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The Vergecast

The Vergecast

Hello! This is The Vergecast, the flagship podcast of The Verge... and your life. Every Friday, Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn make sense of the week's tech news with help from our wide-ranging staff. 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.

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Spotify's big plan for podcasting / Where 5G is headed in 2021 / Everything to know about Paramount Plus

Hosts Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn talk with Verge reporter Allison Johnson about T-Mobile bringing back their unlimited 5G plan with no throttling, the results of the C-band spectrum auction, and the state of 5G in America. Ashley Carman returns to the show to discuss Spotify's big event this week announcing their plans for podcasters and artists. Julia Alexander joins to report on the details on Paramount Plus' streaming catalog. Further reading: Johnson & Johnson?s single-shot vaccine is effective, FDA confirms One Medical gave COVID-19 vaccines to ineligible people, NPR report says Stretched vaccine timelines re-enter the spotlight COVID-19 vaccines are starting to work in the US MWC insists on holding potential COVID-19 superspreader event in Barcelona What is 5G, and why is it kind of bad right now? Dish is confident in its plan to offer 5G in its first major cities by end of Q3 2021 T-Mobile just brought back a true unlimited data plan with 5G and no throttling T-Mobile has 5G leverage and isn?t afraid to use it Verizon and AT&T spent big in FCC C-band auction for 5G ... The Terrible T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Must Be Undone Spotify CEO Daniel Ek explains how the company plans to help artists (and itself) make money  Spotify HiFi is a lossless streaming tier coming later this year  Twitter announces paid Super Follows to let you charge for tweets Twitter planning a feature to let you auto-block and mute abusive accounts Apple Fitness Plus review  Everything to know about Paramount Plus, ViacomCBS?s new version of CBS All Access Shows based on Italian Job, Fatal Attraction, Flashdance, and more heading to Paramount Plus  Frasier revival in development for Paramount Plus  Paramount Plus is proof we?ve hit peak streaming  Are The Office and Friends bets paying off for Peacock and HBO Max? Marvel?s Loki series will premiere on Disney Plus on June 11th Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-02-26
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Australia's bargain with Google and Facebook / Apple TV on Chromecast / Nintendo Direct's biggest announcements

Nilay Patel talks with Adi Robertson and Casey Newton about what Australia's News Media Bargaining Code means for Google, Facebook, and the open web in Australia. Chris Welch and Julia Alexander join the show to discuss the new Amazon Fire TV stick, Apple TV on Chromecast, and the state of streaming services in 2021. Andru Marino and Taylor Lyles discuss the announcements from this week's Nintendo Direct. Further reading: Maps show ZIP codes hit hardest by COVID-19 have low vaccination rates Finicky COVID-19 vaccines raise the stakes of power outages Vaccine rollout won?t be equitable unless health care reckons with racism If you?re vaccinated against COVID-19, you won?t have to quarantine if you?re exposed How to score a COVID-19 vaccine appointment Texas freeze risks slowing COVID-19 progress Facebook will block Australian users and publishers from sharing news links in response to new bill Why Google caved to Australia, and Facebook didn?t Facebook employee warned it used ?deeply wrong? ad metrics to boost revenue Facebook?s Australian media ban is taking down official government pages Apple won?t have to allow App Store alternatives on iOS after North Dakota bill fails Amazon Fire TV Stick (2020) review: just get a 4K model Apple TV app now available on the latest Google Chromecast YouTube TV offering HBO Max, Showtime, and Starz for $5 less in new entertainment bundle Donald Glover?s reported Amazon deal could lead to a more curated Prime Video HBO Max is ordering way more kids? content to compete with Netflix and Disney Plus The 20 biggest announcements from today?s Nintendo Direct Android 12 developer preview is available now with many under-the-hood updates How to easily install the Android 12 developer preview Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-02-19
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Google's mysterious lack of app updates / Apple?s rumored VR headset / Microsoft?s Surface Duo price drops to $999

The Verge's Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and Adi Robertson discuss Google's mysterious lack of iOS app updates, the rumors around Apple's potential VR headset, and the rest of this week's gadget headlines. Further reading: AstraZeneca?s COVID-19 vaccine has been confusing from the start FDA officials are off on a three-week sprint to review J&J COVID-19 vaccine data PSA: Don?t post your coronavirus vaccination card selfie on social media Why the FDA is taking 22 days to look over J&J?s data PSA: Please wear layers to your vaccine appointment Google?s own iOS apps were begging for updates that don?t exist, but the company says it was because of a bug Google is weighing an anti-tracking feature for Android, following Apple?s lead iOS 14.5 lets you set Spotify and others as Siri?s default music service New North Dakota bill would force Apple to allow alternative app stores and payment systems An iOS developer wants Apple to know just how bad App Store scams have become This may be our first look at Google?s new Android 12 OS Apple?s rumored VR headset could cost $3,000, feature 8K displays and over a dozen cameras Apple?s former hardware leader reportedly now overseeing AR and VR devices Apple reportedly developing next-gen ultra-thin displays for AR devices with TSMC Hyundai and Kia downplay Apple car rumors Hyundai is getting serious about building a ?walking car? with four legs Microsoft?s foldable Surface Duo price drops to $999, arrives in Europe next week Sonos FCC filing hints it?s coming for the UE Boom and other small Bluetooth speakers This laptop has seven times the average number of screens Amazon reportedly building an Alexa ?command center? that mounts to the wall How Sony put 40,000 PlayStation symbols under your fingertips Elon Musk?s SpaceX is accepting $99 Starlink deposits amid ?deep chasm? of red ink Tesla?s $1.5 billion bitcoin purchase clashes with its environmental aspirations Miami mayor says Elon Musk will tunnel under the city for just $30 million The Biden administration is working to help address global semiconductor chip shortage Section 230 is 25 years old, and it?s never been more important Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-02-12
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Jeff Bezos steps away as Amazon CEO / Ford's electric Mustang Mach-E / Apple Car rumors

The Verge's Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Sean O'Kane, and Becca Farsace discuss driving Ford's electric Mustang, what's next for Tesla's product line, rumors around Apple's Car endeavors, and Jeff Bezos stepping down as Amazon CEO. Further reading: Scientists want to know if vaccinated people can still become COVID-19 long-haulers If you?re starting an online class, check to make sure your professor is alive Volunteers built a one-stop website to find open NYC vaccine appointments Amazon will have a new CEO as Jeff Bezos transitions to executive chair later this year Bezos? Amazon: from bookstore to backbone of the internet Meet Andy Jassy, Amazon?s next CEO  Amazon?s electric Rivian vans will start making deliveries in 16 cities this year Ford Mustang Mach-E Kuo adds fuel to Apple-Hyundai electric car rumors  Apple and Hyundai-Kia pushing toward deal on Apple Car Tesla?s new Model S can go up to 520 miles Tesla Roadster production delayed to 2022 Tesla agrees to recall cars with failing displays Tesla?s next car will seamlessly unlock with UWB, FCC leak suggests Don?t buy Teslas during a production ramp, Elon Musk says Another SpaceX Starship nails clean test flight, but explodes on landing Elon Musk?s shot at Amazon flares monthslong fight over billionaires? orbital real estate The Alpha 1 is Sony's new flagship camera with monstrous  iOS 14.5 tries to solve Face ID?s mask problem with your Apple Watch HP?s Spectre x360 14 review: the best 2-in-1 you can buy Rad Power Bikes raises $150 million to grow its electric bike empire Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-02-05
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GameStop, Reddit, and Robin Hood: How r/WallStreetBets gamed the stock of GameStop

