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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.

    Microsoft to acquire Activision for $68.7 billion / Google is building an AR headset / The 5G battle between the FAA, AT&T, Verizon, and airlines

    Microsoft to acquire Activision for $68.7 billion / Google is building an AR headset / The 5G battle between the FAA, AT&T, Verizon, and airlines

    Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel talks with games reporter Ash Parrish and senior reporter Alex Heath about Microsoft acquiring Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion and Google building a new AR headset.
    Policy editor Russell Brandom joins the show to discuss the battle between the FAA, AT&T, Verizon, and airlines over 5G and the antitrust bills in Congress this week.
    Further reading:

    The US’s free COVID test website has more visitors than all other .gov sites combined

    Microsoft to acquire Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion

    Read Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick’s email to employees about the Microsoft acquisition

    Read Microsoft Gaming CEO’s email to staff about the Activision Blizzard acquisition

    Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass service grows to 25 million subscribers

    Microsoft’s Activision acquisition would instantly make it a force in mobile gaming

    A guide to Microsoft’s Xbox game studios empire

    Is Microsoft building a gaming monopoly?

    Sony expects Microsoft to ‘continue to ensure’ Activision games stay multiplatform

    Google is building an AR headset

    AT&T and Verizon are limiting C-band 5G expansion around airports even more

    AT&T begins 5G C-band rollout in limited number of metro areas

    Verizon’s faster C-band 5G is live and off to a promising start

    Apple and Google split with startups over antitrust bill

    Tim Cook and Sundar Pichai are personally lobbying senators against antitrust legislation: report

    Lawmakers approve Big Tech antitrust overhaul, but with strings attached

    US competition enforcers launch overhaul of merger approval process

    Democrats unveil bill to ban online ‘surveillance advertising’


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    • 1 hr 19 min
    Wordle and the App Store clones / FTC’s Meta antitrust lawsuit moves forward / PCs big year

    Wordle and the App Store clones / FTC’s Meta antitrust lawsuit moves forward / PCs big year

    The Verge's Nilay Patel, Alex Cranz, and Russell Brandom discuss the FTC proceeding with an antitrust lawsuit against Meta, the success of Wordle and its app clones, and more RCS drama.
    Verge deputy editor Dan Seifert stops by to chat about this week's gadget news and the state of the PC market.
    Stories discussed:

    White House to launch COVID test-ordering site ‘by this weekend,’ reports say

    White House hosts tech summit to discuss open-source security after Log4j

    Google calls for new government action to protect open-source software projects

    Judge says the FTC’s Meta monopoly lawsuit can go forward

    Meta’s real antitrust problems are only beginning

    Want the ‘TLDR’ on a site’s terms of service? There’s a bill for that

    Apple says App Store developers have earned more than $260 billion

    The App Store clones are here to profit off Wordle’s success

    The Wordle clones have disappeared from the App Store

    Wordle copycat creator apologizes for ripping off the popular free word game

    The real beauty of Wordle is how its emoji results tell a story

    Alleged Apple App Store scammer AmpMe lowers prices and says it’ll investigate its ‘consultants’

    Google exec says Apple is ‘holding back’ customers who text

    Google says Apple ‘should not benefit from bullying’ created by iMessage lock-in

    It fills me with glee that Canon printers now think Canon’s own toner is fake

    Apple’s $19 polishing cloth is back in stock online

    Ford doesn’t want the F-150 Lightning’s launch to be plagued by scalpers

    Tesla removes 2022 production date from Cybertruck website

    The PC market just had another big year thanks to pandemic demand


    TSMC earmarks record $44 billion for chip manufacturing expansion in 2022 

    The pandemic has blurred the lines between laptop categories

    Sony Xperia 5 III now shipping in the US, almost nine months after initial announcement

    The Nvidia Shield is getting Android 11 and other upgrades

    Sony says it’s still making new PS4s, but most stores aren’t selling them

    Google’s Android 12 update has been the rockiest one in years

    Ford doesn’t want the F-150 Lightning’s launch to be plagued by scalpers

    Wear OS will work better for lefties... eventually

    Tesla removes 2022 production date from Cybertruck website

    GM is creating an online used car marketplace

    Buy Nothing exploded on Facebook — now it wants a platform on its own


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    • 1 hr 17 min
    CES 2022: all the TVs, concept cars, laptops, and gadgets announced this week

