Tag Archives: Widget engine

Opera Gets Widgetized

The Opera browser continues to impress, even as it becomes less and less relevant in the face of the mighty Firefox. This week Opera’s preview puts widgets on stage according to CNET :

Opera Software on Tuesday plans to release a second preview version of Opera 9, the next version of its namesake Web browser. For the first time, the new version will include support for so-called widgets, Opera representative Thomas Ford said. Widgets are essentially small browser windows that display information taken from the Internet on a user’s desktop. The notion is similar in concept to the widget idea that Apple Computer uses in the Dashboard feature of Mac OS X.

“It is really a big jump for us into Web applications,” Ford said. “They give people the information they want right on the desktop. Even if it is a Web page, people don’t have to go to the browser to see it.”

Actually Windows users have had access to widgets for a while, via Klips and Konfabulator, now bought and rebranded by the folks at Yahoo! as straight Widgets. I’m a big fan of widgets but I find I don’t use them as much as I should. It’ll be interesting to see how Opera handles it. The preview version also includes support for BitTorrent, the file distribution protocol.

Betting on Widgets

An interesting use of the KlipFolio desktop widget thing: Live Soccer Odds on Your Desktop

The free Live Soccer Odds Desktop Alert available now here, is the latest development in a comprehensive Gambling Guru Networks service that helps players more quickly find precisely what they are looking for and gives them access to live soccer match betting odds from the world’s premier soccer leagues.

“With Live Soccer Odds Desktop Alert, punters can now react to live soccer odds as they are published and monitor their favorite team using the integrated alerting tools,” said Dan Campbell, corporate Vice President for Information Technology at Gambling Guru Networks.

In short, this is an example of how these kind of desktop widgets can provide very specific, updating information that is relevant to the user. In this case, soccer betting odds.

The Buzztracker Widget

Craig Mod of the excellent buzztracker news/map visualizer tells me of a new tool he’s created for Mac Tiger users: the buzztracker widget:

The buzztracker widget allows you to add live buzztracker images and data to your desktop using Apple OS X 10.4’s Dashboard.

The widget features hooks into buzztracker.org, allowing you to instantly access the day’s top location data and newest maps.

Here’s what it looks like:

I am very jealous, and quietly hoping a Windows version is in the offing. If you haven’t tried out buzztracker, I suggest you do. It’s a wonderful mind-opener.