The Verge's Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and Elizabeth Lopatto explain how the users of the subreddit r/WallStreetBets sent GameStop, AMC and other stocks rocketing up through the stock market. A year into coronavirus, we?re still counting the dead Slow certification process keeps some pharmacists from giving COVID-19 vaccines Go read this report about the tech systems behind the US?s vaccine distribution Testing sidelined as health departments focus on vaccination How r/WallStreetBets gamed the stock of GameStop Reddit?s GameStop traders turn their attention to AMC stock Memes have broken the brokerages Robinhood blocks purchase of GameStop, AMC, and BlackBerry stock Discord has turned into a virtual trade floor with memes, stocks, and chaos r/WallStreetBets went private ? and now it?s back with a message After buy ban, GameStop hypebeasts are looking for a Robinhood alternative Robinhood denies claims that it sold GameStop shares out from under its traders Robinhood will allow ?limited buys? of stocks like GameStop starting Friday Samsung Galaxy S21 review Sony?s creator-focused Xperia Pro arrives in the US priced at $2,499 Tesla unveils redesigned Model S with new interior and 520-mile range option OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei?s next company is literally called Nothing Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-01-29
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Galaxy S21 Ultra review / Apple redesign rumors / Paramount Plus and 2021's streaming services

The Verge's Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Julia Alexander, and Chaim Gartenberg discuss the Verge review of Samsung's Galaxy S21 Ultra, the numerous rumors about Apple's future products, and ViacomCBS's new rebranded streaming service. Further reading: Amazon offers to help Biden administration with vaccinations CES showed off the COVID-19 mask gimmick arms race Joe Biden halts US withdrawal from World Health Organization Biden appoints Jessica Rosenworcel as acting FCC chair FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel on staying connected during a pandemic The US will rejoin the Paris climate agreement, but that was the easy part Joe Biden cancels Keystone XL permit President Biden to use Defense Production Act for masks, vaccines WhiteHouse.gov now has dark mode Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra review: The Real Deal Apple?s VR and AR headsets detailed in new report Apple is reportedly prototyping foldable iPhone screens Apple reportedly planning big iMac redesign and half-sized Mac Pro 2021 MacBook Pro will ditch the Touch Bar and bring back MagSafe, say reports Netflix had a record year in 2020, thanks in part to the pandemic Paramount Plus, ViacomCBS?s new rebranded version of CBS All Access, launches on March 4th Netflix had a record year in 2020, thanks in part to the pandemic A visit from the Zune squad Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-01-22
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CES 2021 / Samsung?s S21 lineup and Galaxy Buds Pro

The Verge?s Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Monica Chin, and Chris Welch dive into all of the important announcements from both inside and outside of CES ? including Samsung?s new flagship S21 smartphone line, the many new TVs with HDMI 2.1, Mini LED, webOS, and the next laptops with new chips from Intel and AMD. Further reading: Samsung Galaxy S21, S21 Plus, and S21 Ultra first look: polished design (and prices) Samsung?s Galaxy S21 phones come with plenty of features ? but not a charger Samsung?s Galaxy S21 phones don?t include microSD card support You?ll never believe it, Samsung made a black phone Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro review Samsung?s 2021 TVs have dramatically better picture, thanks to Mini LED Samsung made a solar-charging Eco Remote for its latest TVs LG?s 2021 TV lineup includes its brightest OLED ever LG is overhauling its webOS TV software ? and maybe ruining it LG Display announces its smallest OLED TV panel yet Sony announces 2021 TV lineup with 4K gaming at 120Hz and improved picture Sony promises streaming quality nearly as good as 4K Blu-ray on Bravia Core movie service Intel?s latest 11th Gen H-series chips promise the fastest ultraportable gaming laptops yet Intel?s 12th Gen chips look to challenge Arm and Apple?s M1 CPUs later this year Intel has to be better than ?lifestyle company? Apple at making CPUs, says new CEO AMD?s 7nm Ryzen 5000 mobile processors promise 2021?s best gaming notebooks AMD says RDNA 2 GPU-powered laptops will arrive in the first half of 2021 Nvidia announces $329 GeForce RTX 3060, available in February Nvidia is bringing its RTX 3080 to laptops on January 26th Asus ROG?s 2021 lineup includes its first convertible gaming laptop (ish) Asus updates Zephyrus G14 and G15 with latest AMD and Nvidia chips Asus? 2021 laptop line includes two new dual-screen ZenBooks MSI?s new GE76 Raider Dragon Edition Tiamat is a tribute to an ancient goddess Lenovo?s new Legion gaming laptops go all in on AMD?s latest Ryzen chips Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 hands-on: a new direction Acer?s new Predator Triton 300 SE is an ultrapowerful, ultralight gaming laptop MSI?s new Creator 15 comes with RTX 3000 graphics  Razer has created a concept N95 mask with RGB and voice projection LG teases its Rollable phone again LG?s Rollable phone is real and launching in 2021 Weird flex: TCL shows off two more of its rollable, extendable display concepts Watch this flexible LG gaming TV bend from flat to curved Finally you can have ice cream at home thanks to ice cream pods Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-01-15
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Trump banned from Twitter, Facebook, and others / Parler banned from app stores

Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Adi Robertson, and Casey Newton chronicle the week since the Capitol riot: Trump gets deplatformed and Parler is removed from app stores. Further reading: It?s 2021, and the pandemic is still here  FDA tells US health providers not to modify COVID-19 vaccine dose schedule Florida counties use Eventbrite to schedule COVID-19 vaccine appointments Twitter permanently bans Trump Twitter is deleting Trump?s attempts to circumvent ban Twitter bans QAnon supporters, including former national security adviser Michael Flynn Twitter pulls Trump video that it said posed a ?risk of violence? Facebook bans Trump ?indefinitely? YouTube says it will punish Trump and other channels that continue to spread election lies YouTube removes Trump video addressing Capitol attack Platforms take action against Trump after Capitol mob attack Reddit bans r/donaldtrump forum for inciting violence Twitch disables Trump?s account indefinitely Big Tech pauses political spending after Capitol riot: Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Airbnb are pausing spending Shopify takes down Trump?s campaign store Google pulls Parler from Play Store for fostering calls to violence Apple removes Parler from the App Store Parler CEO says even his lawyers are abandoning him Parler is gone for now as Amazon terminates hosting Parler posts, some with GPS data, have been archived by an independent researcher Parler sues Amazon for kicking it off the internet Why the post-Capitol deplatforming was necessary Trump?s ban from Twitter creates the ultimate case of link rot in posts across the internet Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-01-12
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The HDMI Holiday Spec-tacular

For a special Vergecast holiday episode, The Verge?s Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and Chris Welch talk to three industry experts about the new HDMI 2.1 standard: Polygon's front page editor Samit Sarkar, Vizio CTO Bill Baxter, and HDMI Forum president David Glen. The Vergecast crew discuss what to look for when buying a new TV, how serious the TV manufacturers are on supporting 2.1, and how the new standard is being implemented throughout the industry. Happy holidays! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2020-12-24
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Two new antitrust lawsuits against Google / AirPods Max review / iOS 14.3 has arrived with ProRAW for iPhone 12 Pro

