|Type of site||Weblog|
|Available language(s)||English, Chinese (traditional and simplified), Japanese, Spanish, German|
|Created by||Peter Rojas|
|Editor||Marc Perton (interim)|
|Alexa rank||451 (December 2013[update])|
Engadget is a multilingual technology blog network with daily coverage of gadgets and consumer electronics. Though on appearance Engadget functions much like a blog and may be defined as such, much of its editorial content takes the form of an online magazine. Engadget currently operates a total of ten 'blogs'—four written in English and six international versions with independent editorial staff. Engadget frequently ranks among the top five in the "Technorati top 100" and was noted in TIME for being one of the best blogs of 2010.
Engadget was founded by former Gizmodo technology weblog editor and co-founder, Peter Rojas. Engadget is a member of Weblogs, Inc., a blog network with over 75 weblogs including Autoblog and Joystiq and formerly including Hack-A-Day. Weblogs Inc. was purchased by AOL in 2005. Engadget's editor-in-chief, Ryan Block, announced on 22 July 2008, that he would be stepping down as editor-in-chief in late August, leaving the role to Joshua Topolsky. On 12 March 2011, Joshua Topolsky, along with most of the senior editorial staff, announced that he was leaving Engadget making Tim Stevens—profiled by Fortune on 31 May 2012 and deemed "the nicest guy in tech"—the editor-in-chief. Overnight on 15 July 2013, AOL removed Tim Stevens as the editor-in-chief with reasons unclear whether his removal was voluntary or forced, but due to tweets early on on the morning of the 15th, Stevens suggested it was forced. AOL has placed gdgt's Marc Perton as the interim editor-in-chief, who will assume the Executive Editor title once a new editor-in-chief is found.
Engadget operates a number of blogs spanning seven different languages including English, Chinese (traditional and simplified), Japanese, Spanish, Polish (until 1 April 2010), Korean and German. The English edition of Engadget operates four blogs which, like the international editions, have been assimilated into a single site with a sub-domain prefix. These include Engadget Classic (the original Engadget blog), Engadget Mobile, Engadget HD and most recently Engadget Alt.
Launched in March 2004, Engadget is updated multiple times a day with articles on gadgets and consumer electronics. It also posts rumors about the technological world, frequently offers opinion within its stories, and produces the weekly Engadget Podcast that covers tech and gadget news stories that happened during the week.
Since its founding, dozens of writers have written for or contributed to Engadget, Engadget Alt, Engadget Mobile and Engadget HD, including high profile bloggers, industry analysts, and professional journalists. These writers include Jason Calacanis, Paul Boutin, Phillip Torrone, Joshua Fruhlinger, Marc Perton and Susan Mernit. Darren Murph, has worked on the site as Managing Editor and Editor-at-Large. He has written over 17,212 posts as of 5 October 2010. Industry analyst Ross Rubin has contributed a weekly column called Switched On since October 2004.
Google Reader, as well as many other RSS readers, has included Engadget as a default RSS feed, pulling the latest articles which appear at the top of all user's mailboxes.
Engadget uses the Blogsmith CMS to publish its content.
The Engadget podcast was launched in October 2004 and was originally hosted by Phillip Torrone and Len Pryor. He was the host for the first 22 episodes of the podcast at which point Eric Rice took over. Eric Rice is known for his own podcast, called The Eric Rice Show and has also produced podcasts for Weblogs, Inc.. Eric hosted and produced 4 episodes of the podcast for Engadget until the show was taken over by Peter Rojas and Ryan Block. The podcast was hosted by Editor-in-chief Joshua Topolsky along with editors Paul Miller and Nilay Patel with occasional special guests until their 2011 departure. The podcast was produced by Trent Wolbe under Topolsky's editorship and continued to be under Tim Stevens until December 2012. As of December 2012, the podcast is produced by editor James Trew.
The topic of discussion for the podcast is technology related and closely linked to events that have happened during the week in the world of technology. The show generally lasts an hour or more. The show is normally weekly, however the frequency can change, especially during special events. When events such as the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) occur, the podcast has been known to be broadcast daily.
The Engadget podcast is available as a subscription through iTunes, Zune Marketplace and as an RSS feed. Alternatively, it can be downloaded directly from the site in either MP3, Ogg, AAC or m4b format. The m4b version features images related to the current topic of discussion and can be displayed in iTunes or on a compatible player.
