You may not have heard of Google AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) but you almost certainly have used it. The Google open-source project has been making waves since it launched in 2016 in an effort to make the mobile web faster to load and smoother to navigate. This week, Nilay sat down with Malte Ubl, creator and tech lead of AMP, to talk about the controversy of bifurcating the web, forming a technical steering committee to co-lead the project, and Ubl’s vision for the future of the mobile web.
This past week, Nilay reviewed the new iPhone XS and XS Max while Dieter reviewed the Apple Watch series 4. Paul, Dieter, and Nilay dedicate half the show to their review and whether it’s worth upgrading to the new model.
Second half of the show, the crew tries to cover all of the insane amount of gadgets that Amazon announced this week, including a DVR for over-the-air channels.
There’s a whole lot more in between that — like deputy editor Liz Lopatto’s “This week in Elon” segment — so listen to it all and you’ll get it all.
54:44 - This week in Elon Musk with Liz Lopatto
59:00 - Paul’s weekly segment “Spin to win”
Also, in case you missed it, Nilay along with transportation reporter Sean O’Kane talked to Ford AV CEO Sherif Marakby about self-driving cars and what Ford is doing with them. You can listen to that right in the Vergecast feed.
Big car companies like Ford have broken themselves up to enter the market of self-driving cars and compete with Silicon Valley companies like Tesla and Uber. Ford Autonomous Vehicles hopes to become the go-to supplier of autonomous driving software, and have even set the ambitious goal of shipping a self-driving car without a steering wheel or pedals in the next few years. For this week’s interview episode of The Vergecast, Nilay and Verge transportation reporter Sean O’Kane sit down with Ford Autonomous Vehicles President and CEO Sherif Marakby to discuss the past, present, and future of self-driving cars.
Vergecast hosts Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn attended the Apple event on Wednesday, and they were able to get their hands on the new iPhones and Apple Watch that were on display.
After the event, they headed to our San Francisco studio to Skype with Paul Miller to record their first impressions, a summary of the event, and lay to rest some conspiracies.
That’s all you really need to know before listening!
20:32 - iPhone XS Max overview
47:15 - Paul’s weekly segment “E-skates arm race”
1:14:47 - What’s worse than a dongle? No dongle
Anki, known for creating “robots that move you,” just finished a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund their new home robot, Vector. Anki CEO Boris Sofman sat down with Nilay for this week’s interview episode of The Vergecast to talk about the new companion robot, why gendering the robots is important, and how to avoid the uncanny valley.
This week on The Vergecast, Nilay, Paul, Russell, and Dieter dedicate half the show to The Verge’s monopoly week, which dives into the future of tech monopolies. They also discuss the social media hearings that happened on Capitol Hill on Wednesday.
In the second half of the show, the crew updates us on what to expect for next week’s Apple event, from the mysterious third phone to the updated AirPods rumors.
There’s a whole lot in between that — like a whole section dedicated to Roombas — so listen to it all, and you’ll get it all.
26:13 - This week in Elon Musk with Sean O’Kane
45:16 - Paul’s weekly segment “The decline of dirt”
Best known for coining the phrase “net neutrality” and his book The Master Switch, Tim Wu has a new book coming out in November called The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age. In it, he argues compellingly for a return to aggressive antitrust enforcement in the style of Teddy Roosevelt, saying that Google, Facebook, Amazon, and other huge tech companies are a threat to democracy as they get bigger and bigger.
Nilay sits down with Wu for this week's interview episode of The Vergecast.
This week, The Verge has been at IFA 2018, Europe’s big tech event. There are a lot of new gadgets, so Nilay, Dieter, and Paul go through their favorites on The Vergecast.
Also, Apple announced its September event this week, and immediately following the announcement, iPhone and Apple Watch leaks surfaced. The crew discusses.
There’s a whole lot more in between that — like Sonos announcing a geeky new amp — so listen to it all, and you’ll get it all.
25:15 - This week in Elon Musk with Liz Lopatto
45:09 - Paul’s weekly segment “Keyboard-in-the-front club: population 2”
We're kicking off our secondary Vergecast episode of the week with an interview with Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith.
In this wide-ranging interview , Smith expanded on why the company nearly shut down Gab.ai, the “free-speech” absolutist platform that’s become an alt-right favorite.
This week on The Vergecast, Paul, Nilay, and Dieter start off the show with the news that Netflix is testing a payment feature to bypass Apple’s App Store fees, which leads into a larger discussion of (as Nilay calls it) “App Store chaos.”
