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 Oct 21, 2018


Hello! This is The Vergecast, the flagship podcast of The Verge... and your life. Every Friday, Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and Paul Miller make sense of the week's tech news with help from our diverse and wide-ranging staff. And on Tuesdays, Nilay hosts in-depth, one-on-one interviews with major technology leaders. 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. And, remember, promo code. Produced by The Verge and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

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333: 5G phones, Juul, and Microsoft's move to Chromium

This week on The Vergecast, Nilay, Paul, and Dieter are joined by Verge science reporter Rachel Becker to discuss what’s going on in the world of Juul — why it’s so popular, how addictive it is, and where it’s being restricted.

Also, Qualcomm had a conference in Hawaii this week, so the crew goes through the announcements, including the Snapdragon 855 processor and its support for 5G networks.

There’s a whole lot in between that — like Microsoft abandoning its Chrome competitor strategy, the latest with SpaceX, and RCS Chat coming to one phone — so listen to the whole episode to get everything you need.

02:05 - Qualcomm announces the Snapdragon 855 processor for 5G phones

18:36 - “This week in Elon Musk” with Liz Lopatto

24:49 - Juul and vaping with Rachel Becker

42:14 - Microsoft is rebuilding its Edge browser on Chrome and bringing it to the Mac

56:29 - Paul’s weekly segment “Nice netbook, man!

59:10 - Verizon is launching RCS Chat on the Pixel 3 on December 6th

1:00:00 - Google is shutting down Allo

Dec 07, 2018
The history of online harassment before and after Gamergate with Caroline Sinders

Most discussions of online harassment begin and end with Gamergate, but online harassment campaigns began as far back as the 90s, and they’ve grown into more life-threatening tactics like doxing and swatting today. Caroline Sinders, a research fellow at the Digital Harvard Kennedy School and a machine learning expert, joins Nilay and Casey on The Vergecast to talk about the origins online harassment, how platforms like Twitter and Facebook can be better designed to combat it, and what we as individuals can do to mitigate its effects.

Dec 04, 2018
332: Pixel Slate, Google Fi, and Section 230

Nilay, Dieter, and Paul are back from Thanksgiving and ready to spill the beans on the tech news you may or may not have been paying attention to this week. Dieter’s got a review of the Pixel Slate, Nilay guest hosted the Interface newsletter, and Paul found a new gadget on the website to talk about.

And, of course, we’ve got my favorite segment “This week in Elon Musk” with Liz Lopatto.

There’s a whole lot more in between that, so listen here.

03:02 - Google Pixel Slate review

25:05 - This week in Elon Musk with Liz Lopatto

29:34 - Project Fi is now Google Fi, and it will work with iPhones and most Android devices

36:54 - Republicans keep misunderstanding the law that protects internet platforms

55:04 - Paul’s weekly segment “Smart yoga pants

57:13 - Apple claims the iPhone XR is its best-selling phone, without providing sales figures

59:12 - Roku made good-sounding TV speakers that are unbelievably easy to set up

1:01:52 - Motorola’s putting a huge battery in a new Moto G7 Power variant

1:02:53 - DJI’s Osmo Pocket is a tiny handheld gimbal that shoots 4K footage

1:04:15 - Microsoft will reportedly release a Surface Studio monitor in 2020

Nov 30, 2018
Silicon Valley’s Rep. Ro Khanna talks tech regulation

On this week’s interview episode, Nilay is joined by Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) and Makena Kelly, a Verge policy reporter, to discuss Congress’s plans to regulate Big Tech in the new year. Earlier this month, Democrats were able to snag back their majority in the House of Representatives, and after blockbuster events this year like Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal, lawmakers are gearing up to reign in these Silicon Valley giants.

Khanna, who hails from California and represents the district which houses the Apple and Google campuses, was tasked with developing a set of principles these companies should abide by when it comes to issues like privacy, net neutrality and anti-competitive behavior. He made the rounds, consulting with think tanks, the creator of the World Wide Web Tim Berners-Lee, and the tech companies themselves. From those discussions, Khanna was able to put forth a framework of ten rights US citizens should have when they’re on the Internet.

Khanna’s set of principles is called the “Internet Bill of Rights, and with Democrats recapturing the House, tech leaders like Khanna have a chance to codify ideas like these into law.

Nov 27, 2018
Bonus: Pivot with Kara Swisher and Scott Galloway

With Vergecast off for Thanksgiving, we've got a bonus episode from our fellow podcast on the Vox Media Podcast Network, Pivot with Kara Swisher and Scott Galloway.

01:18 - Kara and Scott talk about how Facebook C-suite has responded to reports of mismanagement. Scott talks about

04:46 - Big tech’s problem with gender equality and how that makes Sheryl Sandburg immune to repercussions from the Facebook board.

08:10 - In Scott and Kara’s “fantasy world of Internet” Zuckerberg would relinquish the CEO-title.

12:51 - They discuss possible backlash from Congress or shareholder lawsuit.

15:45 - This week Scott’s thankful for government workers. Kara’s is Gavin Newsom, the incoming Governor of California holding it together during a tour of the wildfires with President Trump.

20:19 - Finally, Scott predicts that private company CEOs will start exploring a run for president.

You can listen to Pivot with Kara Swisher and Scott Galloway wherever you get your podcasts — including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Pocket Casts and Overcast.

Nov 23, 2018
331: Amazon HQ2, Google Night Sight, and Facebook

Dieter Bohn, Casey Newton, and Paul Miller bring you the latest this week with Amazon's announcement of the location of its new headquarters, a report on Facebook's leaders, a Google Pixel 3 Night Sight review,and a whole bunch more.

We've also got a special edition of This Week In Elon — Sean O'Kane hosts this episode from the roof of Tesla's Gigafactory 1.

02:14 - Amazon HQ2: all of the news about its controversial search for a new headquarters

19:57 - This week in Elon Musk with Sean O'Kane

24:39 - Google Night Sight review

30:58 - Google says a fix is coming for disappearing text messages on Pixel 3

38:20- Delay, Deny and Deflect: How Facebook’s Leaders Fought Through Crisis

51:25 - Mark Zuckerberg reportedly ordered all Facebook executives to use Android phones

55:06 - Paul's weekly segment "Why not two?"

57:38 - Keurig launches a cocktail-making pod machine

59:49 - Essential shows signs of life with launch of $149 headphone dongle

1:01:24 - Dolby Dimension review: headphones for your home / Microsoft Surface Headphones review

1:03:05 - Casey's new iPad

1:06:43 - Samsung’s Galaxy F foldable phone gets a price and release date in new report

Nov 16, 2018
President of StubHub Sukhinder Singh Cassidy

On this week’s interview episode of The Vergecast, Nilay talked with president of StubHub Sukhinder Singh Cassidy. Singh Cassidy previously served as president of Google Asia Pacific and Latin America, building the company’s presence globally. In 2015, she also launched theBoardlist, a talent marketplace dedicated to placing women on the boards of tech companies, and she has been a leader in diversifying the industry.

On The Vergecast, Singh Cassidy talked about her long journey as an entrepreneur and executive in the field, her more recent role as president of StubHub, and her thoughts on the recent Google walkouts and how tech companies can be run better.

Nov 13, 2018
330: iPad Pro review, Macbook Air review, and Walt Mossberg

Another review week! Hosts of The Vergecast Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn reviewed Apple’s new iPad Pro and MacBook Air, and discuss their take on this week’s show. In addition, we call up our friend and former Verge executive editor Walt Mossberg — who has been a big proponent of the last iteration of the MacBook — to give us his first impressions of the new laptop.

There’s a whole lot more talk in between all of that — like Paul’s segment he does every week “#donglewut?” and Liz Lopatto’s “This Week in Elon” — so listen to it all to get it all.

02:36 - iPad Pro 2018 review

33:30 - MacBook Air 2018 review

38:45 - Walt Mossberg joins the show!

1:00:05 - This week in Elon Musk with Liz Lopatto

1:05:15 - Paul’s weekly segment “#donglewut?

1:09:25 - This is Samsung’s foldable smartphone

1:14:29 - Sen. Mark Warner on breaking up Facebook and Congress’ plan to regulate tech

1:15:51 - Over 20,000 Google employees participated in yesterday’s mass walkout

Nov 08, 2018
Anker CEO Steven Yang is all in on USB-C

In 2011, Steven Yang’s laptop battery gave out. Searching online, he couldn’t find a new battery from a third-party supplier with good enough ratings, and would have to pay an arm and a leg to buy a battery from the manufacturer. With this problem in mind, Yang created Anker and began developing and selling batteries and chargers through Amazon. Just one year later, they were profitable and highly regarded by customers. Now they’ve set their sights on solving bigger problems in the tech and gadget world.

On this week’s interview episode of The Vergecast, Nilay sat down with Steven Yang, Founder and CEO of Anker, backstage before their event in New York City. The two talked about the humble beginnings of Anker, the new products they’re bringing to market, and the many ins and outs of USB-C.

Nov 06, 2018
329: Macbook Air, iPad Pro, and Mac Mini

Vergecast hosts Nilay and Dieter were able to attend Apple’s event in Brooklyn this week, so you can guess that’s what the crew talked about on this week’s show.

Apple finally announced a new Macbook Air and Mac Mini, along with an update to iPad Pro and Apple Pencil. Nilay and Dieter got to try them briefly and gave their first impressions on The Vergecast.

Nilay also explains the situation with Foxconn building a factory in Wisconsin and his personal attachment to the area.

But there is more than that! For our “This week in Elon Musk” segment of the show, Liz Lopatto interviews Kara Swisher of Recode Decode about her interview with Elon Musk this week, and brings some clips from it to share. You can listen to the full interview here.

There’s a whole lot more in between that so listen to it all to get everything you need for this week in tech news.

2:42 - The 5 biggest announcements from the Apple iPad and MacBook event

06:49 - iPad Pro: hands-on with Apple’s new all-screen tablet

36:57 - This week in Elon Musk with Liz Lopatto and Kara Swisher

43:37 - MacBook Air 2018: hands-on with Apple’s new ultra-thin laptop

1:00:48 - Apple’s new Mac mini includes six-core processors and a space gray finish

1:02:48 - Paul’s weekly segment “First to fold

1:04:35 - The dual-screen Nubia X solves the notch problem with extreme over-engineering

1:05:08 - Wisconsin’s $4.1 billion Foxcon boondoggle

1:19:59 - OnePlus 6T announced with premium specs and in-display fingerprint reader

Nov 02, 2018
Ivy Ross (Google’s VP of hardware design) and Rishi Chandra (Google’s VP of home and Nest)

Off the heels of Google’s event announcing the Pixel 3, Pixel Slate, and Home Hub, Nilay sat down with Ivy Ross (Google’s VP of hardware design) and Rishi Chandra (Google’s VP of home and Nest) for this week’s Vergecast interview. The three discussed the evolving and increasingly human design language of Google products, the future of devices like the Home Hub in a world that demands privacy, and — yes — the infamous Pixel 3 notch.

Oct 30, 2018
328: iPhone XR review, Google Home Hub and Yoga Book C390

We’ve got another iPhone review!

This week on The Vergecast, Nilay, Paul, and Dieter discuss Nilay’s review of the iPhone XR as well as reviews of the Yoga Book C930 and Google’s Home Hub.

And since this year is not over yet, we’ve got another Apple event set for next week. The crew runs through what to expect from Apple for the holiday season.

There’s a whole lot more in between that — including a surprising week of Elon Musk coverage — so listen to it all, and you’ll get it all.

05:10 - iPhone XR review

21:13 - iOS 12.1 will improve selfie quality on the iPhone XS and XR

38:54 - Google’s Night Sight for Pixel phones will amaze you

42:37 - “This week in Elon Musk” with Liz Lopatto

46:03 - Yoga Book C930 review

53:34 - Google Home Hub review: the best digital photo frame

1:04:38 - Paul’s weekly segment “Touch a tree, touch the future

1:08:20 - The 5 biggest rumors about Apple’s new, bezel-free iPads

1:18:45 - Apple reportedly targeting 2019 for iPad Mini update and AirPower launch

Also, in case you missed it, Nilay talked to new Verge reporter Julia Alexander about the trials and tribulations of YouTube. You can listen to that along with this episode right in The Vergecast’s feed.

