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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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Apple's Oct 18th event preview / HTC Vive Flow announced / Apple Watch Series 7 review

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 another AR headset Facebook execs tease VR prototype hardware with new photos Apple Watch Series 7 review: time and time again  Apple announces October 18th event after months of Mac rumors Apple exploring AirPods that take your temperature and monitor posture: report Google announced its Pixel 6 event on October 19th Watch the Pixel 6 Pro get put together and taken apart in leaked videos Google Pixel 6 leak teases Magic Eraser feature, plus five years of Android security updates Google says it?s dropping Material Design components on iOS in favor of Apple?s UIKit ?Pixel Pass? is Google?s rumored response to Apple One Samsung announces Unpacked 2 event for Wednesday Oct 20th, right after Apple and Google Samsung tries to prove its foldable phones are tough in a new test video VanMoof?s new V e-bike is its fastest ever  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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Surface extravaganza: a review of Windows 11 and Microsoft?s new Surface lineup

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 Microsoft Surface Go 3 review: left behind Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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Land of the Giants: This Changes Everything

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 or wherever you get your podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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Facebook's bad week: a 60 Minutes interview, a six-hour outage, and a Senate whistleblower hearing

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 outage Facebook is coming back after a six-hour outage Facebook is back online after a massive outage that also took down Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger, and Oculus Facebook explains the backbone shutdown behind its global outage on Monday What is BGP, and what role did it play in Facebook?s massive outage Everything you need to know from the Facebook whistleblower hearing The whistleblower hearing hits Facebook where the company is weakest The Facebook whistleblower hearing unearthed the danger of engagement algorithms Facebook?s whistleblower report confirms what researchers have known for years Facebook runs the coward?s playbook to smear the whistleblower ?What?s good, bad, and missing in the Facebook whistleblower?s testimony Mark Zuckerberg breaks silence to say the Facebook whistleblower?s claims ?don?t make any sense Facebook reportedly slows feature development for ?reputational reviews? Google just announced its Pixel 6 event on October 19th Android 12 review: it?s mostly about the looks Android 12 will be coming to Pixel phones in the ?next few weeks? Pixel 6?s rumored 23W wireless charging stand and more details leak early iPhone 13 Mini and 13 Pro Max battery life: better, and a beast The latest iOS 15.1 beta includes iPhone 13 Pro camera features Halide?s latest update brings the iPhone 13 Pro?s Macro Mode to older iPhones After Epic v. Apple, a small developer is challenging Apple?s in-app payment system Apple is making it easier to delete accounts attached to third-party apps Apple?s healthcare division leaned on misleading data, report alleges Nintendo Switch OLED review: screentime Google?s latest Next doorbell and camera are not obvious upgrades Amazon is reportedly working on a smart fridge Twitch confirms major data breach after its source code and secrets leak out Taylor Swift fans are getting caught up in the Virginia gubernatorial race The Verge is now on your smart TV Announcing Springboard: The Verge?s documentary on the forgotten history of the Treo Vergecast - A Tech Podcast by Derek Rhoads Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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Teaching AI to taste and smell could help the future of product design

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, and Michael Spranger from Sony AI This podcast was made by producer Liam James, senior audio director Andru Marino, senior reporter James Vincent, and senior reporter Ashley Carman. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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Amazon?s fall hardware event / Google?s Search On / Code Conference 2021

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 the deluge of announcements from Amazon?s fall devices event Say hello to Astro, Alexa on wheels  Amazon?s Astro cannot fetch your beer Amazon Astro is ?terrible? and will ?throw itself down? stairs, developers reportedly claim Amazon?s automotive efforts appear to be taking a pit stop Don?t be fooled ? Amazon?s Astro isn?t a home robot, it?s a camera on wheels Remember when beta testing was free?  Amazon?s new Echo Show 15 is meant to hang on your wall Amazon?s AZ2 CPU knows your face Amazon Glow is a video chat gadget with built-in games to keep kids engaged Amazon announces new wearable and services to try to make you fitter Amazon?s new Ring Alarm Pro combines a security system with an Eero router  Blink?s first doorbell is finally released, four years later Ring Video Doorbells are finally getting package alerts Amazon takes on Nest with a $59.99 smart thermostat Google?s Search On fall 2021 event: news and announcements Google Search?s next phase: context is king  Google expands shopping searches with Lens and in-store inventory checks Google Maps is making it easier to see wildfires and tree coverage Google Lens will soon search for words and images combined Google is using AI to help users explore the topics they?re searching for ? here?s how Elon Musk to Jeff Bezos: ?you cannot sue your way to the Moon Elon Musk: ?we probably don?t need? NDAs for Tesla?s ?Full Self-Driving? beta USB-C cables are getting new, confusing logos for faster 240W charging standard Nintendo categorically denies that a 4K Switch Pro is in development ?Rife with sexism?: employees of Jeff Bezos? Blue Origin describe ?toxic? workplace culture Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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AI can be your writing buddy, your blogger, or your Dungeon Master

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 (founder of Writesonic), and artist K Allado-McDowell. This podcast was made by producer Liam James, senior audio director Andru Marino, senior reporter James Vincent, and senior reporter Ashley Carman.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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iPhone 13 review / Microsoft?s Surface event biggest announcements

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 still waiting on a few new features Apple updates macOS Safari with a new look, but you can turn off the big changes EU proposes mandatory USB-C on all devices, including iPhones Apple won?t let Fortnite back on iOS until the Epic v. Apple verdict is final Tim Cook says employees who leak memos do not belong at Apple, according to leaked memo Microsoft?s fall Surface event: the 7 biggest announcements  Microsoft announces Surface Pro 8 with bigger 13-inch 120Hz display and Thunderbolt Surface Laptop Studio is Microsoft?s new powerful flagship laptop Microsoft?s new Surface Duo 2 has all the features that were missing the first time around Microsoft?s new Slim Pen 2 uses haptics to mimic the feeling of using a real pen The Surface Pro X gets a Wi-Fi-only version The Surface Go 3 gets new Intel processors Microsoft?s new mouse has a shell that?s 20 percent recycled ocean plastic Surface Adaptive Kit makes Microsoft?s laptops more accessible Microsoft Surface Pro 8 hands-on: the one we?ve waited for Microsoft Surface Duo 2 hands-on: once more, with cameras Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio hands-on: one weird, powerful computer  The Surface Laptop Studio isn?t as original as Microsoft would have you believe Kids who grew up with search engines could change STEM education forever Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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AI might help edit the next generation of blockbusters

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 Liam James, senior audio director Andru Marino, senior reporter James Vincent, and senior reporter Ashley Carman.  Read more here Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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Apple?s iPhone 13 event: the biggest announcements

