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.

  • Magid Tech Report: Movie "The Interview" as Video-On-Demand

    December 25, 2014

    KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid looks at Sony's decision to release "The Interview" online before it opens in theaters and whether this could set a precedent for future releases.
  • Larry Magid: Starbucks, Square Part Ways

    December 24, 2014

    If you want to pre-order a Starbucks latte from your smartphone, you might need to download a new app. KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid says the coffee company, which allowed customers to pay using Square’s wallet app until last week, plans to start its own digital service.
  • Magid Tech Report: North Korea’s Internet Outage

    December 23, 2014

    KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid says North Korea is experiencing widespread Internet outages just days after President Barack Obama said the administration would respond to the hacking of Sony Pictures, which the U.S. says is linked to the isolated but troublesome country.
  • Larry Magid: Microsoft Goes After Impersonators

    December 20, 2014

    Several firms are using Microsoft’s name as part of a scam to gain access to a person’s computer. KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid says the company is suing the scammers.
  • Larry Magid: Online Retailers Make Final Push to Deliver by Christmas

    December 19, 2014

    Online Christmas shoppers are running out of time. KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid says, with one week left, online retailers are making a final push to deliver gifts before Christmas.
  • Tech Report: Blackberry’s New Smartphone Sticks to the Keyboard

    December 18, 2014

    A keyboard is one of the features of Blackberry’s new smartphone. KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid discusses the appeal of the Blackberry Classic.
  • Tech Report: T-Mobile Brings Back Rollover Data

    December 17, 2014

    KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid says that the mobile phone company is fighting back against larger wireless carries with new plans and features, including the return of rollover data.
  • Magid Tech Report: Google Shopping

    December 16, 2014

    Google is making some changes to its online shopping service as it attempts to head to head against Amazon for your spending dollars. Facebook and Twitter are testing the waters as well.
  • Larry Magid: Apple Pulls Anonymous Messaging App from Store

    December 13, 2014

    After School, a popular anonymous messaging app with teenagers, has been pulled from Apple’s app store. KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid says the company pulled the app because of some controversial postings.
  • Larry Magid: Bay Area Cities Use Phones to Keep Homeless Away from Rain

    December 12, 2014

    With the Bay Area’s storm season in full swing, local officials are using technology to help the needy find shelter. KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid says Palo Alto and Santa Clara country are providing phones to the homeless to keep them informed about the weather and out of the rain.
  • Magid Tech Report: Instagram Surpasses Twitter in User Popularity

    December 11, 2014

    KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid says Instagram announced that it now has 300 million active users each month, which makes the app more popular than Twitter.
  • Larry Magid: Comcast’s Wi-Fi Hotspots Bring On Class Action Suit

    December 10, 2014

    A class action lawsuit was filed in San Francisco last week over Comcast’s Wi-Fi hotspot network. KCBS Technology analyst Larry Magid says many people may not realize that those hotspots are being powered by their home routers.
  • Magid Tech Report: Privacy of Children’s Information

    December 9, 2014

    KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid says more than a year after the government issued rules protecting the privacy of children, there is a new website that shows some mobile app makers still collect more information that parents may not be aware of.
  • Larry Magid: US Senator Introduces Bill to Curb NSA Surveillance

    December 6, 2014

    KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid says U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) is introducing a bill that would prevent tech companies from building back doors that would allow law enforcement agencies to collect data from smartphones and computers.
  • Larry Magid: Finding a Deal after Cyber Monday

    December 5, 2014

    Did you miss Black Friday and Cyber Monday? No problem. KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid says shoppers can still find plenty of great deals online this holiday season.
  • Magid Tech Report: Proving You Are a Human

    December 4, 2014

    KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid says Google is introducing new technology that will do away with online forms, like CAPTCHAs, that require users type in their barely-legible codes
  • Tech Report: Twitter Simplifies Reporting Harrassment

    December 3, 2014

    KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid discusses the new tool and behind the scenes improvements to combat harrassment on Twitter.
  • Magid Tech Report: Is a Death Threat On Social Media Real?

