The Vergecast

The Verge

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

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Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn interview CEO of Eero Nick Weaver live at On The Verge in New York City. The discussion includes how the Ring Alarm Pro came together, Eero supporting Thread and Matter, integration of 5G, and what's next for the smart home. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Nov 23

34 min 22 sec

Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn chat with policy reporter Makena Kelly about Pres. Biden's $1 trillion infrastructure package and what it will do to improve broadband access in the US. Senior science reporter Loren Grush joins the show to talk about Russia destroying one of its own satellites with a ground-based missile. Managing editor Alex Cranz stops by to chat about Apple opening up iPhones and Macs to DIY repairs. Stories referenced: Biden signs $1 trillion infrastructure package into law Biden’s FCC is still deadlocked, and net neutrality hangs in the balance Biden’s pick for FDA chief works at Google Russia blows up a satellite, creating a dangerous debris cloud in space NASA delays ambitious human lunar landing to 2025 NASA’s Moon landing will likely be delayed ‘several years’ beyond 2024, auditors say Blue Origin loses lawsuit against federal government over NASA’s human lunar lander contracts SpaceX’s Starlink reveals new smaller, rectangular user dish to connect to satellites Apple will sell you iPhone parts to fix your own phone at home The shareholder fight that forced Apple’s hand on repair rights Apple reportedly wants to launch a self-driving EV in 2025 with a custom chip The Balmuda Phone is a compact Android phone from a high-end toaster company Meta’s sci-fi haptic glove prototype lets you feel VR objects using air pockets Sonos finally adds DTS audio support to its home theater lineup Hyundai’s restomod Grandeur is the perfect EV for a supervillain Google explains the tradeoffs that led to Pixel 6’s slow charging complaints A look under the hood of the most successful streaming service on the planet Meta goes into lockdown Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Nov 19

1 hr 31 min

The Verge's Dieter Bohn dives into the messy past and uncertain future of Rich Communication Services, or RCS, a new texting standard that Google had been pushing for Android users. Guests include: Sanaz Ahari, Senior Director of Communications Products at Google Ron Amadeo, reviews editor at Ars Technica Relevant links: RCS: What it is and why you might want it AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile have finally agreed to replace SMS with a new RCS standard A decade and a half of instability: The history of Google messaging apps Google is rolling out end-to-end encryption for RCS in Android Messages beta SVP of Android offers open invitation to help Apple put RCS texting on the iPhone Produced by Andru Marino, Liam James, and Dieter Bohn Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Nov 16

37 min

The Verge's Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Alex Cranz, and Sean O'Kane discuss electric vehicle startup Rivian becoming a publicly traded company after executing one of the biggest initial public offerings in history. The crew also cover multiple stories about Apple from this week, Microsoft's Windows 11 SE release, and a new Surface Laptop for schools. Further reading: Rivian goes public in one of the biggest IPOs ever Rivian’s mega IPO is a good test of the meme stock craze Judge orders Apple to allow external payment options for App Store by December 9th, denying stay Apple must allow other forms of in-app purchase, rules judge in Epic v. Apple Apple backs off of breaking Face ID after DIY iPhone 13 screen replacements Tim Cook says he owns cryptocurrency Apple hires Tesla’s former Autopilot software director Johnson & Johnson’s CEO joins Apple’s board iPhone 13 Pro vs. Pixel 6 Pro: what 2,000 photos tell us Microsoft announces Windows 11 SE, a new Chrome OS competitor Microsoft’s new $249 Surface Laptop SE is its first true Chromebook competitor Microsoft partners with Meta to integrate Teams into its Facebook-like Workplace Microsoft fixes Windows 11 features failing due to an expired certificate  Updating The Verge’s background policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Nov 12

1 hr 23 min

The Verge's Dieter Bohn dedicates this week's Tuesday episode to the fractious history and fraught future of USB-C. Guests include: CTO of ASTC Rod Whitby, who has worked with USB-C standards since its infancy Verge senior reporter Chaim Gartenberg, who explains the many variations of USB-C cables Ken Pillonel, a hacker in Switzerland who figured out how to replace his iPhone's lightning port with USB-C Relevant links: USB-C cables are getting new, confusing logos for faster 240W charging standard You can now, technically, build your own USB-C iPhone EU proposes mandatory USB-C on all devices, including iPhones Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Nov 9

1 hr 3 min

The Verge's Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Alex Cranz, and Tom Warren discuss Microsoft's take on the metaverse at their Ignite event this past week. Verge editor Chris Welch joins to chat about his review of the Beats Fit Pro and Apple's third-gen AirPods. Stories from this week: Microsoft Teams enters the metaverse race with 3D avatars and immersive meetings Microsoft is planning 3D metaverse apps for Xbox and gaming Microsoft Loop is a new Office app for the hybrid work era Microsoft’s GitHub CEO steps down Beats Fit Pro review: sporty AirPod Pros with better sound Beats announces Fit Pro earbuds with wing tip design and $200 price Apple AirPods (third-gen) review: new design, same appeal The best wireless earbuds to buy right now ‘Sideloading is a cyber criminal’s best friend,’ according to Apple’s software chief Verizon and AT&T delay crucial 5G expansion over aircraft interference concerns Facebook is shutting down its Face Recognition tagging program Instagram and Twitter finally make link previews work again Zillow reportedly needs to sell 7,000 houses after it bought too many Ford’s selling electric crate motors based on the one in the Mach-E The 2022 Volkswagen ID 5 is a sporty electric SUV with over 300 miles of range Gobble, gobble: GE Appliances wants you to trust its smart oven to cook the perfect turkey  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Nov 5

1 hr 17 min

Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn are joined by Verge alums Joanna Stern and David Pierce live on stage at The Verge's 10th anniversary party. Stories discussed from "Episode 69" Tim Cook must testify in ebook price fixing case FCC approves T-Mo/MetroPCS merger Google Reader shuts down Intel in discussions to make Apple chips Wii U sales slump Release date announced for first BB10 phones Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Nov 1

46 min 35 sec

The Verge's Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Alex Cranz, and Alex Heath discuss Facebook's new name. Dan Seifert joins to discuss the reviews for Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro as well as MacBook Pro. Mark Zuckerberg on why Facebook is rebranding to Meta Facebook’s new name is Meta What is the metaverse, and do I have to care? Facebook’s Oculus Quest will soon be called the Meta Quest Oculus users are getting a new metaverse home Facebook is adding a mixed reality platform to Oculus Quest Facebook teases ‘Project Cambria’ high-end VR / AR headset Amid the fluff, Meta showed an impressive demo of its Codec Avatars Eight things we learned from the Facebook Papers  Facebook’s lost generation Facebook says it’s refocusing company on ‘serving young adults’ Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro review: finally, more than just good cameras The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro will arrive with a day-one update Intel's 12th Gen Alder Lake chips usher in a new generation of … Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (2021) review: a bigger and better ... Apple AirPods (third-gen) review: new design, same appeal  Adobe brings a simplified Photoshop to the web Sony Xperia Pro-I: A camera first, phone second  Samsung announces cloud gaming for Tizen TVs, offers no further details Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Oct 29

1 hr 40 min

Dieter Bohn hosts a discussion with Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel and Verge reviewer Monica Chin about The Verge's approach to reviewing gadgets, focusing specifically on Apple's 2021 MacBook Pro. The crew are still in the process of reviewing the laptop, so the conversation also leads to topics like how battery testing has evolved the past decade, how The Verge scores reviews, and how to find the right angle for writing a review. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Oct 26

