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New technology, be it gadgets, computers or broader innovations, can be difficult to understand. Fortunately, there are a number of YouTube channels that help you get a grasp on the latest and greatest. These sources provide news, reviews and in-depth look at what’s shaping the future. Here are ten must-watch channels every geek should subscribe to.
Most technology channels focus on new products or innovations with world-changing potential, but there’s more to tech then what’s new. Learning to use what’s already available in creative ways is also important, and can be a lot of fun.
That’s where Kipkay comes in. This channel focuses on projects, hacks, and how-tos. You can learn how to make a laser tripwire, charge you cellphone with a flashlight, or construct a mini fog maker. Following a few of these how-to videos can teach you the basics of building your own gadgets.
Getting new stuff is cool. Well, except for the part where it drains your bank account to zero, at which point you can’t get any cool new stuff. What’s a gadget enthusiast to do?
Let someone else buy and unbox stuff for you! As the name implies, Unbox Therapy is (almost) all about unboxing cool tech toys and giving a few first impressions. The channel also occasionally posts some reviews and comparisons, but for the most part, this is the way to get your unboxing satisfaction on the cheap.
For some people there’s no substitute to getting into the guts of technology and finding out what makes it tick. If that sounds like you, PC Perspective’s YouTube channel is sure to keep you enthralled. You’ll find teardowns of new technology, including the latest game consoles, in-depth video reviews, comparisons and even a how-to that will help you build your own gaming PC. The channel also hosts a weekly video podcast covering the latest in PC news.
This channel also focuses on PC hardware, but from a somewhat more mundane point of view than PC Perspective. LinusTechTips looks at a broad range of new computer-related gadgets but also provides content for the layman, including numerous buying and build guides. And, like PC Perspective, this channel hosts a weekly video podcast.
Technology changes so quickly that keeping up on everything can be difficult. The vast majority of YouTube channels do little to ease your time constraint, as many last ten minutes or more.
Enter TechQuickie. This channel’s sole focus is to explain some piece of technology in about five minutes. The topics range from Bitcoin to curved LCD TVs to the Windows paging file but, no matter the topic, it’s explained quickly and efficiently. Anyone who’s curious, but short on time, should subscribe to this channel immediately.
Comparing this channel to Kipkay is inevitable, as they both cover a similar topic; using technology to build, or do, cool things. Household Hacker is arguably the more practical of the two, however, as it focuses a bit less on gags and a bit more on useful tips.
This channel also includes a “Scientific Tuesday” feature, which focuses on the science behind knew technology rather than a how-to. These videos are clever, focused and fairly short, so they are perfect even if you don’t have a lot of spare time.
Strange name aside, this channel is fairly straightforward. You’ll find news, rants, reviews and even some Let’s Play videos. What really sets this channel aside is pure volume. Currently the channel sits above 1,000 videos, and it covers everything. Phones, cars, computers, games, software; you name it, TechnoBuffalo probably covers it. This channel is a must-subscribe for folks who want to stay up-to-date on a broad range of tech-related topics.
Consumer technology is great, but there’s more to the field that what’s built for you to buy. There are many broader and more important innovations like advanced nano-electronics, alternative energy and even 3D printing.
The Standford University channel covers such advances in its huge library of videos which includes lectures from professors, speeches from Noble Prize winning scientists, and shorts that explain complex science in plain language. Not everything on this channel is related to tech, but a lot of it is, and you’ll find information here that you simply can’t find anywhere else.
CNET’s channel is about the closest thing you’re going to find to an online television channel. The volume of coverage, and its quality, exceeds many real cable TV shows; the only other channel that can rival CNET’s quality and consistency is TechnoBuffalo. Besides reviews and news you’ll also find numerous interviews, comparisons and behind-the-scenes look at upcoming gadgets. My personal favorite is the Adventures In Tech series, which lays out important events in recent technology history.
Mythbusters arguably deserves much of the credit for putting geek-oriented televisions on the map, and its hosts, Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, have become minor legends. But did you know they have their own YouTube channel?
The channel’s name is actually appropriate, because many videos test technology in some way, but the level of depth found here isn’t replicated anywhere else. Want a 40-minute video about high speed cameras? How about a 12-minute video about coffee grinders? Or a 50-minute video about Steam OS? You’ll find all that and much more.
There are literally hundreds of YouTube channels to choose from. My picks for this list are based not on popularity, but rather the quality of the videos each channel uploads. Do you think these are the top picks, or do you have a favorite that was missed? Let us know in the comments.