From time to time, an industry or subject inspires us to create a best-of list. In case you’ve missed some of these, you can find them here. In our latest roundup, we’re recognizing a few technology news sites that we love. 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 86% of American adults get at least some of their news via digital devices.
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. And with CES 2022 approaching, we’re recognizing 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.
Stories to read right now: Spotify tests a TikTok-like vertical video feed in its app; AWS launches new SageMaker features to make scaling machine learning easier; and 3D printing company Essentium set to go public via SPAC.
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 part of G/O Media.
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.
Stories to read right now: Amazon Is Helping Researchers Study How to Dim the Sun; Elon Musk Frantically Warns Employees of Potential SpaceX Bankruptcy; and 7 Things to Know About Twitter’s New CEO.
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.”
Stories to read right now: Urtopia e-bike is basically a computer on wheels; ‘Battlefield 2042’ is getting a cleaner UI and a ton of bug fixes; and Six state treasurers want Activision Blizzard to address its toxic workplace culture.
4. The Verge
The Verge, launched in 2011, is owned by Vox Media and is 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. And in 2021, it acquired the popular podcasting blog Hot Pod.
Stories to read right now: Qualcomm’s new always-on smartphone camera is a privacy nightmare; TikTok rolls out Creator Next and expands money-making opportunities for creators; and Big tech’s first generation of founders starts to step aside.
Axios, the Greek word for worthy, produces short, informative, original news stories. The site covers 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.
Stories to read right now: Lawmakers bring back Facebook whistleblower for encore; Major quantum computing software and hardware companies are merging; and France tests “flying taxis” for 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris.
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.
I recommend exploring the Quirky section if you’re looking for unusual or unique science news.
Stories to read right now: Crash safety: New traffic lights absorb kinetic energy; Machine learning helps mathematicians make new connections; and 3D printing of blood plasma may speed up wound healing.
TechRadar, “the source for tech buying advice,” was launched in 2008. It’s 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.
Stories to read right now: This all-new version of Microsoft Teams will take over your working life; How to make Windows 11 look like Windows 7; and The creator of the iPod says products are designed all wrong these days.
Wired is a popular monthly technology magazine with a circulation of more than 850,000. It 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.