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: 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.


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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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