Engadget has started doing live podcasts, usually broadcasting Thursday or Friday afternoons on Ustream. The recorded podcast is usually available the day after. Engadget also hosts weekly Mobile and HD-focused podcasts, with the former typically featuring Myriam Joire and Brad Molen, and the latter is generally hosted by Ben Drawbaugh and Richard Lawler.
On 30 December 2009, Engadget released its first mobile app for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Engadget then released an Engadget app for the Palm Pre and Palm Pixi phones on 1 January 2010 claiming it was the "1000th application in the "webOS" Catalog". A week later, on 8 January 2010 they launched the app on the BlackBerry platform. An app for Android devices was released on 25 March 2010 and the app for Windows Phone was released on 1 July 2011, making the app available on all major mobile smartphone platforms. On 15 December 2010, Engadget debuted its official iPad app, while Engadget updated its Android app to support Honeycomb (and in turn, Android tablets) on 28 July 2011. The app's features included sharing articles through Twitter, Facebook or email, the ability to tip Engadget on breaking news, and the ability to bookmark and view articles offline.
Engadget Distro is a tablet magazine from the editors at Engadget that has been published on a weekly basis since its inception, although Special Issues have appeared at times and multiple issues per week are published during the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The magazine was born from Tim Stevens' desire to provide a different, distilled look at a week's worth of Engadget news, and to enable readers to enjoy that coverage without the frantic nature of the online experience being necessarily attached. The magazine was announced on 20 September 2011 and teased on that night's episode of The Engadget Show in New York City. It became available to the public on 12 October 2011, with the initial issues being available for Apple's iPad. On 21 December 2011, Distro officially moved into the Newsstand app within Apple's iOS ecosystem while also becoming available for the first time on Android tablets. Each issue is also made available in PDF form.
While Distro began as a way to see a week's worth of Engadget news distilled down into a single magazine, it has since evolved into a platform where high-profile features and long form content are launched. Brian Heater's profile of Apple's third founder, Ron Wayne, was the cover story for Issue 18, while Issue 69 featured an in-depth look at PayPal coupled with an interview with its president, David Marcus.
On 11 December 2012, Engadget announced Expand, a "live event and expo for gadget fans." This marks Engadget's first major foray into the conference world, following several years of sporadic meetups at smaller venues in New York City and San Francisco. Engadget alum Barb Dybwad was brought on to help launch the event. The inaugural event will be held 16–17 March 2013 at the Fort Mason Center in San Francisco, and it will feature "live panel and one-on-one sessions" as well as an Insert Coin: New Challengers competition where hardware startups can compete for exposure and other prizes. Nearly 2,000 people attended the first Expand, and exhibitors / panelists included Google, Microsoft, Toyota, Kickstarter, Indiegogo, Lenovo, Microsoft, Oculus Rift, Razer, Boston Dynamics, NASA, Samsung, DJ Spooky, Esko Bionics, ZBoard and OUYA.
Tickets at the door are "$60 for a full pass, $40 for Saturday (includes the after-party) and $30 for just Sunday."
As the inaugural Expand closed, Editor-in-chief Tim Stevens announced that a second Expand conference would occur in Q4 2013 in New York City. Engadget is planning to make Expand a bi-annual event, with one on the East Coast and the other on the West Coast of the U.S.
The Engadget Show
On 8 September 2009, Joshua Topolsky announced that Engadget would be taping a new video show once a month in New York City. The show will be free admission and will later be put onto the site. It features one-on-one interviews, roundtable discussions, short video segments, and live music. At first it was taped at the Tishman Auditorium at Parsons The New School for Design, but after the 5th show they began taping at The Times Center, part of The New York Times Building.
The show was originally hosted by Joshua Topolsky along with editors Paul Miller and Nilay Patel. After their departure from Engadget and AOL in early 2011 newly appoined editor in chief Tim Stevens became the show's host. It is directed by Michelle Stahl and is executive produced by Joshua Fruhlinger and Michael Rubens.
The first episode was taped at Parsons The New School for Design on 13 September 2009, and featured guest Jon Rubinstein, CEO of Palm, Inc. The second episode's guest was Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer and was taped live on 22 October 2009 at the Times Center.
Episode three featured HTC's Drew Bamford, Joystiq's Chris Grant and was taped live on 22 November 2010 at Parsons The New School for Design. The fourth episode taped live at Parsons The New School for Design on December 20, 2009, featured guest Peter Rojas. Episode five taped live at the Times Center on January 16, 2010 and featured Erick Tseng, a former Senior Project Manager for Google (now employed by Facebook.) The sixth episode was filmed live on 27 February 2010 at the Times Center and featured guest Avner Ronen, CEO of Boxee.
