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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#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.

#15: Taken Behind the Shed

August 3rd, 2017 · 60 minutes

It's phone season! Apple spilled the beans on the next iPhone and Samsung prepares to reintroduce the Note brand after last year's debacle. And Apple reports iPad growth, but is it too late for the tablet market?

#14: Secret Millennial

July 27th, 2017 · 51 minutes

This week we talk a lot about how technology has changed how we consume movies and television. Is Netflix elbowing out the traditional movie theater? How many different video streaming services do we really need? And we pour one out for the iPod--but not for Adobe Flash.

#13: Garbage In, Refined Garbage Out

July 20th, 2017 · 50 minutes

Google asks for our input to help filter what it shows us, but are we tainting machine learning with our own biases? Also: Why the future of video games is, surprisingly, in the past.

#12: Old Testament Holidays

July 13th, 2017 · 50 minutes

Shopping holidays and how consumers can tell the good deals from the bad; high-end smartphones and the tech journalists who love them; and a lump of coal in your Prime Day stocking by the name of Net Neutrality.

#11: I'm a Paranoid Optimist

July 6th, 2017 · 59 minutes

The rise of electric cars and the future of the personal vehicle market, the ability (or lack of same) for free websites with huge audiences to make money and be profitable, and another ugly week for the culture of the tech industry.

#10: Banished to My Office

June 30th, 2017 · 52 minutes

Ten years ago, the original iPhone went on sale, launching the smartphone market as we know it today. More recently, the EU fined Google 2.4 billion euros in an antitrust case, and the Amazon Echo Show has shipped to customers.

#9: Artisanal Soda Bars

June 22nd, 2017 · 50 minutes

Amazon is looking to push organic kale with its purchase of Whole Foods, while also taking on clothing subscription services with a new apparel box service. Over at Apple, an internal meeting about secrecy leaked to the press. Oh, sweet irony.

#8: Like Me in High School

June 15th, 2017 · 62 minutes

It's E3 week! Microsoft unveiled its 4K console (we're calling it 'Xb1x') while Nintendo stocked up on Switch games and Sony promised a bunch of new stuff for the PS4. Plus, our panel of games experts shares their favorite news items to come out of the week.