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Hello! This is The Vergecast, the flagship podcast of The Verge... and your life. Every Friday, Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn make sense of the week's tech news with help from our wide-ranging staff. Join us every week for a fun, deeply nerdy, often off-the-rails conversation about what's happening now (and next) in technology and gadgets.

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Hello! This is The Vergecast, the flagship podcast of The Verge... and your life. Every Friday, Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn make sense of the week's tech news with help from our wide-ranging staff. Join us every week for a fun, deeply nerdy, often off-the-rails conversation about what's happening now (and next) in technology and gadgets.

    Eero CEO Nick Weaver on 5G, Thread, and the future of the smart home

    Eero CEO Nick Weaver on 5G, Thread, and the future of the smart home

    Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn interview CEO of Eero Nick Weaver live at On The Verge in New York City.
    The discussion includes how the Ring Alarm Pro came together, Eero supporting Thread and Matter, integration of 5G, and what's next for the smart home.
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    • 37 min
    Apple will make repair manuals and parts available to public / Russia blows up a satellite / Biden signs infrastructure package

    Apple will make repair manuals and parts available to public / Russia blows up a satellite / Biden signs infrastructure package

    Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn chat with policy reporter Makena Kelly about Pres. Biden's $1 trillion infrastructure package and what it will do to improve broadband access in the US.
    Senior science reporter Loren Grush joins the show to talk about Russia destroying one of its own satellites with a ground-based missile.
    Managing editor Alex Cranz stops by to chat about Apple opening up iPhones and Macs to DIY repairs.
    Stories referenced:

    Biden signs $1 trillion infrastructure package into law

    Biden’s FCC is still deadlocked, and net neutrality hangs in the balance

    Biden’s pick for FDA chief works at Google

    Russia blows up a satellite, creating a dangerous debris cloud in space

    NASA delays ambitious human lunar landing to 2025

    NASA’s Moon landing will likely be delayed ‘several years’ beyond 2024, auditors say

    Blue Origin loses lawsuit against federal government over NASA’s human lunar lander contracts

    SpaceX’s Starlink reveals new smaller, rectangular user dish to connect to satellites

    Apple will sell you iPhone parts to fix your own phone at home

    The shareholder fight that forced Apple’s hand on repair rights

    Apple reportedly wants to launch a self-driving EV in 2025 with a custom chip

    The Balmuda Phone is a compact Android phone from a high-end toaster company

    Meta’s sci-fi haptic glove prototype lets you feel VR objects using air pockets

    Sonos finally adds DTS audio support to its home theater lineup

    Hyundai’s restomod Grandeur is the perfect EV for a supervillain

    Google explains the tradeoffs that led to Pixel 6’s slow charging complaints

    A look under the hood of the most successful streaming service on the planet

    Meta goes into lockdown


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    • 1 hr 29 min
    Let's Chat about RCS

    Let's Chat about RCS

    The Verge's Dieter Bohn dives into the messy past and uncertain future of Rich Communication Services, or RCS, a new texting standard that Google had been pushing for Android users.
    Guests include:

    Sanaz Ahari, Senior Director of Communications Products at Google

    Ron Amadeo, reviews editor at Ars Technica


    Relevant links:

    RCS: What it is and why you might want it

    AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile have finally agreed to replace SMS with a new RCS standard

    A decade and a half of instability: The history of Google messaging apps

    Google is rolling out end-to-end encryption for RCS in Android Messages beta

    SVP of Android offers open invitation to help Apple put RCS texting on the iPhone


    Produced by Andru Marino, Liam James, and Dieter Bohn
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    • 36 min
    EV startup Rivian goes public / Judge orders Apple to allow external payment options / Microsoft announces Windows 11 SE

    EV startup Rivian goes public / Judge orders Apple to allow external payment options / Microsoft announces Windows 11 SE

    The Verge's Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Alex Cranz, and Sean O'Kane discuss electric vehicle startup Rivian becoming a publicly traded company after executing one of the biggest initial public offerings in history.
    The crew also cover multiple stories about Apple from this week, Microsoft's Windows 11 SE release, and a new Surface Laptop for schools.
    Further reading:

