Gadget Articles

Google Talk Pops Out New Features

Google has updated their Google Talk Gadget with some new features. In Google Talk, blog post software engineer Scott Ludwig details the latest updates.

 In order to make Google Talk more accessible they have added a pop- out feature for the Google Talk Gadget that will appear in a separate window. If you are on your Google Personalized Homepage, there is a link inside the gadget that lets users pop it out.

Google Gadget Stats
Niall Kennedy did earlier this month an exhaustive analysis of Google Gadgets, coming out with a lot of graphs, facts and figures that would make your head spin. If you’re a geek for infoporn, you’ll love his post on it.

Google Talk Gadget Comes to Town

There’s a new (and official) personalized homepage gadget in town: Google Talk. It’s quite nice, and after a quick trial I have to say I prefer this to both desktop Google Talk, as well as Gmail’s Google Chat alternative.

New Google Talk Gadget Goes Live
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In a departure from the negative publicity surrounding the company this week, Google announced the launch of its instant messaging gadget today. The Google Talk gadget can be embedded in a user’s personalized Google homepage or on any other webpage or blog simply by adding a line of code.

Gadget Spark – Great Marketing Idea

Do you ever hear of a new marketing idea and think to yourself, ‘Man – wish I had thought of that!’?

William Cross, who many of you may know from SeoFox, sent me a press release concerning the launch of his new company, Gadget Spark. Gadget Spark is the first company out the door to market custom Gadgets for the Windows Vista Sidebar.

According to Microsoft,

Google Makes Gadgets Easier

Google announced on their blog today some new features for the Google Personalized Homepage, and I had the opportunity to talk with Sepandar Kamvar, Google

AdSense Lets You Play Your Own Video Ads

A bit of a good thing for AdSense publishers: If you see a video AdSense ad appearing on your website, you can feel free to play it.

Yahoo Drops Search Gadget Into The Vista

The Yahoo Desktop Products team released the Yahoo Search Gadget for Windows Vista this week, the company’s only Vista-only product.

The Search Gadget works from the Windows Vista sidebar, bypassing the need to open a separate web browser. Users can access Web search, Yahoo Answers, Local, and Video from the gadget.

Jonathan Strauss of the Yahoo Desktop Products team writes:

Microsoft’s Digg-Like Site

Microsoft has been running in beta in some foreign markets a website called MSN Reporter that copies many features from the popular Digg website. On MSN Reporter, users share and rate news, rating them up or down with giant “Kicken!” and “Dumpen!” buttons (translated as “Kick it” and “Dump it”).

Lessons In Linking With Robert Scoble

The fastest way to anger the collective hive-mind that is the blogosphere is not to link to it. The second fastest way to anger the blogosphere is to accuse others of not linking to it. The lesson there is that not linking is the unpardonable sin, and PodTech.net’s Robert Scoble stepped forward over the weekend to throw the first stone.

Live Search Clicks For The Cause

Using Microsoft’s ‘Click for the Cause’ Live Search site will help generate donations to NineMillion.org, the United Nations’ child refugee organization.

Google Gadget University Awards

Google handed out awards for the best Google Gadgets by college students.

Wii Tops iPod For Most Wanted Christmas Gadget
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A glut of web searches for the Nintendo Wii has made it the most desirable gadget for Christmas, surpassing the perennial iPod for the top spot. To emphasize this point, the Wii was launched in the UK last week and it sold all 50000 of the available consoles in 12 hours, making the sale rate for the Wii at 1 console sold per second.

New Google Custom Search Blog

Google has a new blog for the Google Custom Search Engine program. Always good to have more Google blogs. Get the feed.

Go Go Katie Couric Google Gadget
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Just when you thought it was safe to load up the Google Personalized Homepage, CBS and Google have released a new gadget featuring the network’s new anchor.

Google Names Top Gadgets

The Google Desktop blog announces the winners of their Google Desktop Gadget Contest.

TechCrunch Adds New Gadget Site

If you’re a subscriber to Engadget or Gizmodo, or both, there’s a new gadget site to add to your reading list – CrunchGear.

When Google’s Gadget Didn’t Self-Destruct

Ron Garret at Xooglers, the ex-Google employee blog, gave up an interesting insider story about the Google Search Appliance from his perspective as a Google customer while at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Gadget for CES

If you’re coming to CES, the Microsoft Gadget folks (hi Sanaz and team) worked with the Comdex folks to build a little CES Gadget for Live.com.

CES Coverage Should Be Interesting on Gadget Sites

I was talking with Jason Calacanis (founder of Weblogsinc.com) yesterday and he told me that AOL was sending a bunch of bloggers to CES to cover that, particularly on their Engadget site.

Disney Goes The Gadget Route

An ESPN branded Sanyo mobile handset and a new MP3 player for the kiddie market have emerged from the House of Mouse.

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