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

How Computer Science Students Can Stay Updated
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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.

Heck!

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

TheVerge.com
The Verge

2. COMPUTERWORLD

ComputerWorld.com
Com­put­er World

3. PCMag

PCMag.com
PCMag

4. TechCrunch

TechCrunch.com
TechCrunch

5. The Next Web

TheNextWeb.com
The Next Web

6. Engadget

engadget.com
engad­get

7. Wired

wired.com
WIRED

8. Tom’s Guide

tomsguide.com
Tom’s Guide

9. Techradar

techradar.com
TechRadar

10. Gizmodo

Gizmodo
Giz­mo­do

11. GeekWire

geekwire.com
Geek­Wire

12. Business Insider

businessinsider.com
Busi­ness Insid­er

13. CNET

cnet.com
c|net

14. Gigaom

gigaom.com
Gigaom

15. Popular Science

popsci.com/technology
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.

1. INDEPENDENT

independent.co.uk
Inde­pen­dent

2. PHYS.ORG

phys.org/technology-news/computer-sciences/
Phys.org

3. ScienceDaily

sciencedaily.com/news/computers_math/computer_science/
Sci­ence Dai­ly

4. Tech Republic

techrepublic.com
TechRe­pub­lic

5. Computing Now

computer.org/web/computingnow
Com­put­ing Now

6. ComputerWeekly

computerweekly.com
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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