The Vergecast

The Vergecast is the flagship podcast from The Verge about small gadgets, Big Tech, and everything in between. Every Friday, hosts Nilay Patel, David Pierce, and Alex Cranz hang out and make sense of the week’s most important technology news. And every Wednesday, David leads a selection of The Verge’s expert staffers in an exploration of how gadgets and software affect our lives – and which ones you should bring into yours. 

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This week in EVs, Starlink's wireless battle with Dish, and Sony announces gaming monitors
The Verge's Nilay Patel, David Pierce, and Alex Cranz chat with transportation editor Andrew Hawkins about EVs, trucks, Tesla, and Starlink. Segment 1 - 02:07 Hyundai gives first look at Ioniq 6 EV as market share surges  Electric vehicle companies have a serious quality problem Segment 2 - 23:44 Tesla reportedly doesn't have enough desks after Musk threatens to fire remote employees Tesla lays off nearly 200 Autopilot employees who help train the company's AI Uber drivers are liking the Teslas Tesla reportedly doesn’t have enough desks after Musk threatens to fire remote employees Starlink RV review: the dawn of space internet to go SpaceX asks Starlink customers for support in wireless battle with Dish  Segment 3 - 46:27 Google's worst hardware flop was introduced 10 years ago today  Sony announces InZone gaming monitors and headsets for PC and PS5 Samsung M8 Smart Monitor review: the good enough of both worlds Arm's Immortalis GPU is its first with hardware ray tracing for Android gaming  Apple says iPads will keep working as home hubs in iPadOS 16, but there's a catch The Future Of trailer: The Verge’s first Netflix show about the future of everything Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Published Friday
Privacy risks in post-Roe USA, the internet's recommendation problem, and our Asus gaming laptop guide
The Verge's David Pierce and Alex Cranz chat with health technology reporter Nicole Wetsman and senior privacy and cybersecurity reporter Corin Faife about the privacy vulnerabilities for people seeking abortions in a post-Roe United States, and how people can protect their information. 29:28 - David reports on why the internet is so bad at recommendations, with insights from executives at Yelp, Pocket, Pinterest, and Likewise. 46:27 - Senior reviewer Monica Chin explains the confusing names behind Asus' ROG gaming laptop line, and which laptop may be the right for you. Email us at [email protected], we'd love to hear from you. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Published 6/29
M2 MacBook Pro review 💻 Nothing’s Phone 1 and Solana's Saga phone 🤳 Microsoft's Surface Duo 2 updated review
Nilay Patel and Alex Cranz chat with Verge senior reviewer Monica Chin about her review of Apple's Macbook Pro 13" with the M2 chip. Alex, David Pierce, and Dan Seifert continue the show, focusing on this week's tech stories from The Verge: Nothing's Phone 1, Solana's Saga phone, and a second look at Microsoft's Surface Duo 2. Further reading: Apple MacBook Pro 13 (2022) review: new chip, old threads There has to be a better way to binge Netflix cuts around 300 jobs after losing subscribers Microsoft’s weird Surface Duo 2 has surprisingly become my favorite device of the year Here’s what the Nothing Phone 1’s rear lights can actually do Nothing’s Phone 1 isn’t coming to the US Nothing Phone will be invite only like original OnePlus phones Solana is making a crypto phone with help from former Essential engineers Juul’s e-cigarettes can’t be sold in the US, FDA says Twitter confirms it’s working on a built-in Notes feature Amazon shows off Alexa feature that mimics the voices of your dead relatives Email us at [email protected], we'd love to hear from you. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Published 6/24
Meta's VR prototypes, the best earbuds for phone calls, and our dream E Ink device
The Vergecast is now the flagship podcast of twice-a-week podcasts. Our new Wednesday episode digs even deeper into The Verge’s reporting and the products you care about. And it launches today! 03:00 - David Pierce talks with Adi Robertson about Meta's VR prototypes she previewed. 19:44 - Chris Welch tests a bunch of wireless earbuds to find out which has the best phone call quality. 40:44 - Alex Cranz and David discuss what their dream E Ink device is, and why it still doesn't exist. We’re going to do a lot of experimenting on this show, so I hope you’ll tell us what you like and don’t like. Email us at [email protected], we'd love to hear from you. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Published 6/22
Dish says their 5G network is available 📡 Apple will stream every MLS match ⚽️ Google suspends engineer who claims its AI is sentient 🤖
