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It's often difficult to stay tech savvy in this day and age whether retired or working. Here are some of the resources I use.

It's often difficult to stay tech savvy in this day and age whether retired or working. Here are some of the resources I use.

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  • Staying tech savvy while retired or working requires you to find some filters that work for you to screen out the abundance of tech news and find relevant tidbits
  • The NY Times does a good job covering technology, particularly online. There’s a section in the online version and the iPad version, seen here. It includes articles from the print edition as well as blogs.
  • If you like a magazine format, some online tech websites are now offering information that way. This is distro, a free tech magazine from Engadget, available through the iTunes store.
  • American Libraries does a pretty good job at sifting through the tech news and finding articles that might be of particular interest to those of us in the information business. ALA members get AL Direct in their email. Be sure to check out the Tech Talk section.
  • LITA is the tech division of ALA. Top Technology Trends is a must see for me when I go to ALA. Even if you can’t be there, you can see what some of the “tech authorities” in ALA are talking about by going to the LITA blog after conference
  • There are a lot of tech websites out there. One of the oldest is CNET. They cover a lot of aspects of technology including news and reviews and how tos.
  • If you don’t have time to visit each tech website on a regular basis, you can subscribe to RSS feeds to see what they’re talking about. I like GigaOM. This is their front page via the iOS RSS Reader Flipboard.
  • Wired is another well known site available via RSS feeds in Flipboard
  • Many tech sites also make their feeds available via Twitter.
  • You can also follow a lot of the tech movers and shakers and websites via Facebook. But Google+ seems somehow particularly well-suited toward tech news, probably because it’s still largely the domain of techies.
  • If you’d prefer to listen to your tech news, you can find a lot of podcasts to either listen or watch. Here’s one by a trio of Canadian librarians who talk about technology issues of interest to librarians
  • For overall tech podcasts, I particularly like TWiT. You can find a podcast on just about any subject of interest from Android to Mac to Windows.
  • Butterscotch.com features a lot of helpful tutorials. They’re generally short and cover a lot of gadgets and software.
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    • 1. Tech SavvyRetired or Not Suzanne Reymer Montana State Library MLA Conference 2012
    • 2. NY TimesTechnology
    • 3. Digital Tech Magazines
    • 4. AL Direct
    • 5. LITA & Top TechnologyTrends
    • 6. Tech Websites - CNET
    • 7. GigaOM via RSS inFlipboard
    • 8. Wired
    • 9. Follow, Follow, Follow
    • 10. Google +
    • 11. Podcasts
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