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Google's Blogger platform gets a new-look Dashboard and Post Editor

Blogger, Google's popular blogging platform, is showing off a sneak peek at the next generation of its user interface. The Official Google Blog has screenshots of upcoming revamps to Blogger's Dashboard and Post Editor. There's also a video (after the break) that shows off the progress Blogger made in 2010 -- including improved stats, spam filtering, Web fonts, a template designer and zero...

Chrome code shows beginning of Google Dashboard integration

Many of you might not even be aware that you have a Google Dashboard -- but it's there, even if you're not using it. In essence, it's a single, centralized location to manage various settings for the myriad of Google services you're signed up for -- Gmail, AdSense, Blogger, Buzz, Picasa Web, YouTube, etc. When it was unveiled back in November of 2009, I figured it would integrate nicely with...

Google adds Gmail's 'suspicious activity' monitoring to your Google Dashboard

Back in March, Google added a very neat feature to Gmail that warns you of suspicious activity on your account. In essence (and I'm sure there's more to it than this), it simply checks the 'geolocation' of your IP address against any other logins on your account. If I log in from 'near London', and 30 minutes later someone logs in from 'near New York', an alert is produced. Today the same...

Google's new Dashboard sure would tie in nicely to Android, Chrome OS

When a few blog sites yesterday happened upon Google's YouTube video of the new Dashboard, they moved quickly to pull it down. Though the original video is still MIA, Google made an official announcement of the new feature on their own blog last night and the video above is now ready for public consumption. While Dashboard is now live -- you can check yours out at...

DashSaver makes your Mac's Dashboard into a screensaver

The Dashboard on my Mac perplexes me. While it feels like it should be a great productivity tool, the truth is that I rarely think to open it. I have widgets for everything from weather to my calendar and todos, and even financial information. And yet, if I never look at them, what good are they? I started wondering if anyone else thought that Dashboard widgets would make a good screen saver,...

Kludgets lets you run OsX widgets on your Windows desktop

We've showcased plenty of software before that brings Mac functionality to PCs - like Standalone Stacks, DExpose2, and Flyakite. What about all those fancy dashboard widgets? Surely there's a way to utilize them on your Windows desktop. Why, of course there is - with Kludgets! It's an open source project built on Webkit and Nokia's QT framework. On the author's site you'll find four basic...

Sprint's Plug Into Now dashboard

If you're not a fan of Flash, you definitely don't want to check out Sprint's new Plug Into Now dashboard. If you dare to click through, you'll be treated with sensory overload, internet style. The page is a cornucopia of snippets of information, with one theme: Now. A computerized female voice periodically speaks, saying things like "13,628 letters are being mailed right now", or "8,971,000...

Expose hidden OS X preferences with Secrets

There are tons of useful preferences in OS X and popular Mac apps that aren't part of the GUI, but you can tweak them by using the command-line. That Terminal stuff isn't for everyone, though, so it's a good thing there's Secrets. This little preference pane from Blacktree Software (the makers of Quicksilver) is worth a thousand mini-tutorials. It comes pre-loaded with preferences for the Finder,...

WordPress 2.5 released, and all eyes turn to 2.6

If you're the more astute blogging type, it probably came to your attention a week or two ago that WordPress 2.5 was released. Depending on what kind of web space maintenance type person you are, you may or may not have upgraded immediately. Today's big admission at Download Squad is that some of us, ahem, ignored the Upgrade Now! link for the last two weeks. It wasn't that we didn't care. It...

DashQuit: Quit your Mac dashboard with a single click

The Mac OS X Dashboard is a boon to many and a bane to some. Some of us reference the Dashboard many times a day, while others never use it, and wish that they could just turn it off completely. Wish granted. DashQuit is a lightweight Dashboard widget that will allow you to quit Dashboard with one simple click (does anyone catch the irony here?). It comes both in a Tiger and Leopard flavor. ...

LinkedIn gets a beta facelift and developer platform

LinkedIn, the professional networking site, has released new features, including a homepage redesign and developer platform. Sure this is going to be a little more useful to business users, but does LinkedIn need to expand and focus outside the business sector to make things stickier? LinkedIn's new focus seems like an effort to emulate what Facebook has had with outside web applications. The new...

Open XDrive widget shows free space

When AOL introduced 5 GB of online storage--for free--there was much rejoicing. The service is called XDrive. But that wasn't the extent of it. For a reasonable premium (that's ten bucks a month), you could get 50 GB of online storage. Not a bad way to keep a few backups handy. AOL also jumped in the sack with JSON ("jay-son"), a web API that allows developers to work the XDrive into their own...

Dashalytics - A Mac OS X Widget

If you're creating websites, you'll probably know about Google Analytics, the once-expensive now-free web statistics service from the big G. Whilst you could, of course, log in to Google Analytics via the Analytics (recently-upgraded) website, it might seem like overkill to go to the hassle of logging in just to check visitor numbers. Thankfully, Mac users can rejoice because Dashalytics allows...

Run Dashboard on your Mac desktop full-time

This is a tip that is probably only going to appeal to a small subset of Mac users, but those of you that have been looking for a way to do this are going to love it. The Mac's Dashboard widget environment does not run on your desktop full-time, but rather must be invoked with a keystroke, typically the F12 key. Other widget engines like Konfabulator Yahoo Widget Engine and Google Desktop allow...

Midnight - deep sleep dashboard widget

Midnight is a widget for the Mac's dashboard widget engine that gives you the ability to put your Mac to sleep with the click of a button. To be honest, if that's all this widget did, it wouldn't be worthy of a post, but this one does one more interesting thing. It can hibernate your system, much like a Windows computer can hibernate. Most Mac users aren't even aware that their Macs are capable...