Oct 26, 2018
Julia Alexander says YouTube makes everything more extreme

This week on The Vergecast, we’re doing something a little different — we’re introducing you to our newest reporter, Julia Alexander, who joins The Verge to cover YouTube, Twitch, and more.

Nilay sat down with Julia to talk about the controversy around YouTube’s recommendation algorithm, the rise of parasocial relationships, and how creators are cultivating an audience of very savvy media consumers.

Oct 23, 2018
327: Pixel 3 review, the new Palm phone, and Google antitrust violations

This week on The Vergecast, Nilay, Paul, and Dieter dissect the Pixel 3, tackling its new features, improved screen, and infamous notch. Then, Nilay covers the latest in antitrust news coming off the heels of the European Commission fining Google $5 billion for “illegally tying” Chrome and search apps to Android. Of course, Dieter also talks about the surprising response to Palm, a tiny phone that’s made to be less distracting than your smartphone. There’s plenty more in between — like Liz Lopatto and Paul Miller returning with our favorite recurring segments — so listen now!

3:14 - Google Pixel 3 Review

35:55 - “This Week in Elon Musk” with Liz Lopatto

40:32 - Google will charge a licensing fee for Android device makers using its apps

49:01 - Google could finally face serious competition for Android

1:00:34 - Paul’s weekly segment, “Plam This

1:02:37 - The new Palm is a tiny phone to keep you away from your phone

1:17:31 - Apple announces iPad Pro and Mac event for October 30th

Also, last week Nilay and Verge reporter Dami Lee interviewed Scott Belsky, Adobe’s chief product officer, about bringing Photoshop to the iPad. You can listen to that in The Vergecast feed.

Oct 19, 2018
Scott Belsky brings Photoshop to the iPad

Adobe announced at its Max conference today that it’s bringing Photoshop on the iPad in 2019. The app will rely on a new file format called Cloud PSDs, which will track edits and sync them automatically to Creative Cloud, letting users work on the same file from any device. We got to use an early version of the app for a week, and our Art department had a lot of thoughts on whether it’s actually “real Photoshop” or not.

Nilay and Dami Lee spoke with Adobe chief product officer Scott Belsky on the 18-month journey to bring the powerhouse program to the tablet. Below is a brief, edited transcript of our conversation on Adobe’s latest strategy of getting people to embrace the cloud.

Oct 15, 2018
Pixel 3, Pixel Slate, and Home Hub

Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and Dan Seifert went to Google’s Pixel 3 event this week in New York City. After the event, the trio, along with Paul Miller, got together for an early taping of The Vergecast to discuss Google’s product announcements and their first impressions.

That’s the gist of the show! Of course, there are the weekly segments “This week in Elon Musk” with Liz Lopatto and Paul’s “Meal pods 2: Jeff Bezos edition” that he does every episode, so listen through this feature-length podcast to get all of this week’s tech news.

02:21 - Google Pixel 3 event: all of the latest news

12:48 - First look at Google’s Pixel 3 and 3 XL

17:38 - Google failed to justify the Pixel 3 XL’s massive notch

30:09 - The new Pixel 3’s camera will let AI pick out the best photos for you

45:31 - “This week in Elon Musk” with Liz Lopatto

50:11 - Google announces Pixel Stand wireless charging dock that doubles as a photo frame

56:13 - Google Home Hub hands-on: Assistant gets a screen

1:03:37 - Facebook announces Portal, an Echo Show rival focused on video chat

1:08:15 - Paul’s weekly segment “Meal pods 2: Jeff Bezos edition

11:11:51 - The Pixel Slate: first look at the new tablet

Oct 11, 2018
Ring CEO Jamie Siminoff wants to reduce neighborhood crime

Ring began as a humble crowdfunded project called Doorbot — a Wi-Fi-enabled video doorbell that enabled two-way communication. In 2013, it was rejected on Shark Tank. This year, the company was acquired by Amazon for over $1 billion.

Nilay sat down with Ring CEO Jamie Siminoff on this week’s Vergecast to talk about joining the Amazon family of brands, the future of security in smart homes, and how Ring product owners may (or may not) work with law enforcement to make neighborhoods safer.

Oct 09, 2018
325: Chinese spy chips, Microsoft announcements, and Pixel 3 preview

This week on The Vergecast, Nilay, Dieter, and Paul bring in experts to report on the top stories on the site this week. Reporter and host of Why’d You Push That Button Ashley Carman stops by the studio to explain the Bloomberg report detailing “Chinese spy chips” that may have been planted on servers from companies like Apple and Amazon.

After that bizarre piece of news, senior editor Dan Seifert comes on the show to talk about the Microsoft hardware event he attended this week and the new products that were announced.

We’ve also got a Google hardware event coming up next week, so they run through the leaks and rumors of gadgets that we might see. Check back next week for our full event coverage on this show.

There’s a whole lot more in between all of that — including our favorite reoccurring segments from Liz Lopatto and Paul Miller — so listen to it all, and you’ll get it all.

01:45 - What we still don’t know about the Facebook breach

2:48 - Chinese spy chips would be a ‘god-mode’ hack, experts say with Ashley Carman

29:18 - This week in Elon Musk with Liz Lopatto

33:37 - Microsoft Surface event 2018: the 5 biggest announcements with Dan Seifert

1:10:03 - Paul’s weekly segment “Type like nobody’s watching

1:13:58 - New Google Pixel 3: the 8 most credible leaks

1:16:36 - LG V40 Review: one phone, five cameras

1:19:28 - iPhone XS: Why It’s A Whole New Camera – Halide

Also, in case you missed it, Nilay talked to Meredith Rose from Public Knowledge about the Music Modernization Act. You can listen to that along with this episode right in the Vergecast feed.

Oct 05, 2018
Public Knowledge’s Meredith Rose explains the Music Modernization Act

The Music Modernization Act has passed Congress and now sits on President Trump’s desk, awaiting his signature. The bill is years in the making, a much needed solution to the complicated collision of music streaming services, licensing issues, and copyright law. For this week’s interview episode of The Vergecast, Nilay sat down with Meredith Rose, Policy Counsel at Public Knowledge, a consumer advocacy group. They talked about how the Music Modernization Act will help artists get paid, companies license music, and how new streaming services might compete with giants like Spotify.

Oct 02, 2018
324: Instagram chaos, Photokina 2018, and Elon Musk gets sued

This week, we saw the two founders of Instagram abruptly leave, so Casey Newton comes on the show to talk about all that drama and what it might mean for Facebook’s prized possession.

Then, Dan Seifert joins us to talk about all of the cameras that were announced at Photokina this year, plus all the models that were announced before the show even started.

Finally, Liz Lopatto comes on for an impromptu This Week In Elon to discuss the fact that the SEC has filed a lawsuit against Mr. Musk, which happened just before we started recording the show.

1:28 - Instagram founders resign from Facebook

5:00 - 5 times Facebook messed with Instagram

20:43 - Whats App co-founder Forbes interview

22:32 - Former boss of Facebook Messenger calls Brian Acton “low class”

32:31 - Photokina 2018 recap

38:39 - Zeiss camera with built-in Adobe Lightroom

51:16 - Paul’s weekly segment “Space Egg”

56:07 - This week in Elon Musk: Live Edition™ with Liz Lopatto

1:09:52 - Oculus Quest

Also, in case you missed it, Nilay talked to Google AMP’s Malte Ubl about how he’s trying to make the mobile web better. You can listen to that in the Vergecast feed.

Sep 28, 2018
Google AMP’s Malte Ubl wants to make the mobile web better

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.

Sep 25, 2018
323: iPhone XS review, Apple Watch 4 review, and Amazon's surprise hardware event

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.

01:26 - Apple iPhone XS and XS Max review: smoothed out

32:10 - Apple Watch Series 4 review: the best gets better

54:44 - This week in Elon Musk with Liz Lopatto

59:00 - Paul’s weekly segment “Spin to win

1:03:46 - The 14 biggest announcements from Amazon’s surprise hardware event

1:33:09 - Sony is launching a PlayStation Classic console this December loaded with 20 games

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.

Sep 21, 2018
Ford Autonomous Vehicles President and CEO Sherif Marakby

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.

Sep 18, 2018
Apple iPhone XS event, iPhone XR, and Apple Watch Series 4

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!

3:11 - Apple’s AirPower charger is still a no-show, one year after it was first announced

5:18 - September Keynote 2018 — Opening Film

08:33 - iPhone XS and XS Max: hands-on with Apple’s giant new phone

13:18 - The 3 best and worst features of the iPhone XS and XS Max

20:32 - iPhone XS Max overview

31:16 - Apple iPhone XR hands-on: the new default iPhone

47:15 - Paul’s weekly segment “E-skates arm race

49:39 - Apple watch4 hands-on: bigger is better

1:04:15 - Apple adds lyric search, phone calls, and multiple timers to the HomePod

1:14:47 - What’s worse than a dongle? No dongle

Sep 13, 2018
Anki CEO Boris Sofman

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.

Sep 11, 2018
Apple event preview, social media hearings, and monopoly week

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.

01:33 - Trump says Amazon, Facebook, and Google represent a ‘very antitrust situation’

08:08 - The 7 biggest moments from Wednesday’s social media hearings

26:13 - This week in Elon Musk with Sean O’Kane

30:39 - The 9 most plausible rumors about the new iPhones

35:28 - Pixel 3 XL found in a Lyft, had already leaked enough for driver to recognize it

37:39 - New 6.5-inch iPhone X model reportedly called the ‘iPhone XS Max’

38:25 - Third-party USB-C to Lightning cables are reportedly happening

42:41 - Five things to expect at the Apple event next week

45:16 - Paul’s weekly segment “The decline of dirt

50:59 - Google’s Pixel 3 event will take place on October 9th

51:53 - BMW is the latest automaker to introduce its own in-car voice assistant

52:04 - Netflix and YouTube are most throttled mobile apps by US carriers, new study says

52:20 - Razer confirms it’s working on a second-generation Razer Phon

53:17 - Samsung teases foldable smartphone launch for later this year

Sep 07, 2018
Tim Wu thinks it’s time to break up Facebook

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.

Sep 04, 2018
IFA 2018, Apple event announced, and iPhone/Apple watch leaks

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.

And, of course, we have our fan-favorite segments: Liz’s “This week in Elon Musk” and Paul’s “Keyboard-in-the-front club: population 2

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.

01:04 - The Internet of Garbage by Sarah Jeong

02:08 - Apple’s next iPhone event will be on September 12th

03:24 - Purported iPhone XS image shows gold color and Plus-sized display

15:03 - Leaked Apple Watch Series 4 image reveals bigger display, new complications

25:15 - This week in Elon Musk with Liz Lopatto

29:30 - IFA 2018: all the biggest news from Europe’s grand tech showcase

29:43 - Acer’s absurd Predator Thronos gaming chair is fit for a king

32:29 - Lenovo’s new Yoga Book replaces the keyboard with an E-Ink screen

36:22 - Asus’ new laptop has a touchscreen trackpad

37:44 - Skagen’s minimalist Falster smartwatch gets a sequel with fitness features

43:01 - Sony’s 1000X M3 noise-canceling headphones have an improved design and USB-C

45:09 - Paul’s weekly segment “Keyboard-in-the-front club: population 2

48:51 - Trump lashes out at Google: all the news about the president’s intensifying feud with Silicon Valley

52:18 - The new Sonos Amp is coming to save your old speakers

59:20 - The last Blockbuster: what we really lose when video stores shut down

Aug 31, 2018
Microsoft’s president explains how Gab shutdown notice went from customer support to his desk

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, the “free-speech” absolutist platform that’s become an alt-right favorite.

Aug 28, 2018
App Store chaos, ray tracing, and new Macbook Air rumors

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.

We’ve also got our two recurring segments in the show: deputy editor Liz Lopatto’s “This Week in Elon Musk” (which is now a newsletter) and Paul’s segment “Cold ears, warm heart.”

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.