    December 2, 2014

    KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid with analysis on arguments before the Supreme Court dealing with free speech on social media after a man was sentenced to jail for posting he wanted to kill his estranged wife and shoot a kindergarten class on Facebook. The man’s lawyer said they weren’t meant to be serious and were actually rap lyrics.
  • Larry Magid: How to Prepare for a Big Cyber Shopping Weekend

    November 29, 2014

    With online promotions going on all throughout the weekend, KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid says you don’t have to brave the crowds on Black Friday to get a good shopping deal.
  • Magid Tech Report: The Right to be Forgotten

    November 27, 2014

    KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid says the EU ruled in May that search engines like Google had to remove irrelevant or outdated search results if asked to do so. Now privacy advocates want Europe's Right to be Forgotten rule applied worldwide.
  • Larry Magid: Google App Makes Black Friday Easier for Shoppers

    November 26, 2014

    Do you find yourself overwhelmed by the crush of shoppers on Black Friday? KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid says that Google will be enhancing its mobile app to make it easier to find gifts this holiday season.
  • Magid Tech Report: World Wide Spying Software

    November 25, 2014

    KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid says cyber-security experts have identified spying software that's been used for the last several years to target governments and banking agencies around the world.
  • 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.
The Verizon version of the Apple iPhone. (Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)

Tech Report: Who Benefits From Verizon’s Share Everything Plan?

Verizon Wireless will soon offer consumers a “Share Everything” plan, where customers will be able to connect up to 10 devices to a pool data plan. But who will really benefit from this?


Photo Credit: Google

Tech Report: Google Maps Gets Upgrade As Apple Map Rumors Swirl

Google has announced some upgrades to its popular digital mapping service at a press event in San Francisco on Wednesday. But rumors are swirling that Apple may be dropping Google Maps from the iPhone.


Facebook Acknowledges Photo Privacy Bug; Issues Immediate Fix

Tech Report: Would Facebook For Kids Be A Safe Space?

Facebook is testing the waters to allow children under 13 on the popular social networking site, but some child advocates are calling the idea crazy.


Oracle CEO Larry Ellison (Stephen Lam/Getty Images)

Tech Report: Oracle CEO Ellison Discusses Google Suit, Steve Jobs At Tech Conference

As the All Things Digital Conference came to a close, a federal judge delivered a setback to Oracle in its lawsuit against Google. Nonetheless Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has fond memories of his highly influential friend.


The Google Chinese logo is displayed on a sign outside the company's office in Shanghai. (Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images)

Tech Report: Google And Samsung’s New Chrome Book

Google and Samsung are teaming up on a fairly inexpensive cloud-based PC and laptop that would use Chrome as its browser-based operating system.


Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in a scene from "Casablanca."

Tech Report: Why Is Facebook Streaming Casablanca For Free?

Facebook is making it known that they are in the business of renting streaming movies with a promotional showing of the classic Warner Brothers film, Casablanca.


A view of the back of an Apple ipad tablet.  (Photo Illustration by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Tech Report: Apple Upgrading Cloud Storage Service

The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple may announce upgrades to its cloud-storage service at their worldwide developer conference next month. KCBS’ Technology Analyst expects improvements for both photo and video sharing.


(Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Tech Report: Facebook Changes Privacy Policy Again

Facebook is revealing much more about how it uses the information it collects about users to comply with a data protection audit ahead of it’s IPO.


Google plus, Google+

Tech Report: ‘Hangouts On Air’ Allows Google+ Users To Broadcast

Google + is making it easier for you to share live video of yourself with other users with its expanded Hangouts on Air feature, just be careful of what you say because you can’t take it back.


A computer keyboard. (CBS)

Tech Report: Congress Votes On Internet Privacy Bill This Week

Lawmakers are set to vote later this week on a cyber security bill known as the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), but it’s already facing a growing backlash including a veto threat by the Obama Administration.



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