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Hosted by Nilay Patel, David Pierce, and Alex Cranz, Vergecast is the only podcast you need to make sense of the week in tech news. The weekly show gives an irreverent and informative look at what's happening right now (and next) in the world of technology and gadgets. Subscribe here.

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Today on The Vergecast: It’s headsets all the way down.

Meta’s got a new headset. Apple’s almost certainly got a new headset. Can I interest you in a headset? What do you look for in a headset? When I say “headset,” what do you think of? What’s it gonna take to get you into a headset today?

We also spend a lot of time previewing WWDC. But let’s be real: this is the year of the headset.


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On The Vergecast: the Apple II and the Lisa, two computers that helped make Apple Apple.

Next week, we’re pretty sure Apple’s going to launch a headset. But this week, we’re interested in the early days of the company — we have two stories, one about a huge success and one about a huge failure, both of which help explain why Apple is the company it is today.

(Also, y’all, seriously, watch our Lisa doc. It’s awesome.)


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On The Vergecast: Clippy’s revenge, Sony’s handheld, and where Max falls on the go90 scale.

An AI that helps you use your computer? What a concept! Also, do you think Max is doomed, or is it the streaming service to beat? Everything old is new again this week.


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On The Vergecast: The fight over AM radio, the future of ethernet, and the legacy of Zelda.

Seriously, it’s like, why doesn’t everyone just make really great, beautiful, complicated, glorious games like Tears of the Kingdom? That and other super sophisticated questions, today on the show. (Plus a fun chat with Senator Ed Markey.)


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Google is making big changes to how we use the internet,

but are those changes going to destroy Google and a lot of others in the process? This week on the Vergecast we talked about that, the shockingly good looking Pixel Fold, and everything else announced at Google I/O.


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On The Vergecast: how changing Google changes the internet, and our many feelings on foldable phones.

Fresh off the Google I/O keynote, we tried to make sense of what it all means — and whether the company’s relentless push toward AI is going to completely change the internet as we know it. Or at least make all your emails long and unreadable.


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On The Vergecast: foldable phones, and the uncertain future of Google.

Ahead of I/O, we tried to make sense of this moment for Google, and the many threats the company faces. And then we talked about phones, foldable phones, tablets, and what’s up with Google gadgets. Google’s a weird company, and it’s a weird time to be Google!


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Google’s in trouble — here’s where it goes next.

Ahead of the big Google I/O keynote later today, we have this segment of The Vergecast, as Nilay, David, and Alex discuss some of the issues facing the tech giant (like setting a YouTube promo ad for the Pixel Fold to premiere at the correct time) and how it might address them with AI news revealed during today’s event.

Update: And now the full episode is available.


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On The Vergecast: all the butts on Bluesky, and all the worries about AI.

I refuse to believe that they’re actually skeets now, but the Bluesky momentum seems to be real. And also insane. Plus, if the godfather of AI is worried about AI, should we be too? All that, and a bunch of laser bongs, on the show today.


Where’s the director’s commentary on streaming?

Audio commentaries have started to become podcasts after streaming services fail to include them.

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On The Vergecast: the BlackBerry movie, the future of special features, and making films about screens.

We’re calling it The Director’s Episode, because it turned out to be all about how tech changes the way we make movies... and the movies we make about tech. It’s a fun episode, even though I don’t think we’ve solved the commentary problem yet.


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This week on the Vergecast: we pondered the reality of Humane’s proposed successor to the phone,

processed the latest Apple mixed reality headset news, and Andy joined us for a super-sized segment on electric cars after GM canceled the Chevy Bolt and Toyota showed off a pretty Prius.


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On The Vergecast: Everything we think we know about Apple’s headset, and why the electric car future still isn’t here yet.

Plus, that Humane demo at TED. It can’t be real, right? Where’s the Qualcomm chip? After all, The Vergecast is nothing if not a place to ask deep questions about the location of Qualcomm chips.


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On The Vergecast: the trick to finding the perfect weather app, and the many futures of social media.

Seriously, if you’ve never checked out Forecast Advisor, you gotta try it. And are you Team Bluesky or Team Mastodon? Eventually, you might not need to choose — that’s the whole idea — but right now they seem to be chasing one another in a big way.


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We won some Webbys!

Becca Farsace’s series Full Frame won both awards for technology video, and The Vergecast won People’s Choice for technology podcasts! Thanks to all who voted for us — our funky spring-shaped trophies are all thanks to you, and we couldn’t be more grateful.

Next year: EGOT or bust.


Webby Winners

[The Webby Awards]

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On The Vergecast: AI Drake is the future. The future is AI Drake.

Does this episode of The Vergecast feature several of the world’s best-known rappers? That depends on how you define “feature,” which turns out to be a pretty thorny question. This episode definitely features laser bongs and Snapchat bots, though. But not blue checkmarks or Netflix DVDs. None of those anymore.


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It’s a laser bong song.

I could not be clearer. Its a bong, there are lasers, and now thanks to Charlie Harding from Switched on Pop there’s a song sung by the AI version of Drake. The future is wild.


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On The Vergecast: How a TikTok ban would work, the Android phone to buy, and why your life needs some OLED.

