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Widget Wonders

Meet the web applets that interact with your desktop 24/7/365.

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This story appears in the March 2007 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

One of the few truisms left in computing: If you want to know what you'll be doing on a Windows PC tomorrow, check out what's happening on a Mac today. And what's happening is widgets--small pieces of HTML, JavaScript or other web code that get downloaded to the Mac's Dashboard, where they can do any number of internet-ish things.

A widget might be used to monitor an eBay auction, a stock ticker or a videocam; it might update the content of your favorite blogs automatically. A widget could be a digital clock, calendar, company wiki, game or virtual aquarium for your virtual fish.

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