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Jul 23rd 2015

AOL Holds First Future Builder's Day Hosted by Citizen AOL and #BUILTBYGIRLS

I am thrilled to announce AOL's first ever Future Builders Day (#AOLFutureBuilders) in New York City.


As part of AOL's commitment to developing the next generation of leaders, Future Builder's Day is a celebration of the interns and Girls Who Code participants we're mentoring and championing this summer. It's a great example of how AOL lives its mission of unleashing the world's best builders of culture and code.

This summer's Future Builders include college and high school students from #BUILTBYGIRLS, an AOL program which challenges young women to be builders, creators and innovators and claim their place in the tech-enabled economy, Ladders for Leaders (an organization under Mayor de Blasio's Center for Youth Employment Initiative), Harvey Milk High School (a local high school designed for, but not limited to, LGBTQ young people) and Step Up Women's Network (a program that provides mentors to high school girls in the New York City area) as well as students in the Girls Who Code summer immersion program funded by the AOL Charitable Foundation.

As part of this day-long event, AOL interns will receive exposure to different areas of our business, including a behind-the-scenes tour of AOL studios and The Huffington Post news desk, a chat with AOL CEO Tim Armstrong and participation in educational workshops. Enrichment class topics range from Marketing 101 to Personal Branding to Digital Media, and are taught by AOLers. The day will also include an exciting "How I Got Here" panel on our BUILD stage, featuring leaders such as Minerva Tantoco (CTO of NYC), Erin Glenn (CEO of Quire), Susan Lyne (President of BBG Ventures at AOL) and Marni Walden (EVP and President of Product Innovation and New Business, Verizon) to share the journeys of their career paths. The City's First Lady Chirlane McCray will also be visiting our offices to meet with interns and take a tour of our headquarters.

Today represents another way in which Citizen AOL reiterates its commitment to making a difference in our community. In December, we launched The AOL Charitable Foundation and made grants to four organizations focused on improving the lives of women, girls and underserved youth. And in the first half of this year, we made a number of grants to organizations we're extremely excited about, including Americans for the Arts to support the Turnaround Arts program which uses arts education as a tool to help turn around America's struggling schools; and the UN Foundation Girl Up to support the Women in Science (WiSci) STEAM Camp at the Gashora Girls Academy in Rwanda. 120 high school girls from across Africa and the United States will have the unique opportunity to learn valuable skills in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Design and Math (STEAM) fields, while enjoying a rich cross-cultural experience.

Additionally in May, we had one of our most successful Monster Help Days with over 3,000+ AOLers participating worldwide. This year marked our 6th annual companywide volunteer day in which employees worldwide took time outside of the office to help their local communities. One of our core values is being in the business of helping people and Monster Help Day is one of the key ways we live out this value by encouraging AOLers across 27 cities worldwide to volunteer in our local communities. This year, over 30% of the volunteer projects for Monster Help Day aligned with the mission of the AOL Charitable Foundation to improve the lives of women, girls and underserved youth through access to technology, education, mentoring and cultivating creativity.

At AOL, we believe in providing young leaders with a path to success, especially in the fields of media and technology. Future Builders Day, as part of the 6 week long summer internship program will help unleash these interns' aspirations, open their eyes to the possibilities of exciting and prosperous careers in these fields, and inspire them to pursue their passions.

Jun 27th 2013

Introducing the AOL App for iPad: Debuts at Number 1!

Today, we launched the AOL app for the iPad. Now available in the App Store, the AOL app ensures you always know what matters now.

Whether it is happening in Washington, Wall Street, Hollywood, or Main Street, the AOL app will always surface the day's key stories. The app learns a user's preferences and reflects individualized programming based on their personal news interests. The app allows users to actively customize their top level news stream to see more (or less) of the stories and videos they want. Users can also save stories or videos for later, or quickly share them via email, Facebook or Twitter.

We designed the app to let users create their own browsing experience. It delivers AOL's best news, videos, trending stories and lifestyle info, and presents them in an engaging "news stream" format.

In addition, the app gives AOL members integrated access to the brand-new, tablet-optimized AOL Mail experience. Members can read and send emails, easily email their favorite stories to friends, and scan newsletters and programming alerts without launching new apps or going into a separate environment.

This is just the beginning of our work on the AOL app. It harkens backs to our core values of making the Internet easy and fun. An app for the Android tablet, as well as mobile apps for both Android and iPhone, are in the works and will be available later this year. We will continue to add new features and look forward to feedback.


The app is available for download by following this link to the App Store on an iPad, or click here to receive an email with the link.

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.

Mar 18th 2013

AOL's Digital Prophet, David Shing, Interviews Industry's Leaders at SXSW for "Shingerviews"

David Shing, AOL's digital prophet and brand evangelist, flew out to Austin, TX, for SXSW 2013 to see the latest in film, music and tech. While intrigued by what was happening on the main stages, Shing was also interested in digging into the latest trends in digital. He took to the streets, interviewing leaders from start-ups to iconic American brands. He shares his conversations on the web series, "Shingerviews" on AOL On.

The series features the creative minds and leaders behind Soundcloud, Wired Magazine, Cadillac, Readmill, Obama Campaign, Mondel─ôz International and more. Watch the playlist below or visit AOL On for more insightful "Shingerviews."

Nov 20th 2012

Check Out The New Engadget!

Have you taken a close look at Engadget today? Notice anything different? That's right, Engadget got a makeover!

Starting today, the site known for obsessive daily coverage of everything new in gadgets and consumer electronics will switch over to a responsive Web design, meaning the site looks just as good on tablets and smartphones as it does on the traditional desktop.

Why the change? Editor in chief Tim Stevens explains, "More than half of our traffic comes from tablets and smartphones, and our old site simply wasn't doing those platforms justice."

So whether you're reading Engadget from your desk at work, your phone on the bus ride home or on a tablet from the comfort of your couch, the site recognizes your device and tailors your experience accordingly. It can even rearrange the layout based on portrait or landscape mode to give you the best look possible.
More than just a treat for the eyes, though, the Engadget redesign serves an additional purpose – better performance.

The Engadget team approached the redesign with the goal of making the site cleaner, simpler and leaner, bringing you the same authoritative gadget news and in-depth product reviews without any wait time. Plus, replacing data-heavy graphics with a simpler HTML5 and text coding means Engadget's pages load faster than before and show up much cleaner on high-resolution displays, like Apple's retina line of products.

To see Engadget's redesign for yourself click here.

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