03:35 - Netflix is testing a payment feature to bypass Apple’s App Store fees

20:39 - ‘Ray tracing’ could bring the biggest graphics jump in a decade

30:59 - DJI’s new Mavic 2 drones have upgraded cameras and zoom lenses

34:34 - Nikon strikes back at Sony with first full-frame mirrorless cameras

40:09 - This week in Elon Musk with Liz Lopatto

44:15 - Apple’s MacBook Air successor will reportedly have slim bezels and high-res Retina display

51:14 - Microsoft to bundle Xbox One consoles, Xbox Live, and Game Pass into a monthly subscription service

52:56 - Paul’s weekly segment “Cold ears, warm heart

53:52 - A day in the life of a Waymo self-driving taxi

Aug 24, 2018
This week in Twitter, Elon Musk, and batteries

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

21:51 - Tesla allegedly covered up drug trafficking and spied on employees at the Gigafactory, whistleblower says

23:03 - Verizon’s 5G home internet launch will come with free YouTube TV or Apple TV 4K

23:26 - Sprint and LG will release a 5G smartphone in the first half of 2019

31:02 - This week in culture with Megan and Bijan

38:18 - Twitter’s fear of making hard decisions is killing it

1:01:05 - Twitter officially kills off key features in third-party apps

1:08:00 - Paul’s weekly segment “Phone prison

1:11:20 -Google may add Windows 10 dual-boot option to Chromebooks

Aug 17, 2018
Magic Leap, Galaxy Note 9, and Android Pie

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.

03:32 - Samsung announces Galaxy Note 9 with bigger screen, huge battery, and more powerful S Pen

16:20 - Fortnite for Android is launching today exclusively on recent Samsung Galaxy devices

23:47 - Samsung unveils its latest smartwatch — the Galaxy Watch

24:27 - Samsung announces Galaxy Home speaker

25:49 - Samsung is partnering with Spotify across its devices

29:20 - The 5 most important Android Pie updates

32:57 - I tried Magic Leap and saw a flawed glimpse of mixed reality’s amazing potential

54:25 - This week in Elon Musk with Liz Lopatto

58:33 - Microsoft Surface Go review: a little goes a long way

1:03:03 - The new Anki Vector robot is smart enough to just hang out

1:08:35 - The FCC lied to Congress about an alleged cyberattack and didn’t come clean until now

1:12:00 - Justice Department appeal says AT&T-Time Warner merger decision is ‘contrary to fundamental economic logic’

1:14:48 - Paul’s weekly segment “SHAASUIVG”

1:17:24 - Google Pixel 3 XL leak appears to show production hardware and wired USB-C Pixel Buds

1:18:09 - The Palm smartphone reboot is shaping up to be disappointing

Aug 10, 2018
Surface Go, Apple earnings, and HipChat memories

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

38:44 - Paul's weekly segment, "Wireless Vapes"

44:35 - Two notches, max

46:31 - Pixel 3 leak

47:54 - Mergers and acquisitions

Aug 03, 2018
Macbook Pro review, Lenovo smart display review, and the Data Transfer Project

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.

02:30 - Apple MacBook Pro review (2018, 15-inch): the heat is on

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?

1:02:30 - Amazon’s Alexa Cast makes it simpler to play music from your phone on Echo speakers

1:10:00 - Facebook growth slows in aftermath of privacy scandals

Jul 27, 2018
Google gets fined, Macbook Pro benchmarks, and Roku CEO Anthony Wood

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.

01:46 - Verizon is shutting down its original video app Go90

06:26 - Six questions you were afraid to ask about Google’s EU antitrust case

25:09 - Google may put its Fuchsia OS on smart home devices within three years

34:25 - This week in culture with Megan and Bijan

39:42 - Test suggests 2018 MacBook Pro can’t keep up with Intel Core i9 chip’s thermal demands

53:15 - Roku CEO Anthony Wood interview

1:17:33 - Paul’s weekly segment “Fold the phone

1:20:39 - Galaxy Note 9 leak suggests it looks a lot like the Note 8

1:22:12 - Walmart reportedly plans to launch Netflix competitor under its Vudu brand later this year

Jul 20, 2018
Updated Macbook Pros, Microsoft Surface Go, and this week in Elon

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

05:12- Apple’s new MacBook Pros have the latest Intel processors and quieter keyboards

21:58 - Apple worked with Blackmagic on a new external GPU

33:09 - This week in Elon Musk with Liz Lopatto

38:20 - Microsoft’s $399 Surface Go aims to stand out from iPads or Chromebooks

45:49 - Magic Leap is shipping its first headset this summer

51:56 - Justice Department appeals ruling in attempt to block massive AT&T–Time Warner merger

57:24 - Paul’s weekly segment “Hearrings

1:00:23 - YouTube TV goes down (again) during World Cup

1:02:43 - Xbox One is getting Dolby Vision support

1:03:32 - Apple will end its photo printing operation in September

1:06:55 - This amazing new web tool lets you create microsites that exist solely as URLs

1:08:09 - This app reads Wikipedia to teach you about the cities you’re driving through

Jul 13, 2018
macOS Mojave beta, Microsoft Surface USB-C dongle, and this week in Elon Musk

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.

02:20 - Microsoft’s Surface USB-C dongle launches on June 29th for $79.99

09:15 - Apple acknowledges faulty MacBook and MacBook Pro keyboards with new repair program

15:00 - macOS Mojave is now available in public beta

20:59 - Intel now faces a fight for its future

29:06 - This week in Elon Musk with Sean O’Kane

33:41 - Google Duplex really works and testing begins this summer

42:03 - BlackBerry Key2 review: a keyboard with a phone

42:59 - LG says screw everything, we’re doing five cameras for the V40

43:57 - The Galaxy Note 9 hits the FCC, with launch of Samsung’s next flagship presumably on the horizon

45:51 - AT&T more than doubles ‘admin fee’ for every wireless customer

48:31 - Culture headlines with Megan and Bijan

52:58 - Honda retires its famed Asimo robot

53:41 - Paul’s weekly segment “Rhymes with whats poppin

55:58 - Amazon adds voice control to its Alexa iOS app

59:19 - Sonos Beam review: living room upgrade

Jun 29, 2018
Recode's Kara Swisher, AT&T - Time Warner, and IGTV

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.

01:54 - Instagram announces IGTV, a standalone app for longer videos

19:33 - AT&T launches new WatchTV streaming service at aggressive $15-per-month price

27:26 - Tinder parent company buys anti-Tinder dating app Hinge

35:51 - Kara Swisher talks AT&T - Time Warner merger

1:07:12 - Paul’s weekly segment “Shaavoop

1:11:51 - What happens if Apple loses its Supreme Court App Store antitrust appeal?

1:19:27 - Apple’s AirPower charging mat rumored to ship in September following ‘technical hurdles’

1:19:48 - Apple and Oprah are teaming up to make videos

Jun 22, 2018
Sonos CEO Patrick Spence, E3, and net neutrality ends

In addition to our classic Nilay, Dieter, and Paul trio, we’ve added a few things this week.

To give you the best coverage of E3, culture editor Laura Hudson gives us a quick rundown of the news from the expo to start off the show

In the second half of the show, Nilay sits down with Sonos CEO Patrick Spence.

Don’t worry, there’s plenty of other classic Vergecastsome gadget talk, Paul’s weekly segment (you know, “How big is the Moon?”), and some deep dives into net neutrality, antitrust law, and Comcast’s $65 million bid on 21st Century Fox.

02:06 - Laura Hudson’s E3 roundup

07:13 - Sony issues weak response to Fortnite cross-play controversy on PS4 and Switch

11:26 - Microsoft is getting ready for the next Xbox vs. PlayStation console war

16:33 - Joseph Gordon-Levitt is defending a controversial plan to crowdsource Beyond Good and Evil 2 art

25:01 - Interview with CEO of Sonos Patrick Spence

1:02:49 - Paul’s weekly segment “How big is the moon?

1:06:28 - I picked up a Boring Company Not-A-Flamethrower and it’s mine now

1:07:04 - The Boring Company’s Chicago project seems awfully cheap for something so big

1:11:18 - HTC U12 Plus review: fixing what didn’t need to be broken

1:12:54 - Samsung upgrades the Chromebook Plus with a second camera and new processor

1:13:44 - Eero promises not to brick routers if you don’t pay a subscription

1:17:47 - Net neutrality is dead — what now?

1:19:48 - Comcast makes $65 billion offer to steal 21st Century Fox away from Disney

Jun 15, 2018
WWDC, Sonos Beam, and Microsoft buys Github

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference happened this week, and Nilay, Dieter, Jake, and Ashley are on top of it.

Second half of the show, we’ve got Dieter’s exclusive look at the Sonos Beam, Microsoft buying GitHub, a new Fire TV thingy, and breaking news for Essential.

There’s a whole lot more in between that — like Paul’s weekly segment (hosted by Jake Kastrenakes) “Hey look at this thing I just found on“ — so if you listen to it all, you’ll get it all. 

02:48 - Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference

04:35 - Siri will soon be able to pull off multistep routines through Shortcuts

15:40 - Walkie-Talkie on the Apple Watch is a clever riff on FaceTime Audio

19:01 - Apple’s Memoji lets you create an Animoji of yourself

23:35 - Apple CarPlay will soon let you use Google Maps, Waze, and other third-party maps

25:21 - Apple will let developers port iOS apps to macOS in 2019

33:51 - The Apple TV is finally getting Dolby Atmos support

38:56 - The Essential Phone’s first new module since launch is a magnetic headphone jack

41:02 - The Beam is Sonos’ ambitious attempt to win the living room

50:40 - Amazon’s Fire TV Cube is an Echo, streaming box, and universal remote in one

55:05 - Paul’s weekly segment “Hey look at this thing I just found on” by Jake

57:30 - Microsoft confirms it’s acquiring GitHub for $7.5 billion

1:00:07 - Facebook accused of giving over 60 device makers inappropriate access to user data

1:06:06 - Instagram might soon let you post videos up to an hour long

1:09:48 - California’s net neutrality bill could set a national standard

Jun 08, 2018
Code Conference, Pixel 3 rumors, and WWDC preview

The Vergecast is here once again to fulfill the weekly prophecy of illuminating tech news. This week, Dieter is at Recode’s Code Conference, but he still calls in to talk to Nilay, Natt, and Paul about what he saw and heard.

Also, Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference is next week, so the crew runs through what to expect.

There’s a whole lot in between that — like Paul’s weekly segment “Embarrassingly parallel,” rumors about the next Pixel phone, and some deep philosophy about whether a phone is a tool or an instrument — so listen to it all, and you’ll get it all. 

00:41 - Code Conference 2018

5:32 - Evan Spiegel on Facebook: ‘We would really appreciate it if they copied our data protection practices’

11:56 - AT&T and Verizon both want to run massive ad-tracking networks to rival Facebook

21:03 - Apple’s WWDC 2018: iOS 12, macOS, and what else to expect

27:31 - Apple’s AirPlay 2 with multiroom audio streaming and stereo

37:41 - Paul’s weekly segment “Embarrassingly parallel”

40:24 - Cryptocurrency mining rigs are just PCs — so why won’t Stripe let you sell them?

44:04 - Google reportedly planning Pixel 3 for October, and the XL model will have a notch

48:26 - 2018 O’Reilly AI Keynote, Thomas Reardon, CEO, CTRL-labs

53:02 - Your phone is an instrument, not a tool

Jun 01, 2018
Bonus: Today, Explained "We updated our privacy policy"

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

May 30, 2018
Elon Musk, Red Hydrogen, and Zuckerberg in the EU

Are you driving somewhere for the holiday weekend? Here at _The Verge_ we'd like to encourage you to use a car that's wholly or at least primarily powered by dirty fossil fuels. On this week's episode of _The Vergecast_, Nilay, Natt, Casey, and Paul discuss how we're financially beholden to Big Car, and what to do about it now that Elon Musk has called us out on our bias.

We also got a chance to discuss Nilay's insane theory about Apple's dongle suppression campaign, Mark Zuckerberg's wacky trip to the EU, and spoke with unearned confidence about Dieter's hands-on with the Red Hydrogen One. Paul's weekly report on robots that do backflips is, of course, also something that happened.

