App Hack taking a Holiday

1 BY Fred Patton

The App Hack-meisters of webOS Developer Relations will be taking a little break for the holidays.

Big thanks to all of you who submitted entries for the “Got Game” App Hack. Keep an eye out for the results. See you in the New Year!

App Hack Winner: Mapping

0 BY Fred Patton

Well, it’s been a pretty exciting week, and we wanted to end on a high note, by announcing the winner of the Mapping App Hack. As you may remember, the challenge was to map data published by the Liquid Robotics PacX Wave Gliders project. So, without further ado, we are pleased to announce that the winner of the challenge and the 16GB TouchPad is…

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Where’s Pivot?

16 BY Fred Patton

We know a lot of you are looking forward to a new edition of Pivot. As we continue to look ahead at the direction webOS will be heading under the new Open Source strategy, we have decided to put Pivot on hold.

We also know that featuring apps is useful both to consumers and developers. Today, customers in the US will find an update to the “Featured” section of the App Catalog to help consumers find great apps for the holidays.

We are committed to growing the app ecosystem (there are a lot of webOS devices out there, after all), and will continue to use a variety of means to promote the best apps we can find. So keep your eye out for upcoming promos, discounts, and showcases!

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App Hack: Got Game? Dec 9-20

3 BY Fred Patton

Well, yes we’re a bit late getting this week’s challenge out, but we think you’ll like the challenge anyway, and in the spirit of holiday generosity, we’ll even give you a little extra time to work on it.

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Open Source!

94 BY Fred Patton

Well, you’ve been waiting for the big webOS announcement, and today we’ve made it. This morning, HP announced that webOS will be going open source with the resources of HP behind it. The Developer Relations team is very excited by this announcement and what it means for the future of webOS, and for you, our developer community.

With this announcement, Meg Whitman has reiterated HP’s commitment to webOS as a cloud-connected, scalable platform, while opening up new possibilities for platform expansion and improvement. She has also committed HP to a course of continued improvement to webOS, which means we’re in it for the long haul. Finally, we are committed to good, transparent and inclusive governance to avoid fragmentation of the platform.

Here in Developer Relations, we have the deepest appreciation for you, our developer community. You have helped to bring this announcement about through your passion and commitment, through periods of both promise and uncertainty.

We are committed to you as not only contributors to our app ecosystem, but now to webOS itself. We recognize that there’s a larger open source community of which we will now be a part, and are excited by the future now open to us.

We also know you’ll have a lot of questions, and we don’t have all the answers right now. We will keep you up-to-date on the latest developments, both in the forums and here on the developer blog.

We hope you’ll join us for the next leg of this journey!

Weekly App Hack Winner – Three

5 BY Fred Patton

Well, we’re not sure whether it was anticipation of a turkey and stuffing induced coma or being overwhelmed with pre-holiday jitters, but darned if we didn’t forget to post the winners of the last App Hack. Sorry about that!

You may recall that the theme of the week was “Three”, and we challenged developers to do something creative with the number three.

This week’s winner (and the winner of a 16GB TouchPad) is…

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App Hack: Data Mapping – November 30-December 6

1 BY Fred Patton

As promised, we’re back from a quiet weekend gorging on turkey and pumpkin pie for another App Hack. For this week’s challenge, we are going to explore how to display data on a Map. First, we want you to check out a fantastic project called Pac-X, which will be the source of our data. Go ahead, check it out! We’ll wait. (Hint – while you’re there, be sure to register so you can get access to the data.)

Okay, now that you’re briefed on the project (how cool is that?), it’s time to get to work. We want to take some of the data from Pac-X’s Wave Gliders (seriously, how COOL is THAT?) and plot it on a map using Enyo and its Map control. For the purposes of this example, we’ll keep it simple. It will be up to you to make it rock and roll.

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Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale almost over…

1 BY Fred Patton

Just a few hours left to take advantage of our Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales event!  The sale (US only) ends today, 11/28, at 11:59pm, PST. Here are some of the great deals available:

Plus, register for Zinio and receive $25 in Zinio bucks with the purchase of any subscription from your TouchPad! (Offer valid until 12/31/11, credit redeemable through 3/31/12. Note: The credit is valid for 30 days from receipt.)

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Developer Devices Sold Out

3 BY Fred Patton

We want to thank everybody for the overwhelming interest in the TouchPad Developer Device Purchase Program. We have completed issuing coupon codes for both the North America and EMEA regions. If you requested coupon codes but have not yet received an email, we apologize that we are unable to fulfill your request.

We thank you for your patience and look forward to seeing your applications in the webOS App Catalog!

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Black Friday’s Coming…

1 BY Fred Patton

Black Friday is almost here! (That’s November 25th for those of you not acquainted with the tradition.) We’ll be doing our part with a big sale on some fantastic apps. Keep an eye on your email this Friday or check the App Catalog starting Friday morning (PST)!

The sale will go through Cyber Monday, November 28th. Enjoy!

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