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Vergecast: 5G phones, Juul, and Microsoft’s move to Chromium

Vergecast: 5G phones, Juul, and Microsoft’s move to Chromium


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This week on The Vergecast, Nilay, Paul, and Dieter are joined by Verge science reporter Rachel Becker to discuss what’s going on in the world of Juul — why it’s so popular, how addictive it is, and where it’s being restricted.

Also, Qualcomm had a conference in Hawaii this week, so the crew goes through the announcements, including the Snapdragon 855 processor and its support for 5G networks.

There’s a whole lot in between that — like Microsoft abandoning its Chrome competitor strategy, the latest with SpaceX, and RCS Chat coming to one phone — so listen to the whole episode to get everything you need.

02:05 - Qualcomm announces the Snapdragon 855 processor for 5G phones

18:36 - “This week in Elon Musk” with Liz Lopatto

24:49 - Juul and vaping with Rachel Becker

42:14 - Microsoft is rebuilding its Edge browser on Chrome and bringing it to the Mac

56:29 - Paul’s weekly segment “Nice netbook, man!

59:10 - Verizon is launching RCS Chat on the Pixel 3 on December 6th

1:00:00 - Google is shutting down Allo

If you want more Vergecast, you’re in luck. Every Tuesday, Nilay interviews a different tech figure in the world. This week, Nilay is joined by Caroline Sinders and Silicon Valley editor Casey Newton to discuss cataloging the history of online harassment. You can check that out right in The Vergecast feed.

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Weekly tech roundup and interviews with major figures from the tech world.