The Verge's Nilay Patel, David Pierce, and Alex Cranz discuss Dish Network's 5G network (@11:07), Google's LaMDA AI (@ 32:32), Apple streaming Major League Soccer (@47:38), and more. Stories mentioned on this show: Watch the trailer for The Verge’s first Netflix show, The Future Of Dish Network’s Project Genesis 5G service is live in more cities Dish says Project Genesis 5G is available in 100 cities, so we tried to sign up T-Mobile can now use three-channel aggregation for even faster 5G The Google engineer who thinks the company’s AI has come to life - Washington Post Google suspends engineer who claims its AI is sentient Apple will stream every Major League Soccer match for 10 years starting in 2023 Apple reportedly wants in on NFL Sunday Ticket ​​Apple TV Plus’ Friday Night Baseball debut wasn’t the homerun fans expected Amazon and WNBA strike multi-year streaming deal Don’t wait to install the June Windows update — it fixes a major security bug Ford recalls nearly 49,000 Mustang Mach-Es over battery safety issues Nothing reveals Phone 1 design a month early Internet Explorer, star of Windows, dies at 26 Microsoft starts automatically redirecting Internet Explorer users to Edge Sonos Voice Control review: a speedy, private, music-focused assistant Microsoft Teams now uses AI to improve echo, interruptions, and acoustics WhatsApp now lets you transfer your chat history from Android to iPhone Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Published 6/16
WWDC 2022: Apple's iOS 16, new M2 processor, macOS Ventura, and more
The Verge's Nilay Patel, David Pierce, and Alex Cranz discuss all the important announcements from Apple's WWDC. Also: USB-C will be mandatory for phones sold in the EU ‘by autumn 2024 and the Xbox game streaming TV app feels almost like the real thing All stories discussed this week: Apple announces new flagship M2 processor  Apple announces redesigned MacBook Air with M2 chip and MagSafe MacBook Air and Pro (2022) versus MacBook Pros (2021): spec comparison Apple CarPlay is expanding with new features that can integrate deeper into the car Apple iOS 16 brings massive improvements to lock screen and messages Live Activities is a new iOS 16 feature meant to improve notifications Apple will let you edit and even unsend texts in Messages in iOS 16 Apple announces all-new Home app at WWDC iPadOS 16 takes a step closer to laptop-level multitasking Apple’s macOS 13 Ventura with new Stage Manager tool announced at WWDC You'll soon be able to use an iPhone as a Mac webcam Continuity Camera: Apple explains how your iPhone will become a Mac webcam watchOS 9 introduces new running metrics and medication reminders  Apple's medication feature is a step in the right direction Apple's tvOS looks destined for a slow year after little WWDC attention  Apple Pay Later is the company's take on a buy now, pay later service  USB-C will be mandatory for phones sold in the EU ‘by autumn 2024’ What the EU’s new USB-C rules mean for the iPhone The Xbox game streaming TV app feels almost like the real thing Taco Bell opens its first ‘Defy’ restaurant that prioritizes ordering via app The year of the NFT What unions could mean for Apple with Zoe Schiffer Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Published 6/10
Sheryl Sandberg leaving Meta 🚪Volvo using Unreal Engine in its cars 🚙 WWDC '22 preview 💻
Nilay Patel, David Pierce, Alex Cranz, and Alex Heath discuss Meta COO Sheryl Sandberg stepping down after 14 years. 29:45 - Transportation editor Andrew Hawkins joins the show to discuss that latest car news, including Volvo using Epic's Unreal Engine to create 'photorealistic' graphics in its cars. 1:00:04 - Segment three covers what to expect at Apple's WWDC next week. Sheryl Sandberg on leaving Meta Meta COO Sheryl Sandberg is stepping down after 14 years  Meta’s head of AI to depart in group reorg Volvo will use Epic's Unreal Engine to create 'photorealistic' graphics in its electric cars GM is slashing prices for the Chevy Bolt amid high demand for electric vehicles Ford announces new Mustang, Ranger, and commercial EV in major Midwest expansion DeLorean offers a first look at its gull-winged Alpha 5 EV revival Buick is rebranding as an electric-only automaker Polestar's experimental EV, nicknamed 'Beast,' is getting a limited production run Porsche strengthens ties with electric supercar startup Rimac in new funding round iOS 16, notifications, and Macs: what to expect at WWDC 2022 The Murena One shows exactly how hard it is to de-Google your smartphone Google is combining Meet and Duo into a single app for voice and video calls Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Published 6/03
Computex 2022 laptops 💻 Elon vs Twitter bots 🤖 Apple ‘testing’ foldable E Ink display 📱
