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by Derek Kessler
Jan 20, 2013
webOS homebrew developer 72ka - or as the humans say, Jan - has already left an indelible mark thanks to his highly functional and repeatedly improved Google Maps app. But he's not a one-trick...
The webOS Wish List: Default Applications
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by Derek Kessler
Jan 19, 2013
Way back with webOS 1.3.1 we got a surprise: the ability to set apps as a default app, letting you use third party apps as your default launcher, mapper, email, and the like. Only problem was, Palm...
Meteroids is Missile Defense on interplanetary steroids
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by Derek Kessler
Jan 15, 2013
Back in the summer of 2011, Pixilabs Software released a fun, simple, and yet challenging game into the App Catalog called Tap-Tap Rockets. The concept was simple: take the classic missile defense...
In search of webOS at CES 2013
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by Derek Kessler
Jan 11, 2013
I've spent the entirety of this week in Las Vegas with the Mobile Nations crew covering CES 2013. CES has a special place in the hearts of webOS fans - after all, it was CES 2009 where the Palm...
Steve Jobs tried to protect HP and Mark Hurd to prevent everything that happened
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by Derek Kessler
Jan 10, 2013
The story of what happened to HP is a complicated and at times a depressing narrative. Things were going okay until 2010, when CEO Mark Hurd was forced out of his leadership position due to sexytime...
Is there space for webOS? [from the forums]
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by Derek Kessler
Jan 05, 2013
The webOS Nation Forums have always been a font of awesomeness, and there's no sign that's going to stop anytime soon. Some of our favorite moments come about when somebody poses an...
Mobile Nations 20: CES 2013 preview
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by Derek Kessler
Jan 04, 2013
Kevin, Phil, Daniel, and Rene talk about CES 2013, what they expect to see, and whether it's still relevant, then fight about ActiveSync, RIM vs. Microsoft, and what they want to see from Apple...
The webOS Wish List: Lockable Cards
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by Derek Kessler
Jan 03, 2013
If you're like me (and who doesn't want to be like me?), your webOS device is constantly full of multitasking app cards. Some are fleeting, around for until you don't need them anymore...
Canonical reveals their uber-gesturey new Ubuntu smartphone OS
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by Derek Kessler
Jan 02, 2013
Open source! Free! Gestures galore! Today brought a surprise from London with Canonical's newly announced Ubuntu for smartphones. We're not going to be too critical of Ubuntu here, after all...
HP considering sale of underperforming units
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by Derek Kessler
Jan 02, 2013
As with any struggling company, HP's looking at ways to streamline their business and raise some cash in the process. Late last month HP send a 10-K filing to the US Securities and Exchange...
2012: The webOS Year in Review
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by Derek Kessler
Dec 31, 2012
Oh, what a whirlwind year it was for webOS in 2012. From unbelievable highs to unimaginable lows, we've been through it all and we're coming out on the other side looking forward to whatever...
webOS Nation Best of 2012 winners
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by Derek Kessler
Dec 31, 2012
2012 was a weird year for webOS, and we decided it was best if the webOS Nation Best of 2012 Awards reflected that. As did you, with nearly four thousand votes cast, it's time to reveal the...
App Giveaway: Giddy 3: Reasonably Special Edition
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by Derek Kessler
Dec 31, 2012
It's the Reasonably Special Edition, need you any more? We've got fifty copies of the colorful and puzzling Giddy 3 primed and ready to give away to you, dear reader, all you have to do is...
WebOS Ports gets Open webOS up and running on the Google Nexus 7 [video]
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by Derek Kessler
Dec 31, 2012
As if the Samsung Galaxy Nexus Open webOS port wasn't enough, WebOS Ports has announced a new porting project: Open webOS on the Google Nexus 7. The seven-inch Android-powered tablet built by...
Messenger Mega Mix mixes in smartphone messaging improvements
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by Derek Kessler
Dec 30, 2012
It's been excluisvely up to the webOS homebrew community for over a year to make improvements to the existing crop of webOS devices. Smartphones like the Pre3 aren't going to get a software...