The Verge's Dieter Bohn, Nilay Patel, and Adi Robertson discuss the two antitrust lawsuits against Google announced this week. Chris Welch joins to discuss his review of Apple's AirPods Max. Further reading: FDA authorizes first COVID-19 vaccine in US Health care workers in US start receiving COVID-19 vaccines Texas attorney general announces ad tech antitrust probe against Google Google accused of search manipulation in third major antitrust lawsuit Prosecutors say Google accessed private WhatsApp messages ? but the evidence is thin Apple launches new App Store privacy labels so you can see how iOS apps use your data Facebook criticizes Apple?s iOS privacy changes with full-page newspaper ads Facebook hits back at Apple with second critical newspaper ad Apple defends upcoming privacy changes as ?standing up for our users? Epic Games Store now offers Spotify, signaling app store ambitions beyond just games Judge orders Tim Cook and Craig Federighi to testify in Epic?s Fortnite case Apple AirPods Max review: superb headphones, awful case Apple Fitness Plus is now available iOS 14.3 has arrived with ProRAW for iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max Halide: Understanding ProRAW Samsung confirms stylus support is coming to Galaxy phones like the S21 Samsung?s Galaxy Note series will reportedly still continue next year Here?s the best look yet at Samsung?s Galaxy Buds Pro wireless earbuds OnePlus 9 leak shows off the upcoming 2021 flagship in photos Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2020-12-18
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Apple announces AirPods Max / Qualcomm president Cristiano Amon interview

Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and Chris Welch discuss Apple's announcement of their AirPods Max noise-canceling headphones and give their first impressions. Second half of the show, Nilay and Dieter talk with Qualcomm president Cristiano Amon about Qualcomm's new flagship processor the Snapdragon 888, the potential of 5G, and what he thinks about Apple's new M1 processor. COVID-19 vaccine starts working within two weeks after first shot Apple and Google?s COVID contact tracing tech is finally coming to their home state of California COVID-19 vaccine monitoring program may be at risk of false reports With guns drawn, police raid home and seize computers of COVID-19 data whistleblower Florida?s justification for raiding COVID data whistleblower Rebekah Jones is looking a little shaky The pandemic turned the volume down on ocean noise pollution Uber asks governors to give drivers early access to COVID-19 vaccines Apple announces $549 AirPods Max noise-canceling headphones, coming December 15th AirPods Max first look Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2020-12-11
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The FTC is suing Facebook to unwind its acquisitions of Instagram and WhatsApp

In a bonus episode of The Vergecast, Nilay Patel talks with Verge policy editor Russell Brandom, senior reporter Adi Robertson, and contributing editor Casey Newton about the FTC suing Facebook to unwind its acquisitions of Instagram and WhatsApp. Further reading: The FTC is suing Facebook to unwind its acquisitions of Instagram and WhatsApp The good and the bad in the government?s case against Facebook Facebook calls antitrust lawsuits ?revisionist history? Instagram would be better off without Facebook Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2020-12-11
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Qualcomm?s Snapdragon 888 processor for 2021 Android phones / Warner Bros. will release new 2021 movies simultaneously on HBO Max / FCC Chairman Ajit Pai will step down on January 20th

Verge reporter Julia Alexander joins Nilay and Dieter to discuss WarnerMedia's decision to release all of its new 2021 movies simultaneously on HBO Max. News editor Chaim Gartenberg explains Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 888 processor for upcoming Android phones in 2021. Stories from this week: Facebook will remove COVID-19 vaccine misinformation The people saving our lives should get vaccinated first, experts say Moderna to ask FDA for COVID-19 vaccine authorization Wonder Woman 1984 will be released on HBO Max the same day it?s in theaters for no extra cost  Warner Bros. will release all of its new 2021 movies simultaneously on HBO Max Discovery, home of Shark Week, HGTV, and Food Network, enters the streaming wars with Discovery Plus  FCC Chairman Ajit Pai will step down on January 20th Trump?s bias hawk FCC nominee is one step closer to confirmation Trump calls for last-minute 230 repeal as part of defense spending bill Comcast to impose home internet data cap of 1.2TB in more than a dozen US states next year Comcast to raise internet and TV prices nationwide next year Qualcomm?s new Snapdragon 888 processor will power the Android flagships of 2021 Qualcomm?s new Snapdragon 888 promises faster speeds, better cameras, and more powerful AI Samsung begins wider rollout of Android 11 and One UI 3.0 to latest phones Verizon?s Galaxy S20 models are the first to get Android 11 and One UI 3.0 Samsung rumored to discontinue Galaxy Note line, add stylus support to 2021 Galaxy S and Z Fold Leaked Galaxy Buds Pro image reveals new rounded design Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2020-12-04
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Decoder: Alamo Drafthouse CEO on the future of movie theaters

On this episode of Decoder, Nilay talks with Shelli Taylor, the CEO of Alamo Drafthouse. Shelli stepped into her new role as CEO during the pandemic. In the conversation, Nilay and Shelli discuss the steps she had to take to get her company back on solid ground ? including justifying high fixed costs of expensive lightbulbs ? and how the government has failed to manage the pandemic effectively for business owners. They also talk about what it will take to safely reopen theaters and what the future looks like, especially in the streaming age. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2020-12-01
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Decoder: Microsoft's Phil Spencer on launching the new Xbox

On this week?s episode of Decoder Nilay Patel talks to Phil Spencer, the guy in charge of Xbox at Microsoft. They discuss not only the next-generation Xbox and PS5 just arriving in stores now, but how gaming itself has become part of mainstream culture, a trend that has definitely accelerated during the pandemic. We?ve also reached an inflection point for game streaming: Google, Amazon, and Microsoft all have services that allow consumers to play games on any device by streaming them over the internet, kind of like Netflix for games. Is that the future? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2020-11-24
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Apple Macbook Air with M1 review / Apple will reduce App Store cut to 15 percent / end-to-end encryption for RCS in Android

Walt Mossberg joins the show to discuss his experience with Apple's Macbooks with the new M1 chip. Nilay, Dieter, Chris, and Dan discuss The Verge's reviews of the computers. Stories from this week: Trump?s post-election tantrum is holding up federal vaccine planning Virus surges complicate the distribution of scarce COVID-19 treatments CDC says people should not travel for Thanksgiving due to COVID-19 surges The COVID-19 pandemic hits new highs and new lows  Apple Macbook Air with M1 review: new chip, no problem Apple Macbook Pro with M1 review: flexing Arm Apple Mac Mini with M1 review: over-performer macOS Big Sur review Here?s how to run any iOS app you own on Apple?s new M1 Macs Apple will reduce App Store cut to 15 percent for most developers starting January 1st Apple?s biggest App Store critics are not impressed with its new fee cut for small developers Google Stadia is coming to iOS officially as a web app Google Pay's massive relaunch makes it an all-encompassing ... Google is rolling out end-to-end encryption for RCS in Android .. Google?s latest Chrome update delivers ?largest performance gain in years? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2020-11-20
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Decoder: The future of remote learning with Sal Khan of Khan Academy

