H1N1 (Swine Flu) Widgets from the CDC

November 30th, 2009 No comments

This is public service announcement and not a widget review. It is nice to see the government embrace widgets as a means to communicate and extend their reach. There are improvements that could be made in regards to the widgets, but we won’t mention them here as to not distract from the purpose of the widgets.

Below are 6 informational widgets on H1N1 (Swine Flu) from the CDC.

  1. H1N1 (Swine Flu)
  2. Fraudulent H1N1 Products Widget (FDA)
  3. 6 Consumer Quick Facts for 2009 H1N1 Flu Antivirals
  4. 5 Clinician Quick Facts for 2009 H1N1 Flu Antivirals
  5. H1N1 Higher Education
  6. H1N1 School Guidance

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CPSC Recall RSS Feed and Subscription List Widget

November 10th, 2009 2 comments

Here’s a pretty basic but very useful widget. Get the latest product recalls through this RSS feed widget by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

For more alerts, news, feeds and categories go here.

About CPSC:

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard or can injure children. The CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products – such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals – contributed significantly to the 30 percent decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.

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The Daily Show in :60 Seconds Widget

November 9th, 2009 No comments

Need quick 60 second dumps of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart? Then this widget’s for you.

About the Show:

Tired of having your news spoon fed to you by big network suits the and the smaller, chattier suits on cable news? Join Jon Stewart and the Best F#@king News Team Ever as they bring you the news like you’ve never seen it before — unburdened by objectivity, journalistic integrity or even accuracy.

The Daily Show is an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning program that takes a reality-based look at news, trends, pop culture, current events, politics, sports and entertainment with an alternative point of view. In each show, anchorman Jon Stewart and a team of correspondents, including Aasif Mandvi, Wyatt Cenac, John Oliver, Jason Jones and Samantha Bee, comment on the day’s stories, employing actual news footage, taped field pieces, in-studio guests and on-the-spot coverage of important news events.

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Widgets Take a Prominent Place in Droid Does Ad

November 2nd, 2009 No comments

iDon't run widgets

Widgets take a prominent place in the new Droid Does ad campaign from Verizon promoting their new Google Android based phone. Keep in mind this is a national ad campaign running everywhere; traditional media and online.

From the DroidDoes.com site:

Funny. Widgets are so useful and still most phones can’t use them. Droid allows for widgets. So those fantastic pieces of code can do just what they were designed for. Helping you out.

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Travel Map Widget Updated With Search

October 14th, 2009 No comments

We’ve updated our Where Would You Like To Go Today Widget with a Google search bar. The new feature allows you to perform a search within the boundaries of the map display.

So, if you are viewing Los Angeles and do a search for sushi, you will likely get search results for sushi restaurants. This is a nice little feature for locating points of interest. You can then quickly view more search results or click through to more information and directions to/from the location.

Below is an example of the feature within our widget. The widget is a bit small for everything we’ve packed into it. Since this is a R&D widget and a playground for us, usability is not always on the top of our list. Sorry… However, this shows the possibilities of a travel widget mashup.

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