On this week’s interview episode of The Vergecast, Nilay talked with president of StubHub Sukhinder Singh Cassidy. Singh Cassidy previously served as president of Google Asia Pacific and Latin America, building the company’s presence globally. In 2015, she also launched theBoardlist, a talent marketplace dedicated to placing women on the boards of tech companies, and she has been a leader in diversifying the industry.
On The Vergecast, Singh Cassidy talked about her long journey as an entrepreneur and executive in the field, her more recent role as president of StubHub, and her thoughts on the recent Google walkouts and how tech companies can be run better.
Another review week! Hosts of The Vergecast Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn reviewed Apple’s new iPad Pro and MacBook Air, and discuss their take on this week’s show. In addition, we call up our friend and former Verge executive editor Walt Mossberg — who has been a big proponent of the last iteration of the MacBook — to give us his first impressions of the new laptop.
There’s a whole lot more talk in between all of that — like Paul’s segment he does every week “#donglewut?” and Liz Lopatto’s “This Week in Elon” — so listen to it all to get it all.
02:36 - iPad Pro 2018 review
33:30 - MacBook Air 2018 review
38:45 - Walt Mossberg joins the show!
1:00:05 - This week in Elon Musk with Liz Lopatto
1:05:15 - Paul’s weekly segment “#donglewut?”
1:09:25 - This is Samsung’s foldable smartphone
In 2011, Steven Yang’s laptop battery gave out. Searching online, he couldn’t find a new battery from a third-party supplier with good enough ratings, and would have to pay an arm and a leg to buy a battery from the manufacturer. With this problem in mind, Yang created Anker and began developing and selling batteries and chargers through Amazon. Just one year later, they were profitable and highly regarded by customers. Now they’ve set their sights on solving bigger problems in the tech and gadget world.
On this week’s interview episode of The Vergecast, Nilay sat down with Steven Yang, Founder and CEO of Anker, backstage before their event in New York City. The two talked about the humble beginnings of Anker, the new products they’re bringing to market, and the many ins and outs of USB-C.
Vergecast hosts Nilay and Dieter were able to attend Apple’s event in Brooklyn this week, so you can guess that’s what the crew talked about on this week’s show.
Nilay also explains the situation with Foxconn building a factory in Wisconsin and his personal attachment to the area.
But there is more than that! For our “This week in Elon Musk” segment of the show, Liz Lopatto interviews Kara Swisher of Recode Decode about her interview with Elon Musk this week, and brings some clips from it to share. You can listen to the full interview here.
There’s a whole lot more in between that so listen to it all to get everything you need for this week in tech news.
36:57 - This week in Elon Musk with Liz Lopatto and Kara Swisher
1:02:48 - Paul’s weekly segment “First to fold”
Off the heels of Google’s event announcing the Pixel 3, Pixel Slate, and Home Hub, Nilay sat down with Ivy Ross (Google’s VP of hardware design) and Rishi Chandra (Google’s VP of home and Nest) for this week’s Vergecast interview. The three discussed the evolving and increasingly human design language of Google products, the future of devices like the Home Hub in a world that demands privacy, and — yes — the infamous Pixel 3 notch.
We’ve got another iPhone review!
And since this year is not over yet, we’ve got another Apple event set for next week. The crew runs through what to expect from Apple for the holiday season.
There’s a whole lot more in between that — including a surprising week of Elon Musk coverage — so listen to it all, and you’ll get it all.
05:10 - iPhone XR review
42:37 - “This week in Elon Musk” with Liz Lopatto
46:03 - Yoga Book C930 review
1:04:38 - Paul’s weekly segment “Touch a tree, touch the future”
Also, in case you missed it, Nilay talked to new Verge reporter Julia Alexander about the trials and tribulations of YouTube. You can listen to that along with this episode right in The Vergecast’s feed.
This week on The Vergecast, we’re doing something a little different — we’re introducing you to our newest reporter, Julia Alexander, who joins The Verge to cover YouTube, Twitch, and more.
Nilay sat down with Julia to talk about the controversy around YouTube’s recommendation algorithm, the rise of parasocial relationships, and how creators are cultivating an audience of very savvy media consumers.
This week on The Vergecast, Nilay, Paul, and Dieter dissect the Pixel 3, tackling its new features, improved screen, and infamous notch. Then, Nilay covers the latest in antitrust news coming off the heels of the European Commission fining Google $5 billion for “illegally tying” Chrome and search apps to Android. Of course, Dieter also talks about the surprising response to Palm, a tiny phone that’s made to be less distracting than your smartphone. There’s plenty more in between — like Liz Lopatto and Paul Miller returning with our favorite recurring segments — so listen now!