01:50 - Elon Musk

27:54 - Red Hydrogen One hands-on

32:34 - RIP Essential?

36:37 - BlackBerry KEY2

41:19 - Dongle suppression EXPOSED

47:15 - Paul’s weekly segment “Robot backflip weekly update”

51:08 - GDPR is happening

55:54 - Mark Zuckerberg in the EU

1:03:51 - Casey shamelessly plugs Converge

1:06:35 - What’s happening in the rest of tech

May 25, 2018
Bonus: Converge with Casey Newton premiere episode

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

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May 23, 2018
The Selfish Ledger, YouTube Premium, and One Plus 6

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

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

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

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

19:02 - Apple Watch behavioral science

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

53:44 - The desktop belongs to Electron

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

May 18, 2018
Bonus: Ctrl-Walt-Delete special edition - iMac 20th anniversary

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

May 11, 2018
Google I/O and Microsoft Build

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

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

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

03:45 - The selfishness of Google Duplex

21:09 - Android P

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

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

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

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

47:49 - Nadella’s Microsoft

56:51 - What is edge computing?

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

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

May 11, 2018
Facebook’s F8, Oculus Go, and Apple earnings

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

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

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

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

22:51 - Oculus Go review

36:47 - Video calls are coming to Instagram

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

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

47:45 - Koss Porta Pro Wireless

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

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

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

May 04, 2018
New Gmail, Spectacles 2.0, and iPhone SE 2?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

40:29 - Amazon teases upcoming Fire TV Cube

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

45:53 - Dieter essential phone feels

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

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

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

Apr 27, 2018
Chat for Android, Nintendo Labo, and Motorola (like a) G6

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

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

1:20 - Chat for Android

20:48 - Telegram

29:22 - Nintendo Labo

37:41 - Amazon Skill Blueprints

41:09 - Motorola G6

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

46:39 - New free Spotify

48:51 - RIP vaunt

Apr 20, 2018
Zuckerberg testifies, Spotify hardware, and Huawei P20 Pro review

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

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

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

02:03 - Mark Zuckerberg testifies in front of Congress

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

43:00 - Apple’s RED iPhone 8

43:37 - Huawei P20 Pro review

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

51:34 - Web apps are only getting better

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

52:56 - This is the new Gmail design

Apr 13, 2018
iPad review, Facebook drama, and Apple drama

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

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

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

03:14 - Joke explainer

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

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

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

31:16 - Apple iPad (2018) review

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

46:30 - Paul’s weekly segment compilation

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

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

Apr 06, 2018
New iPads, Microsoft reorg, and Europe's new privacy rule

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mar 30, 2018
Bonus: Casey Neistat full interview

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

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

Mar 23, 2018
Cambridge Analytica, Casey Neistat, and Apple's education event

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

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

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

20:56 - Casey Neistat interview

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

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

Mar 23, 2018
Wixen vs Spotify, problems with Siri, and Breadbot

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

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

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

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

31:45 - What went wrong with Siri

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mar 16, 2018
Galaxy S9 review, Android P, and Google tries to fix the web (live @ SXSW 2018)

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

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

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

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

17:16 - Samsung Galaxy S9 review

27:17 - Android P is available for developer testing

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

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

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

45:00 - Barack Obama is reportedly planning Netflix shows

50:59 - Q&A

Mar 10, 2018
Bonus: Who owns a meme? from Why'd You Push That Button

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

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

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

Mar 06, 2018
Mobile World Congress 2018, Galaxy S9, and Vivo Apex concept phone

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

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

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

17:22 - Vivo’s Apex concept phone

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

52:40 - Google Clips review

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

Mar 02, 2018
S9 leaks, Google Reply, and Twitter's war on bots

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

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

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

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

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

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

20:28 - Swype keyboard has been discontinued

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

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

37:05 - Converge with Casey Newton beta

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

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

Feb 23, 2018
Bonus from Today, Explained: Black Panther Is the Most Important Movie of 2018

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

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

Feb 22, 2018
Waymo v Uber, another iOS bug, and AMP Stories

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

57:36 - Caavo review

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

Feb 16, 2018
Homepod review, Intel's Vaunt smart glasses, and Falcon Heavy launch

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

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

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

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

02:17 - Intel made smart glasses that look normal

20:40 - Apple HomePod review

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

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

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

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

Feb 09, 2018
The Boring Company flamethrower, Samsung foldable displays, and iOS12 reports

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

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

Happy Groundhog Day!

01:12 - Elon Musk has sold all his flamethrowers

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

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

17:41 - The thesis of The Vergecast

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

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

44:07 - Headphones talk

50:31 - Nintendo is bringing Mario Kart to smartphones

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

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

Feb 02, 2018
DJI Mavic Air, HomePod ships in February, and iOS11.3 preview

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

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

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

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

02:45 - Apple previews iOS 11.3

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

27:54 - DJI Mavic Air with Ben Popper

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jan 26, 2018
Nintendo Labo, Detroit Auto Show, and Facebook's transforming news feed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jan 19, 2018
CES 2018: Robots, TVs, and virtual assistants

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

Enjoy, and we’ll see you next week.

00:44 - Day -1

03:14 - Day 0

24:54 - Day 1

45:30 - Day 2

1:05:02 - Day 3

Jan 12, 2018
Meltdown and Spectre will kill us all

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

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

2:56 - Meltdown and Spectre

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

48:14 - CES preview

Jan 05, 2018
Magic Leap, iPhones slow down, and Microsoft removes Chrome installer from Windows Store

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

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

01:41 - Magic Leap finally unveils augmented reality goggles

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

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

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

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

1:02:50 - Amazon Echo Spot review

Dec 22, 2017
FCC kills net neutrality, the iMac Pro arrives, and T-Mobile buys Layer3 TV

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

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

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

02:10 - The FCC just killed net neutrality

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

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

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

Dec 15, 2017
ARM powered PCs, Google vs Amazon, and Messenger Kids

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

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

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

17:44 - Qualcomm announces the Snapdragon 845 processor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1:04:01 - CryptoKitties

Dec 08, 2017
HQ, selfie authentication, and solar panels turning air into water

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

17:35 - HQ

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

29:02 - Verge holiday book recommendations

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

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

38:53 - Next Level season 2 episode 3

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

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

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

Dec 01, 2017
Net Neutrality 2017 Thanksgiving madness

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

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

Nov 27, 2017
Pixel Buds review, OnePlus 5T, and Surface Book 2

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

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

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

02:50 - Microsoft Surface Book 2 review

13:12 - Google Pixel Buds review

25:40 - Next Level season 2 episode 2

47:54 - iPhone X: a few weeks later

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

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

Nov 17, 2017
Pixel 2XL screen saturation update, an iOS11 bug, and Harmony Link hub services shut down

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

21:32 - Next Level S02 E01 with Lauren Goode

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

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

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

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

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

Nov 10, 2017
iPhone X Review

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

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

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

03:22 - iPhone X first impressions

24:33 - iPhone X review with Phil Esposito

37:16 - Animoji

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

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

Nov 03, 2017
Pixel 2 XL screen, Amazon Key, and iPhone X preorder

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

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

17:39 - Google Pixelbook review

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

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

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

38:07 - Amazon Fire TV (2017) review

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

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

Oct 27, 2017
Pixel 2 review, KRACK, and Microsoft's Surface Book sequel

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

03:08 Dieter: Pixel 2 review

10:27 Smartphone screens, display

17:58 Features, camera, speaker

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

39:40 Paul’s Segment

46:45 Dieter: Surface Book 2

52:14 Microsoft fall creator update

Oct 20, 2017
Oculus Go, Movies Anywhere, and Windows Phone died again

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

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

07:28 - Android Messaging rant

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

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

32:21 - Apple hype cycle

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

49:59 - Windows Phone is dead

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

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

Oct 13, 2017
Pixel 2 first look, Pixel Buds, and Google Home Max

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

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

01:46 - Google event

13:12 - Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

29:02 - Google Buds

51:43 - Pixelbook

1:02:14 - Google Home Mini and Max

1:10:30 - Google Clips

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

Oct 06, 2017
Echo Spot, Fire TV 4K, and Pixel 2 event preview

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

41:16 - This week in TV stuff

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

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

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

Sep 29, 2017
iPhone 8 review, Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE review, and Apple TV 4K review

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

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

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

02:51 - iPhone 8 and 8 Plus review

35:32 - Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE review

1:00:26 - Apple TV 4K review

1:24:27 - Google leaks

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

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

Sep 22, 2017
Apple's iPhone X Event, Bodega, and Animoji

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

The gang also takes questions from the audience. 

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

02:11 - Apple park

07:54 - Apple TV 4K 

12:32 - iPhone 8 

17:52 - iPhone X 

28:57 - "the notch" 

38:38 - Apple Watch

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

53:40 - Animoji

1:02:34 - The state of Apple

1:17:37 - Q & A 

Sep 15, 2017
Apple event rumors, Galaxy Note 8 review, and Loren in zero gravity

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

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

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

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

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

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

10:44 - Galaxy Note 8 review

31:09 - Space Craft episode 4 with Loren Grush

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

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

1:20:34 - lots of TV stuff

Sep 08, 2017
IFA 2017, LG V30, and more smart speakers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

34:07 - Space Craft episode three with Loren Grush

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sep 01, 2017
Hands-on with the Note 8, Android Oreo, and Verizon's new unlimited data plans

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

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

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

02:43 - Note 8 specs and features

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

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

34:12 - Space Craft episode two with Loren Grush

44:34 - Android O is now officially Android Oreo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 25, 2017
Essential phone review, Charlottesville online, and Space Craft

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

23:09 - Essential Phone review

43:25 - Headphone jack still missing

49:43 - Space Craft episode 1 with Loren Grush

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

1:11:52 - Eclipse toolkit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 18, 2017
Google memo, Surface PCs reliability, and fall phones preview

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 11, 2017
Tesla Model 3 first drive, iPhone leaks, and a bluetooth salt shaker

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

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

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

01:18 - Tesla Model 3 first drive

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

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

48:33 - Next Level final episode with Lauren Goode

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

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

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

Aug 04, 2017
Bonus: Walt Mossberg remembers the iPod nano

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

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

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

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

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

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

03:22 - Welcome to Verge Guidebook

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

22:20 - Adobe will finally kill Flash in 2020

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

39:02 - Next Level episode 3 with Lauren Goode

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

1:00:20 - Pixel 2 headphone jack

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jul 28, 2017
Bixby launches, Alexa on Android, and a new hyperloop

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

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

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

02:52 - Pacific Rim: Uprising’s teaser

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

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

20:27 - Next Level episode 2 with Lauren Goode

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

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

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

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

54:26 - Google Glass is back from the dead

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

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

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

Jul 21, 2017
RIP Windows phone, net neutrality day of action, and Next Level

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

35:47 - Next Level with Lauren Goode

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

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

54:25 - Death of Windows Phone

59:47 - The new Pixel XL

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

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

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

1:10:31 - Alexa news

Jul 14, 2017
Echo Look, RED announces a phone, and new iPhone rumors

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

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

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

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

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

41:08 - Ashley’s segment “Spotted

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

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

Jul 07, 2017
The iPhone turns 10, Petya ransomware and an iOS 11 preview

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

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

1:00 - The iPhone turns 10

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

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

47:15 - Amazon Echo Show Review

55:31 - iOS 11 preview

66:00 - ARKit

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

74:50 - Galaxy Note 7 (Fandom Edition)

Jun 30, 2017
Uber’s CEO resigns, Tumblr’s fight for net neutrality, and Bixby first look

