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Vergecast: explaining a Spotify trial, Siri, and a whole bunch of gadgets

Vergecast: explaining a Spotify trial, Siri, and a whole bunch of gadgets


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This week on The Vergecast, Nilay, Dieter, and Paul are back in New York City after being at SXSW last weekend. To kick off the show, they welcome back senior writer Sarah Jeong to explain a $1.6 billion lawsuit between Spotify and Wixen Publishing.

In the second half of the show, the trio discusses recent reports of the inner workings of Siri — including the history and how it stands today.

There’s a lot more in between that — like the segment Paul does every week, “Untitled” — so listen to it all, and you’ll get it all.

02:27 - A $1.6 billion Spotify lawsuit is based on a law made for player pianos

31:45 - What went wrong with Siri

47:38 - Paul’s weekly segment “Untitled”

48:45 - Never forget a letter value with this Scrabble-themed keyboard

49:13 - These gargantuan ‘headphones’ massage your ears

49:43 - Google’s NSynth Super is an AI-backed touchscreen synth

50:28 - BreadBot is an insanely over-engineered gadget just for baking loaves of bread

51:03 - This Japanese startup is making a hover backpack to augment jumping ability

52:05 - Bose is developing augmented reality glasses with a focus on sound

57:04 - Fitbit takes a second swing at smartwatches with the $199 Versa

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