Google Pixel 5a review / Facebook’s metaverse for work / Apple, Epic, and Google emails

The Verge’s Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Alex Cranz, Allison Johnson, and Dan Seifert discuss reviews for the Google Pixel 5a, Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 and Z Fold 3, and the T-Mobile data breach that exposed personal info of more than 47 million people.

Second half of the show, the crew discuss Facebook’s new metaverse conference software, the emails from the Apple vs Epic trial, and Intel’s new PC gaming GPUs.

Further reading:

COVID-19 booster shots will be offered to Americans in September, Biden administration says
Immunocompromised people should get a third COVID-19 vaccine dose, CDC committee says
Go read this deep dive on why US public health data systems couldn’t handle COVID-19
Google Pixel 5a review: boring, but better than ever 
Google Pixel 5A comes with a bigger battery and screen, smaller price tag
The Google Pixel 6 won’t ship with a charger
Galaxy Watch 4 review: welcome to Samsung’s garden 
Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip 3 is the first folding phone for normal people
There’s still a place for the Note in Samsung’s Galaxy
Samsung confirms it’s removing ads from its stock apps later this year
How the latest and greatest Samsung and Apple earbuds lock you into their world
T-Mobile data breach exposed the personal info of more than 47 million people
Microsoft is making it harder to switch default browsers in Windows 11
Apple’s been playing it too MagSafe
Apple’s attempt at podcast subscriptions is off to a messy start 
FTC says Facebook has been a monopoly ‘since at least 2011’ in amended antitrust complaint
Inside Facebook’s metaverse for work
Google’s ‘Project Hug’ paid out huge sums to keep game devs in the Play Store, Epic filing claims
Google gave phone makers extra money to ditch third-party app stores
Google secretly had a giant gaming vision that includes bringing games to Mac
Sweetheart deals and plastic knives: all the best emails from the Apple vs. Epic trial

Steve Jobs email confirms Apple was working on an ‘iPhone nano’ 
Intel enters the PC gaming GPU battle with Arc
Intel shows off its answer to Nvidia’s DLSS, coming to Arc GPUs in 2022
Intel previews its Alder Lake chip, promises hybrid CPUs for desktops and laptops

Water shortages loom over future semiconductor fabs in Arizona 
Why Intel and TSMC are building water-dependent chip factories in one of the driest U.S. states
GM and AT&T are teaming up to bring 5G to Chevy, Cadillac, and GMC cars by 2024

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