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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. Hosted by Jason Snell.
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1:00:45 | Jun 20th

Facebook's cryptocurrency move, 5G in rural areas, Google steals lyrics, Apple hedges on China, JJ Abrams cuts a big deal with Warner Media, Snapchat's original programming strategy, and much more.

46:08 | Jun 13th

The tech industry has a lot to apologize for, the Huawei mess escalates, and is Apple still thinking about autonomous vehicles?
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49:06 | Jun 6th

From Apple's podcast studio within its Worldwide Developer Conference, we're joined by John Siracusa and Shelly Brisbin to discuss iPadOS, iOS, Catalyst, SwiftUI, and Apple's new pro hardware.

50:27 | May 23rd

The increasingly messy tech Cold War, Apple's keyboard troubles, the prospects for data protection laws in the U.S., and Wi-Fi stalking on the Tube.

1:06:16 | May 16th

Apple gets a bad Supreme Court ruling, Disney buys the rest of Hulu, and Florence Ion joins us to discuss last week's Google IO, including the Pixel 3a and the fate of all our Nest thermostats.

57:26 | Apr 18th

Apple and Qualcomm make up over fried chicken, social-media companies continue to not get it, and the Galaxy Fold makes a very bad first impression.

1:06:11 | Apr 11th

Netflix ties its own hands, new Kindles arrive, Amazon gets criticized for cozying up to oil companies while touting its own green-energy efforts, web accessibility is trickier than you'd think, and... is that a black hole?

53:02 | Apr 4th

Apple's News+ pitch failed with key newspapers--but Facebook might value news curation now? Future iPhones come into focus, but Apple's 5G timeline is called into question. And the "hearables" category (by which we mean wireless headphones) heats up.

1:00:36 | Mar 21st

Google unveils a cloud gaming strategy at GDC, Apple releases all the product updates, Instagram goes shopping, and MySpace deletes all your favorite music from 2009.

57:18 | Mar 14th

The complicated reality of trying to break up the power of large tech companies, Spotify takes on Apple, Apple sets its sights on services, and takiing lessons from "Captain Marvel."

1:01:21 | Mar 7th

Fitbit unveils new low-cost fitness trackers, Apple goes hiring in Qualcomm's backyard, Zuck has a vision for private conversations, and we bring in our Special Automotive Correspondent to discuss electric car announcements.

1:10:59 | Feb 28th

Mobile World Congress brings folding phones, battery phones, camera phones, 5G machinations, and a new business-oriented HoloLens. Plus there's a robot on the streets of Memphis, and maybe Netflix is bringing the world closer together?

1:10:17 | Feb 7th

Apple shuffles retail executives, Facebook turns 15 (and gets slapped on the wrists by Germany), Spotify spends a lot of money to embrace podcasting, and this year's new emoji are unveiled.

39:32 | Jan 31st

Apple copes with declining iPhone sales and a bad FaceTime bug, then ends up coming down hard on Facebook for its misuse of a tool designed to read user data. Also, there's an imaginary bear in the woods... or is there?

1:03:46 | Jan 24th

Robots roll out, smartphones get weird, Apple Pay expands, Netflix gets Oscar nominations and joins the MPAA, NBC Universal gets into streaming, and Tesla puts the squeeze on its customers.

1:02:34 | Jan 17th

Apple's battery replacement saga and the parable of the infinite home appliance; Facebook and WordPress try to help journalism; Netflix raises prices; and the biggest trends from CES.

1:02:32 | Jan 10th

Everything's better when it's a draft--even CES. This week we're picking the top stories from the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show, as well as the products that are least likely to ever ship and our least favorite stories of the week.

1:06:35 | Jan 1st

In this special New Years Day episode, we look back at the biggest trends of 2018, review some stories you might have missed along the way, and make a few bold predictions for 2019.

48:31 | Dec 20th, 2018

2018 ends with a lot of grim dystopia type stuff involving social media services and the synergy power of media companies and internet providers. Meanwhile, Apple takes the lowers its ecosystem walls and adding Apple Music to Amazon Echo devices.

