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6 years ago

Import a calendar entry file using iCalImporter

Import a calendar entry file using iCalImporter

by Adam Marks Mon, 11 Feb 2013 2:40 pm EST

iCalImporteriCalImporter, by MetaViewSoft, is a nifty little application that will allow you to import iCalendar data files directly to your calendar on your webOS Device. iCalImporter supports .ical, .icalendar, .ics, .ifb and .vcs files types, and allows for manual import, import from a URL, or even launching from an email attachment. While the overall process is similar regardless of which method you use, the starting steps are a little different for each

  • Manual Import: As long as an iCalender file is located on the USB drive of your webOS device, you just need to load up iCalImporter and tap the "Local File" on the top-left of the screen. You will be presented with a listing of compatible files on your device and you can either scroll through them or type-to-search to find the one you want. Tap on your desired file
  • Import from URL: Open iCalImporter and tap on the "From URL" button on the top-right of the screen. If you have previously imported a URL, it should be listed here already. Otherwise tap the + button on the bottom-left of the screen. A pop-up dialog box will appear where you can enter the URL address and a title for the import. Tap the "Add URL" button when done to add the URL to the list, and then tap on that entry and select "Use URL"
  • Email Attachment: If you get an email with an iCalender attachment, just tap on that attachment in the email to download it, and then iCalImporter should automatically launch with your calendar entry pre-loaded

Once you have an iCalendar file/URL loaded into the app, a count of entries will be displayed along with the details of those entries. You just need to tap the "Update Calendar" button to add this to your calendar. Unfortunately, this will not add the entry to your default calendar, but rather to an "iCalImporter" calendar account. Note that if this is the first time using iCalImporter, you may need to go into the Accounts app and enable the calendar for the iCalImporter account, otherwise the entry will be added to an "Undefined" account.  If you then want to add this entry to your default calendar account instead of the iCalImporter account, you can open up that calendar entry and  just move it to your desired account.

iCalImporter is available in the webOS App Catalog for $1.49 and is compatible with all webOS devices running webOS 1.4.5 or higher

6 years ago

Adjust Stack overlap spread (LunaCE)

Adjust Stack overlap spread (LunaCE)

by Adam Marks Fri, 08 Feb 2013 5:05 pm EST

TouchPad stack spread out

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

While the card and stack method of multitasking in webOS will allow you to see many of your open applications at once, you are only able to get a small glimpse of what is on the screen for any app beside the top one. While this made sense for phones that have limited screen real estate, the TouchPad offers a much larger area for you to work with so it would be great if you could see more of the open apps in a stack. Unfortunately, you have no say in how much each app overlaps each other.

However, once HP released their 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 the ability to adjust the overlap settings with a simple gesture as part of 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.

Once you go into the "Luna" section of Tweaks and toggle "Stack Spread Gestures" to YES in the "GESTURES" section, you can then perform a two-fingered zoom-in or -out gesture when in Card View and you have a stack with more than one app. For stacks with only two cards, you spread the cards enough to be able to see almost 75% of the app in the back. As you can see in the screenshot, for 3-card stacks, you can spread the stack where you can still see more than half of each app. Of course, as you add more apps to a stack, the visible area of each app will go down as well. And If you want to go back to only seeing a sliver of each app, just pinch your fingers together and they will collapse back together.

6 years ago

Tennis in the Face wants you to lob tennis balls at faces

Tennis in the Face wants you to lob tennis balls at faces

by Derek Kessler Thu, 07 Feb 2013 8:52 pm EST

Tennis in the Face wants you to lob tennis balls at faces

When you're looking for instant stress release, chances are you turn to your smartphone for a quick game to get your mind off of whatever it is that's bothering you. The best kind of game for that is the one that's simply fun - it's not necessarily hard, it's just enjoyable to play. And the latest release from 10tons ltd fits right into that mold: Tennis in the Face.

The name says just about everything you need to know: you're lobbing tennis balls at the faces of the enemy, which takes the form of clowns, riot police, hipsters, and hazmat-suited scientists. The game has a degree of Angry Birds-style physics to it, though the tennis balls you - as Pete Pagassi (uh-huh) - are smashing with your racket are certainly going a lot faster than Rovio's sling-shotted birds. Gameplay is straightforward: aim, release, and watch the ball fly.

Points in Tennis in the Face are awarded on hits, with multiple hits with the same ball getting more points, and headshots worth more. There are also obstacles to contend with, including explosives, glass panels, and enemies with shields or armor. But you're Pete Pagassi, that stuff doesn't slow you down or get you down.

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6 years ago

ZEN and TECH 50: Fitness month exercise special!

ZEN and TECH 50: Fitness month exercise special!

by Rene Ritchie Thu, 07 Feb 2013 12:07 pm EST

Georgia and Rene are joined by CrackBerry.com's Kevin Michaluk to talk Fitness Month 2013 and the benefits of exercise. From smartphones to pedometers to social scales, from sports to gyms to sex, we break down the urban myths and help get you moving!

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6 years ago

Pump it up and run it out with our favorite webOS workout accessories

Pump it up and run it out with our favorite webOS workout accessories

by Derek Kessler Wed, 06 Feb 2013 8:05 pm EST

Pump it up and run it out with our favorite webOS workout accessories

The webOS accessory ecosystem may be nothing like what our friends over at iMore and Android Central have to play with, but we're used to making the best with what we've got available. In the spirit of that, lets' take a look at the best gadgets you can pair up with your webOS smartphone or tablet to get the most out of those exercises you know you're working on for Mobile Nations Fitness Month. Sometimes you just need that gear to give a kick in the rear to get the ole rear into gear.

