Resources for Learning About Technology
Technology is never stagnant. It changes on a weekly basis. One week you might read about a new wristband that can detect your calorie intake; the next, you’ll hear about a wristband that can detect calorie intake, tell time and display your steps taken in a day.
For an individual working within the technology or computer industries, supervisors always tend to look for one particular trait of their employees: how will you stay current with the latest changes in technology? Staying informed requires valuable resources. The student pursuing an I.T. or computer degree may want to be up to speed on the latest trends in the industry, while the blogger may want to know about the latest fads occurring on the web.
Subscribe to Social Media Sites
Every major tech company has some public relations company or executive running the social media site. Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and even Pinterest become public forums for media executives to create buzz about the latest software, hardware or products engineers are working on. Sign up to receive emails, RSS feeds, or text messages. These snippets of information make for the perfect form of fast, easy-to-read information, and with most of the data sent directly to your feed, you never have to go looking for news.
Say you’re in the biochemical industry and need information about the latest information about a case study. Your best sources points to a government database. For example, the National Resource for ConservationService provides a hodgepodge of sources for individuals to vet through. The U.S. Government Printing Office also provides a bevy of tech-related resources individuals may need.
If you want the latest news on tech information, your number one source might just be a tech-news website. Gizmodo, PCWorld, BestStuff and CNet all include a hodgepodge of knowledge ranging from PC-related news to the latest software and gadgets hitting the streets. Tech-related websites are a Mecca for tech-geeks. Some websites tend to have a more laid-back style of writing, i.e., Gizmodo, while others tend to go a more traditional news route as is the case with CNet.
Regardless of you enjoy quips or a more conservative style of news, these tech websites provide you with the latest information and trends to help you stay informed. With witty, well-written articles, you might find yourself spending more time reading about technology than actually working with it.
Company News Centers
Sure, social media, tech-related websites and even government databases make great tech-related resources for finding information, but getting information from the source itself makes for some of the best places to gather data. As with social media, most tech-companies always make room for a location to post news-related information. From Microsoft to Intel, each company manages to boast a vibrant, professional website just for posting information about upcoming news. With RSS feeds and subscription logos, individuals can easily find all the latest trends and information related to the company on the news section.
Sure, the news may be limited to company information, but sometimes you may work exclusively with the companies products and only need one source. If you want to most up-to-date news, the news section of a company makes for the perfect location to start looking for information.