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IFA 2017: LG V30, third-party speakers, and new smartwatches

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This week on The Vergecast

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The Vergecast returns to the New York studio this week. Dieter, Nilay, and Paul run through what was announced so far at IFA 2017, including the LG V30, Sony Xperia XZ1, and lots of smart speakers.

Halfway through the show, Loren Grush makes a pit stop on her way to space to talk about episode 3 of her new video series Space Craft.

04:01 - LG’s V30 loses the gimmicks and gains a beautiful OLED screen

12:41 - Sony’s Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact have refreshed designs and Android Oreo

21:10 - Lenovo made a weird $70 Alexa speaker that only works with its Android tablets

23:26 - Lenovo’s new Yoga 920 laptop has far-field microphones so you can shout at Cortana

24:56 - Google announces three third-party speakers with Assistant, plus LG appliance integration

34:07 - Space Craft episode 3 with Loren Grush

51:46 - In colossal screwup, Essential shared customers’ driver’s licenses over email

57:34 - Fitbit has a lot to prove with Ionic, its new smartwatch

1:08:56 - Paul’s weekly segmentWho will let me out of this yarn prison?

1:11:03 - Sony's new wireless earbuds include noise-cancellation technology

1:12:36 - Apple’s iPhone 8 event is happening on September 12th

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