Vergecast: The Synder Cut, Samsung Unpacked 2021, and this week in EVs

Every Friday, The Verge publishes our flagship podcast The Vergecast, where we discuss the week in tech news with the reporters and editors covering our biggest stories.

This week, co-hosts Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn chat with Verge reporter Julia Alexander about the long-awaited release of the Zack Snyder version of Justice League on HBO Max. Why is the aspect ratio 4:3? Julia also explains what’s in store for the next phase for streaming services — like password sharing, advertisements, and competition for TikTok.

In the second half of the show, Verge senior reporter Andrew Hawkins joins in to represent the transportation section of The Verge. Andy discusses interviewing Sen. Chuck Schumer about a new bill in Congress focused on infrastructure and electric vehicles; the various EVs being announced by Kia, Canoo, and others; and the state of e-bikes in America.

And of course the show was able to fit in some gadget talk, too. The show dedicates some time to discuss Apple discontinuing the HomePod and what the future of Apple’s smart speaker business looks like with the HomePod mini.

Also, Samsung Unpacked 2021 was this week, with the announcement of new midrange Samsung phones with faster refresh rates, expandable storage, and stabilized cameras. Nilay and Dieter discuss what role “flagship” phones play when the midrange phones are getting more sophisticated.

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

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