Sharon L Copeland's blog
Ok, you’ve set your clock and you have all of your new clothes laid out. Your lunch box is packed with a sure-to-be-delicious peanut butter and banana sandwich with a creamy ice cold milk. As you lay your head on your pillow, there is only one thing going through your mind instead of counting sheep. How many hours till the first day of school? With the magic of webOS in the palm of your little one's hands, you needn’t worry about homework or class. We have found the perfect apps to make the first day and beyond easier.
As you know summer is upon us and we are sweltering under the blistering summer sun. We at webOS nations would like to know what you are doing between the family reunions, vacations and over the top weddings? Why not fit in a webOS meet up between those family functions?
It would be a fantastic way to spend with friends to catch up on what’s new and exciting with Open webOS. You could chat about all the new apps coming in to the App Catalog. Meet other developers and speak to people working on open webOS at some of the events. The world is your webOS oyster.
So get out of the hundred degree heat, grab a drink, and have a great conversation with your local webOS family. And if you happen to be in the Dallas area, there's going to be a TouchPad+Pre3 drawing!!! (update)
Here's what's coming up in the world of webOS meet-ups:
Life is hard when you are a Pre. When it first came out in the late summer of 2009, there was a bit of a debacle about iTunes syncing with the phone. One week it would work, the next it wouldn’t; a lot of unnecessary back n’ forth. All that battling was just over syncing music, and really there's more than that. Thankfully, we have plenty of third party developers that want to make things work. We at webOS Nation want to hook you up with the best syncing apps for your webOS smartphone and TouchPad.
We get asked it a lot, surprisingly: "Where can I get a TouchPad?" It's a rare beast these days, that HP TouchPad, but today you can had over to woot.com subsite Moofi and get a refurbished 32GB TouchPad for $194.99. Unlike Woot proper, which is a deal a day, Moofi's deals last for much longer - you have six whole days left to take advantage of this offer.
Now, $194.99 is nearly fifty bucks higher than the firesale pricing of the 32GB TouchPad back in the day, and that was for a new tablet, not a refurbished version like we have here. But it's also a good $400 less than the launch price less than a year ago. It might be slightly used, but HP's gone over them with a fine-toothed comb and is throwing in a 90-day warranty.
Should you grab one? Opportunities to pick up a TouchPad have been growing fewer and farther between with each passing month since the great Leopocalypse, and we expect that trend to continue. Less than $200 isn't a bad deal, but then again, there are new (but smaller) tablets available for that price, or you can put your money towards a newer big-screened tablet, though that'll cost you dearly too. If you want webOS, well, this is your only option.
Magazines…we have seen them come and go, having a short shelf life on the TouchPad. Premium magazine apps like People, Time and Sport Illustrated have all left the webOS app catalog blaming too low subscription rates to really stay on the platform. Does that mean we have to settle for just RSS feeds or what we find on the web? NO! Fear not, your friends at webOS Nation have found the perfect magazine apps to feed the itch you feel to read.
So much has happened in the past 36 hours it’s enough to make your head explode. First HP announced its cutting 27,000 jobs over a two-year period; then the core Enyo team is packing up and going to Google. We are happy that the team found fantastic jobs; but we all would like to put you in a line and slap you individually in the face. Anyone that was up at 10:30 pm yesterday got the heart sinking news via Twitter. Not the best way to be met with bad news the second time in a week. The fans of webOS who are true blue supporters, were sent to the bad kids table with a piece of cake without the icing. What’s going to happen to our phones; what’s going to happen to the TouchPad? What’s going to happen to webOS? To ease our worried minds the Enyo team has released this statement:
The core of Enyo 2 is solid. We’re hearing great things from developers about the performance improvements in the last release, and we have another release on the way. After that, we’ll focus on expanding the Onyx widget set. We’ve enlisted the support of the developer relations engineers you know and love to help out as we work on growing the team.
That’s right, we’re growing. As we said earlier this month, we’re hiring — not just to replace the engineers who have left, but to increase the size of the team going forward. If you would like to contribute to the success of Enyo (and get paid for it) please let us know. And of course, all are welcome to contribute to the code by making GitHub pull requests.
Our door is open; if you have any concerns, feel free to voice them in the Enyo forums. We’re always listening and will do our best to address your questions. We’ll also be out in person at next week’s O’Reilly Fluent Conference in San Francisco, and at HP Discover in Las Vegas the following week — we’d love to see you there.
So there you have it, we are moving on as planned so calm your fears. The Enyo team are here for the long haul.
As the temperature gets warmer and the pavement hotter, it is apparent that summer is here. So whether you are at the beach, at the park, or in your own backyard it’s a time for a get together with family and friends. The one thing that brings people together (other than music) is food. So we here at webOS Nation wanted to bring you the best cooking and grilling apps to get your foodie groove on. Some you have no doubt heard about before, some that might be brand new to you.
Popcorn check, Slurpee check, chocolate covered peanuts check, sweetheart check; and finally tickets to the hottest movie in the country, check. You’re all set to take your seat in the darkened theater, and as the lights lower, you know it makes happy you planned all of this on your webOS device.
We know there are not many movie apps in the webOS catalog, but what we do have will serve the purpose of an entertaining night out; and for planning for a comfortable night in. So we invite you to peruse the fine selection of apps we found just for you.
