Top Technology Blogs that your Business Should Be Following

Top Technology Blogs that your Business Should Be Following 150 150 Kerry Butters

Originally a sort of online personal journal,  web logs or blogs have since evolved into a powerful method of communication. Breaking news, insider perspectives, whatever; there’s an infinite number, covering any subject.

Why Should YOU Care?

As a business, you’ll need to keep abreast of developments on the technology front. Not only to stay in contention with rivals, but as a valuable tool in your own endeavours. Miss a couple of days’ news, and you’ll discover that what you’re working on is obsolete, and the company you just bid for was bought by someone else.

25 of The Best

In alphabetical order, here’s your wish list of the best technology blogs for your business:

1. Computerworld Blogs

Computerworld’s blog compiles entries from several different bloggers, adding another dimension to one of the oldest and most respected IT magazines.

2. blog

Computing is one of the UK’s leading business technology publications. Their blog is updated each working day, with the biggest stories in technology. Posts are provided by industry experts and the publication’s own reporters.

3.  Crave

The gadget blog from CNET UK. Crave provides news on all the latest gadgets in the market, with product reviews and “How To” guides.

4. David Rowan’s blog –

David Rowan is the editor of Wired magazine. His blog discusses topical issues, in the tech industry.

5. UK blog

Econsultancy is an online community for digital marketing and e-commerce professionals. Their blog is updated throughout the working day, with news and commentary.

6. Fasthosts blog

Focusing on information and advice for industry professionals, Fasthosts blog covers everything from cloud computing to digital marketing. The site contains plenty of links to news stories displayed on other blogs.

7. The Financial Times Tech Hub

This focuses on technological developments and news – and how technology is affecting the financial world more generally.

8. GigaOM

Om Malik’s GigaOM has its emphasis on the new. Analysis on Web 2.0, technologies and start-ups, social media, gaming, etc. The site is one of the largest blogs worldwide.

9. Gizmodo

Gizmodo offers a multitude of posts, presented with a youthful vibe, by some of the funnier bloggers on the Internet.

10. Graham Cluley

Cluley’s blog is dedicated to the latest computer security news, with advice and opinion.

11. The ‘’ technology blog

The Guardian’s team of technology correspondents provide a blog filled with in-depth analysis on the latest technological developments.

12. How-To Geek

Here you can get tips on operational matters, like finding out how to remove hyperlinks from Microsoft Word Docs, review products, and play free games.


This wide-ranging site is the place to go if you want to stay on top of tech issues and trends affecting your company, and the tech industry as a whole.

14. IT PRO – Today 

Enterprise and business IT news, reviews, features and How Tos – from a UK perspective.

15. Mashable

Mashable takes elements from the worlds of Twitter, Facebook, entertainment, news, and just about anything else relevant to technology, and mixes (okay; mashes) them up into a blog puree.

16. Mighty Gadget

The Mighty Gadget blog gives the latest technology news and reviews relating specifically to the UK. Posts are separated into sections, making navigation easy.

17. Official Google Enterprise Blog

This is the place to find out everything about, well, Google. The search engine, the apps they’ve created, and information about the company.

18. Real Point Blog

A place to share information and tips, as well as industry news and opinion from sectors including technology and IT, digital marketing, and business in general.

19. TechCrunch

TechCrunch isn’t just the second-biggest tech blog, it’s the No. 2 blog overall, behind The Huffington Post. The site is big, their team of contributors is huge, and they have their own network of sites, including MobileCrunch, TalkCrunch and CrunchGear.

20. TechRadar

Not as big as TechCrunch, but TechRadar nonetheless covers a wide range of topics, in the arena.

21. Tech World

A well-established resource for the UK IT industry. It has the latest news, product reviews, enterprise software downloads and “How To” articles. Especially useful, if you’re looking for lots of information on a specific topic.

22. The Unofficial Apple Weblog

Of all the blogs dedicated to Apple, this one does the best job of balancing good writing with nice graphics and pictures.

23. V3 – the frontline blog

A useful resource for technology professionals, giving in-depth news and analysis across a range of technology-related topics. 

24. Zath

Zath reviews the latest technology products, software applications, websites and hi-tech gadgets as well as providing “How To” guides.

25. ZDNet

Founded in 1991, ZDNet was purchased in 2000 by CNET (CBS Interactive), and features product reviews and software downloads, with news and analysis on tech businesses and issues.

There are plenty of others. Most allow you to sign up for email notifications of trending / new topics. So, you’ve every reason to stay informed.

Happy reading.

10 Reasons Why Your Business Should Consider Chromebooks

10 Reasons Why Your Business Should Consider Chromebooks 150 150 Kerry Butters

Modern businesses have a huge amount of choice when it comes to technology products these days. The power of the cloud means that less storage space on the device is needed now, which further increases choice. It’s possible now to work on wafer thin devices that need very little in terms of power, or of course you can choose to have a laptop or a device that’s powered almost entirely by the cloud.

