teardown confirms Note 7 Fan Edition is just a Note 7 with a new, smaller battery

    53:30 - BlackBerry KeyOne launches on Sprint, the eternal harbor of innovation

    54:25 - Death of Windows Phone

    59:47 - The new Pixel XL

    1:01:54 - Luxury phone maker Vertu is shutting down its UK manufacturing operation

    1:03:27 - Andy Rubin’s Essential is staying quiet on the Essential Phone delay

    1:06:51 - Paul’s weekly segment “Mag me later

    1:10:31 - Alexa news

  • 264: Echo Look, RED announces a phone, and new iPhone rumors
    Fri, Jul 07, 2017


    The week of Independence Day, Nilay, Paul, and Dieter get together in a classic format of The Vergecast to bring you the top tech news that hit the site this week. To name a few, we’ve got a review of the Echo Look, a new Android phone announced, and some breaking news in the middle of the show.

    There’s a lot more in between that, so listen to it all and you’ll get it all.

    04:48 - Amazon’s Echo Look does more for Amazon than it does for your style

    25:17 - RED is making a $1,200 smartphone with a “holographic display”

    32:07 - New report claims iPhone 8 won’t feature fingerprint sensor in display

    41:08 - Ashley’s segment “Spotted

    42:16 - Qualcomm is trying to ban iPhones from being sold in the US

    51:24 - Paul’s weekly segment “TOOTHPASTE PODS

  • 263: The iPhone turns 10, Petya ransomware and an iOS 11 preview
    Fri, Jun 30, 2017


    Did you know it was the iPhone's 10th anniversary on Thursday? The Vergecast knows. Nilay, Dieter, and Paul talk about what the iPhone means to them, to the industry, and to the entire universe. With just a slight tangent to talk about Orbs for Kings.

    Better yet, Nilay interviewed Verge reporter Russell Brandom about the Petya ransomware. It's a segment Russell calls "CyberTalk," but Nilay wants to call it "Brandom Security with Russell Brandom." Please vote in the comments.

    1:00 - The iPhone turns 10

    21:56 - iPhone or smartphones: which had the bigger impact?

    31:50 - Petya ransomware in “Brandom Security with Russell Brandom” / “CyberTalk”

    47:15 - Amazon Echo Show Review

    55:31 - iOS 11 preview

    66:00 - ARKit

    72:30 - Paul’s weekly segment “Spin Safety”

    74:50 - Galaxy Note 7 (Fandom Edition)

  • 262: Uber’s CEO resigns, Tumblr’s fight for net neutrality, and Bixby first look
    Fri, Jun 23, 2017


    Here we go, another classic episode of The Vergecast. There were a lot of little things that happened this week, and we wanted to discuss them all, so Nilay, Dieter, and Paul go through their list of hits on the site.

    Also, to continue our weekly summer interview series, Nilay sits down with culture reporter Kaitlyn Tiffany to talk about her recent piece on Tumblr’s relationship with the fight over net neutrality.

    There’s so much in between all of this, so listen to it all, and you’ll get it all.



    01:17 - OnePlus 5

    4:29 - Scott Forstall breaks silence to talk about the iPhone’s creation

    10:34 - First look at Samsung’s Bixby Voice preview for Galaxy S8

    13:58 - Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 will reportedly be announced in August

    17:10 - Amazon's new Dash Wand is half magic, half boring

    21:12 - You can now watch your smart home camera from an Amazon Echo Show

    27:48 - Verizon is killing Tumblr’s fight for net neutrality with Kaitlyn Tiffany

    45:36 - Travis Kalanick resigns as Uber CEO

    1:00:00 - Paul’s weekly segment “My Dinner with Andre

    1:02:59 - iPad Pro 12.9 review: a great iPad, one I won’t buy

    1:03:57 - 3.33 years after its release, someone actually beat Threes

    1:04:58 - Microsoft now lets Surface Laptop owners revert to Windows 10 S

    1:07:11 - You won’t be able to use your Surface Book if you want to take the bar in Tennessee

  • 261: Panos Panay, E3 2017, and iPad Pro 10.5-inch
    Fri, Jun 16, 2017


    Day two of The Vergecast this week! Yesterday, Nilay interviewed Brian Merchant, author of The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone. Today, we have another full episode with a lot going on.First off, E3 happened this week, and there’s a ton of news in the gaming world. Paul interviews culture reporter Megan Farokhmanesh (who is at the expo) live on tape to talk about what happened on the show floor, the press conferences, and the multitude of games that were shown.Next, Dieter and Nilay have a fun conversation with special guest Panos Panay from Microsoft to talk about Microsoft’s newest product, the Surface Laptop.And, of course, we have new reviews out this week! Along with the Surface Laptop, Nilay, Paul, and Dieter discuss the 10.5-inch iPad Pro and the future of these new kinds of computers.There’s a whole mess of stuff in between that, so listen through it all, and you’ll get it all.05:37 - Xbox One X13:47 - E3 2017 with Megan Farokhmanesh34:44 - Panos Panay interview1:00:57 - 10.5-inch iPad Pro and Surface Laptop reviews1:17:44 - Paul’s weekly segment “I C Seed; so much seeing”

  • Special edition: Brian Merchant, author of The One Device
    Thu, Jun 15, 2017


