So much news passes before our collective eyes every day that we couldn't possibly cover it all. Mostly because much of it isn't worth covering! But here are a some borderline tidbits we passed on, just in case.
Last we heard of Chumby, it was getting all growed up with an 8-inch screen. But now our dear Wi-Fi widget hub's been shot with the Godzilla ray or Rick Moranis or something, and its interface has been humongified to fit on your television. And that might be really good for the future of the smart TV.
As we'd gotten a glimpse of before, our little Chumby has undergone the type of cute-to-sexy transition not heard of since late-90s Britney Spears. What's now officially known as the Chumby8 features an 8-inch 800x400 LCD display, an overhauled user interface that lets you manage apps directly from the unit, and most…
Sony calls the Dash a "personal internet viewer." It's more like a $200 alarm clock with an app store. Which is not necessarily a bad thing.
Sony just announced the Dash (or as they call it, the "dash") is a crazy convergence of what we think of as a tablet with a stand-up widget device like the Chumby. It looks badass. Update: Hands-on!
Although not as much fun as hiding a flask in a Danielle Steel book, this Chumby-in-a-hollow-book would look mighty fine on any bedside table, waking you up each morning with the latest news, Tweets and YouTube videos.
The new Chumby One model ditches the old beanbag casing for a retro-clock-radio-inspired look and slashes the price, though the internals are unchanged. It remains a pretty frivolous gadget, yet I can't help really liking it.
Ryan Block, founder of gdgt (and possible alter ego of Mr. Blurrycam), spotted a new model of Chumby, the connected-widget desktop companion. He promises it's a little more square and alarm-clock-like, as well as smaller, than the previous version.
That, and the Linux OS's hackability. If it's still just as hackable, having the engine embedded in TVs and Blu-ray players might actually actually produce a race of super Blu-ray players that play Quake, eat babies, connects to MySpace and actually competes with the Yahoo! widget engine we saw in a bunch of TVs at…