|You asked me what I read to stay current with technology developments and directions. Let me remind you of the "who" to study rather than the "what" .
Having said that, there are a host of sources that I regularly consult. The daily news is first. Read both sides of the aisle: The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. I read the business and technology news. I sign up for the headlines as well. I like the regular "Bits" column in the NY Times, which is a free email. The daily bulletins from Quora and Flipboard are another source; these you can configure on your phone for your interest areas. I read occasional CIO Magazine posts, and follow Martha Heller. Probably the most interesting is the "Chart of the Day" from Business Insider. Of course, following a few authors you respect on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook is also good.
Professional associations are another recommendation. I'm a member of NetHope , The Center for Digital Strategies, and ISCRAM.
The point is, read! And look for alternative viewpoints.