The Vergecast

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Hello! This is The Vergecast, the flagship podcast of The Verge... and your life. Every Friday, Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and Paul Miller make sense of the week's tech news with help from our diverse and wide-ranging staff. And on Tuesdays, Nilay hosts in-depth, one-on-one interviews with major technology leaders. Join us every week for a fun, deeply nerdy, often off-the-rails conversation about what's happening now (and next) in the world of technology and gadgets. And, remember, promo code.

Ring began as a humble crowdfunded project called Doorbot — a Wi-Fi-enabled video doorbell that enabled two-way communication. In 2013, it was rejected on Shark Tank. This year, the company was acquired by Amazon for over $1 billion. Nilay sat down with Ring CEO Jamie Siminoff on this week’s Vergecast to talk about joining the Amazon family of brands, the future of security in smart homes, and how Ring product owners may (or may not) work with law enforcement to make neighborhoods safer.

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This week on _The Vergecast_ , Nilay, Dieter, and Paul bring in experts to report on the top stories on the site this week. Reporter and host of [_Why’d You Push That Button_](https://www.theverge.com/whyd-you-push-that-button) __ Ashley Carman stops by the studio to explain the [_Bloomberg_ report](https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-10-04/the-big-hack-how- china-used-a-tiny-chip-to-infiltrate-america-s-top-companies) detailing “Chinese spy chips” ...
[The Music Modernization Act](https://www.theverge.com/2018/9/18/17876660/senate-passes-music- modernization-act) has passed Congress and now sits on President Trump’s desk, awaiting his signature. The bill is years in the making, a much needed solution to the complicated collision of music streaming services, licensing issues, and copyright law. For this week’s interview episode of [_The Vergecast_](https://www.theverge.com/the-vergecast\\), ...
This week, we saw the two founders of Instagram abruptly leave, so Casey Newton comes on the show to talk about all that drama and [what it might mean for Facebook’s prized possession](https://www.theverge.com/2018/9/25/17903556/instagram-founders- quit-kevin-systrom-mike-krieger-facebook). Then, Dan Seifert joins us to talk about all of the cameras that were [announced at ...
You may not have heard of Google AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) but you almost certainly have used it. The Google open-source project has been making waves since it launched in 2016 in an effort to make the mobile web faster to load and smoother to navigate. This week, Nilay sat ...
This past week, [Nilay reviewed](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoDQEuP8Igo) the new iPhone XS and XS Max while [Dieter reviewed](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IV2_JPc22g8) the Apple Watch series 4. Paul, Dieter, and Nilay dedicate half the show to their review and whether it’s worth upgrading to the new model. Second half of the show, the crew tries to cover ...
Big car companies like Ford have broken themselves up to enter the market of self-driving cars and compete with Silicon Valley companies like Tesla and Uber. Ford Autonomous Vehicles hopes to become the go-to supplier of autonomous driving software, and have even set the ambitious goal of shipping a self-driving ...
Vergecast hosts Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn attended the Apple event on Wednesday, and they were able to get their hands on the new iPhones and Apple Watch that were on display. After the event, they headed to our San Francisco studio to Skype with Paul Miller to record their ...
Anki CEO Boris Sofman Sept. 11, 2018
Anki, known for creating “robots that move you,” just finished a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund their new home robot, Vector. Anki CEO Boris Sofman sat down with Nilay for this week’s interview episode of _The Vergecast_ to talk about the new companion robot, why gendering the robots is important, ...
This week on _The Vergecast_ , Nilay, Paul, Russell, and Dieter dedicate half the show to _The Verge_ ’s monopoly week, which dives into the future of tech monopolies. They also discuss the social media hearings that happened on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. In the second half of the show, ...
Best known for coining the phrase “net neutrality” and his book _The Master Switch,_ Tim Wu has a new book coming out in November called [_The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age_](https://www.amazon.com/Curse- Bigness-Antitrust-New-Gilded/dp/0999745468). In it, he argues compellingly for a return to aggressive antitrust enforcement in the ...
This week, _The Verge_ has been at [IFA 2018](https://www.theverge.com/2018/8/28/17790048/ifa-2018-news-announcements- updates-highlights-products), 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](https://www.theverge.com/2018/8/30/17795876/apple-iphone- event-2018-date-time-rumors-macbook-air-mac-mini-ipad-pro) this week, and immediately following the announcement, iPhone and Apple ...
We're kicking off our secondary Vergecast episode of the week with an interview with Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith. In this wide-ranging interview , Smith expanded on why the company nearly shut down Gab.ai, the “free-speech” absolutist platform that’s become an alt-right favorite.
This week on _The Vergecast_ , Paul, Nilay, and Dieter start off the show with the news that [Netflix is testing a payment feature to bypass Apple’s App Store fees](https://www.theverge.com/2018/8/21/17764424/netflix-feature- bypass-apples-app-store-fees), which leads into a larger discussion of (as Nilay calls it) “App Store chaos.” Paul seems pretty excited about ...
We’ve got a whirlwind of an episode this week on _The Vergecast_. Nilay, Paul, and Dieter bring back Silicon Valley Editor and host of _Converge_ Casey Newton to discuss Twitter’s bad week and what the heck is going on with them. But before that, there’s a whole lot of other ...
If you’ve been reading _The Verge_ this week, then you know Samsung announced a few products. We got our hands on the [Galaxy Note 9](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IygtUhGmsBc&t=135s), [the Galaxy Watch](https://youtu.be/bAbTd4k374M), and we even got to look at that [Home speaker](https://youtu.be/5yQxnD_4gWQ) as well. That news is covered in a big chunk of _The ...
In the thrilling conclusion to our three part epic miniseries, "Apple doesn't make the laptops we want," Nilay, Paul, and Dieter discuss how nothing really even matters because Apple is a phone company worth $1 trillion. Samsung, Amazon, and Tesla earnings are also discussed, along with Farhad Manjoo's "Frightful Five" ...
After a week of speculation on whether the new MacBook Pro was throttling performance under heat, [Apple released a software fix ](https://www.theverge.com/2018/7/24/17605652/macbook-pro-thermal-throttling- apple-software-fix)to address the problem. Dieter’s review for the laptop (post software fix) published on Wednesday so Nilay, Paul, and Dieter discuss what happened with the product and how ...
We’ve got a super stuffed episode of _The Vergecast_ this week. First, the biggest news in tech right now is the European Commission’s ruling that Google has been unfairly using Android to push Google search on users, giving it an unfair advantage. Nilay, Dieter, and Paul sit down and discuss ...
This week on _The Vergecast_ , Nilay and Dieter discuss an Apple event they were invited to this week for Apple’s updated MacBook Pros. Along with Paul, they dive into how creatives are using these machines, and what these new specs are. Another laptop announcement from this week is Microsoft’s ...