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Vergecast: IFA 2018, iPhone leaks, and Sonos Amp

Vergecast: IFA 2018, iPhone leaks, and Sonos Amp

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This week, The Verge has been at IFA 2018, Europe’s big tech event. There are a lot of new gadgets, so Nilay, Dieter, and Paul go through their favorites on The Vergecast.

Also, Apple announced its September event this week, and immediately following the announcement, iPhone and Apple Watch leaks surfaced. The crew discusses.

And, of course, we have our fan-favorite segments: Liz’s “This week in Elon Musk” and Paul’s “Keyboard-in-the-front club: population 2

There’s a whole lot more in between that — like Sonos announcing a geeky new amp — so listen to it all, and you’ll get it all.

01:04 - The Internet of Garbage by Sarah Jeong

02:08 - Apple’s next iPhone event is September 12th

03:24 - Purported iPhone XS image shows gold color and Plus-sized display

15:03 - Leaked Apple Watch Series 4 image reveals bigger display, new complications

25:15 - “This week in Elon Musk” with Liz Lopatto

29:30 - IFA 2018: all the biggest news from Europe’s grand tech showcase

29:43 - Acer’s absurd Predator Thronos gaming chair is fit for a king

32:29 - Lenovo’s new Yoga Book replaces the keyboard with an E-Ink screen

36:22 - Asus’ new laptop has a touchscreen trackpad

37:44 - Skagen’s minimalist Falster smartwatch gets a sequel with fitness features

43:01 - Sony’s 1000X M3 noise-canceling headphones have an improved design and USB-C

45:09 - Paul’s weekly segment “Keyboard-in-the-front club: Population 2

48:51 - Trump lashes out at Google: all the news about the president’s intensifying feud with Silicon Valley

52:18 - The new Sonos Amp is coming to save your old speakers

59:20 - The last Blockbuster: what we really lose when video stores shut down

We’re also doing a separate interview show in The Vergecast feed each week, so listen to Tuesday’s interview with Microsoft president and chief legal officer Brad Smith if you haven’t already.

If you enjoyed this podcast and want to hear more audio from The Verge, well here you go. Check out the newest Verge podcast Converge with Casey Newton now! On the season finale, Casey talked to co-founder and CEO of Intercom Eoghan McCabe.

Also, we have a whole bunch of episodes of Why’d You Push That Button you can listen to. We’re currently working on season 3, so you can binge listen to get ready. Find it anywhere you listen to The Vergecast, such as Apple PodcastsSpotifyGoogle Play Music, or our plain ol’ RSS feed.

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California Governor Gavin Newsom vetoes the state’s “BitLicense” law.

The bill, called the Digital Financial Assets Law, would establish a regulatory framework for companies that transact with cryptocurrency in the state, similar to New York’s BitLicense system. In a statement, Newsom says it’s “premature to lock a licensing structure” and that implementing such a program is a “costly undertaking:”

A more flexible approach is needed to ensure regulatory oversight can keep up with rapidly evolving technology and use cases, and is tailored with the proper tools to address trends and mitigate consumer harm.


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Look at this Thing.

At its Tudum event today, Netflix showed off a new clip from the Tim Burton series Wednesday, which focused on a very important character: the sentient hand known as Thing. The full series starts streaming on November 23rd.


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Get ready for some Netflix news.

At 1PM ET today Netflix is streaming its second annual Tudum event, where you can expect to hear news about and see trailers from its biggest franchises, including The Witcher and Bridgerton. I’ll be covering the event live alongside my colleague Charles Pulliam-Moore, and you can also watch along at the link below. There will be lots of expected names during the stream, but I have my fingers crossed for a new season of Hemlock Grove.


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Looking for something to do this weekend?

Why not hang out on the couch playing video games and watching TV. It’s a good time for it, with intriguing recent releases like Return to Monkey Island, Session: Skate Sim, and the Star Wars spinoff Andor. Or you could check out some of the new anime on Netflix, including Thermae Romae Novae (pictured below), which is my personal favorite time-traveling story about bathing.


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Tom WarrenSep 23
Has the Windows 11 2022 Update made your gaming PC stutter?

Nvidia GPU owners have been complaining of stuttering and poor frame rates with the latest Windows 11 update, but thankfully there’s a fix. Nvidia has identified an issue with its GeForce Experience overlay and the Windows 11 2022 Update (22H2). A fix is available in beta from Nvidia’s website.


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If you’re using crash detection on the iPhone 14, invest in a really good phone mount.

Motorcycle owner Douglas Sonders has a cautionary tale in Jalopnik today about the iPhone 14’s new crash detection feature. He was riding his LiveWire One motorcycle down the West Side Highway at about 60 mph when he hit a bump, causing his iPhone 14 Pro Max to fly off its handlebar mount. Soon after, his girlfriend and parents received text messages that he had been in a horrible accident, causing several hours of panic. The phone even called the police, all because it fell off the handlebars. All thanks to crash detection.

Riding a motorcycle is very dangerous, and the last thing anyone needs is to think their loved one was in a horrible crash when they weren’t. This is obviously an edge case, but it makes me wonder what other sort of false positives we see as more phones adopt this technology.


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Ford is running out of its own Blue Oval badges.

Running out of semiconductors is one thing, but running out of your own iconic nameplates is just downright brutal. The Wall Street Journal reports badge and nameplate shortages are impacting the automaker's popular F-series pickup lineup, delaying deliveries and causing general chaos.

Some executives are even proposing a 3D printing workaround, but they didn’t feel like the substitutes would clear the bar. All in all, it's been a dreadful summer of supply chain setbacks for Ford, leading the company to reorganize its org chart to bring some sort of relief.