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6 years ago

Open webOS going to SCaLE, bringing WebOS Ports along for the ride

Open webOS going to SCaLE, bringing WebOS Ports along for the ride

by Derek Kessler Fri, 15 Feb 2013 7:21 pm EST

Open webOS going to SCaLE, bringing WebOS Ports along for the ride

Next weekend is going to see another convergence of nerd power in California, with the 11th annual Southern California Linux Expo taking place Friday through Sunday in Los Angeles. Normally we wouldn't pay attention to such things, as we aren't as neckbeardy here at webOS Nation as they are over at Android Central, but it turns out our friends from HP/Gram running the Open webOS project are going to be heading from Sunnyvale to the LAX Hilton to show off their latest.

While SCaLE 11x? Because Open webOS runs of the Linux Standard Kernel, that's why. Roy Sutton of the developer relations team will be on hand at the Open webOS booth to demo Open webOS (perhaps like the Samsung Series 7 Slate?), and will be co-presenting with Tom King, chief of WebOS Ports. The two will be pairing up for two presentations: "Open Source Community Relations" and "From Closed to Open: The Open webOS Story".

The Open webOS and Enyo teams have been hitting conferences big and small around the globe to push the message of webOS. When it comes to Linux confabs, though, it doesn't really get much bigger than SCaLE. And considering how much HP's given to Linux, it's clear they take this Linux thing seriously.

6 years ago

WebOS Ports contest picks new default wallpaper

WebOS Ports contest picks new default wallpaper

by Derek Kessler Fri, 15 Feb 2013 6:29 pm EST

WebOS Ports contest picks new default wallpaper

And the winner of the WebOS Ports wallpaper contest is none other than a very familiar face to the webOS community: Adora. Known in the physical realm as Lisa Brewster, she spent years as a developer relations guru and App Catalog reviewer at Palm and HP before leaving last summer for a similar job at Mozilla as reviews manager for the new Firefox OS marketplace.

Brewster's submission was a beautiful photo of a vibrant blue butterfly resting in a sea of concrete. She tells us the photo was taken with a Nikon D90 at the California Academy of Sciences's Rainforests of the World exhibit in San Francisco.

While the contest was technically just for the Galaxy Nexus port project, we wouldn't be surprised to see the blue butterfly performing a migration to other WebOS Ports ports. Brewster's butterfly may have claimed the default spot, but it's not the only wallpaper that will be included. Thirteen other options will be packaged up with the Galaxy Nexus port, with beautiful photos of the cosmos, flora, weather, and fences to fill your background. Good choices all around.

6 years ago

ZEN and TECH 50: Fitness month nutrition special!

ZEN and TECH 50: Fitness month nutrition special!

by Rene Ritchie Thu, 14 Feb 2013 9:16 am EST

Georgia and Rene are joined by Android Central's Phil Nickinson to talk Mobile Nations Fitness Month and the benefits of good nutrition. From crazy schedules to family and work stresses to modern technology, we break down the habits, challenges, and importance of eating right and feeling great!

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6 years ago

A final nail in the webOS coffin or a release from the purgatory of Palo Alto?

A final nail in the webOS coffin or a release from the purgatory of Palo Alto?

by Derek Kessler Wed, 13 Feb 2013 7:56 pm EST

A final nail in the webOS coffin or a release from the purgatory of Palo Alto?

Today it was revealed that HP is working on an Android-powered tablet to be unveiled in the near future and possibly a smartphone for the farther future. This shouldn't come as a surprise to anymore. Despite statements over a year ago from CEO Meg Whitman looking to assuage anxious tech nerds about the future of webOS, HP has never shown any real inclination towards producing new webOS hardware since the cancellation of the last webOS hardware almost eighteen months ago to the day.

Even though it's not a surprise in any sense of the word, it's still frustrating. HP has for close to three years owned one of the most highly-regarded mobile operating systems of the modern age of mobile computing, and for lack of a better term they royally fucked it over under the brief and idiotic leadership of Leo Apotheker. But that's in the past, and while it's hard to deal with old festering wounds like that, dwelling on that past isn't going to help one bit.

