Remember before the Internet came along, when you could call a 900 telephone number to talk to "Santa Claus?" Dial Directions feels nostalgic like that. Being directionally challenged, I consider it a gift. You literally dial "DIRECTIONS" on your cell phone and get a turn-by-turn text message. The service is available in San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles during beta testing. It did a pretty good job … Read more
Webwag is a single-page aggregator that's been around for nearly a year now. Like other similar services, it lets users create one or more customized start pages, filled with modules of content that update continuously throughout the day. These feeds can be searched and browsed through a fairly large directory, along with the capability to drop in any old RSS feed. What's a little cooler, however, is Webwag's Widget-on-Demand tool, which will let you grab a live snippet of any Web page, and turn it into its own widget. If you're familiar with the Webclips service … Read more
At the WidgetCon conference in New York today, Nokia marketing executive Craig Cumberland privately showed us some not-yet-released widgets for Series 60 mobile phones.
Nokia announced in April that this phone was "widget-ready," and this fall the company plans to release fully functional widgets that will reside directly on the phone. With a little work, you can get widgets for your phone today, but you need the for-pay version of the Opera browser. You can also get some applications that are lighter versions of widgets, without all the functionality, at Widsets.
The widgets that Nokia promises are true … Read more
Today in New York, about 150 advertising, media, finance, research, and coding professionals gathered for WidgetCon, claimed to be the first-ever conference devoted solely to Web widget applications. Some of the day was spent determining what a "widget" even is. For example, Chris Cunningham, VP of sales at FreeWebs, the Web page creation company that hosted the conference, emphatically said something is not a true widget if it's downloaded to a desktop. A short while later, a presenter from FIMlabs' Spring Widgets, part of Fox Interactive, talked proudly of the tens of thousands of downloads for one … Read more
There have already been a few weather forecast apps released for the iPhone. Weather iWidget is not particularly notable in its design, but it will get you the information you need. Like other weather apps, simply enter a zip code and Weather iWidget does the rest.
iPhone Link: http://weather.iwidget.org/
Web site link http://iwidget.org
Mobio has just added a handful of new services to their GetMobio phone app including Digg, Twitter, Kaboodle, and an RSS reader. Users download the small app on their AT&T or Sprint handset and get access to 11 different Web service widgets. It's reminiscent of uLocate's Where widget offerings, although there's no GPS support or monthly charges.
The Digg implementation is a little underfeatured, as there's no way to actually Digg a story from your phone. You can still browse through popular stories on the front page, as well as user's profiles. The … Read more
Chumby, the snuggly hybrid of stuffed animal and widget device, will be introduced next month to a small group of beta testers willing to shell out $179.95. The device, which has been in private testing for the last 10 months, lets its owners add and access all sorts of Internet-enabled widgets, including weather information, sports scores, horoscopes, and even Flickr slide shows. The team plans to make it available to everyone else later in the year.
In case you still haven't heard enough about Facebook Platform, well, here you go. CNET News.com has compiled a gallery of the best Facebook Platform applications for procrastinating at the office--you know, if it's a slow day, or if your boss isn't looking. Trust us, a lot of "field work" went into testing these out and making sure that they're really, really good for wasting a workday. Tons of fun! Loads of counter-productivity for everyone!
For the procrastination gallery, click here.
Regular Webware readers who have been playing around with Facebook's new platform will likely recognize many of the sites and services that are offering their own applications. At almost 90 apps (and growing), there are a lot to choose from. After spending the better part of a day experimenting with many of them, I've chosen five of my personal favorites that I think people are bound to use, and come back to in the long haul because they're useful, and that's ultimately what makes repeat users.
Note: The bold links below won't take you right … Read more