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.

Episodes

258: Gadget news, FCC's final proposal, and Vlad  

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 neutrality 32:36 - Inside the mind of Vlad 49:38 - And now, a brief definition of the web 51:03 - Microsoft's new Surface Pro has 13.5 hours of battery life and LTE option 56:22 - 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 yet 1:04:43 - Google made a $5,000 whiteboard — and it’s weirdly fun 1:06:14 - Samsung responds to complaints about HDMI switching, will offer a firmware update 1:10:57 - How Anker is beating Apple and Samsung at their own accessory game 1:11:54 - Acer Predator 21 X review 1:14:14 - 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  

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 O 13:59 - Google Assistant is on the iPhone now 24:41 - Google wants the Assistant to be everywhere — but first it needs to conquer the iPhone 31:46 - Android O 37:40 - Google is adding Kotlin as an official programming language for Android development 45:37 - Google AR / VR 1:01:25 - Ford update brings Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to its 2016 fleet 1:06:50 - New Surface Pro leak confirms Microsoft's hatred for USB-C 1:07:28 - AMD is bringing its new Ryzen processors to laptops later this year 1:08:15 - FCC votes to begin overturning net neutrality

256: Microsoft Build 2017, Echo Show, and a Cortana speaker  

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 2017 20:38 - Windows Store news 22:57 - 10 S — lockdown 29:25 - Microsoft’s Story Remix app is Windows Movie Maker on steroids 24:17 - Harman Kardon teases its Cortana-powered speaker 37:13 - Amazon officially unveils touchscreen Echo Show 55:12 - Ashley’s weekly segment “Echo Gadget”

255: Microsoft Surface laptop, Samsung DeX, and Google Doc phishing  

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 event 36:16 - The Google Docs spam attacks played off Google’s most fundamental weakness 47:33 - Samsung DeX review: the closest thing we have to using our phones as PCs 1:00:04 - 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  

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  

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 brain 01:37 - Juicero offering refunds to all customers after people realize $400 juicer is totally unnecessary 06:34 - Samsung Galaxy S8 review: ahead of the curve 29:25 - Facebook F8 conference 2017 54:23 - 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 vanished 59:35 - Nintendo is reportedly planning to launch a miniature SNES before Christmas 1:00:17 - Intel's next-generation SSD technology is finally ready and it's really, really fast 1:00:51 - Slack is adding AIM-style custom status messages

252: iPhone chips, Scorpio specs, and RIP NES Classic  

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 privacy 16:59 - Qualcomm sues Apple for hobbling its iPhone chips to make Intel look better 33:12 - Microsoft reveals its final Xbox Project Scorpio specs 52:00 - Nintendo doesn’t want your money — it wants your soul 1:00:03 - Paul’s weekly segment “Guess who’s got a birthday coming up?”

251: Mac craziness, YouTube TV, and Project Scorpio  

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 display 28:30 - 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 TV 42:30 - HTC U Ultra, LG G6, and other Android phones 52:54 - Project Scorpio

250: Galaxy S8 hands-on, FCC privacy rulings, and Ghost in the Shell  

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 S8 17:46 - Samsung’s Bixby assistant 33:13 - Persona 5 review 42:16 - Ghost in the Shell review 50:23 - FCC reporting

249: The RED iPhone, Mass Effect: Andromeda, and the new iPad  

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 products 05:04 - Apple replaces iPad Air 2 with cheaper 9.7-inch iPad 10:38 - Apple bought the best utility app for the iPhone, Workflow 16:52 - Apple’s new Clips app makes social videos for other social networks 21:43 - Android O brings fun customizations that set the stage for bigger changes 30:15 - Android / Chrome tablets 34:33 - Megan’s Kulture Korner 48:33 - Natt’s weekly segment “Did you know hoverboards were still a thing?” 51:32 - Samsung S8 / DeX

248: SXSW Films, Fasten, and Pandora Premium  

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 soundtrack 04:54 - The new Pennywise terrified the young cast of Stephen King’s IT reboot 14:54 - A short film gets to the heart of being targeted by an internet mob 25:14 - Paul’s weekly segment “Stronger Together” 28:07 - Sure, slap an Android touchscreen on some headphones. Why not? 29:33 - Fasten / Ride Austin 35:10 - Tag Heuer and Intel are making another $1,600 Android Wear smartwatch 39:36 - Pandora Premium 45:47 - audience Q&A