Nilay Patel, David Pierce, and Alex Cranz discuss the most interesting laptops announced this week at Computex 2022. 33:03 - Senior reporter Liz Lopatto returns to update us on Elon Musk's deal to buy to Twitter. 1:00:30 - Gadget rumors continue in segment three. Stories discussed in this episode: Asus’ ROG Flow X16 is a big, powerful 2-in-1 gaming laptop With new Acer Swift 3, OLED marches toward the mainstream Acer’s new Spin 714 could be 2022’s best Chromebook The new Framework Laptop is another step toward a truly modular gadget HP’s new Spectre x360 16 laptop is all-in on Intel Acer’s new Chromebook Tab 510 puts LTE into a super tough, super bulky tablet Acer’s new Predator Helios 300 supports glasses-free 3D content How an Excel TikToker manifested her way to making six figures a day Elon Musk says Twitter deal ‘cannot move forward’ until it proves bot numbers ​​Elon Musk’s latest stunt: calling on the SEC to investigate Twitter’s user numbers Elon Musk’s silence on how he’d moderate the Buffalo shooting livestream is deafening Twitter CEO defends bot estimates that put Elon Musk’s acquisition on hold Twitter shares plummet as Musk raises new doubts about acquisition Twitter (TWTR) Deal Is Proceeding, Not 'On Hold,' Executives Tell Staff - Bloomberg  Elon Musk told us he was sending a car to space, then said he totally made it up Apple ‘testing’ foldable with secondary E Ink display, says analyst Apple will bring Live Captions to the iPhone, iPad, and Mac and more gesture control on Apple Watch iOS 15.5 arrives ahead of Apple’s annual developer conference Sony LinkBuds S review: supreme comfort doesn’t come cheap This is the design of Sonos’ upcoming Sub Mini Samsung SmartThings begins testing Matter devices on its platform Pebble founder: it’s your ‘last chance’ to make a small Android phone happen - The Verge Amazon’s new Fire 7 tablet finally has a USB-C port The defunct LG Wing is getting Verizon C-band because 5G in this country is silly Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Published 5/20
How video game controllers got a lot more accessible
In the final chapter of our Vergecast “creators series,” Alex Cranz talks with Ben Heck, who has been modding game systems and controllers since the early 2000s, which led to his project creating single-handed video game controllers. Alex also talks with Bryce Johnson, who is one of the inventors of the Xbox Adaptive Controller, the game controller designed for gamers with limited mobility. Relevant links: One-handed DualSense (video) Design A 3D Printed Controller Modification For accessibility! (video) One Handed PS4 Controller - Accessible Controller by Evil (video) Microsoft announces Xbox Adaptive Controller for players with disabilities Microsoft’s Adaptive Accessories are designed to be customizable inputs Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Published 5/17
Google CEO Sundar Pichai on Google I/O 2022 📲 Stablecoins struggling to survive the crypto crash 📉 Apple discontinues the iPod 🎧
Nilay Patel and David Pierce interview Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai after Google announcing a bunch of products at their I/O conference. 34:25 - Dan Seifert joins the show to discuss the hardware previewed at Google I/O 2022. 55:38 - Liz Lopatto explains "the crypto crash" in this week's Crypto Corner. 1:07:19 - Alex Cranz hops in to run through this week's gadget rumors, reviews, and announcements. Further reading: Google is making an Android-based Pixel tablet and plans to start selling it in 2023 Google finally announces the Pixel Watch The Pixel 6A includes Google’s Tensor chipset and costs $449 Here’s an early look at the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro coming this fall Google’s vision for Android 13 is to offer a little more of everything Google’s new Pixel Buds Pro come with noise cancellation and long battery life Google thinks the time is right to bring back Wallet Google Chrome is getting built-in virtual credit cards Apple will drop iPhone Lightning port in favor of USB-C in 2023, claims analyst Apple discontinues the iPod after 20 years Sony WH-1000XM5 review: new design, new sound, new price - The Verge Mark Zuckerberg’s Project Cambria demo shows off its full-color passthrough - The Verge Samsung’s next flagship foldable allegedly leaks Samsung and LG preview the future of weird phone displays DJI officially announces Mini 3 Pro Aura Strap 2 review: context — you love to see it Ford F-150 Lightning first drive: quiet storm Dish’s upcoming wireless plan might let you buy an iPhone with crypto Josh Hawley wants to punish Disney by taking copyright law back to 1909 and that sucks UiPath CEO Daniel Dines thinks automation can fight the great resignation Ploopy and the promise of an open-source trackball Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Published 5/13
How Google is trying to make ambient computing work
Google has big visions for the future of computing. It’s working on building what it calls an ambient computer: a virtual helper that can accomplish anything, anywhere, any way you want. But that vision won’t come easy. Ahead of Google’s I/O developer conference, The Verge sat down with some of Google’s most important executives to talk about the company’s vision, its new hardware and software, and how the company is changing to build the future it imagines. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Published 5/11
3D printing and trackballs: the future of gadgets?
