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: 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.
  • Magid Tech Report: Google and Cablevision Cellphones Improving Hotspots

    January 27, 2015

    KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid says Google and Cablevision are both getting ready to introduce new cellphone services that will better incorporate Wi-Fi hotspots.
  • Larry Magid: Box’s Stock Soars on Wall Street

    January 24, 2015

    You may not have heard of the cloud-storage service Box before, but the firm is making a splash on Wall Street. KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid says the company’s stock rose by 66 percent in its initial public offering.
  • Larry Magid: Ford Sets Up Shop In Silicon Valley

    January 23, 2015

    The Bay Area is not just a hot spot for tech any more as automakers are also hoping to take advantage of the wealth of knowledge and technical skill in Silicon Valley. KCBS Technology Analyst says Ford is the latest to set up operations locally, opening a research and development lab earlier today in Palo Alto.
  • Magid Tech Report: Free Upgrade to Windows 10

    January 22, 2015

    KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid says Microsoft announced that Windows 10 will be available as a free update to most users, they also showed off HoloLens— a new wearable tech device.
  • Larry Magid: Google Invests in SpaceX Satellites

    January 21, 2015

    Google is in talks to invest $1 billion in space transportation provider SpaceX. KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid says the tech giant hopes the investment will spur the development of Internet-enabled satellites to expand connectivity around the world.
  • Larry Magid: Would MLK Embrace Social Media?

    January 20, 2015

    KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid wonders if the civil rights leader himself would embrace social media as a platform for his message of justice and equality if he were alive this Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
  • Larry Magid: Marriott to Allow Personal Wi-Fi Networks

    January 16, 2015

    Want to use your own Wi-Fi network while you’re traveling? KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid says Marriott is no longer preventing guests from using their own Wi-Fi service during their stay.
  • Larry Magid: Google Glass Sales Halted

    January 16, 2015

    Google plans to stop selling its controversial ‘Glass’ prototype by Monday. KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid says the tech giant plans to reboot its internet connected eyewear for future release.
  • Magid Tech Reports: Boxes Of Lumoid Fitness Bands

    January 15, 2015

    KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid says if you are in the market for a fitness band but not sure which one to buy, then why not try out a whole box worth? That's the idea behind a new start up called Lumoid.
  • Larry Magid: Sling TV Named Best of Consumer Electronics Show

    January 14, 2015

    Endgadget has released its Best of Consumer Electronics Show list. KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid says Sling TV made the top of the list.
  • Magid Tech Report: Security Vulnerability in New Windows Software

    January 13, 2015

    KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid says Microsoft is criticizing Google after it released information about security vulnerability in Windows 8.1, just days before Microsoft planned to release a patch.
  • Larry Magid: Odd Products On Display at Consumer Electronics Show

    January 10, 2015

    Wearable technology and drones may be the toast of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week, but some unusual products are also on display. KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid says those gadgets include a washing machine that can carry multiple loads and blue tooth-enabled baby pacifiers.
  • Larry Magid: Intel Hopes to Make a Splash at Electronics Show

    January 9, 2015

    At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, many legacy tech companies are trying to catch up with the “Internet of Things” revolution. KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid says Bay Area-based chip-maker Intel is one of the companies trying to differentiate itself.
  • Magid Tech Report: CBS CEO and President at CES

    January 8, 2015

    KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid is at CES in Las Vegas, where CBS President and CEO Les Moonves spoke about how technology is changing the media landscape for the better.
  • Larry Magid: Drones Steal the Show at Las Vegas Convention

    January 7, 2015

    The Consumer Electronics Show is underway in Las Vegas where KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid says drones are getting a lot of hype this year.
  • Magid Tech Report: Dish Network’s Sling TV at Vegas’ Consumer Electronics Show

    January 6, 2015

    KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid is in Las Vegas where the Consumer Electronics Show officially kicks off this week. Dish Network, however, is jumping the gun by showing off its new pay TV service called Sling TV.
  • Larry Magid: Tech Junkies Flock to Consumer Electronics Show

    January 3, 2015

    Thousands of tech fanatics are celebrating the first weekend of 2015 at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid says tracking devices like Fitbit and Jawbone are proving a big draw for convention-goers hoping to cut the holiday flab.
  • Larry Magid: Drones Highlight Consumer Electronics Show

    January 2, 2015

    The 2015 Consumer Electronics Show opens in Las Vegas this weekend, and dozens of new devices are expected to be unveiled. KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid says those gadgets include drones, and new gizmos for your car.
  • Magid Tech Report: Mobile “Cows” for New Years in San Francisco

    January 1, 2015

    KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid says New Year’s revelers can expect mobile cell sites called, “cows”, on San Francisco’s waterfront to improve wireless access during the fireworks.
  • Larry Magid: Are Digital Fingerprints Safe from Hackers?

    December 31, 2014

    A German hacker is claiming he’s found a way to copy fingerprints with a digital camera. KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid says that could allow cyber criminals to unlock smartphones and other devices with fingerprint readers.
  • Magid Tech Report: Microsoft’s New Browser, Spartan

    December 30, 2014

    KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid says Microsoft is reportedly working on a new and improved browser, and not just an updated version of Internet Explorer. ZDNet is reporting that the browser is code-named Spartan.
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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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