Larry Magid

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Larry Magid is a technology journalist and an Internet safety advocate.

He serves as on-air technology analyst for CBS News,  is  co-director of ConnectSafely.org  and founder of SafeKids.com.   He also writes columns that appear on CNET News, CBSNews.com, Huffington Post  and the San Jose Mercury News.

His technology reports can be heard daily on CBS News and CBS affiliates throughout the U.S. and he has a daily tech segment on KCBS radio in San Francisco. He’s a regular contributor to BBC World Service and an occasional guest on National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation.   He is often called upon for commentary by CBS television news, CNN and Fox News, BBC and has appeared on the CBS Evening News, ABC World News Tonight, the Today Show and CBS Early Show.   He has also been a frequent contributor to the New York Times and was, for 18 years, a syndicated columnist for the Los Angeles Times.

Larry is co-author of MySpace Unraveled: A parents guide to teen social networking, (with Anne Collier.) He also wrote The Little PC Book, a critically acclaimed best seller. Other books include The Little Quicken Book, Cruising Online: Larry Magid’s Guide to the New Digital Highways, The Fully Powered PC and Electronic Link: Using the IBM PC to Communicate.

He’s written for Fortune, Family Circle, PC World, Information Week, ComputerWorld and numerous other publications.

Internet Safety work

In addition to being co-director of ConnectSafely.org, Magid founded and operates two popular Internet safety sites: SafeKids.com and SafeTeens.com.

He has written several Internet safety guides including, Child Safety on the Information Highway and Teen Safety on the Information Highway for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

He’s a board member of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and a member of the of the Obama administration’s Online Safety & Technology Working Group where he chairs the education sub-committee.

He is on the advisory boards of both GetNetWise.org and Family Online Safety Institute and served on the Internet Safety Technical Task Force, formed by 49 state attorneys general and Fox Interactive/MySpace and based at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society.

Larry writes the Safe & Secure blog for CNET News.com and blogs on Internet safety and family technology for the parent section of Yahoo Kids.

Academic background

Larry has a doctorate of education from the University of Massachusetts and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley. He has taught at the University of Massachusetts and Boston University. He resides in Palo Alto, California where he helped raise two digital natives.  His personal website is www.larrysworld.com

 

Microsoft website that tries to guess the age of a person in a photo. (CBS)

Microsoft Website Aims At Guessing Your Age By Using Facing Recognition Software

how-old.net allows users to upload a photo, and the website will try to guess the age of the person in that photo.

04/30/2015

Sign at the entrance of Google offices in Brussels.  (Photo credit should read GEORGES GOBET/AFP/Getty Images)

Google Changing Search Algorithm On Mobile Devices

Google is making some major changes to how their search algorithm ranks websites when you search from your mobile device. Some tech analysts are calling it “Mobilegeddon”, but Larry Magid says there’s ways to make your site compliant.

04/20/2015

SEATTLE, WA - JUNE 18: Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos presents the company's first smartphone, the Fire Phone, on June 18, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. The much-anticipated device is available for pre-order today and is available exclusively with AT&T service.

Larry Magid Tech Report: Amazon’s Dash Offers Ordering at the Push of a Button

Amazon has been offering one-click ordering online for almost two decades, but they’re taking that idea into the real world with the Dash button, offered to their Prime account customers, that allows convenient restocking of everyday items.

04/01/2015

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos (left) shows off Amazon PrimeAir drones to Charlie Rose of CBS News. The unmanned aircraft would be used for shipping items to customers. (CBS)

Larry Magid: Amazon Inches Closer To Making Delivery Drones A Reality

Amazon scored a victory this week in its battle with government regulators. The company will start testing delivery drones but don’t expect that package by air just yet.

03/20/2015

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton discusses her new book, 'Hard Choices: A Memoir,' at the Lisner Auditorium on the campus of George Washington University June 13, 2014 in Washington, DC. Clinton is on a nationwide tour to promote the new memoir with media interviews and book signings but has said she would not decide whether to run in the 2016 presidential race before the end of the year.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Larry Magid: Clinton Opted For Email Convenience, But Is Her Argument Technologically Sound?

Hillary Clinton said she opted for convenience as the reason why she used her personal email account and only wanted to carry one mobile device when she served as Secretary of State, but does her argument hold up from a technological standpoint?

03/10/2015

Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during an Apple special event at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts on September 9, 2014 in Cupertino, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Signal App Boosts Text Message Encryption Between Smartphones

Open Whisper Systems, an app developer, has updated Signal, with the latest version making sure that your text messages are encrypted and kept clear from prying eyes.

03/03/2015

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Larry Magid: Google Temporarily Pulls Plug On Glass, But Sony Gives SmartEyeglass A Go

Google may have temporarily pulled the plug on Google Glass, but that isn’t stopping Sony from coming out with their own wearable smart glasses.

02/17/2015

CES 2014 (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)

Larry Magid: The Bluetooth Enabled Pacifier And A High-Tech Baby Bottle, Yes These Are Real CES Products

This year’s CES in Vegas saw gadgets like a smartphone-controlled barbecue and even Bluetooth-enabled baby pacifiers. Larry Magid says as silly as some of them sound, their price tags are serious.

01/09/2015

Les Moonves (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images For PGA)

Larry Magid: CBS’ Moonves Talks Content, Colbert, And The Digital Era At CES

CBS President and CEO Les Moonves addressed a Las Vegas crowd at the Consumer Electronics Show Wednesday, where he talked about his company, keeping up with changing media landscape and the investment of Stephen Colbert.

01/07/2015

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BlackBerry Classic Keeps The Keyboard Despite Most Having Moved On To Touchscreen

The newly unveiled Blackberry Classic features a keyboard that hearkens back to the old days of cell phones, but they may have missed the boat on marketing this to the masses.

12/17/2014

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