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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#84: Shout Out to Our Nemeses

December 20th, 2018 · 48 minutes

2018 ends with a lot of grim dystopia type stuff involving social media services and the synergy power of media companies and internet providers. Meanwhile, Apple takes the unlikely step of lowering its ecosystem walls and adding Apple Music to Amazon Echo devices. We're going to need a lot of fuzzy puppies for this one.

#83: Mr. Google Is My Father!

December 13th, 2018 · 66 minutes

Google's CEO gets grilled by Congress; Instagram gets a new product leader; Apple does a bunch of stuff; and Supermicro defends itself against Bloomberg. Plus we honor the 50th anniversary of the "Mother of all Demos", Casey hasn't seen "My Cousin Vinny", we try to save journalism and fail, and a puppy emerges from a box!

#82: No! This Is Terrible!

December 6th, 2018 · 64 minutes

Qualcomm rolls out 5G cellular networking at a Hawaiian resort; Tumblr bans sexual imagery and nudity; Apple fails emoji biology; and streaming services consider inserting ads into paused video.

#81: Elvis Is in the Building

November 29th, 2018 · 71 minutes

The App Store goes before the Supreme Court, Amazon embraces ARM servers, and we discuss the amazing life and business lessons of IDG founder Pat McGovern.

#80: Maybe You'll All Get Roses

November 15th, 2018 · 53 minutes

Amazon finishes its 'Bachelor'-style courting of US cities; Samsung makes us ponder whether foldable phones will ever be a thing; and YouTube decries the EU's new copyright declaration.

#79: The New Flip Phone

November 8th, 2018 · 64 minutes

Samsung shows off a foldable phone prototype, Apple grows its services revenue and ships new products, Amazon gets into print catalogs and embraces the east coast, Comcast builds a cable box for cord cutters, and we mourn a couple of casualties of the streaming-service wars to come.

#78: Great for Robots; Bad for People

November 1st, 2018 · 75 minutes

This week it's all about Apple's event in New York. What does the iPad Pro tell us about how Apple's software effort is lagging behind its hardware design? The MacBook Air enters an already confusing set of Apple laptops. We have a Mac Mini sighting! And the prices of Apple products keep cranking higher and higher...

#77: Data-Industrial Complex

October 25th, 2018 · 56 minutes

Apple's CEO speaks out in favor of regulating online privacy, while his company plans an iPad and Mac product event for next week; Tesla's quarterly results suggest that things are looking up for electric cars; and another Oculus executive departs as we question the future prospects of VR tech.

#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.