For the next few Tuesday's, we'll be sharing Nilay Patel's new podcast Decoder, an interview show that puts a spotlight on how innovators and policymakers at the frontiers of business and technology are navigating an ever-changing landscape. On this week?s episode of Decoder, Nilay Patel talks with Sal Khan, the co-founder and CEO of Khan Academy, a nonprofit online learning platform for students in kindergarten through high school. Khan Academy is an organization that exists because of technology. What started with Sal tutoring his niece in math over video using off the shelf cameras and software, has grown into an organization with nearly 20 million users per month, available in 46 languages and used in more than 190 countries. And online learning has gotten even more vital with the pandemic. In this conversation, Nilay and Sal discuss the future of learning, what online education is good at and where it struggles, how Khan Academy is growing, and how Sal?s thinking about handling trickier subjects like history and social studies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2020-11-17
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Apple announces M1 chip computers / iPhone 12 mini and Pro Max review / HomePod mini review

Nilay, Dieter, Dan, and Chaim discuss the new computers Apple announced at their "One More Thing" hardware event, as well as their reviews of the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro Max, and HomePod mini. Stories from this week: US sees two days with over 100,000 reported COVID-19 cases COVID-19 vaccine is highly effective, manufacturers report iPhone 12 mini review: fit to size iPhone 12 Pro Max review: the best smartphone camera The 5 biggest announcements from Apple?s ?One More Thing? hardware event Mac users couldn?t launch apps this afternoon after Apple verification server issue Apple announces MacBook Air with Apple?s Arm-based M1 processor Apple says new Arm-based M1 chip offers the ?longest battery life ever in a Mac? All the apps and games Apple promises for Arm-based Macs Apple announces new Arm-based Mac mini with M1 chip, starting at $699 Apple?s first Arm-based 13-inch MacBook Pro is here with an M1 chip Apple?s new M1 computers top out at 16GB of RAM The biggest difference between the new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro is a fan Apple?s M1 Mac design emphasizes continuity over complexity HomePod mini review macOS Big Sur is now available to download Google will end its free unlimited Photos storage on June 1, 2021 Microsoft: ?please do not blow vape smoke into your Xbox Series X? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2020-11-13
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Introducing Decoder with Nilay Patel: Mark Cuban on the future of American business

This is the first episode of Nilay Patel's new podcast Decoder, an interview show that will put a spotlight on how innovators and policymakers at the frontiers of business and technology are navigating an ever-changing landscape. On the first episode of Decoder, Nilay interviews Mark Cuban. Mark is the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, he?s a tech investor, and is on the hit show, Shark Tank. The conversation, recorded as last week?s election results rolled in, covers how interwoven business, technology, and policy are, whether its 5G, or the NBA bubble, or AI, or his investments into healthcare -- if you want to understand the landscape of the future, you have to understand tech, you have to understand business, and you have to understand policy. You can subscribe to Decoder anywhere you get your podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2020-11-10
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Xbox Series X, Series S, and PS5 review / Apple announces 'One More Thing' event for November 10th

The Verge's Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and Tom Warren discuss reviews of the new game consoles ? Microsoft's Xbox Series X and Series S, and Sony's PS5. Oh yeah one more thing, there's an Apple event next week. Additional reading: Xbox Series X review Xbox Series S review Astro?s Playroom is the perfect showcase for the PS5?s wild DualSense controller The PS5?s new controller is amazing ? here?s how it works Sony confirms the PS5 won?t support SSD storage expansion at launch Best Buy says next-gen Xbox and PS5 consoles will only be sold online for entire holiday season Sony strongly urges gamers not to line up at stores on PS5 release date Sony shows how much easier logging into the PS5 can be, among other tutorials The different strategies of Microsoft and Sony?s next-generation consoles Switch sales are so good that Nintendo is raising forecasts Apple announces 'One More Thing' event for November 10th ? Apple to Launch MacBooks With Own Chips Next Week Making macOS run well on ARM processors isn?t the hard part Microsoft?s rougher ride in a similar transition could provide some lessons for Apple Fortnite will reportedly be playable on iOS again through Nvidia?s GeForce Now Sizing up the iPhone 12 mini and 12 Pro Max DJI?s palm-sized Mini 2 drone flies further and shoots 4K for $449 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2020-11-06
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Facebook, Twitter take steps to limit the president?s false election claims

While the counting for the 2020 presidential election still goes on, The Verge's Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and Adi Robertson discuss what steps social media platforms have taken to limit misinformation. Additional reading: Watch the great people of Philadelphia count ballots live Facebook, Twitter take steps to limit the president?s false election claims Twitter restricts Trump campaign official?s tweet alleging Philadelphia voter fraud Before the votes are fully counted, Trump falsely claims victory Twitter restricts yet another Trump tweet for making up election rules People are mistaking a Baltimore Orioles meme for an election misinformation botnet Facebook shuts down huge ?Stop the Steal? group YouTube says video claiming Trump won does not violate its election misinformation policies Democrats call on Twitter to suspend Trump as election results file in Massachusetts passes ?right to repair? law to open up car data California poised to establish a new privacy regulator with ballot measure win Uber, Lyft drivers aren?t employees after all, California voters say Portland, Maine has voted to ban facial recognition Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2020-11-06
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Tearing down the iPhone 12 with iFixit

The Verge's Dieter Bohn talks with iFixit's Kyle Weins and Kay-Kay Clapp about their teardown reviews, the right to repair, and how to fix the Phone 12. We're a finalist for a Discover Podcast Award! Vote here: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/5978795/2020-Discover-Pods-Awards-Finalists Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2020-11-03
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This week's Section 230 hearing / gadgets go to QVC / Motorola Razr 2020 review

Nilay, Dieter, and Adi discuss the latest Section 230 congressional hearing featuring the CEOs of big tech. Ashley Carman stops by to talk about how gadget makers are turning to shopping channels to market their products. Stories from this week: San Francisco and Oakland phase out Verily COVID-19 testing sites White House officials considered Elon Musk for coronavirus ad campaign We need to rebuild America?s pandemic-fighting agencies Streaming was part of the future ? now it?s the only future  Lime?s CEO on the future of scooters: ?COVID has turned from a headwind into a tailwind? Mark Zuckerberg just told Congress to upend the internet The latest Section 230 hearing showed that Republicans want to make the internet smaller The Right?s Regulator in Chief Gadget makers? biggest risk could be a huge reward Influencers? next frontier: their own live shopping channels Everyone on Instagram will soon be able to go live for four hours Facebook will test shopping from Reels later this year Motorola Razr 2020 review: 5G folding flip phone feels fine LG Wing review: learning to fly, failing to soar  Verizon?s Yahoo zombie appears again as a purple phone First iPhone 12 mini hands-on video shows just how tiny it is Mophie?s new wirelessly charging battery pack clips onto the back of your phone T-Mobile expands its faster midband 5G network, nearly doubling its coverage Microsoft Surface Pro X (2020) review: ARM gets more muscle Amazon Echo Dot (2020) review: have a ball T-Mobile expands into live internet TV with new TVision streaming service PS5 in photos: our first look at Sony?s next-gen console PS5 vs. Xbox Series X: the next-gen consoles in photos Astro?s Playroom is the perfect showcase for the PS5?s wild DualSense controller Control is coming to the Nintendo Switch today, but you can only stream it from the cloud Vizio and LG?s next-gen-ready OLED TVs are up to $500 off at Best Buy Meet the 24-year-old who?s tracking every broken McDonald?s ice-cream machine in the US We're a finalist for a Discover Podcast Award! Vote here: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/5978795/2020-Discover-Pods-Awards-Finalists Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2020-10-30
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iPhone 12 and 12 Pro review with Joanna Stern and Nilay Patel

