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Why did Google create Alphabet? Listen to our analysis

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“Google, a subsidiary of Alphabet” is a phrase that will take some getting used to.

The news of Google’s new parent company had the whole tech world abuzz, with many asking what the move says about the future of Google and its various enterprises.

We analyze all this on the latest episode of our MashTalk podcast. We also “Unpack” (sorry) all the news from Samsung’s latest event, where it revealed the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and S6…

Is Windows 10 enough to bring Microsoft back? Listen to our debate

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Windows 10, Microsoft’s highly-anticipated update to its software ecosystem, is finally here, and the reviews have been largely positive.

Since we also see Windows 10 as a strong improvement to Microsoft’s key update, our debate on this week’s episode of MashTalk asks: is it enough for Microsoft? Or are they simply playing catchup to the likes of Google and Apple?

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This marijuana dispensary in Colorado is the nicest pot shop you’ll ever see

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Silverpeak Apothecary is Colorado’s nicest marijuana dispensary. With an atmosphere that is more like a Wholefoods than a shady pot shop, it’s no wonder that this Aspen hotspot is a favorite among tourists looking to partake in the state’s legal marijuana market.

“Not everyone is comfortable when they first come in because it’s something that has been taboo for so long,” says Silverpeak’s COO Mike Woods. “But what we found is that this type of environment works for everyone.”

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Was Amazon Prime Day a success or a flop? Listen to our debate

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Was Amazon Prime Day a hit or a flop? It depends on who you ask.

While many thought the day’s offerings were underwhelming and bizarre, the numbers suggest it was a big hit

On this episode of MashTalk, we aim to settle this debate. Plus, we take a look at the best features of iOS 9, Apple’s new iPod touch and why Adobe Flash needs to die.

Listen to the episode on Libsyn, above, or on iTunes. You can also subscribe to MashTalk on iTunes, and get our…

Was Amazon Prime Day a success or a flop? Listen to our debate

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Was Amazon Prime Day a hit or a flop? It depends on who you ask.

While many thought the day’s offerings were underwhelming and bizarre, the numbers suggest it was a big hit

On this episode of MashTalk, we aim to settle this debate. Plus, we take a look at the best features of iOS 9, Apple’s new iPod touch and why Adobe Flash needs to die.

Listen to the episode on Libsyn, above, or on iTunes. You can also subscribe to MashTalk on iTunes, and get our…

Listen to a detailed analysis of the Apple Music-Taylor Swift saga

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Now that Apple Music is finally here, let’s take a look at everything that’s happened since Apple first announced the service at its Worldwide Developers Conference earlier this month.

On the latest episode of MashTalk, we took a detailed look at the back-and-forth between Taylor Swift and Apple that resulted in Swift agreeing to put 1989 on the music service. We also debated the legitimacy of Lexus’ claim that it created a working hoverboard and broke down what Microsoft meant when it said…

Drone Beat: No more flying near stadiums, studying whale health and more

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The U.S. government uses them to bomb alleged terrorists in far-away places. Tech companies like Amazon, Google and Facebook are all toying with the idea of using them, and now they’re a photographer’s secret weapon. Drones are a big part of our lives, whether we see them or not. Drone Beat collects the best and most important stories every week.

If you want even more on Drones, subscribe to the Center for the Study of the Drone Weekly Roundup, which features news, commentary, analysis and…

Drone Beat: UAV Invades Soccer Stadium, Space Drone Comes Back Home and More

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The U.S. government uses them to bomb alleged terrorists in far-away places. Tech companies including Amazon, Google and Facebook are all toying with the idea of using them, and now they’re a photographer’s secret weapon. Drones are a big part of our lives, whether we see them or not. Drone Beat collects the best and most important stories every week.

If you want even more on Drones, subscribe to the Center for the Study of the Drone Weekly Roundup, which features news, commentary, analysis…

Are You For or Against the Pumpkin Spice Latte?

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The Pumpkin Spice Latte, otherwise known as the “PSL,” is one of the most controversial drinks of all time. Debates rage on through coffee shops as to whether it’s a fun seasonal treat or, frankly, a fad that needs to go away.

So which side are you on?

We hit the streets of the Big Apple to find out where people stand on this topic

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How Sports Can Inspire Kids to Become Engineers

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In our latest Ask a Dev video, National Instruments software engineer Sam Strickling discusses how to get kids excited about engineering — through sports

Strickling points to how sports can provide real world examples of basic engineering concepts. One example: Demonstrating how acceleration works by examining the amount of separation a wide receiver gets from a corner back.

By presenting science concepts to kids through less-dense topics like…