Larry Magid’s Hi Tech Reports

Tech Reports by Larry Magid

Tech Reports by Larry Magid

Our daily Q&A with KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid. On air: Monday-Friday at 3:50 p.m.

  • Larry Magid: Do Anonymous Social Media Apps Deserve Their Bad Rap?

    November 22, 2014

    Social media applications like Yik Yak, Whisper, and Ask.FM have earned a bad rap from critics, who say the forums promote threats and bullying. But KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid says the apps also allow users to discuss taboo subjects, like substance abuse, illness, and sexual orientation.
  • Larry Magid: Google Service Lets You Browse the Web Ad-Free

    November 21, 2014

    Ever wanted to go through the web without ads? KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid says Google has developed a new way to clear ads from some of your favorite websites, but it won't be free.
  • Magid Tech Report: Smartphone Encryption and Child Safety

    November 20, 2014

    KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid reports while smartphone manufacturers boosted encryption technology due to pressure over privacy concerns, the Justice Department says these latest efforts could hamper investigations and even endanger children’s safety.
  • Tech Report: Honda Hiring App Developers

    November 19, 2014

    KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid says Honda Developer Studio is a new Silicon Valley endeavor where the automaker is engineering apps to integrate with their cars’ technology.
  • Magid Tech Report: Facebook for Work

    November 18, 2014

    KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid says the Financial Times is reporting that Facebook is working on a new version of its website designed for the office, and is looking to compete with LinkedIn.
  • Larry Magid: Unsold Amazon Smartphones Used in Ebola Fight

    November 15, 2014

    Amazon's Fire smartphone may have tanked when it went on sale earlier this year, but KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid says that some of the unsold devices are being put to good use by aiding the fight against Ebola in West Africa.
  • Larry Magid: Making Smartphone Apps Safe For Families

    November 14, 2014

    KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid joins us from Washington DC, where he led a panel on smartphone applications at the Family Online Safety Institute Conference.
  • Magid Tech Report: Personal Information and How Companies Collect and Use it

    November 13, 2014

    KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid says a new poll by Pew Research shows that an overwhelming number of Americans think consumers have lost control over how their personal information is collected and used by companies.
  • Tech Report: Microsoft’s Work And Play Bundle

    November 12, 2014

    Microsoft is selling a “work and play” bundle of new products. KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid talks about what’s included and whether or not the bundle is innovative.
  • Magid Tech Report: President Obama Takes Net Neutrality Stance

    November 11, 2014

    KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid says President Barack Obama took a stance supporting net neutrality, urging the FCC to ensure that companies treat all web traffic equally, adding that Internet service providers should be regulated the way utilities are.
  • Larry Magid: Ride Sharing Apps for Kids

    November 8, 2014

    Could kids be the next users of ride sharing apps? KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid says San Francisco-based startup Shuddle aims to help busy parents bus their children around.
  • Larry Magid: How to Improve Your Smartphone's Battery Life

    November 7, 2014

    Is your smartphone’s battery always dying? KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid says that’s because of the apps you’re using.
  • Magid Tech Report: Order On Amazon, Get Delivery By Car

    November 6, 2014

    KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid says Amazon is testing out a partnership with ride-service app Flywheel, to deliver orders by car to make sure packages arrive on time.
  • Magid Tech Report: Amazon Introduces Cloud Photo Service

    November 5, 2014

    KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid discusses Amazon’s newest product: an unlimited cloud photo service for its Prime subscribers. Will the service attract more customers to Prime, or is it just a nice add-on for users?
  • Tech Report: Three New Google Products

    November 4, 2014

    Google has released a trio of new products including a new smartphone called the Nexus 6 Plus, and a new media player. KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid shares his initial thoughts on all three.
  • Magid Tech Report: Do You Know Where Your Kids are this Halloween?

