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August 2011: I ordered. HP canceled any new webOS hardware. My phone arrived. webOS has many innovative features and has a community capable of developing this open system to even greater heights. I hope to see it continue as an option for the discerning mobile device user.

The Third Day of webOS-mas – The Touchstone.


On the third day of webOS-mas,
My true love gave to me,
Three Touchstone Chargers,
Two printing methods,
And webOS quick install.

Ah! The Touchstone! Wireless charging done right, using magnets to position. Exhibition mode – still somewhat under explored, but perfect to make a slideshow of all your Christmas cards! There is the original phone ‘hockey puck’, the Touchpad version and if you have the money and desire, the unreleased Touchstone 2 with bluetooth & audio line-out that can rarely be found on auction sites.

The Second Day of webOS-mas – Print from your phone

Print wirelessly from your webOS phone.
Image: Printer by, Pre 3:

On the second day of webOS-mas,
My true love gave to me,
Two printing methods,
And webOS quick install.

Just recently revealed, John Steffes showed us how to bring parts of the Touchpad system to a phone, while Masterhit installed the CUPS printing system. It takes some work, but now the gift HP never gave, wireless printing from your phone, has been given twice over! Thanks guys!

Android in a Card (Pre3)

Android on webOS?
Image: Creative Commons

A lot of the buzz this year has been around the Application Compatibility Layer for the Touchpad which enables Android apps to run under webOS. It is hopefully close to official release and there is a possibility that if it is successful, the Pre3 may be its next destination. But until then, let’s say hello to our friends in the Russian Federation – particulary Nikolay Nizov. Would you like Android in a card on your Pre3?

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About: pivotCE

pivot_article_finalWelcome to the community edition of Pivot magazine. Pattyland & Alan Morford have suggested that I re-purpose the webOS status report to provide some content for pivotCE.

The original thread was started because I wanted an overview of what was happening in the world of webOS. It is little more than a list of known webOS related projects & resources. The feedback from the knowledgeable people at webOS Nation lengthened & clarified the list considerably. While the list is hopefully informative, it’s not really a ‘good read’. I thought I would try something a little more ambitious here by attempting to expand items from the list into short articles.

So where to begin? I think I will start with the nearest subject: This magazine, pivotCE.  Read on!

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