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

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

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

01:17 - OnePlus 5

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

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

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

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

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

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

45:36 - Travis Kalanick resigns as Uber CEO

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

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

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

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

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

Jun 23, 2017
Panos Panay, E3 2017, and iPad Pro 10.5-inch
Day two of The Vergecast this week! Yesterday, Nilay interviewed Brian Merchant, author of The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone. Today, we have another full episode with a lot going on. First off, E3 happened this week, and there’s a ton of news in the gaming world. Paul interviews culture reporter Megan Farokhmanesh (who is at the expo) live on tape to talk about what happened on the show floor, the press conferences, and the multitude of games that were shown. Next, Dieter and Nilay have a fun conversation with special guest Panos Panay from Microsoft to talk about Microsoft’s newest product, the Surface Laptop. And, of course, we have new reviews out this week! Along with the Surface Laptop, Nilay, Paul, and Dieter discuss the 10.5-inch iPad Pro and the future of these new kinds of computers. There’s a whole mess of stuff in between that, so listen through it all, and you’ll get it all. 05:37 - Xbox One X 13:47 - E3 2017 with Megan Farokhmanesh 34:44 - Panos Panay interview 1:00:57 - 10.5-inch iPad Pro and Surface Laptop reviews 1:17:44 - Paul’s weekly segment “I C Seed; so much seeing”
Jun 16, 2017
Bonus: Brian Merchant, author of The One Device
We’re doing two episodes of The Vergecast this week — the usual one on Friday, and this very special edition with Brian Merchant, author of The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone. We ran a big excerpt of the book this week, and we got deep on talking about the book, where it came from, and Merchant’s feeling that we should know more about the technology products in our lives — and know more about the hundreds of people who make them, from the unsung engineers at tech companies to the extremely unsung miners who dig the raw materials out of the ground. And, of course, we talk about the quotes from Tony Fadell and Bill Bilbrey in the excerpt we just published, in which Fadell tells a story about Phil Schiller arguing the iPhone should have a hardware keyboard. Schiller has said the story isn’t true, and Fadell has tried to walk it back as well. “So I wasn't in the room at Apple 10, 15 years ago when this would have happened,” says Merchant, who has the exchange on tape. “But this is a quote verbatim as Tony Fadell who was in the room told it to me. He told me this quote in such detail and he gave such a vivid account and I had no reason to believe it was untrue.” Merchant says the controversy has “blown him away.” “It certainly wasn't intended to make Phil Schiller look dumb. It was an opposing viewpoint... I think that it's totally fine to be a dissenting voice and want to contextualize this emergent technology and even be opposed to it. Why would you not have someone in the room who is forcing people to think critically about this potentiality?” There’s a lot more on the podcast, including a deep dive into the early research projects at Apple exploring touch interfaces.
Jun 15, 2017
HomePod, WWDC 2017, and DJI Spark
This week, it’s Apple’s turn to take over The Vergecast. Dieter and Jake have just come back from WWDC while Nilay and Paul watched from afar so the gang has a lot to talk about with the new products announced. We also have Ben Popper stop by the show to talk about DJI’s newest drone, the Spark. There’s a whole lot more in between that so listen to it all you get it all. 04:56 - Apple announces HomePod speaker to take on Sonos 32:14 - DJI Spark review with Ben Popper 47:22 - Apple announces new 10.5-inch iPad Pro 1:02:51 - Apple is launching an iOS ‘ARKit’ for augmented reality apps 1:06:05 - iMac Pro introduced / macOS High Sierra 1:18:37 - watchOS 4 brings new Siri watchface, fitness coaching, and a new app-browsing UI 1:21:32 - Paul’s weekly segment “Gates-all-around, all around”
Jun 08, 2017
Code Conference, Essential Phone, and Chromebook Pro
This week’s Vergecast is recorded out of the studio. Nilay heads to the West Coast to reunite with Dieter, Lauren, and Casey at this year’s Code Conference. The gang discusses the speakers (in more than one way) at the event including Andy Rubin, Hillary Clinton, and Reed Hastings. They also chat a little about the news outside of the conference. Back in New York, Paul reports on gadget week with his weekly segment “Let me hug your robot heart.” There’s a whole lot more in between, so listen to get it all! 01:29 - The case for editing tweets 06:01 - The Essential Phone: a first look at the hardware 30:11 - Paul’s weekly segment “Let me hug your robot heart” 32:49 - Netflix CEO says net neutrality is ‘not our primary battle’ 42:41 - Clinton says the Russians had to be ‘guided by Americans’ in how they weaponized information 55:37 - Don’t buy the Chromebook Pro until Google fixes a critical bug 59:11 - Verizon says the Droid brand isn’t dead, but it sure looks like it 1:01:30 - Microsoft's new Skype redesign is a radical change that looks like Snapchat 1:04:55 - Samsung's Bixby voice assistant is reportedly still weeks away from US launch 1:07:11 - Apple’s ‘Siri speaker’ reportedly enters manufacturing as announcement nears
Jun 02, 2017
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
May 26, 2017
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
May 19, 2017
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”
May 12, 2017
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
May 05, 2017
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!
Apr 28, 2017
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
Apr 21, 2017
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?”
Apr 14, 2017
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
Apr 07, 2017
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
Mar 31, 2017
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
Mar 24, 2017
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
Mar 14, 2017
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!
Mar 12, 2017
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
Mar 10, 2017
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 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
Mar 03, 2017
Bonus: Vergecast at SXSW 2017
A special announcement from Nilay Patel
Mar 02, 2017
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”
Feb 24, 2017
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
Feb 17, 2017
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
Feb 10, 2017
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
Feb 03, 2017
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
Jan 27, 2017
FTC vs Qualcomm, Trump vs Apple, and Oculus vs ZeniMax
This week on Vergecast, Nilay, Paul, Ashley, and Dieter take on the topics in the tech world you may have missed out on this week. Trump spoke with Tim Cook about moving production of Apple products to the US; Qualcomm is being sued by the Federal Trade Commission; and both Palmer Luckey and Mark Zuckerberg take the stand in the Oculus trade secrets trial. That’s only the first half of the show, so keep listening for more on this week in tech. 3:07 - Trump / Apple 17:03 - FTC / Qualcomm 24:29 - Oculus Trial 32:36 - Paul’s weekly segment “Put this computer in that computer” 34:53 - Smart duvet 38:45 - Andy Rubin / Android 46:47 - Nintendo Switch 52:59 - Smart garden / AirPods
Jan 20, 2017
iPhone 10th anniversary, Nintendo Switch, and the HTC U Ultra
You watched the live show at CES and now we’re back in podcast mode. Nilay, Dieter, and Paul get together to share some of their experiences from the Consumer Electronics Show, along with a review of what happened this week. The iPhone turned 10 on Tuesday, so the trio looks back to when it was first announced and discuss what will happen with smartphones in the future. There’s also lots of gadget talk: HTC’s U Ultra, the Nintendo Switch (!), and lots of throwback devices. This is a really good nerdy tech-centric episode of Vergecast, I hope you like it. 3:31 - iPhone 10th anniversary and the future of smartphones 19:03 - iPhone prototypes 22:38 - Macbook Pro battery life 31:38 - HTC U Ultra 46:02 - Nintendo Switch
Jan 13, 2017
CES 2017 Day 3
This year, we hosted The Vergecast Live at CES 2017 as a Twitter Live video show. We've decided to share the full audio here, but you can see clips from the show on Twitter (@Verge). The following is from Friday, January 6th.
Jan 07, 2017
CES 2017 Day 2
This year, we hosted The Vergecast Live at CES 2017 as a Twitter Live video show. We've decided to share the full audio here, but you can see clips from the show on Twitter (@Verge) and catch our last show Friday at 4:30PT at The following is from Thursday, January 5th.
Jan 06, 2017
CES 2017 Day 1
This year, we hosted The Vergecast Live at CES 2017 as a Twitter Live video show. We've decided to share the full audio here, but you can see clips from the show on Twitter @Verge and catch our last show Friday at 4:30PT at The following is from Wednesday, January 4th.
Jan 06, 2017
Zuckerberg's smart home, Android Wear, and CES predictions
As the year ends, Nilay, Dieter, Paul, and Ross gather together from across the country via Skype to sit down and bring up what’s been troubling them this week. Nilay can’t stand Mark Zuckerberg’s video about his home AI, Dieter doesn’t know what laptop to take to CES, Paul feels that emoji is too totalitarian, and already in holiday mode. Grab a glass of eggnog (from and sit beside the fire with your favorite tech luminaries of 2016. 04:11 - Mark Zuckerberg’s “smart home” 14:56 - Rogue One talk (level 4 spoilers 16:51-18:01) 17:59 - laptops 22:42 - Apple, Macbook batteries, and new desktops 26:23 - Emoji consortium 28:52 - AirPods review 34:58 - Android Wear 43:34 - CES 2017 predictions 55:08 - Paul's weekly segment "WebOS still exists, Dieter. Are you sad?" 59:19 - Dieter note
Dec 23, 2016
Super Mario Run, Uber's self-driving cars, and Apple's new TV app
Everyone was in New York this week, so we had a jam-packed studio with Nilay, Dieter, and Paul, along with culture reporter Megan Farokhmanesh and transportation reporter Andrew Hawkins. Megan joins us on Vergecast for the first time to talk about what dominates the site this week: Nintendo’s new mobile game Super Mario Run, and the new Star Wars film Rogue One (no spoilers). Meanwhile, Andrew enlightens us on what is going on in the world of self-driving cars: Uber’s autonomous cars in San Francisco, and Google’s new car company Waymo. There’s a lot more along with that so hit play and drive. 02:21 - Super Mario Run 14:41 - Rogue One 23:16 - Uber / Google self-driving car news with Andrew Hawkins 45:39 - Lightning round (kinda) starts here 45: 48 - Apple TV app 54:48 - AirPods 58:17 - Paul’s weekly segment “Speaking of Things You Can’t Buy”
Dec 16, 2016
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)
Dec 09, 2016
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
Dec 02, 2016
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
Nov 18, 2016
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.
Nov 11, 2016
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.”
Nov 04, 2016
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
Oct 28, 2016
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
Oct 21, 2016
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
Oct 14, 2016
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
Oct 07, 2016
SpaceX, colonizing Mars, and Snapchat spectacles
This week on Vergecast, science editor Liz Lopatto is in town and stops by the Vergecast to talk about the news out of the International Astronautical Congress; Elon Musk's plan to colonize Mars. Paul also interviews Loren Grush live in Mexico at the event and breaks down Mr. Musk's presentation. The cast also talks about the death of BlackBerry-made phones, the ever-changing use of smartwatches, and Snapchat's Spectacles.
Oct 02, 2016
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”
Sep 23, 2016
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
Sep 16, 2016
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.
Sep 09, 2016
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!
Sep 02, 2016
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
Aug 26, 2016
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"
Aug 19, 2016
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
Aug 12, 2016
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
Aug 05, 2016