55 min 16 sec

The Verge's Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Alex Cranz, and Alex Heath discuss Facebook's plan to rebrand the company with a new name, the products announced at Apple's Unleashed event, and what happened at Google's Pixel 6 event. On The Verge is happening October 22nd and 23rd, and you’re invited  Facebook is planning to rebrand the company with a new name The 8 biggest announcements from Apple’s Unleashed event Apple announces 16-inch MacBook Pro with new M1 Pro and M1 Max processors Apple announces new 14-inch MacBook Pro with a notch Apple’s new MacBook Pro has a notch Apple is ready to admit it was wrong about the future of laptops Apple’s new M1 Pro and M1 Max processors take its in-house Arm-based chips to new heights The new MacBook Pros have one big question mark: battery life PSA: the MacBook Pro 14-inch’s $20 power brick upsell is probably worth it Apple brings MagSafe 3 to the new MacBook Pro Apple’s new 140W charger can fast charge a lot more than just your MacBook Pro macOS Monterey is officially launching on October 25th Apple’s HomePod Mini gets three new color options Apple announces third-generation AirPods for $179 Apple quietly added a MagSafe charging case to its AirPods Pro, too A piece of cloth to clean your Apple devices will cost you $19 Apple Music’s new voice-only plan costs $4.99 per month The biggest announcements from Google’s Pixel 6 event Sundar Pichai and Rick Osterloh think the Pixel 6 is Google’s breakout phone Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro have big screens, big ambitions, and small prices Google’s Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro finally bring new camera hardware in addition to software The Pixel 6’s Tensor processor promises to put Google’s machine learning smarts in your pocket Snapchat says the Pixel 6 is ‘the fastest phone to make a Snap’ The Google Store is open again, and Pixel 6 delivery dates are all over the place Samsung is adding new watchfaces to the Galaxy Watch 4 Samsung will now let you design your own Galaxy Z Flip 3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Oct 22

1 hr 12 min

Dieter Bohn sits down with Google CEO Sundar Pichai and SVP of Devices and Services at Google Rick Osterloh to discuss the launch of the Pixel 6 — including its tensor processing chip, the Android ecosystem, and what makes this Pixel launch different from the rest. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Oct 19

55 min 54 sec

The Verge's Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Alex Cranz, and Adi Robertson discuss HTC's new VR headset the Vive Flow. Also: Apple, Google, and Samsung all have events next week. The crew discuss what to expect. Further reading: The $499 HTC Vive Flow is VR for people who don’t like VR I have a hard time believing your wearable is good if you had to Photoshop it onto a model Magic Leap somehow raised $500 million to make another AR headset Facebook execs tease VR prototype hardware with new photos Apple Watch Series 7 review: time and time again  Apple announces October 18th event after months of Mac rumors Apple exploring AirPods that take your temperature and monitor posture: report Google announced its Pixel 6 event on October 19th Watch the Pixel 6 Pro get put together and taken apart in leaked videos Google Pixel 6 leak teases Magic Eraser feature, plus five years of Android security updates Google says it’s dropping Material Design components on iOS in favor of Apple’s UIKit ‘Pixel Pass’ is Google’s rumored response to Apple One Samsung announces Unpacked 2 event for Wednesday Oct 20th, right after Apple and Google Samsung tries to prove its foldable phones are tough in a new test video VanMoof’s new V e-bike is its fastest ever  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Oct 15

1 hr 24 min

Dieter Bohn hosts a discussion on reviews for the newest Microsoft products launched this fall — Windows 11, Surface Pro 8, Surface Laptop Studio, and Surface Go 3 — with The Verge's Monica Chin, Dan Seifert, and Tom Warren. Further reading: Windows 11 review: a familiar home that’s still being renovated  Surface Pro 8 review: the best of both worlds Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio review: back to the drawing board Microsoft Surface Go 3 review: left behind Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Oct 12

1 hr 9 min

In Land of the Giants: The Apple Revolution, Recode’s Peter Kafka explores the company that changed what a computer is — and then changed what a phone is. From its beginnings as a niche personal computer company, Apple became the preeminent maker of consumer tech products, a cultural trendsetter, and the most valuable company in the world. And along the way, it changed the way we live. Listen to Land of the Giants on Spotify, Apple or wherever you get your podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Oct 11

34 min 31 sec

The Verge's Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Alex Cranz, and Russell Brandom discuss Facebook's bad week: from a 60 Minutes interview, to a 6-hour outage, to a Facebook whistleblower hearing. The crew also get into Android 12, Pixel 6 rumors, iOS 15.1, and more. Further reading: Verge Tech Survey 2021 Facebook encourages hate speech for profit, says whistleblower Locked out and totally down: Facebook’s scramble to fix a massive outage Facebook is coming back after a six-hour outage Facebook is back online after a massive outage that also took down Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger, and Oculus Facebook explains the backbone shutdown behind its global outage on Monday What is BGP, and what role did it play in Facebook’s massive outage Everything you need to know from the Facebook whistleblower hearing The whistleblower hearing hits Facebook where the company is weakest The Facebook whistleblower hearing unearthed the danger of engagement algorithms Facebook’s whistleblower report confirms what researchers have known for years Facebook runs the coward’s playbook to smear the whistleblower ​What’s good, bad, and missing in the Facebook whistleblower’s testimony Mark Zuckerberg breaks silence to say the Facebook whistleblower’s claims ‘don’t make any sense Facebook reportedly slows feature development for ‘reputational reviews’ Google just announced its Pixel 6 event on October 19th Android 12 review: it’s mostly about the looks Android 12 will be coming to Pixel phones in the ‘next few weeks’ Pixel 6’s rumored 23W wireless charging stand and more details leak early iPhone 13 Mini and 13 Pro Max battery life: better, and a beast The latest iOS 15.1 beta includes iPhone 13 Pro camera features Halide’s latest update brings the iPhone 13 Pro’s Macro Mode to older iPhones After Epic v. Apple, a small developer is challenging Apple’s in-app payment system Apple is making it easier to delete accounts attached to third-party apps Apple’s healthcare division leaned on misleading data, report alleges Nintendo Switch OLED review: screentime Google’s latest Next doorbell and camera are not obvious upgrades Amazon is reportedly working on a smart fridge Twitch confirms major data breach after its source code and secrets leak out Taylor Swift fans are getting caught up in the Virginia gubernatorial race The Verge is now on your smart TV Announcing Springboard: The Verge’s documentary on the forgotten history of the Treo Vergecast - A Tech Podcast by Derek Rhoads bit.ly/cutthroughthenight Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Oct 8

1 hr 27 min

For the next four Tuesdays, Verge senior reporter Ashley Carman will explore how artificial intelligence and machine learning are shaping the future of a variety of industries. In this episode, Ashley explores how AI can be used for product design, but more specifically, for creating fragrances and flavors. Guests include founder of ScentTronix Fredrick Duerinck, computer scientist at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Saket Navalkha, and Michael Spranger from Sony AI This podcast was made by producer Liam James, senior audio director Andru Marino, senior reporter James Vincent, and senior reporter Ashley Carman. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Oct 5

35 min 13 sec

The Verge's Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and Alex Cranz discuss all the product announced at Amazon's fall devices event, as well as Google's Search On fall event. Verge senior reporter Alex Heath joins the show to discuss news that came out of the interviews at Code Conference. Further reading: Amazon’s fall hardware event 2021: rumors, news, and announcements Amazon’s race to create the disappearing computer  Here’s the deluge of announcements from Amazon’s fall devices event Say hello to Astro, Alexa on wheels  Amazon’s Astro cannot fetch your beer Amazon Astro is ‘terrible’ and will ‘throw itself down’ stairs, developers reportedly claim Amazon’s automotive efforts appear to be taking a pit stop Don’t be fooled — Amazon’s Astro isn’t a home robot, it’s a camera on wheels Remember when beta testing was free?  Amazon’s new Echo Show 15 is meant to hang on your wall Amazon’s AZ2 CPU knows your face Amazon Glow is a video chat gadget with built-in games to keep kids engaged Amazon announces new wearable and services to try to make you fitter Amazon’s new Ring Alarm Pro combines a security system with an Eero router  Blink’s first doorbell is finally released, four years later Ring Video Doorbells are finally getting package alerts Amazon takes on Nest with a $59.99 smart thermostat Google’s Search On fall 2021 event: news and announcements Google Search’s next phase: context is king  Google expands shopping searches with Lens and in-store inventory checks Google Maps is making it easier to see wildfires and tree coverage Google Lens will soon search for words and images combined Google is using AI to help users explore the topics they’re searching for — here’s how Elon Musk to Jeff Bezos: ‘you cannot sue your way to the Moon Elon Musk: ‘we probably don’t need’ NDAs for Tesla’s ‘Full Self-Driving’ beta USB-C cables are getting new, confusing logos for faster 240W charging standard Nintendo categorically denies that a 4K Switch Pro is in development ‘Rife with sexism’: employees of Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin describe ‘toxic’ workplace culture Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Oct 1

