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10 Must-Read Tech Sites to Stay Updated

10 Must-Read Tech Sites to Stay Updated

Are you looking for the most credible voices in technology news? The rise of online publications and blogs has resulted in a flood of information regarding computers, mobile gadgets, software and operating systems. It can be difficult, however, to know which websites you can trust. Here are some of the most trusted websites; these will help you keep up with the constant flow of technological updates.

1. Arstechnica.com

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    First on the list is Ars Technica, simply because of the date of inception. This site has been around for nearly two decades, a very substantial amount of time. The publication, now owned by Conde Nast, is a go-to for both tech professionals and hobbyists. Ars Technica features a wide range of news and editorials, delving into business, legal ramifications, security, and other consumer interests.

    The dialogue isn’t a one-way street, either. Readers can interact with one another by checking out the Ars Technica forums, which allow for discussions on hardware modifications, operations systems, software and gaming. Ars Technica’s operations are funded primarily by online advertising and it has been a paid subscription service since 2001.

    Interestingly, the website generated much controversy in 2009 when they prevented users who had installed advertisement blocking software from viewing the site. While this stirred some negative reactions, the site continues to be a trusted resource today.

    2. Techcrunch.com

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      Second on the list is TechCrunch, thanks to the website’s more than 50,000 active contributors. If you want to get the scoop on technology startups, then TechCrunch is the news source for you. This publication highlights the business side of tech innovation, covering major acquisitions, funding sources, and product launches. You can browse news based on brand names, such as Google, Apple, or Twitter. You can also sift through news and reviews by tuning into different category channels like Enterprise, Startups, or Mobile.

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      One of the most compelling sections of Tech Crunch is Crunch Base, a vast database of technology companies and startups. Each Crunch Base profile includes financial details for each company, including funding received, headquarters locations, and the names of the founders.

      In 2011, the company was accused of ethical violations and the founder, Michael Arrington, left the company. Fortunately, the company was able to bounce back, and still provides great technological updates for consumers.

      3. Engadget.com

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        Engadget makes number three on our list, because it’s a great multilingual resource. Impressively, this resource has been helping people make informed tech purchasing decisions since 2004. It’s no surprise that the collection of blogs on Engadget have had such success, since it was created by a co-founder of Gizmodo, Peter Rojas.

        Interestingly, the editorial team involved in steering Engadget to fame has moved on to pursue several other successful endeavors. For example, former Engadget editor-in-chief, Joshua Topolsky, went on to create The Verge, followed by an editorial role at Bloomberg.

        4. Thenextweb.com

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          The Next Web makes the next spot on our list, because of their more than 6.5 million unique monthly visitors. This site is constantly looking at the newest gadgets, web app updates, and service features. Get the head start you need on the latest tech updates, and if you are looking to make a new gadget purchase, check out The Next Web first. They will let you know if something better is coming out shortly!

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          Unlike many other tech websites, The Next Web has been able to avoid controversy and continues to thrive drama-free today.

          5. Wired.com

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            We love this website because it came from a popular magazine! Coming in at number five on our list, this website split from Wired Magazine in 1990, when it was purchased by Conde Nast Publishing.

            This publication deals with the popular culture surrounding technology. If you’re looking for an engaging, yet casual read, this website is for you. Wired features entertainment, opinion, business, and security news regarding electronics of all kinds. Furthermore, if you’re interested in an old-school paper and ink experience, you can still buy a copy of Wired magazine on newsstands.

            6. Tomshardware.com

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              Tom’s Hardware makes the next spot on our list of trustworthy websites, because it’s been around since 1996. If you’re looking for a site that can help with projects, then check this one out. Tom’s Hardware features a unique “build your own” section, where you can learn how to build your own computer.

              Anyone who’s replaced a computer part or built a PC will tell you how difficult it is to track reviews, part upgrades, and the latest sales. Furthermore, seasoned hardware tinkerers are faced with a dizzying array of components to choose from.

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              Fortunately, Tom’s Hardware helps you cut through the noise and get sound advice on computer parts, from tower cases to motherboards. As stated above, this is the ultimate resource if you’re thinking about building a computer, particularly for gaming.

              7. Cnet.com

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                Next on the list is CNET, because we like their region-specific and language-specific editions. Early consumers loved CNET because of their enormous library of freeware and software reviews, available through the CNET download section.

                This publication has been around since 1994, and owned by The CBS Corporation since 2008. Reviews make up the majority of content on CNET, helping consumers choose the best hardware, software, and tech services.

                Remember Limewire? CNET has been accused of having a part in the controversial music sharing program, but a lawsuit from 2011 has yet to go anywhere.

                8. 9to5Mac.com

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                  Number eight on the list is 9 to 5 Mac, solely because it was founded only seven short years ago. The website is very impressive, however, and covers more than just Apple products. They provide information on thousands of accessories that are compatible with the Mac OS X and iOS platforms.

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                  This platform is considered one of the most reliable sources for Apple-relevant news, and it’s founding team has been in featured in Business Insider.

                  9. Gizmodo.com

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                    Coming in towards the end of our list because it was founded just a little over a decade ago, Gizmodo is a prime example of how powerful crowd sourced information and blogging can be. This publication is part of the Gawker Media network, a family of blogs that includes Lifehacker, Deadspin, and Jezebel.

                    These blogs are all powered by Kinja, which enables any user, including readers, to contribute to the discussion with their very own blog posts. This blurs the line between bloggers and readers, encouraging more people to contribute their voices to the news feed.

                    10. NewYorkTimes.com

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                      Lastly,we have Bits: The Business of Technology from the New York Times. This newspaper is a leading resource for various information; so it’s no surprise that this long-standing publication has created a blog dedicated to technology!

                      Bits gathers information from every corner of the Internet, and NY Times writers weigh in on new product launches, tech conventions, and upcoming gadget developments. With so many active contributors, and such an impressive host, it’s no wonder why Bits needed to make our list of the top tech websites.

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                      7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                      7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                      Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

                      Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

                      Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

                      So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

                      Joe’s Goals

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                        Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                        Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                        Daytum

                          Daytum

                          is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                          Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                          Excel or Numbers

                            If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                            What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                            Evernote

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                              I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                              Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                              Access or Bento

                                If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                                Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                                You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                                Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                                All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                                Conclusion

                                I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                                What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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