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Enjoy the archives of this retired series featuring legendary technology columnist Walt Mossberg and The Verge’s editor-in-chief Nilay Patel. The series finale aired on June 13, 2017, shortly before Walt’s well-deserved retirement. For more on what’s happening now (and next) in technology and gadgets, listen and subscribe to The Vergecast.

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Enjoy the archives of this retired series featuring legendary technology columnist Walt Mossberg and The Verge’s editor-in-chief Nilay Patel. The series finale aired on June 13, 2017, shortly before Walt’s well-deserved retirement. For more on what’s happening now (and next) in technology and gadgets, listen and subscribe to The Vergecast.

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311 Ratings
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Great chemistry between the hosts

By Charles rumm - May 03 2017
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you can't get Walt's tech perspective anywhere else. Thanks.

Wonderful Show on Tech/Culture

By EvanMScott - Apr 20 2017
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One of my favorite tech podcasts to date. I'm sad that it's ending soon.

iTunes Ratings

311 Ratings
Average Ratings
266
19
4
4
18

Great chemistry between the hosts

By Charles rumm - May 03 2017
Read more
you can't get Walt's tech perspective anywhere else. Thanks.

Wonderful Show on Tech/Culture

By EvanMScott - Apr 20 2017
Read more
One of my favorite tech podcasts to date. I'm sad that it's ending soon.

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Ctrl-Walt-Delete

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Enjoy the archives of this retired series featuring legendary technology columnist Walt Mossberg and The Verge’s editor-in-chief Nilay Patel. The series finale aired on June 13, 2017, shortly before Walt’s well-deserved retirement. For more on what’s happening now (and next) in technology and gadgets, listen and subscribe to The Vergecast.

Walt is an executive at large

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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 anyone use a mouse ever again? Let's find out.

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Nov 12 2015

50mins

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Walt tells stories about Steve Jobs

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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.

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Oct 22 2015

48mins

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Walt and Nilay have too many apps

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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 glamour of using apps faded away? And if so, what is the next step for smartphone software? Also, Nilay reads a review from Walt about the time the Apple app store first opened.

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Jul 21 2016

58mins

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Walt wants better ads

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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.

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Oct 08 2015

35mins

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Walt and Nilay worry about Apple

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

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Feb 04 2016

48mins

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Walt and Nilay talk Apple, Microsoft and Verizon

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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 discuss earnings that Apple disclosed recently, the Microsoft event announcing new laptops, and Verizon’s public response to net neutrality.

We’ve only got a few episodes left so take advantage of these new episodes while you can!

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May 04 2017

1hr 11mins

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Nilay and Walt start a smartphone company

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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 pivot into smartphones? We're going to find out.

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Nov 05 2015

47mins

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Walt gives Nilay marriage advice

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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.

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Oct 15 2015

43mins

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Walt and Nilay integrate vertically

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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 for companies like Apple, Amazon, Samsung, and Microsoft.

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Oct 06 2016

1hr 1min

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Walt and Nilay take on the Gang

Mar 09 2017

1hr 4mins

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Walt and Nilay recharge their phones

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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 it doing to the future of technology?

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Dec 17 2015

42mins

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Walt and Nilay raise the touch bar

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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 is worth the upgrade.

Also, they take time to talk about the problem with fake news on social networks and how it may influence its users.

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Nov 17 2016

56mins

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Walt and Nilay fix TV

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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 ultimate factor in how we watch TV today, and decades-old traditions from networks and cable companies may be obstructing convenience for the consumer.

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Feb 23 2017

1hr 9mins

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Walt and Nilay go over 140 characters

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

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Jan 28 2016

51mins

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Walt and Nilay grade on a curve

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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 Holiday Spectacular, Walt and Nilay go over the 2016 hits and misses from companies like Google, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, and Facebook.

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Dec 22 2016

1hr 7mins

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Walt and Nilay get Pixelated

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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 a bunch of hardware with their own software, the idea of brand lock-in is much more real for the consumer.

Lastly, Apple is holding a Mac event next week, so Walt and Nilay speculate about announcements and specs for the long-awaited new laptops.

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Oct 20 2016

1hr 4mins

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Walt and Nilay lose track of time

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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.

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Jan 21 2016

47mins

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Walt and Nilay outsmart Google

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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 artificial intelligence software and a massive amount of data, compete with Amazon’s successful device?

Also, the 13-inch Macbook Pro has finally updated and we’ve tested it out. Second half of the show, we give your our experience with it.

Listen to our 50th episode right here right now!

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Nov 03 2016

56mins

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Walt and Nilay explore the Galaxy

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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. On this week’s Ctrl-Walt-Delete, Walt and Nilay talk about how email affects their lives and where they see it going in the future.

Also, after members of Congress voted to reverse an FCC privacy rule regarding ISPs selling customer data, the episode explains what happens next in America.

And of course, the Samsung Galaxy S8 was announced on Wednesday, so this wouldn’t be a tech podcast if we didn’t discuss initial impressions.

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Mar 30 2017

1hr 13mins

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Walt and Nilay take control of your TV

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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 excited about. Walt’s column from Wednesday focused on the addition of Android apps on Chrome OS, which is featured in the newest Chromebook: the Samsung Chromebook Plus. The two review the software in beta and discuss user experience thus far. Also, a special guest briefly stops by the studio to give us their quick take on it as well.

