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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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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.

Going to miss you, Mossberg

By John in West Hollywood - Apr 21 2017
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I've enjoyed listening to this "new" podcast these past few years. A shame it didn't start sooner.

iTunes Ratings

309 Ratings
Average Ratings
264
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.

Going to miss you, Mossberg

By John in West Hollywood - Apr 21 2017
Read more
I've enjoyed listening to this "new" podcast these past few years. A shame it didn't start sooner.
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Ctrl-Walt-Delete

Updated 4 days ago

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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.

Rank #1: Walt and Nilay on Trump and tech

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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.

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Nov 10 2016

57mins

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Rank #2: 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 #3: 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 #4: Walt and Nilay take on the Gang

Mar 09 2017

1hr 4mins

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Rank #5: 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 #6: 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 #7: 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 #8: 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 #9: 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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Rank #10: 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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Rank #11: A cycle of despair

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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?

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Dec 10 2015

48mins

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Rank #12: 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 #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 take the wheel

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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.

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Jan 15 2016

36mins

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Rank #15: 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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Rank #16: 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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Rank #17: 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 #18: 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 #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: CES 2016 edition

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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 debt to Walt.

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Jan 07 2016

26mins

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