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Google Gears: Take Your Apps Offline

Google has released a free, fully open source technology in order to help not just Google applications, but all Web applications. The technology takes advantage of the offline mode built into most modern browsers. It lets you perform the tasks you would normally do online, while being away from an internet connection. For starters, the Google Reader feed reader is available with Gears enabled offline capabilities. In the future Google hopes to bring this technology to its other Office-like apps, including Google Docs & Spreadsheets, Google Calendar, and even GMail. Imagine being able to reply to all of your built up emails while on a plane, and have them be sent once you connect to the internet again. That alone makes us tingle with joy.