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Google removes Gears from Chrome, prepares offline access for Google Docs

Google Gears was launched back in 2007 -- before Google Chrome, and back when web apps were still in their early stages -- as a way for web app developers to allow offline access to documents. Gears never really caught on, and was eventually replaced by standards-based solutions. Now, Google has announced that it's finally removing support for the Gears plugin from Chrome. With Google now in ch...

Google signs death warrant for Gears, begins move to HTML5

Over at ReadWriteWeb, Sarah Perez has blogged about one significant change to Google Docs that many of us missed when they big upgrade was announced a couple days ago. On May 3rd, Google will be temporarily disabling offline access in Google Docs and paving the way for something new. "We are working hard to bring a new and improved HTML5-based offline option back to Google Docs," reads the off...

Google releases major overhaul of Google Docs; faster, more responsive, better collaboration

It's hot off the press, and still being slowly unrolled, but the Google Docs blog has just announced some major changes to its office productivity suite of web tools. You can stop reading now and watch the video if you want to find out what's new, or read on for some bullet points! Faster -- what with Google Docs being entirely in the browser, things can sometimes get a bit slow with JavaScr...

Offline GMail ready for public consumption, exits Labs

I'm so rarely without an internet connection these days that I barely give a second thought to offline access to my GMail, but it's a welcome "in case of emergency" feature. It's been available in GMail Labs for a long time, but today Google has pushed Offline Mail to full-fledged GMail option status. As with other GMail feature rollouts, you might not see the change right away (not a big deal...

Google is phasing out Gears, phasing in HTML5

Google Gears has been pushing web applications forward since 2007, allowing them to use local data and run offline. Although Gears is still relevant, Google has announced plans to let it fade away in favor of emerging HTML5 features that do the same things. The big difference is that HTML5 will be universal, and won't require Google to offer support and ensure compatibility. Google told the LA ...

Unofficial Google Gears builds work in Firefox 3.5

If, like me, you've become fairly reliant on Google Gears, the browser plug-in from Google that allows sites to save data for offline access, the release of Firefox 3.5 is probably frustrating you. For some reason, Google isn't on the ball, even though the impending Firefox release was available for aeons in beta. Luckily, for those of you that are brave (or dumb) enough to install an unofficial ...

Opera browser gets itself in Gear(s)

The cult favorite Opera Browser has added support for Google Gears to its desktop and mobile browsers. Google Gears is the product that allows you to seamlessly (hopefully) integrate your web experience and your desktop experience by storing information on your computer so that you don't have to wait for your slow funky dial up to grind its own gears. Basically, it's bringing the web data to you. ...

Creating Google Gadgets for cash

Google has launched an interesting new program that sees developers who design and develop sustainable Google Gadgets, sizable funding grants. The Google Gadget Ventures funding program is open for businesses and individuals who apply to a $5000 grant, not a loan, for further developments on their creation. So what's the catch? To be considered into the program, your gadget must have more than 250...

Google Gears takes online applications, offline

Online applications are great, but what happens when you can't get a connection to the internet? Whether it is because you are on an airplane, or in the middle of nowhere camping, and have to get certain emails, calendar items, or files, you are quite possibly out of luck. Its sure a bummer, and one of the reasons why so many people are hesitant about using online applications for their most impor...