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Sep 30th 2013

AOL Launches GATHR

We're excited to introduce Gathr, a new subscription service from AOL. Its origins are rooted in AOL's legacy of managing a successful online subscription business, which continues to offer people solutions to meet their everyday needs.

Gathr is a new way to bundle products and services from leading brands in a single place, while saving consumers up to 60 percent. To get started with Gathr, simply choose from pre-bundled packages curated for specific interests – such as entertainment, families and games – or create customized packages that best fit your lifestyle. We're working with some fantastic partners, including: Pandora One, Redbox, Norton, Amazon, Fandango and Ticketmaster, with many more on the way.

With Gathr there is no mandatory contract length or commitment – and it's available on desktop and accessible via smartphones and tablet devices, ensuring you can take Gathr with you, anytime, anywhere.

Gathr currently offers a 30 day free trial* to all new subscribers; visit Gathr.com to learn more.


*To avoid being charged, simply cancel before your free trial period ends.

Oct 9th 2012

Let The Games Begin With An All-New Experience From Games.com


Today Games.com launched a new cross-platform gaming experience, providing gamers with a robust library of free online games. With a library of more than 5,000 games, mobile capabilities, and new engagement and personalized features, Games.com is set to be the number one destination for gaming.

The new experience features an endless list of games to choose from, as well as the ability to jump into a game with just one click. Players can favorite games they play often, and discover new favorites by playing a randomly selected game or the game of the day.

In addition, players can also access their history of games and their badges, points and rankings in the new Social Bar, which is fully integrated in the Games.com experience across all platforms. With just a few clicks, no matter where they are, players can dive straight into their favorite games.

Phase one of the new Games.com Experience includes:
  • Cross Device Functionality– The gaming experience can be enjoyed from a computer, tablet or smart phone.
  • Robust Library of Games– With key partnerships with top game developers and distributors, including Arkadium, Big Fish Games, GameHouse, Iplay, Masque Publishing, Mochi Media, and Tylted powering our library, Games.com has something to suit every gamer.
  • Search and Discoverability– Players can find their favorite games on all devices as well as being able to personalize the experience to suit them.

The reinvestment in Games.com demonstrates the commitment AOL has on providing consumers with premium experiences. AOL users have always been passionate about gaming and Games.com is an industry leading experience, allowing users to not only play games but also discover more and share their experiences. If you're interested in learning more about the history of gaming at AOL, check out my blog post on The Huffington Post.

This is just the start for us at Games.com. We have an exciting roadmap of new features and enhancements over the upcoming months so stay tuned, and game on!


Sep 28th 2012

Release the Chickens! Clucks comes to iPhone

Social video is blowing up, but no one's thought to build a really cool game around it yet, and that's a huge, huge mistake. That's why we built the world's first turn-based game using short-form social video: Clucks.

Clucks is a turn-based game that uses twelve second videos to let players challenge their friends to guess a word they are describing (think Taboo). Players record a twelve second video describing the word, with five 'forbidden' words they're not allowed to use. Their opponent must guess the word being described while their reactions are recorded to create a fun action-reaction video that players can share with their friends.

Oh, and just to keep people from cheating and saying one of the "forbidden" words, Clucks is the first game to use Nuance's Dragon voice recognition software to keep players honest. If you cheat, the Donkey-police will come in and take away some points (which are called "clucks").

Don't have any friends? For solo players, we created the "Barnyard" - a repository of pre-recorded clues that a player can watch and guess against without having to play against anyone.

We're the first to partner with social video giant Viddy on a game like this, giving players the ability to post game videos to the Viddy community of more than 40 million active users.

By leveraging the fun of short-form videos, integrating Nuance's Dragon voice recognition to deter cheating, and partnering with Viddy to enable sharing, we have created a first-of-its-kind app that's fun and different.

Get Cluckin' with a free download from the iTunes app store by clicking here or learn more about how the game works by watching the video below.


Feb 16th 2012

Introducing Our New iPad Site


Today we've unveiled AOL's brand-new iPad site! We've optimized the entire experience to make it super tablet-friendly. Check it out by going to aol.com on your iPad and then tell us what you think.

This new design provides an easy and fun way to browse through more of AOL's best content including top news, local and entertainment headlines.

WHAT'S NEW:
  • AOL Mail – Tap on the Mail icon at the top of the page to quickly go to your AOL Mail account. Or, sign in to the page itself to get a dedicated mail preview section so that you can see up to 20 previews of your latest unread messages. You can swipe to review your mail, tap on previews to open messages, tap on the compose icon to open compose view, and tap on the header to open your inbox.
  • Apps – Tap on the Apps icon at the top of the page to visit our Mobile Desktop Tablets page and view all available AOL Apps and Mobile Web channels. You'll also find AOL Apps promoted further down the page as well.
  • Top News – View top news headlines with images. Swipe to see all headlines, tap an item to read the full article, and tap on the header to open Huffington Post Front Page to see all articles.
  • Video – Swipe to see featured videos and tap to to play selected videos. Once the video experience is open, you can play that video or tap on additional featured videos below.
  • AOL Music MP3 of the Day – Swipe this section to preview the latest 20 days of AOL Music's MP3 of the Day. Tap play to listen to selection. It will play in-line with continuous play of all 20 MP3s.
  • Moviefone – Swipe see all listings of movies now playing in theaters. If location is set, you will see movie times for nearest theater and movie trailer.

Learn more about the new site and its features by reading the AOL.com Blog.

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