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Ctrl-Walt-Delete

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Ctrl-Walt-Delete is a podcast from The Verge featuring legendary tech reviewer Walt Mossberg and Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel. In each episode, they dive into the modern tech landscape using Walt’s extraordinary depth and experience to tell stor...Show More
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00:27 | Nov 8th, 2018

Walt Mossberg joined The Vergecast this week to discuss his first impressions on Apple's updated Macbook Air.

32:15 | May 11th, 2018

Ctrl-Walt-Delete returns for a special episode all about the iMac 20th anniversary. Walt Mossberg and Nilay Patel reminisce on the introduction of Apple's iMac, and how it influenced the open web and computers going forward.
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1:19:12 | Jun 13th, 2017

On Friday, June 9th, Walt and Nilay recorded the final episode of Ctrl-Walt-Delete live in front of an audience at the School of Visual Arts theatre in New York City. They also had a frequently mentioned special guest on the show, Dieter Bohn. This i...Show More

1:11:57 | May 25th, 2017

Walt Mossberg’s final weekly column at The Verge before retirement was published today. Our beloved podcast Ctrl-Walt-Delete traditionally echoes his column, and this week’s episode (our 75th!) is no different. In our last episode recorded in studio,...Show More

1:05:35 | May 18th, 2017

Our news week edition of Ctrl-Walt-Delete continues! Google I/O 2017 kicked off on Wednesday, and we recorded this week's episode of Ctrl-Walt-Delete immediately after the opening keynote to get it in to the episode for you. There was a lot that happ...Show More

55:30 | May 10th, 2017

Our news week edition of Ctrl-Walt-Delete continues as the Echo Show, Amazon’s newest product with Alexa, was announced on Tuesday. Walt and Nilay look at the history of these gadgets, like the Chumby; the current competitors, like Harmon Kardon’s ne...Show More

1:11:53 | May 4th, 2017

Last week on the show, instead of focusing on a specific topic, Walt and Nilay went over some news in tech in that were of significance to them. Since that went over so well, we decided to do it again. This week on Ctrl-Walt-Delete, Walt and Nilay di...Show More

1:00:48 | Apr 27th, 2017

This week, Walt took a week off from writing his column. However, we still have a brand-new episode of Ctrl-Walt-Delete for you! This episode focuses on what has been taking over the news in our world, Amazon’s newest product the Echo Look, Twitter’s...Show More

51:03 | Apr 20th, 2017

After many weeks of anticipation, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is finally here and our very own Walt Mossberg has given his review. This week on Ctrl-Walt-Delete, Walt and Nilay bring the new device to the forefront of the show and discuss whether it holds ...Show More

56:57 | Apr 13th, 2017

Walt’s column this week proposes a plan to change how the internet is managed, regulated, and operated. He suggests that the US government should preserve the internet in a similar fashion to how natural resources are protected. This week on Ctrl-Wal...Show More

1:01:43 | Apr 6th, 2017

Walt’s column this week focuses on the problems with audio on the latest TVs. They have become very thin with small bezels, so there’s barely any room to put decent speakers on the product. Walt and Nilay discuss Sonos’ solution to this problem on Ct...Show More

1:13:00 | Mar 30th, 2017

Email has played a big part in our lives for over two decades, and it doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon — but it is evolving. This week, Walt’s column analyzes the persistence of email in a Snapchat world and warns us of relying too much on it...Show More

59:37 | Mar 23rd, 2017

This week, Walt’s column features the concept of the “information appliance,” something that has changed meaning over the years, since the introduction of the Apple II. Now that the smartphone has become everyone’s main computer, what is next in the ...Show More

1:00:36 | Mar 2nd, 2017

In his column yesterday, Walt deliberates the needs of the PC consumer in 2017. In a world where your primary computer is your phone, the personal computer needs to be redefined. This week Walt and Nilay discuss how they use their tablets, laptops, a...Show More

1:09:04 | Feb 23rd, 2017

This week Walt published a column on what he learned at Code Media, in relation to television industry. This week on Ctrl-Walt-Delete, Walt and Nilay go along the same road, looking at a few older columns Walt wrote about the topic. Tech is the ultim...Show More

1:03:27 | Feb 16th, 2017

On our newest episode of Ctrl-Walt-Delete, we cover a few topics. Walt was at Code Media this week, so Walt and Nilay go over a few talking points from the conference, including the announcement of the Caavo streaming box — something Nilay is pretty ...Show More

57:44 | Feb 9th, 2017

Walt's exclusive review of the new Flipboard sparks this week's episode of Ctrl-Walt-Delete. Walt and Nilay dive into the news aggregation app and how the new version has changed the user experience and philosophy of reading news, especially in a wor...Show More

48:15 | Feb 2nd, 2017

In Walt’s column this week, he explains how immigration has influenced and built the tech industry we see today, in response to President Trump’s executive order restricting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries. On the following episode o...Show More

52:46 | Jan 26th, 2017

This week, Walt’s column focuses on Mozilla Firefox, which is now refocusing on its desktop platform. On our beloved podcast Ctrl-Walt-Delete, Walt and Nilay go deep into the history of Mozilla’s browser, what tabs they currently have open, and the f...Show More

1:00:59 | Jan 19th, 2017

This week, Walt’s column highlights the problem with online ads, which may be degrading the online experience for users. Walt and Nilay discuss how there isn’t yet a balance of what makes users, publishers, and advertisers happy.

