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6 years ago

2012: The webOS Year in Review

2012: The webOS Year in Review

by Derek Kessler Mon, 31 Dec 2012 8:43 pm EST

2012: The webOS Year in Review

Oh, what a whirlwind year it was for webOS in 2012. From unbelievable highs to unimaginable lows, we've been through it all and we're coming out on the other side looking forward to whatever it is that 2013 has to offer. So let's take a look back at the year that was 2012 and see what all actually happened...

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6 years ago

webOS Nation Best of 2012 Award Winners

webOS Nation Best of 2012 Award Winners

by Derek Kessler Mon, 31 Dec 2012 6:34 pm EST

webOS Nation Best of 2012 winners

2012 was a weird year for webOS, and we decided it was best if the webOS Nation Best of 2012 Awards reflected that. As did you, with nearly four thousand votes cast, it's time to reveal the winners…

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6 years ago

App Giveaway: Giddy 3: Reasonably Special Edition

App Giveaway: Giddy 3: Reasonably Special Edition

by Derek Kessler Mon, 31 Dec 2012 5:14 pm EST

App Giveaway: Giddy 3: Reasonably Special Edition

It's the Reasonably Special Edition, need you any more? We've got fifty copies of the colorful and puzzling Giddy 3 primed and ready to give away to you, dear reader, all you have to do is comment for a chance to win one. Across five huge old-school scrolling levels you take on the part of Giddy, the all-round good egg with unfeasibly large hands and fight to save the world from the big bad aliens and their giant robot stompers. Sound exceedingly weird and goofy? Good, because it is, and you should be into that sort of thing. Especially when you get it for free instead of the $0.99 it might normally cost you.

Contest: We have 50 copies of Giddy 3 to give away. Just leave a comment on this post to enter. Contest ends next Sunday at midnight US Eastern Time, after which time we will select 50 random entrants to win. Please only leave one comment, multiple entries won’t count. Promo codes are only valid in countries serviced by the App Catalog, and users must be running webOS 2.0 or higher with the latest version of the App Catalog.

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6 years ago

Roundup: Favorite tips of 2012

Roundup: Favorite tips of 2012

by Adam Marks Mon, 31 Dec 2012 4:06 pm EST

Roundup: Favorite tips of 2012

After a roller coaster of a year in 2011 for webOS, the pace of news for 2012 was definitely a lot slower. For the first time since webOS was released in 2009, we did not see any hardware released or software updated for existing devices. Instead, the focus on 2012 was on Open webOS, the open source next generation of the webOS operating system that was officially released this past September. While existing webOS devices will not officially be able to run Open webOS, there are still a lot of users who are proud (or stubborn, depending on your perspective) to keep carrying on with their webOS devices, be it the TouchPad, Pre3 or Pre2, Veer, or even a few brave folks still using a Pixi or Pre+.

And there is nothing better at webOS Nation that we like to do more than to make your webOS experience the best it can possibly be. So as long as there are webOS users out there, we will continue to bring you our Tips of the Day, with over 425 and counting for you to view.  As we close out 2012, we wanted to look back at some of our favorite and most used tips of the year.

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6 years ago

WebOS Ports gets Open webOS up and running on the Google Nexus 7 [video]

WebOS Ports gets Open webOS up and running on the Google Nexus 7 [video]

by Derek Kessler Mon, 31 Dec 2012 1:05 pm EST

WebOS Ports gets Open webOS up and running on the Google Nexus 7 [video]

As if the Samsung Galaxy Nexus Open webOS port wasn't enough, WebOS Ports has announced a new porting project: Open webOS on the Google Nexus 7. The seven-inch Android-powered tablet built by Asus was the premiere launch devices for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and thanks to the open source and open hardware nature of the device, it is the perfect fit for WebOS Ports's next porting adventure.

Seeing how much we loved the small seven-inch TouchPad Go, it's no surprise that the equally small Nexus 7 tablet was on the radar of WebOS Ports. Though larger, the 1280x800 screen on the Nexus 7 is close enough in pixel dimensions to the 1280x720 screen on the Galaxy Nexus, so a lot of the work put into the smartphone project could be easily translated to the Nexus 7.

