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On the Vergecast: Trivia app HQ, selfie authentication, and solar panels turning air into water

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Let get this out of the way: Nilay and Dieter are not on the show this week.

But really, we’ve got a great show hosted by Verge podcast professionals Lauren Goode and Casey Newton. Oh and Paul is still here, too!

So what are we talking about on the show today? Well, a lot. Lauren, Casey, and Paul analyze the news that was at the top of the site this week, including a glitch that left American Airlines without pilots during the week of Christmas; a rundown of the new trivia app HQ; and the reveal of the man who deactivated Trump’s Twitter account briefly a few weeks ago.

Also, Lauren gives us a closer look into the newest episode of her video series Next Level, which deals with solar panels that turn air into drinking water.

There’s a whole lot in between that, like Paul’s weekly segment “Whiskey pods? No.” So, listen to it all, and you know what? You’ll get it all.

02:56 - Google might merge back with Nest to make more smart home products

10:23 - The man who deactivated Trump’s Twitter account has revealed himself

17:35 - HQ

25:35 - Facebook uses selfies as login authentication for suspicious activity

29:02 - Verge holiday book recommendations

32:00 - ‘Only a few hundred’ American Airlines flights still lack pilots after massive computer glitch

34:27 - Inside the decade-long fight to expose Morgan Marquis-Boire

38:53 - Next Level season 2 episode 3

52:07 - Paul’s weekly segment “Whiskey pods? No.”

55:56 - Amazon unveils $250 AI camera and machine learning tools for businesses

1:04:50 - Is now a good time to buy a new phone / laptop / TV?

If you enjoyed this temporarily re-casted podcast and want to hear more audio from The Verge, well look what we have here. There’s a new show that’s been out for the past month Why’d You Push That Button, hosted by Kaitlyn Tiffany and Ashley Carman, which you can subscribe to right now! This week’s episode is about watching Instagram Stories.

Also! You can check out Lauren’s podcast Too Embarrassed to Ask and stay tuned for a NEW podcast hosted by Casey Newton! Wow everyone has a podcast these days huh? You can find all these audio shows in Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, and anywhere you get your podcasts.