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
Jul 29, 2016
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
Jul 22, 2016
What is a monetization structure?
This week on Vergecast, Senior Editor Chris Plante comes to town to join Paul, Nilay, and video director Miriam Nielsen to discuss the overwhelming response to topics reported on our site; Pokémon GO and Nintendo's new NES. They also go deeper into augmented reality and how Nintendo is dealing with their properties. Paul once again brings us his weekly segment "Pokémon GO Tips and Tricks Review: Gadgets" 03:38 - Pokémon GO 16:59 - AR 33:40 - Nintendo 47:58- Paul's "Pokémon GO Tips and Tricks Review: Gadgets"
Jul 15, 2016
iOS 10, Sierra, and bookstore bathrooms
03:12 Apple Battery Case 05:10 News Intro 06:08 Apple Updates 08:10 Live Photos 10:45 IOS 10 Updates 44:15 Gadget Guyz 49:00 Pokemon Go 54:60 Lightning Round
Jul 08, 2016
This week on Vergecast, Nilay, Dieter, and Paul bring in resident cybersecurity expert Russell Brandom to explain the cryptocurrency Ethereum and how there was a recent attack on the Decentralized Autonomous Organization which stole $53 million. Then, later on in the show a surprise guest pops in to give us breaking news on the Android. And after you listen to the podcast, head over to and cast your vote in the poll for this week's Gadget Face-off featured on this week's podcast! 03:52 - Ethereum 17:02 - Breaking News 22:04 - Squarespace ad 24:42 - BLU phones 35:33 - Paul’s Gadget Secrets/Gadget Face-off 39:44 - Coors ad 40:50 - Mr. Robot discussion 48:45 - Handshakes
Jul 01, 2016
Oh gadget, my gadget
This week on Vergecast, Paul Miller and Ashley Carman, part of our Circuit Breaker team, join Nilay and Dieter to discuss trends they've noticed while blogging. Also, fan favorite Nicola Fumo stops by the show to tell us what she's been up to and explains her recent tech troubles. This wouldn't be a tech podcast without us discussing the iPhone headphone jack rumors so get ready for that too! 01:46 - Gadgets with Paul and Ashley 08:20 - Headphone jack debate 21:53 - Coors ad 22:57 - Nicola Fumo guest 38:06 - Mr Robot ad 40:45 - Gadget Bonanza 47:09 - lightning round
Jun 24, 2016
Live from WWDC and E3
Another week on the road for Vergecast; we recorded from WWDC and we have (cross off your bingo square) special guests! All together in the same room again, Nilay and Dieter bring back the ever-wise Lauren Goode and Walt Mossberg, with first-time Vergecaster and co-anchor of CNBC's "Squawk Alley" Jon Fortt. Also, Paul Miller's weekly segment "Games are Gadgets Too" calls Casey Newton live from E3 to talk about the newest demos on the show floor. watchOS 01:58 macOS 17:39 tvOS 28:31 Paul’s Games are Gadgets Too: 43:43 iOS: 58:31 Final thoughts 01:27:50
Jun 17, 2016
So much news this week and more to come next week
Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and Dan Seifert sit down and don't know where to start so they bring in Paul Miller and Loren Grush to help them out. The gang talks Lenovo Tech World, Nest, WWDC, Game of Thrones and much much more.
Jun 10, 2016
Live from Code Conference
This week on a late night, sleep-deprived Vergecast, Nilay and Dieter reunite in Los Angeles to attend Recode's Code Conference and meet up with Lauren Goode and Casey Newton to give their take on the interviews and throw in a few anecdotes from the night. Things get silly. Also, Paul Miller updates us on new PC backpacks on this week's Gadget of the Week/Gadget Corner (we're still working on the name). 04:26 - Jeff Bezos 34:56 - Paul’s Gadget of the Week 37:32 - Casey reads an ad for Squarespace 39:35 - Twitter talk 48:07 - Facebook talk 55:01 - Sundar Pichai 1:10:55 - Elon Musk
Jun 03, 2016
Season 3
Vergecast is back! But something is different…Dieter moved to San Francisco and Nilay is still in New York City. How can they make it work? This is the future and we can chat in cyberspace, that's how. Using ~technology~ we also patch in Paul Miller and Lauren Goode for a special State of Tech discussion. Wait! There's more! Nilay interviews Kara Swisher, executive editor of Recode, to talk about what's to come with this year's mammoth guest lineup at the Code Conference. We want your feedback! Tell us what you want to see on the show, who you want on the show, or even where you want the show! New episodes every week. 25:55 - Paul’s gadget of the week 31.12 - Nilay and Dieter’s car trouble 41:31 - interview with Kara Swisher 52:23 - lightning round
May 27, 2016
Emotional time zones
This week on Vergecast, Dieter and Nilay bring back Paul Miller to talk about this week in tech and gadgets, as well as science reporter Arielle Duhaime-Ross to discuss what it was like to spend four days with a biohacker while he tried to kill and then replace his body’s bacteria.
May 06, 2016
Introducing Circuit Breaker, Google hardware, and the next Apple Watch
With Nilay out, Dieter brings in the editor of Circuit Breaker, Paul Miller, and news editor Jake Kastrenakes to discuss this week in tech. Racked senior reporter Nicola Fumo engages the hype matrix in this week's episode of Vergecast.
Apr 29, 2016
Purple Macbook
This week on Vergecast, Nilay, Dieter, Adi, and Nicola discuss the legacy of Prince, the new MacBook, and the mystery of Magic Leap. Also Nilay talks with Professor Randal Picker of University of Chicago Law School to explain Google's antirust charges from the European Union.
Apr 22, 2016
Facebook in space
Nilay and Dieter bring back science reporter Loren Grush to take on this week's news in science and tech; discussing Facebook's F8 developer conference, SpaceX, and Telsa's Model S. Racked senior reporter Nicola Fumo engineers the hype matrix once again for this spaced out episode of Vergecast.
Apr 15, 2016
Happy 200! Hear the uncut and unscripted episode featuring Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and special guests Joanna Stern, Paul Miller, Chris Ziegler, and Ross Miller as they reminisce about the early days of The Verge and also talk tech news today. This is an episode you don't want to miss!
Apr 07, 2016
Juice responsibly
This week on the Vergecast, Nilay, Dieter, Jake, and Nicola review the reviews! The iPad Pro 9.7, Soundcloud Go, and the Microsoft Build developer conference; with much talk about bots. We're covering all the top tech news so if you liked what you read this week, listen in for the in depth discussion.
Apr 01, 2016
Is kale more interesting than the iPhone SE?
This week on Vergecast, Nilay and Dieter bring in news editor Jake Kastrenakes to discuss happenings at the Apple event this week as well as Vizio's new products and initiatives. Racked style editor Nicola Fumo again joins us to helm the hype matrix.
Mar 25, 2016
Team Spherical
This week on the Vergecast, Nilay welcomes some of our video team: producer Tre Shallowhorn, directors Tom Connors and Miriam Nielsen, and creative director James Bareham, to discuss the process of developing our 360 video interview with Michelle Obama and also talking about this week in tech news.
Mar 18, 2016
Walk of life
This week on Vergecast, Nilay and Dieter are joined by news editor Jake Kastrenakes; discussing Google's Android N, Samsung's Galaxy S7, as well as science reporter/space cadet Loren Grush to talk Blue Origin and other space news.
Mar 11, 2016
VR, Amazon Echo, and more VR
Nilay and Dieter are joined by senior reporter Adi Robertson to talk VR technology and fan favorite: Amazon Echo. Racked style editor Nicola Fumo operates the hype matrix once again in this week's episode of Vergecast!
Mar 04, 2016
Cut the night
Another week of Vergecast and we have SO much to talk about so we extended the episode to 90 minutes…and then some.Mobile World Congress just wrapped up so Nilay, Dieter, and news editor Jake Kastrenakes are here to analyze the coverage. Also, the Oscars are this Sunday so our entertainment section is taking over Vergecast during halftime! Entertainment editor Emily Yoshida leads the discussion with entertainment editor Jamieson Cox, and senior reporter Bryan Bishop. Nicola Fumo commands the hype matrix once again for this show-within-a-show episode of Vergecast!
Feb 26, 2016
Encryption in the hype matrix
This week on Vergecast, Nilay returns, bringing in business editor Ben Popper to unfold his feature on public schools’ initiative to bring Chromebooks into classrooms. Reporter Russell Brandom joins to discuss the timely debate on encryption in light of this week’s Apple news. Racked style editor Nicola Fumo reclaims the hype desk to introduce the "Fumo hype matrix."
Feb 19, 2016
TLOP: The Love of Physics
This week on the Vergecast, with Dieter, Nilay, and Nicola missing we have put together an alternative cast featuring Chris Ziegler, Sean O'Kane, and Loren Grush, with video director Mark Linsangan and social video reporter Kirsten Frisina discussing the news of gravitational waves, Google cars, and maybe a little Valentine's Day talk. Also, will there be a Clockstoppers 2?
Feb 12, 2016
Morning Computer
This week on The Vergecast, Dieter and Nilay are joined by Dan Seifert and Racked style editor Nicola Fumo to discuss the iPad air 3, Amazon Echo features, the new Uber logo, Apple software and lots more. Also, what would happen if ALF and Urkel met?
Feb 05, 2016
Brain gotta get there
This week on The Vergecast, Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn are joined by Lauren Goode and Racked style editor Nicola Fumo.
Jan 29, 2016
Pain is Available at 6
This week on The Vergecast, Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn are joined by Jake Kastrenakes and Racked style editor Nicola Fumo to talk about T-Pain, T-Pain's house, and Apple's new set of music making apps.
Jan 22, 2016
Facist papa color
This week on The Vergecast, Dieter Bohn is joined by Emily Yoshida, Nicola Fumo, and Sean O'Kane as the panel checks in for the first time since CES 2016. The topics of discussion include the 2016 Detroit Auto Show, Oscar nominations, and bad tech fashion.
Jan 15, 2016
CES 2016 Day 4
Today on The Vergecast, Nilay, Dieter, Casey, and Nicola gather together one more time at CES 2016 and chat about what they saw, what they learned, and what is next to come post-CES.
Jan 09, 2016
CES 2016 Day 3
Today on The Vergecast, Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn are joined by Nicola Fumo, Vlad Savov and Kirsten Frisina to discuss CES 2016.
Jan 08, 2016
CES 2016 Day 2
On Day 2, Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn are joined by some familiar faces as Joanna Stern and Sam Sheffer return to talk about CES.
Jan 07, 2016
CES 2016 Day 1
Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn are joined by Dan Seifert, Lauren Goode, and Sean O'Kane in Las Vegas at CES 2016. The panel discussed the numerous keynotes, including Intel, LG, Samsung and Sony, being very tired, and 3D printed souls.
Jan 05, 2016
Star Wars: The spoilers unleashed
This week on a very special Vergecast, we discuss all things Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Emily Yoshida and Ross Miller will be joined by Bryan Bishop and Tasha Robinson to have a critic's discussion of the new film. Kaitlyn Tiffany will be occupying the hypeseat and will likely interject Hamilton into the discussion. Be warned: there will be spoilers. This is an episode that should be listened to after you see the movie.
Dec 18, 2015
Alexa, play Vergecast
This week on the Vergecast, Nilay is joined by Casey Newton, Chris Plante and Nicola Fumo (who is keeping Project Figure Head in full effect). The panel discusses the iPhone battery case and Nicola tries to put together the Google Pixel C.
Dec 11, 2015
Fear the reaper
This week on The Vergecast, Dieter Bohn is joined by a rotating panel of guests, as well as Nicola Fumo in the hypeseat. Elmo Keep, the author of our massive feature on Transhumanism, will be on to discuss presidential candidate Zoltan Istvan with Vergecast rookie Michael Zelenko. We'll also have our car experts Chris Ziegler and Andrew Hawkins on to talk about cars, car sharing, and car feelings.
Dec 04, 2015
Tinder DJs
Today on The Vergecast, Nilay and Dieter are joined in studio by Lauren Goode to continue their discussion about the iPad Pro, as well as how it stacks up against the Surface Pro 4. In addition, the panel will discuss the end of Rdio, as well as the best set-top box on the market. Nicola Fumo once again occupies the hypeseat.
Nov 20, 2015
Swipe left for iPad
The week on the Vergecast, Nilay and Dieter are joined by Nicola Fumo and Lauren Goode to talk about the iPad Pro, Tinder, and the BlackBerry Priv.
Nov 13, 2015
The state of Android, smartwatches and Twitter hearts
This week brought no shortage of topics to discuss, but one item stood out among the smoke and mirrors. Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and Dan Seifert are joined by Nicola Fumo of Racked in the hypeseat to discuss the state of smartwatches, what might happen with Google's two operating systems, and of course, the new branded vape from musical artist The Weeknd. It's not one to miss.
Nov 06, 2015
Apple TV, universal remotes, and the joy of dropping phones
