Best Tech-Websites
Dr. Rebecca Sommer, Marketing Manager at Boxcryptor
Rebecca Sommer | Cyber Security Writer
@RJ_Sommer
Friday, August 25, 2017

Best Websites about Tech and IT

Do you always want to stay informed and up to date about what is going on in the tech scene? We compiled a list of our favorite tech sources and explain, what we value about these online publications. Most of them provide a great mixture of news in technology and gadgets, but also discuss what is going on in terms of cyber security – which is the most interesting topic for us.

The following list contains our personal favorite tech websites. We did not rank them after factors such as page views or monthly visitors, but focused on the quality of the content these tech websites provide.

Overview of the Best Tech Websites

The Next Web

Founded in 2006, The Next Web, quickly evolved to one of the leading tech websites. In different categories they cover what is new and exciting right now, for example, in the categories Apps, Gear, Tech, or Launch. They organize their own yearly tech conference which by now attracts around 15,000 attendees and 3,500 companies. Another important section of their site is TNW Deals, where they offer very attractive deals, mostly software, courses and other educational content.

Examples of this week’s headlines: Windows 95 is 22 years old today – let’s hope it doesn’t turn 23; Here’s how our favorite apps have aged over the years; Samsung reveals the Galaxy Note 8; Ex-CIA operative wants to buy Twitter and #BanTrump.

TechCrunch

You can organize TechCrunch’s start page yourself, depending on if you want to see the articles ordered after most recent or most popular. This way, TechCrunch does not select the most prominent content for you. The content is sorted by time of publication or popularity amongst readers.

Additionally, you can chose between different channels that are of interest for you. In the News section, you can navigate to different markets that interest you – for example Europe or Asia – or navigate between the usual categories, such as Mobile or Gadgets. Additionally, founders can find inspiration and news in the Startup section, whereas the Enterprise sections contains everything relevant to or about bigger companies. As you can see, TechCrunch is a technology website with focus on industry news and the business side of tech.

Examples of this week’s headlines: Gartner Report about global wearables market to grow 17% in 2017; Baidu confirms sale of its food delivery business to rival Ele.me; India’s Supreme Court rules that privacy is a fundamental right for citizens; Galaxy Note 8 makes its return.

Wired

Wired is a monthly magazine with a corresponding website that is owned by the huge media conglomerate Condé Nast. We mostly appreciate the Security section, where they cover recent hacks or developments in cyber security, thereby creating important awareness about security issues and everyone’s responsibility to protect themselves and their privacy. However, you will find everything you need to know on TechCrunch about Business, Culture, Design and more, as well.

Examples of this week’s headlines: Tax the Rich and the Robots? California’s Thinking About It; Your Handy Guide to the Many Tech Anxieties of Our Time; Mind-Bending Sci-Fi Game Observer Made Me Doubt Reality; HardWIRED: So, What Is a Robot Really?

Y Hacker News

Y Hacker News is very different from the other publications in this list. Optically it resembles a forum more than a tech website, which it mostly is. Everyone who has an account at Y Hacker News can submit a topic that he or she thinks is interesting and relevant in the tech scene. These topics are then upvoted by the other users, of course, only if they find it interesting as well. Therefore, you get a great impression of what is engaging tech scene and IT professionals right now. At this point the rule of the Indian Supreme Court to strengthen privacy is Nb. 1 with 230 points and 91 comments. However, the order can change very quickly, when a new exciting topic emerges. You can either click the article and you will be redirected to the original source of the submitted article. Or klick on the comments to see what the community has to say about the topic.

Examples of this week’s top stories: Debian reproducibility statistics; Inside Waymo’s Secret World for Training Self-Driving Cars; Apple Machine Learning Journal; Don’t mine Bitcoin, mine Altcoins.