1:06:49 | Dec 13th, 2018

Google's CEO gets grilled by Congress; Instagram gets a new product leader; Apple does a bunch of stuff; and Supermicro defends itself against Bloomberg.

1:04:32 | Dec 6th, 2018

Qualcomm rolls out 5G cellular networking at a Hawaiian resort; Tumblr bans sexual imagery and nudity; Apple fails emoji biology; and streaming services consider inserting ads into paused video.

1:11:45 | Nov 29th, 2018

The App Store goes before the Supreme Court, Amazon embraces ARM servers, and we discuss the amazing life and business lessons of IDG founder Pat McGovern.

53:44 | Nov 15th, 2018

Amazon finishes its 'Bachelor'-style courting of US cities; Samsung makes us ponder whether foldable phones will ever be a thing; and YouTube decries the EU's new copyright declaration.

1:04:15 | Nov 8th, 2018

Samsung shows off a foldable phone, Apple grows its revenue and ships new products, Amazon gets into catalogs and embraces the east coast, Comcast builds a cable box for cord cutters, and we mourn a couple of casualties of the streaming-service wars.

1:15:06 | Nov 1st, 2018

This week it's all about Apple's event in New York. Is the iPad Pro's amazing hardware let down by software? The Mac elbows in for some stage time with the MacBook Air and Mac Mini. And the prices of Apple products keep cranking higher and higher...

56:37 | Oct 25th, 2018

Tim Cook speaks out in favor of tech regulations; Apple gets set for another product announcement next week; Tesla gets good news; and we question the future of VR as another executive departs Oculus.

51:01 | Oct 11th, 2018

This week Google unloaded a bunch of new hardware, including the Google Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL, the Pixel Slate, and the Home Hub; and in other Google news, the company found a major security flaw that ended up spelling the end for Google+.

58:49 | Sep 27th, 2018

Microsoft sets its eyes on the cloud and suddenly finds itself on the side of the angels; Instagram's founders leave their creation in Mark Zuckerberg's hands; and Oculus debuts a new standalone VR headset.

1:08:31 | Sep 20th, 2018

Apple updates most of its operating systems, and prepares to ship its new iPhones and Apple Watches; Elon Musk announces a trip around the moon while getting scrutinized by the government; and Amazon announces a slew of new Echo-powered products.

51:52 | Sep 6th, 2018

Apple's event nears, but the rumored names for its new iPhones are really weird; young people are abandoning Facebook in droves; social-media giants spend a day in the barrel on Capitol Hill; and Evernote may be circling the drain.

45:40 | Aug 30th, 2018

Apple rumor season is in full swing, Google brings "digital well-being" to YouTube viewing stats, Uber embraces scooters and ebikes, and conservatives complain about Google having a liberal bias.

47:17 | Aug 23rd, 2018

This week graphics cards got way better; the App Store came under criticism; and Facebook did a bunch of controversial stuff... again.

54:05 | Aug 16th, 2018

Behavioral surveillance in apps; Alexa and Cortana shack up; a spaceship files toward the sun; Twitch backs up a truck full of money to the doors of star YouTubers; and Apple evangelizes the app subscription.

55:57 | Aug 9th, 2018

Tech giants move to ban a peddler of conspiracies and snake oil, but not Twitter; MoviePass nears death, but everything may still be a service; and Samsung rolls out a bunch of new products.

57:11 | Aug 2nd, 2018

Google may be returning to the (censored) search business in China, YouTube Premium and Facebook Watch face the icy stares of skeptical TV critics; and Apple breaks a trillion but still has trouble with the Mac.

50:37 | Jul 19th, 2018

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

1:00:55 | Jul 12th, 2018

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.

54:53 | Jun 21st, 2018

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.

43:24 | Jun 14th, 2018

We list our favorite game announcements from E3, ponder the industry trend toward consolidation, watch as Twitter continues to rearrange deckchairs, and celebrate Tennesseean supercomputers.

56:54 | Jun 7th, 2018

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.

50:36 | May 31st, 2018

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.

56:38 | May 24th, 2018

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.

56:56 | May 17th, 2018

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.