1:03:42 | Jan 12th, 2017

It’s a new year and Ctrl-Walt-Delete is back! On the first episode of 2017, Walt and Nilay reminisce on the origin and legacy of the iPhone, which was introduced 10 years ago this week. Also, Walt’s latest column tackles TV streaming, which is starti...Show More

1:07:15 | Dec 22nd, 2016

In the beginning of the year, Walt wrote his column about what he thought the giants in tech should achieve in 2016. Now, with the year almost over, Walt revisits his original piece to take stock of where each company stands. On the Ctrl-Walt-Delete ...Show More

59:33 | Dec 15th, 2016

Walt’s column this week features the problems with the AT&T/Time Warner merger with Walt suggesting that content and distribution should be separate. This week on Ctrl-Walt-Delete, Walt and Nilay give examples why this merger might not be a good idea...Show More

1:03:46 | Dec 8th, 2016

Walt’s column this week discusses the balance between design and functionality in tech today. This week on Ctrl-Walt-Delete, Walt and Nilay discuss the products and companies where the balance may be wrong, with more in favor of design. The duo also ...Show More

58:16 | Dec 1st, 2016

Back from a week off, Walt and Nilay catch up and discuss Walt’s latest column on Facebook elaborate on how they should step up to tackle the fake news problem that plagues the platform.

56:29 | Nov 17th, 2016

This week on Ctrl-Walt-Delete, we finally got a thorough review of the new MacBook Pro with the Touch Bar! As Walt and Nilay discuss on the show, it may not be what they expected. The duo go deeper into Walt’s review and discuss whether the Touch Bar...Show More

57:57 | Nov 10th, 2016

The day after the election, Walt and Nilay sat down to discuss what the tech industry might have in store for the next 4 years under the new president.

56:41 | Nov 3rd, 2016

Reviews for the Google Home are out, including one from our very own Walt Mossberg. This week on Ctrl-Walt-Delete, Walt and Nilay compare the new intelligent speaker to the obvious competitor, the Amazon Echo. Can Google, which has promising artific...Show More

48:19 | Oct 27th, 2016

As Walt Mossberg wrote in his column this week: “the thrill is gone.” PCs were once on top of the consumer tech market, but that was before the introductions of the modern smartphone and tablet. Both Apple and Microsoft have new computers coming out ...Show More

1:04:18 | Oct 20th, 2016

Reviews for the Pixel are out, including one from our very own Walt Mossberg. This week on Ctrl-Walt-Delete, Walt and Nilay talk about the phone made by Google and how it ranks up against products by Apple and Samsung. Also, now that Google is making...Show More

43:52 | Oct 13th, 2016

Apple had a significant head start over Google when buying Siri, but Apple has fallen way behind in the AI race as far as usability. Walt’s column this week argues that Siri seems dumb, and might be a major problem for Apple in the coming tech war. T...Show More

1:01:07 | Oct 6th, 2016

In our first podcast after the Google event from Tuesday, Ctrl-Walt-Delete looks at new products from Google that blends together hardware, software, and ecosystem design. Walt and Nilay sit down to discuss how this makes Google a great competitor fo...Show More

55:17 | Sep 29th, 2016

This week, Walt and Nilay celebrate one year of podcasting together on Ctrl-Walt-Delete by discussing Elon Musk's plan to move humanity to Mars — and all the unanswered questions that remain after Musk's dazzling presentation. Walt's column this wee...Show More

56:11 | Sep 22nd, 2016

The tech news of the past few weeks still lingers, so this week on Ctrl-Walt-Delete Walt and Nilay tackle a few topics. Samsung is still trying to remove all Note 7s affected with battery malfunction from circulation, but as Walt notes, some custome...Show More

1:09:31 | Sep 15th, 2016

Last week on Ctrl-Walt-Delete, we were fresh off the Apple event, and we shared our first impressions of the new gadgets that were announced. This week, we saw reviews from both Walt and Nilay about the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. The two compare notes on t...Show More

1:24:39 | Sep 8th, 2016

As you may have read on this site, Apple had an event yesterday, and we attended. Walt and Nilay meet up in San Francisco for this week's episode of Ctrl-Walt-Delete and invite Vergecast regulars Lauren Goode and Dieter Bohn to the show to discuss ev...Show More