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 event was a case study in Tim Cook-era product refinement iPhone 13 and 13 Mini announced with redesigned camera array and smaller notch iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max announced with high refresh rate 120Hz displays The iPhone 13 is a pitch-perfect iPhone 12S Goodbye and good riddance to Apple?s 64GB iPhones Apple announces new entry-level iPad with A13 Bionic chip The iPhone 13?s new camera tricks include cinematic video and macro photography Apple says it every year, but the iPhone 13 cameras do seem much improved Apple?s iPhone 13 Pro is the first iPhone with 1TB of storage Apple drops the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone XR from its lineup Apple?s updated leather MagSafe wallet supports Find My location tracking How the iPhone 13, Mini, Pro and Max compare to Android rivals ? and vs. iPhone 12 All-new iPad Mini announced with 5G, USB-C, and larger 8.3-inch display Apple is releasing iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 on September 20th Apple announces new entry-level iPad with A13 Bionic chip The Apple Watch Series 7 has a brand-new look Apple is releasing watchOS 8 on September 20th Should you wait for the Apple Watch Series 7? Apple Fitness Plus is getting Group Workouts and Pilates The Apple rumors were wrong Where are Apple?s new Macs? Here?s what we?re still expecting Apple to announce this year Nintendo finally adds Bluetooth audio to the Switch in new software update Google?s rumored Pixel 6 Tensor processor sounds extremely weird Razer made gamer thimbles Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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Everyone will be able to clone their voice in the future

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 Liam James, senior audio director Andru Marino, senior reporter James Vincent, and senior reporter Ashley Carman. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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Epic v. Apple judge rules that Apple must allow other forms of in-app purchases

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 future of the App Store depends on the difference between a ?button? and an ?external link? The Apple App Store: A brief history of major policy changes  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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Facebook debuts Ray-Ban smart glasses / Apple?s iPhone 13 event will take place on September 14th / Amazon announces its first-ever lineup of smart TVs

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 Snapchat?s new AR features can identify the world around you Apple?s rumored AR/VR headset might rely on a nearby iPhone or Mac for processing  Whoop?s new fitness tracker is better thanks to a battery breakthrough Apple?s iPhone 13 event will take place on September 14th New Apple MagSafe charger spotted in FCC alongside four new phones Apple?s car chief is heading to Ford Apple Watch exec takes over secretive car project Apple delays controversial child protection features after privacy outcry Amazon announces its first-ever lineup of smart TVs Amazon announces Fire TV Stick 4K Max ? and yes that?s really the name Amazon Luna is expanding to Fire tablets and Chromebooks, and retro games are on the way Twitter takes on Facebook Groups with invite-only Communities How Twitter?s communities could bring context back The Gmail app takes calls now, too, because Google wants it to do everything The Series One Desk 27 is a $2,000 Google Meet machine that doubles as a laptop monitor Microsoft Start is a personalized news feed designed for Windows 11, mobile, and more Theranos? greatest invention was Elizabeth Holmes  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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Microsoft announces Surface event for Sept. 22nd / Apple concedes to let apps link to the web sign up / iPhone 13 could have satellite connectivity

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 rules for developers, but doesn?t change much Apple concedes to let apps like Netflix, Spotify, and Kindle link to the web to sign up Apple and Google must allow developers to use other payment systems, new Korean law declares Apple will ask before it targets you with its ads in iOS 15 Apple says Arizona and Georgia will be first to add state IDs to iPhones Microsoft announces Surface event for September 22nd Microsoft will release Windows 11 on October 5th Windows 11 won?t include Android app support at launch The Windows 11 upgrade situation just got less and more confusing Microsoft won?t stop you installing Windows 11 on older PCs Microsoft is threatening to withhold Windows 11 updates if your CPU is old Microsoft is kicking unsupported PCs out of Windows 11 testing The iPhone 13 could have satellite connectivity The iPhone 13?s rumored satellite link sounds like it?s just for emergencies The next Apple Watch may be delayed due to manufacturing issues Apple reportedly wants a Watch with more health tracking and could ship one next year Apple buys classical music streaming service Primephonic Midrange Samsung Galaxy S21 FE appears again in leaked manual Samsung adds new foldable features to its older Z Fold and Z Flip phones with One UI 3.1.1 Fashion follows function: what?s next for the phone industry TV streaming service Locast suspends service after court ruling This chainless drive system could revolutionize e-bike designs  Sony?s new PS5 model weighs less because it has a smaller heatsink Bose announces QuietComfort 45 noise-canceling headphones with 24-hour battery life Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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OnlyFans' back and forth on adult content ban / Tim Cook?s Apple, ten years later

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 data has never been good enough VidCon cancels its 2021 event, says next one will be in June 2022 The Pfizer vaccine will be officially called Comirnaty, for some reason OnlyFans to prohibit sexually explicit content beginning Sex workers made OnlyFans valuable ? then it sold them out OnlyFans pushes SFW app on iOS and Android as it tries OnlyFans' inexplicable ban on porn might be explained OnlyFans CEO on why it banned adult content OnlyFans says never mind, it actually won?t ban porn on October 1st Joe Biden reportedly hosting cybersecurity meeting with Tim Cook, Satya Nadella, and Andy Jassy attending Google and Microsoft promise billions to help bolster US cybersecurity Facebook is reportedly forming an election commission that it will announce in the fall Tim Cook?s Apple, ten years later Apple will take a smaller cut of publishers? sales if they join Apple News S.Korea parliament committee votes to curb Google, Apple ?, Higher-end Mac Mini reportedly landing ?in the next several months? 'iPhone 13' Name Emerges on Alleged Packaging Stickers Apple Watch Series 7: Leaked images show 41mm and 45mm bands TSMC is raising chip prices as supply shortages continue Apple to Release iOS 15 iCloud Private Relay as a Public Beta iCloud+'s New Custom Email Domain Feature Now Available in Beta Kanye West?s new Donda Stem Player will apparently let you ?customize any song? Snapchat?s new AR features can identify the world around you The manual for Facebook?s Project Aria AR glasses shows what it?s like to wear them Fitbit?s new Charge 5 has a rounded design and a color screen Microsoft?s Panos Panay now directly advises CEO Satya Nadella  Microsoft announces $549 Halo-themed Xbox Series X console Xbox consoles are getting xCloud this holiday so you can stream before you download Elon Musk says Tesla is working on humanoid robots Don?t overthink it: Elon Musk?s Tesla Bot is a joke Alaska Airlines evacuated a plane after a phone burst into flame Samsung will let you unlock your Z Fold 3?s bootloader, but at the cost of your cameras Joe Rogan, confined to Spotify, is losing influence  Making it work 2021 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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Google Pixel 5a review / Facebook's metaverse for work / Apple, Epic, and Google emails

