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KSURF Releases Free News Widget and 'News Desk' Web Application
NewsWave doubles as a free news widget that can add fresh content to any blog or website, and an expanded "news desk" that allows Web surfers to browse breaking news from across the Web with a few mouse clicks.
The NewsWave widget can be tailored to fit the theme of any website or blog, and it can be resized to fit any space, ranging from a narrow sidebar to a full-page display. A convenient design tool can be used to select a news feed and resize the widget with a few mouse clicks. NewsWave widgets are free for both personal and commercial use on any website.
More than a just a news widget, NewsWave doubles as a powerful Web app that expands into full-page mode, giving Web surfers access to breaking headlines on topics of interest via a "news desk" interface. NewsWave feeds are grouped under major headings, such as U.S. and World News, Politics, Business, Tech, Weird News, Freebies/Deals, Health, Science and Sports, among others. Selecting a topic loads a news desk with dozens of real-time news feeds from across the Web – and if users don't see their favorite news or blog feeds listed, they can submit a request to add them.
NewsWave was launched as a collection of news widgets in 2005. Since then, it has grown into a multi-purpose Web app. Developer Richard De A'Morelli says he got the idea to expand the app because he was spending "way too much time every day wandering around several dozen news sites." With NewsWave, he says that he can browse dated-sorted headlines from dozens of websites and blogs in just minutes.
NewsWave 3.0 has a "social" flavor as well, reflecting the popularity of websites such as Facebook and Google+. Widgets can be customized to display feeds of interest to a specific group of users and shared across multiple websites to build community. A public discussion forum framework is being developed that will allow users to post and reply to comments on breaking news in a central location rather than having their posts scattered across the Web. Features are also in the works that will allow users to share interesting news stories and their comments on Facebook, Google+ and MySpace.
To create a free NewsWave widget for any blog or website, or to set up a news desk and begin saving time and keystrokes, visit: http://ksurf.net/
KSURF is an e-learning community that combines a modern virtual university learning platform with social networking features. KSURF offers more than 100 low-cost courses for continuing education, corporate training, and self-improvement. Instructor-led and self-directed classes are available on many in-demand subjects including writing, HTML & Web design, Internet technology, self-help/inspirational themes and academic subjects. KSURF's Virtual University can be reached at http://ksurf.net/
KSURF also publishes a collection of streaming news and educational widgets. A widget is a small chunk of code that can be conveniently placed in any web page or blog to give readers a continuously updated source of real-time news or other content. KSURF’s widgets are available free to bloggers and website owners. Popular widgets include myPlanet News, Knowledge Surfer, and NewsWave. Further information can be found at http://ksurf.net/