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6 years ago

Use Save/Restore to backup additional system files and images (homebrew)

Use Save/Restore to backup additional system files and images (homebrew)

by Adam Marks Thu, 27 Dec 2012 8:55 pm EST

Save Restore Misc OS Backup filesThe WebOS Internals' homebrew app Save/Restore is great to backup your important application data in case you ever need to webOS Doctor you device, swap it out with a new device, or even transfer data between a phone and TouchPad. Typically, Save/Restore will save files that are tied to specific applications, such as progress in your games, specific stock quotes set up in a finance app, or settings/preferences for apps. However, there are a lot of other miscellanous files that you may find throughout webOS that are not tied to specific apps, but you would still like to save. These can include changes that you have made to the lockscreen or boot logos, the background for the phone dialer, or even the database files that contain some system data (e.g. cookies.db, database.db). While you would never want to restore those database files after a device swap or webOS doctor, it would be nice to restore those personalized image files.

Since this is not your typical Save/Restore function and does involve some additional homebrew knowedge, it's not automatically added to the list of supported applications within the app. But, there a little easter egg within Save/Restore that will allow you to backup or restore these files as needed. The easiest way to accomplish this is to use Internalz Pro, by Jason Robatille, which is available in both Preware or webOS Quick Install.

  1. Open Internalz Pro
  2. Navigate to /media/cryptofs/apps/usr/palm/applications/org.webosinternals.saverestore/contrib
  3. Tap on the "com.palm.app.deviceinfo" script and select "Copy". Find "/var/svc/org.webosinternals.saverestore", highlight it and then choose "Select" to copy it.
  4. Now, you can open up the Save/Restore app, wait for the data to load and choose "Save Application Data". Scroll down until you find "Misc OS Backup files" and ensure that it is toggled to "ON"
  5. Once you run that script, you will have all these files backed up to the USB drive on your webOS device. 
  • Be aware that when it comes time to restore these files after a device swap or webOS doctor, you will need to follow the directions above on the new device before you run the restore with Save/Restore in order to add that script to the app on the new device.

If you would like to see what files this script backs up (and have some knowledge of how to read save/restore scripts), you can edit the file on your device using Internalz Pro or you can view it on the WebOS Internals git repository.

6 years ago

Announcement: Our Selections for The Mobile Nations 2013 CES Experience in Las Vegas!

Announcement: Our Selections for The Mobile Nations 2013 CES Experience in Las Vegas!

by James Falconer Thu, 27 Dec 2012 11:32 am EST

WP Central

Alright folks, it's time to announce the 6 lucky people that will be joining NVIDIA and Mobile Nations at CES 2013!

We would like to say a huge THANK YOU to all of the members that submitted an entry. We really appreciate all of the time and effort everyone put in, and the response was quite overwhelming.

So, getting down to business... after much debate and discussion, we have selected 6 stand out entries. These folks will join the Mobile Nations and NVIDIA crews in Las Vegas for CES 2013!

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6 years ago

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from webOS Nation

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from webOS Nation

by Derek Kessler Tue, 25 Dec 2012 11:29 am EST

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from webOS Nation

From all of us here to all of you out there, we wish you the most splendid of holidays. While you weren't likely to find webOS under the tree today, hope springs eternal for next year.

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6 years ago

WebOS Ports's OWO Memos: an Enyo 2 replacement

WebOS Ports's OWO Memos: an Enyo 2 replacement

by Derek Kessler Fri, 21 Dec 2012 9:21 pm EST

WebOS Ports's OWO Memos: an Enyo 2 replacement

The Memos app built into webOS has never been much better than 'just okay'. Both the TouchPad and webOS smartphones adhere to a sticky note user interface convention that makes for fun eye candy - "look, push pins!" - but does nothing to enhance the user experience. In fact, you could argue, quite easily, that the grid layout for the notes with a small preview of the contents is detrimental to use.

So when WebOS Ports's Josh Palmer (or shiftyaxel, if you prefer) told us that he was working on a replacement app for Memos built off of Enyo 2, we were understandably excited. I wrote our review of the TouchPad using the Memos app and it was a nightmare (though the app's responsiveness and stability has improved since then with OS updates, but nothing on the user interface front), so anything would be better.

The app, available to TouchPad owners in the WOCE beta feed in Preware (beta feed instructions here), is called OWO Memos, and while it's a work-in-progress, we're still liking what we're seeing. The app retains the basic features of the basic Memos app - individual notes with user-selectable colors, but does away with the needless user interface chrome for something more authentically Enyo and simply easier to use. And titles! Oh how we've wanted Memo titles for so long...

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6 years ago

Countdown to Christmas sale ends tonight - Save 15% on ALL webOS cases and accessories!

