Upgrade looks at how companies including Apple, Amazon and Google shape the technology in our lives and how people do creative work in the digital age.

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#51: Fight Against the Fiddly Bits

August 24th, 2015 · 80 minutes

This week we break down what adding Force Touch to iOS might mean, highlighting the difficult design and marketing choices Apple has to make when it rolls out new products. Also, Jason shocks Myke by saying something nice about pens, we address some WarGames and Twitter follow-up, and we answer your #askupgrade questions.

#50: Bing Bong

August 17th, 2015 · 136 minutes

This week Jason cleans off his desk and we follow up on Google’s new Alphabet. Then it’s time for Myke to go back to the movies with 1983’s “WarGames” and as a special bonus, Pixar’s “Inside Out."

#49: Huge Engine of Money

August 11th, 2015 · 85 minutes

Jason returns from his 2,000-mile car trip just in time to discuss the meaning behind Google’s transformation into Alphabet and the future of Twitter. And as always, they answer some of your questions.

#48: The Watercooler

August 3rd, 2015 · 95 minutes

Our hosts show off their age gap by comparing how they watch television as a part of a larger discussion about the role of the Apple TV in Apple’s product line. Then Myke and Jason discuss the future of Twitter. Plus they discuss tricks of the journalism trade, Myke’s first experiences with Apple Pay, and answer some of your #askupgrade questions.

#47: Trust Us, It's Doing Well

July 27th, 2015 · 99 minutes

Jason and Myke discuss Apple’s enthusiastically vague approach to Apple Watch sales figures, Myke’s fear that content blockers could wreck people’s livelihoods, and classic iPods and iPod Classics. Plus, Jason takes a European geography quiz.

#46: The S Could Stand for Snell

July 20th, 2015 · 84 minutes

Myke and Jason party like it’s 2005 and spend a lot of time talking about the iPod, including what the new iPod touch might mean for the future of the iPhone product line, and the mystery of the continued existence of the iPod nano and iPod shuffle. Plus they address some follow-up about tea, space, and American geography.

#45: Grandpa's Superhero

July 13th, 2015 · 101 minutes

Jason and Myke dive into the iOS 9 and El Capitan public betas, then divert to both Pluto and San Diego to talk space exploration and Comic-Con.

#44: Tap the Ellipses

July 6th, 2015 · 92 minutes

The pros and cons of Apple’s relationship with the web development community, our first week with Apple Music and Beats 1, Jason doesn’t go to Comic-Con, and the first Upgrade Baby is born.

#43: Haptic Skeptic

June 29th, 2015 · 87 minutes

It’s a big week, so Jason and Myke spend a lot of time discussing the launch of Apple Music and Beats One and the ugliness of music industry negotiations. Plus Jason installs the iOS 9 beta on an iPad Air 2, legal opinions from non-lawyers, questionable attacks on Taylor Swift, and praise for “Mr. Robot."

#42: Shuttlecraft Wallet

June 22nd, 2015 · 129 minutes

Jason and Myke discuss the tough decision facing Apple when it comes to marketing a rumored iPad Pro and recap the Taylor Swift/Apple Music kerfuffle. Plus, Myke asks Jason about buying an Xbox One and a bunch of Wii U games, there's something surprising inside Myke's wallet, and we answer your #askupgrade questions. Finally, "Myke Watches a Movie…