Archive for July, 2008

Cowon P5 haptic Widget Media Frame

July 31st, 2008

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This is another kind of Chumby . Cowon is going to release a Pocket Internet Device Frame that showcases that its main feature is a Haptic Widget UI for the operation of the device. there is no many details on that but that is exactly as how cowon describes it. another example of the use of  Widgetized UI`s as a way to enhance usability.

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It packs quite great specs for such a device:

“800 x 480 pixels spread across a 5-inch touchscreen display featuring Cowon’s Widget+Haptic UI riding a 700MHz RMI Alchemy AU1250 processor. The P5 packs standard USB and USB-host jacks, T-DMB broadcast TV, FM radio, Bluetooth, TV-out (component, S-Video, and composite), stereo speakers, and up to 80GB of storage in a 138.8 x 88.5 x 20.0-mm slab of "Luxury Hairline Metal" (which sounds like brushed aluminum to us). It comes pre-installed with a Win CE Internet browser (a clumsy WiFi dongle can be added via the USB jack), MS Office document viewer, electronic dictionary, and support for AVI, ASF, WMV, MPG, OGM, DivX, Xvid, MPEG4, WMV9, MP3, WMA, AC3, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC and a few more media formats/codecs with a battery capable of about 9-hours of video or 14-hours of straight audio”

I certainly would like to try one out.

Cowon P5

via Engadget

WidgetBucks makes their Ad Widgets skinnable

July 30th, 2008

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Widgetbucks is the startup that has been compared to Adsense in a Widget. other said it is more of a non amazon affiliate Widget Ad option. whatever it is they seem to be doing great.

This is a step in the right direction because it makes the Widget easier to integrate into a blog. you can choose from 125 Widgetbucks skins or make your own to ensure it will fit right in and in turn maximizing the effect of the Widget.

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However. not everything is so rosy. i still get comments and e-mails about suspended and blocked accounts in Widgetbucks. in order to clear this up i tried to contact someone at WidgetBucks but no one wrote back yet.  i would like to get WidgetBucks CEO on hold for some questions so i will try again later.

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via techcrunch

coComment Google Desktop Gadget

July 30th, 2008

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There is not much that cocoment has updated since they won the fist commentosphere wars against co.mments and commentfull in 2007. the same goes for their Widgets.

Right now, the second round is all about Social Commenting Systems to what cocomment still don`t shows interest in answering to.

But one i had not seen up until now is that they got one widget for Google Desktop.

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This Google Desktop Gadger for cocoment brings the functionality of the website to your Google Desktop Sidebar and lets you interact with your cocoment account. something useful for anyone using cocoment because this liberates you from having a open tab for comment or having to check in into the service in order to keep up with it.

The only thing i wonder about is why there is not a Vista Sidebar version of this or why there is not a iGoogle version of this?. 

coComment Google Desktop Gadget <———  Direct Download Link

You can download it directly from here since they don`t even offer a landing page for the gadget.

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via Mashable

*Update: direct link is now corrected*

TwitterCard: Twitter Widget as a ID card or as a Ad square

July 30th, 2008

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Another week goes by and another Twitter Widget comes in. this time is TwitterCard. the idea is to generate little square that is quite alike to Twitter official widget badge but that looks better and use it as Identification Card or as temporal or permanent 125 x 125 Ad square in your blog.

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The Widget generated is in JavaScript and it is a nice novelty widget option for not using the official Twitter Widget Badge. there is also a WordPress Widget version of it for a better integration on WordPress based blogs.

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