Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Refurbished HP TouchPad 32GB on Sale at Walmart

Legacy Palm junkies (and I'm a card carrying member of that club) will be glad to hear that Walmart.com is carrying refurbished 32GB HP TouchPads via their online store.

As you can see from the graphic above, the 32GB TouchPad debuted back in July 2011 at $600...wow...seems crazy now, right?  The TouchPad was a spectacular flame out going on sale for a brief six weeks before disappearing from store shelfs.

The TouchPad ships with Palm HP webOS 3.0.x, and can be upgraded OTA to webOS 3.0.5.  However, if you are the adventurous type, Liliputing.com has an article about how to load Google's Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.  A hack to be sure, and some things like the camera and built-in microphone may not work 100% reliably, but still cool none the less.

I ordered my TouchPad today and should have it next week.  I was running the original Sprint edition Palm Pre all the way to the very end of webOS and HP's Palm division.  It will be nice to have a webOS device that is functional again.  HP webOS 2.0 on the Palm Pre is just way too slow.

Thanks to Mark for sharing the TouchPad on Walmart.com link!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

iOS: Working With AssistiveTouch

Meghan came home the other day asking me how to get rid of "the little circle" on the screen of her iPod Touch.  Now Meghan has started playing with the settings on her iPod learning about what it can do so I wasn't too worried about it, until I couldn't figure out how to turn of Assistive Touch.

What is AssistiveTouch?
According to the iPod touch iOS 5.1 manual, Assistive Touch is described this way:
"AssistiveTouch helps you use iPod touch if you have difficulty touching the screen or pressing the buttons. You can use a compatible adaptive accessory (such as a joystick) together with AssistiveTouch to control iPod touch. You can also use AssistiveTouch without an accessory to perform gestures that are difficult for you."
So it gives you an alternative way of manipulating your iOS 5 device if you have trouble working with the buttons or on screen controls.  OK, that's cool.

Turning AssistiveTouch On and Off

To turn AssistiveTouch on, head over to:
Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > AssistiveTouch > ON or OFF


This was the part that threw me for a loop.  On Meghan's iPod touch, the AssistiveTouch was set to OFF, however, the "ball" at the bottom right of the screen was still there.  I got rid of it by toggling the open ON than OFF again.

Once you turn on AssistiveTouch you can manipulate various functions of your iOS 5 device.

You can download the iPod touch iOS 5 manual in PDF format from the Apple website.

webOS' Final Years Chronicled

As many of you know, I've always had a soft spot for Palm, Palm OS and even webOS.

Last week, The Verge has posted a very good article on the final three years of Palm and webOS.  The article covers the period of time from the 2009 CES webOS and Pre introduction to the present as HP shuts down the webOS hardware division and pushes the webOS software out to the open source pasture.

As a follow up to The Verge's article, former webOS software engineer Josh Marinacci, now working for Nokia, chimes in with his observations and insider perspectives.

If you are a webOS user or fan of Palm, you will definitely want to read both article.

Pre to postmortem: the inside story of the death of Palm and webOS - The Verge

webOS on The Verge - Josh on Design