How easy? This work was led by WebOS Ports's Simon "morphis" Busch over the course of about a week while he was on winter break from college. The port was accomplished with the Galaxy Nexus project in conjunction with LibHybris, created by Carsten Munk (an engineer at Jolla, though he also leads Merproject, which grew out of Sailfish ancestors Maemo and Meego), a library that allows for "bionic-based [Android] hardware adaptations in glibc systems", in essence making it easier to translate between the designed-for-Android hardware and Linux-based software like the Open webOS operating system. This means that with LibHybris the WebOS Ports team won't have to write drivers from scratch for different Android-based devices they might wish to attack. In addition to LibHybris, the Nexus 7 leverages the work of those involved in Merproject, FreeSmartphone, and SHR Project.

A video of the port in action is after the break, and as an early alpha we're rather impressed. Open webOS on the Nexus 7 runs generally smoothly (there's some intermittent and infrequent lag, which isn't anything too surprising at this stage) and has improved considerably from our last look at Open webOS on the Galaxy Nexus. In addition there's now an Enyo 2-based Settings app that allows you to toy with things like the Wi-Fi and brightness settings and the new OWO Memos app (also Enyo 2 based). The port also supports the classic webOS tablet keyboard, the made-for-the-Galaxy-Nexus virtual gesture area, and forward-swipe-driven screen rotation. Essentially, it's like webOS on the TouchPad Go, except on the slimmer, lighter, faster, newer Nexus 7 and more open source-y.

Oh, and did we mention that it runs untethered now? Yeah, it does that. Being able to use Open webOS on the device without being hooked up to your computer is a big deal, and we're really quite psyched to see that happen. You still have to boot from a desktop, but after that you can unplug the cable and get on with the webOSing.

The Nexus 7 Open webOS port is still in its early stages, but thanks to the work done on the Galaxy Nexus port it's come a long way in a relatively short time. We're looking forward to what's coming next.

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6 years ago

Messenger Mega Mix mixes in smartphone messaging improvements

Messenger Mega Mix mixes in smartphone messaging improvements

by Derek Kessler Sun, 30 Dec 2012 8:24 pm EST

Messenger Mega Mix mixes in smartphone messaging improvements

It's been excluisvely up to the webOS homebrew community for over a year to make improvements to the existing crop of webOS devices. Smartphones like the Pre3 aren't going to get a software update from HP, just like the TouchPad isn't going to receive new official software. But that hasn't stopped the homebrew community, from the organized grand project groups like WebOS Internals and WebOS Ports to individual developers, from making improvements on their own. One of the latest improvements comes to use in the form of a combination patch: Messenger Mega Mix.

Coded up by webOS Nation Forums member michel_ng and recently added to the Preware and WebOS Quick Install patches feed, the Messenger Mega Mix patch makes a number of improvements to the built-in Messaging app for webOS 2.2.x smartphones, including some very gesture-y enhancements. There are the improvements like adding a character counter (seriously, how did Palm and HP never get around to adding something so simple and yet so imminently useful to an app that deals with a character-limited service?) and putting the date and time of the sent and received messages into the conversation.

Messenger Mega Mix also wipes out the on-screen send/attach button, opting to instead have you attach media with a Gesture+P shortcut (or the app menu, which hasn't been changed here) and sending is accomplished with a forward swipe on the gesture area. As in, sending it to your friend with a swipe of the thumb. Magic.

We're digging a lot of the changes made by Messenger Mega Mix, though it's worth noting that by adding so much it could conflict with other patches (in particular the Advanced System series) and not install alongside. The patch also isn't Tweaks-enabled, though we'd like to think that's something that could be added in so we can turn on or off the one alteration made by Messenger Mega Mix that might not go over well with everybody: the Enter key switches to adding a new line in the composed message instead of sending said message.

Even with those caveats, michel_ng's Messenger Mega Mix is still an interesting patch. The gesture area is one of the most unique aspects of webOS smartphones, and is so beloved by webOS fans that even with it not explicitly needed in the WebOS Ports process of bringing Open webOS to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus they added it anyway. So we're quite pleased to see homebrew developers like michel_ng finding new and different ways to make use of the feature.