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 reading: COVID-19 booster shots will be offered to Americans in September, Biden administration says Immunocompromised people should get a third COVID-19 vaccine dose, CDC committee says Go read this deep dive on why US public health data systems couldn?t handle COVID-19 Google Pixel 5a review: boring, but better than ever  Google Pixel 5A comes with a bigger battery and screen, smaller price tag The Google Pixel 6 won?t ship with a charger Galaxy Watch 4 review: welcome to Samsung?s garden  Samsung's Galaxy Z Flip 3 is the first folding phone for normal people There?s still a place for the Note in Samsung?s Galaxy Samsung confirms it?s removing ads from its stock apps later this year How the latest and greatest Samsung and Apple earbuds lock you into their world T-Mobile data breach exposed the personal info of more than 47 million people Microsoft is making it harder to switch default browsers in Windows 11 Apple?s been playing it too MagSafe Apple?s attempt at podcast subscriptions is off to a messy start  FTC says Facebook has been a monopoly ?since at least 2011? in amended antitrust complaint Inside Facebook?s metaverse for work Google?s ?Project Hug? paid out huge sums to keep game devs in the Play Store, Epic filing claims Google gave phone makers extra money to ditch third-party app stores Google secretly had a giant gaming vision that includes bringing games to Mac Sweetheart deals and plastic knives: all the best emails from the Apple vs. Epic trial Steve Jobs email confirms Apple was working on an ?iPhone nano?  Intel enters the PC gaming GPU battle with Arc Intel shows off its answer to Nvidia?s DLSS, coming to Arc GPUs in 2022 Intel previews its Alder Lake chip, promises hybrid CPUs for desktops and laptops Water shortages loom over future semiconductor fabs in Arizona  Why Intel and TSMC are building water-dependent chip factories in one of the driest U.S. states GM and AT&T are teaming up to bring 5G to Chevy, Cadillac, and GMC cars by 2024 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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Samsung announces Galaxy Z Flip 3, Z Fold 3, Watch 4 and Buds 2 / Apple?s controversial new child protection features, explained

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?s new child safety features are so controversial  Join us for On The Verge: our exciting 10-year birthday party in New York City Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 announced with much bigger, more useful cover display Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 announced with S Pen support and water resistance  How Samsung beefed up its new folding phones: metal, tape, and a dab of goo Forget the Note ? Samsung?s foldables are coming for the Galaxy S as well Google is bringing Samsung to the Apple Watch fight The Galaxy Watch 4 injects Samsung?s capable hardware with Google software Samsung details new smartwatch chip ahead of Galaxy Watch 4 launch Samsung announces Galaxy Buds 2 with active noise cancellation Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 review: nailing the basics with style  Apple?s controversial new child protection features, explained Apple pushes back against child abuse scanning concerns in new FAQ Interview: Apple's head of Privacy details child abuse detection and Messages safety features Senators target Apple?s App Store exclusivity in new bill Senate approves $1 trillion infrastructure package as crypto worries loom Senate cryptocurrency tax reporting deal fails TCL announces new 6-series and 5-series TVs that come with Google TV instead of Roku Valve Steam Deck hands-on: the Nintendo Switch of PC gaming Apple?s 2021 iPhones will reportedly have a video portrait mode HP?s new Chromebase AiO has a screen that rotates from portrait to landscape DOJ letter tells Dish and T-Mobile to figure out CDMA customer migration, or else Dish says it will launch wireless 5G service in beta at the end of September The race to build Africa?s 5G networks is entangled in a U.S. push to cut Huawei?s dominance Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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Pixel 6 preview / Apple reveals new efforts to fight child abuse imagery

The Verge's Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and Alex Cranz discuss Google's preview of the Pixel 6 and its Tensor chip. Verge policy editor Russell Brandom explains how Apple will reportedly scan photos on iPhones and iCloud for child abuse imagery. Vaccine carrots only got us so far ? now, it?s time for sticks New York Auto Show canceled as delta variant spreads NYC?s Key vaccination requirement for indoor dining can be met with an app Yelp will let businesses list their vaccination policies  Moderna says a third shot of its COVID-19 vaccine may be needed to protect against variants This is the Pixel 6, Google?s take on an ?ultra high end? phone Google?s Tensor chip is only the first step toward truly great Pixel phones Apple will reportedly scan photos stored on iPhones and iCloud for child abuse imagery Apple reveals new efforts to fight child abuse imagery Google?s new Nest cameras and doorbell have lower prices and more smarts Oppo announces ?next-generation? under-display selfie camera Here?s a closer look at Apple?s canceled AirPower wireless charger Apple updates Mac Pro GPUs with new AMD Radeon options You can get a Touch ID-equipped Magic Keyboard without buying a whole iMac now Elon Musk and Apple deny wild story that he tried to replace Tim Cook  Facebook can project your eyes onto a VR headset, and it?s exactly as uncanny as it sounds NYT crossword puzzle no longer works in third-party apps, crosses puzzle solvers HBO Max is getting its own exclusive podcasts, starting with Batman AT&T has officially spun off DirecTV, which is now its own business T-Mobile confirms it will shut down Sprint?s LTE network next year Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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The summer Intel fell behind / earnings for Apple, Google, Samsung / Nothing's Ear 1 earbuds

Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Alex Cranz, and Chaim Gartenberg discuss this week in tech news: quarterly earnings for the big tech companies, the state of Intel, and the Nothing's Ear 1 earbuds. Further reading: CDC reinstitutes mask recommendations for some vaccinated people Apple will require masks again in most of its US stores Communication around masks is still terrible Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine?s protection against severe disease holds steady over six months The pandemic made it even harder to check on the ocean?s vital signs Next Gen - the future belongs to young people The iPhone 12?s strong momentum helps Apple to another huge quarter Google sets all-time records as search and YouTube profits ... Microsoft reports weaker Surface and Windows revenue amid ... Samsung boosts profits and pledges to 'mainstream' foldables ... Amazon?s earnings show why Andy Jassy is now in charge The summer Intel fell behind Huawei?s P50 announced with Snapdragon 888 and HarmonyOS Leaked Surface Duo 2 photos reveal new triple camera system The Oppo Watch 2 launches in China with a promise of 16 days of battery life Nothing officially reveals its $99 Ear (1) true wireless earbuds  Nothing Ear 1 earbuds review: almost something LG?s new true wireless earbuds have a privacy-conscious ?Whispering Mode? New Samsung Flip and Fold leaks show water resistance, renders, and an S Pen case White House says infrastructure deal includes $65 billion for broadband T-Mobile?s new prepaid offer is a direct play for the Boost customers it sold to Dish It?s not just you, streaming the Olympics is a mess Activision Blizzard employees walk out of work to protest rampant sexism and discrimination Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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Verizon switches to Android Messages as default RCS / Jeff Bezos goes to space / Biden and Big Tech