3:14 - Google Pixel 3 Review
35:55 - “This Week in Elon Musk” with Liz Lopatto
1:00:34 - Paul’s weekly segment, “Plam This”
Adobe announced at its Max conference today that it’s bringing Photoshop on the iPad in 2019. The app will rely on a new file format called Cloud PSDs, which will track edits and sync them automatically to Creative Cloud, letting users work on the same file from any device. We got to use an early version of the app for a week, and our Art department had a lot of thoughts on whether it’s actually “real Photoshop” or not.
Nilay and Dami Lee spoke with Adobe chief product officer Scott Belsky on the 18-month journey to bring the powerhouse program to the tablet. Below is a brief, edited transcript of our conversation on Adobe’s latest strategy of getting people to embrace the cloud.
Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and Dan Seifert went to Google’s Pixel 3 event this week in New York City. After the event, the trio, along with Paul Miller, got together for an early taping of The Vergecast to discuss Google’s product announcements and their first impressions.
That’s the gist of the show! Of course, there are the weekly segments “This week in Elon Musk” with Liz Lopatto and Paul’s “Meal pods 2: Jeff Bezos edition” that he does every episode, so listen through this feature-length podcast to get all of this week’s tech news.
45:31 - “This week in Elon Musk” with Liz Lopatto
1:08:15 - Paul’s weekly segment “Meal pods 2: Jeff Bezos edition”
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.
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 Ashley Carman stops by the studio to explain the Bloomberg report detailing “Chinese spy chips” that may have been planted on servers from companies like Apple and Amazon.
We’ve also got a Google hardware event coming up next week, so they run through the leaks and rumors of gadgets that we might see. Check back next week for our full event coverage on this show.
2:48 - Chinese spy chips would be a ‘god-mode’ hack, experts say with Ashley Carman
29:18 - This week in Elon Musk with Liz Lopatto
33:37 - Microsoft Surface event 2018: the 5 biggest announcements with Dan Seifert
1:10:03 - Paul’s weekly segment “Type like nobody’s watching”
1:16:36 - LG V40 Review: one phone, five cameras
Also, in case you missed it, Nilay talked to Meredith Rose from Public Knowledge about the Music Modernization Act. You can listen to that along with this episode right in the Vergecast feed.
The 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, Nilay sat down with Meredith Rose, Policy Counsel at Public Knowledge, a consumer advocacy group. They talked about how the Music Modernization Act will help artists get paid, companies license music, and how new streaming services might compete with giants like Spotify.
32:31 - Photokina 2018 recap
51:16 - Paul’s weekly segment “Space Egg”
56:07 - This week in Elon Musk: Live Edition™ with Liz Lopatto
1:09:52 - Oculus Quest
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 down with Malte Ubl, creator and tech lead of AMP, to talk about the controversy of bifurcating the web, forming a technical steering committee to co-lead the project, and Ubl’s vision for the future of the mobile web.
This past week, Nilay reviewed the new iPhone XS and XS Max while Dieter reviewed 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 all of the insane amount of gadgets that Amazon announced this week, including a DVR for over-the-air channels.
There’s a whole lot more in between that — like deputy editor Liz Lopatto’s “This week in Elon” segment — so listen to it all and you’ll get it all.
54:44 - This week in Elon Musk with Liz Lopatto
59:00 - Paul’s weekly segment “Spin to win”
Also, in case you missed it, Nilay along with transportation reporter Sean O’Kane talked to Ford AV CEO Sherif Marakby about self-driving cars and what Ford is doing with them. You can listen to that right in the Vergecast feed.
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 car without a steering wheel or pedals in the next few years. For this week’s interview episode of The Vergecast, Nilay and Verge transportation reporter Sean O’Kane sit down with Ford Autonomous Vehicles President and CEO Sherif Marakby to discuss the past, present, and future of self-driving cars.
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 first impressions, a summary of the event, and lay to rest some conspiracies.
That’s all you really need to know before listening!
20:32 - iPhone XS Max overview
47:15 - Paul’s weekly segment “E-skates arm race”
1:14:47 - What’s worse than a dongle? No dongle
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, the crew updates us on what to expect for next week’s Apple event, from the mysterious third phone to the updated AirPods rumors.
There’s a whole lot in between that — like a whole section dedicated to Roombas — so listen to it all, and you’ll get it all.
26:13 - This week in Elon Musk with Sean O’Kane
45:16 - Paul’s weekly segment “The decline of dirt”