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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#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. 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: Ugly labor issues in tech and journalism, Apple plans a services event, Samsung readies new phones including one that folds, and Amazon ditches NYCHQ2.

#90: Spotify Buys Podcasting

February 7th, 2019 · 70 minutes

Apple shuffles retail executives, Facebook turns 15 (and gets slapped on the wrists by Germany), Spotify spends a lot of money to embrace podcasting, and this year's new emoji are unveiled.

#89: The Second-Best of Times

January 31st, 2019 · 39 minutes

Apple copes with declining iPhone sales and a bad FaceTime bug, then ends up coming down hard on Facebook for its misuse of a tool designed to read user data. Also, there's an imaginary bear in the woods... or is there?