1 hr 39 min

For the next four Tuesdays, Verge senior reporter Ashley Carman will explore how artificial intelligence and machine learning are shaping the future of a variety of industries. In this episode, Ashley explores the wild world of AI writing and storytelling to find out if her job is in jeopardy. Is AI ready to replace seasoned writers or experienced reporters? Guests include Nick Walton (co-founder and CEO of Latitude), Samanyou Garg (founder of Writesonic), and artist K Allado-McDowell. This podcast was made by producer Liam James, senior audio director Andru Marino, senior reporter James Vincent, and senior reporter Ashley Carman.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Sep 28

38 min 13 sec

The Verge's Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Alex Cranz, and Tom Warren discuss the reviews of the iPhone 13/iPhone 13 Pro and the many new devices Microsoft announced at their Surface event this week. Further reading: iPhone 13 review: yep, bigger batteries are better iPhone 13 Pro review: a better display, the best camera, and incredible battery life  iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 review: foundational fixes  iOS 15 is here, but we’re still waiting on a few new features Apple updates macOS Safari with a new look, but you can turn off the big changes EU proposes mandatory USB-C on all devices, including iPhones Apple won’t let Fortnite back on iOS until the Epic v. Apple verdict is final Tim Cook says employees who leak memos do not belong at Apple, according to leaked memo Microsoft’s fall Surface event: the 7 biggest announcements  Microsoft announces Surface Pro 8 with bigger 13-inch 120Hz display and Thunderbolt Surface Laptop Studio is Microsoft’s new powerful flagship laptop Microsoft’s new Surface Duo 2 has all the features that were missing the first time around Microsoft’s new Slim Pen 2 uses haptics to mimic the feeling of using a real pen The Surface Pro X gets a Wi-Fi-only version The Surface Go 3 gets new Intel processors Microsoft’s new mouse has a shell that’s 20 percent recycled ocean plastic Surface Adaptive Kit makes Microsoft’s laptops more accessible Microsoft Surface Pro 8 hands-on: the one we’ve waited for Microsoft Surface Duo 2 hands-on: once more, with cameras Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio hands-on: one weird, powerful computer  The Surface Laptop Studio isn’t as original as Microsoft would have you believe Kids who grew up with search engines could change STEM education forever Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Sep 24

1 hr 39 min

For the next four Tuesdays, Verge senior reporter Ashley Carman will explore how artificial intelligence and machine learning are shaping the future of a variety of industries. In this episode, Ashley explores how AI is being used to streamline video creation.  Guests include VP of Adobe Sensei Scott Prevost, co-founder and co-CEO of Flawless Scott Mann, and Verge senior reporter James Vincent.  This podcast was made by producer Liam James, senior audio director Andru Marino, senior reporter James Vincent, and senior reporter Ashley Carman.  Read more here Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Sep 21

30 min 51 sec

The Verge's Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and Alex Cranz discuss all the products announced at Apple's hardware event this week: iPhones, iPads, the Apple Watch, and more. Keep listening for some gadget news, including Nintendo finally adding Bluetooth audio to the Switch. Further reading: ​​Apple’s iPhone 13 event: the 8 biggest announcements The iPhone 13 may finally get features Android has had for years The iPhone 13 event was a case study in Tim Cook-era product refinement iPhone 13 and 13 Mini announced with redesigned camera array and smaller notch iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max announced with high refresh rate 120Hz displays The iPhone 13 is a pitch-perfect iPhone 12S Goodbye and good riddance to Apple’s 64GB iPhones Apple announces new entry-level iPad with A13 Bionic chip The iPhone 13’s new camera tricks include cinematic video and macro photography Apple says it every year, but the iPhone 13 cameras do seem much improved Apple’s iPhone 13 Pro is the first iPhone with 1TB of storage Apple drops the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone XR from its lineup Apple’s updated leather MagSafe wallet supports Find My location tracking How the iPhone 13, Mini, Pro and Max compare to Android rivals — and vs. iPhone 12 All-new iPad Mini announced with 5G, USB-C, and larger 8.3-inch display Apple is releasing iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 on September 20th Apple announces new entry-level iPad with A13 Bionic chip The Apple Watch Series 7 has a brand-new look Apple is releasing watchOS 8 on September 20th Should you wait for the Apple Watch Series 7? Apple Fitness Plus is getting Group Workouts and Pilates The Apple rumors were wrong Where are Apple’s new Macs? Here’s what we’re still expecting Apple to announce this year Nintendo finally adds Bluetooth audio to the Switch in new software update Google’s rumored Pixel 6 Tensor processor sounds extremely weird Razer made gamer thimbles Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Sep 17

1 hr 23 min

For the next four Tuesdays, Verge senior reporter Ashley Carman will explore how artificial intelligence and machine learning are shaping the future of a variety of industries. In this episode, Ashley talks to AI companies that are working with voice synthesis to see why they are targeting the field of voice talent and podcasting and what cloning your voice can be used for in the future. Read more This podcast was made by producer Liam James, senior audio director Andru Marino, senior reporter James Vincent, and senior reporter Ashley Carman. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Sep 14

37 min 15 sec

In an emergency Vergecast, The Verge's Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Adi Robertson, and Russell Brandom discuss the ruling today in the Epic v. Apple trial. Further reading: Apple must allow other forms of in-app purchases, rules judge in Epic v. Apple Epic v. Apple judge rules Fortnite’s Peely can appear naked in court Epic will appeal the Epic v. Apple decision Will Fortnite return to iOS? Probably not any time soon The future of the App Store depends on the difference between a ‘button’ and an ‘external link’ The Apple App Store: A brief history of major policy changes  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Sep 11

45 min 53 sec

The Verge's Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Alex Cranz, and Alex Heath discuss Facebook's newest endeavor into sunglasses with cameras on them, predictions for next week's Apple event, and of course some new gadgets announced this week. Further reading: Activists push to delay most high-profile climate summit since Paris agreement Microsoft gives up predicting when its US offices will fully reopen Facebook on your face Snapchat’s new AR features can identify the world around you Apple’s rumored AR/VR headset might rely on a nearby iPhone or Mac for processing  Whoop’s new fitness tracker is better thanks to a battery breakthrough Apple’s iPhone 13 event will take place on September 14th New Apple MagSafe charger spotted in FCC alongside four new phones Apple’s car chief is heading to Ford Apple Watch exec takes over secretive car project Apple delays controversial child protection features after privacy outcry Amazon announces its first-ever lineup of smart TVs Amazon announces Fire TV Stick 4K Max — and yes that’s really the name Amazon Luna is expanding to Fire tablets and Chromebooks, and retro games are on the way Twitter takes on Facebook Groups with invite-only Communities How Twitter’s communities could bring context back The Gmail app takes calls now, too, because Google wants it to do everything The Series One Desk 27 is a $2,000 Google Meet machine that doubles as a laptop monitor Microsoft Start is a personalized news feed designed for Windows 11, mobile, and more Theranos’ greatest invention was Elizabeth Holmes  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Sep 10

