12 Essential Android Widgets for a More Functional Home Screen

One of the most obvious ways in which Android differs from iOS is the way you can customize your home screens with panels and widgets. We've picked out some of our favorite ones for adding features and functionality to your device—use them as quick shortcuts for key tools without having to open up the full apps… » 3/05/15 10:41am 3/05/15 10:41am

Apple Is Pulling a Bunch of the Neatest iOS 8 Apps

Remember when Apple went after that handy note-taking widget, a popular app that's one the first truly useful widgets for iOS 8? Turns out, Apple's been pulling all kinds of apps that take advantage of new features in iOS 8—even after they've been approved to be in the App Store. And developers are starting to get… » 12/11/14 10:21am 12/11/14 10:21am

Apple Wants to Kill the Only Useful iOS Widget

A couple weeks ago, we were pleased to see the launch of Neato, a handy note-taking widget for iOS 8 that's actually useful. Now, Apple has decided that Neato no longer fits within its App Store guidelines—despite the fact that it had been already been approved. Now Neato must become useless, or die. » 11/18/14 12:59pm 11/18/14 12:59pm

There's Now a Game You Can Play Right In iOS 8's Notification Center

Now that Apple has finally introduced widgets for iOS 8's Notification Center, we're starting to see some great ways to quickly access important info on our iPhones. But a few clever developers are pushing those widgets beyond just notifications. A new iOS game called Overglide can actually be played directly from… » 11/12/14 9:49am 11/12/14 9:49am

This Note-Taking App Is the First iOS Widget That's Actually Useful

When they were announced, the widgets in iOS 8 sounded like they had huge potential. But then iOS 8 came out and, well, all of the widgets sort of sucked. Until this one. » 11/05/14 12:20pm 11/05/14 12:20pm

iOS 8 Has Widgets! Here's How to Use Them

Yesterday, Apple finally pushed out iOS 8. Unlike last year's refresh, iOS 8 is more about functional tweaks and additions than it is about looks. One of the most useful, and long-awaited features is finally adopting third-party widgets. » 9/18/14 3:30pm 9/18/14 3:30pm

7 Great Android Apps You Can't Get on the Kindle Fire

So, Amazon doesn't exactly highlight this, but all of its Kindle Fires are Androids on the inside. Amazon slaps a heavy skin on top, so it's not at all recognizable, but it's Android all the same. Great, so you get access to all of the Android apps, right? Not exactly. » 9/07/12 12:00pm 9/07/12 12:00pm

Disney, ESPN and ABC Widgets Could be Streaming to Yahoo TVs Soon

The WSJ has heard from those elusive sources, who're claiming that Yahoo is talking with Disney about developing TV-streaming widgets for the ESPN, ABC and Disney networks. People with Yahoo Connected TVs could stream TV shows from those networks, along with movie trailers and in ESPN's case, stats. These apps would… » 1/10/11 4:16am 1/10/11 4:16am

This Is the Next Generation of Chumby

A helpful reader just sent us this picture of a brand new Chumby. It's apparently being called the Chumby Opus for now (although that may not be the final product name), and it looks, like its predecessor, pretty darn adorable. » 12/23/10 1:20pm 12/23/10 1:20pm

New Google Voice Android Widgets Bring Faster Inbox Access

Google has introduced a new pair of Google Voice widgets that display your voicemail inbox contents and account settings. Without leaving your home screen, you'll be able to read messages, send free texts, and view your credit balance. » 9/09/10 3:54pm 9/09/10 3:54pm

Note-Taking, Soccer-Playing Honda Asimo Desktop Widget

Asimo, Honda's adorable humanoid robot, has been known to conduct symphonies and climb stairs, but what has he done for you lately? The new Asimo desktop widget maintains the little robot's endearing demeanor while adding some new functionality. » 4/02/10 12:23pm 4/02/10 12:23pm

Leaked BlackBerry OS 6.0 Screenshots Show Widgets Aplenty

This is it. This is the moment us BlackBerry users have been waiting for. After countless Android, Symbian and Windows Phone 7 OS leaks, our time has come. This could be the turning point—BlackBerry OS 6.0. » 3/19/10 8:27am 3/19/10 8:27am

Sony Dash Internet Viewer Hands On: Like a Giant, Beautiful 7-Inch…

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! » 1/06/10 7:42pm 1/06/10 7:42pm

Chumby One Secret Message Reveals It's Adorable, Even On The Inside

Despite being generally unnecessary, we couldn't help loving the little Chumby One WiFi widget machine. Speaking of love, a secret message revealed after iFixit's teardown reveals that it is adorable inside and out. » 12/17/09 6:40pm 12/17/09 6:40pm

TV Makers, Please Stop Putting Bullshit in Your TVs

I love TV technology, but wince when I see an $11K Japan-only Toshiba stuffed with a 3TB DVR. And adding internet widgets, like Samsung's, is even worse. I hate this trend—TVs just need great picture and lower cost. » 12/08/09 5:20pm 12/08/09 5:20pm

Chumby One Review: Totally Frivolous, but Totally Adorable

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. » 11/12/09 10:00pm 11/12/09 10:00pm

Yahoo's "Hack Day" Lap Dancers Get the Web's Panties in a Twist

Ruh oh! Yahoo has been forced to apologize after hiring scantily clad dancers for its "Hack Day" in Taiwan last weekend. These pictures (pretty tame, but not necessarily SFW) are from a now-removed video posted on its Developer Network Blog. » 10/20/09 3:15pm 10/20/09 3:15pm

Sensia DAB and Wi-Fi Radio Delivers Big Touchscreen, Twitter and…

Taking cues from devices like the Chumby, Squeezebox and HP's DreamScreen, Pure is throwing a kitchen sink full of features into their new Sensia radio—including Wi-Fi, DAB and FM support, a 5.7-inch touchscreen and plenty of popular widgets. » 9/21/09 3:20pm 9/21/09 3:20pm

New Chumby Model Spotted, Looks Retro-Adorable

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. » 8/29/09 12:45pm 8/29/09 12:45pm