Countdown to Christmas sale ends tonight - Save 15% on ALL webOS cases and accessories!

by webOS Nation Store Fri, 21 Dec 2012 4:59 pm EST

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6 years ago

Toggle the TouchPad's virtual keyboard in Xecutah

Toggle the TouchPad's virtual keyboard in Xecutah

by Adam Marks Fri, 21 Dec 2012 12:38 pm EST

Xecutah keyboardXecutah is a great homebrew app by WebOS Internals (available in Preware or webOS Quick Install) that allows you to access the command line interface on your webOS device. However, there are times that you launch it on the TouchPad and the device's virtual keyboard does not automatically appear. Tapping on the screen doesn't help, so it seems as if the app is totally useless without any way to interact with it. Luckily, there is a very simple way to toggle the virtual keyboard by perform a three-figured tap on the screen. As soon as you tap the screen with three figures, the keyboard will appear. To dismiss the keyboard, you can do another three-figured tap on the screen or just press the dismiss key on the bottom-right of the keyboard.

6 years ago

Final Reminder: Last chance to Attend CES in Las Vegas for Free!

Final Reminder: Last chance to Attend CES in Las Vegas for Free!

by James Falconer Thu, 20 Dec 2012 3:13 pm EST

WP Central

Have you submitted your entry to The Mobile Nations 2013 CES Experience yet?! If not, you better hurry, because the entry deadline is tomorrow at 11:59 PM EST.

Remember, if you're one of the lucky selections, you'll get to join NVIDIA and Mobile Nations crew at CES 2013 in Las Vegas. Your airfare, hotel and CES pass will all be taken care of. Woohoo!

What are you waiting for!? Full details here >

6 years ago

Nexus 7 dual-Touchstone mod concocted by none other than Rod Whitby

Nexus 7 dual-Touchstone mod concocted by none other than Rod Whitby

by Ryan St. Andrie Wed, 19 Dec 2012 8:06 pm EST

Nexus 7 Touchstone mod courtesy of Rod Whitby

Over the years we've witnessed dear friend and webOS hacking guru Rod Whitby of WebOS Internals fame perform all types of webOS hackery. From the infamous Frankenpre surgery to bricking the tiny Veer while trying to find out what makes Touch to Share tick, Whitby has had his hand in projects most of us would never dare to go. One of his most recent passions has been to perform Touchstone mods on all manner of devices, but this time he has definitely topped even the coolest of Touchstone mods with his absurd Nexus 7 project. 

Using two Touchstone charging coils and two Touchstone dock pucks  - two - Whitby has successfully completed a project that will have you charging your Nexus 7 with the ease of wireless charging. Charging can be done via one or two Touchstone chargers but only using one will result in a slow trickle charge that would be fine for charging over night but not for much else. If you want a good normal charge you will need two phone Touchstone chargers working in tandem to get the job done. Granted this isn't the most ideal manner of wireless charging, but it's a start (and a damn cool one if we say so ourselves). In the future, Whitny plans on attempting a follow-up surgery making use of the larger and more powerful (not to mention tablet-intended) TouchPad Touchstone dock.

Is this something we would perform? Probably not. Whitby's put together some impressive documentation to guide any brace souls through the process, but it's a bit too intense for us (and likely all but the most daring hardware hackers). In the meantime, a round of applause to Mr. Rod Whitby for an impressive job well done and for keeping those of us that have been following this project's progress thoroughly entertained over the past few week.

6 years ago

Edit music playlist [webOS 3.x]

Edit music playlist [webOS 3.x]

by Adam Marks Wed, 19 Dec 2012 6:42 pm EST

Edit Music Playlist

This tip is only for devices running webOS 3.0 or higher

While the stock music player for webOS phones or the TouchPad has never been as fully featured as third-party alternatives, such as Music Player (Remix), the Enyo-coded stock Music Player update on the TouchPad did provide some nice upgrades as compared to the previous phone version. One of those features was the ability to create a music playlist right on the fly directly on the TouchPad. Unfortunately, due to a limitation in Enyo that did not allow you to press-and-hold on a list item to rearrange, you are not able to easily rearrange your playlist once it was created, but you do have the ability to edit some features of that playlist

To edit the playlist

  1. Open up the Music Player app on your TouchPad
  2. Tap on the playlist name on the left side of the screen you want to edit
  3. You should see a Music Player Edit icon on the top-right of the screen.  Tap it.
  4. You can then perform of the the following three actions:
  • Delete songs: Tap on the "X" icons on the right on the screen for all songs you want to delete. Then tap on the "Done" button and confirm the deletions in the pop-up menu that follows.
  • Rename Playlist: Tap on the playlist name on the top of the screen (in the blue area) and then type in your new name. Tap "Done". You will actually get the same "Delete the selected songs?" prompt as above, even if you didn't choose to delete any songs. You have to select "Delete" to confirm the rename, again even if you didn't delete any songs
  • Delete Playlist: Tap the "Delete Playlist" button on the bottom-right of the screen and then confirm the deletion in the pop-up that follows.
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