How Computer Science Students Can Stay Updated With the Latest Trends and Technologies

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The news is every­where. Every­one is already talk­ing about the lat­est stuff but you feel left out because you can­not par­tic­i­pate in the con­ver­sa­tion.


You don’t even have any idea regard­ing where these guys get the news from. Or maybe you aren’t among those who keep up with the new cool stuff and con­sid­er it equal to fill­ing your mind with junk.

How­ev­er, you can­not deny the impor­tance of stay­ing updat­ed. It’s not always about com­pa­nies pro­duc­ing the next mon­ey-mak­ing prod­uct but rather about the inno­va­tions which will soon take over the future.

Often, it’s about you and your wel­fare. The next piece of news can be about your inter­ests, or an inven­tion which can direct­ly affect your life in near future.

So if you sim­ply take some time out to stay updat­ed with tech­nol­o­gy, and feed your­self with some rel­e­vant infor­ma­tion which can be use­ful to you, then you’ll be doing your­self a huge favor and prepar­ing your­self for the future.

Also, being a lit­tle more knowl­edge­able nev­er hurt any­one.

We’ve list­ed below a few ways which you can use to stay updat­ed with the newest trends.

1. Consume Information

What does this mean?

Watch a lot of videos. Read as much as you can. Tin­ker on the Inter­net when­ev­er you get free time or feel like hav­ing fun.

The con­tent forms have changed sig­nif­i­cant­ly. You can access data in ver­sa­tile forms, whichev­er you find con­ve­nient, such as info­graph­ics, slideshows or pod­casts.

Then there are webi­na­rs which you can watch if you wish to engage your­self in learn­ing activ­i­ties. Also, watch tele­vi­sion shows which bring to you the news and infor­ma­tion that’s inter­est­ing and easy to digest.

To be clear, the more infor­ma­tion you con­sume, the more you become aware of what’s hap­pen­ing around you – which might include events, gad­get launch­es, upcom­ing inven­tions, and oth­er world-chang­ing projects.

2. Be selective

The Inter­net is a rab­bit hole.

It can eat up your hours by engag­ing you in use­less and odd infor­ma­tion which you have noth­ing to do with.

It’s com­plete­ly up to you decide what it is that you pre­fer. Make your own choic­es. If that seems hard, stick to the author­i­ta­tive sites which bring infor­ma­tion direct­ly to you with­out any fluff.

The only pur­pose of doing this is to allow your­self to only con­sume some ‘fil­tered’ data instead of brows­ing through a hun­dred sites and wast­ing time.

Here’s what we sug­gest — sub­scribe to the newslet­ters of the web­sites you find suit­able for your pur­pose. That’s it.

Often, you’ll need to do noth­ing more than read­ing a few head­lines which they’ll send you in your email every cou­ple of days.

Sounds fair, doesn’t it?

3. Read blogs (only which interests you)

Now this is, well, odd.

Or that’s what we’re expect­ing your reac­tion might be.

Here’s clear expla­na­tion to this – most infor­ma­tion you get form the news sites is sort of bor­ing. You don’t need to know all of it.

Lat­est invest­ments of tech giants, how infla­tion is affect­ing sales of lap­tops, new seduc­tive fea­ture in app-you-don’t-use, who cares?

Some­times, you’re only inter­est­ed in the tricks you can try or the tuto­ri­als which actu­al­ly mat­ter to you. No chaff. Only the real thing.

That’s where blog­gers come in. They have spe­cif­ic nich­es due to which they post con­tent for peo­ple shar­ing sim­i­lar inter­ests. This makes them cred­i­ble when it comes to pro­vid­ing tai­lor-cut posts for a cer­tain audi­ence.

If you find cer­tain blog­gers who post about the sub­jects of your inter­est then learn from them instead of rely­ing on oth­er sites.

4. Visit a real shop

Inter­net has dom­i­nat­ed every­thing.

Even shops. We know.

Still, get off your couch and hit a local shop or mall in order to check out new gad­gets. Use the new giz­mos to observe what’s new and buy some­thing if fall in love with any of the gad­gets you see there.

They don’t charge you for try­ing out new devices and hang­ing around after all. You can get to know a lot about the lat­est tech using this way with­out actu­al­ly hav­ing to buy it.

Does this seems like a strange idea to you? Do it occa­sion­al­ly maybe.

5. Make your own community (or join the existing ones)

You’re not the only one on this earth hav­ing a knack for some­thing. There are already thou­sands of oth­ers like you, right?

Then where do those peo­ple hang out?

Clue: The Inter­net.

The Inter­net and social sites are filled with com­mu­ni­ties formed by large groups hav­ing the same inter­ests. Their mutu­al love for spe­cif­ic top­ics brings them togeth­er and allows them to learn from each oth­er.

You can find these peo­ple almost every­where. In groups on Face­book or Google Plus com­mu­ni­ties.

Also, don’t neglect the pow­er of the real world. You can learn a great deal of lessons from your nerdy bud­dies. You can also make groups on mes­sen­gers such as What­sApp, exclu­sive to shar­ing infor­ma­tion with friends who admire sim­i­lar top­ics.

Cre­ate your own space where you can share the facts, links, infor­ma­tion and any­thing else you think might be use­ful to oth­ers.

6. Stay curious

This would be enough.

If you’re fas­ci­nat­ed by what hap­pens inside objects and wish to learn what you don’t know then you’ll find out a way by your­self.

Peo­ple learn because they ask ques­tions, not because there’s a lot of infor­ma­tion avail­able to them. You already have an inter­net con­nec­tion. You bare­ly need any­thing else.

Be curi­ous and start learn­ing what­ev­er inter­ests you and is use­ful to you.

What’s next?

Alright, now that we’ve shared some use­ful ideas above, we don’t want you to go hunt­ing for tech sites after read­ing this post.  There­fore, we’ve com­piled a list of the best sites accord­ing to us which we think you should read.

Have a quick glance at each one of them and then decide which one is right for you.

A list of websites for computer science students to stay updated with the latest trends and technologies

1. The Verge
The Verge

Com­put­er World

3. PCMag

4. TechCrunch

5. The Next Web
The Next Web

6. Engadget

7. Wired

8. Tom’s Guide
Tom’s Guide

9. Techradar

10. Gizmodo


11. GeekWire

12. Business Insider
Busi­ness Insid­er

13. CNET

14. Gigaom

15. Popular Science
Pop­u­lar Sci­ence

Specific websites for computer science students to stay updated

As you might have observed, most of the sites list­ed above are either tech­nol­o­gy or the usu­al news sites in the indus­try.

But what if you want to know some­thing only relat­ed to the field of com­put­er sci­ence? Say, new research or dis­cov­er­ies? Well then, we’ve got you cov­ered.

We sug­gest you to go to any of the sci­ence sites and click ‘com­put­er sci­ence’ if that sec­tion is avail­able and boom! There you go. Ask oth­ers for their pre­ferred sites as well. Although these sites aren’t com­plete­ly spe­cif­ic either, they’re some­what more rel­e­vant to the ones list­ed above.

Here’s a list of sites for com­put­er sci­ence stu­dents to stay updat­ed with the lat­est trends.



3. ScienceDaily
Sci­ence Dai­ly

4. Tech Republic

5. Computing Now
Com­put­ing Now

6. ComputerWeekly

All these web­sites are undoubt­ed­ly cool. That’s enough food for you today.

Yet, we would like to hear from you.

What else do you think com­put­er sci­ence stu­dents do to stay updat­ed. Are there cer­tain web­sites you read on a reg­u­lar basis? We’d like to hear from you. Leave a com­ment.

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