    We’re doing two episodes of The Vergecast this week — the usual one on Friday, and this very special edition with Brian Merchant, author of The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone.We ran a big excerpt of the book this week, and we got deep on talking about the book, where it came from, and Merchant’s feeling that we should know more about the technology products in our lives — and know more about the hundreds of people who make them, from the unsung engineers at tech companies to the extremely unsung miners who dig the raw materials out of the ground.And, of course, we talk about the quotes from Tony Fadell and Bill Bilbrey in the excerpt we just published, in which Fadell tells a story about Phil Schiller arguing the iPhone should have a hardware keyboard. Schiller has said the story isn’t true, and Fadell has tried to walk it back as well.“So I wasn't in the room at Apple 10, 15 years ago when this would have happened,” says Merchant, who has the exchange on tape. “But this is a quote verbatim as Tony Fadell who was in the room told it to me. He told me this quote in such detail and he gave such a vivid account and I had no reason to believe it was untrue.”Merchant says the controversy has “blown him away.”“It certainly wasn't intended to make Phil Schiller look dumb. It was an opposing viewpoint... I think that it's totally fine to be a dissenting voice and want to contextualize this emergent technology and even be opposed to it. Why would you not have someone in the room who is forcing people to think critically about this potentiality?”There’s a lot more on the podcast, including a deep dive into the early research projects at Apple exploring touch interfaces.

  • 260: HomePod, WWDC 2017, and DJI Spark
    Thu, Jun 08, 2017


    This week, it’s Apple’s turn to take over The Vergecast. Dieter and Jake have just come back from WWDC while Nilay and Paul watched from afar so the gang has a lot to talk about with the new products announced.We also have Ben Popper stop by the show to talk about DJI’s newest drone, the Spark.There’s a whole lot more in between that so listen to it all you get it all.04:56 - Apple announces HomePod speaker to take on Sonos32:14 - DJI Spark review with Ben Popper47:22 - Apple announces new 10.5-inch iPad Pro1:02:51 - Apple is launching an iOS ‘ARKit’ for augmented reality apps1:06:05 - iMac Pro introduced / macOS High Sierra1:18:37 - watchOS 4 brings new Siri watchface, fitness coaching, and a new app-browsing UI1:21:32 - Paul’s weekly segment “Gates-all-around, all around”

  • 259: Code Conference, Essential Phone, and Chromebook Pro
    Fri, Jun 02, 2017


    This week’s Vergecast is recorded out of the studio. Nilay heads to the West Coast to reunite with Dieter, Lauren, and Casey at this year’s Code Conference. The gang discusses the speakers (in more than one way) at the event including Andy Rubin, Hillary Clinton, and Reed Hastings. They also chat a little about the news outside of the conference.Back in New York, Paul reports on gadget week with his weekly segment “Let me hug your robot heart.”There’s a whole lot more in between, so listen to get it all!01:29 - The case for editing tweets06:01 - The Essential Phone: a first look at the hardware30:11 - Paul’s weekly segment “Let me hug your robot heart”32:49 - Netflix CEO says net neutrality is ‘not our primary battle’42:41 - Clinton says the Russians had to be ‘guided by Americans’ in how they weaponized information55:37 - Don’t buy the Chromebook Pro until Google fixes a critical bug59:11 - Verizon says the Droid brand isn’t dead, but it sure looks like it1:01:30 - Microsoft's new Skype redesign is a radical change that looks like Snapchat1:04:55 - Samsung's Bixby voice assistant is reportedly still weeks away from US launch1:07:11 - Apple’s ‘Siri speaker’ reportedly enters manufacturing as announcement nears

  • 258: Gadget news, FCC's final proposal, and Vlad
    Fri, May 26, 2017


    Here’s The Vergecast. This week, Nilay, Dieter, and Paul plow through a week of news starting with (no surprise) the FCC’s ongoing mission to destroy net neutrality. This was also a week full of new gadgets — from the new Microsoft Surface Pro, to the Jamboard, to a $9,000 laptop, we walk you through the things we saw and reviewed in the Circuit Breaker world.Also, even though we filled our time, we added a bonus segment in between it all: Vlad Savov, a fan favorite of the show, stops by and quickly breaks down what is on his mind and what gadgets have piqued his interests.There’s a whole bunch of other stuff discussed on the show, (sorry, this show is an hour and a half), so listen through it all for more.03:27 - Breaking down the FCC’s proposal to destroy net neutrality32:36 - Inside the mind of Vlad49:38 - And now, a brief definition of the web51:03 - Microsoft's new Surface Pro has 13.5 hours of battery life and LTE option56:22 - Microsoft has created a Surface USB-C dongle for “people who love dongles”1:00:12 - DJI's $499 Spark is the company's cheapest and tiniest drone yet1:04:43 - Google made a $5,000 whiteboard — and it’s weirdly fun1:06:14 - Samsung responds to complaints about HDMI switching, will offer a firmware update1:10:57 - How Anker is beating Apple and Samsung at their own accessory game1:11:54 - Acer Predator 21 X review1:14:14 - Paul’s weekly segment “Vroom Vroom goes the car”1:17:00 - TV lightning round

