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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 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.

Nov 22nd 2013

AOL Autos Announces Finalists for Technology of the Year Award: Vote!

AOL Autos announced the six finalists for the second annual Technology of the Year award during the LA Auto Show this week. The public announcement took place at the Connected Car Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center on 11/19, immediately preceding the Press Day Kickoff Party for the LA Auto Show.

The following evening, teams from the six finalists, industry experts, internal AOL teams and journalists gathered at the Los Angeles' Belasco Theater to celebrate the announcement. All six vehicles housing the finalist technologies were brought into the venue and on-display for attendees to hop in the drivers' seat and check out the technologies.

Event-goers were also given a sneak preview into the upcoming release of Autoblog 360, a new test-drive tablet app from Autoblog first released mid-October.

With over 40 nominees received, the six finalists are: Chevrolet MyLink Valet Mode, Infiniti Backup Collision Intervention, Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive, Mopar® In-Vehicle Wireless Charging for Portable Devices, Tesla's Supercharger, and Volvo Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection with Full Auto Brake.

AOL Autos' team of judges, comprised of experts from AOL Autos, Autoblog, Engadget and TechCrunch, now turns to the public to vote on their favorite technology. The result of this vote will be weighted as one judges' vote in the final deliberation. The winner of 2013 Technology of the Year will be announced at CES in January 2014.

Vote for 2013 Technology of the Year award here by December 6th!

Jun 24th 2013

TechCrunch Disrupt 2013

TechCrunch Disrupt SF is fast approaching! Be sure to register for our seventh annual conference to witness the launch of a new group of remarkable startups and hear fresh insights from innovative entrepreneurs within the technology world.

Disrupt is widely known for its influential speaking lineup, and this year is no different. Our first set of confirmed speakers includes:
Disrupt will kick off with the ever-popular Hackathon, an international hackers and developers event that hacks a product within 24 hours. Selected winners have the opportunity to present their product on the Disrupt stage (don't forget your energy drinks and nerf guns).

At the core of the Disrupt conference is Startup Battlefield, where select companies launch live before a panel of expert judges. Six companies advance to the final round, hoping to travel home with an extra $50,000 in their pockets as well as the highly prized Disrupt Cup.

With previous years' winners and finalists including Mint.com, Yammer and Dropbox, Battlefield candidates have high-profile competitions waiting for them in store. Don't wait any longer, jump into the battle and apply now!

Interested in participating in other ways at Disrupt? Check out Startup Alley, where early-stage companies show off their groundbreaking talent and technology. Attendees select an "Audience Choice Winner" to compete on stage as part of Battlefield. E-mail startupalley@techcrunch.com with any questions.

We hope to see you there! Stay tuned for more updates.

Jun 5th 2013

Find AOL Tech Around the World

(Engadget Expand in San Francisco)

AOL's Tech properties, Engadget and TechCrunch, are headed offline and going global. We are excited to announce that Engadget Expand is going to New York City and TechCrunch Disrupt is heading overseas to Beijing, China, as we continue to bring engaging experiences both online and off.

Engadget Expand, which debuted this past March in San Francisco, is coming to New York City's Javits Center on November 9th and 10th. This event will bring together tech luminaries and Engadget editors for two days of exciting conversation, new inventors and gadget fans -- for the ultimate immersive technology experience.


(TechNode team at their annual China Bang event in Beijing)

While Engadget takes over NYC, TechCrunch will be making waves in Beijing this fall, bringing Disrupt back to China. TechCrunch is partnering with one of the top tech blogs and event groups in China, TechNode, and will launch the official Chinese-language version of TechCrunch later this year. The Chinese edition will carry translations of posts from the U.S. site.

Click here to purchase tickets to Engadget Expand and for more information on TechCrunch Disrupt visit this site.

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