Technology today is entering a new era thanks to SaaS (software as a service), cloud computing, smart services, and the Internet of Things (IoT). For individuals working in the field of digital construction - or indeed any role playing in the same ballpark - understanding and harnessing the power of these ever-evolving disruptive technologies is vital to keep ahead of the ever-changing curve.
If, like us, you have lots going on and little time, then you need information quickly; distilled, curated and ready for review. In our Six of the Best series, we compile key resources that may be most useful - summed up concisely in one easy, at-a-glance list for you to bookmark for future reference. This week, we look resources to keep you at the forefront of the world of tech. There are a huge range of resources out there, so we've had to distill these down into six of our favourite. We hope you enjoy.
If you're after a one-stop shop, covering everything from updates on the major players (think Google, Amazon, Apple) to AI, cybersecurity, space, product reviews and more - look no further.
Easily navigated, The Verge splits its content into Tech, Reviews, Science, Creators, Entertainment and more - so you can quickly find what you're after.
Wired is a monthly magazine based in America, published in print and online editions, that focuses on how emerging technologies affect culture, the economy, and politics.
Recent posts cover topics as wide-ranging as 'How NASA's missions to Mars will create new tech for use on earth' to 'What is the Dark Web?', plus the 'Gear' section has round-ups of everything from the best laptops in 2019, to folding phones.
Check out Wired here.
Startup and technology news? Tech Crunch has you sorted. The company specifically reports on the business related to tech, technology news, analysis of emerging trends in tech, and profiling of new tech businesses and products.
Check out Tech Crunch here.
Crunchbase is also worth a look. It's a platform for finding business information about private and public companies, with the site describing themselves as 'the leading platform for professionals to discover innovative companies, connect with the people behind them, and pursue new opportunities'.
Hackaday serves up fresh hacks every day from around the internet. They describe their playful posts as 'the gold-standard in entertainment for engineers and engineering enthusiasts'.
Hackaday are taking back the term “Hacking”, which has been soured in the public mind. Hacking is an art form that uses something in a way in which it was not originally intended and which can be highly technical, simply clever, or both.
Check out Hackaday here.
You guessed it - Gizmodo is a blog about gadgets and technology. Started in 2002, Gizmodo has grown to be Gawker Media's largest blog, bringing in upwards of 100 million page views a month in traffic. They post about a variety of electronics, as well as all sorts of things "gadget geeks" might enjoy.
If you need a smile, scoot on over to their 'WTF' section, for some of the more off-the-wall stories out there!
Check out Gizmodo here.
ARS Technica was founded in 1998 when Founder & Editor-in-Chief Ken Fisher announced his plans for starting a publication that would cater to what he called "alpha geeks": technologists and IT professionals. Ken's vision was to build a publication with a simple editorial mission: be "technically savvy, up-to-date, and more fun" than what was currently popular in the space. In the ensuing years, with formidable contributions by a unique editorial staff, ARS Technica has become a trusted source for technology news, tech policy analysis, breakdowns of the latest scientific advancements, gadget reviews, software, hardware, and nearly everything else found in between layers of silicon.
Check out ARS Technica here.
Still chasing that tech hit? Here's a few more resources you may like to check out if you have some extra time:
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Six of the best: BIM resources
Six of the best: Resources for construction news
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