Mashable

Mashable’s categories are, for example, Entertainment, Tech, Science, and Business. On the start page you find a nice mixture of all of the topics. We are especially interested in the Tech section and I personally navigate past Entertainment as quickly as possible, because of all the awesome but distracting articles about Game of Thrones. Back to tech: Find all relevant news on security, gadgets, the major tech companies, global players, and more. The site is organized in What’s New, What’s Rising and What’s Hot. Therefore, you should find what you are looking for easily and quickly. The high quality video and written content is tempting to dwell and read, and read, and read.

Examples of this week’s headlines in the tech section: A watch made from cement is available on Kickstarter; Hackers offered $500,000 for WhatsApp and Signal exploits; Floyd ‘Crypto’ Mayweather is totally into cryptocurrencies; 6 reasons why you should care about the Galaxy Note 8 even if you own an iPhone.

Ars Technica

Just as Wired, Ars Technica is owned by Condé Nast. On their start page you find a mixture of many different topics, not only tech but film, gaming and cars as well. If you prefer a more focused approach, you can switch to one of their subsections. Ars Technica has its own section about cars, which might seem out of place on a tech site at first glance. Well, actually, today and in the future, cars are more and more turning into software on wheels, so in a way, it makes perfect sense. When you switch to the tech section, you find what is new and interesting right now, but also articles on research and tech history.

Examples of this week’s headlines: Article about Monterey Car Week, A startup aims to stop gentrification, with help from the tech industry; Confederate sub’s weapon killed its own crew, researchers find; Hands-on with the Galaxy Note8; Wanted: Weaponized exploits that hack phones.

The Register

You can tell that The Register is a British site from their straightforward humor. We especially love their site’s subtitle: Biting the hand that feeds IT, as well as their funny, over-the-top headlines. They report on British as well as worldwide technology news and security updates. Brexit is a prominent topic right now, for example, how the exit of Great Britain from the EU will affect data privacy laws in Britain. Their language is direct and bold; you have to decide for yourself, if it is your cup of tea. They have a security section as well, which we appreciate very much. They keep you up-to-date about vulnerabilities, recent cybercrimes and new legislation on privacy on the web. They are all about tech, which is noticeable in their categories; among others, Security, Transformation, DevOps, Business, Personal Tech and Science.

Examples of this week’s headlines: UK.gov wants quick Brexit deal with EU over private data protections; VMware has cracking Q2, explains how it will beat Azure Stack; If at first you don’t succeed, you’re Microsoft trying to fix broken Excel 2016; Germans force Microsoft to scrap future pushy Windows 10 upgrades.

MIT Technology Review

The MIT Technology Review is an online publication that, as the name already gives away, comes straight from the source of tech research. It is published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and its focus is on new technology and how it is brought to market. Also, one can see a clear focus on the possibilities of technology helping people in their everyday lives as well as in health issues and difficult situations. If you want to stay up-to-date on how technology can make the world a better place for us, you are in the right place.

Examples of this week’s headlines: Hackers Are the Real Obstacle for Self-Driving Vehicles; Sickle-Cell Patients See Hope in CRISPR; Amazon Has Developed an AI Fashion Designer; Zipline Expands Drone Delivery of Medical Supplies; Germany Takes an Ethics Stance on Driverless Cars: Don’t Kill Humans.

How to Stay Up-to-Date – Some General Tips

Twitter

We have the impression that especially techies value Twitter more than Facebook. Follow your favorite websites and get relevant news immediately and compressed to 140 characters in your feed. One of the biggest advantages of Twitter is how quick news spread on this platform. This way it is easy to stay up-to-date and you will never miss anything important.

Follow our Humble Little Blog

Follow us on Facebook or Twitter to never miss one of our blog posts. We do not write every day, since we are a small team. But the articles we publish are researched carefully and written with enthusiasm and passion. You will see articles on cyber security, encryption, or the cloud – which are our main expertise. Of course, there are regular updates and news about our software Boxcryptor as well, or security blogs of a slightly different kind, such as our recent article that explained encryption terms with Game of Thrones.

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