Archive for the ‘widget’ Category

Say you got a smartphone as a birthday gift. And like others of yourage, you are forever preoccupied with it. Your mom always thought you was busy SMSing your friends, until one day she realized it was an array of applications you are obsessed with – the Facebook app, games, puzzles and many more. Even here in India study shows 58% smartphone users believe apps benefit their lives, relying on them while at home (31%), travelling (24%), or at work (10%). Apps are becoming intrinsic to the way we live. “Our relationship with apps has turned from occasional use into a real dependency .”

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As many as 77% Indians with smartphones have up to 30 apps on their phone, with men more likely to download an app (93%) vs women (87%), says the study. The most popular apps are social networking (40%), music (36%) and business (28%). Interestingly, women (43%) are more into social networking than men (38%). Our new devices are loaded with features such as one touch to FB, Twitter, LinkedIn etc.” Apple’s App Store, Nokia’s Ovi Store (store.ovi.com) and Android Market (market.android.com) are the biggest app stores. All have a wide variety of applications. Here are some of the best apps for your SmartPhone:

World Traveller (Ovi)

It is a useful app when you go abroad. It has a world clock that automatically shows you the local time when you move to another time zone, 5-day weather forecast for 5,000 cities and real-time exchange rates for 184 currencies. The premium edition has a flight assistant that gives you the schedules and real-time alert for delays.

Barcode Reader (Android)

Handy when you shop, as it helps you know more about a product. Open the app, place the phone above the barcode, the phone completes reading the barcode with a click and shows product info and even reviews some cases on the Web.

Google Goggles (Android)

This is great for tourists, who are in a new place and aren’t able to identify a well-known monument or building. All that she needs to do is open the app, click a photo of the monument, and the app will use that picture to search the web for information about it.

Burrp! (Ovi)

It’s an India-specific app that gives a list of the city’s best hangouts, events to attend, movies to watch, places to shop, gyms, salons; complete with reviews and recommendations.

Never forget

After you create text, photo, and audio notes with Evernote, you can synchronize them to your PC or the Web. From generating recipe ideas at the farmer’s market to capturing lecture notes in class, Evernote is one of those universal apps that everybody should use. Free; Android, BlackBerry, iPhone, WebOS, Windows Mobile

AccuWeather

Automatically get the local forecast using your phone’s location features, or punch in your upcoming destination. AccuWeather includes details on how the day’s weather will develop, with Doppler rain maps on display so you can play forecaster for your colleagues.

The New York Times

In this self-contained reader app, browse the latest news by category: world, politics, science, technology and so on. Stories come from the Gray Lady, formatted for your device. (BlackBerry users should go straight to mobile.nytimes.com.)

Google Reader

Your favorite news sites and blogs most likely offer an easy-access RSS feed (Really Simple Syndication). Google Reader downloads and compiles these feeds, letting you browse the latest articles in a manner similar to email, instead of jumping from site to site.

WorldMate Live

A jack of all trades for travelers, WorldMate converts currency based on current exchange rates, stores your flight itinerary, forecasts weather, references time zones and performs other useful tasks.

FlightView

Know when to take advantage of an airport delay by lingering in the shower or catching a train instead of a cab. Flightview tracks upcoming and in-route planes. If you don’t have a Pre, try browsing the company’s phone-formatted Web site at mobile.flightview.com.

Pandora

Unleash this music streaming software when you’re ready to relax. Enter a favorite artist or song, and Pandora plays those and other tracks that share similar traits, suiting your mood. Ideal for hotels, taxis and anywhere you can get online.

GoodFood

Make your smartphone into an always ready concierge. GoodFood automatically locates your position and shows nearby restaurants rated by other users of the app. Find one with a high score, enjoy your meal and post your own rating to share with fellow travelers.

ScoreMobile

While some excellent apps track a single sport—baseball fans should try mlb.com/mobile—ScoreMobile is always in season. Check current scores and game recaps for football, basketball, hockey, golf and many other sports. There’s no need to leave your team behind while you’re on the road.

Facebook for Android 1.2

This is the “official” Facebook app on Android, and it serves its purpose well enough. You can post status updates, take/upload photos, and check your news stream. It’s a lot faster than using the Facebook Web app, so it’s the best option on Android to stay connected to all your Facebook friends.

Google Voice 0.3.4

Google Voice for Android remains the best way to use Google Voice on a mobile phone. If you have a virtual Google Voice number, you’ll be able to make outgoing calls and SMS messages easily, including international calls that run about 2 cents per minute. This app also lets you integrate your phone’s built-in address book and call log for voice calls. There are other third-party apps out there that tap into Google Voice, but stick with Google’s native app; it works almost seamlessly.