Almost everyday we are reminded of what happened on that dark day in August when they killed webOS hardware and got rid of most of everyone in the hardware division; and it looked like the OS was to be suffer the same fate. Luckily for us, some the most diehard fans, along with some equally determined webOS developers, worked very hard to keep webOS alive. We here at webOS nations know the hot news stories have been slow to turn up, but don't despair.
We say to those who have been taunted by larger screens, faster processors and hardware, fear not. Your time, my loyal friends is coming sooner thank you think. Bide your time my pretties although some wanted to put us in the coffin long before the TouchPad arrived, we are far from being dead. It reminds me of that line in Dark Shadows,"They tried to stone me my dear, it did not work." We want to give you a realistic forecast of how everything is progressing so far. We wanted to let you know everyone at HP and Open Mobile are working as hard as they can so you can have the goodies you all deserve.
Source : OpenMobile
One of the best things that ever happen to webOS was the fire sale. It made TouchPad available and affordable for everyone. Which comes to my next point, the price point of 99.00 to 149.00 made it easy for not only adults, but for kids who wanted their first tablet during the holiday season. So with such responsibility of owning a TouchPad comes finding the right apps for the children. To not only entertain, but keep them out of mom’s hair while she’s cooking.
The forecasters say it’s supposed to be a warmer summer than usual, and it looks like the same for webOS meet ups. Armed with new tools to make developing and porting apps even easier, it would only seem appropriate to share the news with other webOS lovers in your area.There’s a lot to talk about, too. From our new developer leader, Enda McGrath who is actually been with the company longer than some of the CEOs of late, to our own Jason Robitaille joining the Enyo team. And with the news of new developer tools making their way into the webOS developer center, and the tidbits of news streaming in, we can’t think of a better way to celebrate . Hey tidbits are better than none. But there are few other things worth swinging by for…
At selected meet ups there will be drawings for TouchPads, Pre 3’s, Veers and other accessories. Along with good food, friendly banter, and free Wi-Fi to use with your new toy.There will also be promo codes from the best app developers given away, as well as round table discussions and app building techniques discussed. Sounds inviting doesn’t it? You bet it does! So point your mouse to that address bar and head on over to the palm developer center and register to an event in your area and check out the ones below. Come and join the best community anywhere for the fun and prizes.
- Sunday, May 20 in Dallas, Texas
- Thursday, May 31 in Dillingen, Germany
- Sunday, June 3 in Chicago, Illinois
- Sunday, June 17 in Nashville, Tennessee
- TBA, June in San Francisco
- Tuesday, May 29th in New York
So wake up the wife and kids, bring your laptop cords and ideas. This my friends is just the beginning.
It’s the last day of school and all of the youngster's eyes are glued to clock above the blackboard; waiting for that final cue to be released from their teachers grasp. As they wriggle in their chairs, biting on pencils, and twirl their hair with their fingers an old nursery rhyme slips in their precocious minds: No more school, no more books. No more teachers dirty looks. When the final bell rings for dismissal, you can see the glow of joy in their faces. As the kids emerge behind the large metal swing doors, it’s like rain water bursting through flood gates after a storm. Laughing, running and jumping they pile into the iconic canary yellow bus or to the line of sleek SUVs with moms wearing Chanel sunglasses; sipping on a Jamba Juice fruit smoothie. School is over and summer vacation has begun. Are you ready?
Ready for the munchkins begging to go to Disneyworld or are you ready to relax in secluded mountain lodge, away from the hustle and bustle of the city? Summer travel is a must to unwind from school and work and here at webOS nation we have got you covered with the best travel apps.
If there's one thing webOS doesn’t have a lack of is unit converters.The problem here is which one is right for you? From the initial observations of the app catalog it seems to be personality driven. Are you the dark brooding scientist? Are you the perky, verbal mathematician who loves color? Or are you the suited corporate business type, trading currency around the world? Do you like all the bells and whistles, or do you like to keep it simple and streamlined? The following converters have been selected for ease of use, style and ability to hold you attention whilst using them. Well at webOS nation we have found some great converters to suit your personality.
Boo-boo’s and oopsies are a part of everyday life. What if that scrape on your knee turns into a dangerous infection? What your coworker has a seizure? We might not be boy scouts, but we believe that it's always good to be prepared for the unexpected emergencies in life. Thankfully, our smartphones can help us to be prepared. Be it It a heart attack or car accident or other unpredictable event, there are webOS apps that are there to help you out. So we've gone ahead and rounded-up the best webOS apps foriInstructions, resources, and generally useful tools for dealing with life's unthinkable emergencies.
Form, function, color, and style are the hallmarks of great design. If great designers like Jamie Drake or Candice Olsen lacked one of these components they would not have created the show-stopping designs we’ve come to admire. And with that, so many are people glued to their TVs addicted to HGTV, Fine Living and the DIY Network trying to figure out how to bring that inspiration to life in their own homes. And let’s face it, we didn’t win the lottery, nor do we have the Kardashian’s bankroll to acquire a designer of that caliber. So how does the average person find the tools to make their dreams come true within the budgets they have? With our trust TouchPad by our side, we set out to see what apps are out there to inspire your inner designer and bring your ideas to life.