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: 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.
  • 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.
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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