It was a good week to arguing about the state of television, with both Apple and Roku releasing new content delivery boxes. A trio of original Verge editors — Nilay Patel, Chris Ziegler, and Ross Miller — are joined by Helen Havlak in the Hype seat. In between heated debates about universal remotes and IR blasters, our Fab Four find time to talk about HTC's One A9 and — quite literally — toss around the new "drop-proof" Droid Turbo 2. Don't worry, you'll hear it.
Oct 30, 2015
The Hype Council is in session
This week on the Vergecast, Joanna Stern invades to talk about the Surface Book and the Surface Pro 4 — and Tom Warren joins the invasion over Skype. And for the first time, the Hype Council of Kirsten Frisina, Loren Grush, and Kaitlyn Tiffany sit in judgement of the Nexus 6P and YouTube Red. Along with Dieter and Nilay, that's seven humans. It doesn't get more Vergecast than this.
Oct 23, 2015
Coterie of vapes
This week's Vergecast features Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Chris Plante in the Skype seat, and Nicola Fumo in the Hype seat. They talk fashion and tech struggles, Pax, bro's gold iPhones, Metal Gear, Battlefront, this fall's video game releases, new iMacs, the new Harmony Universal Remote, and — well — weed.
Oct 16, 2015
The perfect Swiss man
Dieter Bohn, Nilay Patel, Casey Newton, and Kirsten Frisina on the hype-seat caress your brain with knowledge about Microsoft's new confident and purposeful direction, whether Twitter Moments is useful or not, Google AMP's benefits for the internet at large, and how the Steve Jobs movie is a great film but also a castle of lies. Thought of the 'cast: If you die in HoloLens, do you die in real life?
Oct 09, 2015
Soccer moms racing turbos
Dieter Bohn, Nilay Patel and hype-seater Kristen Frisina are joined by Chris Ziegler and Lauren Goode in a rare five-seater that eats up the week’s news, including the new Nexus phones, the Chromecast dongles, the Pixel C tablet, the new over-engineered Tesla, and Dieter’s nefarious plan to sprinkle gluten over the food at Google events.
Oct 02, 2015
Ctrl-Walt-Delete: Nilay owes Walt $100
Walt and Nilay kick things off with a discussion of the iPhone 6S, the weird new prices of phones, the 2007 iPhone, and more. Subscribe to Ctrl-Walt-Delete on iTunes!
Sep 25, 2015
Pacific Time should be illegal
Nilay Patel is joined by Liz Lopatto, Loren Grush, and hype-seater Arielle Duhaime-Ross in a special science issue of The Vergecast. They break down why The Verge cares about science, the space (lack of) race, Verge staff childhood misadventures, the Vergier year ahead and the terrible, oh-so-terrible use of exclamation points in ad copy. Don't forget to check out our brand new podcast Ctrl-Walt-Delete with our very own Walt Mossberg. The first episode will be on our Vergecast feed right after this.
Sep 25, 2015
A threatening Greg
Special guest Farhad Manjoo of The New York Times joins Dieter Bohn, Nilay Patel, and new hype-seater Kirsten Frisina to talk ad blocking and the changing state of the internet, Alexa versus Siri, the house of the future, Google beyond search, the possibility of threatening Gregs, and more!
Sep 18, 2015
Peek, pop, whip, and nae nae
A day after Apple’s huge event, we ran through all the big announcements. The Hype Seat has transformed into the Skype Seat so that Casey Newton can join Dieter Bohn, Jake Kastrenakes, and Chris Welch. Is the Apple TV just a super Roku? Just how Surface-y is the new iPad Pro? If you 3D Touch a 2D screen in a 1D forest, does it make a sound? All these questions will be answered with a Live Shot, except instead of a moving picture it’s a podcast.
Sep 11, 2015
Hype's out for summer
What started as a chill summer situation becomes very heated this week. Nilay, Dieter, Sam, and Special British Guest Tom Warren discuss Windows 10, Apple Music, an alleged new Moto X, and The Beach Boys.
Jul 24, 2015
Shoutout to grandmas
There's lots of news this week, so there are lots of guests as well. Nilay and Dieter are joined by Sean O'Kane, Jake Kastrenakes, and Kaitlyn Tiffany to talk about the Pluto flyby, San Diego Comic-Con, Windows 10, Reddit, and further refinement of the hype scale.
Jul 17, 2015
Uphill to Pluto both ways
We're back in the Bohn Zone as Dieter is in charge of the proceedings this week. Tom Warren is on hand to catch us up on Microsoft's Nokia woes, and we welcome Vergecast rookies Sean O'Kane and Loren Grush to discuss the future of space. And of course, Sam Sheffer is on hand to check hype throughout.
Jul 10, 2015
Shoutout to music! Shoutout to stars! Shoutout to hearts! This week on The Vergecast, Nilay, Dieter, and Emily are joined by Racked's Nicola Fumo in the hype seat to discuss Apple Music, Beats 1 radio, the cultural force that is Magic Mike XXL, and the fate of comments. Crank it up and get ready to join us in motivational chants.
Jul 02, 2015
Puddle of burn
Welcome to a very special episode of The Vergecast, featuring our new colleagues from Re/code, Walt Mossberg and Lauren Goode. They join Nilay and Sam to take a break from the news this week, and take stock of the state of the union in tech. From Amazon and Google to Microsoft and Beyonce, the crew takes stock of where we are, and what constitutes hype. Don't miss this one.
Jun 26, 2015
Hot swap your D-pad
It's a special bicoastal episode of The Vergecast, as Nilay, Dieter, Emily, and Sam are joined remotely by the one and only Casey Newton, live from the E3 convention in Los Angeles. It's been a big show, and there are some big opinions about it on display here. And while we're on the subject of opinions, Emily comes to the table with plenty of them as the discussion moves to this week's Game of Thrones season finale.
Jun 19, 2015
Bad Millennial
On this week's show, special guest Nicola Fumo from Racked joins us to talk about Apple. But we couldn't get to Apple right away, because Oculus up and decided to announce a million VR things. So Dieter Bohn had feelings about those VR things. Then Nilay Patel had feelings about WWDC things and Emily had feelings about Apple Music things. Then Nicola had feelings about Millennials. That's what The Vergecast is for: feelings.
Jun 12, 2015
What do you own?
On this week's show, Nilay Patel has some thoughts on ownership, Dieter Bohn offers some feelings about Google, Adi Robertson makes assertions about Ingress, and Sam Sheffer spends the whole hour downloading illegal ROMs. There's also some talk about Recode, Google I/O, and WWDC predictions.
Jun 05, 2015
Bonus: Verge ESP
The Verge has a new podcast about entertainment and science: Verge ESP, hosted by Emily Yoshida and Liz Lopatto. This is the first episode of that show. If you like what you hear, be sure to subscribe on iTunes, via RSS, or just search your podcast app for "Verge ESP." Oil, bionic limbs, and hackers — today we discuss Mad Max, the Santa Barbara oil spill, brain-controlled robot arms, and interview Chris Cantwell and Chris Rogers of Halt and Catch Fire. Find out how to drink beer using a brain-controlled robot, why Mad Max's explosions and chase scenes rule so hard, the catastrophic consequences of fossil fuels, and the creative choices behind Halt and Catch Fire.
Jun 02, 2015
Spoken like a true snake person
This week we have a special Google I/O edition of the Vergecast, guest hosted by Ross Miller, Emily Yoshida, Dan Seifert, and Sam Sheffer. They discuss the announcements out of the keynote, including Now on Tap, Photos, Android M, Cardboard, and the fact that Dan cannot tell his own children apart.
May 29, 2015
Lumber guitar licks
The music industry is (and has been) undergoing significant changes. Join Nilay Patel, Micah Singleton, Emily Yoshida, and Sam Sheffer as they discuss Spotify’s expansion, Sony Music’s no-to-secret contract with Spotify, Apple’s upcoming music service, iTunes, and more.
May 22, 2015
Air Bud 6
Nilay Patel is fired up about media aquisions, Dieter Bohn is delirious, Sam Sheffer is hyped beyond belief, Russell Brandom is on the Facebook beat, and Josh Dzieza is on hand to report on the rat takeover. What a time to be alive. Join us, won't you? This week's Vergecast is sponsored by: Highfive Igloo Tripcase
May 15, 2015
Why is Offline So Hard
How do you augment reality? With music? With the Microsoft HoloLens? With insane superhero Avengers mythology? Yes, yes, and yes. All those topics and more in this week's podcast.
May 08, 2015
Helmets Are the Future
It's been an action-packed week in tech, and we're here to keep the adrenaline pumping. Micah Singleton and TC Sottek join Nilay Patel and Sam Sheffer to reflect on daily life with Apple Watch, the leather backed LG G4, the future of HoloLens, and what exactly Hadoop is, anyway.
May 01, 2015
Comcast, Time Warner, Google Fi, and Apple Watch
It may sound as if this episode of The Vergecast were recorded from within the aisles a Party City, but no; it's just our enthusiastic celebration of our sesquicentennial episode. Join us as we combine all the classic ingredients of a successful birthday blowout: failed corporate mergers, MVNOs, smartwatch apps, and silly cardboard hats. Thanks for listening for 150 episodes!
Apr 24, 2015
The Force Naps
It's a veritable who's who of podcasting today, as Dieter Bohn takes the Vergecast reigns, and invites Chris Ziegler, Sam Sheffer, Emily Yoshida, and Kwame Opam to The Vergecast. We've got the gold MacBook, the Surface 3, the new Star Wars trailer, and Ryan Gosling's rumored presence in a Blade Runner sequel.
Apr 17, 2015
I Don't Think Anyone is Great
There is finally an actual Apple Watch in the studio, and Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Joanna Stern, and Sam Sheffer are on hand to look at it, talk about it, and force touch it. Also on the show are the new MacBook, Android Wear on iOS, and a genuine Motorola selfie stick. Join us.
Apr 10, 2015
Netflix Bedtime
What ever happened to predictability? Well, we're throwing it out the window today, as special guests Liz Lopatto and Kwame Opam join Nilay and Sam, with a very special crossover cameo at the top of the show. It's a rare condition, this day and age, to read any good news on the newspaper page, so it's a mixed bag of topics this week. We've got Furious 7, Microsoft's newest Surface, the ongoing Californian drought, Amazon Dash and Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool. Only time will tell if all these dreams fit under one umbrella, but we hope you enjoy.
Apr 03, 2015
Good radio
It's another tech-filled week, but this one is just a little more British than usual. International visitor Tom Warren joins Nilay, Dieter, and Sam to discuss the release of the Samsung Galaxy S6, HTC One M9, Facebook's chat ambitions, and the release of Periscope.
Mar 26, 2015
Dutch Teens Who Solve Crimes
This week's episode is a whirlwind of news, thoughts, and feelings. Dieter Bohn regales us with his final assessment SXSW, Nilay Patel cannot get over the size of an Acer Chromebook, Ross Miller believes in a future of cord cutting, and for the first time ever, Helen Havlak is in the hype chair to keep things in hype check. Plus, our hosts map out the pilot of a new Dutch children's mystery show.
Mar 20, 2015
Sam from the Future
The lineup is turned on its head this week as Joanna Stern joins Nilay Patel and Chris Plante, and Chris Ziegler takes the hype reins while Sam is absent. These great minds reflect on this week's Apple event, Star Wars, and the upcoming Frozen sequel.
Mar 13, 2015
Bonus: Apple Watch and MacBook Event
This is a special bonus Verge Live episode, recorded after Apple's March 9, 2015 event. As Apple wraps up its Spring Forward event — Apple Watch! A new MacBook! HBO Now on Apple TV! — Ross Miller and Chris Ziegler are heading to the studio for The Verge Live. Join us as we break down all the news of the day, and later on, we're joined by Casey Newton, who is live at the event... hopefully stealing us a few $10,000 trinkets.
Mar 09, 2015
Infinity Gigabytes and Infinity Buckets
The Vergecast is a roller coaster of emotions this week. Dieter breaks down and shares his feelings about the Galaxy S6, Nilay declares his love for lambos, Chris expounds upon luxury, and Sam expresses profound confusion when presented with the words "Wayne's World."
Mar 06, 2015
We've captured lightning in a bottle this week. We somehow managed to record The Vergecast in the brief moments between the Arizonan llamas and the white-gold-blue-black dress debate. It was a moment of clarity, a calm we didn't know we should have savored. Journey back with us to that simpler time, and hear Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Chris Ziegler, and Sam Sheffer weigh in on the FCC's net neutrality ruling, the price of an Apple Watch, the upcoming Galaxy S 6, and the classic 1992 romantic thriller, The Bodyguard.
Feb 27, 2015
Vaping Alone with Wikipedia
Are you ready to settle in for another hard tech episode? I hope so, because that's what we have this week. Nilay, Dieter, Chris, and Sam bring the beef/sweat/swag/hype to the table to discuss Jony Ive, cars, Sony, and the merits of various Matrix sequels.
Feb 20, 2015
I Will Putter in RadioShack
