New technology is constantly being developed and integrated into our lives, and it can sometimes be hard to keep up with the ever-changing world of what's up-and-coming. What was new last month can be obsolete the next, and nobody wants to be seen as behind the times. It takes dedication to keep on top of the constant changes, and someone who doesn't want to devote a lot of time to the subject can easily get lost. If you're wondering how to keep on top of what's new in technology, use this article to help you.
First off, let other people do it for you!
Rather than read every single technology publication you can get your hands on and try to filter it all on your own, let the true techies do the legwork. People who follow or work in the tech industry seem to develop instincts about whether new technology will be hit or miss. If one of your friends always seems to know what's new in technology before anybody else, just ask him what's new every so often. While this can sometimes subject you to a long conversation, a bit of gentle prodding can keep the topics moving.
If you'd like to be a bit more hands on, good for you! The technology section on Digg.com highlights what's hot on the Web in terms of technology. Watching podcasts like GeekBrief.tv or Engadget will show you the hottest bits of new and shiny technology in small, easily digestible chunks. If you're looking for something more in depth, Leo Laporte's "TWiT" (This Week in Tech) watches what's new in the technology industry as a whole. His other big show, "The Tech Guy," focuses on helping normal people incorporate new technology into their lives, troubleshoot problems, and make decisions on what new technology is worth looking into and what isn't. There are lots of other technology shows under the TWiT banner too, all of them worth a look.
Traditional media outlets often have a reputation for being behind the times when it comes to technology news, but that's not entirely true. Magazines like Wired, Popular Science, and Popular Mechanics are filled with articles about the bleeding edge of science and new technology. TV shows and newspapers still tend to lag far enough behind as to be almost useless, but sometimes the format can make things a bit easier to understand.
Keeping abreast of new technology trends isn't terribly difficult, though the jargon bandied about can sometimes make it daunting. Really though, keeping up to date with new technology is rather simple. Take it easy, and start with the simple bite-sized bits on the Internet. Learn more about what ever pieces of new tech interest you, and the rest will take care of itself.