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Google Gears Changes Name, Makes Friends With MySpace

Google Gears Changes Name, Makes Friends With MySpace

By Doug Caverly May 28, 2008

Google Gears took two steps today to make a lot of people’s lives less complicated.  First, we’ve all been encouraged to skip six keystrokes and just call it "Gears."  Second, its work with a certain social network should make MySpace messages much easier to sort through.

Do Not Follow Google’s Mistakes

This is not an attempt to bash Google. However, you can sometimes learn what not to do from some very successful people and products.

Google Reader & Offline News Reading

In the first week of June Google launched a program called "Google Gears" that expands the already impressive capabilities of Google Reader (Google’s free news reader) to allow offline viewing. Here is a quote from Google’s related blog posting:

Google Gears: Where’s The Sync?

A little probing into offline application-enabler Google Gears finds that the prospective Gears developer could be in for a little code-shock.

TechMeme: Anti-linking Engine

I’ve noticed this several times and thought I’d bring it up.

TechMeme seems to penalize bloggers who link to other bloggers. Most bloggers believe that a major part of how TechMeme decides which is the most important story is to count links. That isn’t true in following mine, and other people’s results.

I believe there’s a “linking penalty” on TechMeme. At least it seems that way after doing my own link counting.

Let’s say there’s three stories.

Inside Google’s Gears

So, what did Google just do with its introduction of “Gears?”

Setup its suite of office applications to go offline. Oh, and everyone else’s too.

Zojo? ConceptShare? Zimbra?

All will be able to go offline soon if their developers adopt Google’s Gears.

Google Gears Interview

Here’s Bret Taylor on my new video camera talking about Google’s Gears. He manages developer products at Google and we have a seven minute conversation about Google Gear, the new developer API that lets Web developers build offline applications.

Why did I put this up on Blip.tv? Because I used my new Sanyo Xacti video camera and am experimenting. This is a little shaky, sorry about that.

Google Releases Google Gears

I jumped out of the Google Developer Day in Hamburg, Germany, because this is big news (coming straight from Sydney’s Developer Day): Google released an offline web app framework called Google Gears. One of the first applications is an offline version of Google Reader. Google’s Gears homepage explains that Gears is …

Google Gears Grind Out Web Apps

Google announced an open source browser extension that enables web applications to run offline.

“Gears Of War” Reaches 1 Million Mark

The new game by Microsoft “Gears of War” has now sold 1 million copies in 2 weeks according to the company. The game, which is played on, the Xbox 360 has been in high demand.

Personalized Snap.com Gears Up For 3G Search

Soon to be out of testing, search pioneer Bill Gross’ Snap.com is hoping to be ahead of the “exploding search market.” The upstart received $10 million in venture capital to enter the soon to be realized third generation of search.