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Posts by derek kessler

MojoWhatsup homebrew app bringing WhatsApp to webOS
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by Derek Kessler
Sep 26, 2012
There are plenty of messaging options out there, be it Facebook Chat or Google Talk or Apple's iMessage or plain old SMS. But when it comes to ubiquitous and popular cross-platform mobile chat,...
App Giveaway: Halloween Artist
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by Derek Kessler
Sep 24, 2012
The leaves are turning. The days are growing shorter. The nights are colder, and the days are getting that way too. Autumn is upon us, and that means something very important: Halloween is just...
What kind of Open webOS device do you want?
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by Derek Kessler
Sep 21, 2012
With Open webOS gaining a serious install-anywhere avenue thanks to the release of an OpenEmbedded-enabled version, we've been sitting here wondering for a while what all our soon-to-be-favorite...
HP PC chief Todd Bradley calls post-PC era claims "just wrong"
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by Derek Kessler
Sep 20, 2012
If you were to turn back the calendar eighteen months, you would find yourself in March 2011. It was a heady time for the webOS community. The Pre3, Veer, and TouchPad had been announced just a...
Open webOS ported to Raspberry Pi single-board computer, still needs a UI
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by Derek Kessler
Sep 20, 2012
If you'll recall, late last month we at long last saw the release of the first public betas for Open webOS. Surprisingly, the open source successor to webOS came in two forms: a version that ran...
Former Palm employees take to Kickstarter to fund Hiku shopping list gadget
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by Derek Kessler
Sep 20, 2012
When HP bought Palm, the latter company was loaded with talent that the former needed for their grand webOS plans. When things didn't quite pan out, that talent started to flee to greener and...
ZTE to launch Firefox OS smartphone, not webOS
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by Derek Kessler
Sep 19, 2012
Brace for the truth bucket of cold water, folks, for it's coming in hard and fast. It's been a long time since we've had to deal with Taiwanese electronics 'news' outlet...
Maybe it's time to stop hating on HP?
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by Derek Kessler
Sep 18, 2012
Hate is an incredibly intense emotion. Hate implies that you want to see the object of that emotion ended at all costs, be it the weather, your nemesis, or that untrained dog next door that barks...
ScienceApps going all-in on LunaCE with stack launching and big notifications [v
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by Derek Kessler
Sep 18, 2012
There's a lot of goodness happening with LunaCE, but the user-facing features are just scratching the surface. webOS developer ScienceApps has been around the block a few times, including...
What would a webOS smartphone need to be competitive today?
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by Derek Kessler
Sep 17, 2012
It's time for a webOS Nation brainstorming session. Late last week we were all some combination of perturbed, disturbed, hopeful, wistful, enraged, or just play befuddled when HP CEO Meg Whitman...
App Giveaway: sinceWhen+
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by Derek Kessler
Sep 17, 2012
Are you the type that needs to do things on a schedule, a schedule that's too, shall we say 'odd', for a calendar. As in you need to know how many day's it's been since you last...
Android 4.0.4-powered HP "Bender" device shows up in benchmark logs *sigh*
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by Derek Kessler
Sep 14, 2012
Just this morning HP CEO Meg Whitman's statement about how HP "will ultimately have to offer a smartphone" started making the rounds. Unsurprisingly, that sort of promlamation was sure...
From the editor's desk: Blogging about webOS makes me rip out my hair
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by Derek Kessler
Sep 14, 2012
After three years, four months, one week, and two days of blogging about webOS, you'd think I would have gone bald by now. Surprisingly, in spite of everything that Palm and HP have thrown my...
HP's Meg Whitman: "We ultimately have to offer a smartphone"
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by Derek Kessler
Sep 14, 2012
Yesterday, Fox Business sat down for a very quick chat with HP CEO Meg Whitman. They talked about the cuts that HP's been making to the company, and the new tablets and laptop products that HP...
webOS moving across the street next week, here's a first look inside
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by Derek Kessler
Sep 13, 2012
  With all of the layoffs and departures that have hit the webOS Global Business Unit, the headcount in Sunnyvale isn't nearly enough to justify the three whole buildings that had...
webOS Quick Actions lets you make custom Just Type Quick Actions
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by Derek Kessler
Sep 13, 2012
Just Type on webOS has always been a powerful tool. Between universal search of your apps, content, and the web, custom web searches, and quick action shortcuts, Just Type has always had the...
