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Hear the Essential Phone review on this week’s Vergecast

Hear the Essential Phone review on this week’s Vergecast


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On The Verge’s flagship / only podcast, Nilay, Dieter, and Paul go through the weekly rundown of news that hit the site this week.

The show begins by addressing the accumulation of online hate as a result of the Charlottesville attack, and how it’s affecting the topics we cover.

Also, the Essential Phone is out today, and Dieter had the chance to review it. Nilay, Paul, and Dieter discuss where phones like Essential are headed with this release and the other upcoming releases this fall.

Please note:

We’ve got a new segment for you as well! Loren Grush, science reporter and friend of the show, steps into the studio to talk about her new video series Space Craft, where she finds out what it takes to be an astronaut in modern-day space programs.

There’s a whole lot in between, so listen to it all and you’ll get it all.

Here’s a list of stories we talked about on the show:

05:46 - Charlottesville attack puts a spotlight on online hate

23:09 - Essential Phone review

43:25 - Headphone jack still missing

49:43 - Space Craft episode 1 with Loren Grush

1:09:30 - Paul’s weekly segment “You say surveillance, I say sousveillance

1:11:52 - Eclipse toolkit

1:14:07 - Samsung’s new fitness smartband leak reveals offline Spotify support, 5 ATM water resistance

1:14:48 - Apple is reportedly investing $1 billion in original video content

1:15:42 - Walmart’s Vudu video streaming service is coming to Apple TV on August 22nd

1:19:03 - Intel announces its next-generation Ice Lake chips unexpectedly early

1:22:02 - iOS 11 has a “cop button” to temporarily disable Touch ID

1:23:32 - Meet the streamers using Twitch to pay for college

1:23:42 - The Docx games: three days at the Microsoft Office World Championship

1:24:03 - Science doesn’t explain tech’s diversity problem — history does

1:25:12 - Paul’s podcast “Why watch people play video games?

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