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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Walt Mossberg joined The Vergecast this week to discuss his first impressions on Apple's updated Macbook Air.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
This week, Walt’s column highlights the problem with online ads, which may be degrading the online experience for users. Walt and Nilay discuss how there isn’t yet a balance of what makes users, publishers, and advertisers happy.
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.
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.
Walt’s column this week features the problems with the AT&T/Time Warner merger with Walt suggesting that content and distribution should be separate. This week on Ctrl-Walt-Delete, Walt and Nilay give examples why this merger might not be a good idea and how results of this may play into a repudiation of net neutrality.
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.
Back from a week off, Walt and Nilay catch up and discuss Walt’s latest column on Facebook elaborate on how they should step up to tackle the fake news problem that plagues the platform.
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.
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.
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!
As Walt Mossberg wrote in his column this week: “the thrill is gone.” PCs were once on top of the consumer tech market, but that was before the introductions of the modern smartphone and tablet. Both Apple and Microsoft have new computers coming out for this holiday season, but will there be that same excitement as when it was king? Walt and Nilay discuss on this week’s Ctrl-Walt-Delete.
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.
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.
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.
This week, Walt and Nilay celebrate one year of podcasting together on Ctrl-Walt-Delete by discussing Elon Musk's plan to move humanity to Mars — and all the unanswered questions that remain after Musk's dazzling presentation.Walt's column this week took a look at Parallels 12 as a way to run Windows 10 and macOS Sierra simultaneously on Macs new and old, so they touch on that and compare it to Boot Camp. That leads to a discussion on the hardware that Microsoft, Apple, and others are putting forward to showcase these operating systems, with a focus on HP's new Spectre laptop.
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.
Last week on Ctrl-Walt-Delete, we were fresh off the Apple event, and we shared our first impressions of the new gadgets that were announced. This week, we saw reviews from both Walt and Nilay about the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. The two compare notes on their feelings about Apple's latest product, as well as its timeliness in light of competitor Galaxy Note 7's batteries exploding.
As you may have read on this site, Apple had an event yesterday, and we attended. Walt and Nilay meet up in San Francisco for this week's episode of Ctrl-Walt-Delete and invite Vergecast regulars Lauren Goode and Dieter Bohn to the show to discuss everything we saw at the event yesterday and give their first impressions.Apple watch: 06:51iPhone: 23:17eero ad - 43:25Headphone jack/AirPods - 45:32Home button: 1:13:06It's the mashup of two podcasts you've been waiting for! But fear not, there is more to come on this week's Vergecast that you won't want to miss so come back this Friday for more audio content from The Verge.
Share on Facebook Tweet Share Pin It has been five years since Tim Cook took the reins as Apple's CEO after Steve Jobs stepped down, and we're about see a new line of products launch at next week's Apple event. So this week on Ctrl-Walt-Delete, Walt and Nilay review the past five years and discuss what has (or hasn't) changed at Apple, including the products, sales, and the ever-expanding market.
This week in Walt's column, he reviews the Logitech Create keyboard for the iPad Pro, and finds that is a great alternative to the keyboard made by Apple. This sparks a conversation between Walt and Nilay about expanding the use of a tablet and replacing the laptop.
The television has gone through many changes since its inception: from being a piece of furniture in your home, to going with you to the beach, or being just another device you connect to your Wi-Fi network. This week, Walt reviewed the 55-inch LG OLED B series TV after his Pioneer Elite 50-inch plasma finally died, so Walt and Nilay discuss the many (sometimes unnecessary) features of the smart TV, and the television industry today.
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.
Wi-Fi calling in the United States has hit an all-time high and Republic Wireless — a small, renegade phone carrier — has taken advantage of this. Walt and Nilay discuss Walt's review of Republic in length, as well as the convenience of Wi-Fi on the go, with an insight of what Steve Jobs was thinking back in the early days of the iPhone.
Nilay and Walt lament the growing barrage of messages and notifications from services that don't interoperate. They call on OS owners Apple and Google to give users better tools to deal with the mess. There might also be t-shirts.
As the rumors about the disappearing headphone jack continue to surface, Walt reviews new earphones that still take advantage of this classic technology but adds a new twist. This sparks a new conversation about the powered audio jack and how it benefits existing technology.
After Walt's review of the HP Spectre, Nilay and Walt pick up where the review left off and dig into how the laptop compares to its direct competitor, the MacBook. They also look back at Walt's review of the Lenovo Yoga, which, back in 2012, had tablet-like features — something Walt compliments the Spectre for not having. Additionally, the duo go into Nilay's recent article about replacing the 3.5mm headphone jack from phones, in response to the rumors about Apple's next iPhone.