There is of course benefit to examining the past with objective eyes, or at least trying to do so. HP bought Palm three years ago for this very reason - to move into mobile. They didn't like the way Microsoft was going with Windows 8, and though they'd toyed around with Android internally and on printers, they apparently weren't happy with that either. Driven by Personal Systems Group head and former PalmOne CEO Todd Bradley, HP purchased Palm for $1.2 billion so they could chart their own course in the burgeoning mobile world and not be tied to Microsoft or Google or anybody else.

That's how it was supposed to work, and as we all know it didn't. There are a number of factors that can be blamed, from boardroom incompetence to poor sales to underwhelming hardware to disappointing advertising (but far from the worst that webOS has seen over the years). As with every multi-billion-dollar decision, there are dozens of contributing factors, though it usually boils down to money and the willingness to spend it or not spend it.

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6 years ago

Adjust card view zoom level (LunaCE)

Adjust card view zoom level (LunaCE)

by Adam Marks Wed, 13 Feb 2013 6:11 pm EST

This tip is only for HP TouchPads running webOS 3.0.5 and LunaCE 4.9.5 or higher

Adjust card view zoom level (LunaCE)Although the size of the screen on the TouchPad is much larger than that of any webOS phone, the size of the apps that are visible in the cards and stacks that are shown in card view are no different. This is not exactly an efficient use of screen real estate that should allow you to see more of the apps that are available to you. With the released of the Open Source "webOS Community Edition" for the HP TouchPad (not to be confused with Open webOS), the group at WebOS Ports was able to give you more control over how the cards and stacks appear on the screen as part LunaCE (pronounced "lunacy"), available in Preware. Note that LunaCE is currently in beta so you will need to go through the process to set-up the beta feeds in Preware, which can be found at testing.preware.org. In addition, you will need to have Tweaks installed on your TouchPad to toggle this new feature.

Just as you can adjust the Stack overlap spread amount to view more of the apps within a stack, LunaCE also gives you the ability to adjust the zoom level of the cards and stacks on the screen.  Once you go into the "Luna" section of Tweaks and toggle "Card Zoom Gestures" to YES in the "GESTURES" section, you can then perform a two-fingered in or out gesture when in Card View to adjust that zoom level. You can keep the zoom to a level where you only see a sliver of the adjacent stacks to the current one, or zoom out to be able to view up to 5 stacks at once in landscape.

The one thing to note is that if you also have the "Stack spread gestures" toggle also set to YES, any time you pinch-in or -out to zoom on a stack with more than one card will prioritize the stack spread gesture and not the zoom amount. You will need to swipe over to a stack with only a single card first and then perform the zoom gesture.

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6 years ago

HP moving to Android for tablets and smartphones

HP moving to Android for tablets and smartphones

by Derek Kessler Wed, 13 Feb 2013 4:03 pm EST

HP moving to Android for tablets and smartphones

Less than eighteen months after abandoning the HP TouchPad tablet and webOS smartphone lines, HP is jumping back into the mobile computing game with Android. ReadWrite is reporting that their sources at HP say that not only are they going the Android route for their upcoming tablet, they might even be announcing said tablet 'soon'. It's reportedly powered by a Nvidia Tegra 4 processor, something significantly more powerful than the two-year-old Qualcomm silicon found in the TouchPad (which itself originally was designed to run Android). The tablet's reportedly been in development "since before Thanksgiving".

The move by HP to Android is disappointing, but not exactly a surprise. It was nearly a year and a half ago that HP cancelled hardware development of for webOS devices, effectively killing the operating system and leaving it to be resuscitated in the open source community. That all came to fruition at the end of September with the full release of the open sourced Open webOS 1.0. By virtue of the Linux Standard Kernel 3.3 at its heart, Open webOS is fully capable of running on hardware such as the rumored Tegra 4 HP tablet, which we're sure the webOS homebrew community will make happen purely out of spite.

A little over a year ago, after HP's decision to open source webOS, CEO Meg Whitman said that HP would "use webOS in new hardware", specifically tablets. We haven't heard much of anything along that line since then, and the revelation that HP is actively working on their own Android tablet (plus the year of silence since that statement) is leading us to conclude that any HP hardware powered by webOS ever coming out would be something of a miracle.

Aside from an Android-powered tablet, ReadWrite is also reporting that HP is exploring the possibility of launching an Android smartphone. Late last year Whitman went on the record saying that HP was actively looking at reentering the smartphone space, citing the burgeoning market for smartphones in the developing world, but that a new HP smartphone wasn't likely to be released in 2012. Though we have to say, if HP launches a Pre4 powered by Android, we might just flip several tables in fits of rage.