  • 257: Google I/O, Android O, and Assistant on the iPhone
    Fri, May 19, 2017


    Fresh out of my export folder is a brand new episode of The Vergecast. This week, because of the business that is Google I/O, we recorded our episode Friday morning. This resulted in Nilay’s attempt to bring a morning show vibe to episode 257, despite Dieter, Adi, Natt, and Paul’s (and my) disapproval of sound effects. There was a lot to discuss thanks to Google’s developer conference, so here it is! Enjoy!06:43 - Google is finally replacing its bad emoji blobs in Android O13:59 - Google Assistant is on the iPhone now24:41 - Google wants the Assistant to be everywhere — but first it needs to conquer the iPhone31:46 - Android O37:40 - Google is adding Kotlin as an official programming language for Android development45:37 - Google AR / VR1:01:25 - Ford update brings Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to its 2016 fleet1:06:50 - New Surface Pro leak confirms Microsoft's hatred for USB-C1:07:28 - AMD is bringing its new Ryzen processors to laptops later this year1:08:15 - FCC votes to begin overturning net neutrality

  • 256: Microsoft Build 2017, Echo Show, and a Cortana speaker
    Fri, May 12, 2017


    Welcome back. This week’s episode of The Vergecast comes after Microsoft Build 2017, so Nilay and Dieter bring in Ashley Carman and first-time guest Chaim Gartenberg, two of our great Circuit Breaker reporters, to fill us in on what happened. The cast also discusses Amazon’s newest addition to the Echo lineup, the Echo Show, and what’s happening with these voice assistant products.There’s a lot more in the show, so listen to it all to get all the scoops.01:38 - Microsoft Build 201720:38 - Windows Store news22:57 - 10 S — lockdown29:25 - Microsoft’s Story Remix app is Windows Movie Maker on steroids24:17 - Harman Kardon teases its Cortana-powered speaker37:13 - Amazon officially unveils touchscreen Echo Show55:12 - Ashley’s weekly segment “Echo Gadget”

  • 255: Microsoft Surface laptop, Samsung DeX, and Google Doc phishing
    Fri, May 05, 2017


    This week Microsoft unveiled its new laptops in New York City, and Verge senior editor Tom Warren flew in from London to check it out. Nilay, Paul, and Dieter invite Tom to the show to discuss the new products from Microsoft and the various other news that popped up on the site this week, including Samsung’s new docking station, Apple’s earnings, and the Google Doc you should not have clicked.Will Dieter’s AirPods last throughout the show? Listen to find out.01:26 - Microsoft Surface Laptop event36:16 - The Google Docs spam attacks played off Google’s most fundamental weakness47:33 - Samsung DeX review: the closest thing we have to using our phones as PCs1:00:04 - Paul’s weekly segment “Four Fours” (previously known as 4444)1:06:46 - Apple’s earnings show modest growth, but iPhone sales are flat

  • 254: Net neutrality special edition
    Fri, Apr 28, 2017


    We’ve got a special edition episode of The Vergecast for you this week. On Thursday, the FCC put out a draft proposal for reversing the net neutrality order of 2015. The Verge has been following FCC chairman Ajit Pai’s actions in restoring “Internet Freedom” and how it will affect the internet for all of us.Nilay Patel invites news editor Jake Kastrenakes on the show, who has been reporting on this for the past few months, as well as senior reporter Adi Robertson, who reported on the FCC’s net neutrality rules back when this was a problem in 2014. The trio talk about the past, present, and future of the open internet and the FCC’s actions disrupting it.If you’re out of the loop or just need more information on this topic, now is the time to listen!

  • 253: Facebook F8, Galaxy S8, and Juicero's fate
    Fri, Apr 21, 2017


    Here we are! Another episode of The Vergecast. It’s been a busy week, which means lots for Nilay, Ashley, Dan, and Paul to talk about on the show. Facebook’s F8 developer conference took place this week so there’s lots of weird updates with AR, social VR, and mind reading. "It's two sci-fis at once," Paul says.And of course, the Galaxy S8 has been reviewed! Dan gives us his first-hand impressions, what his favorite features are, and whether he prefers it over the iPhone and the Pixel.And wow there’s a whole bunch of other stuff we talked about so listen through it all to keep feeding your brain01:37 - Juicero offering refunds to all customers after people realize $400 juicer is totally unnecessary06:34 - Samsung Galaxy S8 review: ahead of the curve29:25 - Facebook F8 conference 201754:23 - Paul’s weekly segment “One day, not so far away, it may be possible for me to think in Mandarin and for you to feel instantly in Spanish”55:39 - Plastc swiped $9 million from backers and just completely vanished59:35 - Nintendo is reportedly planning to launch a miniature SNES before Christmas1:00:17 - Intel's next-generation SSD technology is finally ready and it's really, really fast1:00:51 - Slack is adding AIM-style custom status messages

  • 252: iPhone chips, Scorpio specs, and RIP NES Classic
    Fri, Apr 14, 2017


    This week on Vergecast, Chris Plante is in town! Nilay, Dieter, and Paul bring him in to discuss a few things that confused us all throughout the week — Apple and Qualcomm suing each other, how the FCC may kill net neutrality, and Nintendo discontinuing the NES Classic.There’s a lot more in between all that so take a listen, give us a review, and enjoy your weekend.01:50 - The FCC’s plan to kill net neutrality will also kill internet privacy16:59 - Qualcomm sues Apple for hobbling its iPhone chips to make Intel look better33:12 - Microsoft reveals its final Xbox Project Scorpio specs52:00 - Nintendo doesn’t want your money — it wants your soul1:00:03 - Paul’s weekly segment “Guess who’s got a birthday coming up?”

