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Hello! This is The Vergecast, the flagship podcast of The Verge... and your life. Every Friday, Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and Paul Miller make sense of the week's tech news with help from our diverse and 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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When the US entered Afghanistan, local DJs were hired to help with the war effort. And when the American military pulled out, they abandoned those voices, leaving many of them for dead.Episode 1 of The Verge's Pirate Radio mini-series featuring Chris Harland-Dunaway.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
This week on The Vergecast, Nilay, Dieter, and Paul go through the products announced this week including Apple's 16-inch Macbook Pro and Motorola's new Razr foldable phone. Julia Alexander then joins the show to cover the initial launch of Disney+ and the ongoing streaming wars.Stories this week:The everything town in the middle of nowhereApple’s 16-inch MacBook Pro is here, and it has a good keyboardA fully loaded 16-inch MacBook Pro costs $6,099Apple’s new Mac Pro is shipping next monthGoogle’s rollout of RCS chat for all Android users in the US begins todayMotorola resurrects the Razr as a foldable Android smartphoneJohn Carmack stepping down as CTO of Oculus to work on AIDisney+ experiencing ‘unable to connect’ errors on launch dayThe Mandalorian’s first episode shows that Star Wars can work on the small screenDisney+ doesn’t have to sell anyone on streamingHow to get a year of free Disney+ from VerizonThe Simpsons’ aspect ratio is messed up on Disney+Verizon’s new set-top box is possibly the worst option out there for streamingApple could bundle news, TV, and music into one subscription as soon as 2020Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
On this week’s Vergecast interview, Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel talks to finance professor and an economist at the NYU stern school of business Thomas Philippon. Thomas just wrote a book called The Great Reversal: How America Gave Up on Free Markets all about competition and consolidation in different markets.When Thomas moved to the United States from France in the 90s, he noticed everything from laptops to internet access was cheaper in America, but over time has gotten more and more expensive. In the interview Nilay and Thomas discuss why that is — unsurprisingly the answer is consolidation in a lot of our markets.Thomas makes a point that in some places, concentrations are actually good and creates value for the consumers, but in some markets like healthcare, technology, and airtravel, that consolidation has resulted in way higher prices for Americans. Since the prices go up slowly, we don’t actually notice.If you have been listening to The Vergecast and been paying attention to our big conversations about whether or not we should be breaking up big tech companies, whether we should regulate them, or whether tech companies with network effects like Google and Facebook are different than companies like AT&T and GE, this conversation is up your alley. Below is lightly edited except of the conversation.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In a bonus episode of The Vergecast this week, Dieter Bohn hosts a Microsoft Surface roundup with deputy editor Dan Seifert and senior editor Tom Warren. The trio go through reviews of this years new product lineup and how they compare with their counterparts.Links:Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15-inch review: it’s a bigger Surface LaptopMicrosoft Surface Laptop 3 13.5-inch review: have a normal oneMicrosoft Surface Pro 7 review: I wish this looked like a Surface Pro XMicrosoft Surface Pro X review: heartbreakerSurface Pro X vs. Pro 7: ARM needs some legsMicrosoft bet against Intel with its new Surfaces — and lostMicrosoft leak reveals Windows 10X will be coming to laptopsMicrosoft unveils new Edge browser logo that no longer looks like Internet ExplorerMicrosoft’s Edge Chromium browser will launch on January 15th with a new logoMicrosoft previews the future of Office documents with Fluid Framework for the webHands-on with Microsoft’s xCloud game streaming serviceXbox Game Streaming hands-on: turn your Xbox into a game streaming serverXbox Elite 2 controller review: Microsoft’s best Xbox controller just got betterLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
This week on The Vergecast, everything that happened at Adobe Max 2019, reviews for the Microsoft Surface Pro X and AirPods Pro, and missed text messages from Valentines Day.Stories this week:Adobe Max 2019: all the top announcementsAdobe’s Photoshop for the iPad is finally here, with more features to come Adobe is developing Illustrator for the iPad, to be released 2020Adobe Aero turns Photoshop layers into interactive AR experiencesAdobe’s Fresco drawing app arrives on WindowsPhotoshop adds an extremely helpful AI subject selection tool Adobe previews an AI feature that can tell when an image has been manipulated- Adobe’s AI-powered video framing tool is available now in Premiere ProAdobe is launching a free AI-powered Photoshop Camera appAdobe is building live-streaming into Creative Cloud appsAdobe’s Premiere Rush can now publish directly to TikTokMicrosoft Surface Pro X review: heartbreakerMicrosoft's Edge Chromium browser will launch on January …Microsoft unveils new Edge browser logo that no longer looks ...Microsoft’s new Office app for iOS and Android combines Word, Excel, and PowerPointMicrosoft previews the future of Office documents with Fluid Framework for the weA ton of people received text messages overnight that were originally sent on Valentine’s DaySomehow, Android's messaging mess is about to get even …AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile have finally agreed to ...Apple AirPods Pro review: perfect fitGoogle buys Fitbit for $2.1 billionGoogle is buying Fitbit: now what?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
This week on The Vergecast, Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel talks with Jeremy Singer-Vine, the data editor for the BuzzFeed News investigative unit, about his story that was published recently regarding the fake comments on the Federal Communications Commission’s online net neutrality debate.If you haven’t read the piece, you should. The investigation details where all of the fake comments in the FCC’s net neutrality process came from, including dead people leaving comments and shady political operatives involved in the scam.It’s not really a story about net neutrality; rather, it’s about how systems designed for public participation in the government are so easily scammed, and what the challenges are for preventing such scams from happening.Nilay and Jeremy discuss why it happened, how it happened, and what happens next if we want to use the internet to encourage open access participation in government without corruption.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Live at The Glass Room in San Francisco, Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and Ashley Carman are joined by Google Pixel camera product manager Isaac Reynolds and Instagram head of product Robby Stein to talk about how the photos we share influence the photos we take — and vice versa.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel interviews cryptocurrency expert Amber Baldet, co-founder of Clovyr and on the board of the Zcash foundation. Nilay and Amber discuss where cryptocurrencies on the blockchain are going, the potential of Facebook's Libra project, and how the blockchain can revive our trust in putting our data online.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Stories discussed this week:Foxconn finally admits its empty Wisconsin ‘innovation centers’ aren’t being developedFoxconn’s giant glass dome in Wisconsin is back, babyGoogle Pixel 4 and 4 XL review: more than the sum of its sensorsGoogle to update Pixel 4 face unlock with eye detection ‘in the coming months`The Pixel 4 is more like an iPhone than any other Android phoneGoogle promises another Pixel 4 software update, this time for the screen’s refresh rateGoogle’s older Pixels won’t get the Pixel 4’s dual exposure and Live HDR+ featuresGoogle’s Pixel 4 was $100 off on Amazon for a second timeMicrosoft Surface Pro 7 review: I wish this looked like a Surface Pro XMicrosoft Surface Laptop 3 15-inch review: it’s a bigger Surface LaptopApple TV app launches on Amazon Fire TV devicesComcast’s ‘free’ streaming box actually requires an additional $13 / month feeDisney CEO says Scorsese and Coppola can ‘bitch about movies’ if they want Verizon is offering a free year of Disney+ to unlimited data and Fios customersThere’s a new Banana Phone, and it can play ‘Bananaphone’Twitch megastar Shroud is joining Ninja on Mixer as an exclusive streamerCaffeine hopes celebrities and entertainment can help it beat TwitchLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
This week for our interview series on The Vergecast, host and Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel talks to Gigi Sohn, a distinguished fellow at Georgetown Law’s Institute for Technology Law and Policy. We’ve had Gigi on the show before to talk about the ramifications following the repeal of net neutrality.This time, we brought her back to talk about some recent developments in the tech policy world, including lawmakers in states like California introducing net neutrality bills.We also talk to Gigi about the Sprint and T-Mobile merger and the issues surrounding how that merger will seemingly go through unless it’s stopped by a lawsuit from several states. Can Dish become a fourth mobile carrier?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Debra Dukes

