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Seesmic for Android beefs up Facebook support, adds widgets and TwitLonger

Seesmic has updated its Android app with much-improved Facebook support. Users can now add multiple Facebook accounts, and post, comment, and like items on walls and Facebook pages they administer. Homescreen widgets have also been added, and all Seesmic's social networks are supported -- Facebook, Twitter, Google Buzz, and Salesforce Chatter. Support for Google's goo.gl URL shortener has been...

Metro Home brings a little Windows Phone 7 style to your desktop

HTC Home is a nice desktop implementation of HTC's shiny Android homescreen widgets. Suppose, however, you prefer the typographical simplicity of Windows Phone 7's Metro UI. Well, you're in luck: HTC Home's developer has just released Metro Home for Windows. Metro Home is a portable, customizable desktop widget (remixed from HTC Home) which can display the date and time, local weather...

Adobe offers device-agnostic HTML5 + Flash hybrid video player widget

There are plenty of people who just assumed Adobe and HTML5 would mix like oil and water -- thanks to the whole Flash Player thing. In truth, however, Adobe has been delivering Web development tools like Dreamweaver for quite some time -- so it stands to reason that they'd offer HTML5 goodies at some point. Illustrator and Dreamweaver already received add-ons which bring HTML5 kung fu, and now...

Google Buzz comes to Android, in widget form

It was only a matter of time before Google delivered a souped-up version of its new social product, Buzz, to its mobile OS, Android. A slick Buzz widget has just launched for Android phones, and it should thoroughly satisfy Buzz junkies (assuming there are any, that is). The widget lets you post and geotag new buzz, and it features background uploading, so you don't have to wait for it to...

Know Your 802.11 Surroundings With Xirrus Wifi Monitor

Widgets are cool, especially when they do something useful - and even cooler when they look quasi-military. Xirrus Wifi Monitor is available as a Yahoo Widget (for Mac, too) and a Vista Sidebar Gadget. It sits at the side of your screen scanning at your specified interval and updating its tiny radar screen with new hits. In our testing, it did a very good job at plotting the physical location of...

MyBlogLog updates reader widget, releases API

We have to admit we haven't given much thought to blogging community site MyBlogLog over the last year or so. The service launched as a way for bloggers to get in touch with one another and find new sites they might be interested in. But Technorati and Google Blog Search are both much more useful for finding blogs covering topics you care about. But that doesn't mean there's no value in MyBlogLog....

Add an IM chat window to your web site with Plugoo

Ever wish there was an easy way to let visitors to your web site chat with you without giving out your IM contact info? Plugoo lets you embed a chat widget on any web page. You can customize the look and feel of the widget, change its size, and decide whether visitors need to enter their name to send you a message. But here's the coolest part: When someone sends you a message using Plugoo, it...

How to add recent comments to your Blogspot blog

If your blog client of choice is Google's Blogger, odds are you've banged your head against a wall at least a few times wondering why Blogger can't be a bit more like WordPress or TypePad. While Blogger is incredibly easy to use, it's a bit more difficult to customize. But with a bit of work, you can tweak your Blogger site to near-perfection. For example, while Google doesn't offer a "recent...

App Update keeps your Mac software current

Freeware dashboard widget App Update checks Version Tracker to make sure your Mac's third-party software is up-to-date. After App Update checks your system, it provides links to the respective Version Tracker pages so you can download and install the updates. You can configure the widget to automatically check daily or weekly, and it supports Growl so that you can be notified when updates are...

Yahoo! Go 3.0 Beta gearing up for launch

The latest version of Yahoo!'s own mobile platform, Yahoo! Go 3.0 beta, is headed for prime-time tomorrow. The biggest news in this release is the inclusion of the Mobile Widget Platform, which allows access to third-party widgets on the Yahoo! Go and Yahoo! Mobile pages. Widget makers include such big boys as eBay, MySpace and MTV--and with the release of the SDK to developers in the next few...

Make a Facebook app or widget from any web site

It's really easy to add an RSS feed to your start page or desktop, but we were looking for an easy way to let people add an RSS feed from their favorite sites to their own home pages or social profiles. We came across a really great tool: WidgetBox. Instead of coding our own Flash RSS widget that we could give our visitors to embed on their home pages, we found a ton of cool options for...

Netvibes offers universal widget approach

Netvibes has been working on a way to give widget makers the ability to run their widgets on any widget platform, whether it's Vista, Mac Dashboard, Opera, iGoogle, or Windows Live. Now the fruit of their labor, the Universal Widget API, is in the wild, and it promises to increase exposure for widgeteers whose artful output was previously stunted because "it's not available for...

Figure out when the surf's up with WindGuru

It's now safe to say, we've found a noble use for Dashboard: figuring out when the surf's up. WindGuru is a widget that offers one-glance reports on wind direction and speed--useful for figuring out when the waves are big and when they're just knee-high. This is particularly true in places where surfing is a twice-a-year luxury like on Lake Erie. Sadly, Lake Erie hasn't hit WindGuru's list of...

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...

Google Gadget Ads

It's hard to escape online ads, and now Google has rolled out another ad format in order to take control of another piece of the ad pie and make it more dynamic and interesting. Ads in Google's Gadgets. The AdWords Gadget program has been built to quite simply turn widgets into ads. These websites within websites can draw in dynamic content including data feeds, maps, images, audio, Flash, HTML...