The iPod is dead, but the podcast lives on

The back of a seventh-generation iPod Nano. | Photo: Sean O’Kane Pour one out for the iPod, the beautiful little gadget of my teenage dreams. While Apple finally discontinued the last iPod model this week, the “pod” lives on in the digital audio medium we all love and obsess over.
The iPod was never really the format where the podcast flourished (that would be the smartphone), but at the time podcasts were getting started, the iPod was pretty much the only game in town. In 2004, the iPod controlled 60 percent of the total MP3 player market. It was the default option for listening to audio shows on the go, if an inelegant one.
In 2004, the iPod dominated the MP3 market “It was a terrible experience,” says Leo Laporte, founder of early digital audio outlet This Week in Tech (TwiT) and host of radio…
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HP has a Center Stage clone in one of its monitors

The Z24m comes with a 5MP tiltable webcam. | Image: HP HP’s upcoming 23.8-inch Z24m monitor is geared toward creative professionals and comes with a webcam that tracks your movement to keep you in the frame during video calls, much like Apple’s Center stage feature in its Studio Display and some iPads (via Ars Technica). The Z24m’s 5MP tiltable webcam sits at the top of the monitor, which, as Ars Technica points out, is supposed to put its focus on you even if other people are in the background of the shot.
An HP spokesperson also told Ars Technica that you can adjust the webcam’s settings to make it track you quicker. And while you can’t remove the webcam from the monitor, you can push it down to hide it from view. The Z24m also has dual noise-canceling microphones and dual speakers that…
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Vergecast: Google CEO Sundar Pichai on Google I/O 2022

Image: The Verge Every Friday, The Verge publishes our flagship podcast, The Vergecast, where Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel and editor-at-large David Pierce discuss the week in tech news with the reporters and editors covering the biggest stories.
On Wednesday, we saw Google announce a whole bunch of products and features from their keynote live stream — from updates to the Nest Hub Max to previewing a 2023 Pixel tablet. So, on The Vergecast, we’re focusing a chunk of the show on Google’s announcements and initiatives for the coming year or so.
And there’s no better way to start that conversation than with an interview with Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai. Read the full transcript of that conversation here.
After the interview, Verge deputy…
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Here’s Mark Zuckerberg demonstrating Meta’s high-end Project Cambria VR headset

Mark Zuckerberg demoing the Project Cambria headset, which has been blurred out to hide its appearance. | Image: Meta Mark Zuckerberg just shared a short demo video showcasing some of the capabilities of Meta’s upcoming high-end virtual reality headset, Project Cambria. While keeping the device itself cloaked, Meta highlights the upcoming headset’s ability to do high-resolution, full-color passthrough so that wearers can interact with virtual objects overlaid onto their real-life environments.
The mixed reality experience is built using Meta’s Presence Platform, which was introduced last fall. Current Quest headsets are only capable of displaying passthrough content in shades of gray, but Project Cambria will have much higher resolution image sensors to make the real world look better inside the headset.
Meta also posted this two-and-a-half-minute…
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YouTube TV launches new Spanish-language plans

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge YouTube TV is rolling out two new Spanish-language offerings: Spanish Plan and Spanish Plus. While the $34.99 / month standalone Spanish Plan provides access to an all-Spanish lineup of channels on YouTube TV, Spanish Plus is a $14.99 / month add-on for users already subscribed to the YouTube TV Base Plan.
Spanish Plan subscribers gain access to over 28 channels (all of which you can view on this page) including ESPN Deportes, Fox Deportes, CNN Español, and Discovery en Español. The Spanish Plus add-on is advertised as having a slightly more limited selection of over 25 networks, but that’s just because YouTube TV already bundles Univision, UniMás, and Galavisión in its Base Plan.
YouTube TV announced the addition of these three channels…
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LG’s massive Gram 17 is on sale at Amazon for just shy of its best price ever

The LG Gram 17 is a lightweight powerhouse. | Photo by Cameron Faulkner / The Verge Our deals post today has a little something for everyone, from laptops and peripherals to a soundbar that doubles as a 4K streaming device. Kicking things off, we have the 2021 LG Gram 17, a lightweight laptop with heavyweight power. Normally this configuration of the 17-inch laptop runs $1,849.99, but it’s currently on sale for just $1,398.94 at Amazon, nearly matching its best price to date.
The LG Gram 17 uses a slim, elegant design but contains some serious power under the hood. The 17-inch display has a resolution of 2560 x 1600 and is powered by an Intel Core i7-1195G7 and 16GB of RAM. The included 1TB SSD offers plenty of space for all of your files and applications as well, but the Gram 17 also has a microSD card reader if you…
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Anker’s noise-canceling Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro earbuds are just $130 today

Unlike some earbuds, the Anker Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro come with a wireless charging case. | Photo by Chris Welch / The Verge Now that Mother’s Day is over and you’ve once again proven you’re the best kid a mom could ask for, why not reward yourself with some gadget and gaming deals?
The Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro are the latest flagship true wireless earbuds from Anker, and they’re back down to their lowest price of $129.99 at Amazon and Best Buy. One of the best things about this $30 discount is that it extends to all four colors: black, purple, gray, and white. The earbuds provide a lot of value, some quality sound, and even support nice extras like support for multipoint connections and Sony’s higher quality codec, LDAC. The active noise cancellation may not be the best around, but at $129.99, they’re closer in price to the base-model AirPods than pricier…
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Some new BMWs will reportedly come without Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

Photo by Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images BMW is temporarily shipping some new vehicles without support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay after changing chip suppliers, according to a report from Automotive News Europe (via 9to5Google). The chips from the new supplier reportedly aren’t compatible with Android Auto and CarPlay yet, and require an update for the software to work.
“The chips built into these cars in the first four months of this year need updated software in order to be fully functional and offer Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and Wi-Fi capability,” BMW said in an emailed statement to Automotive News Europe. BMW didn’t immediately respond to The Verge’s request for comment.
An OTA update is coming by the end of June Drivers may not have to wait too much longer to get…
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Elon Musk thinks he can double Twitter’s revenue through subscriptions alone

Illustration by Kristen Radtke / The Verge; Getty Images Elon Musk — the world’s richest man and Twitter’s new owner — expects Twitter to earn almost $10 billion in revenue from subscriptions by 2028, a projection that doubles the $5 billion in total revenue the platform made last year, according to a report from The New York Times.
In a pitch deck viewed by the Times, Musk gave investors a taste of what to expect under his ownership. This reportedly includes driving up Twitter Blue subscribers to 69 million by 2025 and more than doubling that number to 159 million by 2028. Launched last year, Twitter Blue is the service’s $2.99 / month subscription that gives users access to an “undo tweet” button, app customization, ad-free articles, and other exclusive features. Musk expects a huge growth…
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Here are the best Apple Watch deals right now

Apple’s latest Apple Watch, the Series 7, currently starts at $313 instead of $399, a new all-time low. | Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge Thinking about picking up a new Apple Watch? It might be tempting to order one of the Series 7 models, but newer hardware always comes at a premium. And while Apple’s latest wearable offers a slightly larger display and some improvements to durability, it is largely the same Apple Watch we’re familiar with.
Thankfully, each Apple Watch model offers ample functionality and has seen its fair share of discounts over the last year. So which ones should you consider if you’re in the market for Apple’s popular smartwatch while trying to shop smarter?
There are currently four Apple Watch models to choose from, all of which support watchOS 8. The highest-end is the Apple Watch Series 7, which starts at $399. The last-gen model, the Series 6,…
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