Authored by Mike Bacon in Internet
Published on 01-06-2010
What exactly are Google Gadgets? Simply put, Google Gadgets are dynamic web applications that can be placed on any web page you care to place them on. There is also a version of these applications that you can use on your computer desktop.
These Gadgets can consist of games, applications, maps, RSS feeds, or anything you can think of. If you have downloaded and installed Google Desktop, you can utilize gadgets there too.
There are so many Google Gadgets that picking the best would be subjective, so we will profile some of the most useful, fun, and interesting gadgets.
Here are some that can be used on Google Desktop.
CNN TV Gadget
With this gadget, you can stream live news to your desktop 24 hours a day. However, don’t be fooled by the name of this gadget. You are streaming audio, not video. You must have Google Desktop 5 or above for this to work.
Weatherbug Sidebar Gadget
If you like to know what the weather is doing in a more in depth way than simply looking out the window, this is the gadget for you. You can get the current temperature, the wind speed, and direction, and there is a link to find your local forecast.
This is a gadget that puts a TV set on your desktop. You can assign five stations. It’s an interesting little gadget, but there are some caveats. You cannot expand the picture to full screen, and apart from Nasa-TV you have to find URLs for other stations and plug them into the gadget.
Here are some Google Gadgets designed to be added to a web page.
Official You Tube Gadget
With this handy little gadget, you can link to You Tube videos right to your web page. There are thousands of You Tube videos available for you to run, and this application will let visitors to your web site check them out.
Google Map Search
Google Map is one of the easiest gadgets to use, and anyone visiting your web site will appreciate finding this searchable street index there. Google map may have supplanted MapQuest for finding updated directions to locations. If you are new to an area, this gadget will come in very handy.
Many of us like to read the horoscope in our daily newspapers. Now you can add this Google Gadget to any web page, and check out how you day will go according to your astrological sign.
With this Google Gadget, you can customize your television listings. You can easily share the shows you love with your friends and family on your Google Homepage. The application will also give you the latest on your favorite celebrities, and TV shows.
NPR- News, Music, Daily Quiz
This Gadget gives you NPR (National Public Radio) right on your desktop. With it you can stream NPR programming, music, and play a game called, “Wait, Wait, Don’t tell me!” This is a daily news quiz .
GoComics from Universal Uclick
This gadget gives you your favorite comics on your iGoogle page. Get the comics that have been dropped from your daily newspaper.