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7 items tagged “gears”


Plupload (via) Fantastic new open source project from the team behind TinyMCE. Plupload offers a cross-browser JavaScript File uploading API that handles multiple file uploads, client-side progress meters, type filtering and even client-side image resizing and drag-and-drop from the desktop. It achieves all of this by providing backends for Flash, Silverlight, Google Gears, HTML5 and Browserplus and picking the most capable available option.

# 10th February 2010, 12:53 pm / browserplus, flash, gears, html5, javascript, plupload, silverlight, tinymce, uploads


Getting OpenID Into the Browser. David Recordon makes the case for online identity management as a key browser feature (I like the “your browser is currently locked” concept), and argues that Gears is in a great position to deliver it.

# 3rd December 2008, 10 am / browsers, david-recordon, gears, identity, openid

Gearshift. Whoa, a full migrations library written in JavaScript for Gears (which uses SQLite for its data store).

# 15th September 2008, 2:51 pm / gears, gearshift, google-gears, javascript, migrations, sqlite

Gears for Safari Beta. “Chances are it will break your browser. Please proceed with caution.”

# 26th August 2008, 4:27 pm / beta, gears, google, safari

Gears API Blog: Gears 0.4 is here! New features are Geolocation, a Blob API for dealing with arbitrary binary data, onprogress() events for tracking HTTP downloads and uploads (meaning progress indicators) and the built-in Gears dialogs localized to 40 languages.

# 22nd August 2008, 10:14 am / blobapi, gears, geolocation, http, javascript, onprogress

Google Code Blog: Two new ways to location-enable your web apps. The Gears Geolocation API isn’t very exciting just yet as it only really works on windows mobile devices, but the new google.loader.ClientLocation Ajax API is great—it gives you the user’s location based on looking up their IP address, saving you from needing to install a IP-to-geo lookup database.

# 22nd August 2008, 10:12 am / apis, clientlocation, gears, geolocation, javascript, location

Google Gears renamed “Gears”. “We want to make it clear that Gears isn’t just a Google thing. We see Gears as a way for everyone to get involved with upgrading the web platform.” Support for Firefox 3 and Safari is being added and Opera are integrating Gears with both their desktop and mobile browsers.

# 29th May 2008, 12:38 am / firefox3, gears, google, opera, safari