1 hr 29 min

The Verge's Dieter Bohn, Alex Cranz, and Chaim Gartenberg discuss a bunch of new Apple App Store policies, the upcoming Microsoft Surface event, and some fun strange new gadgets from this week. Further reading: Reddit bans anti-vaccine subreddit r/NoNewNormal after site-wide protest Ivermectin misinformation has poisoned Amazon’s platform, with few fixes planned Apple’s $100 million settlement agreement “clarifies” App Store rules for developers, but doesn’t change much Apple concedes to let apps like Netflix, Spotify, and Kindle link to the web to sign up Apple and Google must allow developers to use other payment systems, new Korean law declares Apple will ask before it targets you with its ads in iOS 15 Apple says Arizona and Georgia will be first to add state IDs to iPhones Microsoft announces Surface event for September 22nd Microsoft will release Windows 11 on October 5th Windows 11 won’t include Android app support at launch The Windows 11 upgrade situation just got less and more confusing Microsoft won’t stop you installing Windows 11 on older PCs Microsoft is threatening to withhold Windows 11 updates if your CPU is old Microsoft is kicking unsupported PCs out of Windows 11 testing The iPhone 13 could have satellite connectivity The iPhone 13’s rumored satellite link sounds like it’s just for emergencies The next Apple Watch may be delayed due to manufacturing issues Apple reportedly wants a Watch with more health tracking and could ship one next year Apple buys classical music streaming service Primephonic Midrange Samsung Galaxy S21 FE appears again in leaked manual Samsung adds new foldable features to its older Z Fold and Z Flip phones with One UI 3.1.1 Fashion follows function: what’s next for the phone industry TV streaming service Locast suspends service after court ruling This chainless drive system could revolutionize e-bike designs  Sony’s new PS5 model weighs less because it has a smaller heatsink Bose announces QuietComfort 45 noise-canceling headphones with 24-hour battery life Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Sep 3

1 hr 17 min

The Verge's Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Alex, Cranz, and Adi Robertson discuss why OnlyFans planned to prohibit sexually explicit content on their platform and why it reversed its position days later. Second half of the show, the crew discuss Tim Cook's ten years as Apple CEO, iPhone 13 rumors, and the whole bunch of tech news you may have missed. Further reading: Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine gets full FDA approval US COVID-19 data has never been good enough VidCon cancels its 2021 event, says next one will be in June 2022 The Pfizer vaccine will be officially called Comirnaty, for some reason OnlyFans to prohibit sexually explicit content beginning Sex workers made OnlyFans valuable — then it sold them out OnlyFans pushes SFW app on iOS and Android as it tries OnlyFans' inexplicable ban on porn might be explained OnlyFans CEO on why it banned adult content OnlyFans says never mind, it actually won’t ban porn on October 1st Joe Biden reportedly hosting cybersecurity meeting with Tim Cook, Satya Nadella, and Andy Jassy attending Google and Microsoft promise billions to help bolster US cybersecurity Facebook is reportedly forming an election commission that it will announce in the fall Tim Cook’s Apple, ten years later Apple will take a smaller cut of publishers’ sales if they join Apple News S.Korea parliament committee votes to curb Google, Apple …, Higher-end Mac Mini reportedly landing ‘in the next several months’ 'iPhone 13' Name Emerges on Alleged Packaging Stickers Apple Watch Series 7: Leaked images show 41mm and 45mm bands TSMC is raising chip prices as supply shortages continue Apple to Release iOS 15 iCloud Private Relay as a Public Beta iCloud+'s New Custom Email Domain Feature Now Available in Beta Kanye West’s new Donda Stem Player will apparently let you ‘customize any song’ Snapchat’s new AR features can identify the world around you The manual for Facebook’s Project Aria AR glasses shows what it’s like to wear them Fitbit’s new Charge 5 has a rounded design and a color screen Microsoft’s Panos Panay now directly advises CEO Satya Nadella  Microsoft announces $549 Halo-themed Xbox Series X console Xbox consoles are getting xCloud this holiday so you can stream before you download Elon Musk says Tesla is working on humanoid robots Don’t overthink it: Elon Musk’s Tesla Bot is a joke Alaska Airlines evacuated a plane after a phone burst into flame Samsung will let you unlock your Z Fold 3’s bootloader, but at the cost of your cameras Joe Rogan, confined to Spotify, is losing influence  Making it work 2021 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Aug 27

1 hr 30 min

The Verge's Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Alex Cranz, Allison Johnson, and Dan Seifert discuss reviews for the Google Pixel 5a, Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 and Z Fold 3, and the T-Mobile data breach that exposed personal info of more than 47 million people. Second half of the show, the crew discuss Facebook's new metaverse conference software, the emails from the Apple vs Epic trial, and Intel's new PC gaming GPUs. Further reading: COVID-19 booster shots will be offered to Americans in September, Biden administration says Immunocompromised people should get a third COVID-19 vaccine dose, CDC committee says Go read this deep dive on why US public health data systems couldn’t handle COVID-19 Google Pixel 5a review: boring, but better than ever  Google Pixel 5A comes with a bigger battery and screen, smaller price tag The Google Pixel 6 won’t ship with a charger Galaxy Watch 4 review: welcome to Samsung’s garden  Samsung's Galaxy Z Flip 3 is the first folding phone for normal people There’s still a place for the Note in Samsung’s Galaxy Samsung confirms it’s removing ads from its stock apps later this year How the latest and greatest Samsung and Apple earbuds lock you into their world T-Mobile data breach exposed the personal info of more than 47 million people Microsoft is making it harder to switch default browsers in Windows 11 Apple’s been playing it too MagSafe Apple’s attempt at podcast subscriptions is off to a messy start  FTC says Facebook has been a monopoly ‘since at least 2011’ in amended antitrust complaint Inside Facebook’s metaverse for work Google’s ‘Project Hug’ paid out huge sums to keep game devs in the Play Store, Epic filing claims Google gave phone makers extra money to ditch third-party app stores Google secretly had a giant gaming vision that includes bringing games to Mac Sweetheart deals and plastic knives: all the best emails from the Apple vs. Epic trial Steve Jobs email confirms Apple was working on an ‘iPhone nano’  Intel enters the PC gaming GPU battle with Arc Intel shows off its answer to Nvidia’s DLSS, coming to Arc GPUs in 2022 Intel previews its Alder Lake chip, promises hybrid CPUs for desktops and laptops Water shortages loom over future semiconductor fabs in Arizona  Why Intel and TSMC are building water-dependent chip factories in one of the driest U.S. states GM and AT&T are teaming up to bring 5G to Chevy, Cadillac, and GMC cars by 2024 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Aug 20

1 hr 38 min

The Verge's Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Alex Cranz, and Chris Welch discuss what was announced at Samsung's August Unpacked event, including new foldables. Senior reporter Adi Robertson explains the important changes coming to Apple's Messages and iCloud. Further reading: COVID-19 misinformation is increasing amid US virus surge Kidney transplant patients will test a COVID-19 booster shot in new trial Here’s why Apple’s new child safety features are so controversial  Join us for On The Verge: our exciting 10-year birthday party in New York City Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 announced with much bigger, more useful cover display Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 announced with S Pen support and water resistance  How Samsung beefed up its new folding phones: metal, tape, and a dab of goo Forget the Note — Samsung’s foldables are coming for the Galaxy S as well Google is bringing Samsung to the Apple Watch fight The Galaxy Watch 4 injects Samsung’s capable hardware with Google software Samsung details new smartwatch chip ahead of Galaxy Watch 4 launch Samsung announces Galaxy Buds 2 with active noise cancellation Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 review: nailing the basics with style  Apple’s controversial new child protection features, explained Apple pushes back against child abuse scanning concerns in new FAQ Interview: Apple's head of Privacy details child abuse detection and Messages safety features Senators target Apple’s App Store exclusivity in new bill Senate approves $1 trillion infrastructure package as crypto worries loom Senate cryptocurrency tax reporting deal fails TCL announces new 6-series and 5-series TVs that come with Google TV instead of Roku Valve Steam Deck hands-on: the Nintendo Switch of PC gaming Apple’s 2021 iPhones will reportedly have a video portrait mode HP’s new Chromebase AiO has a screen that rotates from portrait to landscape DOJ letter tells Dish and T-Mobile to figure out CDMA customer migration, or else Dish says it will launch wireless 5G service in beta at the end of September The race to build Africa’s 5G networks is entangled in a U.S. push to cut Huawei’s dominance Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Aug 13