  • 251: Mac craziness, YouTube TV, and Project Scorpio
    Fri, Apr 07, 2017


    Hey! The Verge has brought you another episode of The Vergecast. This week we’ve got Nilay, Paul, Ashley, and Dieter talkin’ the tech talk to y’all: more specifically the future of Mac computers, Youtube TV, and the newest Android phones on the market.As always, Paul and Ashley share their gadget of the week, and Nilay makes fun of Dieter for wearing AirPods. Listen to the whole show for more.02:50 - Apple working on “completely rethought” Mac Pro and pro display28:30 - Paul’s weekly segment “Here’s a new phone!”29:09 - Ashley’s weekly segment “Huh, this looks a lot like a beehive”31:15 - YouTube TV42:30 - HTC U Ultra, LG G6, and other Android phones52:54 - Project Scorpio

  • 250: Galaxy S8 hands-on, FCC privacy rulings, and Ghost in the Shell
    Fri, Mar 31, 2017


    Welcome back! We have a great show for you today. No really! If you listen to this podcast, you know Samsung announced the Galaxy S8 this week, so Nilay and Dieter bring in senior editor and friend of the show Dan Seifert; who recently took a trip to South Korea to tour Samsung’s headquarters.Second half of the show, news editor Jake Kastrenakes joins to discuss his coverage of the FCC and privacy ruling in Congress.There’s even more! Megan Farokhmanesh is here to enlighten the crew on the culture side of site; Persona 5 and Ghost in the Shell.Theres a bunch of little topics sprinkled in between this focused episode, so listen through to find them all.00:43 - Hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy S817:46 - Samsung’s Bixby assistant33:13 - Persona 5 review42:16 - Ghost in the Shell review50:23 - FCC reporting

  • 249: The RED iPhone, Mass Effect: Andromeda, and the new iPad
    Fri, Mar 24, 2017


    The Vergecast returns to New York! Nilay, Dieter, Natt, and Megan are here to update you with the news of the week. Apple has a new iPhone... kinda! And a new iPad... kinda! Natt got a look at the Android O developer preview, and Megan played Mass Effect: Andromeda. There’s a lot of stuff in between that so listen!01:40 - Apple’s new products05:04 - Apple replaces iPad Air 2 with cheaper 9.7-inch iPad10:38 - Apple bought the best utility app for the iPhone, Workflow16:52 - Apple’s new Clips app makes social videos for other social networks21:43 - Android O brings fun customizations that set the stage for bigger changes30:15 - Android / Chrome tablets34:33 - Megan’s Kulture Korner48:33 - Natt’s weekly segment “Did you know hoverboards were still a thing?”51:32 - Samsung S8 / DeX

  • 248: SXSW Films, Fasten, and Pandora Premium
    Tue, Mar 14, 2017


    On Sunday, Nilay and Dieter brought The Vergecast to Austin, TX for South by Southwest 2017 and streamed it live on Facebook.Today we did it again! This time, we welcome culture reporter Megan Farokhmanesh and senior editor Chris Plante on to talk about what happened so far in the culture world at SXSW, most notably the film festival.Also, with addition to more tech news that’s happened since Sunday, we open the floor for questions from the audience.01:58 - Atomic Blonde is a good movie improved by an exceptional soundtrack04:54 - The new Pennywise terrified the young cast of Stephen King’s IT reboot14:54 - A short film gets to the heart of being targeted by an internet mob25:14 - Paul’s weekly segment “Stronger Together”28:07 - Sure, slap an Android touchscreen on some headphones. Why not?29:33 - Fasten / Ride Austin35:10 - Tag Heuer and Intel are making another $1,600 Android Wear smartwatch39:36 - Pandora Premium45:47 - audience Q&A

  • 247: SXSW Part 1, Facebook Messenger Day, and Sonos Playbase
    Sun, Mar 12, 2017


    As you may have heard, The Vergecast is live this week at South by Southwest! We have one episode down and another one to go on Tuesday.On this special episode, Nilay and Dieter welcome Lauren Goode and Casey Newton on to talk the news outside of SXSW; in the tech world.And the show wouldn’t be complete without the weekly gadget segment, so Paul — relaxing at home in New York — sent the gang a letter to keep the tradition alive.You can listen here, or watch the video on The Verge Facebook page.03:55 - Google and Levi’s connected smart jacket will come out this fall and costs around $35006:59 - Uptime is a goofy video sharing app from Google’s Area 120 startup incubator09:13 - Facebook Messenger Day19:52 - The Sonos Playbase is a $700 speaker that sits under your TV26:19 - FCC’s walk back of ISP privacy rules36:27 - Anchor is like Snapchat stories for audio, and it’s delightful38:56 - Paul’s weekly segment “Friendship is like a Keurig”41:39 - Latest Samsung Galaxy S8 leak gives us a close look at button changes45:20 - LG G6 and the mobile/desktop dream53:49 - Twitch replaced its homepage with a Twitter clone for gamersTune in Tuesday at 1:30 ET/12:30 CT/10:30 PT for another live episode!

