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: Google and Reddit Create Policies for Explicit Photos

    February 28, 2015

    Google has backtracked on its decision to remove nude photos from its blogging site earlier this week. KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid says the news comes as Reddit is developing a new policy to deal with explicit photos.
  • Larry Magid: FCC Approves New Net Neurality Rules

    February 27, 2015

    The FCC approved new net neutrality rules, barring internet service providers from speeding up or slowing down web traffic. KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid says the vote was close.
  • Larry Magid: Facebook Hosts Compassion Research Day

    February 26, 2015

    Facebook hosted its fifth Compassion Research Day at its Menlo Park campus on Wednesday. KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid says presenters compared relationship science methods with social technology.
  • Tech Report: Apple’s Genius Bar Upgrade

    February 25, 2015

    KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid says Apple is working to improve their Genius Bar and the way customers make appointments.
  • Magid Tech Report: Colleges Banning Yik Yak

    February 24, 2015

    KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid says several college campuses across the country are considering banning the social media app “Yik Yak,” because the app allows hate speech and sexual harassment.
  • Larry Magid: Is PlateCulture the Airbnb of Food?

    February 21, 2015

    If you’re craving an authentic, home-cooked meal, there’s an app for that! KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid says PlateCulture matches adventurous diners and chefs all over the world.
  • Larry Magid: Adobe Celebrates 25th Anniversary of Photoshop

    February 20, 2015

    How can you tell if a new tech product has really caught on? KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid says if you’re using its name as a verb, it’s probably something big, like Adobe Photoshop, which was released 25 years ago this month.
  • Magid Tech Report: Live NBC On Your Mobile Device And Online

    February 19, 2015

    KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid says NBC is introducing a new service that will let people watch their local NBC station online and from mobile devices, but you have to be a paying customer.
  • Larry Magid: Sony Introduces Wearable Smartglasses

    February 18, 2015

    While Google has pulled the plug on Google Glass, Sony has come out with its own wearable smart specs. KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid says Sony’s product is due to go on sale in March.
  • Larry Magid: High Tech Wearable’s

    February 17, 2015

    KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid says it seems like everyone in the high tech world is developing some kind of wearable. In Google's case, however, it is not the health of the "wearer" that is the target.
  • Larry Magid: Obama Headlines Cyber Security Summit

    February 14, 2015

    President Obama has touched down in the Bay Area with the issue of cybersecurity on his mind. KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid says the president traveled to Stanford’s campus to speak to dozens of tech executives at the White House Cyber Security Summit on Friday, including Apple CEO Tim Cook.
  • Larry Magid: What Happens to Your Facebook When You Die?

    February 12, 2015

    Social media has always struggled to deal with the accounts of users when they die, but one Silicon Valley company may have figured out how to solve the problem. KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid says Facebook is allowing users to decide what happens to their accounts after they die.
  • Magid Tech Report: Senate Committee on Internet Privacy and Security

    February 12, 2015

    KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid says a senate committee held a hearing this week on how to better protect Internet privacy and security.
  • Larry Magid: Key Scanning App Raises Security Concerns

    February 11, 2015

    The company KeyMe has developed an app that allows you to scan your key with an iPhone and then get a new key by mail if you lose it. KCBS Technology analyst Larry Magid says the company has tried to address security concerns.
  • Magid Tech Report: Safer Internet Day

    February 10, 2015

    KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid talks about co-directing an event tomorrow called “Safer Internet Day.” The event is sponsored in part by, State Attorney General Kamala Harris and Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg are among the featured speakers at Facebook headquarters for the event.
  • Larry Magid: Scottish Woman Charged With Huge Data Overage

    February 7, 2015

    If you own an older model smartphone, you may want to watch your data. KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid says one woman in Scotland ran up an 1,800 dollar tab.
  • Larry Magid: Swatch Enters the Smartwatch Market

    February 6, 2015

    Can you imagine Swatch competing with Apple? KCBS Technology Analyst says the Swiss designer plans to release a smartwatch in the next three months, just as the Apple Watch hits stores.
  • Magid Tech Report: F.C.C.’s Net Neutrality Plan

    February 5, 2015

    KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid says the head of the FCC is proposing that Internet service providers be treated like utilities. Chairman Tom Wheeler says that would prohibit them from slowing down or speeding up web traffic.
  • Tech Report: Google Earth Pro Now Offered For Free

    February 4, 2015

    Google has announced that the once $400 Google Earth Pro software is now free of charge. KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid looks at how you can get it for free.
  • Magid Tech Report: Tablet Sales Continue To Slump

    February 3, 2015

    KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid says sales figures in the last quarter of 2014 show a 3.2 percent drop from the same time in 2013 marking the first time that they have gone down.
  • Larry Magid: Vine Releases App For Kids

    January 31, 2015

    More tech companies are trying to market their products to children. KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid says looping-video service Vine has released a new version of its app aimed at kids.
  • Larry Magid: MIT Study Says Consumer Data Getting Less Safe

    January 30, 2015

    Though the tech community celebrated “Data Privacy Day,” on Wednesday, our data may be less safe than ever. KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid says the findings come from researchers at MIT who looked at credit card transactions.
  • Magid Tech Report: Facebook vs. Twitter in a Super Bowl Face Off

    January 29, 2015

    KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid says just as the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks are prepping for the Super Bowl, Facebook is also getting ready to take on Twitter by launching a real-time hub in a battle for the second screen.
  • Larry Magid: Amazon Prime Shoppers Spend Twice as Much

    January 28, 2015

    There’s a big reason why Amazon aggressively markets its Prime service. KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid says new consumer research shows Prime subscribers spend twice as much as regular customers on the site.
  • Magid Tech Report: Google and Cablevision Cellphones Improving Hotspots

    January 27, 2015

    KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid says Google and Cablevision are both getting ready to introduce new cellphone services that will better incorporate Wi-Fi hotspots.
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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