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Back to September 2012 Newsletter

Keeping Pace with the Tech Race

by Ryan Coyle

If you're interested in technology, it can be difficult to keep up with the rapid pace of change. For example, if I had told you a few years ago that Apple would be the most valuable company in the world, you would have put me in a padded room with a rather restrictive white jacket. However, that's how fast things change in today's technology market. If you're not on top of it, you can quickly get behind. The good news is that there are tons of resources available to help you stay in the loop about what's going on in the technology world. Here is a short list of some of those resources when it comes to tech news:

Social Media 

Twitter and Facebook are tremendous tools for staying abreast of the latest technology news.  Technology enthusiasts and journalists have adopted social media as one of easiest ways to reach people.  Many journalists will post their articles or thoughts to social media, before they make the rounds of traditional media channels.  Some of the best people to follow on Twitter:

Name

Handle

Why

Aaron Levie @levie Aaron is the CEO of Box.net.  Considered one of the funnier people in tech, he doesn’t just use Twitter as a sales machine like many others in the industry.
Horace Dediu @asymco A maven of the mobile world, he produces great analysis of what’s going on with mobile computing, complete with charts, graphs and insight in 140 characters or less.
Sammy the Walrus IV @SammyWalrusIV While I can’t tell you what happened to Sammy I-III, I can tell you that version 4 is considered an expert on Apple with a background in both finance and engineering.  He provides smart insight into today's biggest tech corporation.
Kara Swisher @karaswisher Kara is the co-executive editor of AllThingsD, an online technology focused website.  If it’s happening in technology today, Kara knew about it yesterday.
Charlene Li @charleneli Charlene is an author of the books Groundswell and Open Leadership.  She provides thought leadership and an open perspective on technology and interactive media.

These are just a small sampling of the people who are out there keeping us abreast of new technologies, 140 characters at a time.  You’ll find many of these individuals also on Facebook.  You don’t necessarily have to friend them, but you can subscribe to them to see their public posts.  The key is to find people who are in industries that you like or are interested in.  Many times, Twitter and Facebook will suggest people to follow based on others you follow.  This is a great way to meet people who have similar interests or who are up and comers in the technology field.

The Web

Another great medium for keeping up with technology is the web.  Almost every traditional publication has a presence on the web.  Here are some of the more common ones which can help you stay up to date with the newest stories in technology:

Site

Address (URL)

Why

CNN Technology http://www.cnn.com/TECH/ CNN is one of the more trusted sites on the web for news.  Their technology site provides a high level look at what’s going on with technology.
AllThingsDigital http://allthingsd.com The Wall Street Journal’s tech blog hub provides a great variety of insight and in depth into all aspects of technology
Ars Technica http://arstechnica.com Ars started out as a small geeky tech site and has become a well-respected forum for all things, while still focusing on technology.  It is one of my favorite sites.
Mashable http://mashable.com Mashable provides good insight on all things social media and mobile.  It has also expanded out with business, lifestyle and entertainment sections with a focus on the Connected Generation
Lifehacker http://lifehacker.com Lifehacker is one of those sites that provides you with all kinds of tricks and tips for better using technology in your life.  From learning “How to argue on the Internet without becoming a Troll”, to “How to hang your headphones with two binder clips”, Lifehacker provides a wide gamut of information for the tech-savy or wannabe tech-savy.

Traditional (Print) Media

It does still exist and many great publications are out there that focus on technology.

Magazine

Web Edition

Why

Wired http://www.wired.com/magazine/ Wired provides in depth stories about the things that are moving and shaking in technology and how they transform our lives.  Regardless of the medium if it’s tech related, Wired is reporting on it.
PC Magazine http://www.pcmag.com/ PC Mag doesn’t just cover PCs any more.  It covers all things digital related including Apple.  Some of the most respected names in tech can be found writing articles for PC Mag.
Macworld http://www.macworld.com/ This magazine covers, not surprisingly Apple.  Whether you’re an Apple fanboy or enthusiast this magazine has lots of news and articles with a focus on everything coming out of Cupertino.

Obviously, this is a small sampling of what’s out there, but it’ll get you started, to say the least.  The trick here is to find things and people that interest you and follow or subscribe to them.  Many times those will lead you to other people and things which will in turn give you a broader sense of what’s going on with the technology world.