Gram website transforms from nonchalant redirect to inscrutable logo on white
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by Derek Kessler
Sep 12, 2012
A month ago we broke the news that HP's webOS Global Business Unit would be spinning off as a new company called Gram. The company was said to focus on cloud and user experience, leveraging...
Apple surprises nobody, announces bigger, faster, thinner iPhone 5 [the competit
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by Derek Kessler
Sep 12, 2012
I remember a time when Apple's product announcements were exciting. A time when Apple could announce a product that the entire world hadn't already seen every part of and thoroughly dissected...
Apple's new iPhone debuts later today, be sure to check out iMore for all the ne
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by Derek Kessler
Sep 12, 2012
Earlier this month we saw the debut of new devices from Nokia, Motorola, and Amazon. Well, Sony was in there too, but they failed to impress enough to warrant a mention. Today brings the event they...
Attention Sprint Pre and Pixi owners: your 3G speeds will improve, eventually
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by Derek Kessler
Sep 11, 2012
Sprint is just starting to roll out their LTE network, but if you're a webOS user that's really not of much concern to you. No LTE network really is. What concerns you is 3G, be it EVDO on...
App Giveaway: 50 copies of Picross
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by Derek Kessler
Sep 11, 2012
If there's one category of game that will hold an eternal place in our hearts, it's puzzles. Not specifically the piece-together-an-image type puzzle, but games that are brain teasers of...
A knock-off too far? HP's new Spectre One is almost slavish in copying of iMac
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by Derek Kessler
Sep 10, 2012
HP's been the number one manufacturer of personal computers since they acquired Compaq in 2002. Despite their numbers-based dominance, HP's recognized the threat to their business posed by...
HP ups layoffs count by two thousand; 29,000 positions gone by 2014
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by Derek Kessler
Sep 10, 2012
In HP's seemingly unending quest to quell the bleeding, the company's employees have been in the firing line since May. Back then, CEO Meg Whitman announced that HP was looking to cut its...
New LunaCE beta includes tall dashboard widgets, new keyboard layouts, better ca
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by Derek Kessler
Sep 07, 2012
Just last week the webOS Community Edition-derived LunaCE got bumped up to beta, and since then it's gone through a series up updates that have added new features. The alpha phase was all about...
Angry Birds HD switches to a paid app, was supposed to be that way all along
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by Derek Kessler
Sep 07, 2012
Recently, following a botched installation of the LunaCE alpha, I ended up having to run the webOS Doctor to restore my TouchPad. Upon running the Doctor and redownloading and reinstalling my apps...
Grooveshark launches HTML5 web app, you just need a better browser to use it
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by Derek Kessler
Sep 06, 2012
If you've been a webOS user for a while, you might remember the big to-do it was when Grooveshark came to our nascent platform back in early 2010. They had a nice little app that streamed their...
Amazon's new Kindle family [the competition]
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by Derek Kessler
Sep 06, 2012
Yesterday Nokia and Motorola took part in dueling press events. Today was Amazon's day in the sun, and what a day they had. In addition to a new "Paperwhite" eInk Kindle with a higher...
Nokia makes an awesome smartphone camera, Motorola makes their thin phone better
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by Derek Kessler
Sep 05, 2012
We're diving headfirst into what we affectionately refer to around here as 'silly season'. This year's silly season is a weird one for us at webOS Nation, as we're sitting...
2012 WebOS Internals web-a-thon raises $12,202.20 for homebrew
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by Derek Kessler
Sep 04, 2012
Hot damn this community rocks. For everything the webOS community has been through, you can always count on the webOS Nation Forums to pull together to get things done. And get things done they have...
Google's working on a stock Android install for Sony, could this be a path for O
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by Derek Kessler
Sep 04, 2012
Google's Android software is available on quite literally hundreds of devices. But on all but a select few it's been tinkered with at a bare minimum (or wholesale overhauled), moving it away...