  • 246: Google Cloud Next Conference, Iron Fist, and Hot Tinder
    Fri, Mar 10, 2017


    On this special episode of The Vergecast, the ladies of The Verge take over the show. Did you know that nearly half of the team is female? Seriously, we’re probably two women away from a 50 / 50 split, but you’d never know that if you only listened to The Vergecast! That’s why, in honor of International Women’s Day this week (and Women’s History Month all month!), we have Megan Farokhmanesh, Adi Robertson, Natt Garun, and Ashley Carman in the studio talking about Google’s big and enterprise-y week, Iron Fist, and the exclusive, invite-only version of Tinder for mega-hotties. Whatever that last thing is.Culture reporter Kaitlyn Tiffany also joins in to tell us her account of the Women’s Day strike.00:49 - International Women’s Day10:49 - Google's giant 4K digital whiteboard, Jamboard, will cost $4,99913:55 - Google’s Gboard will now translate text into another language as you type15:32 - Google confirms small number of Pixel phones have broken microphones17:35 - Google Hangouts is getting a major overhaul to take on Slack21:39 - Google can now recognize objects in videos using machine learning23:55 - Iron Fist isn't just racially uncomfortable, it's also a boring show28:45 - There’s a secret version of Tinder for hot people and you can’t use it36:31 - Ashley’s weekly segment “Yo, when will I be able to afford this phone case?”39:32 - The CIA is hacking Samsung Smart TVs, according to WikiLeaks docs

  • 245: Switch review, Galaxy S8 leaks, and iPhone with USB-C
    Fri, Mar 03, 2017


    Usually I start these posts by apologizing, but ya know... by now I think you know what you’ve gotten yourself into — unless this is your first episode. So great! Hey! We’ve got a great show for you! (This is a podcast.) Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Ross Miller, and Paul Miller (no relation) compiled a list of things from our cherished website TheVerge.com and dug a little deeper, with different angles, viewpoints, and behind-the-scenes journalistic insight.We’ve got more time with the Nintendo Switch than we did last week (even a taste test), a roundup of MWC announcements from over the weekend, and tons of little stories. I’m sure there’s a bunch of stuff you missed because of the Amazon web server disruption since those four hours were the only time you get your news.03:04 - Nintendo Switch review: pure potential14:05 - The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild review21:33 - Amazon’s web servers are back online after more than four hours of disruption24:34 - Samsung Galaxy S8 leaks in its full glory and The BlackBerry KeyOne resurrects the keyboard with style30:08 - Google Assistant begins huge expansion across Android devices today38:05 - 5G: Super fast data, throttled by reality41:10 - The next iPhone won’t switch to USB-C, but its cable likely will49:32 - Paul’s weekly segment “Hey look at me now”51:55 - FCC chairman says net neutrality was a mistake58:40 - YouTube launches its own streaming TV service1:02:20 - Amazon is working on its own home security camera1:03:47 - Spotify is preparing to launch a Hi-Fi music tier

  • Vergecast at SXSW 2017
    Thu, Mar 02, 2017


    A special announcement from Nilay Patel

  • 244: The anniversary of Scissor Vodka, Nintendo Switch hands-on, and the secret behind the OP-1 processor
    Fri, Feb 24, 2017


    Hello! We’re still testing out our new studios so we thought we’d see how many people we can fit into the show. This week we’ve got Nilay, Paul, and Ashley in the podcast room, with Dieter and Chris Plante coming in over Skype. Everyone had so much to say so we gave you a few bonus minutes to listen to. Included are: Chris’ Nintendo Switch review, Dieter’s scoop about chips in Chromebooks, some MWC previews, and much, much more!04:26 - Nintendo Switch hands-on23:24 - Solving the mystery behind the OP1 processor in the Chromebook Plus41:44 - MWC preview: LG G6 / Scissor vodka anniversary47:44 - Verizon is planning 5G tests in 11 cities this year55:49 - FCC news updated1:06:15 - Lightning round — Snapchat Spectacles are now available online1:08:22 - Meitu’s new T8 phone1:16:37 - Amazon says Alexa’s speech is protected by the First Amendment1:21:27 - Ashley’s weekly segment “Good Boy”

  • 243: Planet of the Apps, Verizon unlimited, and Sonos audio
    Fri, Feb 17, 2017


    Hey, y’all. This week’s episode of Vergecast is the first in our new studio. And our heroes (Nilay, Paul, and Dieter, in case you were unaware) are still getting used to it. But you can’t see them while you’re listening, so it doesn’t really matter! It’s a new look but it has the same great taste. Topics on this week’s show include: lots of TV talk, including Apple TV and Caavo; more unlimited data plans; a bit of consumer audio speak; and a few anecdotes and reviews sprinkled in.And Megan Farokhmanesh stops by briefly to talk about her experience using a new dating app called Hater. Does she love it or hate it? Tune in to find out.02:17 - Code Media03:23 - Apple headlines, iPhone 8 rumors09:58 - TV stuff14:34 - Planet of the Apps21:54 - Caavo33:32 - Verizon’s new unlimited data plan40:52 - Hater app with Megan46:48 - Paul’s weekly segment “Dieter wouldn’t let me make a slurping noise for the name of this segment”49:08 - This Belle doll will dance for you, but only if you attempt to code53:08 - Sonos news / consumer audio talk1:02:28 - Android apps on Chrome OS

