Ctrl-Walt-Delete

Ctrl-Walt-Delete

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Ctrl-Walt-Delete is a podcast from The Verge featuring legendary tech reviewer Walt Mossberg and Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel. In each episode, they dive into the modern tech landscape using Walt’s extraordinary depth and experience to tell stories in entirely new ways. The series finale aired on June 13, 2017, shortly before Walt’s well-deserved retirement.
Walt and Nilay sign off
Jun 13 • 79 min
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…
Walt and Nilay make tech vanish
May 25 • 71 min
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…
Walt and Nilay I/O
May 18 • 65 min
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…
Walt and Nilay go to the Show
May 10 • 55 min
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…
Walt and Nilay talk Apple, Microsoft and Verizon
May 4 • 71 min
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…
Walt and Nilay on Twitter, Amazon and the FCC
Apr 27 • 60 min
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…
Walt and Nilay squeeze more into less
Apr 20 • 51 min
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…
Walt and Nilay rescue the internet
Apr 13 • 56 min
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…
Walt and Nilay hear the dialog
Apr 6 • 61 min
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…
Walt and Nilay explore the Galaxy
Mar 30 • 73 min
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…
Walt and Nilay compare toasters to smartphones
Mar 23 • 59 min
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…
Walt and Nilay take on the Gang
Mar 9 • 64 min
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Walt and Nilay reinvent the PC
Mar 2 • 60 min
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…
Walt and Nilay fix TV
Feb 23 • 69 min
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…
Walt and Nilay take control of your TV
Feb 16 • 63 min
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…
Walt and Nilay flip the board
Feb 9 • 57 min
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…
Walt and Nilay talk immigration and tech
Feb 2 • 48 min
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…
Walt and Nilay wonder what the Fox says
Jan 26 • 52 min
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…
Walt and Nilay bite the hand that feeds them
Jan 19 • 60 min
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.
Walt and Nilay bundle up
Jan 12 • 63 min
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…
Walt and Nilay grade on a curve
Dec 22, 2016 • 67 min
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…
Walt and Nilay zero in
Dec 15, 2016 • 59 min
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…
Walt and Nilay talk design
Dec 8, 2016 • 63 min
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…
Walt and Nilay tell Facebook to do its job
Dec 1, 2016 • 58 min
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.
Walt and Nilay raise the touch bar
Nov 17, 2016 • 56 min
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…
Walt and Nilay on Trump and tech
Nov 10, 2016 • 57 min
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.
Walt and Nilay outsmart Google
Nov 3, 2016 • 56 min
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…
Walt and Nilay recall the PC’s glory days
Oct 27, 2016 • 48 min
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…
Walt and Nilay get Pixelated
Oct 20, 2016 • 64 min
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…
Walt and Nilay are smarter than Siri
Oct 13, 2016 • 43 min
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…
Walt and Nilay integrate vertically
Oct 6, 2016 • 61 min
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…
Walt and Nilay colonize Mars
Sep 29, 2016 • 55 min
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…
Walt and Nilay are on fire
Sep 22, 2016 • 56 min
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…
Walt and Nilay review the iPhone 7
Sep 15, 2016 • 69 min
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…
Walt and Nilay and Lauren and Dieter go to the Apple event
Sep 8, 2016 • 84 min
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…
Walt and Nilay explain Apple
Sep 1, 2016 • 66 min
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…
Walt and Nilay tickle the keys
Aug 11, 2016 • 49 min
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…
Walt and Nilay can’t find the settings
Aug 4, 2016 • 62 min
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…
Walt and Nilay have too many apps
Jul 21, 2016 • 58 min
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…
Walt and Nilay dial over Wi-Fi
Jul 14, 2016 • 51 min
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,…
Walt And Nilay drown In notifications
Jul 7, 2016 • 54 min
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.
Walt and Nilay find their earbuds
Jun 30, 2016 • 48 min
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…
Walt and Nilay plug in
Jun 23, 2016 • 64 min
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…
Walt and Nilay randomize their data
Jun 16, 2016 • 54 min
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…
Walt and Nilay spin the flywheel
Jun 9, 2016 • 65 min
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…
Walt and Nilay talk to Siri
May 26, 2016 • 41 min
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…
Walt and Nilay google Google
May 20, 2016 • 40 min
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…
Walt and Nilay brand themselves
May 12, 2016 • 45 min
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…
Walt and Nilay scan your email
May 5, 2016 • 44 min
After Walt’s review of the email app EasilyDo in this week’s column, Nilay and Walt dissect the world of e-mail today.
Walt and Nilay dial up
Apr 28, 2016 • 53 min
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…
Walt and Nilay slack off
Apr 14, 2016 • 59 min
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…
Walt and Nilay save the web
Apr 7, 2016 • 56 min
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…
Who’s older: Walt or Nilay?
Mar 31, 2016 • 56 min
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.
Walt and Nilay update the iPhone
Mar 24, 2016 • 44 min
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.
Walt and Nilay open up
Mar 17, 2016 • 53 min
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”
Walt And Nilay on the Edge
Mar 10, 2016 • 42 min
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.
Walt and Nilay find a loophole
Mar 3, 2016 • 49 min
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…
Walt and Nilay reset your router
Feb 25, 2016 • 45 min
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.
Walt And Nilay decrypt everything
Feb 18, 2016 • 38 min
This week on Ctrl-Walt-Delete, the duo discuss the recent Apple news regarding encryption, and also talk in depth about the Nextbit Robin.
Walt and Nilay worry about Apple
Feb 4, 2016 • 48 min
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 go over 140 characters
Jan 28, 2016 • 51 min
Walt and Nilay talk twitter; discussing problems with it as a product and suggest improvements in features and strategies.
Walt and Nilay lose track of time
Jan 21, 2016 • 47 min
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.
Walt and Nilay take the wheel
Jan 14, 2016 • 36 min
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.
CES 2016 edition
Jan 7, 2016 • 26 min
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…
Walt and Nilay recharge their phones
Dec 17, 2015 • 42 min
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…
A cycle of despair
Dec 10, 2015 • 48 min
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?
Clippy is watching you
Dec 3, 2015 • 40 min
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.
Nilay screws up the edit
Nov 19, 2015 • 35 min
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…
Walt is an executive at large
Nov 12, 2015 • 50 min
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…
Nilay and Walt start a smartphone company
Nov 5, 2015 • 47 min
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…
Nilay and Walt watch TV
Oct 29, 2015 • 48 min
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…
Walt tells stories about Steve Jobs
Oct 22, 2015 • 48 min
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 gives Nilay marriage advice
Oct 15, 2015 • 43 min
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 wants better ads
Oct 8, 2015 • 35 min
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 turns the SOB over
Oct 1, 2015 • 38 min
Walt and Nilay deconstruct the TiVo Bolt, the 1999 TiVo, its ad-skipping features, and Nilay’s recurring debts.
Nilay owes Walt $100
Sep 24, 2015 • 40 min
Walt and Nilay kick things off with a discussion of the iPhone 6S, the weird new prices of phones, the 2007 iPhone, and more.