Tag Archives | Widget

…It’s Website Wednesday: Now?

Sprint Now

Sure, it’s just an ad for Sprint’s wireless data plans, but “Now” is also a fantastically imaginative take on what a start page can be.

The “Now” page is filled with widgets, and each one moves and changes to show some sort of interesting fact or figure when you visit the page. Then, when you mouse over a widget, you can begin to interact with it, either by updating the fact, playing a game, seeing more information, or a number of other unique actions that vary from widget to widget. Plus, if you want to see the data behind the widget, you can flip them over for added info on where each widget’s data comes from.

There’s also a futuristic sounding Now woman that guides you through the site, and gives you the occasional clever sound bite about what’s going on ‘Now’ (though they do get annoying after a short time) and a mechanical sounding noise that plays in the background (because apparently we still haven’t managed to make silent computers in the future), but it’s still a rather entertaining and informative experience that encourages you to play and learn at the same time.

[Now]

…The Torch Relay continues for now?

As the protests continue, the Torch Relay is definitely heating up. Keep track of where it’s at and where it’s going with this handy widget:

…iPaper is a PDF killer?

iPaper

Apparently the web world is fed up with PDFs, because alternatives are popping up left and right.

The latest entry into this world is iPaper, which aims to entirely replace the PDF.

The basic idea is that, like a YouTube video, iPaper documents can be embedded into any existing web page through a Flash widget, and can display PDF, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and other document formats without the need for separate readers.

Features include viewing documents without downloading any additional software, monetizing documents with integrated advertisements, social aspects with a built in share functionality, enhanced security, and easy integration.

Edit: Box.net, a free online storage and file sharing site, is one of the first sites to embrace the iPaper technology. You can now view any of your PDF, Word, Excel, or Power Point documents that you have stored on Box.net using iPaper.

iPaper Comparison Chart

[Scribd – iPaper]

…MyBlogLog is gone?

MyBlogLogAs you may or may not have noticed, I recently removed the MyBlogLog widget from the left sidebar.

It was starting to look stale, and I just don’t think it was ever that useful.

However, if you were one of the people whose smiling face showed up there each time you visited, and you had grown attached to that feature, let me know and I’ll bring it back.

Otherwise, it’s bye bye forever.

…It’s Things Thursday: CallWave Visual Voicemail?

CallWave Visual Voicemail

CallWave Visual Voicemail is a free service that lets you manage your mobile phone messages on your computer. It’s designed to work with virtually any cell phone, and on virtually any network, and sends copies of your messages to your email inbox, where they can be played, paused, replayed, saved, and deleted. If you’ve ever lost a message after the 14 day period that your phone company gives you, this service is for you.

If a widget is more your style, then check out the Visual Voicemail Widget for Apple, Yahoo, and Vista. Each one alerts you to incoming calls, and gives you call details like the length, and when it was received. Give CallWave Visual Voicemail a shot, and think outside the Phone (or iPhone in this case).

[CallWave Visual Voicemail]