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Work under way to add sidebars to Google Chrome

One feature I really like about Flock 3 is the fact that it displays my activity stream in a sidebar. While Flock is -- like Google Chrome -- based on the Chromium source code, that particular feature was coded from scratch by Flock's develoepers because there is no sidebar functionality in Chrome. Not yet at least. Work is underway, however, on building sidebars into Chrome's extension API....

Hate the new Google look? Change it back with a Userscript.

There may be all kinds of sound reasoning behind the changes Google recently rolled out to their search interface, but that doesn't mean everyone likes the new look. If you count yourself among those who wish they'd stuck with the more spartan design, it's easy to bring back. There are several new userscripts that have been posted to strip the left sidebar from Google's search results page....

Auslogics FileInspect gadget shows process info on your Vista, Windows 7 desktop

Like to keep tabs on where your system resources are going in Windows? If you're running Vista or Windows 7, take a look at Auslogics' FileInspect sidebar gadget. It's a handy way to see how much of your RAM or CPU is being used by the programs you have running. The gadget can display 1, 3, 5, or 10 items at a time and you can also tweak the update interval. You'll likely have more than 10...

MailBrowser for Gmail plugin is interesting, but needs work

MailBrowser is a new Gmail 3rd-party browser plugin that sits in the sidebar, giving you more information about your Gmail contacts. The plugin works by downloading a complete local copy of your email archive from Gmail over IMAP, then cross-referencing it to your Google Contacts in your Google account. I should state up front that the MailBrowser plugin is in beta, and likely to...

Amnesty Generator puts iGoogle gadgets on your Windows 7 desktop

You may have read about Amnesty Generator before on Download Squad - it's a free application that converts thousands of web gadgets and widgets - from dozens of sources - for use right on your Windows desktop. While it was designed for Vista, it's not too surprising to find that it also works well on Windows 7. Apart from iGoogle, other major widget providers like The New York Times,...

Get the Vista sidebar in XP

While Vista has now been available for almost two years now, there are a lot of people that are happily sticking with XP, myself included. And while there aren't enough flashy features to tempt me to switch to Vista, one that I do like the look of is the Vista sidebar. Happily, deviantart user joshoon has posted a package that allows you to install the real Vista sidebar on your Windows XP...

Add Google Reader to your Firefox Sidebar

Google rolled out an improved iPhone interface for Google Reader this week, and here's something neat you can do with it: Add it to your Firefox sidebar. While you can open practically any web site in a Firefox sidebar, some web pages are better suited to the sidebar than others. And the iPhone version of Google Reader fits the bill because unlike the full version of Reader, it's designed for...

Add Facebook Chat to your Firefox sidebar

Facebook has finally rolled out its new chat feature to all users. That means you can chat with anyone on your Facebook contact list if the two of you are logged into the Facebook web page at the same time. But what if you like the idea of chatting with your Facebook friends, but hate the idea of keeping Facebook open in a browser tab all day? Mozilla Links discovered a nifty trick for adding...

gDocsBar: Firefox sidebar to manage your Google Documents

gDocsBar is a new sidebar extension for Firefox that gives you instant, always-on access to your entire collection of Google Documents. With built-in search and filtering, and easy browsing of your online documents, gDocsBar will quickly become a "how did I do anything before this?" Firefox add-on. Once installed, you'll be prompted to login to your Google account (you do have one by now, don't...

Google Calendar: Now available on your Firefox sidebar

In the past we've covered how to put Google Notebook and Google Personalized Home in your sidebar. And although you were able to see your calendar through iGoogle in the sidebar, there's a better alternative that is cleaner, better, and most importantly, all about the calendar. Mitch from Firefox Facts came up with this solution by tearing some code out of the iGoogle gadget. Nicely enough, it...

Meebo moves to the Firefox sidebar

Meebo, the web-based instant messaging application that runs across all major IM networks has released a Firefox add-on giving users a browser sidebar for easy chatting. The Meebo Firefox add-on makes it much easier to chat with friends while browsing online. No more switching from application to application or from the Meebo homepage to the page browsing. The sidebar gives users a visual...

New Google Sidebar and Gadgets for Google Desktop 5

Google has been flogging its developers with wet noodles ramping up development to make your desktop more functional with the release of Google Desktop 5. The team at Google have been busy working on ways to pipe more information through Google gadgets and sidebar elements on desktops. The biggest noticeable changes are in the gadgets and sidebar elements. They now provide more visually appealing...

Convert web widgets into Vista sidebar gadgets

Amnesty Generator is a free app which converts web widgets from Google, PicGames, SpringWidgets, Grazr, and You Tube into Vista Sidebar gadgets. Whoa, rewind, what? That's right, convert Google widgets into Vista Sidebar Gadgets. Where do I sign? You may remember that we covered this last year for Google Gadgets in the OS X dashboard, but alas it is in fact available for both OS X and Vista....

Multi-Meter Dual-Core: Today's Vista Gadget

Multi-Meter Dual-Core displays a dual-core system's usage stats much like the CPU Meter that ships with Vista. There aren't yet many friendly apps that cater to that dual-core behemoth you just purchased, but this is one Vista sidebar gadget to join the team. Multi-Meter Dual-Core has a plethora of different background themes to customize the gadget any way you like. You can blend it with the...

Facebook launches official Firefox toolbar

Facebook has released an official browser toolbar, and somewhat surprisingly it's available for Firefox only. It displays the number of pokes, friend requests, and messages you have waiting for you and has the obligatory search box and Share button for sharing links, videos, etc. It also has notifications for when your friends change their statuses, write notes, or interact with you in other ways....