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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#64: A Perfect Storm of Outrage

July 26th, 2018 · 57 minutes

Apple's much-criticized MacBook Pro weathers a weeklong PR crisis; Google makes money but struggles with its identity; and Facebook continues to have a really bad year.

#63: Satisfying the Punisher

July 19th, 2018 · 50 minutes

Google gets fined, swallows Nest whole, and plots its next-generation operating system. In other news, there are new moons and even newer emojis. 😎

#62: Get My Gecko Out of Hiding

July 12th, 2018 · 60 minutes

Is Microsoft's new Surface a laptop or tablet, and what it does it mean for the future of computing? Also, HBO's new owner AT&T wants to make it more like Netflix, and we celebrate 10 years of the App Store.

#61: Someone Else Call 911

June 28th, 2018 · 49 minutes

Companies love buying other companies; Disney and Amazon are making big moves this week, while Apple is getting serious about midterm election news coverage and nerds get to play with beta software all summer.

#60: Evil Spreadsheets

June 21st, 2018 · 54 minutes

Tech finds itself in the middle of a U.S.-China trade war and discovers that taking on governmental clients might make employees uncomfortable. Also, Instagram dives into longform video.

#59: Infinite Hyde Park Corner

June 14th, 2018 · 43 minutes

We list our favorite game announcements from E3, ponder the industry trend toward consolidation, watch as Twitter continues to rearrange deckchairs, celebrate Tennesseean supercomputers, and then Jason tries to mend the hearts he broke during last week's Fuzzy Puppy Update.

#58: Focus on our Most Profitable Children

June 7th, 2018 · 56 minutes

Live from Apple's developer conference in San Jose, we're joined by some Apple experts to discuss iOS and macOS announcements. Plus Amazon and Sonos make some home theater announcements.

#57: Extra Letters!

May 31st, 2018 · 50 minutes

Google's struggle with AI and military projects, Plex expands to podcasting, and we talk the joys of mechanical keyboards with one of the editors from The Wirecutter.

#56: President of Netflix

May 24th, 2018 · 56 minutes

Elon Musk reacts badly to media criticism of Tesla's products and labor practices; The Obamas get a production deal with Netflix; Comcast tries to snipe Disney in a bid for Fox; and cities move to tax their local tech giants. This week's Download is totally GDPR compliant.

#55: Tachy Goes to Coventry

May 17th, 2018 · 56 minutes

Microsoft has a Surface so big you can hang it on a wall, and is making one small enough to take on Chromebooks and iPads. Meanwhile, Twitter tries to fight trolls with algorithms and continues to tighten the screws on third-party Twitter apps.