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6 years ago

HP Pre3 shows up on The Following

HP Pre3 shows up on The Following

by Derek Kessler Tue, 05 Feb 2013 10:23 pm EST

Palm Pre 2 shows up on The Following

Somehow I never thought I'd be doing another Palm sighting post. The hero shot of the HP Pre3 using the actual webOS Camera app on The Following (a most excellent criminal thriller on Fox, if you haven't been watching) has me reevaluating everything I thought I knew about life. Except how to actually use webOS smartphones to record a crazy guy in a bad Edgar Allen Poe mask - to do that you actually have to switch to video recording using that little button with a camcorder icon on it. While we're at it, why do we use such an analog reference like a camcorder to signal how to switch to video recording? It's like using a floppy disk icon to signify savi… oh, wait, we do that too.

Edit: As Gunderson pointed out in the comments - that's a Pre3, not a Pre 2 as we previously stated. Color us even more surprised - never thought that one would pop up in a show. Except for, you know, Dr. Dre.

Update: totoro80 chimed in in the comments, giving us a little insight into how the Pre3 ended up getting a close-up like that on The Following - it's his: "Yes that is my Pre3 on this week's episode of the following - I was an extra in that episode and during the scene they asked if anyone had a cellphone that had video capability that they could record recording the performance. Enter my trusty Pre3! I happily volunteered my services and the rest as they say, is history!"

Source: Fox.com; Thanks to jcnagyjr on Twitter for the tip!

6 years ago

The best webOS apps for exercise

The best webOS apps for exercise

by Derek Kessler Tue, 05 Feb 2013 11:19 am EST

The best webOS apps for exercise

It's Fitness Month at Mobile Nations, and that means we're going to spend the next few weeks exploring how to get you in shape, assisted of course by your webOS devices. In addition to our Stepping Up! and Excersie MY way contests in the forums, today we're taking a look at the best webOS apps to help in your exercise routines. So join us after the break for the greatest in webOS get fit apps!

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6 years ago

Install patch to allow email deletion from dashboard notification

Install patch to allow email deletion from dashboard notification

by Adam Marks Mon, 04 Feb 2013 10:22 pm EST

This tip is only for webOS phones only

Delete from notificaitonIf you receive and delete a lot of email, chances are that you are pretty familiar with the process of receiving a new email notification in your dashboard, tapping on it to launch the email app and swiping those emails off the screen to delete them. Or, you simply dismiss the notification and then go back to the email app later to delete it. This process can be a bit tedious, especially if you want to delete emails in large volumes, or may be a bit frustrating if you get multiple emails at once since you can only ever see the most recent one in the dashboard (this was rectified on the TouchPad where you can triage through your emails, but sadly never made it to webOS 1.x or 2.x).

If you are comfortable with installing patches through Preware or webOS Quick Install, one solution you may want to consider is installing the Delete From Notification patch (for webOS 1.x) or the Delete Email from Dashboard patch (for webOS 2.x). These patches will add a trash icon on the right side of your email dashboard notifications that will allow you to send your email directly to your Trash folder (or whatever default folder you have set as your trash). One of the great aspects of this patch is that once you delete your most recent email from the dashboard, the notification will remain with the next email visible. While this is not a perfect substitute for the TouchPad's ability to dismiss individual email notifications, this will still allow you to get rid of much of your unwanted emails without having to interrupt your current workflow.

6 years ago

Mobile Nations fitness month week 1: Exercise!

Mobile Nations fitness month week 1: Exercise!

by Rene Ritchie Mon, 04 Feb 2013 12:14 pm EST

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!

Week 1: Exercise!

We want to get in shape and feel great! Exercise helps us in so many ways. It helps us lose weight, reduce stress, feel energized, and improve our self-image. Getting moving reduces the likelihood of diseases, and keeps us healthy and as we get older.

As part of fitness month, we'll be reviewing a bunch of great apps and accessories that can help motivate, track, and train us to exercise better and smarter. We'll also be doing a couple of cool contests.

Stepping up contest

First is our Mobile Nations Stepping Up contest. Every day this week there'll be a thread in the forums, and all you have to do to enter is tell us what exercise or activity you did that day. It can be walking or running, playing soccer or doing yoga, swimming or dancing -- anything that makes you move. If you have a Fitbit, Nike Fuelband, JAWBONE UP, or any gadget with a pedometer, you can simply share your results each day.

This is a great way to keep us all motivated and accountable, and get a little healthy peer-pressure going! Plus, every day you enter is a chance to win a $20 webOS Nation Store gift certificate!

Exercise MY way contest

Second is our Exercise MY Way contest. Just head on over to the Exercise MY Way thread in the forums and tell us how you use your phone or tablet to stay in shape. What are your favorite apps? What are your go to accessories for keeping fit? How does your device fit your active lifestyle? We want to know! We'll post the best entries on Friday, so get them in ASAP! Need more incentive? We'll pick one winner a week and send them a $100 webOS Nation Store gift certificate!

So what are you waiting for? Mobile Nations Fitness Month starts NOW!

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