From time to time, an industry or subject inspires us to create a best-of list. These are sites that produce out of this world coverage in a crowded arena. In case you’ve missed some of these, you can find them here. If you think your site should be considered, give us a holler and tell us why.
We are surrounded by technology.
From gadgets, artificial intelligence, and biotech to smart cars, blockchain, and space travel, technology plays a part in just about every industry.
Tech especially is crucial for journalists, as more than 90 percent of American adults get at least some of their news via mobile and desktops.
And, it’s always evolving.
“The only constant in the technology industry is change,” said Marc Benioff, co-CEO of Salesforce.
It’s a full-time job keeping up with the fast-moving world of tech, so we found several news sites that readers trust to keep them informed of the latest news.
TechCrunch is a trusted source of news on the business side of the tech industry.
Founded in 2005, TechCrunch covers startup and venture capital news, stories on artificial intelligence, mobile apps, video games, and more. The site includes the Crunchbase database, which provides financial data for many technology companies.
TechCrunch also hosts the popular Disrupt conferences around the globe each year.
These events bring together entrepreneurs, investors, and tech leaders looking to change the future of tech across multiple industries.
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Gizmodo appeals to a broad audience with its mix of tech, design, and science news.
Originally launched in 2002 as part of Gawker Media, Gizmodo is now the flagship site of Gizmodo Media Group, owned by Univision’s Fusion Media Group.
Gizmodo’s product reviews include wearables, drones, gaming, smartphones, and more.
Readers can find click-worthy stories on science fiction and futurism on the i09 subsite. The site allows you to easily move between Gizmodo and sister sites like Jezebel, The Takeout, and The A.V. Club, a site we’ve recognized before for its entertainment news.
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With a focus on gadgets and consumer electronics, Engadget covers “the intersection of technology, gaming and entertainment.”
Engadget publishes multiple stories each hour, ensuring readers are always up-to-date on the latest tech news.
The multimedia organization has been around since 2004 and reaches a wide audience by operating blogs in multiple languages, each with its own editorial staff.
The Tomorrow section posts interesting stories on robotics, AI, and space travel. Readers also can sign up for The Morning After newsletter to “keep the FOMO at bay.”
4. The Verge
The Verge, launched in 2011, is owned by Vox Media and based in Manhattan. According to the site, its mission is “to examine how technology will change life in the future for a massive mainstream audience.”
The site has a mix of tech news surrounding auto, science, and culture, as well as in-depth long-form pieces with interactives and original art.
If you’re in the market for gadget news, The Verge’s Circuit Breaker blog has you covered with product announcements, videos, and more.
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Axios, the Greek word for worthy, produces short, informative, original news stories that cover technology, politics, business, and energy, among other industries.
Axios acknowledges readers’ short attention spans and uses Smart Brevity to “deliver the cleanest, smartest, most efficient and trust-worthy experience for readers and advertisers alike.”
Articles, some as short as two paragraphs, are broken down into easy-to-scan sections like “Why it matters,” “Details,” “The bigger picture,” and “Go deeper,” which includes links to related stories.
Axios offers readers a wide variety of techy newsletters, including ones that focus on autonomous vehicles, cybersecurity, Silicon Valley, and scientific breakthroughs.
ScienceDaily is a research-focused news aggregation site for the health, tech, environment, and society fields.
Sources for the news stories include news distributors, universities, scientific journals, and research organizations.
Each story begins with a short summary, source, and social sharing links. MLA, APA, and Chicago citations are also available for each article, a very handy feature.
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TechRadar, “the source for tech buying advice,” was launched in 2008 and is a trusted site for consumer tech news and reviews. TechRadar is based in the UK and has expanded to Australia and the U.S.
“TechRadar will tell you about the coolest new stuff,” the site says. “We’ll work hard to bring you original quotes and exclusive access. We’ll review it more thoroughly and carefully than anyone else.”
In addition to the reviews, the How To section offers tips for getting the most from your gadgets and other technology.
TechRadar’s Buying Guides offer product advice on just about everything tech related, from video games to laptop bags, hard drives to turntables.
Wired is a popular monthly technology magazine with a circulation of more than 800,000. Wired reports on technology and its effects on society, business, politics and the economy.
“Wired is where tomorrow is realized,” the site says. “It is the essential source of information and ideas that make sense of a world in constant transformation.”
Most of the magazine’s content and all web-only content is available on Wired.com. Nonsubscribers have access to four articles a month.
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Author Rocky Parker works in Audience Relations at PR Newswire. When she’s not working, Rocky can be found testing new recipes, binge watching a new Netflix series, or taking her pitbull puppy Hudson out around town.