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The webOS Wish List: Gmail labels support
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by Derek Kessler
Mar 21, 2012
There are two things that really make Gmail Gmail: threaded conversations and labels. For the uninitiated, Gmail's labels are the result of a rethink of folders, instead of filing a message away...
Fast, good, or cheap - or why you can't build a smartphone
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by Derek Kessler
Mar 21, 2012
Every other week or so a new thread pops up in the webOS Nation Forums about the possibility of building our own webOS smartphones or tablets. It always seems to garner a bit of attention,...
HP reportedly to merge printing group into Personal Systems Group, webOS printer
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by Derek Kessler
Mar 20, 2012
HP CEO Meg Whitman's crusade to right the plundered ship Packard is poised to really shake things up at the Silicon Valley giant: according to a report today from AllThingsD, the Imaging and...
Astraware TouchPad Totalizer tops 5000, OddBlob and Astraware Casino en route
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by Derek Kessler
Mar 20, 2012
Folks, it happened: Astraware's TouchPad Totalizer tracker of TouchPad game sales finally topped 5,000 sales, the top level for Astraware's we'll-make-these-if-you-buy-enough-of-those...
Open webOS gets a website all its own, Nyx hardware abstraction layer gets a rel
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by Derek Kessler
Mar 20, 2012
The march towards a fully open source webOS continues, with today seeing the release of the Nyx hardware abstraction layer. As described on the nyx-lib GitHub repository, "Nyx is the webOS...
Open webOS open source branding competition winner
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by Derek Kessler
Mar 20, 2012
Unsurprisingly, our call for people to lay out their vision for branding for Open webOS drew a lot of awesome entries. Surprisingly, HP liked it enough that wanted to get involved, pitching in a...
The webOS Wish List: A browsable web-based App Catalog
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by Derek Kessler
Mar 19, 2012
When HP pulled access to their previously-open-to-all App Catalog feeds, we were understandably disappointed. But HP had promised something new and innovative in the way of app discovery. That...
Linux Standard Kernel 3.3 released, Android trapping in tow
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by Derek Kessler
Mar 19, 2012
Right on schedule (for taking place in the month of March, that is), the Linux Standard Kernel version 3.3 has been released, bringing a metric ton of Android driver support to the mix. While the...
Headlines2
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by Derek Kessler
Mar 19, 2012
Some of us are qhat you might term "news saavy" and have a complicated system of combined RSS feeds, Twitter, and regular sites that we use to get the news. Others among us are less...
FAA to take a 'fresh look' at electronics ban
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by Derek Kessler
Mar 19, 2012
It's not often we get to cover industry news here on webOS Nation, mostly because webOS is currently somewhat detached from the industry. Write about the carriers and their never-ending quest to...
The webOS Wish List: Predictive Text
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by Derek Kessler
Mar 16, 2012
As the owner of a TouchPad, Pre3, and iPhone, I can tell you there's one thing that's needed in spades with a virtual keyboard over the hardware variety: strong and aggressive autocorrect....
Palm veteran Fred Patton takes the reins of webOS Developer Relations
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by Derek Kessler
Mar 15, 2012
Nearly five months ago HP VP of webOS Developer Relations Richard Kerris vacated his post for a new job at Nokia, just eight months after he was trotted out before the world at Think Beyond. Granted...
Keep tabs on March Madness with Sports Live!
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by Derek Kessler
Mar 15, 2012
It's that time of year. The squeak of sneakers and screams of crowds fill the air and the hopes of 67 squads from across the United States are crushed with a ferocity that only basketball can...
Open Source
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by Derek Kessler
Mar 14, 2012
In a new posting to the HP webOS Developer Blog, webOS CTO Sam Greenblatt announced that HP intends to publish additional components from the already-released webOS 3.0.5 to open source, branding...
Phil McKinney
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by Derek Kessler
Mar 13, 2012
Phil McKinney left his position as HP CTO and chief big thinker at the end of this past October. Since then he published a new book, Beyond the Obvious: Killer Questions That Spark Game-Changing...
Pop!Later
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by Derek Kessler
Mar 13, 2012
We've seen all sorts of interesting things done with webOS notifications, from persistent weather and stock information to pop-up mini news readers. But they were always basic and focused apps....
California Best Buy trying to sell a 32GB TouchPad at list price
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by Derek Kessler
Mar 13, 2012
Oh, Best Buy, you didn't tell us you had a brand new TouchPad in stock. We left our number and everything. Did we do something wrong? Why don't you ever call anymore? In all seriousness, we...
Open sourcing Open webOS branding finalists
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by Derek Kessler
Mar 12, 2012
As we noted last week, our little post about the branding design for Open webOS caught some eyes at HP and they decided they wanted to kick things up a notch, throwing in a TouchPad and a session...
App Giveaway: 50 copies of Padegle
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by Derek Kessler
Mar 12, 2012
In 2009 the world welcomed two random-partner chat platforms to the internet. Getting most of the press because of its skeeziness and the prevalence of male genitalia was video-based Chatroulette,...
The webOS Wish List: TouchPad gestures, darnit
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by Derek Kessler
Mar 09, 2012
If there's one thing that webOS and the Palm Pre ushered into maturity it was the gesture-based user interface. While gestures had been a part of modern mobile operating systems like Android and...
Should HP make a "Nexus" hero device for Open webOS?
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by Derek Kessler
Mar 08, 2012
An interesting question was posed this morning in our forums by aia832003: should HP make a "Nexus" device? For those not familiar, Google has over the past few years commissioned a series...
Open webOS
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by Derek Kessler
Mar 08, 2012
Two days ago we posted what we thought would be a fun exercise: getting the webOS Nation community involved in working up fresh branding for Open webOS. At the time we were doing it just because,...
The webOS Wish List: App Catalog sliding panels
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by Derek Kessler
Mar 07, 2012
I'll be honest, this is one of those wish list items of something minor that's always bugged me. I'm talking about the App Catalog, which if anything should be the epitome of webOS apps...
WP Central
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by Derek Kessler
Mar 07, 2012
The built-in Memos app for webOS isn't all that great. We all know it. With a big 9.7-inch screen like that on the TouchPad, its even more unforgivable how basic it is and how little its been...
iMore iPad 3
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by Derek Kessler
Mar 07, 2012
So everybody's got their panties all in a bunch over some new iPad or something that's being announced today. You heard it here first, folks: It'll be better than the last one. It'll...
Deleted a default TouchPad app? Restore it with Internalz Pro
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by Derek Kessler
Mar 06, 2012
Sometimes, for reasons we've yet to determine, the built-in first-party apps can disappear off an HP TouchPad. It's rare, but it happens, and for the average user it's annoying,...
Open webOS
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by Derek Kessler
Mar 06, 2012
You know what's fun about open source? Anybody can contribute. While that generally has to do with code-level stuff, there's still plenty of user-facing design work that has to be done with...
WP Central
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by Derek Kessler
Mar 05, 2012
webOS developers from around the world gathered yesterday in person and online to take place in the first ever virtual Enyo hackathon. The event lasted right around six hours, including an...
OpenMobile working with HP to make Android apps on webOS a reality
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by Derek Kessler
Mar 05, 2012
The biggest stumbling block for webOS, apart from mismanagement on the part of HP, has always been the relative lack of apps. Sure, there are standards there and the most basic needs are covered,...
Chore Tracker Pro
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by Derek Kessler
Mar 05, 2012
webOS has a tasks app, but it's not the most terribly useful. It does what it does well, but it's pretty basic. Chore Tracker Pro by Chris Van Hooser, however, is the opposite of basic. This...