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Doc's always sending large files to folks, and until now I've been using a special file-sending service for that purpose. But now, quanp has a drag-and-drop feature that allows quick sending of multiple large files (up to 500MB). The quanp send widget allows you to send files at any time right from your desktop, and recipients don't need to have a quanp account.
The Tour de France is the world's most famous cycling race and Team HTC Columbia is using Google Android handsets and Google software to provide real-time data of their progress. Add a widget to your iGoogle page and follow all the action.
Deutsche Bank provides a real-time widget for keeping track of greenhouse gas emissions.
It all started when I was reorganizing my iGoogle pages over the weekend and added a GoogleTalk widget. Some time back, I added AIM messaging into Google Talk so I could chat with the different friends I have on those services in the same window.
Certainly one of the big stories at CES this year has been TV manufacturers finally embracing the Internet on their new sets, thanks in large part to the widget platform that adds real-time streaming info on-screen while you're watching shows. But home networking companies aren't yielding the living room just yet, as Netgear demonstrated to me this afternoon at their booth.
I'm not quite sure how this fits into the company's overall marketing scheme, but Sprint's got a Big Brother-esque Flash "widget" on its site that tracks, among other things, the latest headlines on Newsvine, what terms the Internet is buzzing about, how much energy the world is using, how many eggs are being produced, how many babies are being born, and how many people are stuck in elevators...in what appears to be real time.
FlashFlashRevolution (FFR), the multi-player rhythm-based online gaming site (which has a strong social networking component), has launched a widget designed to help musicians and bands promote their music, while at the same time allow more people to discover the fun of playing FFR's online games.
Nokia made an announcement last week that will allow S60 mobile device users to enhance their mobile web experiences. Widgets will be coming to Feature Pack 2 devices in the third quarter of 2007 and I did not have time last week to try to understand this functionality since I was traveling for business and wrapped up with a maritime salvage project. While here at the S60 Summit I was able to meet with a Nokia representative and actually view and try a demo of \widgets running on a S60 N95 device. Widgets appear as applications that you can file in the S60 folder structure and then simply launch by selecting the Widget. These are small and more easily developed applications that integrate with the amazing S60 Web Browser. There are reports of developers being able to create a widget in the span of a couple of days and then roll it out for usage by an end consumer and we will be seeing more of this development capability during the event.
Google adds another flash application to its product suite, this time, with the help of Wes and Dudly Carr, the brothers behind the popular Gtalkr client. So far reviews of the new widget have been good, and it incorporates a lot of Google properties in a way only Flash can - including the Gtalk call feature.
The mainstream trend tracking magazine Newsweek suggested that 2007 will be the year of the widget, at the same instant that Time appoint "You" the person of the year. But widgets is too limited to have its own year; it seems to similar to the year of the locust.
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