Every Tuesday this month, Vergecast co-host Dieter Bohn is hosting a series of discussions diving deep into tech review season, each focusing on a specific product. This week, Dieter brings back Vergecast co-host Nilay Patel and senior personal technology columnist at The Wall Street Journal Joanna Stern to discuss their reviews of the latest iteration of the iPhone. Dieter reviewed the iPhone 12, Nilay reviewed the iPhone 12 Pro, and Joanna reviewed them both side by side. The trio discusses what they focused on in their reviews ? like 5G, Dolby Vison, and MagSafe ? and how significant the upgrades are for this year?s devices. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2020-10-27
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Quibi is shutting down / Google faces antitrust charges / Foxconn?s LCD factory is Wisconsin isn?t real

Dieter Bohn and Nilay Patel talk to Julia Alexander about Quibi shutting down, Adi Robertson about the US government filing antitrust charges against Google, and Josh Dzieza about his report on Wisconsin's empty Foxconn factory. Stories from this week: The ambitious effort to piece together America?s fragmented health data  Microsoft wants to cut down pollution from its business travel   Is Quibi done for? Quibi is shutting down 11 reasons why Quibi crashed and burned in less than a year Quibi?s top executives are ready to blame themselves, not just the pandemic, for Quibi failing Watch AOC play Among Us live on Twitch with HasanAbi and Pokimane The US government has filed antitrust charges against Google Who is Google?s market power hurting? Senate committee approves subpoenas for Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey How to retweet using Twitter?s new temporary format Republican lawmakers are furious after Twitter asks users to read stories before retweeting Facebook?s independent oversight board is now accepting cases The 8th Wonder of the World Exclusive: Wisconsin report confirms Foxconn?s so-called LCD factory isn?t real Apple iPad Air (2020) review: take it from the Pro Amazon Echo (2020) review: music of the sphere Beats Flex review: wireless earbud basics done right Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2020-10-23
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Pixel 5 with Android Central and Android Police

Every Tuesday this month, Vergecast co-host Dieter Bohn hosts a series of discussions diving deep into tech review season, each focusing on a specific product. This week, Dieter talks with managing editor of Android Central Daniel Bader and Android Police editor-in-chief David Ruddock about the Google?s Pixel 5. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2020-10-20
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Apple announces iPhone 12, MagSafe charger, HomePod mini

Stories from this week: Apple?s iPhone 12 event: the 7 biggest announcements Apple announces iPhone 12 with OLED screen and 5G speeds iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max announced with larger displays, updated design, and 5G Apple announces iPhone 12 mini, the ?smallest and lightest 5G phone in the world? Apple?s new iPhone 12 line-up comes with a ceramic-hardened display Apple?s new iPhones won?t ship with earbuds or wall chargers Apple cuts EarPods and iPhone charger prices by $10 after it stops bundling them Apple?s iPhone 12 can wirelessly charge twice as fast, but only with a MagSafe charger Apple?s revived MagSafe charging standard opens the door for a portless iPhone The iPhone 12 Pro Max could be Apple?s biggest camera jump in years Breaking down Apple?s three new iPhone 12 camera systems Here?s how you?ll know when you?re on Verizon?s fast or slow 5G on an iPhone 12 The iPhone 12?s mysterious groove is a 5G mmWave antenna window ? and it?s exclusive to the US Apple?s iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini cost $30 extra for anyone who?s not an AT&T or Verizon customer Apple announces smaller HomePod mini for $99 Apple?s HomePod will soon support Dolby Atmos with the Apple TV 4K Beats announces $50 Beats Flex earbuds with USB-C and 12-hour battery life Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2020-10-16
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Samsung 2020 with Marques Brownlee

Every Tuesday this month, Vergecast co-host Dieter Bohn hosts a series of discussions diving deep into tech review season, each focusing on a specific product. This week, Dieter talks with MKBHD aka Marques Brownlee about the various phones released by Samsung this year, from the S20 Ultra to the Z Fold 2 5G. The two also discuss the process of reviewing different tiers of phones and how it's changing the smartphone market. This episode was brought to you by Novartis. To learn more about Cell and Gene Therapy visit vox.com/ad/novartis Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2020-10-13
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Congress releases tech antitrust report / Apple?s next iPhone will be announced on October 13th

Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn bring in Russell Brandom and Adi Robertson to discuss congressional report about whether Amazon, Facebook, Apple, and Google are violating antitrust law. Dan Seifert stops by to discuss Apple's upcoming iPhone event on October 13th. Links: Global TV shipments hit record high last quarter, report says America?s internet wasn?t prepared for online school I regularly forget that I have New York?s COVID-19 exposure notification app Congress releases blockbuster tech antitrust report What Google, Apple, Amazon, and Facebook have at stake in the antitrust fight Apple made ProtonMail add in-app purchases, even though it had been free for years Oracle and Google?s Supreme Court showdown was a battle of metaphors Apple quietly stops selling Bose, Sonos and some Logitech gear ? only Apple audio remains The Supreme Court is taking on Google and Oracle one last time Apple?s next iPhone will be announced on October 13th Apple Watch SE review: pay a lot less to give up only a little Why Apple needed the FDA to sign off on its EKG but not its blood oxygen monitor The Apple Watch heart monitor sends too many people to the doctor YouTube 4K has come to Apple TV, but we?re waiting on HDR, 60fps, and iPhone/iPad playback Disney movies are now available in 4K on Apple?s iTunes store Apple sues recycling partner for reselling more than 100,000 iPhones, iPads, and Watches it was hired to dismantle  Samsung Galaxy S20 FE review: the right price for the right stuff Samsung Galaxy Note 20 review: stylus tax Google Nest Audio review: the sweet spot Google Fi now directly sells Samsung phones and adds a new 5G map G Suite is now Google Workspace in a bid to merge Gmail, Chat, and Docs Gmail has a new logo that?s a lot more Google More early Prime Day 2020 deals have kicked off on Amazon Meet Ricky Desktop, the most viral beatmaker on TikTok SPACs, explained Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2020-10-09
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Pixel vs Nexus with UrAvgConsumer

Every Tuesday this month, Vergecast co-host Dieter Bohn hosts a series of discussions diving deep into tech review season, each focusing on a specific product. This week, Dieter talks with YouTube's UrAvgConsumer about how the recently announced Google Pixel 5 shares some common ground with Google's 2013 smartphone project the Nexus 5. This episode was brought to you by Novartis. To learn more about Cell and Gene Therapy visit vox.com/ad/novartis Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2020-10-06
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Google announces Pixel 5, Chromecast with Google TV, and Nest Audio