    Rivian goes public in one of the biggest IPOs ever

    Rivian’s mega IPO is a good test of the meme stock craze

    Judge orders Apple to allow external payment options for App Store by December 9th, denying stay

    Apple must allow other forms of in-app purchase, rules judge in Epic v. Apple

    Apple backs off of breaking Face ID after DIY iPhone 13 screen replacements

    Tim Cook says he owns cryptocurrency

    Apple hires Tesla’s former Autopilot software director

    Johnson & Johnson’s CEO joins Apple’s board

    iPhone 13 Pro vs. Pixel 6 Pro: what 2,000 photos tell us

    Microsoft announces Windows 11 SE, a new Chrome OS competitor

    Microsoft’s new $249 Surface Laptop SE is its first true Chromebook competitor

    Microsoft partners with Meta to integrate Teams into its Facebook-like Workplace


    Microsoft fixes Windows 11 features failing due to an expired certificate 

    Updating The Verge’s background policy


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    • 1 hr 21 min
    What’s next for USB-C

    What’s next for USB-C

    The Verge's Dieter Bohn dedicates this week's Tuesday episode to the fractious history and fraught future of USB-C.
    Guests include:

    CTO of ASTC Rod Whitby, who has worked with USB-C standards since its infancy


    Verge senior reporter Chaim Gartenberg, who explains the many variations of USB-C cables

    Ken Pillonel, a hacker in Switzerland who figured out how to replace his iPhone's lightning port with USB-C


    Relevant links:

    USB-C cables are getting new, confusing logos for faster 240W charging standard

    You can now, technically, build your own USB-C iPhone

    EU proposes mandatory USB-C on all devices, including iPhones


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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Microsoft enters the metaverse race / Beats Fit Pro review / Apple’s software chief speaks out against sideloading

    Microsoft enters the metaverse race / Beats Fit Pro review / Apple’s software chief speaks out against sideloading

    The Verge's Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Alex Cranz, and Tom Warren discuss Microsoft's take on the metaverse at their Ignite event this past week.
    Verge editor Chris Welch joins to chat about his review of the Beats Fit Pro and Apple's third-gen AirPods.
    Stories from this week:

    Microsoft Teams enters the metaverse race with 3D avatars and immersive meetings

    Microsoft is planning 3D metaverse apps for Xbox and gaming

    Microsoft Loop is a new Office app for the hybrid work era

    Microsoft’s GitHub CEO steps down

    Beats Fit Pro review: sporty AirPod Pros with better sound

    Beats announces Fit Pro earbuds with wing tip design and $200 price

    Apple AirPods (third-gen) review: new design, same appeal

    The best wireless earbuds to buy right now

    ‘Sideloading is a cyber criminal’s best friend,’ according to Apple’s software chief

    Verizon and AT&T delay crucial 5G expansion over aircraft interference concerns

    Facebook is shutting down its Face Recognition tagging program

    Instagram and Twitter finally make link previews work again

    Zillow reportedly needs to sell 7,000 houses after it bought too many

    Ford’s selling electric crate motors based on the one in the Mach-E

    The 2022 Volkswagen ID 5 is a sporty electric SUV with over 300 miles of range

    Gobble, gobble: GE Appliances wants you to trust its smart oven to cook the perfect turkey 


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    • 1 hr 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
208 Ratings

208 Ratings

tslewis4 ,

Ok Dieter

...though I keep thinking how great it would be to have a Mafia movie where a character like Dieter was the main enforcer. But instead of the usual time-worn threats, he would just review the tech someone was using. It would be like “the old one looks more matte than the new one, but over time, that could change”. Then you cut to the funeral. People start hiding their phones whenever he’s around.

ALT3RMATTEGO ,

We miss Paul!

Seriously tho his perspective has left a gap. Also he sounded like Finch from American Pie... I can’t un-hear it.

helud7 ,

Infotaining

Glad Paul is gone

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