Watch out my future posts on Free Apps on specific mobile platforms, there are 100s even 1000s of them but these are the one i always load them up.

Online applications (also known as web applications or webware) are getting more popular, particularly when broadband Internet access has become more common and readily available to more users. With online applications and services, you do not need to download and install them into your computer for using them—you just need to open up a browser and access them online. So everybody know Google Spreadsheet, Yahoo mail, Flickr, Youtube, Gmail, Delicious, Facebook, Blogger etc, but here is the list of the less know best free online applications and services you can get on the web.

Doodle.com

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Doodle, is one of the Best Free Meeting Scheduler available today and a brilliant way to organize a meeting that suits everyone to get together to celebrate a birthday, anniversary or new job with a group of close friends and family, or to get together with a few colleagues.

clockingit.com

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ClockingIT, the Best Free Project Management Online tool to manage your projects with timelines and assigning tasks, view the overall progress with an interactive gantt chart and scheduling, run flexible reports or get notifications via email and more.

CeeVee.com

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No one enjoys job hunting. From creating résumés to going on interviews, the entire process is a giant headache. CeeVee can help with the former. The site describes itself as “quick and painless résumé management,” which is, in fact, fairly apparent. CeeVee offer a customizable easy-to-use résumé template. Once you’re finished, the site will host it for perspective employers. You can also save it as a downloadable PDF or share it via Twitter and Facebook.

Mint.com

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If you need help managing your finances, give Mint.com a try. This Intuit-owned site lets you keep track of your bank accounts, credit cards, loans, investments, and more, all in the same place. And best of all, the site is free to use, so it won’t cost you, well, a mint.

Picnik.com

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A site so good, Google went and bought it, Picnik is an online image editing, sharing, and storage site. It also integrates shopping, like letting you buy prints of your edited pics on merchandise. It’s free and easy to use; power users will find the extras worth the yearly price tag of $25 .

Meebo.com

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If you need quick access to instant messages from any browser, or you want full featured messaging as good as you’d get with desktop-based multi-protocol client software, then you go to Meebo. It’s that simple.

Flockdraw.com

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Don’t let the “collaborative whiteboard” description intimidate you-FlockDraw is no Google Wave. It’s a big blank canvas that you and your friends can draw on together in real-time, with different brushes, colors, and tools. We spent most of our session trying to out gross each other with pictures, but I’m sure there are some practical applications for FlockDraw, too.

ROC (Online Music Creator)

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Got the skills to make beautiful music but lack the tools? Aviary, already home of some excellent online apps, wants to help with the new Roc music creator. It simulates lots of instruments and lets you create loops of melody that could be the beginning of some beautiful, customized music.

Box.net

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You want to share documents? Free or paid, individual or business, Box (which used to go by Box.net) is the site to check out for using the cloud (read: the Internet) to store your stuff, secure your stuff, and share stuff with others. It has collaborative tools, file syncing, works with Google Docs, and you can access it on a smartphone.

Dimdim.com

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If you want to have an online collaborative meeting, and you don’t want to install software or deal with Java apps, check out Web-based Dimdim. It might actually make a work meeting fun. Almost.

Drop.io

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If you need to send someone a huge file or files (that amount to less than 100MB), drop it or them on Drop.io. You’ll get an URL to send out for easy downloading by others. You can password protect the file, and make sure it disappears in a day, a week, or a year. Upgrade and you can take even more control of your drops.

TinyChat.com

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TinyChat as a quick-and-dirty way of setting up instant Web-based group chat. Now, if you’ve got cameras all around, up to 12 people can simultaneously broadcast to the group, as well. Isn’t that cool especially when it does it free.

Thinklinkr.com

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Thinklinkr, is a great tool to organize ideas and information in outlines, and allow for multiple users to edit them in real time, with useful features including auto save, drag and drop, import and export, and a lot more.

Longman

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LDOCE, an online version of the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English, provides a quick search for a word or phrase, with widgets available for adding to your browser search bar, blog or personal website.

Stay Tuned for “Part – 2” next week, when I bring some more excellent websites which will treat you for free …

Who don’t like widget’s ? Widgets are definitely a great way to add some flare and uniqueness to your blog. Whether you’d like to show your live blog traffic stats or show your visitors which sites have recently linked to your web site, you can do it with widgets. So if you are blogging using wordpress/blogger/typepad or anywhere else here is the list of 50 great blog add-ons that will add color to your blog, surely overdoing it by dressing up your blog with too many widgets looks crappy, so choose the right one for your blog, the list begins now:

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    3Jam

– This widget let’s your visitors send messages to your mobile phone, without them knowing your phone number.

