Latest technology news and research
Online technology news is for more than just browsing the headlines. Stay current by utilizing the multimedia features that many of these sites offer. Videos, photos, podcasts, and Flash tutorials bring a unique, engaging dimension to tech news that print publications can't capture.
Commentary from technology experts
Across genres, bloggers have a reputation for being first responders when news breaks. Technology bloggers are no different. These techies scour the Web gathering interesting tidbits to feed your technology appetite. On their sites you'll find news, reactions, and hype relating to the ever-evolving worlds of consumer electronics, engineering, and science.
- Tech gadgets are a highly blogged-about topic on the Net. Gadget blogs are a prime place to find details about proposed devices, prototypes, and recently released gadgets and gizmos.
- Most blogs provide links to other blogs and Web sites in a sidebar called a blogroll. These links are a good place to look if you'd like additional sources.
- Blogs are a good supplement to news, as they often cover the same stories with an added layer of commentary, discussion, and flavor.
Tech product reviews
When shopping for the latest tech device, consulting expert product reviews is a great way to prepare for your purchase. Review sites are useful for users seeking information on specific products and for those just browsing for ideas. Online reviews are particularly handy because the flexibility of the Web allows them to include user-generated reviews and multimedia elements like photos and videos in addition to the standard expert commentary.
- Tech magazines often have product review sections where staff writers or outside experts critique the latest consumer tech devices.
- Contrast the opinions from a few sites to get a broad perspective on an item before you buy.
- Learn what criteria each site uses to rate products by visiting their "About Us" page; keep in mind that some reviewers may be more "expert" than others.
Wi-Fi & Wireless Networking
Wireless networking allows computers to access the Internet without physically connecting to it with cables. Wi-Fi, short for "wireless fidelity," is a compatibility standard for wireless networking that's used in the creation of home and public networks.
Instead of using a cable to transmit data, a computer can communicate with the Net through radio waves. If you've always wanted to surf the Web from bed or wished that you could get online while poolside, a wireless network in your home and a wireless-enabled computer could be for you.
- The Web has practical resources with tutorials for establishing home wireless networks.
- A few sites have directories that list Wi-Fi "hotspots." These are public locations where computers can access the Web through open Wi-Fi networks. Knowing where to find hotspots makes connecting to the Net while on the go much easier to do.