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Welcome to Top Shelf, a weekly show from The Verge that takes a deeper dive into the products and experiences of the technology that shapes our lives.

Join host David Pierce and a veritable gaggle of (mostly organic) friends as they showcase the best, brightest, craziest, and pixel-dense-iest from the consumer electronics industry.

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Jun 27 3:47p

Top Shelf 015: Lost in Transmission

The future of TV doesn't just rest in Netflix's hands, or Comcast's. Small companies like Boxee and Aereo are finding new ways for us to watch the channels and shows we've always loved - and do it whether we're on our phone or in our living room. But from Comcast to ABC to the FCC, there are barriers everywhere. So how are we going to watch TV in the future?

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Jun 20 3:40p

Top Shelf 014: Alive and Haswell

Join David Pierce and Nilay Patel as they explore the newest devices running Intel's latest CPU, codenamed Haswell. The processor promises better battery life, improved gaming performance, and smoother day-to-day computing. We're here to bring you all the details, so tune in below!

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Jun 14 3:15p

Top Shelf 013: Heart, Mind, and Console

At E3 2013, we saw the future. The future of video games. The future of the PS4 and the Xbox. The future of angrily yelling at random people while we massacre them in Halo. And maybe, just maybe, the future of how we'll watch TV, play games, and hang out with our friends. We're in Los Angeles, and this is Top Shelf, where we look into the gadgets that are taking over our lives and living rooms whether we like it or not.

Just make sure you watch this episode with the volume down. Your Kinect...

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May 24 2:26p

Top Shelf 012: 'Xbox On'

The game console of the future will be a tiny box and a large connection to the cloud. Projections will illuminate across your living room, turning your furniture Pleasantville black-and-white to project the somber tone that the game detects from your heartbeat. "You are the controller" — but this is now more a medical distinction than it is a slogan. Intravenously entangled, from plasma to pixel. Welcome to the future. Let David Pierce, Nilay Patel, and Ross Miller be your guide.

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May 17 4:05p

Top Shelf 011: on the ground at Google I/O

The Verge is in San Francisco for the 2013 Google I/O conference. We take the time to reflect on the three hour developer keynote, check out some of Google's not-so-official projects, and catch up with Bradley Horowitz to talk about Google's new unified Hangouts app and the redesigned Google+.

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May 09 7:06p

Top Shelf 010: The Google Glass Menagerie

OK Glass, let's do this... No, Glass, that wasn't a command... OK Glass, Google David Pierce... that isn't me, that isn't me, that isn't me, oh there I am! OK Glass, take a picture. OK Glass, hangout with... nevermind. OK Glass, send a message to John Lagomarsino. "I will be late to filming Top Shelf I am sorry." Cancel. "I will be very late and I am not sorry." Send. OK Glass. OK.

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May 03 8:38a

Top Shelf 009: a few of our favorite things

Laptops, tablets, cameras... that's fun and all, but what do we *really* like? What else do we pine over and obsess about? Cars, apps, notebooks okay, maybe not notebooks. Welcome to a special live edition of Top Shelf, a weekly show from The Verge that takes a deeper dive into the products and experiences of the technology that shapes our lives. Join David Pierce and a veritable gaggle of (mostly organic) friends as they showcase the best, brightest, craziest, and pixel-dense-iest from the...

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Apr 25 6:35p

Top Shelf 008: Galaxy S4 and the best new smartphones

Hello, S relations! Welcome to Top Shelf, a weekly show from The Verge that takes a deeper dive into the products and experiences of the technology that shapes our lives. Join David Pierce and a veritable gaggle of (mostly organic) friends as they showcase the best, brightest, craziest, and pixel-dense-iest from the consumer electronics industry.

This week, you'll never guess. It's time to talk about Samsung's flagship Galaxy S4, and afterward we'll be joined by Dan Siefert for a game of...

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Apr 18 6:41p

Top Shelf Episode 007: photography — from cinema to selfies

Welcome to Top Shelf, a weekly show from The Verge that takes a deeper dive into the products and experiences of the technology that shapes our lives. This week we're talking about photography — from Kodachrome to Instagram. Join us for NAB with Bryan Bishop, the new Fujifilm X100s with Michael Shane, and how to take great pictures with even the cheapest of compact cameras.

Apr 11 7:00p

Top Shelf Episode 006: Facebook Phone Home

Hello, Chat Heads!

Welcome to Top Shelf, a weekly show from The Verge that takes a deeper dive into the products and experiences of the technology that shapes our lives.