  • 242: Android Wear 2.0, Google Smart Home, and Vizio gets caught
    Fri, Feb 10, 2017


    This week on Vergecast, we’re in our new office! But our studios aren’t ready yet! So Nilay and Paul set up in a conference room and Skype with Dieter to share what they learned in the tech world over the past seven days. We even recorded it for you!Here it is.01:54 - Android Wear 2.014:52 - Google Assistant on phone and smart home27:02 - Apple's Ultra Accessory Connector dashes any hopes of a USB-C iPhone32:08 - Fidget cube33:56 - Most smart TVs are tracking you — Vizio just got caught43:52 - Paul’s weekly segment “Please don’t talk to me, can’t you see I’m busy?”47:13 - Neckbuds51:30 - The Nintendo Switch is missing a golden tablet opportunity57:16 - Lightning round

  • 241: Snap Inc IPO, ARM processors in Macbooks, and Apple earnings
    Fri, Feb 03, 2017


    Vergecast episode 241! This week, Nilay and Dieter bring back Ross Miller and Megan Farokhmanesh to assist covering the news from this week. Snap Inc. filed for a $3 billion IPO, Apple is reportedly putting ARM chips in Macs, and Facebook is making a TV app. In between all that listen to Nilay’s take on fire logs, Dieter’s experience with a Zelda-themed escape room, and the wackiness of internet culture from Megan and Ross.Nilay and Dieter apologized for this episode to me personally — but really, we covered a lot and had a good time so I think they’re just being hard on themselves. Enjoy!03:37 - Snap Inc IPO08:41 - Facebook wants to build app for set-top boxes16:21 - Duraflame18:37 - Apple earnings31:42 - MacBook Touch Bar barred from bar test takers this February35:50 - ARM processors in MacBooks40:07 - Why politics shows up on our site a lot lately49:47 - Zelda escape the room51:31 - We Are Your Friends56:56 - Ross’ weekly segment “Gadgetorial? Counterpoint”1:03:15 - Lightning round

  • 240: Samsung Galaxy S8, the politics of science, and the net neutrality debate reignited
    Fri, Jan 27, 2017


    Another Vergecast is up! We have a CES Twitter live show reunion, featuring Nilay, Dieter, Megan, and Paul discussing this week in news. As Nilay mentions throughout the show, the gang has senioritis as they prepare to move to new offices next week... just FYI.Also, Verge science editor Liz Lopatto returns to the show to discuss the new administration’s action toward the science world, and how the scientists are handling it.If you keep listening, you’ll come upon a talk about net neutrality — another debate sparked by the recent transfer of power.Look, we’re like 15 minutes over our regular time so theres plenty of other stuff in between that to look forward to.03:02 - Amazon Echo’s new wake word07:49 - Resident Evil 713:21 - Samsung Galaxy S8 rumors21:24 - Trump’s phone26:22 - LG G629:01 - Science, EPA, and Trump with Liz Lopatto44:56 - Paul’s weekly segment “Dry your sweaty palms”49:12 - Net neutrality debate1:07:01 - CBS’s Hunted

  • 239: FTC vs Qualcomm, Trump vs Apple, and Oculus vs ZeniMax
    Fri, Jan 20, 2017


    This week on Vergecast, Nilay, Paul, Ashley, and Dieter take on the topics in the tech world you may have missed out on this week. Trump spoke with Tim Cook about moving production of Apple products to the US; Qualcomm is being sued by the Federal Trade Commission; and both Palmer Luckey and Mark Zuckerberg take the stand in the Oculus trade secrets trial.That’s only the first half of the show, so keep listening for more on this week in tech.3:07 - Trump / Apple17:03 - FTC / Qualcomm24:29 - Oculus Trial32:36 - Paul’s weekly segment “Put this computer in that computer”34:53 - Smart duvet38:45 - Andy Rubin / Android46:47 - Nintendo Switch52:59 - Smart garden / AirPods

  • 238: iPhone 10th anniversary, Nintendo Switch, and the HTC U Ultra
    Fri, Jan 13, 2017


    You watched the live show at CES and now we’re back in podcast mode. Nilay, Dieter, and Paul get together to share some of their experiences from the Consumer Electronics Show, along with a review of what happened this week. The iPhone turned 10 on Tuesday, so the trio looks back to when it was first announced and discuss what will happen with smartphones in the future. There’s also lots of gadget talk: HTC’s U Ultra, the Nintendo Switch (!), and lots of throwback devices. This is a really good nerdy tech-centric episode of Vergecast, I hope you like it.3:31 - iPhone 10th anniversary and the future of smartphones19:03 - iPhone prototypes22:38 - Macbook Pro battery life31:38 - HTC U Ultra46:02 - Nintendo Switch

  • 237: CES 2017 Day 3
    Sat, Jan 07, 2017


    This year, we hosted The Vergecast Live at CES 2017 as a Twitter Live video show. We've decided to share the full audio here, but you can see clips from the show on Twitter (@Verge). The following is from Friday, January 6th.http://www.theverge.com/2017/1/7/14200992/vergecast-live-at-ces-2017-twitter-replay-rewatch-vod

  • 236: CES 2017 Day 2
    Fri, Jan 06, 2017


    This year, we hosted The Vergecast Live at CES 2017 as a Twitter Live video show. We've decided to share the full audio here, but you can see clips from the show on Twitter (@Verge) and catch our last show Friday at 4:30PT at ces.twitter.com. The following is from Thursday, January 5th.