57:18 | May 10th, 2018

This week brought developer conferences from Google and Microsoft, and with them came a lot of news. We discuss Google's commitment to "digital well-being", updates to Google Assistant, an unnerving phone call from a robot, and more.

57:10 | May 3rd, 2018

T-Mobile and Sprint take another run at merging together; Facebook releases its standalone VR headset, gets into the dating game, and offers some data opt outs; and the gig economy takes a body blow.

1:05:45 | Apr 26th, 2018

Google fails to get the message about texting privacy, Amazon's got home robots and is now letting people open your car, and on this podcast's first birthday we consider some trends we've noticed over the past year.

49:27 | Apr 19th, 2018

The U.S. takes on ZTE, Russia takes on Telegram, San Francisco takes on scooters, and video-streaming services take on your wallet.

49:53 | Apr 12th, 2018

Mr. Zuckerberg goes to Washington, Apple goes all in on renewable energy, Hulu and Spotify rebuild the bundle, Snap gives it a second try, and Google releases its own fuzzy-puppy update.

59:44 | Apr 5th, 2018

Intel unveils new mobile chips, Apple dumps Intel, Google loses its AI chief to Apple, and Microsoft reorgs Windows. All that, plus scooters litter the streets of San Francisco, drones are crashing all around us, oh the humanity!

1:04:39 | Mar 29th, 2018

Apple goes back to school, but will it make any difference in its battle with Chromebooks? Microsoft unveils a game subscription service, because we live in the era of subscription services. And Facebook has another bad week.

1:00:58 | Mar 22nd, 2018

Facebook made us all think about the power of social media and the value of our personal data this week, but was Mark Zuckerberg's response enough? In equally heavy news, the first autonomous vehicle fatality happened this week.

49:01 | Mar 15th, 2018

The U.S. government kills the Broadcom/Qualcomm merger, Apple buys a magazine subscription service, and Facebook and YouTube take stands of a sort against questionable posts on the Internet.

57:26 | Mar 8th, 2018

Into a somewhat boring smartphone market comes our first glance at Android P, MoviePass gets caught tracking its users, iPhone app development turns 10, and is that a creepy laugh coming from the Amazon Echo?

48:28 | Mar 1st, 2018

This week we analyze many of the phone announcements from Mobile World Congress, including a new Samsung Galaxy and the return of a phone you may remember from a film made in the previous century.

55:46 | Feb 22nd, 2018

Twitter is banning a bunch of bot accounts (again) and Microsoft is struggling to shed legacy technology in Windows (again), while the next flagship smartphone has been leaked (again).

49:03 | Feb 15th, 2018

Apple's software quality may have caught up with it, while Snapchat is dealing with the fallout of its recent redesign. All the while, Facebook is doing Facebook things and we really need a fuzzy puppy update.

59:57 | Feb 8th, 2018

It's corporate results season, so we check in on how things are going at all the tech giants, including Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Netflix. Oh, and a billionaire shot a sportscar into space.

1:03:24 | Feb 1st, 2018

It's a weird week in tech news: Strava leaked the location of secret military bases, Amazon got into healthcare, someone in the Trump Administration proposed nationalizing 5G wireless, and the world waited (or didn't) for the Apple HomePod.

50:54 | Jan 25th, 2018

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?

57:58 | Jan 18th, 2018

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.

1:00:18 | Jan 11th, 2018

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.

54:54 | Jan 4th, 2018

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.

1:02:02 | Dec 21st, 2017

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...Show More

56:09 | Dec 14th, 2017

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.

52:18 | Nov 22nd, 2017

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.

54:32 | Nov 16th, 2017

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.

53:44 | Nov 9th, 2017

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.

59:01 | Nov 2nd, 2017

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.

59:50 | Oct 26th, 2017

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?

1:07:31 | Oct 19th, 2017

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

1:02:17 | Oct 12th, 2017

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.

54:06 | Oct 5th, 2017

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.

40:02 | Sep 28th, 2017

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.

49:32 | Sep 21st, 2017

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.

58:27 | Sep 14th, 2017

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?