Introducing phon.es, our new new URL shortener for webOS Nation and Mobile Natio
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by Derek Kessler
Dec 28, 2012
If you see a webOS Nation or Mobile Nations link out on Twitter, app.net, Facebook, or some place else that's other, you'll see our brand spanking new URL shortener: phon.es. So from now on...
US Department of Justice now investigating HP's Autonomy acquisition
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by Derek Kessler
Dec 28, 2012
A little over a month ago, HP announced that they were writing down $8.8 billion from "improprieties" in their 2011 acquisition of UK software firm Autonomy, and this week the United...
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from webOS Nation
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by Derek Kessler
Dec 25, 2012
From all of us here to all of you out there, we wish you the most splendid of holidays. While you weren't likely to find webOS under the tree today, hope springs eternal for next year.
WebOS Ports's OWO Memos: an Enyo 2 replacement
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by Derek Kessler
Dec 21, 2012
The Memos app built into webOS has never been much better than 'just okay'. Both the TouchPad and webOS smartphones adhere to a sticky note user interface convention that makes for fun eye...
The webOS Wish List: CalDAV and CardDAV support
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by Derek Kessler
Dec 19, 2012
With the recent news that Google is shutting down support for new Exchange ActiveSync and Google Sync connections in favor of open source IMAP, CalDAV, and CardDAV standards, we were given a brief...
webOS Ports hackathon to update Internals apps to Enyo 2
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by Derek Kessler
Dec 18, 2012
Time to get your Enyo on, developers. webOS porting homebrew group WebOS Ports is staging a hackathon tomorrow to migrate a slew of WebOS Internals apps to the modern Enyo 2 app framework. The vast...
Building Palm 2.0: Assemble your webOS hardware dream team [from the forums]
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by Derek Kessler
Dec 18, 2012
Let's say you have a few billion dollars burning a hole in your pocket (HP certainly doesn't). Being a good and loyal webOS fan, you decide that the best way to spend this money is to...
webOS Synergy Google sync safe from Google's ActiveSync shut down
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by Derek Kessler
Dec 17, 2012
When Google announced last week that they were going to be shutting down support for new synchronization connections via Exchange ActiveSync, we were a little worried. Obviously that meant that...
Don't expect the LG webOS TV at CES 2013
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by Derek Kessler
Dec 14, 2012
Back in October when we broke the news that Gram is working with LG on creating an Open webOS-powered HDTV, we were told by our sources that the plan was to unveil the next-generation smart TV at...
Google killing new ActiveSync support for Gmail, Contacts, and Calendar
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by Derek Kessler
Dec 14, 2012
Today Google announced that, effective 30 January 2013 the company will be shutting down new set-ups for their Google Sync service and its accompanying Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync protocol. The...
Should the App Catalog be purged? [from the forums]
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by Derek Kessler
Dec 13, 2012
RumoredNow brings up an interesting question in the webOS Nation Forums: should HP purge the App Catalog of dead and broken apps? It's been over a year since HP killed webOS hardware development...
Garrett92c brings back the 4x4 for the Pre3
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by Derek Kessler
Dec 13, 2012
The HP Pre3 was kind-of sort-of not-really released well over a year ago. The last official webOS smartphone also has the distinction of being the best, but we've been hearing ever since its...
Villo says goodbye, leaderboard/chat/profile service shuts down
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by Derek Kessler
Dec 11, 2012
Last week saw the Google Voice webOS app Voogle shutting down, and this week we can add Villo Services to the "inactive" column. The service, conceived and built by Jordan Gensler and...
Vote now for the webOS Nation Best of 2012 Awards!
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by Derek Kessler
Dec 10, 2012
This year for webOS has been, as they say, one for the books. We didn't get any new hardware, but we did get an open source release of a complete Open webOS and a renaissance in homebrew...
App Giveaway: Multitouch Piano HD
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by Derek Kessler
Dec 10, 2012
Feel like tickling the ivories, but can't find a Steinway or Baldwin around to meet your needs? You're in luck if you've got your TouchPad handy, as Naggel Mobile's Multitouch Piano...