6 years ago

Introducing phon.es, our new new URL shortener for webOS Nation and Mobile Nations

Introducing phon.es, our new new URL shortener for webOS Nation and Mobile Nations

by Derek Kessler Fri, 28 Dec 2012 10:50 pm EST

Introducing phon.es, our new new URL shortener for webOS Nation and Mobile Natio

If you see a webOS Nation or Mobile Nations link out on Twitter, app.net, Facebook, or some place else that's other, you'll see our brand spanking new URL shortener: phon.es.

So from now on, if you see phon.es on your favorite social network or sharing site, you can rest assured the article it links to comes from Android Central, CrackBerry.com, iMore.com, webOS Nation, or Windows Phone Central, the names you trust for everything mobile.

And this is just one of the many, many awesome new things webOS Nation and Mobile Nations has coming your way. Keep your browsers locked and loaded right here, 2013 is going to be one incredible ride.

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6 years ago

Subscribe to an authenticed podcast in drPodder/podFrency/GuttenPodder

Subscribe to an authenticed podcast in drPodder/podFrency/GuttenPodder

by Adam Marks Fri, 28 Dec 2012 4:37 pm EST

GuttenPodder Authentication dropdownIf you are a webOS user and a podcast listener, chances are you are using drPodder (or podFrency or GuttenPodder, the open source updates to drPodder) to listen to your podcasts. In most cases, all you need is a podcast feed's URL address and you can add it within seconds. If you subscribe to a premium podcast that requires a username and password login, though, you may think that you are out of luck since there are no input fields for these in the Add Podcast Feed screen. Luckily, this is not the case.

To add a premium podcast that requires authentication:

  1. Open drPodder, podFrency or GuttenPodder
  2. Tap the Add feed icon on the bottom left and select "Enter feed URL..."
  3. Type in the podcast's URL
  4. Swipe-down from the top-left corner to access the Application dropdown menu and select "Authentication". This will add Username and Password fields below the URL field
  5. Complete the rest of the form and then either swipe back or tap the "Save Changes" button
6 years ago

US Department of Justice now investigating HP's Autonomy acquisition

US Department of Justice now investigating HP's Autonomy acquisition

by Derek Kessler Fri, 28 Dec 2012 8:35 am EST

US Department of Justice now investigating HP's Autonomy acquisition

A little over a month ago, HP announced that they were writing down $8.8 billion from "improprieties" in their 2011 acquisition of UK software firm Autonomy, and this week the United States Department of Justice has opened an inquiry into HP's allegations. Those allegations are that Autonomy engaged in accounting fraud that dramatically increased the perceived value of the firm, leading HP to overpay by several billion dollars when they executed their $11 billion purchase.

The Autonomy writedown was the third multi-billion paper loss for HP in a year, following up on a $3.3 billion loss on webOS after abruptly canceling hardware development and an $8 billion loss stemming from the 2008 purchase of EDS. Through 2012, shares of HP have declined 45%, despite dumping floudering CEO Leo Apotheker for former eBay chief Meg Whitman.

According to a filing by HP with the SEC, the DOJ investigation into the Autonomy acquisition began on November 21, 2012, the day after HP publicly leveled accusations at the former leadership of the software unit (Whitman fired Autonomy CEO Mike Lynch in May of 2012). Unsurprisingly, HP claims to be cooperating with agencies investigating the alleged malfeasance. In addition to the DOJ probe, HP also says they've submitted their evidence to the United Kingdom's Serious Fraud Office and to the US SEC.

We have every expectation that this is going to be a long, drawn-out slog for HP, and that they're not likely to get much of their billions of dollars back. A group of disgruntled HP shareholders have filed suit against HP, alleging the company didn't do its due diligence, and Lynch has publicly fought back against HP allegations, demanding they release the evidence HP says they have of the improprieties. It's a cleve strategy that Lynch has employed, as HP's made to look publicly uncooperative when the evidence they've submitted to the authorities cannot be publicly shared while under investigation. And to think, HP cancelled webOS hardware development because they weren't willing to make the multi-billion investments needed for a chance at long-term success

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