What IS a Chromebook?

Chromebooks are lightweight laptop computers which run on Chrome OS, an operating system made by Google. Designed primarily to be used online, they’re best suited to professionals who already use services like Gmail and Google Docs.

The Chrome OS

Chrome OS is similar to Windows or Mac OS X, but sits on a Linux platform. It’s essentially a souped-up form of the Google Chrome Web browser.Chrome OS does not run regular desktop software, relying instead on Web-based applications. This means Google Docs, Google Drive, Gmail, Google Calendar, and the like. If you’re working without an internet connection, the OS enables Google Drive’s offline mode, by default.

Why Have One?

Here’s your 10 reasons, as promised:

1. They’re Inexpensive

With the gradual demise of Windows XP, the market is ripe for a low-cost alternative. Prices vary, but essentially the Chromebook is a $200 computer. Even the highest-end Chromebooks will run you as little as $250, if you know where to shop for them.

2. They’re Lightweight, but…

Typically, Chromebooks weigh a little over a kilogram. Yet they boot up in less than 10 seconds. The Chrome OS itself is lightweight, and runs smoothly – even on mediocre hardware.

3. They’re Long-Serving

Windows notebooks might give you 4 hours of active time on a single charge cycle – if you’re really lucky. A Chromebook can give twice that amount. Newer Chromebooks can last an entire workday – up to 9.5 hours – on one battery charge.

4. They’re Secure

The Chrome OS has built-in virus and malware protection. Files are stored in the cloud, and the Chromebook file system is locked down with eCryptfs encryption.

5. Free Storage and Software

With the purchase of most Chromebooks, you’ll get an additional 100 GB of storage in Google Drive, free for two years. You of course get access to Google Docs, Google’s free suite of office software. Google Docs can open Microsoft Office files and export to Microsoft file formats.

Along with Google Docs, Google Drive, Gmail and Google Calendar, you can also download non-Google apps from the Chrome Web Store, most of which are free. Examples include Evernote, Dropbox, Netflix, and eBay. Increasingly, many now work in offline mode, too.

6. Full-Size Keyboards

Not as trivial as it sounds. Chromebooks have physical keyboards (minus a few standards, like the Delete key) on a par with laptops – unlike the tablets to which they’re often compared. Better ergonomics translates to increased productivity in the workplace.

7. Television Output

Most Chromebooks can be connected to an HDTV via an HDMI output port. This enables you to play a YouTube video (or similar) on your Chromebook, while watching it on your big-screen TV. A plus, for presentation purposes.

8. Cloud Dividends

With Chromebooks, IT staff can radically reduce the amount of time spent “keeping the lights on”, for devices. This translates to higher uptime, lower service costs, and greater control of the deployment of Web-based applications and content.

9. Ease of Use

If you know your way around a Web browser (Chrome, in particular), you’ll know how to use a Chromebook. This reduces the need for training, and the speed with which Chromebooks can be deployed. 

10. Supervised Accounts (a.k.a. Parental / Management Controls)

Chromebook users can create supervised accounts to track or limit online activity for certain users. You can also synchronise all your apps and passwords with Chrome browsers on other computers. So, if you use Chrome at work, you can sync all data to your Chromebook at home, automatically.

There’s support for multiple users, and an option for 3G/4G connectivity for mobile working.

Bonus: They’re Low-Maintenance

No lengthy waiting periods for OS patches, upgrades, antivirus or anti-malware installs. Chromebooks update themselves in the background, automatically and silently.

There are Some Drawbacks…

Most notably, the fact you can’t use “traditional” desktop software. And the need to be perpetually online (preferably with Wi-Fi), and logged into your Google account, to keep your files updated. Google Docs’ offline mode re-syncs your data once you return to the web, though.

There’s no Skype, but you can use Google Hangout, as a videoconferencing equivalent. Also, no Photoshop, and no professional-level video editing suite.

Chromebooks typically only have between 16 and 32GB of on-board storage. There’s no direct printing facility, either. You have to go via Google’s Cloud Print service.

Ubuntu: Best of Both Worlds

Not the title to a video game. Rather, a strategy whereby you can enjoy Office-style applications on your Chromebook desktop. Offline.

Chrome OS is a derivative of Linux, so you can run both environments simultaneously, switching between the two via a hotkey. And as an extreme security measure, you can wipe the whole system with the press of a button to boot.

You can do this by installing Ubuntu, via a command line using Crouton. Both products are free, and open-source.

What’s Out There?

Chromebooks are currently available from HP, Lenovo, Acer, and Samsung, in a range of prices and specs. Armed with your new knowledge of what Chromebooks can do, you can make your choice by clicking here