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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#100: Modems Modems Modems!

April 18th, 2019 · 57 minutes

Apple and Qualcomm make up over fried chicken, social-media companies continue to not get it, and the Galaxy Fold makes a very bad first impression.

#99: My Memory is Beyond the Event Horizon

April 11th, 2019 · 66 minutes

Netflix ties its own hands, new Kindles arrive, Amazon gets criticized for cozying up to oil companies while touting its own green-energy efforts, web accessibility is trickier than you'd think, and... is that a black hole?

#98: Important Business People With Ties

April 4th, 2019 · 53 minutes

Apple's News+ pitch failed with key newspapers--but Facebook might value news curation now? Future iPhones come into focus, but Apple's 5G timeline is called into question. Dell's new XPS laptop is a winner. And the "hearables" category (by which we mean wireless headphones) heats up.

#97: Shiny Titanium Trojan Horse

March 28th, 2019 · 66 minutes

Apple's big services event leads us to discuss Apple TV+, Apple Card, Apple Arcade, and Apple News+; in other news, we touch on the perils of offering a service that lets random people upload content--especially in the European Union.

#96: Hanging With My Amazon Prime Buddies

March 21st, 2019 · 60 minutes

Google unveils a cloud gaming strategy at GDC, Apple releases all the product updates, Instagram goes shopping, and MySpace deletes all your favorite music from 2009.

#95: "Game of Thrones" With Slide Rules

March 14th, 2019 · 57 minutes

The complicated reality of trying to break up the power of large tech companies, Spotify takes on Apple, Apple sets its sights on services, and takiing lessons from "Captain Marvel."

#94: From Switzerland to You

March 7th, 2019 · 61 minutes

Fitbit unveils new low-cost fitness trackers, Apple goes hiring in Qualcomm's backyard, Zuck has a vision for private conversations, and we bring in our Special Automotive Correspondent to discuss electric car announcements.

#93: Cab Drivers Were Asking About It

February 28th, 2019 · 70 minutes

Mobile World Congress brings folding phones, battery phones, camera phones, 5G machinations, and a new business-oriented HoloLens. Plus there's a robot on the streets of Memphis, and maybe Netflix is bringing the world closer together?

#92: Trapper Keepers

February 21st, 2019 · 57 minutes

We cover Samsung's big event, including new flagship phones, a low-cost model that should have a lot of crowd appeal, a perplexing 5G variant, and the device everyone's talking about, the unfoldable smartphone.

#91: N Isn't for Netscape

February 14th, 2019 · 61 minutes

What happens when a tech giant buys the company that makes a product you like? Also: Some ugly labor issues in the tech and journalism industries, Apple plans a services event, Samsung readies new phones including one that folds, and Amazon ditches NYC for HQ2.