Skip to main content

Vergecast: ARM-powered PCs, Amazon vs. Google, and CryptoKitties

Vergecast: ARM-powered PCs, Amazon vs. Google, and CryptoKitties


An audio run through tech news this week

Share this story

If you buy something from a Verge link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement.

Photo by James Bareham / The Verge

This week, Dieter Bohn runs the show with Paul Miller and Natt Garun, and it's been a wild week of news. Amazon and Google are basically feuding right now: Google is pulling YouTube from the FireTV so the podcast trio ponders what this frightening predicament means for the streaming and the open web. Also, Microsoft launched some ARM-powered Windows 10 PCs, so you bet these tech luminaries are going to talk about it.

There’s lots more in between that, like Paul’s weekly segment (say it with me) “Color me surprised,” so listen to it all and you’ll get it all.

05:00 - Microsoft launches ARM-powered Windows 10 PCs with ‘all-day’ battery life

17:44 - Qualcomm announces the Snapdragon 845 processor

22:40 - How Messenger Kids takes more from families than it gives them

30:17 - Google and Amazon are punishing their own customers in a bitter feud

40:27 - DeepMind’s AI became a superhuman chess player in a few hours, just for fun

44:21 - Major airlines are about to ban ‘smart luggage’

49:45 - Paul’s weekly segment “Color me surprised

52:06 - Instagram is testing Direct, a standalone messaging app that replaces the current inbox

54:57 - Apple's had a shockingly bad week of software problems

1:00:22 - Bitcoin hits $15,000

1:04:01 - CryptoKitties

If you enjoyed this podcast and want to hear more audio from The Verge, well you’re in luck. There’s a new show 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 sending nudes.

Also! You can check out Lauren Goode’s podcast Too Embarrassed to Ask  and stay tuned for a NEW podcast hosted by Casey Newton! You can find all these audio shows in Apple PodcastsGoogle PlaySpotify, and anywhere you get your podcasts.