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Google adds offline web browsing to Chrome

Well, sort of
Mon Aug 18 2014, 16:35

Google Chrome logoGOOGLE IS TAKING THE PAIN AWAY from being without an internet connection.

A new "stale copy" flag in Chrome will give users the option to view a cached version of a webpage when available, so you can carry on with what you're doing, should your mobile signal cut out, the WiFi hotspot you're at suddenly drop out, or you happen to be doing some research while potholing.

At present, although stable versions of Chrome have the flag option, it is defaulted to off, but it can be switched on in the chrome://flags menu. In Development and Canary builds it is set to be on by default, suggesting that this feature is set for general use.

Obviously, as your device can't cache the entire interweb, cached pages are limited to those you've already visited, but if you are right in the middle of something and need to refer back to an earlier webpage, it could be a lifesaver.

Once activated, the present "You Are Offline" error page, replete with 8-bit dinosaur, will be augmented with a "Show Saved Copy" button where available. Oddly, it doesn't seem to work on Chrome OS, so Chromebook users will have to wait a little bit longer.

Google's Chrome web browser continues to receive nips and tucks as it prepares for an apparent major revamp to bring closer ties with the upcoming Android L, including the ability to use Android apps within the Chrome environment.

Most recently, Google updated the Safe Browsing functionality within Chrome to warn when annoying "bundleware" is part of a download and blocking it by default, to prevent users from having search preferences changed without permission.

The company has also taken steps to ensure that non-Latin characters aren't used for spamming purposes when used in e-mail addresses. µ


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