  • 235: CES 2017 Day 1
    Fri, Jan 06, 2017


    This year, we hosted The Vergecast Live at CES 2017 as a Twitter Live video show. We've decided to share the full audio here, but you can see clips from the show on Twitter @Verge and catch our last show Friday at 4:30PT at ces.twitter.com. The following is from Wednesday, January 4th.

  • 234: Zuckerberg's smart home, Android Wear, and CES predictions
    Fri, Dec 23, 2016


    As the year ends, Nilay, Dieter, Paul, and Ross gather together from across the country via Skype to sit down and bring up what’s been troubling them this week. Nilay can’t stand Mark Zuckerberg’s video about his home AI, Dieter doesn’t know what laptop to take to CES, Paul feels that emoji is too totalitarian, and Ross...is already in holiday mode.Grab a glass of eggnog (from justthenog.com) and sit beside the fire with your favorite tech luminaries of 2016.04:11 - Mark Zuckerberg’s “smart home”14:56 - Rogue One talk (level 4 spoilers 16:51-18:01)17:59 - laptops22:42 - Apple, Macbook batteries, and new desktops26:23 - Emoji consortium28:52 - AirPods review34:58 - Android Wear43:34 - CES 2017 predictions55:08 - Paul's weekly segment "WebOS still exists, Dieter. Are you sad?"59:19 - Dieter note

  • 233: Super Mario Run, Uber's self-driving cars, and Apple's new TV app
    Fri, Dec 16, 2016


    Everyone was in New York this week, so we had a jam-packed studio with Nilay, Dieter, and Paul, along with culture reporter Megan Farokhmanesh and transportation reporter Andrew Hawkins. Megan joins us on Vergecast for the first time to talk about what dominates the site this week: Nintendo’s new mobile game Super Mario Run, and the new Star Wars film Rogue One (no spoilers). Meanwhile, Andrew enlightens us on what is going on in the world of self-driving cars: Uber’s autonomous cars in San Francisco, and Google’s new car company Waymo.There’s a lot more along with that so hit play and drive.02:21 - Super Mario Run14:41 - Rogue One23:16 - Uber / Google self-driving car news with Andrew Hawkins45:39 - Lightning round (kinda) starts here45: 48 - Apple TV app54:48 - AirPods58:17 - Paul’s weekly segment “Speaking of Things You Can’t Buy”

  • 232: Fitbit buys Pebble, Windows 10 on ARM, and gadgets aren't dead
    Fri, Dec 09, 2016


    Nilay, Dieter, Lauren, and Ashley are back! This week on Vergecast, we talk about Fitbit buying Pebble, the status of the gadget universe, and Microsoft bringing Windows desktop apps to mobile ARM processors. Lots of tech, lots of jokes, here we go.01:34 - Fitbit / Pebble / wearables18:23 - Gadgets aren’t dead33:10 - Windows / ARM53:23 - Lightning round (Westworld spoilers 53:23–55:10)

  • Vergecast 231: Net neutrality, Final Fantasy, Gilmore Girls, and the Spectacles line
    Fri, Dec 02, 2016


    Welcome to Vergecast Lonely Paul edition. Dieter and Nilay are out this week, so Paul enlisted some of his colleagues who would never let him down like that and made his own Vergecast that's centered around talking to people not named Dieter or Nilay. Want to learn what AT&T's new DirecTV Now service has to do with net neutrality? Want to figure out why nearly all women and nearly everybody actually loves Gilmore Girls? Want to know if video games are good sometimes? Want to experience what it would be like to stand in line for Snapchat Spectacles but not actually purchase Spectacles because you hate lines? Then you'll probably love what we've done here.2:39 – Interview with T.C. Sottek on net neutrality33:24 – Interview with Kaitlyn Tiffany on Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life52:38 – Interview with Andrew Webster on Pokemon Sun and Moon and Final Fantasy XV1:06:30 – Interview with Ashley Carman live at the Snapchat Spectacles line in NYC

  • Vergecast 230: Fake news, Touchbar, and the Surface Studio
    Fri, Nov 18, 2016


    The tech review season continues this week with reviews of the Macbook Pro with Touch Bar, Microsoft’s Surface Studio, and even an actual book that Apple released. This week on Vergecast, Nilay, Paul, and Dieter give an overview of these products along with the topic of the week (or the month, or maybe the year): the problem of social media dealing with fake news articles that go viral. Paul sits down with Casey Newton, Silicon Valley editor at The Verge to discuss it all.00:48 - Fake news on social networks05:44 - Interview with Casey Newton33:57 - Macbook Pro with Touchbar review39:56 - Apple’s book Designed by Apple in California44:25 - Apple TV50:20 - Microsoft’s Surface Studio review57:54 - PS4 Pro1:02:52 - NES Classic

  • Vergecast 229: Daydream, Playstation Pro, Snapchat, and Instagram
    Fri, Nov 11, 2016


    Here we are, a few days after the election. With the world still adjusting to the future, we thought we’d give you a break from it all and briefly talk about what we know best: the future of technology. This week we have reviews for the Playstation 4 Pro and Google Daydream, the continuing saga of adapting to a plug drought, and Snapchat’s new Spectacles that were released to the public this week.So sit back, relax, (unless you are driving... if you’re driving and listening to this please focus on the road), and let us fill you in with the Verge updates you may have missed this week.

