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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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312 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

312 Ratings
Average Ratings
267
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

Latest release on Nov 08, 2018

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

Updated by OwlTail 8 days 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 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

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Rank #3: 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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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 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 #6: 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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Rank #7: 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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Rank #8: 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 #9: 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 #10: 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 #11: 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 #12: 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 #13: 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 #14: 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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Rank #15: 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 #16: 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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Rank #17: Walt and Nilay bundle up

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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 starting to look more and more like cable subscriptions. A great episode awaits you, please press play.

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Jan 12 2017

1hr 3mins

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Rank #18: 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 #19: 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 #20: Walt and Nilay find a loophole

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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 issue and clear things up.

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Mar 03 2016

49mins

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