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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...

Goodbye Google Gears, Hello HTML5

We already knew Google Gears was on its way out, but Google has now basically lowered the casket into the ground. Gears powered a bunch of web apps in its day, but now Google's stopping work on it and switching to supporting its features natively in Chrome using HTML5 and other emerging web standards. What does this mean for current Gears users? Well, support will be severely limited, but main...

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 ...

Google Gears comes to Gmail

Yea, verily, Google brought Gears to Gmail today, meaning you can (finally) go through downloaded emails without a handy internet connection. There are caveats: spellcheck won't work, can't add attachments, pretty much anything that would require a connection won't be there. Reading, responding, starring and labeling do work, however, which is very cool. But hey, don't take my word for it. See the...

WordPress 2.6 released

Only a few months after its last major release, the WordPress crew has just unleashed WordPress 2.6 into the wild. While the changes with this update aren't as visually sweeping as those ushered in with 2.5, but they do add some great new options and optimizations. WordPress encourages users to upgrade, as the old 2.5 branch will no-longer be maintained, and they have outlined the upgrade process ...

Googleholic for April 4, 2008

Welcome to Googleholic - your bi-weekly fix of everything Google! In this edition: Google Gears gets some updates YouTube introduces Living Legends Google Analytics adds new graphing options Google to lay off ~300 DoubleClick employees and sell Performics Search Marketing ...

Buxfer: personal finance with support for iPhone, Twitter

We've written about personal finance sites like Mint and Spendview before, but Buxfer has a few interesting features that differentiate it from the others. While it offers auto-syncing of transaction information with your banks and credit cards, budgeting, and expense analysis, Buxfer also has three key characteristics: Shared Finances - Buxfer allows you to create groups and assign specific ...

Zoho Writer adds offline features

Online office suites seem to be all the rage these days. ThinkFree, Zoho, and Google all have word processing and spreadsheet applications that you can access from any computer with an internet connected web browser. But what do you do when you're taking your laptop on a plane or train where there's no Wi-Fi signal? Zoho has just announced the ability to access Zoho Writer documents offline. The...

First Google Gears app: Offline Google Reader

Well, that was fast. Google Gears hasn't even been announced yet, and already Google Reader users can install it and wallow in the splendor that is offline reading. Yep, Google Reader now offers the ability to download the 2000 most recent unread posts, so that you can read them when not connected to the internet. The link shows up as a single innocuous red word, "offline", at the top right of...