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Vergecast: WWDC, Sonos Beam, and Microsoft buys GitHub

Vergecast: WWDC, Sonos Beam, and Microsoft buys GitHub


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Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference happened this week, and Nilay, Dieter, Jake, and Ashley are on top of it. The crew runs through all the announcements at the event, and they analyze how Apple stands compared to what happened at Google I/O last month.

In the second half of the show, we’ve got Dieter’s exclusive look at the Sonos Beam, Microsoft buying GitHub, a new Fire TV thingy, and breaking news for Essential.

There’s a whole lot more in between that — like Paul’s weekly segment (hosted by Jake Kastrenakes) “Hey look at this thing I just found on“ — so if you listen to it all, you’ll get it all.

02:48 - Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference

04:35 - Siri will soon be able to pull off multistep routines through Shortcuts

15:40 - Walkie-Talkie on the Apple Watch is a clever riff on FaceTime Audio

19:01 - Apple’s Memoji lets you create an Animoji of yourself

23:35 - Apple CarPlay will soon let you use Google Maps, Waze, and other third-party maps

25:21 - Apple will let developers port iOS apps to macOS in 2019

33:51 - The Apple TV is finally getting Dolby Atmos support

38:56 - The Essential Phone’s first new module since launch is a magnetic headphone jack

41:02 - The Beam is Sonos’ ambitious attempt to win the living room

50:40 - Amazon’s Fire TV Cube is an Echo, streaming box, and universal remote in one

55:05 - Paul’s weekly segment “Hey look at this thing I just found on” by Jake

57:30 - Microsoft confirms it’s acquiring GitHub for $7.5 billion

1:00:07 - Facebook accused of giving over 60 device makers inappropriate access to user data

1:06:06 - Instagram might soon let you post videos up to an hour long

1:09:48 - California’s net neutrality bill could set a national standard

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