247: SXSW Part 1, Facebook Messenger Day, and Sonos Playbase  

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 $350 06:59 - Uptime is a goofy video sharing app from Google’s Area 120 startup incubator 09:13 - Facebook Messenger Day 19:52 - The Sonos Playbase is a $700 speaker that sits under your TV 26:19 - FCC’s walk back of ISP privacy rules 36:27 - Anchor is like Snapchat stories for audio, and it’s delightful 38:56 - Paul’s weekly segment “Friendship is like a Keurig” 41:39 - Latest Samsung Galaxy S8 leak gives us a close look at button changes 45:20 - LG G6 and the mobile/desktop dream 53:49 - Twitch replaced its homepage with a Twitter clone for gamers Tune 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  

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 Day 10:49 - Google's giant 4K digital whiteboard, Jamboard, will cost $4,999 13:55 - Google’s Gboard will now translate text into another language as you type 15:32 - Google confirms small number of Pixel phones have broken microphones 17:35 - Google Hangouts is getting a major overhaul to take on Slack 21:39 - Google can now recognize objects in videos using machine learning 23:55 - Iron Fist isn't just racially uncomfortable, it's also a boring show 28:45 - There’s a secret version of Tinder for hot people and you can’t use it 36:31 - 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  

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 potential 14:05 - The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild review 21:33 - Amazon’s web servers are back online after more than four hours of disruption 24:34 - Samsung Galaxy S8 leaks in its full glory and The BlackBerry KeyOne resurrects the keyboard with style 30:08 - Google Assistant begins huge expansion across Android devices today 38:05 - 5G: Super fast data, throttled by reality 41:10 - The next iPhone won’t switch to USB-C, but its cable likely will 49:32 - Paul’s weekly segment “Hey look at me now” 51:55 - FCC chairman says net neutrality was a mistake 58:40 - YouTube launches its own streaming TV service 1:02:20 - Amazon is working on its own home security camera 1:03:47 - Spotify is preparing to launch a Hi-Fi music tier

Vergecast at SXSW 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  

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-on 23:24 - Solving the mystery behind the OP1 processor in the Chromebook Plus 41:44 - MWC preview: LG G6 / Scissor vodka anniversary 47:44 - Verizon is planning 5G tests in 11 cities this year 55:49 - FCC news updated 1:06:15 - Lightning round — Snapchat Spectacles are now available online 1:08:22 - Meitu’s new T8 phone 1:16:37 - Amazon says Alexa’s speech is protected by the First Amendment 1:21:27 - Ashley’s weekly segment “Good Boy”

243: Planet of the Apps, Verizon unlimited, and Sonos audio  

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 Media 03:23 - Apple headlines, iPhone 8 rumors 09:58 - TV stuff 14:34 - Planet of the Apps 21:54 - Caavo 33:32 - Verizon’s new unlimited data plan 40:52 - Hater app with Megan 46:48 - 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 code 53:08 - Sonos news / consumer audio talk 1:02:28 - Android apps on Chrome OS

242: Android Wear 2.0, Google Smart Home, and Vizio gets caught  

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 2.0 14:52 - Google Assistant on phone and smart home 27:02 - Apple's Ultra Accessory Connector dashes any hopes of a USB-C iPhone 32:08 - Fidget cube 33:56 - Most smart TVs are tracking you — Vizio just got caught 43:52 - Paul’s weekly segment “Please don’t talk to me, can’t you see I’m busy?” 47:13 - Neckbuds 51:30 - The Nintendo Switch is missing a golden tablet opportunity 57:16 - Lightning round

241: Snap Inc IPO, ARM processors in Macbooks, and Apple earnings  

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 IPO 08:41 - Facebook wants to build app for set-top boxes 16:21 - Duraflame 18:37 - Apple earnings 31:42 - MacBook Touch Bar barred from bar test takers this February 35:50 - ARM processors in MacBooks 40:07 - Why politics shows up on our site a lot lately 49:47 - Zelda escape the room 51:31 - We Are Your Friends 56:56 - Ross’ weekly segment “Gadgetorial? Counterpoint” 1:03:15 - Lightning round

240: Samsung Galaxy S8, the politics of science, and the net neutrality debate reignited  

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 word 07:49 - Resident Evil 7 13:21 - Samsung Galaxy S8 rumors 21:24 - Trump’s phone 26:22 - LG G6 29:01 - Science, EPA, and Trump with Liz Lopatto 44:56 - Paul’s weekly segment “Dry your sweaty palms” 49:12 - Net neutrality debate 1:07:01 - CBS’s Hunted

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