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Feb 16 2017

1hr 3mins

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Walt Mossberg reacts to the new MacBook Air on The Vergecast

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

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Nov 08 2018

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Special edition: Walt and Nilay remember the iMac

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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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May 11 2018

32mins

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Walt and Nilay sign off

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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 is the episode you’ve been waiting for. After a two-week break for Code Conference and Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, Walt gave us his takeaways from the interviews at Code and the new products announced from Apple. Nilay and Dieter join Walt in speculating what’s next for their world of consumer tech and tech journalism, with a live Q&A as well.
I’d like to take this moment to thank everyone who listened to any episode of the show, those who subscribed, those who read and commented on these posts, those who went to our live shows, and those who sent us feedback, insight, and intros for the show. This podcast became a success because of all of our listeners, and we greatly appreciate it.

Stay tuned for more podcasts and audio projects from The Verge.

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Jun 13 2017

1hr 19mins

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Walt and Nilay make tech vanish

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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, Walt and Nilay talk through Walt’s column and the future of tech. The show also focuses on each of the big tech companies and what is possibly in store for their future.

This is an episode you are not going to want to miss.

And I know what you’re thinking... the last show? Well, kind of. We are happy to announce that we are doing a live taping of Ctrl-Walt-Delete for our final show! Come hang out with Walt and Nilay at the School of Visual Arts in New York City on June 9th at 6PM ET. Stay tuned for more details and tickets on the site.

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May 25 2017

1hr 11mins

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Walt and Nilay I/O

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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 happened so Walt and Nilay break it down for you.

Also, the duo talk a little bit about the Windows hack that was leaked from the NSA and what this could mean for Microsoft and software updates in the future.

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May 18 2017

1hr 5mins

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Walt and Nilay go to the Show

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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 new speaker with Cortana; and also the future of ambient computing. Is Apple next in line to release an Amazon Echo competitor with Siri?

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May 10 2017

55mins

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Walt and Nilay talk Apple, Microsoft and Verizon

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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 discuss earnings that Apple disclosed recently, the Microsoft event announcing new laptops, and Verizon’s public response to net neutrality.

We’ve only got a few episodes left so take advantage of these new episodes while you can!

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May 04 2017

1hr 11mins

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Walt and Nilay on Twitter, Amazon and the FCC

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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 revenue and growth, and the FCC’s plan to reverse Title II net neutrality.
We’ve only got a few episodes left so take advantage of these new episodes while you can!

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Apr 27 2017

1hr

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Walt and Nilay squeeze more into less

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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 up against other flagship phones like the Google Pixel and iPhone 7, and if it moves past Samsung’s previous mistakes.

Listen through it all to hear what wasn’t brought up in the reviews you’ve read.

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Apr 20 2017

51mins

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Walt and Nilay rescue the internet

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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-Walt-Delete, Nilay and Walt discuss what we need to change, and possible solutions for the problems politicians and major corporations are debatably only blocking.

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Apr 13 2017

56mins

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Walt and Nilay hear the dialog

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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 Ctrl-Walt-Delete.

Also, FCC news continues after Congress’ rollback of FCC’s privacy rules and this podcast continues to update you.

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Apr 06 2017

1hr 1min

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Walt and Nilay explore the Galaxy

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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. On this week’s Ctrl-Walt-Delete, Walt and Nilay talk about how email affects their lives and where they see it going in the future.

Also, after members of Congress voted to reverse an FCC privacy rule regarding ISPs selling customer data, the episode explains what happens next in America.

And of course, the Samsung Galaxy S8 was announced on Wednesday, so this wouldn’t be a tech podcast if we didn’t discuss initial impressions.

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Mar 30 2017

1hr 13mins

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Walt and Nilay compare toasters to smartphones

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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 progression? Walt and Nilay discuss this on a great retro-tech episode of Ctrl-Walt-Delete.

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Mar 23 2017

59mins

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Walt and Nilay take on the Gang

Mar 09 2017

1hr 4mins

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Walt and Nilay reinvent the PC

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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, and phones, and how there’s something missing linking those gadgets.

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Mar 02 2017

1hr

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Walt and Nilay fix TV

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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 ultimate factor in how we watch TV today, and decades-old traditions from networks and cable companies may be obstructing convenience for the consumer.

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Feb 23 2017

1hr 9mins

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Walt and Nilay take control of your TV

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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 excited about. Walt’s column from Wednesday focused on the addition of Android apps on Chrome OS, which is featured in the newest Chromebook: the Samsung Chromebook Plus. The two review the software in beta and discuss user experience thus far. Also, a special guest briefly stops by the studio to give us their quick take on it as well.

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Feb 16 2017

1hr 3mins

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Walt and Nilay flip the board

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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 world of fake news and “alternative facts.”

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Feb 09 2017

57mins

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Walt and Nilay talk immigration and tech

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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 of Ctrl-Walt-Delete, Walt and Nilay expound further on the tech world’s dependance on immigration.
In the second half of the show, Walt responds to Nilay’s wife Becky’s review of a Samsung curved screen TV, which has been called “the best tech review ever.”

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Feb 02 2017

48mins

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Walt and Nilay wonder what the Fox says

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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 future projects that are still loading.

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Jan 26 2017

52mins

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