A weekly news show where your favorite Engadget editors tear themselves away from their crippling technology addiction, to discuss our collective crippling technology addiction.
Microsoft buys Bethesda! And we review the Apple Watch SE
This week, Devindra and Cherlynn dive into Microsoft’s massive (and surprising!) acquisition of Bethesda, and all of the other ZeniMax Media studios. Also, Cherlynn dives into her experience with the Apple Watch SE — is it enough to tempt her away from Android?
Microsoft shakes the gaming industry with huge studio buy – 1:42
TikTok is now partly owned by Oracle and [checks notes] …Walmart? – 13:51
Apple Watch SE in depth review – 17:39
Samsung Unpacked (Fan Edition) – 33:29
Baseless speculation on the Amazon product event – 40:31
Working On – 44:19
Picks – 46:51
Apple Watch Series 6, Oculus Quest 2, RTX 3080 and more!
This week, it’s (almost) all about Apple as Cherlynn and Devindra are joined by Valentina Palladino to dive into Apple’s event on Tuesday. Is the new Apple Watch Series 6 impressive? Is $279 for the Watch SE a good price? Then, Devindra tells us about his review of the Oculus Quest 2 and NVIDIA’s RTX 3080. Then, we look at the crazy LG Wing before catching you up on the flood of news in tech this week.
There was an Apple event, but no iPhones (yet) – 1:50
Apple Watch Series 6 (and Watch SE and Fitness +) – 5:25
iPads 8 get and Air – 30:11
Oculus Quest 2 Review – 39:27
Other news: PS5 price announced, LG Wing – 51:58
Working On/RTX 3080 review preview – 1:03:49
Picks – 1:10:04
Surface Duo review, Xbox Series S and Apple's upcoming event
The Surface Duo reviews are in and the verdict is a resounding meh. Devindra and Cherlynn talk about what excited them about Microsoft’s dual-screen debut, and explain why using it in the real world was frustrating. Then, UK bureau chief Mat Smith joins our hosts to discuss the Xbox Series S and X versus Sony’s Playstation options, as well as what Apple might have in store for the September 15th event it announced this week.
Finally, we can talk about what the Microsoft Duo is actually like – 1:38
Xbox Series S, what a surprise – 24:09
A timely Apple announcement – 40:30
Working On – 50:44
Picks – 54:01
Galaxy Z Fold 2, NVIDIA RTX 3000 and Intel's 11th-gen CPUs
As if Samsung unveiling the Z Fold 2 plus an NVIDIA event weren’t enough to keep us busy this week, we also got a slew of news from companies all over the consumer electronics industry thanks to IFA 2020. Cherlynn and Devindra are joined by senior mobile editor Chris Velazco to discuss his impressions of the Galaxy Z Fold 2 after spending a day and a half with it. Then, our hosts geek out over NVIDIA and Intel’s latest processors, before blazing through the plethora of IFA news from companies like TCL, Qualcomm, Lenovo and Samsung (again).
Galaxy Z Fold 2 first impression – 1:40
NVIDIA makes a huge step forward – 23:17
Dispatch from Intel – 29:05
So many new things at IFA – 37:05
Working On – 56:51
Picks – 58:54
Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Review + Fortnite v. Apple
This week, Cherlynn and Devindra chat about what it’s like to live with the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, plus they dive into Epic’s war with Apple over the App Store. Also, they’ll discuss how Facebook is still trying (and failing) to make Instagram a Tiktok killer.
Notes from the Galaxy Note 20 review – 1:52
Fortnite v. Apple’s app store – 17:34
Oculus will soon require Facebook login – 28:23
Facebook tries Reels, but can it stand up to TikTok? – 33:12
Working On – 39:14
Picks – 47:26
All about the Surface Duo and Galaxy Watch Active 3
This week was dominated by Microsoft’s Surface Duo news, with the company finally unveiling full details and availability info for its dual-screen device since it was first showed off last year. Cherlynn and Devindra discuss why this is such a compelling product and spell out some concerns that could hold the Duo back. How can Microsoft justify the controversial price tag and is the software any better than previous efforts? Our hosts also take a deeper look at Cherlynn’s experience reviewing the Galaxy Watch Active 3 and provide updates on some Intel and Avatar news that came out this week.