Skip to main content

Surf even offline with google gears

Google in a press release states that Gears “marks an important step in the evolution of web applications because it addresses a major user concern: availability of data and applications when there’s no Internet connection available, or when a connection is slow or unreliable.” They go on to say that making the browser environment more powerful is increasingly important (Google snatched up a couple of Firefox developers – this makes even more sense in the light of this announcement).

You can install this for a couple of operating systems, though Google warns that this is an early-access developer’s release (which would be called Alpha, but Google calls it Beta). Like many recent announcements, this one too had been foreshadowed in Google’s internal documents which leaked last year. By moving web applications into the offline sector, Google Inc is moving into Microsoft Office competition territory even more clearly.

Gears is also free & open source, so Google is hoping to get the community to accept this technology and run with it. Without developers, Gears won’t be able to take off, which might explain the announcement around the time of the Developer Day. Already, according to Google’s press release, other big industry players are in the boat, including Adobe (senior vice president Kevin Lynch: “[t]he Gears API will also be available in Apollo, which enables web applications to run on the desktop”), Mozilla (chief technology office Brendan Eich: “a significant step forward for web applications”) and Opera (chief technology officer Håkon Wium Lie: “we’re excited to work with Google to extend the reach and power of Web applications”). Google says their “long-term hope is that Google Gears can help the industry as a whole move toward a single standard for offline capabilities that all developers can use.” Being so nice and open to turn a powerful online/ offline web framework into a commodity naturally makes business sense for today’s web application leader, Google; we saw what happens when they figure something doesn’t make business sense, even when it benefits developers.

Reader will add a green download button to the user interface. When you click the button, Reader will download the last 2,000 messages to your computer, preparing your computer to work offline or under a spotty internet connection.

Downloading will take place in the background, using the asynchronous JavaScript API. While offline you can read these articles and carry out your usual sharing and tagging. When you get back online, just click the button and Reader will sync your offline activity with their server. Right now the syncing is initiated manually, but it’s easy to see that it will become more seamless as the program develops. Gears could conceivably solve the large data overhead problems of Google’s AJAX applications, pushing updates to your desktop instead of slowing down your browser.

Popular posts from this blog

Using Latitude and Longitude with Google Maps

Whether you want to quickly add a waypoint to your GPS, or view a map of a known location, it can often be convenient to use real latitude and longitude values with Google Maps instead of dealing with street addresses.



Rerieving a map for a lat/lon value is simple enough with Google Maps. You can simply enter the decimal latitude and longitude into the search form instead of a street address.However, if you're viewing a map and you want to retrieve the lat/lon location, there unfortunately isn't a convenient "get latitude and longitude" button. Google Maps deals with latitude and longitude locations internally, though, so with this little snippet of javascript, you can easily get the job done: javascript:void(prompt('',gApplication.getMap().getCenter()) This will return the coordinates of the map's center point. You might want to double-click a position on the map before running the above code. Doing so will reposition that point to the center of the map …

310+ Essential readings, tools and Resources for Bloggers

I was looking for them and then I found them at Problogger, mashable and others from Matt Huggins. While some of you might be aware of some of them, for others it may be a new world. But then these tips help everyone.

Essential Readings

Can You Make a Living Blogging? (Graywolf SEO)Five Beginner’s Blogging Tips (John Chow)The First 7 Days of Blogging (Pronet Advertising)Put on Your Game Face (Pronet Advertising)How to “Announce” a Blog (Blog Traffic School)How to Use Social News Aggregators as a Source for Content Ideas (Dosh Dosh)5 Ways to Building a Better Blog (Pronet Advertising)Bring Your A-game to Write for Blogs (Freelance Switch)What Are You Learning from Leading Edge SEO Bloggers? (Graywolf SEO)How Great Headlines Score Traffic (Copyblogger)10 Sure-Fire Headline Formulas that Work (Copyblogger)Declaring War on Blogger Apathy (ProBlogger)How to Market Your Blog in 2007 (ProBlogger)21 Tactics to Increase Blog Traffic (SEOmoz)Five Steps to a Truly Unique Blog That Attracts Reader…

Social Bookmarking Widget for Blogger

On a social bookmarking system or network, users store lists of Internet resources that they find useful. These lists can be accessible to the public by users of a specific network or website. Other users with similar interests can view the links by topic, category, tags, or even randomly. Other than web page bookmarks, services specialized to a specific subject or format - feeds, books, videos, shopping items, map locations, wineries, etc. - can be found.


The biggest way of increasing traffic to small blogs is Social networking. As such social bookmarking becomes very essential for small blogs such as ours. With that said, it is very important to provide the readers with a very easy way to bookmark the articles they find useful. As you may have seen till yesterday, this blog used Addthis social bookmarking tool which the most of bloggers at blogspot use. But it needs an extra click as compared to thesocial bookmarking widget of wordpress.com blogs and hence comes this article to the …