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Google Gears now supports Firefox 3.5

Google has released an updated version of Google Gears that, unlike previous versions, supports Firefox 3.5. Gears lets you access some web applications in a browser even when you're offline. For example, you can download your reading list from Google Reader to read on a plane, or use Gmail to read and write email messages while you're offline. When you get back to an internet connection, Gears...

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 Calendar adds Gears support, now available offline

In late January, Google began offering Gears support for your GMail account and now Google Calendar has received offline superpowers as well. Right now the feature is really only handy for getting a look at what's on your schedule: it's read-only, so you can't edit or add events for synchronization later. Since GMail already provides a more complete set of offline features, hopefully we'll see...

GeeMail desktop client for Gmail provides offline access

GeeMail is a desktop client for Gmail based on Adobe AIR. In other words, it can run on Windows, Linux, or OS X as long as you have Adobe AIR installed. At its most basic level, GeeMail is a standalone application that you can use to check your email, send, or sort messages without opening a web browser. But GeeMail also supports offline Gmail access. In other words, you can compose messages...

Google rolls out offline Calendar access

Early last year some folks started finding clues that Google was building offline support for Google Calendar. Now it looks like the company is finally rolling out that feature. Mark Mathson of Keenpath noticed an offline access button in his Google Calendar yesterday. As you would expect, the service uses Google Gears, which means you'll need to either install Gears for Firefox or Internet...

Firefox will eventually let users turn web apps into desktop apps

Web based apps are the new desktop apps. There are web apps for playing games, watching videos, listening to music, creating and editing office documents, and the list goes on. While I still prefer editing audio, video, and images using dedicated desktop tools, there are even web apps for that. But sometimes if all you want to do is access your email account or an online image editor like...

Zoho Mail now online - and offline thanks to Google Gears

Online productivity app makers Zoho have publicly rolled out Zoho Mail, a webmail application that's been in private beta up until today. While the world may not really need yet another webmail app, there are a few things that make Zoho Mail a notable challenger to offerings from Google, Yaho!, Microsoft, and AOL. First and foremost, Zoho Mail offers an offline mode thanks to Google Gears. If...

Should software be native or web-based?

How many of the applications you use on a daily basis are web-based as opposed to locally installed native applications? For me, the answer is way more than I ever would have expected. Had you asked me this question a few years ago, I would have vehemently denied that the future of development is on the web. As much as I could see and understand the value of a ubiquitously available web-based...

Picasa Web albums come to Windows Mobile

Google has developed a version of Picasa Web Albums optimized for Windows Mobile 6 devices. The update packs many of the features you can find in the iPhone version of Picasa Web Albums, including slideshows, search, and full image views. The Windows Mobile version also makes use of the recently released Google Gears for Mobile to enable offline viewing of your web albums. You'll need to download...

Google Docs going offline - in a good way

Google is beginning to roll out offline functionality for Google Docs. What this means is that you can create documents online, share them with collaboraters, and make edits while you're nowhere near an internet connection. So, for example if you're on an airplane, you can work on a report, and as soon as you get back to your home or office, you just visit the Google Docs page again and all of...

Google to launch offline calendar feature?

It looks like Google is preparing to add offline functionality to Google Calendar. A few days ago the folks at the Digital Streets blog noticed that Google seemed to have added some code to the Google Calendar page that would bring up a prompt to install Google Gears for access to 3 months worth of calendar data while you're offline. But once you install Google Gears, nothing happens. The plot...

Google Gears goes mobile, takes web apps with it

Google has released a version of Google Gears that runs on Windows Mobile 5.0/6 devices. What does that mean? It means that you can access web applications like Zoho Writer or Buxfer on your mobile, even when you're offline. You'll need to go online at some point to synchronize your data, but once that's done you can open and view your documents while you're on the subway or on the ocean floor...

Google has big plans for JotSpot in 2008

It's been about a year since Google acquired Wiki/page creation/collaboration/calendar/etc site JotSpot. And for most of that year, there's been a message at JotSpot.com saying that you can't sign up for a new account because Google is still integrating the service. Blogger Andrew Miller reports that Google may be preparing to launch some new JotSpot-based services starting next year. Miller...

Zoho Writer goes offline (in a good way)

Back in August Zoho added offline reading to Zoho Writer. While it's pretty cool that you can save online documents for reading when you're away from an internet connection, there was no way to edit those documents at the time. Now Zoho is filling in the blanks by launching a full read/write capable version of Zoho Writer. That means when you mark a document for download you'll be able to read...

Microsoft launches Google Gears competitor

Microsoft has launched a new technology that will allow developers to create offline versions of web applications. Microsoft posted a download link for Microsoft Sync Framework on Sunday. It looks like this is Microsoft's answer to Google Gears, an online/offline data synchronization platform launched by Google earlier this year. According to the download site, Microsoft Sync Framework will enable...