AdaptiveBlue Widgets

On Tuesday April 8th, 2008, in Entertainment, Web, Wordpress, by Michael Watson

I posted information earlier about a great Netflix widget. However I was looking around some more and found another great Netflix widget. This widget is provided through AdaptiveBlue. AdpativeBlue is a great service if you want to add beautiful widgets to your website using RSS feeds from common websites. They provide widgets for services like Amazon, Blockbuster, Epicurious, iTunes,, Netflix, New York Times, Rhapsody, Rolling Stone, Snooth, Wallstip,, and Yahoo. The great feature is you don’t even have to have an RSS feed; you can show the best selling books off of Amazon or the music you’ve purchased off of iTunes. You can sign up for other features that include keeping track of stats, toolbars that help you see media reviews fast and easy, and also add great information to links about books, movies, music and stocks. Many of their features integrate with common platforms.

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Apple iPod Touch January Software Upgrade

On Saturday January 19th, 2008, in Technology, by Michael Watson
Cropped version of :Image:IPhone_Release_-_Seattle_(keyboard).Image via Wikipedia

Apple has added 5 new applications to the iPod touch software that can be activated through purchasing the January Software Upgrade from iTunes. The upgrade is $20. It adds the Mail, Google Maps, Weather, Stocks and Notes applications to your iPod touch just like the iPhone. Another feature that they have added is the ability to customize the home screen. You can rearrange the icons on the home screen and dock, create new home pages and also add icons with links to applications/ videos or other media.

I love my iPod touch but I definitely have a problem with buying frequent updates for my iPod touch after paying a premium in the first place. A benefit of software updates is on the original iPods, if they had a major software/hardware update, you couldn’t update the software but would have to buy the next generation. However this would allow Apple to release software updates just like a Mac’s operating system without the need of buying new hardware. I’ll have to admit, even though I was reluctant, I did purchase the update. Its nice to have mail, and especially Google Maps just in case. The only negative aspect is that you have to be connected to your router or another unsecured router in your area.