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Bringing widgets into Chrome OS

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Bringing widgets into Chrome OS
By Paolo Amoroso • Issue #81 • View online
If you’re old enough, computing wise, you’ll remember Sidekick.
Developed by Borland, it was a suite of MS-DOS productivity tools you could bring up from within any running program. Sidekick included a calculator, a calendar, and more.
Little tools like these matured along with computing and now we have them on Android as home screen widgets. Did you know you can use Android widgets also on Chrome OS thanks to a clever trick? Read more below.
The descendants of Sidekick keep helping us.
— Paolo Amoroso | @amoroso

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