We're back in the Bohn Zone this week. Nilay is away, but Dieter, Ross, Chris, and Sam are here to weave a tapestry of technology and pop culture, with a very professional introduction to kick it all off. Plus, this episode features the premiere of What's Tech, Chris Plante's new podcast. If you like What's Tech, be sure to subscribe on iTunes, or paste this feed into your favorite podcast app.
Feb 13, 2015
In the Tweet Mix
This week's show includes a very special attempt at an actual introduction. That's right, we're rolling out the red carpet for Nicholas Carlson, Business Insider's chief correspondent. The professionalism doesn't last for long, though, as we quickly devolve into the mathematical definition of a hypecheck, the FCC's role in the future of the internet, and Apple's new take on photo management.
Feb 06, 2015
Dressed as a Pirate
It's a very special episode of The Vergecast. This is David Pierce's final day at The Verge, and as such, we have dressed him as a pirate and forced him to discuss technology, film, and the merits of Snapchat. Nilay Patel wrangles the troops, Sam Sheffer brings the swag, and Emily Yoshida is back from Park City to reflect on Sundance.
Jan 30, 2015
Special Edition: The 2015 Sundance Film Festival
The Verge's Casey Newton, Emily Yoshida and Bryan Bishop chat about the films of the Sundance Film Festival, the huge steps Oculus is making in the narrative film world, and the unstoppable force of nature that is James Franco.
Jan 27, 2015
Business Hole
It's been quite the week, as evidenced by the fact the Dieter has been awake for a full 24 hours at this point. We've got BIll Gates, holograms, local Super Bowl ads, and a tired variation on a classic genre we like to call "lazy jazz." Join Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Chris Plante, and his Swaggesty Sam Sheffer on a journey through time and incoherence on this week's show.
Jan 23, 2015
Heartbeat Trolling Everyone All the Time
We're going hard tech with Nilay Patel, Chris Ziegler, and special British guest Tom Warren. We've got Microsoft, Apple, VR, Hyperloop, and dispatches from the North American International Auto Show. And, of course, Sam Sheffer is on hand to check the hype at various points along the way. It's beef.
Jan 16, 2015
The Verge YouTube Roundtable at CES
Join Dieter Bohn, Austin Evans, Marques Brownlee, and Jonathan Morrison as they discuss the best gadgets they saw at CES 2015.
Jan 10, 2015
CES 2015, Day 3
They said it wasn't possible. They said the show couldn't go on. And yet, here we are, at the fourth and final Vergecast of CES 2015. Send the week off with your friends Nilay Patel, Casey Newton, Nitasha Tiku, and Emily Yoshida.
Jan 09, 2015
CES 2015, Day 2
It's Day 2 of CES 2015. We're confused, we're delirious, and we have a lot of feelings about Say Anything. Join Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Chris Plante, and Sam Sheffer on this live Vergecast odyssey from the show floor.
Jan 08, 2015
CES 2015, Day 1
On this, the first official day of CES 2015, The Vergecast is a reflection on the day's experiences. Nilay Patel yells across the floor to Sony's booth, Chris Ziegler relinquishes control to a self-driving car, Chris Plante breaks things on the show floor, and special guest Joanna Stern has a selfie stick. Join us, won't you?
Jan 07, 2015
CES 2015, Day 0
CES is here, and the Vergecast has come along with it. Join Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and Chris Plante on a journey through the show's biggest news. We’ve got cars, the Internet of Things, smart TVs, and more forklifts than we ever anticipated being on the podcast.
Jan 06, 2015
Texting for Drugs
As the year winds to a close, we reflect back on the horrors of hacking, the collusion against Goliath, the merits of a physical keyboard, and something about The Mars Volta. Programming note: The holidays are upon us, so the next official Vergecast will be coming to you from CES 2015 at the beginning of January. Have a wonderful New Year!
Dec 19, 2014
Roomba with a Knife
We're joining the enterprise on this week's Vergecast. Sony, Microsoft, Apple—we've got all your corporate backend stories covered. Plus, Dieter introduces us to the native vocabulary of Minnesota.
Dec 12, 2014
You've Got to Be a Grownup When You're on the Internet
CONFIDENTIAL - DO NOT DISTRIBUTE As The Vergecast progresses as a premier, category leading podcast, it is important to identify its core strengths and messaging. To that end, we have identified some key themes: -Confused introductions -Varied degrees of Star Wars enthusiasm -Hype -British Christmas specials -Principals -Food and Man living in harmony
Dec 05, 2014
Stephen Elop, King of Thieves
It was a week of learning and growth on the Vergecast. Specific lessons included who actually owns Nokia, who has used an Apple Watch, what qualifies as a varsity sport, the merits of Pitch Perfect, and just how little of the 90s Sam remembers. Programming note: The Vergecast will be taking next week off, in observance of Thanksgiving, but we'll be back the following week.
Nov 21, 2014
Artisanal Hipster Vinyls
This week's show involves a lot of policy: policy on the internet, policy in music, policy concerning not being stabbed when retrieving your stolen iPhone. And then there was something involving Taylor Swift and Scooby Doo.
Nov 14, 2014
To some, it's a black-and-white answer. To others, it's a subtle gray. Some say hype can't be felt, only psychically perceived. It's a beacon of hope, a pillar of truth. We cannot see it, but we know it exists. It's everywhere and nowhere, all at once. We follow its call, but fear its power. We may never agree about what hype truly is, but that doesn't matter. We all know deep down inside that what really counts is that hype is in us all: teeming, stirring, ready to be checked.
Nov 07, 2014
I Have 23 Children
The hype meter is off the charts this week. The sweat is real. This Vergecast is beef, not bust. Our hosts Nilay Patel, Chris Plante, and The Verge's social beast Sam Sheffer begin the hour with a reflection on various motorized death machines and enormous phones. Then David Pierce steps in to discuss super heroes, Apple Pay vs. CurrentC, Microsoft's fitness band, and Chris's alarming misunderstanding of contraception. Join us, won't you?
Oct 30, 2014
An Incorrect Oral History of Vaping
Following an immediate but brief foray into Nilay Patel’s dark memoir-in-progress, the Vergecast progresses nicely into a week chock full of news, led by Nilay, Dieter Bohn, and David Pierce. We have Google’s new Nexus lineup, Apple’s new iPads and iMac, a brave new email paradigm, and Twitter’s content problems. Then, for some reason, there was some mild debate about the nature of vaping, but you’ll have to listen to fully grasp that thread.
Oct 24, 2014
Apple's October 2014 Event
This week is a Very Special Episode of the Vergecast. In fact, it's The Verge Live, straight from Apple's October event. Ross Miller and Chris Ziegler are joined by Dieter Bohn on the ground in California to discuss new iPads, new iMacs, new OSes, and Stephen Colbert. (If you'd like to watch this special live show in video form, check it out here:
Oct 17, 2014
A Meter of Sweat
Chris Plante joins Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn on this week's Vergecast to read his unstructured, free verse poetry about the HTC Re Camera. Or maybe it's Re Poetry. Either way, let's just be thankful that there's not a macron diacritical mark above the "e" in Re, that way lies madness. We also discuss Apple before taking a hard turn into talking about what's happening in Gamergate.
Oct 10, 2014
Milwaukee With Rich People
The Vergecast is back with Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, new Verge science editor Liz Lopatto, and notable humanoid trollbeast TC Sottek. There was Ebola, Windows 10, really good Twitter stuff, and then Dieter foolishly took a bet that will see him use a BlackBerry Passport for the next two weeks. It got real.
Oct 03, 2014
The Robot Nearly Killed Me
The Vergecast is back with Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and Tom Warren. No iPhones were bent in the creation of this episode, nor were any bricked by rogue iOS updates. Microsoft's product strategy turned out to be remarkably similar to Taco Bell's, we discovered, and then there was the robot. The robot is definitely trying to kill us.
Sep 26, 2014
Diego is useless
Yes, finally: The Vergecast is really back, and there's a whole lot to talk about. This week, Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and David Pierce get together to discuss their impressions of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Amazon's slew of new tablets, and Microsoft's purchase of Minecraft. Oh, and Dora the Explorer too. Download MP3 (31.5 MB)
Sep 19, 2014
Pardon me, is that Apple you're wearing?
The Vergecast is a discussion of all things relevant and irreverent in the worlds of art, culture, science, and technology. On this week's episode, we discuss the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and the Apple Watch. Join Nilay Patel, Chris Ziegler, and Dieter Bohn as they go over their hands-on impressions and agonizing decisions over which iPhone to get.
Sep 13, 2014
Getting in touch with Android Wear
The Vergecast is a discussion of all things relevant and irreverent in the worlds of art, culture, science, and technology. On this week's episode, we discuss the announcement of Android Wear, the presence of VR at GDC 2014, and the hiatus of the show.
Mar 21, 2014
Finding your digital prophet
The Vergecast is a discussion of all things relevant and irreverent in the worlds of art, culture, science, and technology. On this week's episode, we discuss SXSW, compare Jared Leto to a beautiful pony, and explore the notion of heaven as portrayed by Philadelphia Cream Cheese commercials.
Mar 14, 2014
The man behind Bitcoin and the return of 'Shaq Fu'
The Vergecast is a discussion of all things relevant and irreverent in the worlds of art, culture, science, and technology — and anything else that pops into the twisted minds of this week's hosts. Join Joshua Topolsky, Katie Drummond, and T.C. Sottek for a discussion on the reported uncovering of the man behind Bitcoin, LSD therapy, and the return of Shaq Fu.
Mar 07, 2014
Six degrees of 'Lawnmower Man'
The Vergecast is a discussion of all things relevant and irreverent in the worlds of art, culture, science, and technology — and anything else that pops into the twisted minds of this week's hosts. Join Joshua Topolsky, Ross Miller, and T.C. Sottek for a scintillating discussion on latest tech news. On this week's episode, we talk about how cable network oligopolies and the FCC are ruining the internet, whether the new Samsung Gear line is what consumers have been waiting for, and how Google is slowly buying up an entire town.
Feb 28, 2014
Why Facebook acquired WhatsApp
The Vergecast is a discussion of all things relevant and irreverent in the worlds of art, culture, science, and technology — and anything else that pops into the twisted minds of this week's hosts. Join Dieter Bohn, Chris Ziegler, David Pierce, and Ellis Hamburger for a scintillating discussion on latest tech news. On this week's episode, we discuss the dizzying sums of money Facebook spent on WhatsApp, the Loop mobile wallet, and Google's indoor mapping prototype, Project Tango. Audio:
Feb 21, 2014
Comcast and TWC, the Lumia Icon, and NSA protest
The Vergecast is a discussion of all things relevant and irreverent in the worlds of art, culture, science, and technology. On this episode, Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and Adi Robertson discuss Comcast and Time Warner Cable's recently announced merger, Verizon's Lumia Icon, and how we didn't fight back on The Day We Fight Back. Audio: Download MP3 (28.1 MB) Subscribe to the podcast (iTunes audio) Subscribe to the podcast (iTunes video) Subscribe to the podcast (RSS) Subscribe to the podcast (Video RSS) Video:
Feb 14, 2014
The red Nexus 5, Satya Nadella, and the odd success of Flappy Bird
The Vergecast is a discussion of all things relevant and irreverent in the worlds of art, culture, science, and technology. On this week's episode, Nilay Patel, David Pierce, and Ross Miller discussed the red Nexus 5, Microsoft's new CEO Satya Nadella, and the strange success of Flappy Bird. Audio: Download MP3 (35.4 MB) Subscribe to the podcast (iTunes audio) Subscribe to the podcast (iTunes video) Subscribe to the podcast (RSS) Subscribe to the podcast (Video RSS) Video: Also available on YouTube.
Feb 07, 2014
Google's sale of Motorola, the iPod's decline, and Daft Punk helmets
The Vergecast is a discussion of all things relevant and irreverent in the worlds of art, culture, science, technology, and anything else our hosts might deem interesting. On this week's episode, Joshua Topolsky, Nilay Patel, and Dieter Bohn talk about Google's attempt to sell Motorola to Lenovo, the declining sales of the iPod, and the obvious benefits of a Daft Punk helmet. Audio: Download MP3 (34.3 MB) Subscribe to the podcast (iTunes audio) Subscribe to the podcast (iTunes video) Subscribe to the podcast (RSS) Subscribe to the podcast (Video RSS) Video:
Jan 31, 2014