    CES 2022: all the TVs, concept cars, laptops, and gadgets announced this week

    The Verge's Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and Alex Cranz run through the huge amount of products announced at the Consumer Electronics Show 2022 this week — from QD-OLED TVs, to EVs, to a hair-coloring gadget.
    All the stories discussed:

    CES 2022 will close a day early because of COVID concerns

    CES 2022 will introduce HDMI 2.1a, another confusing new spec

    Sony announces the world’s first QD-OLED 4K TV, coming later this year

    Sony is joining the Mini LED TV bandwagon in 2022

    Samsung promises ‘groundbreaking’ new TV feature: NFT support

    Samsung’s latest Frame TVs have a matte screen that looks and feels more like real art

    Samsung’s new 2022 TVs bring Nvidia GeForce Now and Google Stadia gaming

    Samsung’s new TV remote uses radio waves from your router to stay charged

    LG announces its largest and smallest OLED TVs ever as part of 2022 lineup

    LG TVs now have a built-in health platform

    The Samsung Odyssey Ark is its largest curved monitor yet

    Chevy Silverado EV revealed: GM’s best-selling truck goes electric

    General Motors announces electric versions of the Chevy Equinox and Blazer SUVs

    BMW’s IX M60 is a dual-motor performance EV with 280 miles of range 

    BMW debuts its new color-changing paint technology at CES: E Ink

    Sony pivots into cars with Sony Mobility and a Vision-S SUV prototype at CES 2022

    Dell XPS 13 Plus hands-on: is that... a touch bar?

    Asus will release a 17-inch foldable OLED laptop this year

    Lenovo’s new ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 has an eight-inch secondary screen

    Intel’s 12th Gen Alder Lake chips arrive at CES 2022 for its most powerful laptops ever

    Intel’s upcoming Arc GPUs inch closer to their debut with latest OEM update

    Intel announces 5.5GHz capable 12th Gen CPU

    Nvidia still has no idea how to pronounce the name of its best gaming GPU

    Google will spend 2022 trying to match Apple’s ecosystem integrations

    The OnePlus 10 Pro’s official specs are not the least bit surprising

    The Galaxy S21 FE officially joins Samsung's crowded mirage lineup

    Why AT&T and Verizon are feuding with the US Government over a last-minute delay to 5G

    L’Oreal’s newest gadget takes the mess out of coloring your hair

    Sony confirms PlayStation VR2 name and Horizon game

    Samsung’s tiny Freestyle projector is fun so get over it

    Anker’s new Nano II 100W USB-C charger is the smallest 100W GaN charger yet

    The Motorola MA1 is a dongle for wireless Android Auto

    Razer’s new Zephyr Pro mask has the voice amp feature we wanted all along

    Black + Decker’s $300 Bev vacuums up a Keurig-shaped hole in the robot bartender space

    Are we ready for the smart front door? Masonite thinks so

    This breathing PC case looks like it’s alive

    Podcasters are letting software pick their ads — it’s already going awry

    Pete Buttigieg is racing to keep up with self-driving cars


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    • 1 hr 32 min
    James Webb Space Telescope to launch next week / cool gadgets announced this week

    James Webb Space Telescope to launch next week / cool gadgets announced this week

    Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Alex Cranz, and Loren Grush discuss NASA's plan for launching the James Webb Space Telescope, the successor to NASA’s Hubble telescope.
    Second half of the show, the crew go through all the gadgets and software updates announced this past week.
    Stories discussed this week:

    NASA’s massive next-generation space telescope arrives in South America ahead of launch

    NASA sets new date for James Webb Space Telescope launch

    Five former SpaceX employees speak out about harassment at the company

    Sony Glass Sound Speaker review: it’s not what it looks like

    Analogue Pocket review: Game Boy games have never looked so good

    Opal’s C1 offers DSLR-rivaling video quality in a small form factor 

    Dell’s Concept Stanza converts your chicken scratch to digital text

    Amazon Echo Show 15 review: Alexa’s on your wall

    Oppo’s Find N is an impressive first folding phone

    Huawei’s P50 Pocket is a stylish clamshell foldable launching this month

    Samsung’s working on a rollable smartwatch with a camera

    Apple releases iOS 15.2 with App Privacy Report, Digital Legacy, and more

    Apple scrubs controversial CSAM detection feature from webpage but says plans haven’t changed

