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. 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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October 26, 2021 55 min
Dieter Bohn hosts a discussion with Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel and Verge reviewer Monica Chin about The Verge's approach to reviewing gadgets, focusing specifically on Apple's 2021 MacBook Pro. The crew are still in the process of reviewing the laptop, so the conversation also leads to topics like how battery testing has evolved the past decade, how The Verge scores reviews, and how to find the right angle for writin...
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The Verge's Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Alex Cranz, and Alex Heath discuss Facebook's plan to rebrand the company with a new name, the products announced at Apple's Unleashed event, and what happened at Google's Pixel 6 event. On The Verge is happening October 22nd and 23rd, and you’re invited  Facebook is planning to rebrand the company with a new name The 8 biggest announcements from Apple’s Unleashed event Appl...
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Dieter Bohn sits down with Google CEO Sundar Pichai and SVP of Devices and Services at Google Rick Osterloh to discuss the launch of the Pixel 6 — including its tensor processing chip, the Android ecosystem, and what makes this Pixel launch different from the rest. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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The Verge's Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Alex Cranz, and Adi Robertson discuss HTC's new VR headset the Vive Flow. Also: Apple, Google, and Samsung all have events next week. The crew discuss what to expect. Further reading: The $499 HTC Vive Flow is VR for people who don’t like VR I have a hard time believing your wearable is good if you had to Photoshop it onto a model Magic Leap somehow raised $500 million to make anothe...
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Dieter Bohn hosts a discussion on reviews for the newest Microsoft products launched this fall — Windows 11, Surface Pro 8, Surface Laptop Studio, and Surface Go 3 — with The Verge's Monica Chin, Dan Seifert, and Tom Warren. Further reading: Windows 11 review: a familiar home that’s still being renovated  Surface Pro 8 review: the best of both worlds Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio review: back to the drawing board Microsof...
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In Land of the Giants: The Apple Revolution, Recode’s Peter Kafka explores the company that changed what a computer is — and then changed what a phone is. From its beginnings as a niche personal computer company, Apple became the preeminent maker of consumer tech products, a cultural trendsetter, and the most valuable company in the world. And along the way, it changed the way we live. Listen to Land of the Giants on Spotify, Apple...
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The Verge's Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Alex Cranz, and Russell Brandom discuss Facebook's bad week: from a 60 Minutes interview, to a 6-hour outage, to a Facebook whistleblower hearing. The crew also get into Android 12, Pixel 6 rumors, iOS 15.1, and more. Further reading: Verge Tech Survey 2021 Facebook encourages hate speech for profit, says whistleblower Locked out and totally down: Facebook’s scramble to fix a massive...
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For the next four Tuesdays, Verge senior reporter Ashley Carman will explore how artificial intelligence and machine learning are shaping the future of a variety of industries. In this episode, Ashley explores how AI can be used for product design, but more specifically, for creating fragrances and flavors. Guests include founder of ScentTronix Fredrick Duerinck, computer scientist at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Saket Navalkha, a...
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The Verge's Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and Alex Cranz discuss all the product announced at Amazon's fall devices event, as well as Google's Search On fall event. Verge senior reporter Alex Heath joins the show to discuss news that came out of the interviews at Code Conference. Further reading: Amazon’s fall hardware event 2021: rumors, news, and announcements Amazon’s race to create the disappearing computer  Here’s t...
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For the next four Tuesdays, Verge senior reporter Ashley Carman will explore how artificial intelligence and machine learning are shaping the future of a variety of industries. In this episode, Ashley explores the wild world of AI writing and storytelling to find out if her job is in jeopardy. Is AI ready to replace seasoned writers or experienced reporters? Guests include Nick Walton (co-founder and CEO of Latitude), Samanyou Garg...
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The Verge's Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Alex Cranz, and Tom Warren discuss the reviews of the iPhone 13/iPhone 13 Pro and the many new devices Microsoft announced at their Surface event this week. Further reading: iPhone 13 review: yep, bigger batteries are better iPhone 13 Pro review: a better display, the best camera, and incredible battery life  iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 review: foundational fixes  iOS 15 is here, but we’re sti...
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For the next four Tuesdays, Verge senior reporter Ashley Carman will explore how artificial intelligence and machine learning are shaping the future of a variety of industries. In this episode, Ashley explores how AI is being used to streamline video creation.  Guests include VP of Adobe Sensei Scott Prevost, co-founder and co-CEO of Flawless Scott Mann, and Verge senior reporter James Vincent.  This podcast was made by producer Li...
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The Verge's Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and Alex Cranz discuss all the products announced at Apple's hardware event this week: iPhones, iPads, the Apple Watch, and more. Keep listening for some gadget news, including Nintendo finally adding Bluetooth audio to the Switch. Further reading: ​​Apple’s iPhone 13 event: the 8 biggest announcements The iPhone 13 may finally get features Android has had for years The iPhone 13 eve...
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For the next four Tuesdays, Verge senior reporter Ashley Carman will explore how artificial intelligence and machine learning are shaping the future of a variety of industries. In this episode, Ashley talks to AI companies that are working with voice synthesis to see why they are targeting the field of voice talent and podcasting and what cloning your voice can be used for in the future. Read more This podcast was made by producer ...
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In an emergency Vergecast, The Verge's Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Adi Robertson, and Russell Brandom discuss the ruling today in the Epic v. Apple trial. Further reading: Apple must allow other forms of in-app purchases, rules judge in Epic v. Apple Epic v. Apple judge rules Fortnite’s Peely can appear naked in court Epic will appeal the Epic v. Apple decision Will Fortnite return to iOS? Probably not any time soon The futu...
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The Verge's Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Alex Cranz, and Alex Heath discuss Facebook's newest endeavor into sunglasses with cameras on them, predictions for next week's Apple event, and of course some new gadgets announced this week. Further reading: Activists push to delay most high-profile climate summit since Paris agreement Microsoft gives up predicting when its US offices will fully reopen Facebook on your face Sn...
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The Verge's Dieter Bohn, Alex Cranz, and Chaim Gartenberg discuss a bunch of new Apple App Store policies, the upcoming Microsoft Surface event, and some fun strange new gadgets from this week. Further reading: Reddit bans anti-vaccine subreddit r/NoNewNormal after site-wide protest Ivermectin misinformation has poisoned Amazon’s platform, with few fixes planned Apple’s $100 million settlement agreement “clarifies” App Store...
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The Verge's Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Alex, Cranz, and Adi Robertson discuss why OnlyFans planned to prohibit sexually explicit content on their platform and why it reversed its position days later. Second half of the show, the crew discuss Tim Cook's ten years as Apple CEO, iPhone 13 rumors, and the whole bunch of tech news you may have missed. Further reading: Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine gets full FDA approval US COVID-19...
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The Verge's Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Alex Cranz, Allison Johnson, and Dan Seifert discuss reviews for the Google Pixel 5a, Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 and Z Fold 3, and the T-Mobile data breach that exposed personal info of more than 47 million people. Second half of the show, the crew discuss Facebook's new metaverse conference software, the emails from the Apple vs Epic trial, and Intel's new PC gaming GPUs. Further read...
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The Verge's Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Alex Cranz, and Chris Welch discuss what was announced at Samsung's August Unpacked event, including new foldables. Senior reporter Adi Robertson explains the important changes coming to Apple's Messages and iCloud. Further reading: COVID-19 misinformation is increasing amid US virus surge Kidney transplant patients will test a COVID-19 booster shot in new trial Here’s why Apple’...
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