    October 31, 2014

    KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid says there are a lot of GPS apps out there that parents can use to keep track of their kids on Halloween night, including a special one called Track and Treat.
  • Tech Report: Electronic Business Cards

    October 30, 2014’s new iPhone app “Intro” is the latest attempt to modernize the business card. KCBS technology analyst Larry Magid looks at whether this will set the standard for how business contact information gets exchanged electronically.
  • Magid Tech Report: Amazon’s Popular New Streaming Device

    October 30, 2014

    KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid says Amazon is out with its own streaming media device that plugs right in to a user’s television, but they’re warning customers that due to demand, orders won’t be delivered until after January 1st.
  • Tech Report: E Fun Tablet Review

    October 28, 2014

    Many tablets hitting the market are for less than $200 including the E Fun, which KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid reviews and says will be available starting mid-November.
  • Larry Magid: Fitbit Introduces Three New Fitness Trackers

    October 27, 2014

    KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid describes three new fitness trackers released by Fitbit and how the wearable devices compare to the competition.
  • Magid Tech Report: Tracking Ebola With Your Cell Phone?

    October 24, 2014

    KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid says Researchers from Harvard School of Public Health have found a way to use cell phone data to predict Ebola outbreaks in West Africa. Meanwhile, a South African company has developed an app that can be used to track and help treat individual patients
  • Tech Report: Facebook App Revives The Chat Room

    October 23, 2014

    KCBS technology analyst Larry Magid says a Facebook app called Rooms that allows anonymous posts is reminiscent of the classic chat room, incorporating photo and video features for the mobile generation.
  • Magid Tech Report: Google’s Inbox Application

    October 22, 2014

    KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid says Google is introducing an application called Inbox to make it easier for Gmail users to find and manage emails that often get buried.
  • Tech Report: DSL Speeds May Be Coming To Your Computer

    October 21, 2014

    KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid discusses how equipment upgrades in your Internet and home can increase DSL speeds in the next few years.
  • Larry Magid: Apple Launches A New Digital Wallet

    October 20, 2014

    KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid tests out Apple's new digital wallet at Walgreen's, explains who can use this operating system and the security measures tied to the new product.
The Verizon version of the Apple iPhone. (Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)

Tech Report: Next Generation iPhone May Have Narrower Connector

There are rumors Apple’s next generation iPhone will include a leaner connector, but that means you’ll probably need an adapter to plug in to your older devices.


A sign is displayed outside of the Google headquarters in Mountain View. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Tech Report: Mozilla Updates Firefox To Encrypt Google Searches

Mozilla is releasing an updated Firefox browser that they say will make your surfing even safer. The new browser will automatically encrypt Google searches.


Microsoft Windows 7 runs on a Fujitsu tablet computer (Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP/Getty Images)

Tech Report: New Microsoft Office Suite Integrates Cloud Computing, Tablets

Microsoft unveiled an updated version of its popular Office Suite at a presentation at San Francisco’s Metreon Monday that integrates social media and cloud computing.


Lady Gaga Sets Twitter Record

Tech Report: Lady Gaga’s Social Network

Lady Gaga’s social network,, is now open to the public, but should Facebook be worried?


The Microsoft tablet Surface is unveiled during a news conference at Milk Studios on June 18, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  The new Surface tablet utilizes a 10.6 inch screen with a cover that contains a full multitouch keyboard. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Tech Report: Microsoft & Apple Set To Release New Operating Systems

Our technology analyst says Windows 8, coming in October is great for tablets, but not so much for his laptop and Apple’s new OS is due out later this month.



Tech Report: Twitter Improves Search Features

Twitter unveiled the first phase of its incremental search feature improvements on Friday, making it easier to restrict which tweets show up when you search.


New MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops are seen on display after a special announcement event at Apple Headquarters October 14, 2008 in Cupertino, California. Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced new versions of the MacBook Pro and MacBook laptop computers. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) apple generic, laptops

Tech Report: Apple Pulls The Plug On MobileMe Cloud Service

Apple pulls the plug on its first foray into cloud computing and sync service, MobileMe.


Windows Phone. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

Tech Report: Microsoft Introduces Windows Phone 8

It’s been a busy week for Microsoft. Two days after showing off its brand new “Surface” tablet, the company is introducing Windows Phone 8, a new operating system for mobile devices.


Microsoft Makes Major Announcement

Tech Report: Microsoft’s Surface Tablet Brings The Keyboard Back

While the popularity of tablets continues to grow, their design is continuing to evolve. This week Microsoft unveiled the new Surface tablet computer that features a keyboard and a built-in stand.



Tech Report: Frenzy Over New Internet Domain Suffixes

Dot-coms are about to get a lot more company now that the organization that oversees web addresses is set to approve over a thousand new domain name endings.



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