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Technology Analyst Larry Magid says the EU ruled in May that search engines like Google had to remove irrelevant or outdated search results if asked to do so.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