Lenovo leverages Widgets in new Skylight Smartbook

The Washington Post (via PC World) takes a look at the Lenovo Skylight. The Skylight is a lightweight netbook that takes advantage of widgets to provide content.  From the article:

” The Skylight will gather media stored across formats and display it on the appropriate widget, re-populating the library as USB keys and the like are removed. If 10.1 inches isn’t enough screen real-estate, a mini-HDMI output port is included, for piping your media out onto a larger screen.”

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Yahoo partners with MIPS for Widget Engine distribution

VentureBeat provides an overview of the Yahoo – MIPS partnership and the strategic value it provides Yahoo for building out its widget platform. From the article:

” Yahoo’s ambition is to make the widget the preferred way for people to look at web sites on their televisions. With a remote control, users who have the engine can click on an icon and view web sites ranging from Yahoo’s front page to YouTube videos.”

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ShowTime Networks rolls out Yahoo TV Widget

All Headline News reports that ShowTime has created a TV Widget for the Yahoo Connected TV platform. From the article:

” The widget is designed to be handy and informative and will allow viewers to watch free samples of Showtime episodes from Original Series Season Premieres, as well as behind-the-scenes footage, video features, value added content and much more. Fans can go further to find out about their favorite actors including cast lists, bios and filmographies.”

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Yahoo TV Widgets invade CES 2010

One of the biggest stories at CES 2010 was the expansion of Yahoo’s TV Widget platform. From the Los Angeles Times:

” Sony, Samsung, LG and Vizio — will put Connected TV widgets on more models this year. Also expected is a significant expansion in the number of TV widgets, or applications that deliver audio, video and other content from the Web to the TV screen. (Examples include photos from Flickr, microblog posts from Twitter and online video from DailyMotion.)”

Official Yahoo Press Release here

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PC World and PC World – Business Center


CNN Money discusses the Yahoo – MIPS partnership



Mashable (includes HD video)

Mirror.co.uk discusses Sky News widget on Yahoo Connected TV

PR NewsWire reports on 1Cast News Service rolling out a widget on Yahoo Connected TV

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