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.

  • Tech Report: Signal App Boosts Privacy

    March 4, 2015

    Signal has updated its app to make sure nobody is reading your text messages. KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid discusses why they’ve decided to increase privacy on their app.
  • 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.
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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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