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Google Home speakers can now make mobile calls, starting in Australia
17 Sep 2019 at 10:45am
For two years, Google Home users have been able to place calls from their smart speakers using the built-in VoIP functionality. From today that function is available using mobile service too, with Australian mobile provider Telstra becoming the first...
Outsight's 3D camera for autonomous cars can identify clothing and ice
17 Sep 2019 at 10:25am
Outsight, a new company co-founded by former Withings CEO Cedric Hutchings, has unveiled a self-driving car camera with new types of sensing powers. The company's 3D Semantic Camera uses low-power shortwave infrared (SWIR) lasers that can scan hundre...
Apple iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max review: Better, but not groundbreaking
17 Sep 2019 at 10:00am
What does it mean for a phone to earn the name "Pro"? Lots of power, for one. Usually great cameras. And software robust enough to handle arduous tasks with ease. The new iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max certainly tick all these boxes, and — as yo...
Apple iPhone 11 review: So good you (probably) don?t need the Pro
17 Sep 2019 at 10:00am
The iPhone XS and XS Max were gorgeous devices, and the updated iPad Pro was a stunner through and through. But my favorite Apple product from 2018 was easily the iPhone XR. It wasn't the first time the company dabbled in lower-cost phones -- there...
HTC has a new CEO
17 Sep 2019 at 8:21am
HTC announced that it has appointed a former executive from telecom giant Orange, Yves Maitre, as its new CEO. The company said that current chief Cher Wang will step down while remaining chairperson of the company. Wang took over the position from P...
Blue's Yeti X microphone comes with everything you need to sound like a pro
17 Sep 2019 at 7:01am
Blue's microphones have been a popular choice for podcasters and live streamers for years, mostly due to their plug-and-play ease of use. Now the company is aiming to make things even easier with its latest USB mic: the Yeti X. The new $169.99 option...
Uber will restrict NYC drivers' access to app due to new regulations
17 Sep 2019 at 6:04am
Uber drivers in NYC may find themselves unable to access the app during lull periods. According to Reuters, the ridesharing giant will start locking drivers out of its app at times and in areas with low demand to comply with the city's new regulation...
GNU founder Richard Stallman resigns from MIT, Free Software Foundation
17 Sep 2019 at 4:33am
After reports revealed the lengths undertaken by some at MIT to accept donations from convicted sex offender and sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, MIT Media Lab director Joi Ito resigned. Now, computer scientist Richard Stallman, founder of the GNU ope...
FCC approves first commercial use of 3.5GHz band
17 Sep 2019 at 4:09am
A new band of spectrum will soon be freed up for everything from your smartphone to iOT devices. The FCC today gave approval to five companies to begin what it calls "initial commercial deployment" of the 3.5GHz band. Those selected include Google, F...
What's on TV: 'Spider-Man: Far From Home'
17 Sep 2019 at 3:34am
This week Netflix premieres its three-part docuseries about the founder of Microsoft. Inside Bill's Brain: Decoding Bill Gates uses old and new footage to tell the executive's story, along with interviews by director Davis Guggenheim. Spider-Man: Far...

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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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