1:06:38 | Sep 1st, 2016

Share on Facebook Tweet Share Pin It has been five years since Tim Cook took the reins as Apple's CEO after Steve Jobs stepped down, and we're about see a new line of products launch at next week's Apple event. So this week on Ctrl-Walt-Delete, ...Show More

49:26 | Aug 11th, 2016

This week in Walt's column, he reviews the Logitech Create keyboard for the iPad Pro, and finds that is a great alternative to the keyboard made by Apple. This sparks a conversation between Walt and Nilay about expanding the use of a tablet and repla...Show More

1:02:01 | Aug 4th, 2016

The television has gone through many changes since its inception: from being a piece of furniture in your home, to going with you to the beach, or being just another device you connect to your Wi-Fi network. This week, Walt reviewed the 55-inch LG OL...Show More

58:06 | Jul 21st, 2016

Eight years after the app store has opened, Walt and Nilay discuss the use of smartphone apps today. Walt deleted tons of apps, and it seems to have turned out for the best. With smartphone users downloading an average of zero apps a month, has the g...Show More

51:17 | Jul 14th, 2016

Wi-Fi calling in the United States has hit an all-time high and Republic Wireless — a small, renegade phone carrier — has taken advantage of this. Walt and Nilay discuss Walt's review of Republic in length, as well as the convenience of Wi-Fi on the ...Show More

54:48 | Jul 7th, 2016

Nilay and Walt lament the growing barrage of messages and notifications from services that don't interoperate. They call on OS owners Apple and Google to give users better tools to deal with the mess. There might also be t-shirts.

48:19 | Jun 30th, 2016

As the rumors about the disappearing headphone jack continue to surface, Walt reviews new earphones that still take advantage of this classic technology but adds a new twist. This sparks a new conversation about the powered audio jack and how it bene...Show More

1:04:44 | Jun 23rd, 2016

After Walt's review of the HP Spectre, Nilay and Walt pick up where the review left off and dig into how the laptop compares to its direct competitor, the MacBook. They also look back at Walt's review of the Lenovo Yoga, which, back in 2012, had tabl...Show More

54:17 | Jun 16th, 2016

The Worldwide Developers Conference presented new software from Apple for the Mac, the iPhone, and everything in between — and some of the features are a big deal. What is Apple planning on doing with them in the long run? And how is a company that's...Show More

1:05:33 | Jun 9th, 2016

Back from Code Conference, Walt and Nilay discuss what they took away from interviews with Jeff Bezos, Sundar Pichai, and others, and dive into the state of the companies they belong to. Also, WWDC is just around the corner and we have some exclusive...Show More

41:37 | May 26th, 2016

With companies like Google and Microsoft introducing new technology like bots and VR, Walt and Nilay stop and look at Apple; can they make a shift to re-dominate the industry they locked in for the past 15 years? Apple may not be perfectly positioned...Show More

40:33 | May 20th, 2016

With all the news that came out of Google I/O 2016, Walt and Nilay look at the big picture and discuss the future of the industry. Google is playing catch up with big announcements of AI, an Amazon Echo competitor, and video and messaging apps, but w...Show More

45:41 | May 12th, 2016

With Facebook becoming a part of nearly everyone's life, Walt and Nilay discuss the repercussions of this; interaction with brands on Facebook and "trending" topics that appear on your home page. Is this method of advertising and news consumption inh...Show More

44:30 | May 5th, 2016

After Walt's review of the email app EasilyDo in this week's column, Nilay and Walt dissect the world of e-mail today.

53:31 | Apr 28th, 2016

With the introduction of The Verge's new gadget blog Circuit Breaker and the release of Apple's Q2 earnings report, Walt and Nilay discuss the importance of gadgets in the tech world today, the separation of smartphones from the gadget world, and als...Show More

59:53 | Apr 14th, 2016

This week on Ctrl-Walt-Delete, Walt's column about Slack intersects with news of new Facebook features. Chat bots and messaging are seeing a resurgence, but their roots can be traced back to the days of AOL’s dominance. Meanwhile, Facebook is pushing...Show More

56:53 | Apr 7th, 2016

This week on Ctrl-Walt-Delete, the new web browser Vivaldi arrives in a world of mobile use; which sparks the debate of web versus apps, as well as looking back at the recent history of browsing the web. Walt and Nilay take their sides on one of the...Show More

56:24 | Mar 31st, 2016

This week on Ctrl-Walt-Delete, we continue the talk on the iPhone SE and the iPad Pro 9.7 after Walt's review of the products and then dive into what came out of the Microsoft Build Developer Conference.

44:10 | Mar 24th, 2016

This week on Ctrl-Walt-Delete, we briefly review the Apple event from this week and then discuss what Apple needs to do next as competitors step up.

