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Jul 26th 2013

Distro, Engadget's Weekly Magazine, Hits Issue 100!

Ask any member of the Distro staff, and they'll tell you it feels like just yesterday Engadget's tablet magazine launched. But nearly two years later, Distro's 100th issue hits app stores today!

The free app was designed to sum up the top Engadget news and stories in a digestible, weekly tablet magazine and issue after issue has given readers an in-depth look at their favorite technologies in a beautifully designed and easy-to-use app. Let's take a walk down memory lane:

  • October 2011Distro launches as one of the first tablet magazines for a major Web property and debuted at No. 1 for free news apps in the iTunes app store
  • December 2011Distro debuts on the Android Market and cracks top 10 on Apple's Newsstand
  • January 2012Distro becomes the first magazine to publish not one, but two, issues onsite at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES)
  • January 2013Distro outdoes itself and publishes four issues over the course of the five-day CES show

A remarkable CES 2013 set Distro on a good track for the rest of this year with industry award recognition, including a 2013 Appy for Best Consumer Magazine/Newspaper App.

Distro leaves the steady stream of news to Engadget and brings the best of the site straight to iPads, Android and Windows 8 tablets. And this issue is no different with the staff list of "100 Gadgets We Love." The list will feature just a few of their all-time favorite smartphones, tablets, cameras, consoles, PCs, robots and even a blender.

Kick off your weekend with some of the best tech writing out there and download Distro's 100the issue today!

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.

May 14th 2013

TechCrunch Goes Back to School

This past Wednesday, TechCrunch unveiled the online learning destination CrunchU in partnership with online education startup Udemy. Powered by Udemy's online learning platform, CrunchU offers students access to a set of world-class courses, taught by expert instructors, curated by TechCrunch.
The 30 online courses in entrepreneurship, programming and Web design, can tackle ambitious topics like Raising Money for Startups and Startup Hiring while other classes build additional skills like DSLR photography, coding and logo design.

The tech world we live in is always changing, and it takes the latest skills to stay competitive. CrunchU is affordable to keep with Udemy's mission to "democratize education by making top quality content from the world's experts dramatically more affordable for anyone, anywhere." And all CrunchU courses will be 50 percent off between now and May 18th.

To learn more about CrunchU click here. Courses are slated to change each quarter, so stay tuned for new class options.

Apr 18th 2013

AOL Wins Uptime Institute Award For The Second Year Running

AOL is proud to announce that we will be honored as a winner of the Uptime Institute Server Roundup for our efforts to improve data center efficiency around the globe at the upcoming Uptime Institute Symposium.

For the second year in a row, AOL has won for overall tally of servers removed. We decommissioned 8,253 servers in 2012, which has meant a total savings of almost $3 million from reduced utility costs, maintenance and recovery of asset resale/scrap. Environmental benefits were seen in the reduction of more than 16,000 tons of carbon emissions as well. Last year, AOL removed nearly 10,000 and saved over $5 million.

The annual Uptime Institute Server Roundup contest was introduced in October 2011 to raise awareness about the removal and recycling of comatose and obsolete IT equipment in an effort to reduce data center energy use. Uptime Institute invited companies around the globe to help address and solve this problem by participating in the Uptime Institute Server Roundup and AOL is delighted to be a part of it.

To learn more about AOL's corporate sustainability, click here.

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