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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#40: An Alien Riding a Bike

February 1st, 2018 · 63 minutes

It's a weird week in tech news: A fitness app leaked the location of secret military bases, Amazon and a bunch of pals got into healthcare, someone in the Trump Administration fired up PowerPoint to propose nationalizing the 5G wireless network, and the world waited (or didn't) for the Apple HomePod.

#39: Vulnerable to Stick-Ups

January 25th, 2018 · 50 minutes

After a long delay, Apple prepares the HomePod for release, but who (if anyone) is buying? Long lines greeted the opening of Amazon's new automated store that's supposed to do away with lines, but what's the endgame? Plus we've got good news about machine-learning cybersecurity and viral bird videos.

#38: Dumbest Idea Ever

January 18th, 2018 · 57 minutes

We discuss the top trends at CES 2018 with two survivors of the show, plus Facebook makes big news feed changes, Apple brings money home, and networking is harder than it looks.

#37: Robot, Hold My Beer

January 11th, 2018 · 60 minutes

It's CES week, so there's a lot to talk about in the world of voice assistants, robots that may not be robots, cars, impractical televisions, smart bathrooms, and more.

#36: Discomfortday

January 4th, 2018 · 54 minutes

A new year brings big tech news stories, including a huge security flaw in almost every microprocessor out there, and Apple doing damage control with a discounted iPhone battery replacement program. And our panelists predict major trends in the tech world for the rest of the year.

#35: Let Deadpool Be Deadpool

December 21st, 2017 · 62 minutes

Disney has set shockwaves through the media world with its proposed purchase of Fox. What does it mean for streaming services like Hulu and Netflix, not to mention whatever Apple is up to? How can Bart Simpson and Mickey Mouse coexist under one brand?

#34: Regrets...

December 14th, 2017 · 56 minutes

A former Facebook executive bemoans the world he helped create, and Patreon goes back on its controversial change in how it collects money. In lighter news, Stephen is looking at a 21st-century Clapper and Jason is ordering an iMac Pro.

#33: Consensual Mass Hallucination

December 7th, 2017 · 55 minutes

Microsoft returns to ARM with Windows 10 running on Qualcomm chips, Amazon and Google get into a slap fight (while Prime Video sneaks on to the Apple TV), and Bitcoin continues to rise into the stratosphere.

#32: A Particular Robot Vacuum

November 30th, 2017 · 43 minutes

We're recovering from Black Friday and Cyber Monday with two members of the Wirecutter staff and talking about what cities are doing to woo Amazon's HQ2 and Net Neutrality.

#31: Year of Experimentation

November 22nd, 2017 · 52 minutes

It's a holiday in the United States, so we've gone international this week. We discuss 2017's flagship smartphones and their various compromises, American biases in the tech industry, and whether tech makes good gifts.