Episode seven featured Nicholas Negroponte of the MIT Media Lab and was taped live at the Times Center on March, 20th 2010. The eighth episode was filmed live at the Times Center on April 21, 2010 and featured guests Ryan Block of GDGT and Dr. Dennis Hong, a mechanical engineer who specializes in robotics. Episode nine featured guest Kevin Lynch, Adobe Systems CTO and was filmed live at the Times Center on May 22, 2010. The 10th episode was filmed on 23 June 2010 and featured Jimmy Fallon and was taped live at Cooper Union in New York City.
The 11th episode was filmed live at the Times Center on August 4, 2010 and featured game designer Peter Molyneux. Episode 12 was filmed on 27 August live at the Times Center and featured guest Omar Khan, CSO of Samsung. The 13th episode featured guest Bobby Braun of NASA and taped live at the Times Center on September 14, 2010. Episode 14 was taped live on 23 October 2010 at the Times Center and featured guest Aaron Woodman of Microsoft.
The show's end is always marked by audience prize give-aways and Chiptune music with visuals from a variety of different artists.
In early 2006, Engadget reported that they were victims of their likeness being stolen and used as a store name at a mall in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. However, they stated they would not be taking any action. The store has since changed its name (or possibly shutdown and a new store opened with a new name). In July 2007, another store had opened, also in Malaysia, with a logo bearing the same resemblance to Engadget's.
Apple delay hoax
In May 2007, Engadget published a story based on an email sent to Apple employees announcing that the company was delaying the launches of both the iPhone and Mac OS X Leopard. After the story ran, Apple's share price dropped 3%. Less than 20 minutes later the story was retracted after the email was discovered to have been a hoax perpetrated on Apple employees. Apple's shares eventually recovered and Ryan Block apologized for the mistake.
In March 2006, DAPreview, a website about digital audio players, noted that Engadget used a photo that had originally been taken by DAPreview, and then removed attribution by cropping the DAPreview logo off. Engadget's managing editor Ryan Block agreed that the photo had been copied and cropped, stated that it had been a mistake, and apologized and restored the image's attribution.
T-Mobile "magenta" accusations
On 31 March 2008, Engadget reported that Deutsche Telekom (the parent company of T-Mobile and T-Mobile USA) had sent a letter requesting that Engadget cease using the color magenta in its Engadget Mobile site, claiming that T-Mobile had trademarked the color. Engadget issued a response on 1 April, mainly by repainting the Engadget sites and changing the Mobile logo for the day to a logo that looks as though it is saying "Engadge t-mobile". The site has since returned to normal format, with the exception of the highlighting color.
In early 2011, eight of the more prominent editorial and technology staff members left AOL to build a new gadget site with CEO Jim Bankoff at SB Nation. On leaving, Joshua Topolsky, former Editor-in-chief, is quoted having said, “We have been working on blogging technology that was developed in 2003, we haven’t made a hire since I started running the site, and I thought we could be more successful elsewhere”.
It appears the departure of the team from AOL which includes not only Topolsky but editors Nilay Patel, Paul Miller, Joanna Stern, Ross Miller, Chris Ziegler, Chad Mumm, Justin Glow, Dan Chilton, Thomas Ricker and Vladislav Savov was primarily the cause of an internal memo distributed by AOL detailing "The AOL Way", a 58-page long company plan to turn AOL into a media empire. Some employees suggested that AOL was destroying journalism for page views and that it would be difficult for the organisation to apply a 'one size fits all' business model to a business primarily made up of acquisitions with diverging outlooks.
Paul Miller makes a mention of this on his blog where he writes "I'd love to be able to keep doing this forever, but unfortunately Engadget is owned by AOL, and AOL has proved an unwilling partner in this site's evolution. It doesn't take a veteran of the publishing world to realize that AOL has its heart in the wrong place with content. As detailed in the 'AOL Way,' and borne out in personal experience, AOL sees content as a commodity it can sell ads against". The group set up a "placeholder site", This Is My Next, while they developed a new technology news site in partnership with Vox Media. The new site, called The Verge, was launched in 1 November 2011.
Engadget has been nominated for numerous awards, including a 2004 Bloggie for Best Technology Weblog, and 2005 Bloggies for Best Computers or Technology Weblog and Best Group Weblog; Engadget won Best Tech Blog in the 2004 and 2005 Weblog Awards.
The Engadget Show won the 2011 People's Voice Webby Award in Consumer Electronics, while also winning the official Webby in Consumer Electronics (voted on by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences).
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