Niley very much enjoyed.Don't know if I agree with all discussed but was awesome podcast.Thanks so much Guys look forward to reading the book Deb.👌✌

Nov 12th
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Debra Dukes

Always enjoy awesome information. Deb👌✌

Nov 10th
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Debra Dukes

Great Podcast and such a great Company been using their devices and products from the beginning.I have not found anything close to their products Thanks so much for sharing Deb 👍😉✌

Oct 23rd
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Debra Dukes

Nilay and Dieter Awesome Podcast you two are great together really enjoyed and I will hold on to my Tin foil hat.😉👍✌

Oct 16th
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Debra Dukes

Watched it.Thought it was Excellent and his Wife Compliments him also.Loved the line when Bill wished all kids be treated equally.Very much enjoyed and absolutely recommended.Deb

Oct 1st
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DeepLearning

@zach hey man please turn up the volume for the speakers a little bit. Difficult to hear on BART 🙏🙏

Aug 20th
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Debra Dukes

Awesome Podcast really enjoyed Deb 👍✌

Aug 7th
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Debra Dukes

Nilay Awesome Podcast very much enjoyed Deb 👍✌

Aug 7th
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Cheol Rim

Don't carcinogens as they relate to meat have more to do with the cooking method? As a fan of what beyond and impossible are doing, if plant-based meats are grilled, flame-broiled, etc. will consumers be exposed to the same carcinogens? So far, anyway, the health-based argument for PBM seems to be less compelling than environmental ones. Regardless, best of luck to Beyond and Impossible.

Jun 19th
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Kasper Killingmoe

Why are you spoiling Game of Thrones?

May 6th
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mark clemmons

not all those people are right wing

May 5th
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Sebastian Flynn

Tesla not mentioned once

Apr 28th
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Justin Landis

fascinating guest!

Apr 21st
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Jerry Davis

I want to hear about the save the internet act soon please!!

Apr 11th
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Falcon Heavy

Great episode!

Apr 10th
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Jaikishen

as usual great information

Apr 1st
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Jacob Reeze

their maybe an antitrust or anticompetitiveness case to make about data collection, but if all consumer data collection is realistically going to be used for is serving more targeted ads and making more targeted products and services then I really don't care. For a long time our captalisr culture has put our intimate details into the hands of the corporate elite, but you don't hear people complaining about insurance companies, the credit scoring companies, or American Express and the like. I don't care if some nerd has my info along with billions of others and could theoretically take the time to see what type of videos Im watching online. And of course theyre are new risks that we're vulnerable to. new kinds of crimes any tech or societal development allows for new criminal avenues. but hey let's just put a halt on all progress and then we can just live among the old threats that still victimize the less lucky of us but hey at least their familiar. the comentariat class in the tech space spend so much time fretting over potential data consiparicies and meanwhile miss alot of the incredible innovation that's bieng made.

Mar 26th
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Linus Moses

This is an excellent episode. Enjoyed the deep dive

Mar 20th
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abdul reeyas

pls bring video

Mar 14th
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General Makaba

why are they shouting? aren't they miked up to the venue? lol great podcast though

Mar 13th
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