The Worldwide Developers Conference presented new software from Apple for the Mac, the iPhone, and everything in between — and some of the features are a big deal. What is Apple planning on doing with them in the long run? And how is a company that's still all about hardware going to go toe-to-toe in AI, one of the hottest topics in technology the last few months? Walt and Nilay sit down and dissect what came out of WWDC this year, and what it means for products present and future.
Back from Code Conference, Walt and Nilay discuss what they took away from interviews with Jeff Bezos, Sundar Pichai, and others, and dive into the state of the companies they belong to. Also, WWDC is just around the corner and we have some exclusive details on what's next from Apple.
With companies like Google and Microsoft introducing new technology like bots and VR, Walt and Nilay stop and look at Apple; can they make a shift to re-dominate the industry they locked in for the past 15 years? Apple may not be perfectly positioned for the next big thing and there's no clear winner in the game so far but it might be the last possible minute for them to step on the gas. Listen to this week's episode of Ctrl-Walt-Delete for up-to-date info before WWDC 2016 in the coming weeks.
With all the news that came out of Google I/O 2016, Walt and Nilay look at the big picture and discuss the future of the industry. Google is playing catch up with big announcements of AI, an Amazon Echo competitor, and video and messaging apps, but will they win over users? And with Google's brain integrated into almost everything you do online, what is the privacy sacrifice you will be making? Dive into this week's episode of Ctrl-Walt-Delete to hear what our experts think.
With Facebook becoming a part of nearly everyone's life, Walt and Nilay discuss the repercussions of this; interaction with brands on Facebook and "trending" topics that appear on your home page. Is this method of advertising and news consumption inherently good or bad? Listen to this week's Ctrl-Walt-Delete to find out.
After Walt's review of the email app EasilyDo in this week's column, Nilay and Walt dissect the world of e-mail today.
With the introduction of The Verge's new gadget blog Circuit Breaker and the release of Apple's Q2 earnings report, Walt and Nilay discuss the importance of gadgets in the tech world today, the separation of smartphones from the gadget world, and also look back at the golden age of gadgets in the 1990's.
This week on Ctrl-Walt-Delete, Walt's column about Slack intersects with news of new Facebook features. Chat bots and messaging are seeing a resurgence, but their roots can be traced back to the days of AOL’s dominance. Meanwhile, Facebook is pushing Live video, hoping it will attract a new class of creators like YouTube did. Walt and Nilay debate on the positives and negatives of these services.
This week on Ctrl-Walt-Delete, the new web browser Vivaldi arrives in a world of mobile use; which sparks the debate of web versus apps, as well as looking back at the recent history of browsing the web. Walt and Nilay take their sides on one of the most interesting conversations in tech.
This week on Ctrl-Walt-Delete, we continue the talk on the iPhone SE and the iPad Pro 9.7 after Walt's review of the products and then dive into what came out of the Microsoft Build Developer Conference.
This week on Ctrl-Walt-Delete, we briefly review the Apple event from this week and then discuss what Apple needs to do next as competitors step up.
This week on Ctrl-Walt-Delete, Walt and Nilay take on the long running dispute of the public opinion on open source tech, and whether there actually is a hard definition of "open" and "closed"
As Samsung releases the Galaxy S7 and the S7 Edge, our two experts talk about the design of the new products; the sleek hardware of the phone as well as the software that doesn't necessarily complement it.
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.
After Walt's review of the Eero, the duo discuss in detail the usage of wireless systems and the surprisingly numerous devices one uses in the household with a Wi-Fi internet connection.
This week on Ctrl-Walt-Delete, the duo discuss the recent Apple news regarding encryption, and also talk in depth about the Nextbit Robin.
Nilay talks with Walt about his criticism of Apple lately regarding the decline in quality of software on both mobile and desktop.
Walt and Nilay talk twitter; discussing problems with it as a product and suggest improvements in features and strategies.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
Walt delves into his past as a national security reporter, weighing in on the modern encryption debate. What is the balance between privacy and national security? We'd also like to bid a fond welcome our newest podcast subscriber: the FBI.
What is a computer? Can a $150 laptop be any good? Are netbooks back? Walt and Nilay tackle all these questions and more in this week's episode, and it turns out none of the answers are as simple as they seem. And that $150 laptop might be the start of something much, much bigger.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Walt and Nilay deconstruct the TiVo Bolt, the 1999 TiVo, its ad-skipping features, and Nilay’s recurring debts.
Walt and Nilay kick things off with a discussion of the iPhone 6S, the weird new prices of phones, the 2007 iPhone, and more.