The Verge's Dieter Bohn and Alex Cranz discuss Verizon switching to Android Messages as default for RCS, as well as the many gadgets from this week. Verge policy editor Russell Brandom joins to talk about President Biden's criticism of Facebook's handling of misinformation on their platform and the nomination of Google critic Jonathan Kanter to lead the Department of Justice's antitrust division. The Verge's Liz Lopatto and Joey Roulette talk with Dieter about Jeff Bezos' space flight this week. Further reading: Biden says platforms like Facebook are ?killing people? with COVID-19 misinformation Facebook pushes back against Biden remarks on COVID-19 misinformation Joe Biden says Facebook isn?t ?killing people,? but misinformation causes harm The Biden administration should take the First Amendment as seriously as Facebook misinformation FTC pledges to fight unlawful right to repair restrictions Biden to nominate Google critic Jonathan Kanter to lead DOJ antitrust division The space tourism industry is stuck in its billionaire phase  Blue Origin successfully sends Jeff Bezos and three others to space and back An on-the-ground look at Blue Origin?s motley crew Jeff Bezos appreciates your efforts to get Jeff Bezos to space Verizon is also switching to Android Messages as default for RCS Pegasus spyware used to target phones of journalists and activists, investigation finds Dish cuts a 10-year, $5 billion deal to make AT&T the primary service provider for its MVNO The Dish ?fix? for the T-Mobile-Sprint merger seems more shortsighted than ever Playdate hands-on: a Game Boy from a different dimension Apple AirPods update to arrive later this year with iPhone SE refresh coming 2022: report Apple releases iOS 14.7 just as MagSafe Battery Pack appears on shelves The first real photos of Apple?s MagSafe Battery Pack are here Apple MagSafe Battery Pack review: convenience over capacity OnePlus Buds Pro announced, coming September 1st for $150 OnePlus Nord 2 review: focused on the essentials OnePlus is merging OxygenOS with Oppo's ColorOS Leaked memo confirms OnePlus will become an Oppo sub-brand Amazon will let devs compete for your Echo Show?s screen and everything else Alexa just added Alexa finally gets a masculine-sounding voice option Amazon promises most Echo speakers will get upgraded to Matter Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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Interview: Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook?s metaverse

Casey Newton talks with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg about his vision for an embodied internet (or "the metaverse), the challenges of governing it, and gender imbalance in virtual reality today. They also discuss President Biden?s fierce criticism of Facebook?s failures in removing anti-vaccine content in the headlines. Transcript: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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The Steam Deck is Valve's new handheld / iPhone 13 rumors grow / Virgin Galactic sends Richard Branson to the edge of space

Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and Alex Cranz discuss this week in tech news ? the new Valve Steam Deck, Netflix potentially getting into gaming, a lot of Apple news, and some billionaires going into space. Further reading: The COVID-19 vaccines weren?t hacked ? this task force is one reason why Foxconn and TSMC strike deal to buy 10 million COVID vaccines for Taiwan Valve?s gaming handheld is called the Steam Deck and it?s shipping in December Netflix snags former EA, Oculus exec to lead its video game efforts Apple?s latest iOS and macOS betas undo some of Safari?s controversial new design iPhone 13 rumors grow more certain ahead of September launch Redesigned iPad mini reportedly on track to launch this fall Apple just launched an official $99 MagSafe battery pack for the iPhone 12 lineup iPhone 12 reverse wireless charging can power up Apple?s new MagSafe battery pack Apple is working on Apple Pay Later to help you buy things without paying for them yet Apple reportedly wants in on NFL Sunday Ticket Apple?s weather app won?t say it?s 69 degrees Facebook says FTC chair shouldn?t help decide the future of its antitrust case Biden?s executive order puts net neutrality back in the spotlight President Joe Biden?s latest executive order is a huge win for right to repair Space tourism rivalry gets extremely petty ahead of Branson?s spaceflight Virgin Galactic has opened a sweepstakes offering a trip to space Virgin Galactic successfully sends Richard Branson to the edge of space Samsung?s next Galaxy Unpacked device lineup may have been entirely spoiled in huge new leak The Galaxy Z Fold 3 will support the S Pen Pro, according to FCC filings Ikea and Sonos picture frame speaker review: wall of sound TVA TemPad review: who needs TikTok when you can control time and space? We want to see your internet bill Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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Google faces antitrust lawsuit over Google Play Store fees / Nintendo announced OLED Switch / 'EV Day' event held for Stellantis

The Verge's Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and Adi Robertson discuss the new antitrust lawsuit Google faces from 36 states, the new hardware Nintendo announced this week, and what happened at Stellantis' ?EV Day?. Further reading: Who needs COVID-19 boosters? Moderna starts human trials of an mRNA-based flu shot Full approval could make the difference for the US COVID-19 vaccine campaign Exposure notification apps could be more effective if they?re better at assessing risk Google faces new antitrust lawsuit over Google Play Store fees Google feared Samsung Galaxy Store and tried to quash it, lawsuit alleges Apple and Google crowd out the competition with default apps  Donald Trump files sweeping, nonsensical lawsuits against Facebook, Twitter, and Google Twitter has lost legal immunity for users? posts in India, government argue Nintendo?s OLED Switch: all of the news about the console upgrade Don?t count out the Nintendo Switch Pro A bigger, better Switch screen is exactly what I wanted Stellantis, parent company of Dodge and Jeep, had an ?EV Day? and it was extremely weird Verizon has its own version of spatial audio and it?s already pushing it on phones AT&T joins T-Mobile in switching all Android phones to Google?s Messages app for RCS Elon Musk just now realizing that self-driving cars are a ?hard problem? iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 preview: a first look at Apple?s latest software Maine passes the strongest state facial recognition ban yet Welcome to Simulation City, the virtual world where Waymo tests its autonomous vehicles Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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Microsoft announces Windows 11, with a new design, Start menu, and more

Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and Tom Warren discuss the official reveal of Windows 11 at Microsoft's event on Thursday. Further reading: The slow transitions of a lingering pandemic The pandemic made Navajo Nation?s radio stations even more vital India?s healthcare workers are busting misinformation on WhatsApp Microsoft?s own Windows 11 livestream runs into technical difficulties Microsoft announces Windows 11, with a new design, Start menu, and more Microsoft reveals the new Microsoft Store for Windows 11, and it has Android apps too Microsoft is bringing Android apps to Windows 11 with Amazon?s app store Here are the visual changes Microsoft showed off in Windows 11 Microsoft teases new File Explorer for Windows 11 Here?s everything Microsoft is removing from Windows 11 Microsoft is changing the Windows 11 minimum requirements Microsoft Teams will be directly integrated as part of Windows 11 Windows 11 is a free upgrade Windows 11?s news feed has built-in tipping to support local content creators Microsoft will let devs keep every penny their Windows app makes ? unless it?s a game Satya Nadella?s closing Windows 11 remarks were a direct shot across Apple?s bow Apple argues against sideloading iPhone apps as regulatory pressure mounts Google will now consider letting your video, music or book app evade its 30 percent cut Google delays blocking third-party cookies in Chrome until 2023 Samsung?s Watch Active 4 leaks in new renders Samsung?s Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 revealed in new leak Apple may be looking to make a less expensive big phone in 2022 Tim Cook called Nancy Pelosi to warn her against disrupting the iPhone with impending antitrust bills Why the tech antitrust reform bills are struggling to move forward Big Tech edges closer to break up after deeply unhinged markup We regret to inform you that T-Mobile is selling a 5G-branded gin Ransomware funds more ransomware Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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Google adds RCS encryption to Messages / Congress gearing up to fight big tech / Windows 11 leaks

Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn talk to Verge senior editor Tom Warren about leaks of Microsoft's Windows 11 UI and announcements from E3 2021. Verge politics reporter Makena Kelly explains how Republicans and Democrats are gearing up to fight tech monopolies. Verge managing editor Alex Cranz joins the show to talk about Google's updates to Messages and a bunch of gadget news from this week. Further reading: Amazon?s COVID-19 test is now available to consumers Novavax says its COVID-19 vaccine is 90 percent effective Pharma is winning the big business popularity contest Windows 11 leak reveals new UI, Start menu, and more Microsoft Teams? new front row layout arrives later this year Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella now doubles as the company?s chairman Microsoft announces Xbox TV app and its own xCloud ... Microsoft is bringing next-gen Xbox games to the Xbox One with xCloud Even the Xbox app has stories now The Xbox Series X mini fridge will be available this holiday season Microsoft Flight Simulator is landing on Xbox Series X / S consoles on July 27th The best trailers of E3 2021 Tech antitrust pioneer Lina Khan will officially lead the FTC How Republicans and Democrats are gearing up to fight tech monopolies House lawmakers introduce five bipartisan bills to unwind tech monopolies Senate bill would make it easier to cancel a subscription online after a free trial  Google?s first retail store opens this week Google adds E2E RCS encryption to Messages, emoji mashup suggests, and more for Android Google Workspace and Google Chat are officially available to everybody Honor confirms Google?s apps will return to its phones with new 50 series Beats Studio Buds review: big ambition, imperfect execution Ikea and Sonos announce picture frame speaker, coming July 15th for $199 Watch the debut of Tesla Model S Plaid, the ?quickest production car ever made? The Realme GT lays claim to OnePlus? ?flagship killer? mantle Oppo?s rollable concept phone is pure potential lacking polish Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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WWDC 2021: Apple's iOS 15, spatial audio, macOS Monterey, and more

Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Alex Cranz, and Chris Welch discuss all the announcements from Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference that took place this week. All the links: COVID-19 hospitalization rates in adolescents went up during March and April Where did the COVID microchip conspiracy theory come from anyway? The pandemic might cut down e-waste but widen the digital divide Apple WWDC 2021: the 15 biggest announcements Apple previews iOS 15 at WWDC 2021 The best features of iOS, iPadOS, and macOS that Apple didn?t announce onstage Apple?s Siri will finally work without an internet connection with on-device speech recognition Watch Apple?s Siri blaze through requests with on-device processing You?ll soon be able to use your iPhone as ID at the airport Apple adds welcome privacy features to Mail, Safari Apple?s iCloud Plus bundles a VPN, private email, and HomeKit camera storage With iCloud Plus, Apple?s privacy promise is paired with an upsell Apple?s privacy-focused Private Relay feature isn?t coming to China Apple Music?s spatial audio is sometimes amazing but mostly inconsistent  macOS and tvOS are getting spatial audio support with the AirPods Pro and Max Apple Music begins rolling out lossless streaming and Dolby Atmos spatial audio Apple introduces Siri for third-party devices macOS Monterey lets you run Shortcuts and share files between Macs and iPads Apple may have done the coolest drag and drop demo ever How Universal Control on macOS Monterey works FaceTime is coming to Android and Windows via the web Apple is building video and music sharing into FaceTime Apple announces watchOS 8 with new health features Apple?s new health features bring new focus to elder care technology  Apple lets users see family members? Health data Apple announces iPadOS 15 with homescreen and multitasking improvements Microsoft announces Xbox TV app and its own xCloud streaming stick Facebook plans first smartwatch for next summer with two cameras, heart rate monitor Sony WF-1000XM4 earbuds announced / review Google?s first folding Pixel is apparently still on track for a 2021 reveal Clubhouse and its clones have an accessibility problem Biden revokes Trump bans on TikTok and WeChat Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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Huawei?s HarmonyOS arrives / Microsoft's next gen Windows / Apple's WWDC preview

Co-hosts Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn talk with Verge senior editor Tom Warren and managing editor Alex Cranz about operating systems ? what's coming up at Apple's developer conference next week, where Microsoft will take Windows next, and the debut of some new systems like HarmonyOS and Fuchsia OS. Further reading: The pandemic showed that big tech isn?t a public health savior The future of COVID-19 immunity looks good We have bigger problems than COVID-19?s origins Apple TV 4K (2021) review: much better remote, slightly faster box Of course repairing the new Apple TV remote is harder than simply unscrewing it Apple TV app comes to Nvidia Shield For Apple TV Plus to succeed, it has to be everywhere ? even Android TV Microsoft looks ready to launch Windows 11 Microsoft to reveal its next generation of Windows on June 24th Huawei announces HarmonyOS update for its smartphones Huawei teases its upcoming P50 flagship phone Huawei?s HarmonyOS arrives on tablets with the new MatePad Pro Huawei?s Watch 3 is its first HarmonyOS smartwatch  Google?s new Fuchsia OS arrives first on old Nest Hub AMD announces the Radeon RX 6000M series with RDNA 2 architecture Nvidia announces new RTX 3080 Ti, priced at $1,199 and launching June 3rd Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti review: more 4K for more of your wallet Nvidia?s RTX 3080 Ti is available online right now Amazon buys MGM for $8.45 billion Why on Earth did Amazon spend $8 billion on a zombie studio?  Discovery announces new name of WarnerMedia merger: Warner Bros. Discovery The Great Wings Rush Why Spotify?s Horacio Gutierrez thinks Apple behaves like a monopolist Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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Tim Cook's bad day in Epic vs Apple

