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: Ikea’s New Furniture Includes Charger Ports

    March 2, 2015

    Tired of getting tangled up in cords everywhere you go? KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid says Ikea is introducing tables, lamps, and desks that will include charger ports for cell phones and tablets.
  • 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.
Microsoft Windows 7 runs on a Fujitsu tablet computer (Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP/Getty Images)

Tech Report: Microsoft Unveils New OS

Microsoft is releasing more information about its new operating system which is coming out later this year. They have revealed that there are going to be four versions of it, one of them minor.



Tech Report: Facebook’s Instragram Acquisition Already Hearing Protests

Facebook’s Instagram acquisition announcement is already touching off protests from some users of the photo-sharing service who are threatening to delete their accounts.


Coco Crisp #4 of the Oakland A's scores from second base ahead of the throw to catcher Buster Posey #28 of the San Francisco Giants on a single by Daric Barton in the seventh inning at AT&T Park on May 22, 2011 in San Francisco. (Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

Tech Report: MLB Looking For A Home Run On Social Networks

The Major League Baseball season is underway and it appears the league is looking to get more involved in social networking websites this season.


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

Tech Report: Google’s Augmented Reality Glasses Brings Vision of the Future

Google has released a video giving us an idea of how its long-rumored augmented reality glasses might work, but will it be a sensory overload?


A Research In Motion BlackBerry device. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Struggling BlackBerry To Focus On Business Customers

BlackBerry maker Research in Motion said it had a net loss in the latest quarter because of writedowns for the declining value of its brand and its PlayBook tablet inventory.



Tech Report: Twitter Launching Advertising Program To Promote Small Businesses

Twitter is launching a new advertising program in conjunction with American Express aimed at amplifying the tweets of small businesses.



Tech Report: Facebook Allows Friend Demotions

Just how many of your Facebook friends are really friends? The popular social networking site is now giving users the option of demoting people to acquaintances.


Apple Unveils Updated iPad In San Francisco

Tech Report: Some Find New iPad Too Hot To Handle

The new iPad was definitely a hot item when it went on sale. But, some people who bought the device think it may be just a bit too hot. The internet has been atwitter the past couple of days with reports that the lower left hand corner of the tablet was noticeably warmer than its predecessor.


The Verizon version of the Apple iPhone. (Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)

Tech Report: Teenagers Sending More Texts Than Ever Before

A new survey shows the number of text messages teenagers send each day has grown steadily over the past two years, as has the number of teenagers that use texting on a daily basis.



Tech Report: Google Plans Search Engine Revamp

Rumors abound that Google is planning a new approach to web search that hopes to keep you on their site by giving you facts instead of links.



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