Nilay, Dieter, Dan, and Chris discuss all the announcements from Google's fall hardware event from this week, as well as Sonos suing Google for infringing five more wireless audio patents. Links: If you?re sick this fall, you?ll probably get two virus tests The coronavirus pandemic by the numbers Google announces the Pixel 5 for $699 Google announces Pixel 4A 5G with larger 6.2-inch display for $499 Verizon has an exclusive Pixel 4A 5G that?s $100 more expensive Google says the Pixel?s Soli radar and Motion Sense will return Can the Pixel 5 camera still compete using the same old aging sensor? The Pixel 5 and 4A 5G play it safe Google Chromecast (2020) review: reinvented ? and now with a remote Google announces new Chromecast with the new Google TV interface The new Chromecast with Google TV won?t officially support Stadia at launch Google Play Movies & TV is now Google TV but it?s not the same Google TV that runs on Android TV on the new Chromecast, it?s an app New Chromecast works as a cheap but unsupported xCloud streamer The Home Depot is selling a new Google Chromecast that hasn?t been announced Sonos sues Google for infringing five more wireless audio patents The new Roku Ultra has Dolby Vision and improved Wi-Fi performance Roku is adding support for Apple?s AirPlay 2 and HomeKit later this year Roku?s Streambar is a compact soundbar with built-in streaming smarts Google?s new Nest Audio smart speaker is official, costs $99.99 A week with the Xbox Series X: load times, game performance, and more Microsoft?s new $549 Surface Laptop Go aims to compete with Chromebooks Microsoft?s updated Surface Pro X has a faster processor and new platinum color option Apple Watch Series 6 review: minute improvements The Apple Watch heart monitor sends too many people to the doctor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2020-10-02
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Apple Watch Series 6 with WSJ's Joanna Stern

Every Tuesday this month, Vergecast co-host Dieter Bohn hosts a series of discussions diving deep into tech review season, each focusing on a specific product. This week, Dieter talks with senior personal technology columnist at The Wall Street Journal and Verge alum Joanna Stern about Apple's Watch Series 6. Dieter and Joanna also discuss the process of reviewing gadgets on video and the complications of reviewing a product that has this many variants. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2020-09-29
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Amazon announces Ring security drone, new Echo devices, a gaming service, and a whole lot more

Nilay, Dieter, and Dan discuss all the important announcements from Amazon's fall hardware event this week, from a security drone for your home to a new cloud gaming service. Stories discussed this week: CDC removes guidance about airborne spread of the coronavirus Averting a COVID-19 vaccination crisis will take careful communication Ring?s latest security camera is a drone that flies around inside your house Ring announces new line of security cameras for cars Amazon will launch a new location-tracking mesh network system later this year Amazon?s fall hardware event: the 13 biggest announcements Amazon redesigns the Echo with a new spherical design and a custom machine learning processor Amazon?s new Echo show 10 moves to look at you  Amazon?s Echo Show smart displays will soon stream Netflix video Amazon?s AZ1 Neural Edge processor will make Alexa voice commands even faster Alexa?s latest upgrades help it listen to multiple people and ask clarifying questions Amazon unveils new Guard Plus subscription for $4.99 per month Amazon announces new cloud gaming service called Luna Amazon?s Luna game streaming service is powered by Windows and Nvidia GPUs Amazon announces $29.99 Fire TV Stick Lite and upgraded Fire TV Stick The latest Eero mesh Wi-Fi routers support Wi-Fi 6 iPad 2020 review iOS 14 and iPadOS review: iPhone revolution, iPad evolution iOS 14 basics: how to add widgets to your iPhone?s home screen Fitbit Sense review: enough bugs to raise your heart rate  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2020-09-26
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Microsoft Surface Duo with Engadget's Cherlynn Low

Every Tuesday this month, Vergecast co-host Dieter Bohn hosts a series of discussions diving deep into tech review season, each focusing on a specific product. This week, Dieter and Verge deputy editor Dan Seifert talks with Engadget's Cherlynn Low about Microsoft's Surface Duo. The trio discuss how the process of reviewing this device differs from others in the past, where it stands in the phone and tablet market, and other notable points from Dieter and Cherlynn's time with the Duo that didn't make it into the review. We are conducting an audience survey to better serve you. It takes no more than five minutes, and it really helps out the show. Please take our survey here: voxmedia.com/podsurvey.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2020-09-22
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Apple announces Watch Series 6 and new iPad Air / PS5 reveals price tag / Oculus announces Quest 2

Nilay, Dieter, Chaim, and Nicole discuss Apple's newly announced products including the Apple Watch Series 6 and the new iPad Air. Also discussed: the PS5 announced pricing, Oculus has a new headset, and TikTok acquisition news continues to brew. More stories from this episode: Apple Watch?s blood oxygen monitor is for ?wellness,? not medicine Apple is creating a fitness subscription service called Fitness Plus The new Apple Watch Series 6 has blood oxygen monitoring The Apple Watch Series 6: first impressions of a very good smartwatch The Apple Watch SE is a new lower-cost Watch New Apple Watches won?t have a USB power adapter in the box Family Setup lets you manage multiple Apple Watches from one iPhone There?s a new iPad Air that looks a lot like an iPad Pro The updated eighth-generation iPad has a familiar design but a new processor New Apple One subscription bundles pack multiple services together Nvidia is acquiring Arm for $40 billion  The PS5 will launch on November 12th for $499.99 PS5 Digital Edition launches November 12th for $399.99 Connect 7: All the news from Facebook and Oculus? big VR / AR event Oculus Quest 2 review: better, cheaper VR Oculus? new Quest 2 VR headset starts at $299 and ships October 13th Mark Zuckerberg on why he doesn?t want to ?put an Apple Watch on your face? Google to launch Pixel 5, new Chromecast, and smart speaker on September 30th Oracle reportedly wins deal for TikTok?s US operations as ?trusted tech partner? Trump to decide on TikTok Oracle deal with Walmart as an ? We are conducting an audience survey to better serve you. It takes no more than five minutes, and it really helps out the show. Please take our survey here: voxmedia.com/podsurvey.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2020-09-18
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We ask a biostatistician about the timeline of a COVID-19 vaccine

There?s a lot of information coming and going about the coronavirus, and the next steps for vaccines and treatments for COVID-19 ? The Verge even has a newsletter dedicated to it. But how do we asses all this information in a logical way, to prevent confusion, chaos, or something worse? The Verge?s Nilay Patel, Mary Beth Griggs and Nicole Wetsman talked to Dr. Natalie Dean, assistant professor of biostatistics at the University of Florida, about what we know so far about the timeline of a COVID-19 vaccine, and the best way to evaluate the flood of information coming in every day. We are conducting an audience survey to better serve you. It takes no more than five minutes, and it really helps out the show. Please take our survey here: voxmedia.com/podsurvey.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2020-09-15
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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 review / Android 11 review / Xbox Series S and X preview

