Yahoo speeds Widgets with version 4

Yahoo's Widgets 4 is faster, consumes less memory and adds a dock to keep the small applications organized.

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Yahoo on Thursday released what it said is a faster and less memory-hungry incarnation of its Widgets software that allows users to run small applications that appear on their desktops.

Widgets 4, now available for download for Windows or Mac OS X, also has a dock to keep the applications organized. The dock can be automatically hidden or can be attached to any side or corner of a user's monitor.

Also new is a Flickr widget that lets users view, upload and tag their images at the Yahoo photo-sharing site. And Yahoo updated the 21 widgets installed with the earlier version of the software.

The new version also includes better programming tools for those who want to write their own widgets, a gallery widget to look for new widgets without using a Web browser and automatic updates when widgets are upgraded.

Yahoo Widgets shouldn't be confused with Apple's Widgets or Microsoft's Gadgets or the fidgets I get when trying to keep this software sorted out.

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Stephen Shankland has been a reporter at CNET since 1998 and covers browsers, Web development, digital photography and new technology. In the past he has been CNET's beat reporter for Google, Yahoo, Linux, open-source software, servers and supercomputers. He has a soft spot in his heart for standards groups and I/O interfaces.


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