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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#25: Not *That* Nokia

October 12th, 2017 · 62 minutes

A postmortem of Windows Phone, tech companies continue to write big checks to the entertainment industry, and the Google Home Mini triggers our concerns about cameras and microphones in our homes.

#24: Vessels for Google

October 5th, 2017 · 54 minutes

The Made By Google event takes center stage next week, as Google unveils the Pixel 2 (and 2 XL), wireless earbuds, a new AI-driven camera, and a premium Chrome OS laptop. Plus there's intelligent assistant news from Sonos, which hooked up with Amazon's Alexa this week.

#23: They Didn't Mention Windows Once

September 28th, 2017 · 40 minutes

In Seattle, Amazon held a surprise media event and unveiled all the Echoes. In Orlando, Microsoft held its Ignite conference, sharing information on new products as well as its vision for the future.

#22: All These Spies

September 21st, 2017 · 49 minutes

Hands on with the iPhone 8 (and an iPhone X imposter), Google absorbs part of HTC, and Wirecutter editors discuss the art of the modern product review.

#21: Like Being in a Star Wars Movie

September 14th, 2017 · 58 minutes

It's Apple's biggest week of the year. But announcing the iPhone 8 and iPhone X simultaneously is a risky move for the company to make. Also, what's the value of a cellular-connected Apple Watch, and does Apple's Apple TV 4K strategy make sense?

#20: Like Rooting for the Cable Company

September 7th, 2017 · 48 minutes

Silicon Valley companies are back in the political arena with their reactions to DACA. Meanwhile, Apple and Amazon are in a bidding war over James Bond while the Boston Red Sox are cheating using their Apple Watches.

#19: Micromanaging the Middle Manager

August 31st, 2017 · 54 minutes

The world of voice assistants gets more complicated with an Alexa-Cortana link-up, Google counters Apple's augmented-reality toolkit with an announcement of its own, and Berlin's IFA trade show brings announcements of new smartwatches and mobile PCs.

#18: A Bit of Déjà Vu

August 24th, 2017 · 56 minutes

Samsung has unveiled the Galaxy Note 8. Is the pent-up demand from Note fans enough to move things past last year's disaster? Meanwhile, Apple is reported to be dialing back its self-driving car project, and Jason and Stephen are still thinking about the eclipse they witnessed earlier this week.

#17: Privacy and Coupons

August 17th, 2017 · 50 minutes

With smartphones and live streams, we can all watch the news unfold in real time, but at what cost? Insurance companies are offering discounts for data, and we all wonder what's going on with Facebook Marketplace.

#16: Flap My Elbows

August 10th, 2017 · 51 minutes

This week we discuss the sexist Google "manifesto" and its aftermath, as well as Disney's announcement that it's launching two different streaming services.