Nilay, Dieter, and Tom discuss reviews of Samsung's Galaxy Z Fold 2, Microsoft's Surface Duo, and Android 11. Also, previews of the Xbox Series X and Series S. Stories from this week: White House reportedly moves to eliminate COVID-19 security theater at airports Trump?s latest attack on Section 230 is really about censoring speech Microsoft Surface Duo review: double troubles How Microsoft built its folding Android phone  Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 review: an extravagant success  Android 11 review: features by the dozen Welcome to the next generation of gaming Microsoft?s new Xbox Series S is surprisingly small in size and price A first look at Microsoft?s new Xbox Series X console Microsoft confirms $299 Xbox Series S console Microsoft reveals Xbox Series S specs, promises four times the processing power of Xbox One Xbox Series X launches on November 10th for $499 Your move, PS5 Xbox Game Pass is adding EA?s Play subscription service at no extra cost Xbox Game Pass for PC is doubling its price next week A closer look at Nvidia?s new RTX 3080 Apple announces ?Time Flies? event for September 15th Apple Music for Android contains mentions of rumored ?Apple One? services bundle iPhone 12: everything we think we know about Apple?s 2020 5G iPhones We are conducting an audience survey to better serve you. It takes no more than five minutes, and it really helps out the show. Please take our survey here: voxmedia.com/podsurvey.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2020-09-11
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Marc Levoy on moving from Google to Adobe and the ethics of computational photography

The Verge's Nilay Patel talks with former Google engineer Marc Levoy about his move to Adobe, the state of the smartphone camera, and the future of computational photography. We are conducting an audience survey to better serve you. It takes no more than five minutes, and it really helps out the show. Please take our survey here: voxmedia.com/podsurvey.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2020-09-08
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IFA 2020 gadgets / Intel announces 11th Gen Tiger Lake CPUs / Nvidia announces RTX 3080 and 3090

Nilay, Dieter, Chaim, and Chris dive deep into all the gadget news that dominated this week, including all the announcements at IFA 2020's virtual event showcase. Stories discussed this week: Apple and Google announce new automatic app system to track COVID exposures  Apple releases iOS 13.7 with support for new automatic COVID-19 notification system The CDC?s testing guidance will make the pandemic worse Emergency COVID-19 vaccines will have to convince a skeptical public Robert Pattinson reportedly has COVID-19, and The Batman has halted production Super Mario 3D World and other classic Mario games are coming to the Switch Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit is a Switch racer that uses RC cars Nintendo is releasing a 35th anniversary Super Mario Bros. Game and Watch Intel announces its new 11th Gen Tiger Lake CPUs, available ... Intel debuts a new logo alongside its 11th Gen chips Asus? latest ZenBook laptops feature Intel?s 11th Gen CPUs and Thunderbolt 4 ports Acer?s new Swift laptops include Intel?s 11th Gen processors Toshiba laptops are no more, but here are Dynabook?s new notebooks with Intel?s 11th Gen parts Samsung launches Galaxy Book Flex 5G, the first 5G Intel Evo laptop Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080: launching September 17th for ? Nvidia's new RTX 3090 is a $1,499 monster GPU designed for ... Qualcomm's next budget Snapdragon 4-series chips could ... Qualcomm?s 8cx Gen 2 5G processor promises a new wave of better ARM-based laptops Qualcomm hopes to topple AirPods Pro with ?adaptive? noise cancellation for true wireless earbuds Sonos patent gives possible first look at unannounced headphones Bang & Olufsen?s $800 noise-canceling headphones copy the best part of Microsoft?s Surface Headphones Samsung announces The Premiere, a luxury ultra-short throw 4K laser projector The new Philips Hue lightstrip mounts to your TV and syncs with what?s on-screen Lenovo Smart Clock  8BitDo made a mod-friendly, wireless arcade stick for the Nintendo Switch and Asus Zenfone 7 Pro review: fun flipping cameras with a bulky phone attached Samsung announces its cheapest 5G phone and new Trio ? We are conducting an audience survey to better serve you. It takes no more than five minutes, and it really helps out the show. Please take our survey here: voxmedia.com/podsurvey.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2020-09-04
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Recording police brutality: how technology is driving the new civil rights movement

Nilay Patel talks with Verge reporter Bijan Stephen and video producer Mariya Abdulkaf about The Verge's new multimedia project Capturing the Police. Capturing the Police is a project from The Verge about how people use technology to bring awareness of police brutality and racism ? and what it costs them when they agitate for justice. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2020-09-01
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Surface Duo hands on / Amazon's Halo fitness tracker / Epic vs Apple: the latest

Wired's Lauren Goode returns to the show to discuss Microsoft's soon-to-be released Surface Duo, Amazon's new fitness tracker, and an update on Apple's battle with Epic over the App Store.  Stories this week: FDA authorizes Abbott?s fast $5 COVID-19 test FDA authorizes convalescent plasma to treat COVID-19  Tracking COVID-19 through symptom monitoring will be harder when flu season starts Facebook chose not to act on militia complaints before Kenosha shooting Facebook takes down ?call to arms? event after two shot dead in Kenosha  Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman interview Amazon announced Halo, a fitness band and app that scans your body and voice Amazon Look review (2017) Fitbit?s new Sense smartwatch can take your skin?s temperature to help you manage stress Microsoft Flight Simulator players are flying into Hurricane Laura Fall Guys is the feel-good game of the summer Samsung?s Galaxy Z Fold 2 doesn?t have a release date, but you can already watch this review This could be the first real picture of the Pixel 5 Sony Xperia 5 II leak reveals a new 120Hz display and a headphone jack The Asus Zenfone 7 adds a third lens to its neat flipping camera LG?s swiveling ?Wing? phone allegedly revealed in video leak TikTok sues Trump administration over US ban Kevin Mayer quits as TikTok CEO due to ongoing political turmoil Walmart says it?s partnering with Microsoft on a TikTok deal Epic judge will protect Unreal Engine ? but not Fortnite Why Epic can?t afford to lose the Unreal Engine in its legal fight with Apple Read the emails between Epic and Apple that led to Fortnite?s App Store ban Apple is holding the Unreal Engine hostage, Epic says in new motion Epic confirms Fortnite?s new season won?t be on iPhone, iPad, or Mac Fortnite is splitting into two different games because of Epic and Apple?s fight Apple apologizes to WordPress, won?t force the free app to add purchases after all Fortnite on iOS already feels empty and dated  Apple?s move to make advertising harder on iOS 14 is part of a trend Announcing the Get Wired podcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2020-08-28
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Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman welcomes you to Team Antitrust

Antitrust criticism of big tech companies like Google, Apple, and Amazon have been louder than ever ? from the consumers to the tech companies who compete with them. Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman has been vocal for years about the problem with Google?s dominant market share in maps, local search, and reviews. ?I?ve been working on it for over a decade and it?s great to see that more people have jumped on board.? Stoppelman says. ?When we started out criticizing Google and highlighting some of their abuses, we got ? especially from Silicon Valley ? so many eye rolls.? The Verge?s Nilay Patel and Casey Newton recently caught up with Stoppelman to discuss the evolving view of the media and the public on the tech monopolies, as well as how Yelp is handling their competition and what possible changes can be made with regulation from the government. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2020-08-25
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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra review / Galaxy Watch 3 review / BlackBerry 5G?