    LinkedInABox

– Show off your LinkedIn profile. Perfect for personal blogs.

    Box Widget

– Enable visitors to use box.net’s online storage directly on your web site.

    Price of gas

– Displaying gas prices on your blog might seem unnecessary to some, but it’s cool if you have a traffic/travel related blog.

    iBegin Weather Widget

– Display weather information in your sidebar. Just like with Price of Gas, works great with travel-related blogs.

    ClockLink

– Display time in various time zones with these nifty Flash clocks.

    Film Loops

– Display the latest loops from your FilmLoops account.

    Daily Painters

– Display paintings from famous painters on your blog.

Jaxtr

– With Jaxtr, your visitors can actually call you to your mobile phone; again, your number stays private.

    WhoLinked

– Show your visitors which sites have recently linked to your web site. Works with all major blog platforms.

    Criteo AutoRoll

– Displays links to blogs similar to your blog.

    Bitty Browser

– Dmbed a cute, fully functional mini web browser to your blog.

    Leafletter

– Create a mini website and embed it into your blog.

    MyBlogLog’s Recent Readers

– This widget can easily be called a hit amongst blog owners; its popularity even managed to convince Yahoo into buying MyBlogLog. The widget lets you see the avatars of recent visitors to your blog, provided they’re also members of MyBlogLog.

    Mashable

– Get the latest social networking news from this very site.

    Flickr Flash Photo Stream Badge

– Display images from your Flickr profile with a handy Flash photo stream.

– See a live preview of outgoing links in a small popup which activates on mouseover. Some find this annoying, while others might find it useful.

    Twitter Badge

– If your life is so interesting that everyone must know what you’re up to all the time, then a Twitter badge is the ideal counterpart to your blog. It’ll proudly displays your recent tweets.

    Digg News

– Display the latest Digg links on your blog. Themeable and fully customizable.

    FEEDJIT

– Real time traffic data directly in your blog’s sidebar.

    LineBuzz

– Inline comments for your blog. Very handy for blogs with frequent lively discussions.

    Flixn

– Display a stream directly from your webcam, so your blog visitors can always see what you’re up to.

– Search Wikipedia with this simple widget.

– Show off the number of visitors to your blog with this handy little button.

– Display the number of links your website has from one of the biggest blog authorities – Technorati.

– Another good way to show how “big” your blog is is to show off your Google PageRank.

– In addition to showing your PageRank, this widget also shows your Alexa ranking.

– Embed a link to related videos directly into your website.

– Display your Skype online/offline status on your blog.

– Not something I would personally use, but some people are into horoscope. Hell, most people are into horoscope. Anyway, this widget shows horoscope (doh!) and does it in a nicely designed colorful box.

– A widget that displays auctioned items on eBay, and gives you a percentage of the price paid when sometimes buys an item.

– Similar to AuctionAds, only for Amazon. Create a mini-store on your site and receive profit when someone buys an item through your store.

– Show your current location on a Plazes map.

– Track your portfolio with this widget, and share it with others. Let everyone know how much money you’ve lost.

– The world’s best sharing button

– Your friends never know what to buy you for birthday? Let them know what you really want with this nifty widget.

– Wee where are the visitors to your MySpace profile from on a map.

– Display how many times have del.icio.us users saved your page.

– This badge shows your latest bookmarks from del.icio.us.

– Need to create a timeline? Seek no further. This widget makes it really easy.

– Display a searchable Google Map on your website.

– Add a video search form and selected videos to your web site.

    StreamPad

– Display an Audio player for and import music from Last.fm and AOL music right there in your sidebar.

– PollDaddy lets you create beautiful polls in no time, and display them at your blog.

– Don’t like the above one, try another poll-making widget, compatible with all major blog platforms.

– Display definitions from Answers.com for various terms on your blog. The definitions are shown in bubbles which are activated on doubleclick.

– Give your visitors a chance to enter a term themselves, and get a definition from Answers.com

– If you got to share your current playlist contents with the world, Sigamp will do the trick. Works with most popular music players, including Foobar, Winamp, iTunes and others.

– Display headlines from your RSS feed on any website.

– Show off the latest books you’ve been reading.

– Let your most faithful visitors access their address books direclty from your site.

That’s a whole lot of them to choose from for your blog.. phew !! Post there are hundreds of them (http://www.widgetbox.com/) which one is your favorite, post a comment..