Paul seems pretty excited about “ray tracing” — a term that Nvidia is using for its upcoming graphics cards — so the crew explains what that means and how far ahead Nvidia is compared to its competition.
Competition is a general theme in this week’s episode.
And we must not forget the latest Apple rumors that have hit the news in preparation for the likely Apple event in September.
But there’s a whole lot more in between that, so listen to it all and you’ll get it all.
40:09 - This week in Elon Musk with Liz Lopatto
52:56 - Paul’s weekly segment “Cold ears, warm heart”
We’ve got a whirlwind of an episode this week on The Vergecast. Nilay, Paul, and Dieter bring back Silicon Valley Editor and host of Converge Casey Newton to discuss Twitter’s bad week and what the heck is going on with them.
But before that, there’s a whole lot of other things that came up. We reviewed both the Galaxy Note 9 and Android 9 Pie this week, so Dieter runs through everything you need to know about the two launches.
We’ve also got two fresh segments this this week. Deputy Editor Liz Lopatto updates us on this week in Elon Musk, and culture reporters Megan Farokhmanesh and Bijan Stephen stop by to tell us what’s happening in culture section of The Verge.
There’s a whole lot more in between that — such as Paul’s segment, “Phone prison,” that he does every week — so listen in to hear it all.
01:36 - Battery week
02:14 - Note 9 review
09:58 - Android 9 Pie review
18:11 - This week in Elon with Liz Lopatto
31:02 - This week in culture with Megan and Bijan
1:08:00 - Paul’s weekly segment “Phone prison”
If you’ve been reading The Verge this week, then you know Samsung announced a few products. We got our hands on the Galaxy Note 9, the Galaxy Watch, and we even got to look at that Home speaker as well. That news is covered in a big chunk of The Vergecast this week, but there was also so much other stuff that happened.
Adi Robertson was able to travel down to Plantation, Florida, to check out Magic Leap’s creator edition headset. She sits down with Nilay, Paul, and Dieter to discuss her experience with the device and how it compares to the years of hype surrounding it.
And, of course, since another week went by on this planet, there is another week of Elon Musk news. Science editor Liz Lopatto graciously fills us in on the show.
Like I said, there’s a whole lot more — like Paul’s weekly segment SHAASUIVG — so if you listen to it all, you’ll get it all really.
1:14:48 - Paul’s weekly segment “SHAASUIVG”
In the thrilling conclusion to our three part epic miniseries, "Apple doesn't make the laptops we want," Nilay, Paul, and Dieter discuss how nothing really even matters because Apple is a phone company worth $1 trillion.
Samsung, Amazon, and Tesla earnings are also discussed, along with Farhad Manjoo's "Frightful Five" thesis.
Then, in "The Bezel Wars," our hosts discuss the Surface Go, iPad rumors, and the Windows 10 S life Dieter has been living.
Paul's weekly segment about "Wireless Vapes" is as poignant as ever.
Ultimately, the final question is something like, "How many notches can you fit on the blockchain?"
02:19 - The race to $1 trillion
05:25 - Phones, not Macs
14:18 - Amazon's cloud power
24:53 - Dieter's Surface Go impressions
26:41 - Can you name ten Windows 10 S apps?
34:20 - #donglelife
44:35 - Two notches, max
46:31 - Pixel 3 leak
47:54 - Mergers and acquisitions
After a week of speculation on whether the new MacBook Pro was throttling performance under heat, Apple released a software fix to address the problem. Dieter’s review for the laptop (post software fix) published on Wednesday so Nilay, Paul, and Dieter discuss what happened with the product and how it performs.
Dieter also reviewed the new Lenovo Smart Display, so there's a chunk of the show dedicated to that device, which exceeded expectations.
And we’ve got another week of Elon Musk. Transportation reporter Andrew Hawkins gives us an update in what has been happening in the world of Tesla, SpaceX, and the various endeavors of the unpredictable billionaire.
We’re going strong with our weekly interviews, and this week we have Brian Willard from Google to discuss the Data Transfer Project — Google’s initiative designed to transfer data from one service to another without downloading and re-uploading.
We also can’t forget the segment Paul does every week called “What is it like to be a dolphin?” so keep listening for that.
But you know, we’ve got a whole lot more in between that — so listen to it all and you’ll get it all.
22:01 - This week in Elon Musk with Andrew Hawkins
26:53 - Lenovo Smart Display review
35:44 - Data Transfer Project with Brian Willard of Google
59:46 - Paul’s weekly segment “What is it like to be a dolphin?”
We’ve got a super stuffed episode of The Vergecast this week.