This week, it's all about Facebook Home and the HTC First. We'll tell you what you need to know and what all you'll be able to do with both Facebook's new platform and the smartphone with a few extra tricks up its sleeve.

Apr 04 6:00p

Top Shelf Episode 005: Ouya, Notch, and the underdogs of gaming

For years, gaming in the living room has revolved around a handful of big names. Ouya is trying to change that trend with a $99 console built on crowdsourcing and the Android platform. It isn't just offering a new piece of hardware, though: it's trying to build a whole new platform.

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Mar 28 11:15p

Top Shelf Episode 004: stop the carrier bullshit

You want a new phone. You pay too much. Your reception is awful in the exact location where you live and work. And yet, despite the ongoing frustration with your carrier of choice, there's a very good chance you'll stick with it for years — even decades.

Now the best phones are available on pretty much all the national wireless networks. T-Mobile is now banking on a new campaign that doesn't lock you into two-year plans. Is it everything we wanted, or will anyone even notice?

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Mar 21 3:30p

Top Shelf Episode 003: like a bat out of OPML

Google Reader is on the outs, but RSS isn't dead — so what's next? And what does the future hold for Samsung's new flagship Galaxy S4?

Welcome to Top Shelf, a weekly show from The Verge that takes a deeper dive into the products and experiences of the technology that shapes our lives. Join David Pierce and a veritable gaggle of (mostly organic) friends as they showcase the best in consumer electronics, past, present, and future.

Coming up on today's show, our resident Google Reader...

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Mar 14 5:50p

Top Shelf Episode 002: set top warfare

A look at Microsoft's top-secret Surface prototypes. A critical take on the Roku 3. A simple question: which smartphone has the best camera?

Welcome to Top Shelf, a weekly show from The Verge that takes a deeper dive into the products and experiences of the technology that shapes our lives. Join David Pierce and a veritable gaggle of (mostly organic) friends as they showcase the best in consumer electronics, past, present, and future.

This week's guests? Our resident Microsoft expert Tom...

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Mar 07 8:00a

Top Shelf Episode 001: the one with Sony

Is Sony's future bright or bleak? Can the former tech industry giant get out of its rut and reclaim its position as the top consumer premium brand? Just how much fun is the full-frame RX-1?

Welcome to Top Shelf, a weekly show from The Verge that takes a deeper dive into the products and experiences of the technology that shapes our lives. Join David Pierce and a veritable gaggle of (mostly organic) friends as they showcase the best, brightest, craziest, and pixel-dense-iest from the consumer...

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Jan 10 5:15p

Top Shelf CES, Day 04: self-driving cars and Artiphon Instrument 1

It's last call (for lack of a better pun) at Top Shelf. One final look at the best, worst, and craziest products from this year's CES. Join David, Nilay, and special guests Chris Ziegler and Russell Brandom as they explore the brave new world of self-driving cars and the legal quagmires they could entail. We'll also talk robots and new ways to interact with technology. And life, really. Trust us, it'll be fun.

Jan 09 5:44p

Top Shelf CES, Day 03: Surface Pro, Pebble, and more!

The show floor has now been open for a day and a half, and mercifully no one on The Verge's staff has caught the dreaded CES Plague yet. But we have seen gadgets, gizmos, whozits, whatsits, and everything in between. On today's show, David and Dieter Bohn break down everything we've seen from Microsoft, Pebble, watches, other watches, and everything else cool going on at CES. We'll be live at 3PM PT / 6PM PT, so tune in!

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Jan 08 6:01p

Top Shelf CES, Day 02: Sony's waterproof Xperia Z and the wonders of Oculus Rift

The world you see isn't necessarily the world as others perceive it. That goes double true when you're wearing a virtual reality headset. It's confusing, it's mysterious, it's humbling... and it's exactly what will come of David Pierce and Nilay Patel as they check out the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. Is it a headset... or is it an experience? In either case, it's exactly is what this show is for. Top Shelf is a deeper dive into the products and experience, led by David Pierce and...

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Jan 07 10:18p

Top Shelf CES, Day 01: on Vizio phones and Fitbit Flex

Even without a show floor to visit yet — that's tomorrow — we've had quite a day checking out brand new products at CES. And though many thought this year could be very dull, we've actually been quite surprised by what's there so far. And this is what Top Shelf is for. It's a deeper dive into the products and experience, led by David Pierce and guest-hosted today by Nilay Patel.

It's a very special episode, and not just because it's the first ever episode. David and Nilay break down...

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