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Jan 9th 2014

AOL Autos Tech of the Year: Tesla Supercharger

We're excited to announce that the Tesla Supercharger was awarded 2013 Technology of the Year from AOL Autos at the International Consumer Electronics Show.

This year marks the second annual Technology of the Year program, with over 44 technologies nominated for the title. Back in November, AOL Autos announced six finalists during the Los Angeles Auto Show where the Tesla Supercharger was joined by Chevrolet MyLink Valet Mode, Infiniti Backup Collision Intervention, Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive, Mopar® In-Vehicle Wireless Charging for Portable Devices and Volvo Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection with Full Auto Brake at an offsite event at LA's Belasco Theater.

The panel of judges, comprised of industry experts from AOL Autos, Autoblog, Engadget and TechCrunch, went through grueling rounds of physical testing and found that the Tesla Supercharger raised the bar the highest when it comes to integrating technology into the world of autos. Giving Tesla owners the ability to charge their vehicles enough to drive 150 miles in about 30 minutes or less for free, the Tesla Supercharger changes the ways EVs are used and diminishes the concern of "range anxiety" among drivers. The infrastructure Tesla is building to support the Tesla Supercharger with fast-charging stations across the U.S. elevates EVs in the automotive industry today.

To help the esteemed board of judges find the best of the best in automotive technology, AOL Autos turned to their consumers in the last stage of deliberation. Readers were asked to vote for which among the six finalists they felt should take the title. With over 14,000 votes received, consumers also agreed that the Tesla Supercharger stood apart from its competitors, garnering 40% of overall public votes. The result of this poll equaled one judges' vote in final deliberation.

Congratulations to Tesla Supercharger on winning 2013 Technology of the Year!

Jan 7th 2014

Engadget Launches New, Mobile-First Product at CES

On Friday, we launched a new product for Engadget called Engadget Mini: the first test of a new microblogging platform we built for delivering real-time updates of all sorts of different content, including headlines, links, photos, videos, tweets, and comments.

We made this because we wanted to create a new kind of content experience designed for the screen in your pocket, not the one on your desk. We also wanted something that reflected the ways media has changed over the years, so there's a big emphasis in Mini on curating great content from across the social web.

Why launch at CES? Because there is no bigger event in the consumer electronics world, and we thought it'd be great to offer a real-time stream of everything interesting, important, and fun going on at the show.

We're going to keep Engadget Mini going after CES ends, and after making some improvements from what we learn over the course of the week, we hope to bring Mini to other brands here at AOL later this year. You can find it on the right-rail of Engadget.com and at mini.engadget.com, but the best way to experience Engadget Mini is on your phone or tablet using the iOS and Android apps that are available for it.

Jan 6th 2014

AOL at CES: What's Next for the Heart of Technology

The proving ground for breakthrough technologies for more than 40 years, CES has become much more than the world's largest trade show. And its implications and innovations reach far and wide beyond the tech industry into our everyday lives. From 4K TVs to wearable technology, from automotive telematics to smart appliances, every year, CES amazes and delights us with what's next and what's possible. As AOL Networks' CEO Bob Lord puts it, "CES has become a cauldron of what it means for consumers and marketers. It challenges how we do advertising." And only AOL, with its award-winning consumer brands and its powerful advertising platforms and products, is squarely at the heart of CES.

CES: Connecting to innovation
What's fascinating about CES is how tech and humanity come together, in a way that transforms the consumer experience. And AOL is focused on programming content that consumers love with our consumer tech sites Engadget and TechCrunch. In addition to once again being the Official Online News Source for CES, Engadget is also honored to be the media partner for the Best of CES Awards. And for the first time, TechCrunch is bringing its signature Hardware Battlefield to CES, to uncover this year's startup stars, with the help of celebrity judges like Martha Stewart. But if CES is where man meets machine, it also happens to slap us in the face at a time when we're taking stock, making resolutions, and thinking about how we will make this year better than the last. The Huffington Post's re-launched GPS for the Soul app is the perfect reminder for how we need to find balance amid technology's temptations.

CES: Connecting with partners
CES has become a hotbed for advertisers and agencies, and we're looking forward to meeting with partners to discuss how our barbell solutions, global opportunities, cross-screen capabilities, video, and programmatic platforms can drive their brands forward. In fact, this week marks the first time where AOL will bring our full video and programmatic stack to market with Adap.tv, fulfilling a vision that began at last year's CES. Continuing his thought-leadership Shingerviews video series, this week David Shing will talk to some of tech and media's leading figures to make sense of the evolving technology landscape and discuss how we can use technology to help make powerful human connections between consumers and brands.

CES: Connecting humans
AOL connects to consumers – and in turn connects those consumers to brands and marketers. And we can't wait to see how the innovations revealed this week will impact our lives.

May 29th 2013

gdgt Live is now Engadget+gdgt Live

Following its acquisition by AOL in February, gdgt has combined forces with Engadget and rebranded gdgt Live, its successful consumer event series. The new event series will be called Engadget+gdgt Live, a much-needed platform for technology brands to meet face-to-face with hard-to-reach tech enthusiasts, show off their latest products and services, and get key feedback from this influential, but hard-to-reach community.

Each gdgt Live event is a unique opportunity for companies to build relationships with today's technology tastemakers. Since the first event in 2009, gdgt Live has become an integral element in the consumer marketing strategy of some of the world's biggest technology companies. In just the last year industry leaders like Belkin, HP, HTC, Lenovo, Logitech, Microsoft, Motorola, NETGEAR, Olympus, Sony, Speck, T-Mobile, TiVo, Western Digital and many others have participated in multiple events. gdgt Live has held 21 events seven across cities.

The events have been attended by over 20,000 consumers as well journalists from virtually all the leading technology publications, including ARS Technica, CNET, CNN, Engadget, Gizmodo, Mashable, PC Magazine, TechCrunch, TechMeme, The New York Times, TWiT, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Wired, and lots more. gdgt Live has also played host to some of the country's hottest consumer tech startups including Aviary, Backupify, Boxee, Bug Labs, Connected Data, Gazelle.com, Kobo, MakerBot, Sifteo, Simple TV, Sphero, and many more.

Engadget will be promoting the events on the site and through social media channels, and the Engadget editors are creating a new conference program for the next event in New York in June. From there, Engadget+gdgt Live events will visit San Diego, Boston, Seattle, and San Francisco. The 2014 schedule will kick off with the first-ever Engadget+gdgt Live event at CES in January.

For more information on the 2013 Engadget+gdgt Live tour visit events.gdgt.com.

Feb 26th 2013

AOL Autos Hands Over the Keys to a Brand New Dodge Dart


(Dodge Dart winner with AOL Autos editor-in-chief David Kiley)

Wish you were handed the keys to a brand new car? Over 50,000 other people were hoping the same thing when they entered AOL Autos' "Technology of the Year" award sweepstakes to win a new Dodge Dart. AOL Autos' editor-in-chief, David Kiley, traveled to Tacoma, Washington, yesterday to deliver the new car to the one lucky winner.

The Dodge Dart came equipped with AOL Autos' Technology of the Year award winner, Chrysler Group's Uconnect. The award was announced at this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas and given to Uconnect for its class-exclusive Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen with built-in radio, available Garmin navigation, iPod control, climate controls, voice-activated Bluetooth®, SiriusXM Travel Link, weather updates and points of interest.

"I have never had a car I could sync to a smartphone or even navigation...I would hold the GPS in my hand as I'm driving, so this is going to be a big change," said Dodge Dart winner, Jennifer R.

Congratulations to the winner and to Chrysler Group's Uconnect for winning AOL Autos' Technology of the Year!

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