Dieter, Dan, and Becca discuss reviews of Samsung's Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, Galaxy Buds Live, and Galaxy Watch 3. They also discuss a potential BlackBerry phone coming to the market...in 2021.  Stories from this week: Attack of the gaiters  Galaxy Note 20 Ultra review How Samsung?s beans broke the mold of wireless earbuds iFixit?s Galaxy Buds Live teardown shows that even Samsung calls them beans Samsung Galaxy Buds Live review: good sound, unique ? Google?s Pixel Buds are now available in more colors nearly four months after launch Google?s Pixel Buds get new transcribe mode, attention alerts, and sharing detection Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 review: time for a change Fossil updates its Gen 5 smartwatches with sleep tracking and more fitness features The Nubia Watch is a decadent OLED smart bracelet New images of Fitbit Versa 3 and Fitbit Sense leak Epic says Apple threatens ?catastrophic? response in two weeks if Fortnite doesn?t comply with rules Apple tells Epic ?we won?t make an exception? for Fortnite Uber CEO on the fight in California: ?We can?t go out and hire 50,000 people overnight? Here?s your best look yet at ZTE?s first smartphone with an under-display camera Apple is now a $2 trillion company A new 5G BlackBerry phone with Android and a physical ? theverge.com/newsletters Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2020-08-21
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How money and payments have become social media

Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel talks to Lana Swartz, assistant professor of media studies at the University of Virginia about her new book New Money: How Payment Became Social Media. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2020-08-18
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Fornite kicked off the App Store and Microsoft?s Surface Duo arrives on Sept 10th

Nilay, Dieter, Tom, and Dan discuss the timeline of events that lead to Epic Games suing Apple and Google after being kicked out of mobile app stores. They also discuss Microsoft's announcement of the Surface Duo's release date and technical specs. Stories discussed this episode: Big Tech pledged a billion to racial justice, but it was pocket change US passes 5 million coronavirus cases Big airlines are hoarding cash to survive the pandemic Vaping linked to higher risk of COVID-19 in teens and young adults, study finds Microsoft opens xCloud game streaming beta early on Tuesday Apple confirms cloud gaming services like xCloud and Stadia violate App Store guidelines Microsoft condemns Apple?s App Store policies Facebook slams Apple?s App Store policies, launches Facebook Gaming on iOS without games Fortnite vs Apple vs Google: a brief and very incomplete timeline Epic offers new direct payment in Fortnite on iOS and Android to get around app store fees Apple just kicked Fortnite off the App Store Watch Epic?s Nineteen Eighty-Fortnite short mocking Apple right here Epic Games is suing Apple Fortnite for Android has also been kicked off the Google Play Store Epic is suing Google over Fortnite?s removal from the Google Play Store Google forced OnePlus to decimate a Fortnite launcher deal, claims Epic Games Fortnite vs Apple vs Google: a brief and very incomplete timeline Epic rallies Fortnite players against Apple with a warning that they?ll miss the next season Microsoft?s Surface Duo arrives on Sept 10th for $1,399 Microsoft releases Surface Duo press event video with 30 minutes of demos The Xbox Series X could launch on November 6th Microsoft?s new Xbox Series S console confirmed in leaked controller packaging When I don?t buy the new Xbox, Microsoft will laugh all the way to the bank Android is becoming a worldwide earthquake detection network Google is re-adding a Calendar app to Android Auto so you can see how to get to your next appointment Google Maps finally works with CarPlay?s excellent dashboard mode Google promises the next Wear OS update will launch apps up to 20 percent faster Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2020-08-14
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How a TikTok ban would affect the influencer economy

Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel talks with New York Times reporter Taylor Lorenz about what actually happens to TikTok users, creators, and the influencer economy if a ban on the app was implemented in the United States. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2020-08-11
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Samsung Unpacked, Google Pixel 4a review, and Apple's new 27-inch iMac

Nilay, Dieter, Becca, Chris, and Dan discuss the products announced at Samsung's virtual event this week, as well as the Google Pixel 4a review, a new 27-inch iMac, and Greg Joswiak replacing Phil Schiller as head of Apple marketing. Stories discussed this week: Apple and Google?s COVID-19 tracking system will make its full US debut in new Virginia app We can?t skip steps on the road to a COVID-19 vaccine Twitter blocked Trump campaign account from tweeting over COVID-19 misinformation Facebook removes Trump post for falsely claiming children are ?almost immune? to COVID-19 One tweet tried to identify a cop ? then five people were charged with felony harassment President Trump withdraws FCC renomination after 5G controversy Donald Trump trying to control the FCC is a ?disaster,? says Sen. Ron Wyden President Trump says he will ban TikTok in the US today How the Trump administration could ?ban? TikTok Apple is not interested in buying TikTok Instagram launches Reels, its attempt to keep you off TikTok Google announced Pixel 5, Pixel 4a 5G, and Pixel 4a all at once Pixel 4a review Galaxy Note 20 first look  The Galaxy Z Fold 2 is Samsung?s big promise that it can fix its foldable future Samsung Galaxy Buds Live review The best part of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus is its screen Sony WH-1000XM4 review Greg Joswiak replaces Phil Schiller as head of Apple marketing The new 27-inch iMac?s webcam isn?t just better; it?s smarter Scientists rename human genes to stop Microsoft Excel from misreading them as dates Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2020-08-07
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Sen. Ron Wyden says Trump?s Section 230 FCC shuffle is a ?disaster?

The Verge's Nilay Patel and Adi Robertson talk to Senator Ron Wyden, who co-authored Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Wyden discusses the forced sale of TikTok to a US-based company, the bills out to reform Section 230, his new privacy bill preventing law enforcement from buying data on the open market, and how Trump's handling of recent FCC nominations is a "disaster." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2020-08-04
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Tech antitrust hearing: the important moments and what comes next

Nilay, Makena, Adi, and Casey discuss the important moments from Congress' antitrust hearing with Apple?s Tim Cook, Amazon?s Jeff Bezos, Facebook?s Mark Zuckerberg, and Google?s Sundar Pichai. Stories discussed this week: Antivirus: A weekly digest of the latest COVID-19 research Kodak is branching out into pharmaceuticals with US investment Twitter forced Donald Trump Jr. to delete tweet spreading COVID-19 misinformation Moms in Tech Facebook group splintering over allegations of racism Google will keep employees working remotely until July 2021 NASA?s life-hunting Mars rover is officially on its way to the Red Planet Tech antitrust hearing: all the news, updates, and documents from Congress? big moment Everything you need to know from the tech antitrust hearing What Amazon, Google, Facebook, and Apple have in common Antitrust panel says the messages show Zuckerberg trying to buy out his competition Jeff Bezos can?t promise Amazon employees don?t access independent seller data Google?s business model ?is the problem,? David Cicilline says The iconic Flip Video almost became Google?s first camera, emails show Amazon bought Ring for market position, not technology, emails suggest Read Steve Jobs? emails about why you can?t buy digital books in Amazon?s apps Facebook usage and revenue continue to grow as the pandemic rages on Google parent company Alphabet sees its first revenue decline in history Apple reports strong Mac and iPad sales in record-breaking Q3 earnings Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2020-07-31
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Sandworm: A New Era of Cyberwar and the Hunt for the Kremlin's Most Dangerous Hackers

Verge editor-in-chief talks with Wired senior editor Andy Greenberg, author of Sandworm: A New Era of Cyberwar and the Hunt for the Kremlin's Most Dangerous Hackers. Greenberg's book is all about a group of hackers inside the Russian government called Sandworm, who were responsible for damaging cyber warfare attacks in various countries over the past few years. Andy and Nilay discuss the origins of Sandworm, the intricacies of their attacks, and how they escalated what we think of as "cyber war." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2020-07-28
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