53:32 | Mar 17th, 2016

This week on Ctrl-Walt-Delete, Walt and Nilay take on the long running dispute of the public opinion on open source tech, and whether there actually is a hard definition of "open" and "closed"

42:20 | Mar 10th, 2016

As Samsung releases the Galaxy S7 and the S7 Edge, our two experts talk about the design of the new products; the sleek hardware of the phone as well as the software that doesn't necessarily complement it.

49:07 | Mar 3rd, 2016

This week, the duo talk privacy and security pertaining to technology. With two-factor authentication and Apple not giving a backdoor to phone encryption, should you feel safe keeping your data in the cloud? Let our experts go into detail about this ...Show More

45:41 | Feb 25th, 2016

After Walt's review of the Eero, the duo discuss in detail the usage of wireless systems and the surprisingly numerous devices one uses in the household with a Wi-Fi internet connection.

38:42 | Feb 18th, 2016

This week on Ctrl-Walt-Delete, the duo discuss the recent Apple news regarding encryption, and also talk in depth about the Nextbit Robin.

48:05 | Feb 4th, 2016

Nilay talks with Walt about his criticism of Apple lately regarding the decline in quality of software on both mobile and desktop.

51:13 | Jan 28th, 2016

Walt and Nilay talk twitter; discussing problems with it as a product and suggest improvements in features and strategies.

47:53 | Jan 21st, 2016

After almost a year since the Apple Watch has been released, Walt and Nilay question the nature of the smartwatch and analyze how we use it today while also discussing what we should see in the future.

36:18 | Jan 15th, 2016

Ctrl-Walt Delete returns from CES to discuss the integration of the car industry with the tech industry, leading to the rise of smart technology in cars and the new competitors into the field.

26:56 | Jan 7th, 2016

Walt and Nilay meet at the Las Vegas Convention Center for CES 2016 and discuss what the Consumer Electronics Show means to them, along with analyzing what they've seen so far. A new year of Ctrl-Walt-Delete starts off with Nilay finally paying his d...Show More

42:41 | Dec 17th, 2015

As the iPhone battery case is released and external battery packs are a now a customary tech accessory, Walt and Nilay stop and think about the current status of phone and device batteries. Why is there a struggle for better battery life and what is ...Show More

48:15 | Dec 10th, 2015

What happens when new technology no longer wows us? Walt and Nilay discuss the lack of enthusiasm over Google’s Pixel C, suggesting that we may be in a technological lull. Can Ctrl-Walt-Delete save us or are we doomed to live with tech mediocrity?

40:59 | Dec 3rd, 2015

Walt delves into his past as a national security reporter, weighing in on the modern encryption debate. What is the balance between privacy and national security? We'd also like to bid a fond welcome our newest podcast subscriber: the FBI.

35:07 | Nov 19th, 2015

What is a computer? Can a $150 laptop be any good? Are netbooks back? Walt and Nilay tackle all these questions and more in this week's episode, and it turns out none of the answers are as simple as they seem. And that $150 laptop might be the start ...Show More

50:46 | Nov 12th, 2015

It's iPad Pro week, and that means Walt and Nilay are talking about the future of computing — a tiny little subject of discussion that leads finally to the first fundamental disagreement on the show. Can our hosts survive? Can the show survive? Will ...Show More

47:42 | Nov 5th, 2015

Another week, another heated agreement. Walt and Nilay both think Google should leap directly into the fray of making its own hardware, but there are lots of challenges involved. And what does it take to get a T-shirt business off the ground and then...Show More

48:42 | Oct 29th, 2015

The new Apple TV came out this week, and both Walt and Nilay wrote reviews. Will they finally disagree? And can anyone crack the TV puzzle? It’s all up in the air, or in the cloud, or wherever stuff goes now, in 2015. Join us, but not on your new App...Show More

48:54 | Oct 22nd, 2015

In what might be Walt’s first ever movie review he writes about the new Steve Jobs film, and he and Nilay chat about how screenwriter Aaron Sorkin’s artistic liberties are flawed, and how the movie completely missed Jobs’ humanity.

43:37 | Oct 15th, 2015

Walt reviewed the Toshiba Radius 12 4K this week and he wasn’t impressed, which brings on a conversation about laptop deficiency in the last few years and how that may just be entering a rotund moment of change.

35:25 | Oct 8th, 2015

Walt and Nilay talk about the state of ads today, Walt’s 1999 column on shoddy advertising, and the possible solution to the tracking pandemonium.

38:29 | Oct 1st, 2015

Walt and Nilay deconstruct the TiVo Bolt, the 1999 TiVo, its ad-skipping features, and Nilay’s recurring debts.

40:51 | Sep 24th, 2015

Walt and Nilay kick things off with a discussion of the iPhone 6S, the weird new prices of phones, the 2007 iPhone, and more.