1 hr 40 min

The Verge's Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and Alex Cranz discuss Google's preview of the Pixel 6 and its Tensor chip. Verge policy editor Russell Brandom explains how Apple will reportedly scan photos on iPhones and iCloud for child abuse imagery. Vaccine carrots only got us so far — now, it’s time for sticks New York Auto Show canceled as delta variant spreads NYC’s Key vaccination requirement for indoor dining can be met with an app Yelp will let businesses list their vaccination policies  Moderna says a third shot of its COVID-19 vaccine may be needed to protect against variants This is the Pixel 6, Google’s take on an ‘ultra high end’ phone Google’s Tensor chip is only the first step toward truly great Pixel phones Apple will reportedly scan photos stored on iPhones and iCloud for child abuse imagery Apple reveals new efforts to fight child abuse imagery Google’s new Nest cameras and doorbell have lower prices and more smarts Oppo announces ‘next-generation’ under-display selfie camera Here’s a closer look at Apple’s canceled AirPower wireless charger Apple updates Mac Pro GPUs with new AMD Radeon options You can get a Touch ID-equipped Magic Keyboard without buying a whole iMac now Elon Musk and Apple deny wild story that he tried to replace Tim Cook  Facebook can project your eyes onto a VR headset, and it’s exactly as uncanny as it sounds NYT crossword puzzle no longer works in third-party apps, crosses puzzle solvers HBO Max is getting its own exclusive podcasts, starting with Batman AT&T has officially spun off DirecTV, which is now its own business T-Mobile confirms it will shut down Sprint’s LTE network next year Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Aug 6

1 hr 34 min

Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Alex Cranz, and Chaim Gartenberg discuss this week in tech news: quarterly earnings for the big tech companies, the state of Intel, and the Nothing's Ear 1 earbuds. Further reading: CDC reinstitutes mask recommendations for some vaccinated people Apple will require masks again in most of its US stores Communication around masks is still terrible Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine’s protection against severe disease holds steady over six months The pandemic made it even harder to check on the ocean’s vital signs Next Gen - the future belongs to young people The iPhone 12’s strong momentum helps Apple to another huge quarter Google sets all-time records as search and YouTube profits ... Microsoft reports weaker Surface and Windows revenue amid ... Samsung boosts profits and pledges to 'mainstream' foldables ... Amazon’s earnings show why Andy Jassy is now in charge The summer Intel fell behind Huawei’s P50 announced with Snapdragon 888 and HarmonyOS Leaked Surface Duo 2 photos reveal new triple camera system The Oppo Watch 2 launches in China with a promise of 16 days of battery life Nothing officially reveals its $99 Ear (1) true wireless earbuds  Nothing Ear 1 earbuds review: almost something LG’s new true wireless earbuds have a privacy-conscious ‘Whispering Mode’ New Samsung Flip and Fold leaks show water resistance, renders, and an S Pen case White House says infrastructure deal includes $65 billion for broadband T-Mobile’s new prepaid offer is a direct play for the Boost customers it sold to Dish It’s not just you, streaming the Olympics is a mess Activision Blizzard employees walk out of work to protest rampant sexism and discrimination Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Jul 30

1 hr 11 min

The Verge's Dieter Bohn and Alex Cranz discuss Verizon switching to Android Messages as default for RCS, as well as the many gadgets from this week. Verge policy editor Russell Brandom joins to talk about President Biden's criticism of Facebook's handling of misinformation on their platform and the nomination of Google critic Jonathan Kanter to lead the Department of Justice's antitrust division. The Verge's Liz Lopatto and Joey Roulette talk with Dieter about Jeff Bezos' space flight this week. Further reading: Biden says platforms like Facebook are ‘killing people’ with COVID-19 misinformation Facebook pushes back against Biden remarks on COVID-19 misinformation Joe Biden says Facebook isn’t ‘killing people,’ but misinformation causes harm The Biden administration should take the First Amendment as seriously as Facebook misinformation FTC pledges to fight unlawful right to repair restrictions Biden to nominate Google critic Jonathan Kanter to lead DOJ antitrust division The space tourism industry is stuck in its billionaire phase  Blue Origin successfully sends Jeff Bezos and three others to space and back An on-the-ground look at Blue Origin’s motley crew Jeff Bezos appreciates your efforts to get Jeff Bezos to space Verizon is also switching to Android Messages as default for RCS Pegasus spyware used to target phones of journalists and activists, investigation finds Dish cuts a 10-year, $5 billion deal to make AT&T the primary service provider for its MVNO The Dish ‘fix’ for the T-Mobile-Sprint merger seems more shortsighted than ever Playdate hands-on: a Game Boy from a different dimension Apple AirPods update to arrive later this year with iPhone SE refresh coming 2022: report Apple releases iOS 14.7 just as MagSafe Battery Pack appears on shelves The first real photos of Apple’s MagSafe Battery Pack are here Apple MagSafe Battery Pack review: convenience over capacity OnePlus Buds Pro announced, coming September 1st for $150 OnePlus Nord 2 review: focused on the essentials OnePlus is merging OxygenOS with Oppo's ColorOS Leaked memo confirms OnePlus will become an Oppo sub-brand Amazon will let devs compete for your Echo Show’s screen and everything else Alexa just added Alexa finally gets a masculine-sounding voice option Amazon promises most Echo speakers will get upgraded to Matter Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Jul 23

1 hr 23 min

Casey Newton talks with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg about his vision for an embodied internet (or "the metaverse), the challenges of governing it, and gender imbalance in virtual reality today. They also discuss President Biden’s fierce criticism of Facebook’s failures in removing anti-vaccine content in the headlines. Transcript: https://www.theverge.com/e/22352063 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Jul 22

43 min 25 sec

Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and Alex Cranz discuss this week in tech news — the new Valve Steam Deck, Netflix potentially getting into gaming, a lot of Apple news, and some billionaires going into space. Further reading: The COVID-19 vaccines weren’t hacked — this task force is one reason why Foxconn and TSMC strike deal to buy 10 million COVID vaccines for Taiwan Valve’s gaming handheld is called the Steam Deck and it’s shipping in December Netflix snags former EA, Oculus exec to lead its video game efforts Apple’s latest iOS and macOS betas undo some of Safari’s controversial new design iPhone 13 rumors grow more certain ahead of September launch Redesigned iPad mini reportedly on track to launch this fall Apple just launched an official $99 MagSafe battery pack for the iPhone 12 lineup iPhone 12 reverse wireless charging can power up Apple’s new MagSafe battery pack Apple is working on Apple Pay Later to help you buy things without paying for them yet Apple reportedly wants in on NFL Sunday Ticket Apple’s weather app won’t say it’s 69 degrees Facebook says FTC chair shouldn’t help decide the future of its antitrust case Biden’s executive order puts net neutrality back in the spotlight President Joe Biden’s latest executive order is a huge win for right to repair Space tourism rivalry gets extremely petty ahead of Branson’s spaceflight Virgin Galactic has opened a sweepstakes offering a trip to space Virgin Galactic successfully sends Richard Branson to the edge of space Samsung’s next Galaxy Unpacked device lineup may have been entirely spoiled in huge new leak The Galaxy Z Fold 3 will support the S Pen Pro, according to FCC filings Ikea and Sonos picture frame speaker review: wall of sound TVA TemPad review: who needs TikTok when you can control time and space? We want to see your internet bill Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Jul 16

1 hr 19 min

The Verge's Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and Adi Robertson discuss the new antitrust lawsuit Google faces from 36 states, the new hardware Nintendo announced this week, and what happened at Stellantis' ‘EV Day’. Further reading: Who needs COVID-19 boosters? Moderna starts human trials of an mRNA-based flu shot Full approval could make the difference for the US COVID-19 vaccine campaign Exposure notification apps could be more effective if they’re better at assessing risk Google faces new antitrust lawsuit over Google Play Store fees Google feared Samsung Galaxy Store and tried to quash it, lawsuit alleges Apple and Google crowd out the competition with default apps  Donald Trump files sweeping, nonsensical lawsuits against Facebook, Twitter, and Google Twitter has lost legal immunity for users’ posts in India, government argue Nintendo’s OLED Switch: all of the news about the console upgrade Don’t count out the Nintendo Switch Pro A bigger, better Switch screen is exactly what I wanted Stellantis, parent company of Dodge and Jeep, had an ‘EV Day’ and it was extremely weird Verizon has its own version of spatial audio and it’s already pushing it on phones AT&T joins T-Mobile in switching all Android phones to Google’s Messages app for RCS Elon Musk just now realizing that self-driving cars are a ‘hard problem’ iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 preview: a first look at Apple’s latest software Maine passes the strongest state facial recognition ban yet Welcome to Simulation City, the virtual world where Waymo tests its autonomous vehicles Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Jul 9

