Using Podcasts to Keep Up with Technology

One of my favorite ways to keep up with technology (and everything else) is through podcasts. A podcast is an audio or video series that you play on your computer or portable device. Subscribe to individual series with iTunes®, or another program, and when a new show is released, it shows up in iTunes or whatever program you use. It takes no effort on your part to seek it out. Check out Podcasting in Plain English from CommonCraft for a great explanation of podcasting.

Many news radio stations, public radio stations, and TV stations provide podcasts of their shows. It’s like having a TiVo® or DVR (Digital Video Recorder) on your computer. Radio and TV stations often have the subscribe link on the program’s web page. Just click on the subscribe link and follow the instructions. Usually your program will open up and ask you to accept the subscription.

Newspapers and magazines also provide audio podcasts on a variety of topics. They generally have a podcast page listing all the offerings. The pages are not always easy to find so the quickest way to locate them is to do a search on the newspaper website for “podcasts”.

Three of my favorite technology podcasts are:

Kojo Nnamdi’s Tech Tuesday from WAMU is a great way to keep up with all things technical. The highlight of the month comes on the first Tuesday when the Computer Guys & Gal show up to answer questions and explain technology without resorting to techno babble.

Tech Talk is a weekly program from the New York Times® that discusses gadgets, hardware, and software along with topics like security, troubleshooting software, and entertainment. Tech Talk also forgoes techno speak and offers plain English explanations.

Future Tense from American Public Media is a 5-minute daily podcast that covers everything from the latest gadgets to electronic law and privacy.

This is an updated post from October 2008.