Tag Archives: WebOS

“The Walking Dead OS”: WebOS gets a second chance… in smart TVs

WebOS. The mobile OS that I and everyone else had long left for dead, including HP after they finally killed it off. Even opening WebOS up as open source didn’t help, as even that community seems to have mostly moved on. But now, it looks like somebody actually wants to find a use for the mobile-OS-that-could(n’t): LG’s bought the rights to WebOS from HP. LG plans on using WebOS to produce its line of “smart TVs” (TVs with app/Internet functionality built-in). It still plans on…

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Tech thoughts: My first week with the Xbox, plus WebOS back from the dead?

It’s been about a week and a half since I’ve gotten my Xbox 360, and so far, I’ve been enjoying the experience. The main games I’ve been playing have been “Marvel vs. Capcom 3″ and “Fable III,” though more the former in the last few days, particularly for its online game-playing options (via Xbox Live). Playing online, however, has proven to be extremely tough—either I’ve gotten rusty (from not playing the Marvel/Capcom games much since the 90s), my mediocre video game playing skills are to…

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Tech thoughts: Requiem for WebOS, plus $99 TouchPads?!

The online tech world still mourns (sort of) the passing of WebOS… with everyone and their brother giving their two cents on why WebOS failed. Here’s some of the aftermath of this week’s WebOS-axing announcement: Microsoft is trying to get now-former WebOS developers to join them, offering free WP7 phones, etc. Guess that’d make sense; Windows Phone 7 isn’t gaining much traction either, but unlike WebOS (and Palm/HP), it has built-in name recognition and a company that’s actually willing to support its development. PC World…

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RIP WebOS

Looks like the fat lady’s finally sung for WebOS, after this week’s already-disastrous news about Best Buy wanting HP to take its TouchPads back: not only does HP plan to sell off its PC manufacturing side to focus on just software/services, but they’ve also decided to kill off the TouchPad (this year’s biggest tech flop) and WebOS based smartphones. While they claim to be investigating possible future uses for the OS, I’d say WebOS is now deader than Elvis in terms of a future. (Ars…

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Tech thoughts: Android app review: Sports Calendar

Given my recent move to an Android smartphone (from WebOS-based Palm Pre) means a much bigger range of apps to choose from, I thought I’d start reviewing apps I like for my Android phone. So I’ll start with this one I used on my old Pre, Sports Calendar. Sports Calendar (US$1.99) is, as the name notes, an app that lists sports team schedules for a variety of sports, from hockey to European soccer matches. Like its WebOS counterpart, it also has the ability to add…

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Tech thoughts: Anthony finally gets a new phone (the LG Optimus V)

As regular readers (or Twitter followers) know, I’ve been quite strongly dissatisfied for some time with my smartphone, a first-generation Palm Pre. While I do like WebOS, the hardware for this first incarnation of the Pre is, well, truly awful, while development of apps for WebOS leaves a great deal to be desired. This week, the screen for the phone started to malfunction, and required jiggling the USB port to get it to stay functional. Fortunately, I’ve also been trying to think of ways to…

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Evernote (and Nevernote for Linux)

Yesterday, I signed up for the cloud-based notekeeping service Evernote (http://www.evernote.com). I wanted an improved notekeeping system that’d be compatible with my Palm Pre (and the future Android phone I plan to replace it with in a few months) and my Xubuntu Linux-running laptop. Until now, I’ve been using Tomboy (a Linux notekeeping program) on my laptop and the default memo feature on my Pre. While both were OK, if I wanted to transfer information between the laptop and phone, I’d have to email the…

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HP to install WebOS alongside Windows on all PCs starting in 2012

Ars Technica reports that starting next year, HP plans on including WebOS with all of its shipping PCs, alongside the usual Windows 7 install: http://arstechnica.com/software/news/2011/03/webos-to-ship-on-all-hp-pcs-from-next-year.ars I assume WebOS will be available as a bootable or virtual option on HP machines. Given WebOS’ anemic market share among smartphones (and the unusual nature of this plan), not sure how much of a boost it’ll give WebOS, and we still have yet to see the TouchPad released. I’d also like to know if this version of WebOS will…

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New WebOS products announced, no more “Palm” brand

Today, HP held a big press conference to announce several new products using WebOS (Palm’s smartphone operating system): http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/news/2011/02/hp-announces-touchpad-tablet-and-two-new-phones.ars Two new smartphones were announced, the Veer and the Pre 3. The Veer, like the short-lived Microsoft Kin, is a smallish-sized slider phone, replacing the Pixi. Meanwhile, the Pre 3 replaces the previous Pre models, but from the specs given, it just seems like a stepped-up-specs-wise version of the Pre 2. From the descriptions alone, I don’t think either phone will sway me from going to…

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Summary of Anthony’s top WebOS apps

Since I’ve been at this for awhile, I thought I’d take the time to list a summary (with links) of my favorite WebOS posts: Scoop: an RSS feed app. Twee: A well done Twitter app. Sports Calendar: as the name says, a calendar that displays on the WebOS calendar app or within itself the schedule for your favorite sports team(s). TipIt: A tip calculator app. The Weather Channel and Convert: The former offers basic weather conditions and forecast information, while the latter is a unit…

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