1 hr 11 min

Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and Tom Warren discuss the official reveal of Windows 11 at Microsoft's event on Thursday. Further reading: The slow transitions of a lingering pandemic The pandemic made Navajo Nation’s radio stations even more vital India’s healthcare workers are busting misinformation on WhatsApp Microsoft’s own Windows 11 livestream runs into technical difficulties Microsoft announces Windows 11, with a new design, Start menu, and more Microsoft reveals the new Microsoft Store for Windows 11, and it has Android apps too Microsoft is bringing Android apps to Windows 11 with Amazon’s app store Here are the visual changes Microsoft showed off in Windows 11 Microsoft teases new File Explorer for Windows 11 Here’s everything Microsoft is removing from Windows 11 Microsoft is changing the Windows 11 minimum requirements Microsoft Teams will be directly integrated as part of Windows 11 Windows 11 is a free upgrade Windows 11’s news feed has built-in tipping to support local content creators Microsoft will let devs keep every penny their Windows app makes — unless it’s a game Satya Nadella’s closing Windows 11 remarks were a direct shot across Apple’s bow Apple argues against sideloading iPhone apps as regulatory pressure mounts Google will now consider letting your video, music or book app evade its 30 percent cut Google delays blocking third-party cookies in Chrome until 2023 Samsung’s Watch Active 4 leaks in new renders Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 revealed in new leak Apple may be looking to make a less expensive big phone in 2022 Tim Cook called Nancy Pelosi to warn her against disrupting the iPhone with impending antitrust bills Why the tech antitrust reform bills are struggling to move forward Big Tech edges closer to break up after deeply unhinged markup We regret to inform you that T-Mobile is selling a 5G-branded gin Ransomware funds more ransomware Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Jun 25

1 hr 18 min

Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn talk to Verge senior editor Tom Warren about leaks of Microsoft's Windows 11 UI and announcements from E3 2021. Verge politics reporter Makena Kelly explains how Republicans and Democrats are gearing up to fight tech monopolies. Verge managing editor Alex Cranz joins the show to talk about Google's updates to Messages and a bunch of gadget news from this week. Further reading: Amazon’s COVID-19 test is now available to consumers Novavax says its COVID-19 vaccine is 90 percent effective Pharma is winning the big business popularity contest Windows 11 leak reveals new UI, Start menu, and more Microsoft Teams’ new front row layout arrives later this year Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella now doubles as the company’s chairman Microsoft announces Xbox TV app and its own xCloud ... Microsoft is bringing next-gen Xbox games to the Xbox One with xCloud Even the Xbox app has stories now The Xbox Series X mini fridge will be available this holiday season Microsoft Flight Simulator is landing on Xbox Series X / S consoles on July 27th The best trailers of E3 2021 Tech antitrust pioneer Lina Khan will officially lead the FTC How Republicans and Democrats are gearing up to fight tech monopolies House lawmakers introduce five bipartisan bills to unwind tech monopolies Senate bill would make it easier to cancel a subscription online after a free trial  Google’s first retail store opens this week Google adds E2E RCS encryption to Messages, emoji mashup suggests, and more for Android Google Workspace and Google Chat are officially available to everybody Honor confirms Google’s apps will return to its phones with new 50 series Beats Studio Buds review: big ambition, imperfect execution Ikea and Sonos announce picture frame speaker, coming July 15th for $199 Watch the debut of Tesla Model S Plaid, the ‘quickest production car ever made’ The Realme GT lays claim to OnePlus’ ‘flagship killer’ mantle Oppo’s rollable concept phone is pure potential lacking polish Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Jun 18

1 hr 22 min

Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Alex Cranz, and Chris Welch discuss all the announcements from Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference that took place this week. All the links: COVID-19 hospitalization rates in adolescents went up during March and April Where did the COVID microchip conspiracy theory come from anyway? The pandemic might cut down e-waste but widen the digital divide Apple WWDC 2021: the 15 biggest announcements Apple previews iOS 15 at WWDC 2021 The best features of iOS, iPadOS, and macOS that Apple didn’t announce onstage Apple’s Siri will finally work without an internet connection with on-device speech recognition Watch Apple’s Siri blaze through requests with on-device processing You’ll soon be able to use your iPhone as ID at the airport Apple adds welcome privacy features to Mail, Safari Apple’s iCloud Plus bundles a VPN, private email, and HomeKit camera storage With iCloud Plus, Apple’s privacy promise is paired with an upsell Apple’s privacy-focused Private Relay feature isn’t coming to China Apple Music’s spatial audio is sometimes amazing but mostly inconsistent  macOS and tvOS are getting spatial audio support with the AirPods Pro and Max Apple Music begins rolling out lossless streaming and Dolby Atmos spatial audio Apple introduces Siri for third-party devices macOS Monterey lets you run Shortcuts and share files between Macs and iPads Apple may have done the coolest drag and drop demo ever How Universal Control on macOS Monterey works FaceTime is coming to Android and Windows via the web Apple is building video and music sharing into FaceTime Apple announces watchOS 8 with new health features Apple’s new health features bring new focus to elder care technology  Apple lets users see family members’ Health data Apple announces iPadOS 15 with homescreen and multitasking improvements Microsoft announces Xbox TV app and its own xCloud streaming stick Facebook plans first smartwatch for next summer with two cameras, heart rate monitor Sony WF-1000XM4 earbuds announced / review Google’s first folding Pixel is apparently still on track for a 2021 reveal Clubhouse and its clones have an accessibility problem Biden revokes Trump bans on TikTok and WeChat Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Jun 11

1 hr 27 min

Co-hosts Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn talk with Verge senior editor Tom Warren and managing editor Alex Cranz about operating systems — what's coming up at Apple's developer conference next week, where Microsoft will take Windows next, and the debut of some new systems like HarmonyOS and Fuchsia OS. Further reading: The pandemic showed that big tech isn’t a public health savior The future of COVID-19 immunity looks good We have bigger problems than COVID-19’s origins Apple TV 4K (2021) review: much better remote, slightly faster box Of course repairing the new Apple TV remote is harder than simply unscrewing it Apple TV app comes to Nvidia Shield For Apple TV Plus to succeed, it has to be everywhere — even Android TV Microsoft looks ready to launch Windows 11 Microsoft to reveal its next generation of Windows on June 24th Huawei announces HarmonyOS update for its smartphones Huawei teases its upcoming P50 flagship phone Huawei’s HarmonyOS arrives on tablets with the new MatePad Pro Huawei’s Watch 3 is its first HarmonyOS smartwatch  Google’s new Fuchsia OS arrives first on old Nest Hub AMD announces the Radeon RX 6000M series with RDNA 2 architecture Nvidia announces new RTX 3080 Ti, priced at $1,199 and launching June 3rd Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti review: more 4K for more of your wallet Nvidia’s RTX 3080 Ti is available online right now Amazon buys MGM for $8.45 billion Why on Earth did Amazon spend $8 billion on a zombie studio?  Discovery announces new name of WarnerMedia merger: Warner Bros. Discovery The Great Wings Rush Why Spotify’s Horacio Gutierrez thinks Apple behaves like a monopolist Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Jun 4

1 hr 36 min

In part 2 of this week's episode, Nilay talks with Adi Robertson about the judge's harsh questioning of Tim Cook on the last day of testimony in Epic vs Apple. Further reading: Apple said Roblox developers don’t make games, and now Roblox agrees Apple’s Phil Schiller gives Epic iPhone testimony At the Epic trial, Phil Schiller got away clean The level of Mac malware is not acceptable, says Apple’s Craig Federighi at Epic trial Apple wants users to trust iOS, but it doesn’t trust iOS users Tim Cook faces harsh questions about the App Store from judge in Fortnite trial Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