In part 2 of this week's episode, Nilay talks with Adi Robertson about the judge's harsh questioning of Tim Cook on the last day of testimony in Epic vs Apple. Further reading: Apple said Roblox developers don?t make games, and now Roblox agrees Apple?s Phil Schiller gives Epic iPhone testimony At the Epic trial, Phil Schiller got away clean The level of Mac malware is not acceptable, says Apple?s Craig Federighi at Epic trial Apple wants users to trust iOS, but it doesn?t trust iOS users Tim Cook faces harsh questions about the App Store from judge in Fortnite trial Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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Google I/O announcements and iPad Pro M1 review

In part 1 of this week?s episode, Nilay and Dieter talk with deputy editor Dan Seifert about Google I/O and reviews for the M1 iMac and iPad Pro.  Further reading: Google I/O 2021: the 14 biggest announcements Android 12 preview: first look at Google?s radical new design Android 12 public beta is now available: here?s how to install it Google showed off its next-generation AI by talking to Pluto and a paper airplane Apple iMac M1 review: the all-in-one for almost everyone iPad Pro (2021) review: Mini LED, major improvement Apple?s redesigned MacBook Pros with next-gen in-house chips could arrive early this summer Apple?s $549 AirPods Max can?t play lossless Apple Music ? even when plugged in Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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Starlink, Epic v. Apple, and laptops laptops laptops

The Epic v. Apple trial continues with big drama about naked bananas and weird game definitions. Nilay tries to get Starlink space internet working, and there's new Intel chips. Adi Robertson and Monica Chin join this week. Epic and Apple are now fighting over a naked banana Roku removes YouTube TV from channel store as dispute with Google escalates Apple employees circulate petition demanding investigation into ?misogynistic? new hire A Big Map of America?s Broadband problem Secretary Pete Butitgieg on the future of transportation Intel?s flagship Tiger Lake-H mobile chips are here to take on Ryzen 5000 Razer claims its new Blade 15 is the ?thinnest? 15-inch RTX gaming laptop Asus? new Zephyrus M16 has a 16:10 screen and Intel Tiger Lake H processor How a university got itself banned from the Linux kernel University of Minnesota banned from contributing to Linux kernel Watch Elon Musk play Wario, parody SpaceX, and hype dogecoin on Saturday Night Live Tesla stops taking Bitcoin for vehicle purchases, citing environmental harm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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Apple v Epic week 1 roundtable

Nilay and Dieter talk with Verge senior reporter Adi Robertson and senior editor Tom Warren about the first week of the Epic Games v Apple trial. Why Epic is burning its own cash to cook Apple Apple antitrust trial kicks off with Tim Sweeney?s metaverse dreams The Epic Games v. Apple trial kicks off with kids screaming ?free Fortnite? Here are Apple?s and Epic?s full slideshows arguing why they should win at trial I watched the Epic v. Apple trial on Discord Tim Sweeney emailed Tim Cook personally to call for open app sales after WWDC in 2015 Apple exec suggested cutting App Store commission to 20 percent as early as 2011 Epic v. Apple turns into Windows v. Xbox  Why the bad iPhone web app experience keeps coming up in Epic v. Apple Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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iOS 14.5 update features / Apple sales skyrocket / Podcast platforms amp up their product

Nilay Patel is joined by Verge deputy editor Dan Seifert and news editor Chaim Gartenberg to discuss i0S14.5, Apple's earnings, Epic vs. Apple, chip shortages, and Samsung's new laptops. Senior reporter Ashley Carman joins the show to talk about the wave of action in the podcast industry this past week. Further reading: People who are vaccinated don?t need to wear masks during many outdoor activities, CDC says Social media platforms become triage centers as India struggles with a COVID-19 surge The first problem was vaccine supply. Now, it?s demand. Officials lift pause on Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine iOS 14.5 is out now with new Face ID mask features and Apple?s App Tracking Transparency Why Apple?s new privacy feature is such a big deal Apple?s iPhone 12 and Mac sales skyrocket despite ongoing pandemic Here?s who Apple and Epic are calling to testify in next week?s trial Eddy Cue wanted to bring iMessage to Android in 2013 Apple fined $12M by Russian regulator over App Store monopoly abuse Can Apple get you to pay for podcasts?  Spotify launches podcast subscriptions, but you can?t subscribe in-app Spotify?s miniplayer for Facebook launches today Facebook is building its own in-app podcast player Clubhouse is partnering with the NFL for draft week programming SiriusXM acquires Roman Mars? 99% Invisible and a bigger stake in the podcasting world Spotify is raising prices for lots of its plans Spotify premium subscriber count increases 21 percent to 158 million Spotify is okay with Joe Rogan telling 21-year-olds not to get vaccinated Samsung?s new Galaxy Book Pro and Galaxy Book Pro 360 are lightweight laptops with OLED screens Samsung announces a cheaper entry-level Galaxy Book with no OLED Samsung?s Galaxy Book Odyssey introduces Nvidia?s new RTX 3050 Ti Elon Musk says Tesla made ?significant mistakes? with solar roof project Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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Apple announces new iMacs, AirTags, and iPad Pro / Congress is diving into the App Store fight

Vergecast hosts Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn discuss all the product announcements from Apple's Spring Loaded event this week with Verge news editor Chaim Gartenberg. Verge politics reporter Makena Kelly details what happened at Wednesday's congressional hearing focusing on competition in Apple's App Store. Further reading: What we?re learning from the rare cases of COVID-19 in vaccinated people Alexa can now tell you where to find a COVID-19 vaccine Doctors are testing a prescription video game for COVID-19 ?brain fog? Wisconsin amends Foxconn?s contract to reflect radically smaller project Apple?s Spring Loaded event: the 8 biggest announcements Apple Podcasts launches in-app subscriptions Can Apple get you to pay for podcasts? Apple AirTag hands-on Apple?s AirTags don?t have a built-in keychain loop, and we have some thoughts Apple announces new Apple TV 4K Apple unveils an improved remote for its Apple TV Yes, older Apple TVs can also be calibrated with your iPhone Apple announces thinner iMac with M1 chip and bright colors New Touch ID Magic Keyboards work with all M1 Macs, not just the iMac Apple launches new iPad Pro with M1 processor How the M1-powered iPad Pro compares to other iPad models Any video conferencing app can use the iPad Pro?s fancy zoom and pan camera Big iPad, Mini LED: why Apple?s new iPad Pro display is better and brighter Put macOS on the iPad, you cowards Congress is diving into the App Store fight Lina Kahn on Amazon?s antitrust paradox Apple?s $64 billion-a-year app store isn?t catching the most egregious scams Sen. Tammy Duckworth on hate crimes, racism, and environmental justice Asian Activists are tracking the surge in hate crimes as police reporting falls short Inside the glass fibers connecting our wireless world Subscribe to The Hill Report newsletter Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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LG quits the smartphone business / Sonos Roam review / Apple "Spring Loaded" event preview

Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and Chris Welch dive into the tech and gadget news from this week ? including theories on what will be announced at Apple's spring event next week, LG quitting the smartphone business, and Sonos' next speakers. Further reading: US recommends pause on Johnson & Johnson vaccine use over extremely rare blood clots How the Johnson & Johnson pause could move the needle on vaccine fears For many, COVID-19 vaccines come with a side of side effects How CO2 sensors might help us return to ?normal? Airbnb is trying to preemptively cancel post-pandemic bacchanals Celebrate your COVID vaccination with these off-the-wall tchotchkes Expedia launches a new tool to check coronavirus travel restrictions Apple officially announces Spring Loaded event for April 20th New iPad Pro still coming soon but supply could be short, says Bloomberg Apple officially starts letting your iPhone help find lost third-party products Samsung?s Galaxy SmartTag Plus with UWB to track items with AR is out April 16th Logitech officially discontinues its Harmony remotes Apple gets its own button on Roku?s latest remotes Roku announces Express 4K Plus streaming player and rechargeable Voice Remote Pro Roku OS 10 adds instant resume for streaming apps, brings AirPlay 2 to more devices Apple reportedly developing an Apple TV with a built-in camera and speaker LG is quitting the smartphone business LG had a few smartphone hits, but it?ll still be missed LG leaves behind more than a flip phone-shaped hole in our hearts  Google announces Pixel 5A 5G by denying rumors it?s canceled TCL aims to build a better budget phone with the 20 Pro 5G TCL?s Fold ?n Roll concept transforms a 6.87-inch phone into a 10-inch tablet Sony announces the Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III with variable telephoto lenses US carriers have thankfully abandoned at least one bad plan for RCS Apple says iMessage on Android ?will hurt us more than help us?  Sonos Roam review: portable potential  Ikea is working with Sonos on a hidden speaker built into art you hang on the wall Spotify?s Car Thing debuts as a limited release for selected US users Amazon announces new Echo Buds with more powerful ANC and better comfort ONEPLUS WATCH REVIEW: BIG, BASIC, AND BORING Microsoft announces Surface Laptop 4 with choice of Intel or AMD processor Can Clubhouse keep the party going?  Apple trusts Phobio for its trade-ins, but maybe you should think twice Google is poisoning its reputation with AI researchers Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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Land of the Giants: The Google Empire

Vergecast is on vacation this week, so instead we'll share an episode of Land of the Giants from our friends at Recode. Land of the Giants is a podcast that explores the five biggest tech companies and their impact on our world, and this season is all about Google. The episode we're sharing tells the story of how two grad school students with a unique way to search the internet launched a company that would become the gateway to the internet for the entire world. In the rest of the season, Land of the Giants: The Google Empire will cover issues like Google?s relationship with the government, the origins of their antitrust troubles, and what their future may look like as they face off against Congress and the Biden Administration.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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The rise of Clubhouse competitors / Apple's WWDC rumors / What is Google Chrome FLoC?

Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn talk with Verge deputy editor Dan Seifert about this week's Apple rumors ahead of WWDC 2021 ? from their AR headset to new iPads. Senior reporter Ashley Carman joins the show to discuss social audio platform Clubhouse and the rise of competitors from other companies. Further reading: Real-world evidence shows that the COVID-19 vaccines work Biden administration looks to organize ?vaccine passport? development Apple Maps will show COVID-19 travel guidances so you know what to expect at the airport Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine highly effective in adolescents Amazon gets FDA authorization for an at-home COVID-19 test kit Errors ruin 15 million doses of Johnson & Johnson?s COVID-19 vaccine Apple WWDC 2021 announced as online-only event Apple Aiming to Announce Mixed-Reality Headset With In-Person Event in 'Next Several Months' Ming-Chi Kuo Says Apple?s AR/VR Headset Will Weigh Less Than 150 Grams Apple reportedly plans revamped AirPods for as early as next year New iPad Pros reportedly launching as soon as April, and the 12.9-inch model may have a Mini LED screen Apple reportedly mulls rugged smartwatch coming as soon as this year Casio announces first Wear OS smartwatch in iconic G-Shock lineup Google Chrome FLoC: how it replaces cookies and what it means for privacy  T-Mobile is betting big on Google?s Android services: RCS, YouTube TV, Pixel, and more T-Mobile is already shutting down its live TV service, partners with YouTube TV and Philo Google Nest Hub (2nd-Gen) review: sleep on it Huawei's Mate X2 foldable adopts Samsung's dual-screen ... Xiaomi announces the Mi Mix Fold, its first folding phone The Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra?s camera bump is no moon; it?s a space station Bose Frames Tempo review: the specs to beat Spotify is launching its own Clubhouse competitor Even LinkedIn is making a Clubhouse clone Discord?s new Clubhouse-like feature, Stage Channels, is available now Slack is getting Instagram-like stories and push-to-talk audio ... Instagram launches its own TikTok Duet feature called Reels Remix Facebook shorted video creators thousands of dollars in ad revenue Samsung created a whole Hulu series that?s sponcon for the Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G Biden plans to connect every American to broadband in new infrastructure package NBA on NFT We read your phone plan?s fine print so you don?t have to The unsettling surveillance of anti-Asian racism Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro review / Zuckerberg, Dorsey, and Pichai testify before Congress once again

Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn talk with Verge reporter Allison Johnson about her review of the One Plus 9 and how it compares with their 9 Pro and other Android flagship phones. Politics reporter Makena Kelly joins the show the discuss Congress? first hearing of 2021 with the chief executives of Facebook, Google, and Twitter. Further reading: AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine 79 percent effective in US study US officials publicly question AstraZeneca?s COVID-19 vaccine data Biden?s COVID-19 vaccine website builds on a swine flu tool OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro announced with Hasselblad-branded cameras OnePlus 9 review: cheaper than the Pro and almost as good The lower-cost OnePlus 9R is official, and it sounds surprisingly strong OnePlus 9 Pro review: the elegant Android alternative Here?s how the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro compare to Samsung and Apple?s flagships The $159 OnePlus Watch is OnePlus? first smartwatch Angry MacBook owners get class action status for butterfly keyboard suit Intel invests $20 billion into new factories, will produce chips for other companies Intel Unleashed, Gelsinger on Intel, IDM 2.0 - Stratechery The startup trying to augment audio reality in public spaces Yes or no: Are these tech hearings doing anything? Mark Zuckerberg proposes limited 230 reforms ahead of congressional hearing Jack Dorsey is just trolling Congress with Twitter polls now  Lina Khan is just the first step toward tougher US tech regulation Congress tries to get the FTC in fighting shape Microsoft rebrands Xbox Live to Xbox network The street prices of Nvidia and AMD GPUs are utterly out of control Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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Samsung Unpacked 2021 / Zack Snyder's Justice League is in 4:3 aspect ratio / EVs, e-bikes, and batteries

Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn talk to Verge reporter Julia Alexander about the long-awaited release of "the Snyder cut" of the Justice League film on HBO Max and more updates in the world of streaming services. Verge senior reporter Andrew Hawkins joins the show to discuss the new electric vehicles that were announced this week, talking to Sen. Chuck Schumer about infrastructure, and the state of e-bikes in America. Further reading: People aren?t missing their second COVID-19 vaccine dose, CDC data says Some research has gotten a huge boost during the pandemic Biden promises May 1st vaccine eligibility for all adults and a federal vaccine website Disneyland will reopen on April 30th, for California residents only Tinder is giving away free mail-in COVID-19 tests Apple Maps now shows COVID-19 vaccination locations Biden?s COVID-19 vaccine website builds on a swine flu tool You will watch the Snyder Cut in 4:3 aspect ratio because HBO Max respects cinema Zack Snyder?s Justice League remains overshadowed by its social media campaign Netflix is trying to crack down on password sharing with new test HBO Max will debut its cheaper, ad-supported tier in June YouTube Shorts arrives in the US to take on TikTok, but the beta is still half-baked Chuck Schumer wants to replace every gas car in America with an electric vehicle E-bikes are expensive, but this congressman wants to make ... Canoo reveals a bubbly electric pickup truck Kia shows off first full images of new EV6 electric car Here are the biggest announcements from Volkswagen?s battery event Elon Musk crowns himself ?Technoking? of Tesla Foxconn says it might build EVs at empty Wisconsin site, or in Mexico Samsung?s midrange phones now feature fast refresh rate screens, stabilized cameras Samsung says it might skip the Galaxy Note this year Apple discontinues the HomePod, but the HomePod mini will live on New iPad Pros reportedly launching as soon as April, and the ? Intel puts Apple?s ?I?m a Mac? guy into new ads praising PCs Biden to tap former Senator Bill Nelson as NASA chief Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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NFTs explained / Sonos' new bluetooth speaker / Asus ROG phone 5 review

Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn talk to Verge deputy editor Elizabeth Lopatto about the NFT craze from the past few weeks and explains how the transactions work. Verge deputy editor Dan Seifert joins the show for a gadget roundup ? from the Asus ROG phone 5 review to the new Sonos Roam bluetooth speaker. Further reading: COVID-19 took disease tests out of the lab ? and may keep them there People who are vaccinated can socialize together without masks, CDC says COVID-19 vaccine supplies are on the rise in the US Single-shot COVID-19 vaccine is popular at vaccination sites Artifacts from the first COVID-19 vaccination in the US are headed to the Smithsonian Meet Dr. B, the startup connecting people to leftover vaccines Beeple sold an NFT for $69 million NFTs, explained Of course John Legere bought an $888,888.88 NFT from Steve Aoki Jack Dorsey?s first tweet may fetch $2.5 million, and he?ll donate the NFTy proceeds to charity Sonos Roam officially announced for $169, preorders start now Sonos partners with Audi to bring its audio tech to cars Asus ROG phone 5 review  Leaked OnePlus 9 Pro and OnePlus 9 renders leave little to the imagination OnePlus? next phones will come out on March 23rd Samsung will host another Unpacked event on March 17th Apple reportedly overestimated iPhone 12 mini demand, by a lot Insta360?s Go 2 is a $299 action camera with a surprisingly powerful case The most powerful Wear OS watches are held back by Wear OS Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 review: AMD and Nvidia at their best Razer Blade 15 Base review: losing its edge Best gaming laptops in 2021 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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A conversation about Section 230 and the future of the internet

Last week, The Verge held a virtual event about regulating the internet ? from antitrust to privacy to the many proposals for changing Section 230, hosted by Verge senior reporter Adi Robertson. The event kicked off with a keynote from Sen. Amy Klobuchar, followed by a panel on Section 230 reform with general counsel at Vimeo Michael Cheah, researcher, writer, and strategist Sydette Harry, and general counsel at the Wikimedia Foundation Amanda Keton. In this bonus Vergecast, Adi Robertson and Verge policy editor Russell Brandom discuss takeaways from the event and what's next for the future of regulation on the internet. Further reading: What will Section 230 mean for the internet? Everything you need to know about Section 230 Why Congress can?t stop talking about Section 230 Klobuchar calls on Congress to get serious on tech reform Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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Jack Dorsey?s Square, Inc. buys Tidal / Microsoft Mesh and the future of Microsoft Teams / Apple not switching to USB-C iPhones

Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn talk to Billboard's Micah Singleton about Jack Dorsey?s Square, Inc. buying a majority stake in Jay-Z?s streaming service Tidal. Verge senior editor Tom Warren joins the show to discuss the announcement of Microsoft's Mesh mixed reality platform and the various updates to Microsoft Teams, Outlook, and more. Further reading: Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine backed by independent FDA committee Long COVID patients say they feel better after getting vaccinated  Vaccine centers embrace stickers and selfie stations  Countries are polluting like it?s 2019 again: Global CO2 emissions came roaring back as pandemic-induced restrictions loosened Jack Dorsey?s Square, Inc. is buying a majority stake in Jay-Z?s streaming service Tidal Square Is Acquiring a Majority Stake in Tidal for $297M NFTs, explained Microsoft Mesh feels like the virtual future of Microsoft Teams meetings  Microsoft Teams will soon let you pretend to be a news reporter during meetings Microsoft?s new Intelligent Speakers deliver its promised meeting room of the future Microsoft Teams is getting end-to-end encryption support Microsoft?s new Outlook calendar board view looks a lot like Trello Microsoft Edge gets a speedy startup feature and vertical tabs Microsoft?s Windows 10 UI overhaul continues with new system icons Google Workspace picks up new features designed for remote work Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Plus review: built for business A folding iPhone could be coming in 2023 Apple not switching to USB-C iPhones in the near future, according to Ming-Chi Kuo iPhone 13 might finally bring a smaller notch and faster screens Arizona advances bill forcing Apple and Google to allow Fortnite-style alternative payment options Epic Games is buying Fall Guys creator Mediatonic OpenHaystack is a new open-source tool that lets you create DIY AirTags on Apple?s Find My network Exclusive: this is the Sonos Roam, coming in April for $169 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 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
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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
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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
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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
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