As usual, we're going to point the eyeballs around the conference tables in Palo Alto to that little multi-billion investment they’ve made in Sunnyvale on a mobile operating system that's overflowing with promise and finally has hardware around capable of adequately supporting it. Yes, webOS. We're more than a little biased here about this issue, and it's eternally frustrating to watch HP squander such resources again and again.

But HP's spinning of the webOS Global Business Unit as Gram and they've got plans for what they can do with Open webOS to make money. HP bringeth scale and HP taketh away. Perhaps webOS will be better without HP's megabucks.

Via: The Verge; Source: ReadWrite

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6 years ago

10 great fitness accessories in 10 minutes

10 great fitness accessories in 10 minutes

by Rene Ritchie Wed, 13 Feb 2013 2:56 pm EST

February is Fitness Month here at Mobile Nations, and thanks to our Android, BlackBerry, iOS, webOS, and Windows phones and tablets, we have a host of new options for getting in shape and staying healthy.

Regardless of your platform of choice, or whether you stick to one type of device or many, there are a ton of great options to choose from now. Georgia is spearheading Fitness Month for us this year, and she's going to show you just 10 of her favorites, and she's going to do it in just 2 minutes.

Most of these will work for a variety of different phone and tablet sizes, running a variety of different operating systems and versions. I couldn't find alternatives for all of them, however, so if you know of some, tell us about them!

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6 years ago

'Chubby Checker' lawsuit filed against HP over endowment size estimator

'Chubby Checker' lawsuit filed against HP over endowment size estimator

by Derek Kessler Tue, 12 Feb 2013 8:26 pm EST

'Chubby Checker' lawsuit filed against HP over endowment size estimator

Attorney Willie Gary of Stuart, Florida, has filed a federal lawsuit in the United States District Court, Florida's Southern District, against HP and Palm on behalf of performer Ernest Evans over the Silicon Valley firms' hosting of an app titled "The Chubby Checker" hosted in the webOS App Catalog. The app, a play on the stage name of Mr. Evans - Chubby Checker, was created by developer Magic Apps, was designed as a calculator for estimating the penis size of a man given the input of his shoe size.

The app was downloaded 84 times before being removed from the App Catalog in September of 2012 and no longer available in the store on device or in the App Catalog web listings. "Chubby Checker" is held as a trademark by the Ernest Evans Corporation. The lawsuit claims that HP and Palm's "use of the name 'Chubby Checker' in its app is likely to associate platiff's marks with the obscene, sexual connotation and images," and that Evans has "received no compensation for the unauthorized use of the Chubby Checker name and trademark".

Additionally, the lawyers allege that customers that have looked at or purchases The Chubby Checker app "are being misled into believing that the plaintiffs have endorsed the defendant's app." Up to its removal, The Chubby Checker had clocked fewer than 100 downloads. The lawsuit is demanding that HP and Palm cease sales of the app bearing the trademark of or similarity to Chubby Checker and triple damages of the profits HP derived from sales of the app. When listed, The Chubby Checker retailed for $0.99; with sales of no more than a hundred copies and the 30% cut taken by Palm and HP from the App Catalog, damages could total upwards of $90.00.

Apart from the $90.00 in profit damages, the lawsuit seeks additional damages to the tune of half a billion dollars for irreperable damage done to the Chubby Checker name.

For their part, when contacted regarding this lawsuit, HP provided us with this statement: "The application was removed in September 2012 and is no longer on any Palm or HP hosted web site."

Source: TCPalm.com

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6 years ago

Mobile Nations fitness month week 2: Nutrition!

Mobile Nations fitness month week 2: Nutrition!

by Rene Ritchie Mon, 11 Feb 2013 5:33 pm EST

Leave a comment below telling us your Fitness Month goals and be entered to win a Withings Wireless Scale!

It's February and you know what that means? Mobile Nations Fitness Month! That's when we all get together to get in shape, share tips and tricks and recipes for success, review amazing apps and accessories, give away great prizes, and have a ton of fun! This year we're doing it a little differently, though. We're doing weekly themes, and that means every week you'll have new and exciting challenges, and new chances to win!

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