May 22

40 min 3 sec

In part 1 of this week’s episode, Nilay and Dieter talk with deputy editor Dan Seifert about Google I/O and reviews for the M1 iMac and iPad Pro.  Further reading: Google I/O 2021: the 14 biggest announcements Android 12 preview: first look at Google’s radical new design Android 12 public beta is now available: here’s how to install it Google showed off its next-generation AI by talking to Pluto and a paper airplane Apple iMac M1 review: the all-in-one for almost everyone iPad Pro (2021) review: Mini LED, major improvement Apple’s redesigned MacBook Pros with next-gen in-house chips could arrive early this summer Apple’s $549 AirPods Max can’t play lossless Apple Music — even when plugged in Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

May 21

1 hr 43 min

The Epic v. Apple trial continues with big drama about naked bananas and weird game definitions. Nilay tries to get Starlink space internet working, and there's new Intel chips. Adi Robertson and Monica Chin join this week. Epic and Apple are now fighting over a naked banana Roku removes YouTube TV from channel store as dispute with Google escalates Apple employees circulate petition demanding investigation into ‘misogynistic’ new hire A Big Map of America’s Broadband problem Secretary Pete Butitgieg on the future of transportation Intel’s flagship Tiger Lake-H mobile chips are here to take on Ryzen 5000 Razer claims its new Blade 15 is the ‘thinnest’ 15-inch RTX gaming laptop Asus’ new Zephyrus M16 has a 16:10 screen and Intel Tiger Lake H processor How a university got itself banned from the Linux kernel University of Minnesota banned from contributing to Linux kernel Watch Elon Musk play Wario, parody SpaceX, and hype dogecoin on Saturday Night Live Tesla stops taking Bitcoin for vehicle purchases, citing environmental harm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

May 14

1 hr 22 min

Nilay and Dieter talk with Verge senior reporter Adi Robertson and senior editor Tom Warren about the first week of the Epic Games v Apple trial. Why Epic is burning its own cash to cook Apple Apple antitrust trial kicks off with Tim Sweeney’s metaverse dreams The Epic Games v. Apple trial kicks off with kids screaming ‘free Fortnite’ Here are Apple’s and Epic’s full slideshows arguing why they should win at trial I watched the Epic v. Apple trial on Discord Tim Sweeney emailed Tim Cook personally to call for open app sales after WWDC in 2015 Apple exec suggested cutting App Store commission to 20 percent as early as 2011 Epic v. Apple turns into Windows v. Xbox  Why the bad iPhone web app experience keeps coming up in Epic v. Apple Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

May 7

1 hr 16 min

Nilay Patel is joined by Verge deputy editor Dan Seifert and news editor Chaim Gartenberg to discuss i0S14.5, Apple's earnings, Epic vs. Apple, chip shortages, and Samsung's new laptops. Senior reporter Ashley Carman joins the show to talk about the wave of action in the podcast industry this past week. Further reading: People who are vaccinated don’t need to wear masks during many outdoor activities, CDC says Social media platforms become triage centers as India struggles with a COVID-19 surge The first problem was vaccine supply. Now, it’s demand. Officials lift pause on Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine iOS 14.5 is out now with new Face ID mask features and Apple’s App Tracking Transparency Why Apple’s new privacy feature is such a big deal Apple’s iPhone 12 and Mac sales skyrocket despite ongoing pandemic Here’s who Apple and Epic are calling to testify in next week’s trial Eddy Cue wanted to bring iMessage to Android in 2013 Apple fined $12M by Russian regulator over App Store monopoly abuse Can Apple get you to pay for podcasts?  Spotify launches podcast subscriptions, but you can’t subscribe in-app Spotify’s miniplayer for Facebook launches today Facebook is building its own in-app podcast player Clubhouse is partnering with the NFL for draft week programming SiriusXM acquires Roman Mars’ 99% Invisible and a bigger stake in the podcasting world Spotify is raising prices for lots of its plans Spotify premium subscriber count increases 21 percent to 158 million Spotify is okay with Joe Rogan telling 21-year-olds not to get vaccinated Samsung’s new Galaxy Book Pro and Galaxy Book Pro 360 are lightweight laptops with OLED screens Samsung announces a cheaper entry-level Galaxy Book with no OLED Samsung’s Galaxy Book Odyssey introduces Nvidia’s new RTX 3050 Ti Elon Musk says Tesla made ‘significant mistakes’ with solar roof project Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Apr 30

1 hr 8 min

Vergecast hosts Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn discuss all the product announcements from Apple's Spring Loaded event this week with Verge news editor Chaim Gartenberg. Verge politics reporter Makena Kelly details what happened at Wednesday's congressional hearing focusing on competition in Apple's App Store. Further reading: What we’re learning from the rare cases of COVID-19 in vaccinated people Alexa can now tell you where to find a COVID-19 vaccine Doctors are testing a prescription video game for COVID-19 ‘brain fog’ Wisconsin amends Foxconn’s contract to reflect radically smaller project Apple’s Spring Loaded event: the 8 biggest announcements Apple Podcasts launches in-app subscriptions Can Apple get you to pay for podcasts? Apple AirTag hands-on Apple’s AirTags don’t have a built-in keychain loop, and we have some thoughts Apple announces new Apple TV 4K Apple unveils an improved remote for its Apple TV Yes, older Apple TVs can also be calibrated with your iPhone Apple announces thinner iMac with M1 chip and bright colors New Touch ID Magic Keyboards work with all M1 Macs, not just the iMac Apple launches new iPad Pro with M1 processor How the M1-powered iPad Pro compares to other iPad models Any video conferencing app can use the iPad Pro’s fancy zoom and pan camera Big iPad, Mini LED: why Apple’s new iPad Pro display is better and brighter Put macOS on the iPad, you cowards Congress is diving into the App Store fight Lina Kahn on Amazon’s antitrust paradox Apple’s $64 billion-a-year app store isn’t catching the most egregious scams Sen. Tammy Duckworth on hate crimes, racism, and environmental justice Asian Activists are tracking the surge in hate crimes as police reporting falls short Inside the glass fibers connecting our wireless world Subscribe to The Hill Report newsletter Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Apr 23

1 hr 17 min

Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and Chris Welch dive into the tech and gadget news from this week — including theories on what will be announced at Apple's spring event next week, LG quitting the smartphone business, and Sonos' next speakers. Further reading: US recommends pause on Johnson & Johnson vaccine use over extremely rare blood clots How the Johnson & Johnson pause could move the needle on vaccine fears For many, COVID-19 vaccines come with a side of side effects How CO2 sensors might help us return to ‘normal’ Airbnb is trying to preemptively cancel post-pandemic bacchanals Celebrate your COVID vaccination with these off-the-wall tchotchkes Expedia launches a new tool to check coronavirus travel restrictions Apple officially announces Spring Loaded event for April 20th New iPad Pro still coming soon but supply could be short, says Bloomberg Apple officially starts letting your iPhone help find lost third-party products Samsung’s Galaxy SmartTag Plus with UWB to track items with AR is out April 16th Logitech officially discontinues its Harmony remotes Apple gets its own button on Roku’s latest remotes Roku announces Express 4K Plus streaming player and rechargeable Voice Remote Pro Roku OS 10 adds instant resume for streaming apps, brings AirPlay 2 to more devices Apple reportedly developing an Apple TV with a built-in camera and speaker LG is quitting the smartphone business LG had a few smartphone hits, but it’ll still be missed LG leaves behind more than a flip phone-shaped hole in our hearts  Google announces Pixel 5A 5G by denying rumors it’s canceled TCL aims to build a better budget phone with the 20 Pro 5G TCL’s Fold ‘n Roll concept transforms a 6.87-inch phone into a 10-inch tablet Sony announces the Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III with variable telephoto lenses US carriers have thankfully abandoned at least one bad plan for RCS Apple says iMessage on Android ‘will hurt us more than help us’  Sonos Roam review: portable potential  Ikea is working with Sonos on a hidden speaker built into art you hang on the wall Spotify’s Car Thing debuts as a limited release for selected US users Amazon announces new Echo Buds with more powerful ANC and better comfort ONEPLUS WATCH REVIEW: BIG, BASIC, AND BORING Microsoft announces Surface Laptop 4 with choice of Intel or AMD processor Can Clubhouse keep the party going?  Apple trusts Phobio for its trade-ins, but maybe you should think twice Google is poisoning its reputation with AI researchers Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Apr 16

