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: 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Technology Analyst Larry Magid says the EU ruled in May that search engines like Google had to remove irrelevant or outdated search results if asked to do so.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.
  • 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.
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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