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.
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Tech Report: ‘Enemies of the Internet’ List Released

Reporters Without Borders released its annual ‘Enemies of the Internet’ list and this year it appears that the Arab Spring has changed the face of online censorship.


Facebook Acknowledges Photo Privacy Bug; Issues Immediate Fix

Tech Report: Can Companies Or Colleges Demand Access To Facebook Profiles?

Some colleges, and even a few employers, have recently insisted on taking a peak at the Facebook pages of applicants, policies Facebook officials said violate the sites terms of use.


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Larry Magid: Wireless Companies Fight Free Texting Apps

Smartphone apps that take advantage of wireless Internet access to enable free phone calls and text messaging have left major telecommunications companies struggling to recover billions in lost revenue.


Apple Introduces iPhone 4s (Photo by Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images)

Tech Report: AT&T Relents On ‘Unlimited Data’ Plan Limits

AT&T is caving to complaints that it’s placing unreasonable limits on the “unlimited data” plans it offers smartphone subscribers.


The iconic Yahoo billboard along I-80 in San Francisco. (Facebook)

Tech Report: Billboard Recognizes Who’s Watching

KCBS’ Technology Analyst describes some new sign and billboard technology as “creepy” because they try to cater advertisements to its viewer, based on their appearance.



Tech Report: Google’s YouTube Makeover Will Include New Channels

KCBS’ Technology Analyst says Google’s YouTube makeover will include new channels of original content that may feature half-hour and hour-long programs.



Tech Report: App Allows For Keeping Tabs On Friends’ Video Picks

A new social networking video sharing app is making it even easier for users to keep track of what their friends are watching. KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid said that ShowYou is an iPad or iPhone app that shows you what videos your Facebook and Twitter friends are watching on YouTube, or other social networking sites.


U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, DC (Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images)

Tech Report: Congress Postpones Vote On Piracy Bills

KCBS’ Technology Analyst says Silicon Valley really flexed its muscle to influence Congress’ postponing of voting on two controversial internet piracy bills.



Tech Report: Anonymous Retaliates For DOJ Shutdown Of File Sharing Site

KCBS’ Technology Analyst reports hacktivist group Anonymous is retaliating against the Department of Justice for their shutdown of, with some takedowns of their own.


Online shoe retailer Zappos.

Zappos Cyber Attack Jeopardizes Millions Of Customers Personal Info

The KCBS Technology Analyst offers tips in the aftermath of a hacking that has left 24 million customers’ personal info compromised.



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