1 hr 7 min

Vergecast is on vacation this week, so instead we'll share an episode of Land of the Giants from our friends at Recode. Land of the Giants is a podcast that explores the five biggest tech companies and their impact on our world, and this season is all about Google. The episode we're sharing tells the story of how two grad school students with a unique way to search the internet launched a company that would become the gateway to the internet for the entire world. In the rest of the season, Land of the Giants: The Google Empire will cover issues like Google’s relationship with the government, the origins of their antitrust troubles, and what their future may look like as they face off against Congress and the Biden Administration.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Apr 9

44 min 1 sec

Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn talk with Verge deputy editor Dan Seifert about this week's Apple rumors ahead of WWDC 2021 — from their AR headset to new iPads. Senior reporter Ashley Carman joins the show to discuss social audio platform Clubhouse and the rise of competitors from other companies. Further reading: Real-world evidence shows that the COVID-19 vaccines work Biden administration looks to organize ‘vaccine passport’ development Apple Maps will show COVID-19 travel guidances so you know what to expect at the airport Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine highly effective in adolescents Amazon gets FDA authorization for an at-home COVID-19 test kit Errors ruin 15 million doses of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine Apple WWDC 2021 announced as online-only event Apple Aiming to Announce Mixed-Reality Headset With In-Person Event in 'Next Several Months' Ming-Chi Kuo Says Apple’s AR/VR Headset Will Weigh Less Than 150 Grams Apple reportedly plans revamped AirPods for as early as next year New iPad Pros reportedly launching as soon as April, and the 12.9-inch model may have a Mini LED screen Apple reportedly mulls rugged smartwatch coming as soon as this year Casio announces first Wear OS smartwatch in iconic G-Shock lineup Google Chrome FLoC: how it replaces cookies and what it means for privacy  T-Mobile is betting big on Google’s Android services: RCS, YouTube TV, Pixel, and more T-Mobile is already shutting down its live TV service, partners with YouTube TV and Philo Google Nest Hub (2nd-Gen) review: sleep on it Huawei's Mate X2 foldable adopts Samsung's dual-screen ... Xiaomi announces the Mi Mix Fold, its first folding phone The Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra’s camera bump is no moon; it’s a space station Bose Frames Tempo review: the specs to beat Spotify is launching its own Clubhouse competitor Even LinkedIn is making a Clubhouse clone Discord’s new Clubhouse-like feature, Stage Channels, is available now Slack is getting Instagram-like stories and push-to-talk audio ... Instagram launches its own TikTok Duet feature called Reels Remix Facebook shorted video creators thousands of dollars in ad revenue Samsung created a whole Hulu series that’s sponcon for the Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G Biden plans to connect every American to broadband in new infrastructure package NBA on NFT We read your phone plan’s fine print so you don’t have to The unsettling surveillance of anti-Asian racism Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Apr 2

1 hr 20 min

Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn talk with Verge reporter Allison Johnson about her review of the One Plus 9 and how it compares with their 9 Pro and other Android flagship phones. Politics reporter Makena Kelly joins the show the discuss Congress’ first hearing of 2021 with the chief executives of Facebook, Google, and Twitter. Further reading: AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine 79 percent effective in US study US officials publicly question AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine data Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine website builds on a swine flu tool OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro announced with Hasselblad-branded cameras OnePlus 9 review: cheaper than the Pro and almost as good The lower-cost OnePlus 9R is official, and it sounds surprisingly strong OnePlus 9 Pro review: the elegant Android alternative Here’s how the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro compare to Samsung and Apple’s flagships The $159 OnePlus Watch is OnePlus’ first smartwatch Angry MacBook owners get class action status for butterfly keyboard suit Intel invests $20 billion into new factories, will produce chips for other companies Intel Unleashed, Gelsinger on Intel, IDM 2.0 - Stratechery The startup trying to augment audio reality in public spaces Yes or no: Are these tech hearings doing anything? Mark Zuckerberg proposes limited 230 reforms ahead of congressional hearing Jack Dorsey is just trolling Congress with Twitter polls now  Lina Khan is just the first step toward tougher US tech regulation Congress tries to get the FTC in fighting shape Microsoft rebrands Xbox Live to Xbox network The street prices of Nvidia and AMD GPUs are utterly out of control Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Mar 26

1 hr 16 min

Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn talk to Verge reporter Julia Alexander about the long-awaited release of "the Snyder cut" of the Justice League film on HBO Max and more updates in the world of streaming services. Verge senior reporter Andrew Hawkins joins the show to discuss the new electric vehicles that were announced this week, talking to Sen. Chuck Schumer about infrastructure, and the state of e-bikes in America. Further reading: People aren’t missing their second COVID-19 vaccine dose, CDC data says Some research has gotten a huge boost during the pandemic Biden promises May 1st vaccine eligibility for all adults and a federal vaccine website Disneyland will reopen on April 30th, for California residents only Tinder is giving away free mail-in COVID-19 tests Apple Maps now shows COVID-19 vaccination locations Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine website builds on a swine flu tool You will watch the Snyder Cut in 4:3 aspect ratio because HBO Max respects cinema Zack Snyder’s Justice League remains overshadowed by its social media campaign Netflix is trying to crack down on password sharing with new test HBO Max will debut its cheaper, ad-supported tier in June YouTube Shorts arrives in the US to take on TikTok, but the beta is still half-baked Chuck Schumer wants to replace every gas car in America with an electric vehicle E-bikes are expensive, but this congressman wants to make ... Canoo reveals a bubbly electric pickup truck Kia shows off first full images of new EV6 electric car Here are the biggest announcements from Volkswagen’s battery event Elon Musk crowns himself ‘Technoking’ of Tesla Foxconn says it might build EVs at empty Wisconsin site, or in Mexico Samsung’s midrange phones now feature fast refresh rate screens, stabilized cameras Samsung says it might skip the Galaxy Note this year Apple discontinues the HomePod, but the HomePod mini will live on New iPad Pros reportedly launching as soon as April, and the … Intel puts Apple’s ‘I’m a Mac’ guy into new ads praising PCs Biden to tap former Senator Bill Nelson as NASA chief Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Mar 19

1 hr 27 min

Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn talk to Verge deputy editor Elizabeth Lopatto about the NFT craze from the past few weeks and explains how the transactions work. Verge deputy editor Dan Seifert joins the show for a gadget roundup — from the Asus ROG phone 5 review to the new Sonos Roam bluetooth speaker. Further reading: COVID-19 took disease tests out of the lab — and may keep them there People who are vaccinated can socialize together without masks, CDC says COVID-19 vaccine supplies are on the rise in the US Single-shot COVID-19 vaccine is popular at vaccination sites Artifacts from the first COVID-19 vaccination in the US are headed to the Smithsonian Meet Dr. B, the startup connecting people to leftover vaccines Beeple sold an NFT for $69 million NFTs, explained Of course John Legere bought an $888,888.88 NFT from Steve Aoki Jack Dorsey’s first tweet may fetch $2.5 million, and he’ll donate the NFTy proceeds to charity Sonos Roam officially announced for $169, preorders start now Sonos partners with Audi to bring its audio tech to cars Asus ROG phone 5 review  Leaked OnePlus 9 Pro and OnePlus 9 renders leave little to the imagination OnePlus’ next phones will come out on March 23rd Samsung will host another Unpacked event on March 17th Apple reportedly overestimated iPhone 12 mini demand, by a lot Insta360’s Go 2 is a $299 action camera with a surprisingly powerful case The most powerful Wear OS watches are held back by Wear OS Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 review: AMD and Nvidia at their best Razer Blade 15 Base review: losing its edge Best gaming laptops in 2021 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Mar 12

1 hr 15 min