The Vergecast

The Vergecast

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This 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 alongside a cavalcade of tech luminaries, The Vergecast is the only podcast you need to make sense of the week in tech news.


Fitbit buys Pebble, Windows 10 on ARM, and gadgets aren't dead  

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 / wearables 18:23 - Gadgets aren’t dead 33:10 - Windows / ARM 53:23 - Lightning round (Westworld spoilers 53:23–55:10)

Vergecast 231: Net neutrality, Final Fantasy, Gilmore Girls, and the Spectacles line  

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 neutrality 33:24 – Interview with Kaitlyn Tiffany on Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life 52:38 – Interview with Andrew Webster on Pokemon Sun and Moon and Final Fantasy XV 1:06:30 – Interview with Ashley Carman live at the Snapchat Spectacles line in NYC

Vergecast 230: Fake news, Touchbar, and the Surface Studio  

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 networks 05:44 - Interview with Casey Newton 33:57 - Macbook Pro with Touchbar review 39:56 - Apple’s book Designed by Apple in California 44:25 - Apple TV 50:20 - Microsoft’s Surface Studio review 57:54 - PS4 Pro 1:02:52 - NES Classic

Vergecast 229: Daydream, Playstation Pro, Snapchat, and Instagram  

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  

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 5 15:58 - Google Home 27:49 - Google Assistant 40:35 - Macbook Pro 1:06:27 - 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  

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 Studio 24:00 - Apple Mac event 28:25 - Macbook Pro 32:27 - Touchbar 41:01 - Specs 52:39 - Apple TV app

Vergecast 226: Pixel, Nintendo Switch, and new MacBook Pros  

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 review 24:06 - Masterclass ad 27:24 - Tesla 39:27 - Hello Fresh ad 41:26 - LeEco 54:21 - Nintendo Switch 59:27 - Apple’s upcoming Mac event

Vergecast 225: Galaxy Note 7s don’t explode, they sizzle  

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 recall 22:48 - Masterclass ad 27:07 - Google Pixel 36:44 - iOS10 37:12 - Samsung vs. Apple 50:15 - Graphicstock ad 51:24 - 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  

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 competition 38:16 - Oculus event and VR 49:08 - Paul’s weekly segment “Having a Coke with you” 51:14 - Lightning round

Vergecast 222: Siri, Sierra, Photokina, and Allo  

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 - iOS10 11:18 - Siri 15:02 - macOS Sierra 21:31 - Apple rumored to buy McLaren and Lit 23:06 - Autodesk Graphic ad 24:05 - Photokina, cameras, and photos 34:55 - Northeastern U ad 35:47 - Google Allo, Assistant, and upcoming event 52:14 - Paul’s weekly segment “Medium format in the moonlight”

Vergecast 221: AirPods, exploding batteries, and yeah Apple  

After a week of swimming in Apple news, the classic cast of Nilay, Lauren, Dieter, and Paul get together via the internet to get deeper into their reviews of the new products and talk a little bit about their effect on the near future of consumer tech. 01:38 – Galaxy Note 7 recall 13:01 – Apple Watch 20:13 – AirPods / Bluetooth 32:44 – Autodesk Graphic ad 33:43 – watchOS 3 39:03 – iPhone 7 53:00 – Wealthfront ad 53:37 – Paul's weekly segment "Costco Cool" 57:11 – Lightning audio round

Vergecast 220: Playstation 4 Pro, 4K, and for your entertainment  

While Nilay, Dieter, Lauren, and Walt make a Vergecast out of Ctrl-Walt-Delete, this leaves Paul to head the show this week with Chris Plante to talk about the other thing that happened on Wednesday: the Sony Playstation 4 Pro event.

Vergecast 219: IFA, the Yoga Book, and looking ahead at the Apple event  

The IFA, or Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin, is upon us and we are looking at the best tech announced at the show. Nilay Patel, Paul Miller, Ashley Carman, and Dan Seifert give us the scoop on the birth of new gadgets, the death of others, and the continuation of the booming gadget market. Paul also calls up senior editor Vlad Savov, who is on the show floor at IFA, to give us a first-hand experience of the show. 01:53 - RIP Sunrise 08:16 - RIP Chromebook Pixel 10:42 - Sonos 20:48 - Interview with Vlad at IFA 46:39 - Wealthfront ad 48:46 - Lenovo Yoga Book 58:03 - smart watches 1:04:54 - Squarespace ad 1:06:23 - Ashley's weekly segment "Gadget Pie" 1:11:30 - Apple event next week!