TikTok’s probably not going away anytime soon, but will that stop governments around the US from trying? Why is it that only two companies make Android phones worth buying? And can Chris Welch convince you to spend $3,000 on a new TV? On The Vergecast, these and other big questions. Like: what is a quantum dot?


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Today on The Vergecast: HBO Max is out and Max is in, everybody’s quitting Twitter, and Sony’s finally doing cloud gaming.

Listen, I’m just saying, CNN Airport would definitely be a better name for a streaming service than Max. We tried to figure out what’s next for this service, then looked into Twitter’s big fight with Substack, Sony’s cloud and mobile gaming plans, and more.

Also: Nilay is still wrong about CarPlay. That’s the main takeaway from this episode.


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Today on The Vergecast: Twitter’s a mess. Car infotainment systems are a mess. Prime Video’s a mess.

Do you have thoughts on CarPlay, MagSafe magnets, handheld gaming, or the pros and cons of the Blue Check Life? This is the Vergecast for you, my friends.


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Today on The Vergecast: Clippy’s back. Again.

Microsoft just can’t quit this whole Office Assistant thing, it turns out — but it might get it right this time. Plus we catch up on Amazon Sidewalk, Matter, and the best laptop microphones money can buy.


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Today on The Vergecast: When you see the swaggy Pope, it’s all over.

Did Pope Drip fool you, too? What does it mean that it worked so well? What will the aliens think when they find the Balenciaga bishop among the remains of our civilization? There’s a lot to talk about this week.

Also, we get into whether Apple’s going to launch an AR headset at WWDC — and whether it should.


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Today on The Vergecast, it’s all Hotline all the time.

We spent the whole hour answering your questions: about tablets and laptops, routers and modems, privacy and gadget reviews. Also doorbells.

We love your questions, please keep ‘em coming! 866-VERGE11, or you can always email vergecast@theverge.com. Without you, we’ll just end up talking about the moon again.


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The Vergecast goes to Washington.

We have... a lot to say about yesterday’s big TikTok hearing, and everything we learned about the app’s future. And grapefruits. And your home Wi-Fi network. And eyes. Plus, we talk Bard and GPT-4 and whether text boxes are the future of the internet.


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Today on The Vergecast: iPad feelings, hiking gear, and the future of broadcast TV.

Did you know that a TV antenna is a useful thing to have, in this the year 2023? I sure didn’t. But we talked a lot about what ATSC 3.0 promises, before getting into how to fill your backpack for a 2,600-mile hike, and which iPad(s) you should buy. This episode is going to cost me a lot of money, I think.


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Today’s Vergecast was not created by GPT-4.

But people are already doing seriously remarkable things with the newest thing in AI. Some people are also seriously nervous about where it’s headed, and how open OpenAI actually is. Plus, would you let a bot write all your emails forever? And wait, hang on, is the moon real? It’s a very existential Vergecast, y’all.


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Today on The Vergecast: Moon photos, Silicon Valley Bank, Moon photos, ChatGPT, and Moon photos.

But seriously: what is a Moon photo? What is a photo at all, really? Live from SXSW, that’s what we tried to figure out.


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Today on The Vergecast: Wipers that don’t wipe, Spotify turns into TikTok, and a lot of thoughts about cameras.

How many wipers does one Cybertruck need, anyway? And can someone please build a good streaming box? Plus we have a lot of ideas about how, when, and why to run right at your bank. Which seems to be a pretty popular activity at the moment. It’s The Vergecast!


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Green light.

And we’re back! It’s not MWC anymore, but we can still discuss old phones on The Vergecast’s most recent episode (shout out to Windows Phone 7, RIM, and Steven Sinofsky), as well as how Meta’s VR strategy is looking very 32X-ish.

Also, has anyone seen Elon’s Twitter Blue revenue sharing? Let me know if you have.


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This week on The Vergecast, we talked about TikTok’s AI filter, the Motorola Rizr, and Meta’s plans for VR.

It must be MWC, because every old mobile grievance was revisited, even as we celebrated what is surely our phone of the future, Motorola’s rollable Rizr concept.

We also dug into Alex Heath’s big scoop exposing Meta’s hardware roadmap, TikTok’s unsettling new filter, and talked a little about Elon Musk. Not too much.


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Today on the Vergecast we marveled at Marvel fatigue.

But before we talked about Marvel, Victoria Song came on to help me figure out just what’s going on with the rumors of an Apple Watch that can detect diabetes. Then Ariel Shapiro did a fantastic interview about podcast misinformation, and Charles Pulliam-Moore came on to dissect the latest episode of The Last of Us before we chatted about the backlash to Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.


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This week on The Vergecast we talked about Section 230.

On the latest episode (you can find the audio feeds here) TC, Nilay, and Alex broke down this week’s Supreme Court hearings that could significantly impact the internet.

After a break and a lineup change, we also dig into the new fraud charges filed against Sam Bankman-Fried, Spotify’s AI DJ (I don’t trust it), the Microsoft vs. Sony battle over Activision, and Tesla’s new California engineering HQ.


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Today on the Vergecast we had a mega debate on the best form of multiroom audio.

Okay, I also talked with Adi and Sean about their review of the PSVR 2 and we tried to figure out why it isn’t backwards compatible with games from the original PSVR headset. But then Chris Welch, Jen Tuohy, and Chris Person and I debated the best options for multiroom audio.