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(1) Pronounced "gah-jit," slang for any hardware device, typically small. Synonymous with "gizmo." Smartphones, tablets and portable game and music players are sometimes placed in the gadget category. See fondleslab.

(2) A mini app that stays on screen to provide quick functionality. Search box, clock, weather, calculator and stock market gadgets are typical examples. The gadget may be static, such as a calculator, that requires input from the user, or be "live" and changing such as the weather and stock market.

Gadgets were available for Windows Vista and 7, the Google Desktop and the personal home pages of Windows Live and iGoogle. Gadgets are called "widgets" ("wih-jit") on smartphones, tablets, the Mac desktop and other environments. See widget, Sidebar, Google Desktop and iGoogle.

Windows Gadgets
Available in Windows Vista and 7, Gadgets were dropped in Windows 8, although live tiles offered similar functions (see live tiles).
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Developers can then write their code to run their creations in Visual Studio, using C# and the Gadgeteer plug-in software, Microsoft said.
We'd drive to a photostop, everyone would pile out, you'd get the gadgeteers changing their lenses and filters and it would be click, click, click.
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Pensioners who grow misty at the mere mention of names like Allen Dulles and Frank Wisner, aging spooks who long for the bad old days when covert operations were what counted before the place was taken over by the damned high-tech gadgeteers who think a satellite in outer space is worth more than an agent in place.
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IF you remember the first iconic Apple Mac from 1984, the Motorola 'brick' phone and the original Nintendo game console, or fancy reminiscing about the Altair 8800 or the Osborne 1, The Gadget Hall of Fame gives all gadgeteers a techy trip down memory lane.
This will have hot-blooded gadgeteers feeling fizzy in their techy place.
Four distinct groups emerged from the survey's attitudinal and behavioral segmentation: Tech-Savvy/TV-Averse, Online/On-A-Budget, Wireless Women on Web and On-the-Go Gadgeteers.
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The opinions of The Three Gadgeteers were as much use as a chocolate teapot since the scooter they tested was not allowed on the road and the computerised cookbook was only available in America.