  • Vergecast 228: Verge turns 5, Google Home, and Assistant
    Fri, Nov 04, 2016


    Happy Vergecast day! Look we’ve got a new logo!This week, in honor of The Verge’s fifth anniversary and the redesign of the website, we start off the show by giving some behind-the-scenes details on the new things you see on the site and things we’ve changed.But don’t worry, we still have that weekly news you all subscribe for. Nilay, Dieter, Paul, and Dan discuss using the Google Home speaker and how it works with the Google Assistant. Also, we have reviews of the 13-inch Macbook Pro (yeah the one without the Touch Bar), Paul’s weekly segment “Cookie Pods,” and some great ad reads in between.01:49 - The Verge turns 515:58 - Google Home27:49 - Google Assistant40:35 - Macbook Pro1:06:27 - Paul’s weekly segment “Cookie Pods”We want to thank the listeners, new and old, for tuning in each and giving feedback on the show, we greatly appreciate it.A quote from Nilay on this week’s episode:“We launched The Verge basically on the back of this podcast. This podcast when Paul and I were doing it with Josh as the Engadget podcast was so popular that we could fucking leave and start a new podcast, our listeners came with us, and we were able to launch This Is My Next and then The Verge so it’s wild that we’ve done it for five years.”

  • Vergecast 227: Macbook Pro, Surface Studio, and the events surrounding
    Fri, Oct 28, 2016


    This week is a special episode of The Vergecast. After attending the Apple event, Nilay and Dieter sit down in San Francisco together and talk about the newest product announcements from Cupertino.Let us not forget, Microsoft also announced new computers this week! We invited an old friend of the show, senior editor Vlad Savov, to help cover it all.01:27 - Microsoft event/Surface Studio24:00 - Apple Mac event28:25 - Macbook Pro32:27 - Touchbar41:01 - Specs52:39 - Apple TV app

  • Vergecast 226: Pixel, Nintendo Switch, and new MacBook Pros
    Fri, Oct 21, 2016


    This week at The Verge has been a busy one! Reviews for Google’s Pixel phone are out, Chinese tech firm LeEco just announced a plethora of new products coming to the US, Nintendo finally showed us new hardware for their games, and Apple is teasing a new Mac event for next week. Even Tesla had a few things to say.Nilay, Dieter, Paul, and Jordan cover it all on this week’s Vergecast.02:27 - Google Pixel review24:06 - Masterclass ad27:24 - Tesla39:27 - Hello Fresh ad41:26 - LeEco54:21 - Nintendo Switch59:27 - Apple’s upcoming Mac event

  • Vergecast 225: Galaxy Note 7s don’t explode, they sizzle
    Fri, Oct 14, 2016


    This week on Vergecast, we have the exclusive interview with our tech and transportation reporter Jordan Golson, who has been reporting nonstop on the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 debacle. Nilay, Lauren, and Paul welcome Jordan to the show to talk about the recent events regarding Samsung, as well as what it means for competitors and the tech ecosystem.02:42 - Samsung recall22:48 - Masterclass ad27:07 - Google Pixel36:44 - iOS1037:12 - Samsung vs. Apple50:15 - Graphicstock ad51:24 - Ashley’s weekly segment “A Genuine Gadget Connection”55:26 - Amazon Unlimited Music and the various tech ecosystems

  • Vergecast 224: Google event, Oculus event, and Playstation VR
    Fri, Oct 07, 2016


    This week on Vergecast, Nilay, Paul, Dan, and Dieter cover two big events and announcements from the past few days. As you may have read on the site, Google announced a plethora of hardware devices on Tuesday. Then yesterday, Oculus announced a few new features for their VR platform.Will Nilay buy a Pixel on the show?Listen and find out.01:42 - Google event, new products, and new competition38:16 - Oculus event and VR49:08 - Paul’s weekly segment “Having a Coke with you”51:14 - Lightning round

  • Vergecast 223: SpaceX, colonizing Mars, and Snapchat spectacles
    Sun, Oct 02, 2016


    This week on Vergecast, science editor Liz Lopatto is in town and stops by the Vergecast to talk about the news out of the International Astronautical Congress; Elon Musk's plan to colonize Mars. Paul also interviews Loren Grush live in Mexico at the event and breaks down Mr. Musk's presentation.The cast also talks about the death of BlackBerry-made phones, the ever-changing use of smartwatches, and Snapchat's Spectacles.

  • Vergecast 222: Siri, Sierra, Photokina, and Allo
    Fri, Sep 23, 2016


    Apple ended our summer with the release of both new hardware and software. Now that fall has finally arrived, we await the next big tech event...from Google. This week on Vergecast, Nilay, Paul, Ashley, and Dieter float between these two rituals with reviews and rumors about both companies. Throw in a bit of prosumer camera talk and we’ve got a show goin’.01:17 - iOS1011:18 - Siri15:02 - macOS Sierra21:31 - Apple rumored to buy McLaren and Lit23:06 - Autodesk Graphic ad24:05 - Photokina, cameras, and photos34:55 - Northeastern U ad35:47 - Google Allo, Assistant, and upcoming event52:14 - Paul’s weekly segment “Medium format in the moonlight”

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