One of the things that made Google apps the web-based productivity suite to beat was the ability to access your information offline using Gears. When that experiment was killed, many of us let loose a single tear as we contemplated returning to our desktop apps. Well, as promised, HTML5 is finally returning Gmail to its former offline glory. Docs and Calendar will follow in the coming days, but anyone can get access to their Gmail accounts offline now by installing the Offline Google Mail app for Chrome. Before we had even finished spreading the wonderful news we already had it installed and fired up. So, how’s it work? Well, you’ll just have to keep reading after the break to find out.
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Offline Google Mail hands-on originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 31 Aug 2011 14:46:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
If you have an iPad and you’re looking for ways to incorporate it into your music-making setup, the kids at Create Digital Music
have put together a handy guide to the wonderful world of iPad / MIDI integration
. Featuring the Apple Camera Connection Kit (which plays well with MIDI USB, by the way), various apps, and quite a bit of video, there should be plenty to keep the music-lovin’ geek entertained. Our favorite video, which we attached after the break, features an unholy collaboration between the FunkBox iPad app and a x0xb0x sequencer / synth. But what are you waiting for? Hit the source link to get started.
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Sorry, squirrels. Sorry, neighbors. Sorry, kid sister. Sorry, pets. Sorry, Grandma. Sorry, teacher. Sorry, just about everyone else. With this DIY laser-sighted slingshot, all my mischief is about to get a lot more accurate.
The tutorial comes from Kipkay, the man behind the DIY laser security system, the DIY laser lighter, and countless other exciting DIY laser projects. This one, which may or may not be brought to you by Wonderful Pistachios, is my favorite yet. If only my 12 year old self were around to see this. Kipkay via Neatorama
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The Shanghai Expo saw some interesting exhibits such as the end of the driverless vehicles trip, and then these three guys.
This trio are known as Yume Robo, and they have been climbing up and down this 15-meter wall at the Japanese pavilion every 20 minutes, for approximately 184 days. The three robot team was created by some group of engineers “at 15 small and midsize companies in Osaka”.
You can see them in a video after the jump if you want to check them out. Be warned, they climb really slow and they cannot work without a safety rope. I’m not certain who dressed these guys, but they are about 1.4 meters tall and weigh 30 kilograms. And what is the deal with the rabbit ears antennae on their heads?
I suppose one should wonder why they made a robot that could climb. Perhaps someone wanted to make a robot that would become a window washer for tall buildings. Of course, this would imply that some big metal scaffold would be on this building. Maybe they could put some suction cups to the robots.
I suppose that is the wonderful thing about robots, we just make them so we can prove that we can make them. That, or for when someone gets stuck at the top of the Tokyo Tower. Yume Robo team to the rescue!
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