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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#74: An Advantage and an Albatross

October 4th, 2018 · 51 minutes

This was a big week for Microsoft, with new Surface hardware and some big announcements about how Windows will work better with Android. There was also scary news about servers being infected by spy hardware that could compromise privacy and security. Happy National Taco Day! 🌮

#73: The Crocodile Is Changing Its Diet

September 27th, 2018 · 58 minutes

Microsoft sets its eyes on the cloud and suddenly finds itself on the side of the angels; Instagram's founders leave their creation in Mark Zuckerberg's hands; and Oculus debuts a new standalone VR headset.

#72: Just Stop Talking

September 20th, 2018 · 68 minutes

Apple updates most of its operating systems, and prepares to ship its new iPhones and Apple Watches; Elon Musk announces a trip around the moon while also getting some unwanted scrutiny from the government; and Amazon announces a slew of new Echo-powered products.

#71: Small-Screen Enthusiast

September 13th, 2018 · 50 minutes

Apple releases new iPhones and a new Apple Watch; Google kills Inbox.

#70: Tennis and Excess

September 6th, 2018 · 51 minutes

Apple's event nears, but the rumored names for its new iPhones are really weird; young people are abandoning Facebook in droves; social-media giants spend a day in the barrel on Capitol Hill; and Evernote loses much of its executive team amid rumors it's circling the drain.

#69: Salad? Let's Not Be Hasty

August 30th, 2018 · 45 minutes

Apple rumor season is in full swing, Google brings "digital well-being" to YouTube viewing stats, Uber embraces scooters and ebikes, and conservatives complain about Google having a liberal bias.

#68: False Flag

August 23rd, 2018 · 47 minutes

Graphics cards get way better; the App Store comes under criticism; and Facebook spends another week in the news. Plus we've got some operating-system nostalgia and some exciting news about tacos.

#67: Anything With a 'C'

August 16th, 2018 · 54 minutes

This week we learn that our apps may be watching us far more than we might have expected, imagine a wacky buddy comedy featuring two voice assistants who have to live together in a single device, observe Twitch and YouTube fighting over streaming stars, and count how many app subscriptions we've got.

#66: This Year Has Felt Like 10 Years

August 9th, 2018 · 55 minutes

Several tech giants move to ban a guy who peddles conspiracies and snake oil from their platforms, while Twitter doesn't; MoviePass nears death, but everything may still be a service and the movies still need a shot in the arm; and Samsung rolls out a new Note, watch, and smart speaker.

#65: Death March With Cocktails

August 2nd, 2018 · 57 minutes

Google may be returning to the (censored) search business in China, YouTube Premium and Facebook Watch face the icy stares of skeptical TV critics; and Apple breaks a trillion but still has trouble with the Mac.