Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Internet on Laptop

This can be revolutionary. Imagine surfing the internet without ever being online. Webaroo software, which is available as a free download, is designed to allow users to access the Web via laptop or mobile device, when they are offline or can't get on the Internet.

"It would be impossible to put the whole web – roughly 10 billion pages of data – on your hard drive or phone, so we're condensing it," said Bradley Husick, president of Webaroo. "Webaroo allows you to take a cross section of the Web with you."

Since the service can't archive search engines like Google, Webaroo acts as its own search engine. When the consumer opens up their browser, the Webaroo search box comes up. Instead of replacing ads that already exist on the Web, the company will sell the "offline Internet" as an additional form of revenue for customers.

"So, if an ad was there at the time [the site] was cached, it will still be there when you look at it [offline]," said Husick. "The difference is that most of those ads won't have the click-through, or the result page that you would go to, to view the ad."

The software will compress the data on the website with a compression ratio of 25,000:1

Webaroo offers pre-loaded "web packs" with pages on different subject areas, like big cities around the world – including New York City, Taipei, etc. Users can also create searchable libraries, where they can add the Web sites that they frequent most often. When a user connects to the Internet, the Webaroo software updates the offline content.

"We have a world news pack, which is like taking the daily papers with you and having them fully searchable," said Husick. "We have also put the entire Wikipedia in a pack that's coming out in a couple of weeks."

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