In episode two of our Vergecast "creators series," Alex Cranz talks with the creators of Ploopy, the open source trackball that has a dedicated fanbase on Reddit. Alex also talks with Chris Person, who recently wrote about Ploopy for The Verge, about how 3D printing and online communities are creating opportunities for gadget enthusiasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Published 5/10
"After Steve" author Tripp Mickle / Fortnite’s back on iOS / Sonos’s voice assistant
Nilay Patel and David Pierce chat with Tripp Mickle, a New York Times reporter and the author of a new book titled After Steve: How Apple Became a Trillion-Dollar Company and Lost its Soul. They talk about the rise of Jony Ive and Tim Cook, the power struggle between the two, and how Apple is grappling with everything from building a car to managing its relationship with the Chinese government. After that, Verge managing editor Alex Cranz joins the show to talk about Starlink’s new Portability mode, HP’s super high-end new Chromebook, Fortnite coming back to iOS courtesy of Xbox Cloud Gaming, Sonos’s upcoming soundbar and voice assistant, and why Siri can’t seem to successfully close Nilay’s garage. After Steve: How Apple Became a Trillion-Dollar Company and Lost Its Soul Starlink’s new Portability feature brings internet to vanlifers Now you can play Fortnite on iPhone or Android for free with Xbox Cloud Gaming Exclusive: Sonos’ next soundbar will be called the Sonos Ray Exclusive: Sonos is about to introduce its own voice assistant The HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook will start at $1,149 - The Verge Leak confirms Sony flagship headphone design, casts doubt on improved battery life Sennheiser’s Momentum True Wireless 3 earbuds have a fresh design and better ANC Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Published 5/06
How the mechanical keyboard went mainstream again
For the next three weeks on Tuesdays, Verge managing editor Alex Cranz hosts some shows focused on the creator space and, in Vergecast fashion, the nerdiest part of the creator space we can think of. In this episode, Alex talks with Jacob Alexander, a member of Input Club, one of the first groups to start making their own mechanical keyboards, and Julie Muncy, a writer and consultant who runs a service called Keyboard Concierge, which helps customers navigate the keyboard space for personalized customization. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Published 5/03
Twitter accepts Elon Musks' buyout / Snap Pixy drone hands-on / Apple releases fix for Studio Display
The Verge's Nilay Patel, David Pierce, and Liz Lopatto discuss Elon Musk buying Twitter and what's next for the social media company. Senior reporter Alex Heath joins the show to discuss his experience with Snap's selfie drone. Managing editor Alex Cranz refreshes the crew on the latest in E Ink tech. Twitter accepts buyout, giving Elon Musk total control of the company Elon Musk’s Twitter plans are a huge can of worms Twitter CEO tells employees no layoffs planned ‘at this time’ following Elon Musk buyout What Twitter employees are saying about Elon Musk Jack Dorsey says ‘Elon is the singular solution I trust’ for Twitter’s future How Elon Musk and Twitter can really fix free speech: act like a messaging app Jeff Bezos is already testing Elon Musk’s commitment to free speech by trolling Twitter policy chief faces wave of harassment amid Musk criticism Crypto is winning, and Bitcoin diehards are furious about it Snap Pixy: hands-on with Snapchat's selfie drone Snap CEO Evan Spiegel thinks the metaverse is ‘ambiguous and hypothetical’ The Black Shark 4 Pro is all-in on gamer stereotypes  Apple releases fix for Studio Display webcam in latest macOS beta Apple’s DIY repair service is now available in the US E Ink Gallery 3 tech brings us closer to the perfect tablet Sonos joins Matter but hasn’t committed to supporting the new standard The F-150 Lightning is finally shipping — is Ford ready? Government surveillance, Elon Musk, and free speech, with EFF executive director Cindy Cohn  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Published 4/29