48:19 | Sep 7th, 2017

Silicon Valley companies are back in the political arena with their reactions to DACA. Meanwhile, Apple and Amazon are in a bidding war over James Bond while the Boston Red Sox are cheating using their Apple Watches.

54:05 | Aug 31st, 2017

The world of voice assistants gets more complicated with an Alexa-Cortana link-up, Google counters Apple's augmented-reality toolkit with an announcement of its own, and Berlin's IFA trade show brings announcements of new smartwatches and mobile PCs.

56:00 | Aug 24th, 2017

Samsung unveils the Galaxy Note 8, Apple reportedly slows down its car project, and Jason and Stephen are still thinking about this week's total solar eclipse.

50:51 | Aug 17th, 2017

With smartphones and live streams, we can all watch the news unfold in real time, but at what cost? Insurance companies are offering discounts for data, and we all wonder what's going on with Facebook Marketplace.

51:47 | Aug 10th, 2017

This week we discuss the sexist Google "manifesto" and its aftermath, as well as Disney's announcement that it's launching two different streaming services.

1:00:56 | Aug 3rd, 2017

It's phone season! Apple spilled the beans on the next iPhone and Samsung prepares to reintroduce the Note brand after last year's debacle. And Apple reports iPad growth, but is it too late for the tablet market?

50:45 | Jul 20th, 2017

Google asks for our input to help filter what it shows us, but are we tainting machine learning with our own biases? Also: Why the future of video games is, surprisingly, in the past.

50:46 | Jul 13th, 2017

Shopping holidays and how consumers can tell the good deals from the bad; high-end smartphones and the tech journalists who love them; and a lump of coal in your Prime Day stocking by the name of Net Neutrality.

59:06 | Jul 6th, 2017

The rise of electric cars and the future of the personal vehicle market, the ability (or lack of same) for free websites with huge audiences to make money and be profitable, and another ugly week for the culture of the tech industry.

52:24 | Jun 30th, 2017

Ten years ago, the original iPhone went on sale, launching the smartphone market as we know it today. More recently, the EU fined Google 2.4 billion euros in an antitrust case, and the Amazon Echo Show has shipped to customers.

50:58 | Jun 22nd, 2017

Amazon is looking to push organic kale with its purchase of Whole Foods, while also taking on clothing subscription services. Over at Apple, an internal meeting about secrecy leaked to the press. Oh, sweet irony.

1:02:28 | Jun 15th, 2017

It's E3 week! Microsoft unveiled its 4K console (we're calling it 'Xb1x')while Nintendo stocked up on Switch games and Sony promised a bunch of new stuff for the PS4.

59:10 | Jun 8th, 2017

Apple's new connected speaker, the company's renewed focus on the iPad (and what it means for both the Mac and Windows), and its major step forward in bringing augmented-reality tech to developers.

58:05 | Jun 2nd, 2017

Andy Rubin unveiled his new phone (and company) this week at the Code Conference. Meanwhile, the U.S. Supreme Court rules on our rights to the products we buy and Uber's latest bad news makes us wonder about the freedom to change jobs.

58:11 | May 25th, 2017

Microsoft is back in the news with another updated device, the topic of on-campus daycare in Silicon Valley raises questions about work/life balance, and patent trolls have been dealt a big blow by the U.S. Supreme Court.

58:38 | May 19th, 2017

This week, Google held its annual developer conference. It brought a bunch of news about Assistant, Home and Photos, and plenty of AI! Meanwhile, the WannaCry attack exploits old software to bring PCs around the world to a grinding halt.

56:02 | May 12th, 2017

It's another week, and Amazon has another Echo for preorder. Microsoft's Build keynote brings changes to Windows 10, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is considering a ban on electronics larger than phones on flights across the Atlantic.

1:02:54 | May 4th, 2017

Microsoft's new Surface Laptop and Windows 10 S, the future of TV and cord-cutting as seen by streaming services and cable companies, Facebook hiring thousands of people to detect disturbing content, and recent quarterly earnings from three tech gian...Show More

59:10 | Apr 27th, 2017

This week's panel discusses the Amazon Echo Look and the future of online retail, our value as consumers when companies resell our data, and what went wrong with that Internet-connected juice dispenser.