Vergecast: Windows 11 leaks, RCS encryption, and this week in antitrust policy

Every Friday, The Verge publishes our flagship podcast, The Vergecast, where co-hosts Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn discuss the week in tech news with the reporters and editors covering the biggest stories.

In this episode, the show is split into three sections. First, Nilay and Dieter talk to Verge senior editor Tom Warren about this week in Microsoft: leaks of the Windows 11 UI, announcements from E3 2021, and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella doubling as the company’s chairman.

  • Windows 11 leak reveals new UI, Start menu, and more
  • Microsoft Teams’ new front row layout arrives later this year
  • Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella now doubles as the company’s chairman
  • Microsoft announces Xbox TV app and its own xCloud …
  • Microsoft is bringing next-gen Xbox games to the Xbox One with xCloud
  • Even the Xbox app has stories now
  • The Xbox Series X mini fridge will be available this holiday season
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator is landing on Xbox Series X / S consoles on July 27th
  • The best trailers of E3 2021

In section two of the show, Verge politics reporter Makena Kelly returns to explain the continuing push by the US government to enact antitrust legislation on tech monopolies — this week, five new bills were introduced and the Senate confirmed a new commissioner of the FTC.

  • Tech antitrust pioneer Lina Khan will officially lead the FTC
  • How Republicans and Democrats are gearing up to fight tech monopolies
  • House lawmakers introduce five bipartisan bills to unwind tech monopolies
  • Senate bill would make it easier to cancel a subscription online after a free trial

In part 3, Verge managing editor Alex Cranz joins in to chat about this week in gadgets and Google — the company is adding end-to-end encryption to their Messages app, Sonos officially announced their picture frame speaker, and Telsa’s Model S Plaid made its big debut.

  • Google’s first retail store opens this week
  • Google adds E2E RCS encryption to Messages, emoji mashup suggests, and more for Android
  • Google Workspace and Google Chat are officially available to everybody
  • Honor confirms Google’s apps will return to its phones with new 50 series
  • Beats Studio Buds review: big ambition, imperfect execution
  • Ikea and Sonos announce picture frame speaker, coming July 15th for $199
  • Watch the debut of Tesla Model S Plaid, the ‘quickest production car ever made’
  • The Realme GT lays claim to OnePlus’ ‘flagship killer’ mantle
  • Oppo’s rollable concept phone is pure potential lacking polish

You can listen to the full discussion here or in your preferred podcast player.


Gigabyte Launches AMD X570S Motherboards: High Performance, Passive Cooling

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Gigabyte has introduced a lineup of motherboards based on AMD’s X570S chipset that use passive cooling systems on their chipset and are therefore quieter than their predecessors. The platforms are aimed at high-end systems and therefore feature advanced voltage regulating modules, plenty of PCIe slots and advanced network connectivity. 

Gigabyte’s AMD X570S lineup includes multiple high-end Aorus-branded motherboards equipped with an AM4 socket and a high-performance VRM with 14 or 16 phases with 70A or 90A power stages. The platforms have four DDR4 memory slots, two or three PCIe 4.0 x16 slots for graphics cards or high-end SSDs, two or more M.2-2280 slots for drives featuring a PCIe 4.0 x4 interface, and multiple SATA ports. 

As far as connectivity is concerned, all Gigabyte’s Aorus AMD X570S motherboards feature a 2.5 GbE port, USB Type-C front ports, some are also equipped with a Wi-Fi 6 network adapter, and a USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 Type-C port. 

All of the company’s AMD X570S-based motherboards feature sophisticated overclocking and performance tuning capabilities to ensure maximum performance for AMD’s latest Ryzen 5000-series CPUs, including Gigabyte’s Active OC Tuner active overclocking technology. Furthermore, they are equipped with coolers for their VRMs and chipsets. 

Gigabyte’s Aorus AMD X570S family includes several motherboards: including the flagship X570S Aorus Master, the Aorus Pro AX, and the X570S Aero G. Pricing of the motherboards will depend on exact specifications of the platforms. Eventually Gigabyte will likely launch more consumer-oriented motherboards powered by AMD’s X570S chipset.