15 Tech Leaders’ Top Layperson-Friendly Resources For Tech News

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Tech leaders and professionals aren’t the only ones interested in the latest tech headlines. Business leaders and professionals of all stripes work with a variety of tech tools each day and are interested in learning how to better leverage them, as well as the latest tools they may be tasked with learning next (such as generative artificial intelligence). Further, a lot of us have one or more “tech toys” we can’t imagine living without, and what’s new and noteworthy in consumer tech is always interesting.

There’s certainly no shortage of tech-focused media out there—but how does a layperson know which resources are reliable and comprehensible? Below, 15 members of Forbes Technology Council—all industry leaders and experts—share the layperson-friendly resources they’d recommend for getting accurate, up-to-date news on tech developments.

1. The AI Podcast

The AI Podcast, by NVIDIA, is a highly informative resource for anyone interested in artificial intelligence, machine learning and related technologies. It features engaging interviews with prominent experts in the field and covers a wide range of topics, from the theoretical aspects of AI to its practical applications and the ethical implications of these technologies. – Nicolas Vidal, Global Task

2. All-In Podcast

For anyone looking to keep up with tech news in a user-friendly format, I recommend All-In Podcast, hosted by Chamath Palihapitiya, Jason Calacanis, David Sacks and David Friedberg. It provides insightful discussions on tech developments and is accessible on all podcast channels, including YouTube. The hosts distill complex topics into easily digestible content, making it a great resource for both tech enthusiasts and those new to the field. – Asanka Abeysinghe, WSO2, Inc.


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3. The Briefing

I subscribe to many newsletters, but the only one I read daily is The Briefing, written by Martin Peers and Jessica Lessin and available on the website The Information. I find that most newsletters are a collection of links, which ends up just feeling like another to-do list. The Briefing is a short-form article that dives into the most compelling issue in tech that day. The authors have an impressive range, with knowledge extending from deep tech to public markets. – Ken Babcock, Tango

4. CNET

CNET provides comprehensive coverage of the latest technology trends, products and industry news. With its user-friendly interface and clear writing style, CNET caters to a wide range of readers, including non-tech enthusiasts. It offers easy-to-understand articles, reviews and videos that cover various topics such as smartphones, gadgets, software and more. – Shelli Brunswick, Space Foundation

5. Exploding Topics

I highly recommend the website Exploding Topics. The rapidly changing tech market can be overwhelming and too broad, but Exploding Topics makes it easy to keep track and stay informed. The articles are always substantiated with stats and supporting information, which adds a very important layer of credibility. – AJ Abdallat, Beyond Limits

6. Hackernoon

Hackernoon is more technical than most other websites out there, focusing on the nitty-gritty of tech and software development, but it is where I get in-depth articles about new technologies. For business news and recommendations, Forbes is my go-to. – Nacho De Marco, BairesDev

7. Morning Brew’s IT Brew And Tech Brew

I think IT Brew and Tech Brew (brands of the Morning Brew website) are great resources for people in and out of IT. They are available on the website, via email and on various social platforms. I like the simple, minimalistic approach of presenting content and how the creators have shown restraint in displaying advertisements. Yes, they have ads, but they’re carefully placed so as not to distract from the information. – Robert Martin, Oil City Iron Works, Inc.

8. Reply All

I like listening to the Reply All podcast. Hosts Alex Goldman and Emmanuel Dzotsi cover a wide range of internet and technology-related topics with humor and depth, making complex issues accessible and entertaining. – Margarita Simonova, ILoveMyQA

9. Chad Sanderson (Substack)

I’ve been enjoying reading everything Chad Sanderson puts out. His articles have a strong tech focus but come from a place of intimate familiarity with business requirements. In the tech landscape, there’s a lot of noise—a lot of SEO-optimized clickbait—but Sanderson’s content is less about buzzwords and more about problems facing tech and how they can be overcome. Check him out on Substack. – Lewis Wynne-Jones, ThinkData Works

10. TechCrunch

The TechCrunch website is a resource for tech news that is accessible to the general public. TechCrunch is a top technology media outlet that offers the most recent news, analysis and insights on tech startups, breakthroughs and trends. They also run events and have a podcast, providing more chances to interact with the tech scene and learn about the most recent advancements. – Neelima Mangal, Spectrum North

11. TechStuff

The TechStuff podcast is a great way to stay up to date on tech. Twice a week, host Jonathan Strickland dives into the what, why and how of technology, making even the most complex topics understandable. The show’s unique storytelling format brings tech to life, with topics ranging from understanding previous innovations to exploring potential futures. Each episode is like a breath of fresh air. – Gergo Vari, Lensa, Inc.

12. This Week In Tech’s Podcasts

Podcast network This Week in Tech (TWiT) offers a variety of shows covering different aspects of technology, including news, reviews and expert commentary. With a diverse lineup of hosts and topics, there’s something for everyone, whether you’re a casual tech observer or a seasoned enthusiast. – Marc Fischer, Dogtown Media LLC

13. TLDR Newsletters

Lately, I’ve been relying on the online daily technology newsletters from the website TLDR. The site offers relevant and current articles on a number of technology topics, including AI and crypto (two areas of interest for me). Each newsletter includes the synopses of several articles, and you decide which of these you want to read in full. It’s free to sign up, and TLDR delivers relevant, timely technology information in a format that doesn’t take long to consume. – Russ Kennedy, Nasuni

14. Two Minute Papers

For those seeking a resource to stay abreast of the latest in tech, I recommend the YouTube channel Two Minute Papers. Despite the name, each video is a bit longer than two minutes, but they’re all concise, engaging and highly accessible. The channel covers cutting-edge research, particularly in the realm of AI, with a focus on making complex topics understandable to the non-expert. – Aron Brand, CTERA

15. The Verge

Website The Verge is a layperson-friendly resource for tech news. It covers technology, science, art and culture. Its articles are comprehensive yet accessible, making it ideal for both tech enthusiasts and casual readers. The site also offers podcasts and videos for those who prefer multimedia content. – Dmitry Mishunin, HashEx

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