What are the most important technology stories right now? From products and companies to services and trends, Download’s weekly panel of experts analyzes the biggest topics in tech … and a few you may have missed.

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#76: Li'l Buddy Phone

October 18th, 2018 · 51 minutes

This week there's strange news from the phone world as Essential circles the drain while Palm climbs back out of the drain with a strange new accessory smartphone; Adobe embraces the iPad at last with a new version of Photoshop; Amazon refreshes the Kindle Paperwhite e-reader; and Google has to follow some intriguing new rules for Android in the E…

#75: The Internet of Sharks

October 11th, 2018 · 51 minutes

Google unloads a bunch of new hardware, including the Google Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL, the Pixel Slate, and the Home Hub; a major security flaw in Google+ leads Google to kill the entire product off; Magic Leap ships something; and taco-related news is more interesting than we initially thought.

#74: An Advantage and an Albatross

October 4th, 2018 · 51 minutes

This was a big week for Microsoft, with new Surface hardware and some big announcements about how Windows will work better with Android. There was also scary news about servers being infected by spy hardware that could compromise privacy and security. Happy National Taco Day! 🌮

#73: The Crocodile Is Changing Its Diet

September 27th, 2018 · 58 minutes

Microsoft sets its eyes on the cloud and suddenly finds itself on the side of the angels; Instagram's founders leave their creation in Mark Zuckerberg's hands; and Oculus debuts a new standalone VR headset.

#72: Just Stop Talking

September 20th, 2018 · 68 minutes

Apple updates most of its operating systems, and prepares to ship its new iPhones and Apple Watches; Elon Musk announces a trip around the moon while also getting some unwanted scrutiny from the government; and Amazon announces a slew of new Echo-powered products.

#71: Small-Screen Enthusiast

September 13th, 2018 · 50 minutes

Apple releases new iPhones and a new Apple Watch; Google kills Inbox.

#70: Tennis and Excess

September 6th, 2018 · 51 minutes

Apple's event nears, but the rumored names for its new iPhones are really weird; young people are abandoning Facebook in droves; social-media giants spend a day in the barrel on Capitol Hill; and Evernote loses much of its executive team amid rumors it's circling the drain.

#69: Salad? Let's Not Be Hasty

August 30th, 2018 · 45 minutes

Apple rumor season is in full swing, Google brings "digital well-being" to YouTube viewing stats, Uber embraces scooters and ebikes, and conservatives complain about Google having a liberal bias.

#68: False Flag

August 23rd, 2018 · 47 minutes

Graphics cards get way better; the App Store comes under criticism; and Facebook spends another week in the news. Plus we've got some operating-system nostalgia and some exciting news about tacos.

#67: Anything With a 'C'

August 16th, 2018 · 54 minutes

This week we learn that our apps may be watching us far more than we might have expected, imagine a wacky buddy comedy featuring two voice assistants who have to live together in a single device, observe Twitch and YouTube fighting over streaming stars, and count how many app subscriptions we've got.