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Engadget
File:Engadget-logo.svg
URL http://www.engadget.com/
Commercial? Yes
Type of site Weblog
Registration Optional
Available language(s) English, Chinese (traditional and simplified), Japanese, Spanish, Polish, Korean, German
Owner Weblogs, Inc., AOL
Created by Peter Rojas
Launched March, 2004
Alexa rank 431
Current status Online

Engadget is a multilingual technology weblog and podcast about consumer electronics. Engadget currently has nine separate websites, all operating simultaneously with each having its own staff, which cover technology news in different parts of the world in their respective languages. Engadget won a 2007 Weblog Award for tech sites.[1]

Contents

Founding and membership

Engadget was co-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.[2] Engadget's editor-in-chief, Ryan Block, announced on July 22, 2008 that he would be stepping down as editor-in-chief in late August, leaving the role to Joshua Topolsky.

Weblog

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.[2]

Since its founding, dozens of writers have written for or contributed to Engadget, 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, Ross Rubin, Marc Perton and Susan Mernit.

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.

Gmail, Google's webmail service, 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.

To extend readership, the blog is available in several languages including Spanish, Japanese, German, Polish, Korean, and Chinese (traditional and simplified).

Engadget uses the Blogsmith CMS to publish its content.

Podcast

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. Currently, the podcast is hosted by Editor-in-chief Joshua Topolsky along with editors Paul Miller and Nilay Patel with occasional special guests, and is produced by Trent Wolbe.

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 afternoons on Ustream. The recorded podcast is available the day after.

The Engadget Show

On September 8, 2009, Josh 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. It is taped at the Tishman Auditorium at Parsons The New School for Design.

The show is hosted by Joshua Topolsky along with editors Paul Miller and Nilay Patel. It is directed by Chad Mumm and its executive producer is Joshua Fruhlinger.

The first episode was taped on September 13, 2009. [3]

Trademark infringement

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.[4] The store has since changed its name (or possibly shutdown and a new store opened with a new name). In July of 2007, another store had opened, also in Malaysia, with a logo bearing the same resemblance to Engadget's.[5]

Controversy

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.[6] After the story ran, Apple's share price dropped 3%.[7][8] 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.[2]

Misattribution

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.[9] 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.[10]

T-Mobile "magenta" accusations

On March 31, 2008, Engadget reported that T-Mobile 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.[11] Engadget issued a response on April 1, 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".[12] The site has since returned to normal format, with the exception of the highlighting colour.

References

  1. Rob Beschizza (11 September 2007). "Cheaters Spoil the Fun in Weblog Awards Voting". Wired.com. http://www.wired.com/entertainment/theweb/news/2007/11/weblog_recount. Retrieved 17 December 2008. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Rachel Rosmarin (18 July 2008). "The Gadget Guru". forbes.com. http://www.forbes.com/2007/12/18/ryan-block-engadget-tech-cx_rr_07webceleb_1218block.html. Retrieved 17 December 2008. 
  3. Josh Toplosky (8 September 2000). "The Engadget Show is taping live this Sunday, September 13th". http://www.engadget.com/2009/09/08/the-engadget-show-is-taping-live-this-sunday-september-13th/. Retrieved 9 September 2009. 
  4. Peter Rojas (10 July 2006). "A visit to the Engadget store...". http://www.engadget.com/2006/07/10/a-visit-to-the-engadget-store/. Retrieved 17 December 2008. 
  5. Ryan Block (1 July 2007). "The (fake) Engadget store returns in a new location!". http://www.engadget.com/2007/07/01/the-fake-engadget-store-returns-in-a-new-location/. Retrieved 17 December 2008. 
  6. Ryan Block (16 May 2007). "False alarm: iPhone NOT delayed until October, Leopard NOT delayed again until January". Engadget. http://www.engadget.com/2007/05/16/iphone-delayed-until-october-leopard-delayed-again-until-januar/. Retrieved 17 December 2008. 
  7. "Gear Blog Rivals Engadget and Gizmodo Turn the Competition Up to 11". Wired.com. 24 March 2008. http://www.wired.com/entertainment/theweb/magazine/16-04/mf_gadgetblogs?currentPage=3. Retrieved 17 December 2008. 
  8. Tom Spring. "Engadget blunder sends Apple stock tumbling". Macworld.com. http://www.macworld.com/article/57967/2007/05/engadget.html. Retrieved 17 December 2008. 
  9. Ian Bell (20 March 2006). "Engadget: Busted for Unethical Blogging". Digital Trends. http://news.digitaltrends.com/news-article/9827/engadget-busted-for-unethical-blogging. Retrieved 17 December 2008. 
  10. Ryan Block (21 March 2006). "“Controversy”". http://www.ryanablock.com/archive/2006/03/controversy/. Retrieved 17 December 2008. 
  11. Ryan Block (31 March 2008). "Deutsche Telekom / T-Mobile demands Engadget Mobile discontinue using the color magenta". Engadget. http://www.engadget.com/2008/03/31/deutsche-telekom-t-mobile-demands-engadget-mobile-discontinue/. Retrieved 17 December 2008. 
  12. Ryan Block (1 April 2008). "Painting the town magenta". Engadget. http://www.engadget.com/2008/04/01/painting-the-town-magenta/. Retrieved 17 December 2008. 

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