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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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313 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

313 Ratings
Average Ratings
266
19
6
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

Latest release on Nov 08, 2018

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

Updated by OwlTail 2 months ago

Rank #1: 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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Rank #2: 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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Rank #3: Walt and Nilay take on the Gang

Mar 09 2017

1hr 4mins

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Rank #4: 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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Rank #5: 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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Rank #6: 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

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Rank #7: 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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Rank #8: 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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Rank #9: Nilay and Walt watch TV

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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 Apple TV, which lacks a podcast app for some reason. Airplay. Use Airplay.

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Oct 29 2015

48mins

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Rank #10: 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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Rank #11: 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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Rank #12: 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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Rank #13: 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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Rank #14: Walt and Nilay are on fire

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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 customers are going through obstacles trying return them. Walt and Nilay examine Samsung’s approach to the recall and how they may be messing it up for themselves.

Also, in Walt’s column this week, he reviews watchOS 3 so the two get into Apple’s sort-of reboot for the Apple Watch and its new role in the gadget world.

There’s a lot more that they discuss including macOS Sierra, new Macbooks, and Google’s Allo so get ready for, as Nilay calls it, “a grab-bag episode” of Ctrl-Walt-Delete.

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Sep 22 2016

56mins

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Rank #15: Walt and Nilay are smarter than Siri

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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. This week on Ctrl-Walt-Delete, Walt and Nilay discuss Apple’s artificial intelligence strategy and how it’s just not up to speed with what customers are doing today.

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Oct 13 2016

43mins

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Rank #16: 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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Rank #17: Walt and Nilay talk design

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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 bring up the state of gadgets and whether or not there is a gadget apocalypse approaching.

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Dec 08 2016

1hr 3mins

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Rank #18: 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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Rank #19: 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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Rank #20: 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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