All kinds of people use all kinds of digital devices in all kinds of ways. One thing they all have in common is the need – occasionally for some, continually for others – for dependable tech advice. With literally millions of blogs, tech writers and “digerati” out there, how do you find it? The following list is by no means exhaustive, but we present 10 sources of dependable tech advice, in alphabetical order.
1. Anand Tech – For geek-level analysis of hardware like our MacBook Pro rental, this is your site. It covers motherboards, CPUs and other components, and does its own testing.
2. Apple Insider – Here you get Apple-specific news and rumors, as well as price reports, buyer guides and tips for both OS X and iOS devices.
3. Ars Technica – A favorite of media pros, the site ranges widely over science, technology, design and gaming. Among the first to have a mobile site for smart phones, tablet PC rentals and other handheld devices, Ars Technica is one of the most linked-to sites on the Internet.
4. Cnet.com – This is the place for tech reporting for and about business. With reliable sources, Cnet.com writers and reviewers deliver breaking news and exclusive features in a no-nonsense style.
5. Computer World – This “old timer” has always been a leading source of tech news, but also encourages visionary thinking among movers and shakers in science and technology. Whether you’re doing research on a smart phone or writing on a PC desktop computer rental, it’s invaluable.
6. Engadget – Around-the-clock coverage is tough enough. Covering a gazillion gadget makers is like a labor of Hercules. Engadget’s recently departed founder, Joshua Topolsky, made the site number one with short, witty articles. Loyal readers will expect the high quality to continue.
7. Lifehacker – If it’s about working smarter, saving time and getting the inside story on the apps and software we really need, you’ll find it at Lifehacker. Productivity tips and DIY articles balance with reviews of the latest all-in-one multitouch display PC and features on “personal tech.”
8. Macworld – The site is the Macworld print magazine on steroids, with a direct line back to the first days of the Macintosh. You get iOS coverage, some consumer electronics and a whole lot of Mac advice, from tweaking an Xserve RAID to performing your own repairs.
9. PCWorld – Another (not as stylish) online version of a venerable magazine, the site boasts the same well-sourced news, authoritative reviews and price tracking as the print publication. The bonus is a phenomenally large collection of freeware and shareware that you can download.
10. Techcrunch – Among the top three or four tech sites year after year, Techcrunch remains the premier source for “the skinny” on social networking, startups, Web 2.0 and venture capital.