A weekly news show where your favorite Engadget editors tear themselves away from their crippling technology addiction, to discuss our collective crippling technology addiction.
Why are Apple and Epic fighting?
This week, Cherlynn and Devindra chat with Mike Futter, author of the GameDev Business Handbook and co-host of the Virtual Economy podcast, about the ongoing legal battle between Epic Games and Apple. What does it mean for the app economy? And is Apple actually a monopoly in the app world? Also, they chat about Intel’s new 11th-gen H-series processors, NVIDIA’s RTX 3050 and 3050 Ti on notebooks, and HTC Vive’s Pro 2 and Focus 3 VR headsets.
Why are Epic and Apple fighting? – 1:21
YouTube chat Q&A about Epic v. Apple – 30:27
Intel’s H series chips are finally here – 36:04
NVIDIA RTX 3050/Ti are officially confirmed – 38:22
HTC Vive Pro 2 and Focus 3 announcement (they’re expensive) – 40:08
Biden admin taps Uber and Lyft to drive people to vaccine sites – 45:56
Facebook is limiting access to WhatsApp accounts if you don’t agree to the new TOS – 50:38
Roku bought a bunch of Quibi shows – 53:54
Working on – 55:45
Pop culture picks – 57:44
What’s the point of Facebook’s Oversight Board?
This week, Facebook’s Oversight Board upheld the company’s decision to ban Donald Trump… with some caveats. Cherlynn and Devindra chat with Senior Editor Karissa Bell about the long-awaited decision, and what it means for the future of Facebook’s “Supreme Court.” Also they dive into Peloton’s very very bad week, and Google’s upcoming entertainment updates for Android tablets.
Facebook Oversight Board upholds trump ban – 3:25
Peloton recalls Tread treadmills after injuries, 1 death – 23:47
Google Entertainment Space on Android tablets – 30:01
Pixel Buds A-Series announcement leaked in deleted tweet – 36:05
Another AI ethicist jumps ship from Google, goes to Apple – 39:23
Twitter implements taller images and angry tweet detection – 41:13
Disney redesigned Star Wars lightsabers available at its parks – 48:20
Carole Baskin from Tiger King launched a cryptocurrency / Dogecoin continues to rise – 50:26
Bill and Melinda Gates divorce leaves some questions for nonprofit world – 55:32
Working on – 59:01
Pop culture picks – 1:01:44
Samsung’s slew of Galaxy laptops
Can you believe there was another Samsung event this week? Cherlynn and Devindra chat about all of Samsung’s new computers from its latest Galaxy Unpacked fiesta, and why they matter (or don’t). Also, they discuss Basecamp’s latest decision to ban political talk at work, and explore why so many writers are moving to Substack.
Unpacked, again: Samsung announces Galaxy Book laptops – 1:07
Basecamp announces weird rules about employee political discussions – 25:41
How Substack made e-mail newsletters cool again – 31:14
CES 2022 will be in-person – 38:59
Microsoft sets 5-year accessibility goal – 43:54
Working on – 47:44
Pop culture picks – 54:04
Hands on with Apple’s AirTags and, yes, the purple iPhone
This week, Cherlynn and Devindra chat with Engadget’s Chris Velazco about Apple’s AirTags and the new purple iPhone. We dive into what it’s like to use the AirTags to find things, and their potential limitations. Meanwhile, the purple iPhone is indeed very purple. Also, they chat about why Microsoft buying Nuance is such a huge deal, and how useful Amazon’s AR hair salon could be.
Hands on with AirTags…and Purple iPhone – 1:11
News Roundup: Microsoft buys voice recognition company Nuance for 19.7B – 17:17.046
News Roundup: Discord isn’t selling to anyone, plans to go public – 25:29
News Roundup: Xbox Cloud Gaming beta arrives on iOS and Windows PCs – 33:03
News Roundup: Other News: Amazon's (Possible) AR Hair Salon – 35:09
News Roundup: Fitbit Luxe – 41:24
Working on – 47:47
Pop Culture Picks – 53:46
Bonus: Breaking down Apple's Spring 2021 event
Cherlynn and Devindra chat about what really matters from Apple's huge hardware event together with our YouTube audience. Does anyone want colorful iMacs? And does the iPad Pro really need M1 chips?
NVIDIA bets big on ARM, Surface Laptop 4 arrives
This week, Cherlynn and Devindra chat about NVIDIA’s massive GTC developer conference. It turns out ARM chips are going to be a much bigger deal for NVIDIA! Also, they discuss the recently announced Surface Laptop 4 and Microsoft’s new family of accessories. We also spend a bit of time with Cherlynn’s horrific OnePlus Watch review experience.
A few notes from NVIDIA’s Graphics Technology Conference – 1:05
Surface Laptop 4 Preview – 10:36
OnePlus watch review (it’s not great) – 18:25
Other News: Apple event is scheduled for 4/20 – 32:57
Other News: Another Samsung Galaxy Unpacked on April 28 – 35:34
Other News: Sony Experia III announcement + specs – 37:02
Other News: TCL "Fold n’ Roll" rollable phone concept – 41:00
Other News: Google Earth update includes 3D time-lapse videos – 45:42
Other News: AMD unveils its first Ryzen 5000 chips – 50:49
Working on – 51:51
Pop Culture Picks – 51:51
My New Favourite Tech podcast
I really enjoy the conversation between Cherlynn and Devindra - they get straight to the point and bounce off each other very well; both being funny and insightful.
I was tired of other tech podcasts that had between 3 and 6 people on to talk about tech; everyone struggling to get a word in edge wise.
This is perfect; if you’re looking for a concise and funny weekly summation of tech news, look no further.
If you enjoy the Vergecast, you will enjoy this podcast.
Please do some episodes with the Vergecast. That would be awesome to hear everyone nerd out about tech.
The most chilled tech podcast out there
Always a good feeling when a new episode drops. #2020