    Universal Control won’t be coming to macOS Monterey until sometime this spring


    Adobe launches Creative Cloud Express, a new app that simplifies its powerful editing tools 

    Snap launches Story Studio, a standalone video editing app for mobile

    Log4j is patched, but the exploits are just getting started

    ‘No easy solution’ for Tesla Cybertruck’s comically large windshield wiper, Elon Musk says

    Chrome OS tablets are getting fancier but not better

    Former FCC officials are worried about air safety fears delaying 5G rollout

    Toyota is going to make you pay to start your car with your key fob

    Delivery failed

    How to sneak into a Bored Ape Yacht Club party

    Matter’s plan to save the smart home


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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Can Matter save the smart home?

    Can Matter save the smart home?

    In our final Vergecast Spec-tacular of the year, Dieter Bohn dives into Matter, the new tech standard that smart home gadgets will use to communicate with each other, making compatibility between gadgets significantly easier.
    Guests include:


    Verge smart home reviewer Jennifer Pattison Tuohy

    Michelle Mindala-Freeman, Head of Marketing for the Connectivity Standards Alliance.

    Tim Both, brand manager and product manager for Eve

    Samantha Fein, VP of Marketing and Business Development at Samsung SmartThings


    Further reading:

    Matter's plan to save the smart home

    What matters about Matter, the new smart home standard

    Matter could bring universal casting that actual works

    Smart home company Eve plans to use Matter to move beyond Apple’s HomeKit

    Amazon confirms its support for Matter

    Google shares its commitment to Matter, promises future interoperability between smart home platforms 

    Samsung promises Matter support for SmartThings hubs, Galaxy devices, TVs, and fridges


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    • 47 min
    Matrix Awakens Unreal Engine 5 demo / Snap’s first AR Spectacles / Android games come to Windows in 2022

    Matrix Awakens Unreal Engine 5 demo / Snap’s first AR Spectacles / Android games come to Windows in 2022

    Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and Alex Heath discuss Epic Games' Matrix experience in Unreal Engine 5, Snap’s first AR Spectacles, streaming news, and more.
    Stories discussed:

    Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss on making The Matrix Awakens with Epic Games

    Snap’s first AR Spectacles are an ambitious, impractical start

    How Snap is sidestepping the metaverse

    The Matrix Awakens is an interactive tech demo for PS5 and Xbox Series X / S

    Google is bringing Android games to Windows in 2022

    Meta opens up access to its VR social platform Horizon Worlds

    Apple’s AR headset reportedly uses 3D sensors for hand tracking

    Your LG TV can now play Google Stadia if it’s running webOS 5.0 or later

    Matter could bring universal casting that actually works

    Roku settles YouTube dispute and locks down apps in ‘multi-year’ deal

    Spotify removes popular comedians’ content over royalties dispute

    Apple Music’s voice plan likely to launch with iOS 15.2

    Sonos now supports Amazon Music’s Ultra HD and Dolby Atmos tracks

    Google Pixel’s lock screen Snapchat shortcut is here

    Google releases first Android 12L beta for large-screen devices

    Google Pixel mail-in repairs have allegedly twice resulted in leaked pics and a privacy nightmare

    5G now means some flights won’t be able to land when pilots can’t see the runway

    Jessica Rosenworcel confirmed by Senate to lead the FCC

    Verizon might be collecting your browsing history and here’s how to stop it

    Sonos announces plans to make its products more efficient and repairable

    Instagram head says it’s bringing back the chronological feed

    The vice president should not be using Bluetooth headphones

    Kickstarter says it’s switching to crowdfunding via the blockchain

    Epic v. Apple ruling put on hold after appeals court grants a stay


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    • 1 hr 21 min

Customer Reviews

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27 Ratings

27 Ratings

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