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Power-hungry gadgets endanger energy efficiency gains - Ars Technica
Its latest report, released on Wednesday, is entitled Gadgets and Gigawatts. Not surprisingly, it focuses on consumer products, but it tells two very different tales. For appliances like dishwashers and refrigerators, energy use has been plunging in...
Global Gadget Habit a Threat to Efficiency? - New York Times
Consumer demand for new gadgets is threatening to cancel out energy savings made by products already equipped with greener technology, according to the International Energy Administration. The agency said in a report, Gadgets and Gigawatts,...
Decoding the Hype on Gadgets - New York Times
By DAVID POGUE There are all kinds of things that make the consumer-technology industry unusual. For example, as power, speed and features keep going up, electronics prices keep going down, year after year. In what other industry does that happen?...
Green Gadgets to Exorcise Power Phantoms -
Here are some gadgets that can help you fight phantoms and vampires. There's a management principle that "You can't manage what you can't measure," and a Kill A Watt, from P3 International provides basic information about the electricity used by...
Google gets porn Gadgets - DaniWeb
And now it seems that porn has been thrown into the Google mix, or at least into the Google Gadgets mix. I was first alerted to the problem by a thread which appeared the official Google AdSense support forums which revealed that the main Google Gadget...
Morphed Celina selling gadgets on net - Times of India
Celina Jaitley was shocked when she learnt that her pictures from a photo shoot have been morphed to titillate and are being used by a website to sell gadgets. Livid at such crass misuse of her pictures in which the words on her panty reads 'Slide to...
Gadgets make life simpler -
There's already a lot of interest in designing household items that ease daily chores for the aging and the ailing, but who wouldn't want a tool that cuts down on the difficulty of a job? Many companies are already adapting items in attractive and...
Faulty gadgets foiling city's bio-threat project - New York Daily News
BY Alison Gendar A pilot program to detect biological threats had to be scrapped because the new experimental gizmos didn't work, officials acknowledge. The high-tech monitors were supposed to take air samples and analyze them automatically,...

Gizmos & Gadgets

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Super Solvers: Gizmos & Gadgets is an educational science computer game designed by The Learning Company. It is intended to teach children between the ages of 7 and 12 introductory mechanics, namely simple machines, magnets, basic electronics, and forms of energy. The original game is compatible with IBM and Windows computers running DOS 3.3 or higher although a later CD release added Macintosh compatibility. A popular game through 1997, The Learning Company, then incorporated with Brøderbund, discontinued Gizmos & Gadgets in 1998.

The object of the game is to win 15 races in different vehicles against Morty Maxwell at the Shady Glen Technology Center. This is done by moving the Super Solver around a series of warehouses to collect vehicle parts by solving puzzles involving principles of physics.

The Super Solver is the user-controlled main character. The user moves the Super Solver around warehouses collecting parts that are used to build the vehicles.

Morty Maxwell Morty is the Antagonist. He battles the Super Solver in all 15 races.

Cyberchimps These are Morty's Goons. They hang around the warehouse and if you run into one it steals one of your parts. The only way to stop them is to throw bananas at them, causing them to sleep and relinquish any part(s) they had taken.

There are 15 races; 5 races in each of 3 categories, automotive, alternative energy, and aircraft. The races get progressively harder and the vehicles more complex as the player nears the fifth race in each category.

The warehouse where the parts are kept is a maze-like building through which the player must navigate. There are multiple levels and the only ways to travel between them are to be blown by vents (to move up) or to fall (to move down.) There is also a "front" (where the player can see the whole warehouse and few boxes are generally visible) and a "back" (which is a small portion of the front where the majority of boxes are.) They are separated by doors. Doors begin locked and can only be unlocked by solving a science-related puzzle. Once unlocked the player can move back and forth freely through that door. However, because the only way to reach the majority of the warehouse is through the "front" but most boxes are on the "back" the player must unlock many, if not most of the doors.

In building vehicles, players learn about good, better and best principles. For example, that a rounded nose on a car is more aerodynamic and faster than a flat nose.

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Gadgets and Gizmos

Gadgets and Gizmos was a Canadian television program about technology gadgets and reviews shown on G4techTV Canada. The show, along with Call for Help, is a Canadian recreation of a TechTV original series known as Fresh Gear. It was hosted by Call for Help co-host Amber MacArthur, along with Marc Saltzman, and field correspondent Pay Chen. Andy Walker also hosted several early episodes.

On August 31, 2005, Andy Walker announced on his official blog that Gadgets and Gizmos had been cancelled, however according to Marc Saltzman, the show had only ended production for the year and could possibly be renewed for another season. As of July 2008, the show has not returned with new episodes. Gadgets and Gizmos will most likely never return to air as its sister show Call for Help had also been cancelled some time after Gadgets and Gizmos. The show continues to air on G4techTV Canada in early mornings with outdated episodes, followed by Call for Help.

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List of James Bond gadgets

A popular element of the James Bond franchise is the exotic equipment and vehicles he is assigned on his missions, which often prove to be critically useful.

The original books and early adaptations had only relatively minimal pieces like the modified attache case in From Russia with Love. However, the gadgets took on a more spectacular profile in the film version of Goldfinger, and its tremendous success encouraged the following films to have Bond supplied with still more equipment. For instance, it became an expected scene in each film where Q would present and demonstrate Bond's assigned tools for the mission, and it was a near guarantee that each and every piece would be invaluable to Bond in the field. In this sense, Bond gadgets became a prime example of the literary technique of Chekhov's gun.

