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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#30: Knowing Yourself

November 16th, 2017 · 54 minutes

Wearable tech that can make us healthier or save our lives, a potential renewal of the debate of government access to encrypted data, and how Facebook knows everything about you even if you're not on Facebook. Plus, Jason pours one out for CompuServe.

#29: Mosquito to a Light

November 9th, 2017 · 53 minutes

2017's flagship smartphones are all out, and the dust is starting to settle. In the desert, driverless vehicles are taking to public roads with mixed luck. And Snap works to dig itself out of bad quarterly results.

#28: Five Layers

November 2nd, 2017 · 59 minutes

The iPhone X is almost here, and we've got three people who have one in their hands. Plus, what's the deal with Apple's iPhone X PR strategy? Meanwhile in D.C., tech companies are facing down Congress.

#27: Mutants Like Us

October 26th, 2017 · 59 minutes

It's a week of big questions: The Google Pixel 2 XL is showing all sorts of screen issues, but how big of a deal are the problems really going to be in the market? Is Amazon Key the utopian dream or creepy nightmare? Who's ordering an iPhone X?

#26: A Miasma of Floating Pixels

October 19th, 2017 · 67 minutes

Windows 10 gets an update, the choice between compatibility and security, the future of Microsoft, and Wi-Fi security gets KRACKed wide open.

#25: Not *That* Nokia

October 12th, 2017 · 62 minutes

A postmortem of Windows Phone, tech companies continue to write big checks to the entertainment industry, and the Google Home Mini triggers our concerns about cameras and microphones in our homes.

#24: Vessels for Google

October 5th, 2017 · 54 minutes

The Made By Google event takes center stage next week, as Google unveils the Pixel 2 (and 2 XL), wireless earbuds, a new AI-driven camera, and a premium Chrome OS laptop. Plus there's intelligent assistant news from Sonos, which hooked up with Amazon's Alexa this week.

#23: They Didn't Mention Windows Once

September 28th, 2017 · 40 minutes

In Seattle, Amazon held a surprise media event and unveiled all the Echoes. In Orlando, Microsoft held its Ignite conference, sharing information on new products as well as its vision for the future.

#22: All These Spies

September 21st, 2017 · 49 minutes

Hands on with the iPhone 8 (and an iPhone X imposter), Google absorbs part of HTC, and Wirecutter editors discuss the art of the modern product review.

#21: Like Being in a Star Wars Movie

September 14th, 2017 · 58 minutes

It's Apple's biggest week of the year. But announcing the iPhone 8 and iPhone X simultaneously is a risky move for the company to make. Also, what's the value of a cellular-connected Apple Watch, and does Apple's Apple TV 4K strategy make sense?