First, the biggest news in tech right now is the European Commission’s ruling that Google has been unfairly using Android to push Google search on users, giving it an unfair advantage. Nilay, Dieter, and Paul sit down and discuss the implications.
In the second half of the show, Dieter discusses some of the new MacBook Pro benchmarks that claim the processors may throttle performance due to cooling issues.
Nilay got an exclusive interview with Roku CEO Anthony Wood, so we’ve included that in this episode as well.
Also, our culture coverage continues this week with another roundup by Megan Farokhmanesh and Bijan Stephen.
There’s even a whole lot more in between that — like Paul’s newly sponsored segment “Fold the phone” — so listen to it all, and you’ll get it all.
34:25 - This week in culture with Megan and Bijan
53:15 - Roku CEO Anthony Wood interview
1:17:33 - Paul’s weekly segment “Fold the phone”
This week on The Vergecast, Nilay and Dieter discuss an Apple event they were invited to this week for Apple’s updated MacBook Pros. Along with Paul, they dive into how creatives are using these machines, and what these new specs are.
Another laptop announcement from this week is Microsoft’s Surface Go. The crew runs through their demo with the computer and discuss how it compares to the other Surface devices.
And continuing with our trend, we also have a new edition of “This week in Elon Musk,” hosted by science editor Liz Lopatto.
There’s a lot more in between that — like Paul’s newly sponsored segment “Hearrings” — so listen to it all, and you’ll get it all.
01:36 - 10 years of app store
33:09 - This week in Elon Musk with Liz Lopatto
57:24 - Paul’s weekly segment “Hearrings”
1:02:43 - Xbox One is getting Dolby Vision support
The Vergecast starts off this week in a traditional fashion with a talk about dongles — Microsoft’s $80 USB-C dongle to be exact. But there’s a whole bunch of little things that also happened this week that Nilay, Dieter, and Paul discuss. We’ve got Apple acknowledging the problem with its MacBook keyboards, Google demoing Duplex, and Apple releasing the Mojave public beta.
Also this week, we bring you two new rotating segments on the show. First we have transportation reporter Sean O’Kane with “This Week in Elon Musk” — a rundown of the news that happened this week in the Elon Musk canon. Second, culture reporters Megan Farokhmanesh and Bijan Stephen run though their favorite “Culture Headlines” on The Verge this week.
And of course we’ve got Paul’s weekly segment that he does every week, “Rhymes With What’s Poppin’,” so if you listen to the whole show, you’ve got a stew going.
53:41 - Paul’s weekly segment “Rhymes with whats poppin”
Instagram announced on Wednesday a standalone app called IGTV, a place for watching long-form vertical video. Casey and Ashely — who went to Instagram’s event that announced the app — talk with Nilay, Dieter, and Paul about their initial feelings about the platform and predict how it will fit into the social mediasphere.
Also, Nilay Patel sits down with Kara Swisher to talk about the recent AT&T and Time Warner merger. Kara published a book in 2003 about the AOL and Time Warner merger There Must Be a Pony in Here Somewhere (the merger split off in 2009) so the two discuss the similarities and differences between the two mergers and what they can potentially mean when distribution companies own content.
There’s a whole lot more in between that — like Paul’s weekly segment (now up for sale) “Shaavoop” — so listen to it all and you’ll get it all.
35:51 - Kara Swisher talks AT&T - Time Warner merger
1:07:12 - Paul’s weekly segment “Shaavoop”
In addition to our classic Nilay, Dieter, and Paul trio, we’ve added a few things this week.
To give you the best coverage of E3, culture editor Laura Hudson gives us a quick rundown of the news from the expo to start off the show
In the second half of the show, Nilay sits down with Sonos CEO Patrick Spence.
Don’t worry, there’s plenty of other classic Vergecast — some gadget talk, Paul’s weekly segment (you know, “How big is the Moon?”), and some deep dives into net neutrality, antitrust law, and Comcast’s $65 million bid on 21st Century Fox.
02:06 - Laura Hudson’s E3 roundup
25:01 - Interview with CEO of Sonos Patrick Spence
1:02:49 - Paul’s weekly segment “How big is the moon?”
1:17:47 - Net neutrality is dead — what now?
Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference happened this week, and Nilay, Dieter, Jake, and Ashley are on top of it.
There’s a whole lot more in between that — like Paul’s weekly segment (hosted by Jake Kastrenakes) “Hey look at this thing I just found on theverge.com“ — so if you listen to it all, you’ll get it all.
55:05 - Paul’s weekly segment “Hey look at this thing I just found on theverge.com” by Jake