Fans eventually complained that the use of gadgets became excessive in the Roger Moore films, particularly in Moonraker, and subsequent productions struggled to find a balance in which gadgets could have a place without giving the impression that the character unduly depended on them or using stories that arbitrarily included situations that exactly fit the use of the gadgets assigned.

This article concerns the gadgets James Bond typically carried on his person, along with additional gadgets used by others. For his gadget vehicles, see List of James Bond vehicles.

After Bond resigns from MI6, we see him cleaning out his desk, and gadgets from past films are shown, including the air supply from Thunderball and Red Grant's garotte watch from From Russia with Love.

It should be noted that although Major Boothroyd/Q and Q Branch are not present in this film, this film remains the most gadget heavy in the series.

This movie is noteworthy in that the gadgets break their own stereotype several times.

Nearly all gadgets in this film belong to the main villain, Francisco Scaramanga.

Exploding Bolas (seen tested in the MI6 monastery) : Designed to entrap an object, such as a human, and explode when the bola balls hit each other.

This film marks the only one occasion in the Bond film series (as of 2008) where Bond has expressed concern as to what Q will think when equipment is destroyed ("Q's not gonna like this!" when his BMW Z8 is sawn in half.

Since the reboot of the franchise with Casino Royale, the character of Q and his lab have been absent from the films. While Bond is still outfitted with a number of gadgets, they seem less futuristic and awe inspiring than before, all containing technology that is commercially available or close to being so, because these two movies depict the beginning of Bond's career as a double 0, presumably before Q's tricks were installed.

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Microsoft Gadgets

Adding Desktop Gadgets

Microsoft Gadgets are light-weight single-purpose applications that can sit on the user's computer desktop, or are hosted on a web page. According to Microsoft, it will be possible for the different types of gadgets to run on different environments without modification, but this is currently not the case.

In the context of software engineering, the term gadget was first employed by the developers of AmigaOS, the operating system of the Amiga computers in 1985. As of 2008, this naming convention is sometimes used as a synonym for widget—a control element in a graphical user interface.

It is not known whether other software companies are explicitly drawing on that inspiration when featuring the word in names of their technologies or simply referring to the generic meaning. The word widget is older in this context. lets users add RSS feeds in order to view news at a glance. Building off Microsoft's experimental page, can be customized with Web Gadgets, mini-applications that can serve almost any purpose (e.g. mail readers, weather reports, slide shows, search, games, etc.). Some gadgets integrate with other Windows Live services, including Mail, Search, and Favorites.

Users can create multiple site tabs and customize each with different feeds, gadgets, layouts, and color schemes.

Desktop gadgets are desktop widgets; small specialized applications that are designed to do simple tasks, such as clocks, calendars, RSS notifiers or search tools. They can run on the desktop and on the Windows Sidebar.

The Windows Sidebar is a panel found in either the right side (default) or the left side of the Windows desktop. It is integrated with the Windows Vista operating system, the latest stable version of Microsoft Windows, and the beta version of Microsoft's new Windows 7.

The Sidebar is a widget engine for Desktop Gadgets, mini-applications which can be used to simultaneously display different information such as the system time, Internet-powered features such as RSS feeds, and to control external applications such as Windows Media Player.

The Desktop Gadget Gallery is similar to Windows Sidebar, but it places the gadgets separately, rather than in a sidebar. It is not integrated with the Windows 7 operating system, which is currently in beta.

SideShow gadgets is Microsoft's implementation of Widgets which run on auxiliary external displays, such as on the outside of a laptop or even on an LCD panel in a keyboard, and potentially mobile phones and other devices.

Windows SideShow is a new technology that lets Windows Vista drive auxiliary, small displays of various form-factors where ready-access to bite-size bits of information could be represented. These include displays embedded on the outside of a laptop lid or on a detachable device, enabling access to information and media even when the main system is in a standby mode. Data can also be displayed on cell phones and other network-connected devices via Bluetooth and other connectivity options.

The display can be updated with a number of different kinds of information, such as contacts, maps, calendar, and email. This can then be consulted while the mobile PC is otherwise powered down. Since the underlying platform is so power-efficient, it can run for hundreds of hours without draining a notebook battery, while still providing always-on access to data and multimedia content.

Sideshow is coupled to the Windows Vista Sidebar capability – that is, Sidebar Gadgets are easily ported to be compatible with Sideshow secondary display applications. However, hardware and silicon providers can also provide native capabilities to allow for richer multimedia applications such as text, image, audio and video decode / playback. For example, a notebook with an in-lid display could be used as an mp3 player while powered down, with the notebook battery providing hundreds of hours of playback time because of the low power footprint that the Sideshow platform maintains.

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Google Gadgets API

Google Gadgets API is a Google API which allows developers to create Google Gadgets easily.

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Alex Rider: The Gadgets

Alex Rider: The Gadgets is a short factbook by Anthony Horowitz, author of the Alex Rider series. The book shows blueprints of the gadgets that Alex, a 14-year-old MI6 spy, has used.

Released shortly after Scorpia, the fifth book in the series, Alex Rider: The Gadgets does not contain any of the gadgets from Snakehead, Crocodile Tears or Yassen.

As well as blueprints for the gadgets, the book contains fictional letters from Smithers, the MI6 gadget expert, to further explain the gadgets.

The GameBoy systems described are a different design from their real-world counterparts, possibly to avoid copyright issues.

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Source : Wikipedia