Vergecast 218: Hack the planet  

This week on Vergecast, it's Wilderness Week! Nilay, Paul, and Dieter welcome video director James Temple to the show to talk about his new Verge series, Climate Hackers, which features scientists set on trying to reverse the effects of climate change. The cast also goes into this week in tech: the performance of the Galaxy Note 7, Apple's rumored Snapchat clone, as well as Android Nougat and the problem with getting it on certain phones. 2:07 - Android Nougat 14:02 - Android update problem persists 18:41 - Note 7 performance 25:08 - Apple rumors 34:50 - Citi ad 35:22 - Climate Hackers with James Temple 47:03 - GraphicStock ad 48:19 - Paul's "Let me touch you with science" weekly segment 52:53 - Lightning round

Vergecast 217: Unlimited data, Galaxy Note 7, and a merch store  

This week on our flagship audio experience, our cast of tech luminaries Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Paul Miller, and Dan Seifert break down new unlimited data plans and what they really mean for the consumer. Dan also details the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 after reviewing it this week and Dieter and Paul talk about Google, including the new Nexus phone arriving this year and a new operating system Fuchsia. Halfway through the show we bring back the enlightening Nicola Fumo to give us her take on the tech world this season and what is changing in pop-up shops and tour merch. 02:25 - Data plans 25:38 - Galaxy Note 7 31:34 - Nexus phones 36:15 - Google Fuchsia 41:37 - Hangin' with Nicola Fumo 47:50 - Kanye and Square 55:35 - Apple watch 59:56 - iOS 10 1:04:05 - Paul's "Kobo hype"

Vergecast 216: Apple rumors, wireless headphones and No Man’s Sky  

This week on Vergecast, both Nilay and Paul are out so Dieter and Lauren have taken the reins and invited fellow Verge colleagues Chris Plante, Dan Seifert, and Ross Miller to the show. The group discusses Apple rumors, new video game consoles, and No Man's Sky. 1:46 – Apple rumors 25:26 – Wireless headphones 28:42 – Game consoles 47:03 - No Man's Sky 55:36 – Dan's cool gadgets for rad dudes / dudettes 1:03:11 – Lightning round

Vergecast 215: Amped on sparks  

This week on Vergecast, our usual team of Nilay Patel, Paul Miller, and Dieter Bohn bring in senior editor, tech expert, and friend of the show Dan Seifert to discus Samsung and their new Galaxy Note 7. Dieter gives us his review of the Xbox One S, and the Flag Ship goes deep into Google's Accelerated Mobile Pages and what this means for the web. 01:28 - Xbox One S 15:43 - Google AMP 37:15 - Paul's "The gadgets have eyes" 41:16 - Galaxy Note 7 48:40 - Samsung 57:29 - TV talk

Vergecast 214: Two admirals, a coxswain, and a guy with a steering wheel  

We've been going over in time for the past few episodes, and this week is no exception. But we have an excuse. It's earnings week and there are a lot of thoughts. Nilay, Dieter, Paul, and Lauren bring the news right to your ears. 01:55 - Apple earnings 22:52 - Apple car 25:33 - The trolley problem 29:09 - Apple TV 44:45 - Paul's "Gadget Flavor" 50:31 - Google earnings 53:51 - Facebook earnings 54:53 - Twitter earnings 1:00:43 - Google hardware 1:04:52 - Amazon earnings 1:05:53 - BLU phone

Vergecast 213: ARM, EFF, and SDCC  

With a classic cast of Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Paul Miller, and Lauren Goode, we have a very nerdy episode of Vergecast this week. For starters, there’s the news about SoftBank buying chip maker ARM, then the Electric Frontier Foundation filing a lawsuit that takes on anti-circumvention rules. The gang also goes deep into nostalgia with classic consumer electronics. But we couldn’t leave it at that. Paul interviews our own senior reporter Bryan Bishop, who calls in live from San Diego Comic-Con to tell us what he’s seen so far at the convention. To top it all off, we go into the nerdiest part of the celebrity feud between Kayne West and Taylor Swift, which leads to the cast going through their own note-taking apps. 08:20 – Softbank buys ARM 24:45 – Paul’s "Gadget shhecrets" 29:20 – EFF copyright lawsuit 37:40 – Nostalgia note 44:24 – SDCC interview with Bryan Bishop 56:26 – Taylor Swift / Kanye West / Kim Kardashian feud 1:02:57 – Note app game

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