Rank #1: Google's sale of Motorola, the iPod's decline, and Daft Punk helmets
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Rank #2: Apple iPhone XS event, iPhone XR, and Apple Watch Series 4
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
Rank #3: Mac craziness, YouTube TV, and Project Scorpio
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
Rank #4: iPhone chips, Scorpio specs, and RIP 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?”
Rank #5: The RED iPhone, Mass Effect: Andromeda, and the new iPad
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
Rank #6: HomePod, WWDC 2017, and DJI Spark
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”
Rank #7: Live from WWDC and E3
Paul’s Games are Gadgets Too: 43:43
Final thoughts 01:27:50
Rank #8: New Gmail, Spectacles 2.0, and iPhone SE 2?
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
Rank #9: Android Wear 2.0, Google Smart Home, and Vizio gets caught
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
Rank #10: Tinder DJs
again occupies the hypeseat.
Rank #11: Microsoft Build 2017, Echo Show, and a Cortana speaker
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”
Rank #12: iPhone 8 review, Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE review, and Apple TV 4K review
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
Rank #13: Apple's iPhone X Event, Bodega, and Animoji
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
Rank #14: Emotional time zones
Rank #15: Updated Macbook Pros, Microsoft Surface Go, and this week in Elon
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
Rank #16: WWDC, Sonos Beam, and Microsoft buys Github
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 theverge.com“ — 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 theverge.com” 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
Rank #17: Swipe left for iPad
Rank #18: macOS Mojave beta, Microsoft Surface USB-C dongle, and this week in Elon Musk
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
Rank #19: iPod nano discontinued, Microsoft Paint's fate, and Foxconn's new factory
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