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Apple makes some of its originals available for free
10 Apr 2020 at 5:34am
In case you?ve already blown through some of the free content streaming from sources like HBO, Comcast and others, Apple is also cracking open its TV+ library. As long as you have a device with the Apple TV app, there are a few series and movies for...
Motorola's Razr is still $1,500 but now you can get it in 'blush gold'
10 Apr 2020 at 3:02am
The Motorola Razr is now available in blush gold, in case the only thing that?s keeping you from spending $1,500 on one is the fact that the phone only came in black. While the new option thankfully doesn?t make the foldable device even more expensiv...
NASA wants your miniature science payload designs for Moon rovers
10 Apr 2020 at 1:08am
NASA says it could send tiny rovers to the Moon one day in addition to its water ice-hunting VIPER robot that?s scheduled for launch in 2022. Before the agency can do so, though, it has to develop tiny scientific payloads for its tiny rovers ? and it...
WSJ: Travelex paid ransomware ring $2.3 million
9 Apr 2020 at 11:39pm
Earlier this year Travelex made news after attackers shut down its computer networks. Now the Wall Street Journal is reporting new details about the incident, including how much the foreign exchange company paid to resolve its problem: $2.3 million i...
Google Meet?s premium features are now free through Sept. 30th
9 Apr 2020 at 11:04pm
Google is extending the amount of time its premium video chat features will be available to schools and other organizations. The company?s newly-renamed Google Meet software will now be open to all G Suite customers through Sept. 30th.The company had...
Facebook adds 'quiet mode' to help you manage screen time
9 Apr 2020 at 9:15pm
Facebook is making it easier to take a break from its app and the notifications that come with it. The company is launching a new ?quiet mode? feature in an effort to help users spend less time in the app. With the feature, you can set a schedule for...
Twitch rolls out Prime Watch Parties to US streamers
9 Apr 2020 at 8:30pm
Twitch first revealed its plans for ?Watch Parties? back in October 2019. The test feature would allow streamers to watch Prime Video with their viewers, as long as they were also subscribers. Now, Watch Parties beta is being expanded to all US Twitc...
'Saturday Night Live' returns to TV with a remote episode on April 11th
9 Apr 2020 at 8:10pm
Talk shows and sports leagues have used internet services to keep offering fresh content despite the COVID-19 pandemic, so why not comedy shows? Saturday Night Live is taking a stab at it. As noted by Hollywood Reporter, NBC?s long-running series is...
Facebook sues cloaking software maker for deceptive COVID-19 ads
9 Apr 2020 at 7:45pm
Facebook is suing Basant Gajjar (aka LeadCloak) for allegedly selling software that helped bad actors circumvent Facebook?s automated ad review systems and push deceptive ads around COVID-19 and other scams. As the name suggests, LeadCloak?s software...
MIT is working on a way to track COVID-19 while protecting privacy
9 Apr 2020 at 7:25pm
Many countries and researchers are promoting the use of contact tracing apps to help limit the spread of COVID-19 and aid in the eventual recovery, but they may require slow manual tracing or a sacrifice in privacy (say, warning when a patient leaves...

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Gadget: (From Wikipedia)
A gadget is a small technological object (such as a device or an appliance) that has a particular function, but is often thought of as a novelty. Gadgets are invariably considered to be more unusually or cleverly designed than normal technology at the time of their invention. Gadgets are sometimes also referred to as gizmos.

History:
The origins of the word "gadget" trace back to the 1800s. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, there is anecdotal evidence for the use of "gadget" as a placeholder name for a technical item whose precise name one can't remember since the 1850s; with Robert Brown's 1886 book Spunyarn and Spindrift, A sailor boy’s log of a voyage out and home in a China tea-clipper containing the earliest known usage in print. The etymology of the word is disputed. A widely circulated story holds that the word gadget was "invented" when Gaget, Gauthier & Cie, the company behind the casting of the Statue of Liberty (1886), made a small-scale version of the monument and named it after their firm; however this contradicts the evidence that the word was already used before in nautical circles, and the fact that it did not become popular until after World War I. Other sources cite a derivation from the French gâchette which has been applied to various pieces of a firing mechanism, or the French gagée, a small tool or accessory. The spring-clip used to hold the base of a vessel during glass-making is also known as a gadget. The first atomic bomb was nicknamed the gadget by the scientists of the Manhattan Project, tested at the Trinity site.

Mechanical Gadgets:
Clocks, bicycles, and thermometers are amongst the very large number of gadgets that are mechanical and also very popular. The invention of mechanical gadgets though is based more on innovation of the inventor rather than education.

Electronic Gadgets:
Electronic gadgets are based on transistors and integrated circuits. Unlike the mechanical gadgets one needs a source of electric power to use it. The most common electronic gadgets include transistor radio, television, cell phones and the quartz watch.

Programmable Gadgets:
Most of the modern gadgets belong to this category.

Application Gadgets:
Computer programs that provide services without needing an independent application to be launched for each one, but instead run in an environment that manages multiple gadgets. There are several implementations based on existing software development techniques, like JavaScript, form input, and various image formats.

The earliest documented use of the term gadget in context of software engineering was in 1985 by the developers of AmigaOS, the operating system of the Amiga computers (intuition.library and also later gadtools.library). It denotes what other technological traditions call GUI widget—a control element in graphical user interface. This naming convention remains in continuing use (as of 2008) since then.

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.

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