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AIR HORN {HOMEBREW} [TOUCHPAD] – REVIEW (60%)

Air Horn turns your webOS device into an air horn and is released by AwesomePalmPre127.

“Have you ever wanted to make a sort-of loud bang with your webOS phone but couldn’t? With Airhorn, your problems are over!”

This application does exactly what it claims, it allows you to make a loud noise with the Touchpad.

Air Horn is a simple. one function application. It works and does that function (as long as you do not tap or hold too long.)

The airhorn graphic is OK and the sound effect sounds fine too.

The user interface is just a photo of an air horn, tap it for the sound, hold a little and the info screen appears.

On the upside:

  • Turns your webOS device into an Air Horn.
  • Annoy your friends and enemies alike.

On the downside:

  • Only runs as emulation on the Touchpad.
  • Can accidently trigger the information page rather than sound the horn.

Overall, this is a simple app, that does the task it is designed to do. I have given a lower rating as on the Touchpad it is not full screen and the issues with triggering the sound. If you want to have an Air Horn, or like annoying others, then this application is well worth the download. Otherwise, there is nothing to see here.

Rating: 60%

Size: 1 MB

Price (at time of review): Free

Link: Air Horn – AwesomePalmPre127

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CALC12CS {HOMEBREW} [TOUCHPAD] – REVIEW (68%)

Calc12CS is a scientific calculator and is released by JohnCC.

This is a development of Calc12C, and is a financial/statistical/scientific/programmable calculator.”

It is true that the Touchpad has a built in Calculator, however, it is pretty basic in functionality. If you need to find out the cosine of 89, you are out of luck.

This application gives you a wide range of of scientific functions that anyone doing advanced maths or physics will find very useful.

The calculator fills up a large amount of the Touchpad screen, but can be Portrait or Landscape, but does not make full use of the screen size available.

As soon as you start to use the calculator it becomes immediately clear that you need to read the instructions for the application, as this is a complex tool. Let’s be honest the instructions are a 211 page PDF for the original device, and not for the application itself.

Even simple functions like clearing the current calculation is not a simple task, there is no clear or on/off button to restart the calculations.

Some functions are hidden away, as I noticed I managed to make a padlock appear next to the screen before 

The user interface is nicely layout out, but far too complex, like most scientific calculators.

On the upside:

  • Nice user interface.
  • Useful tool for people needing the scientific functionality.

On the downside:

  • A very niche application.
  • No preferences or built in help within the application.

Overall, this application is good if you have used the real world device before, but for those looking to just pick up and use the application will find it fair to complex. The developer really need to put more in-app help into the application, as the quick overview on the webOSNation download page is just not enough. If you are looking for a more basic calculator stick with the built in calculator application.

Rating: 68%

Size: 1 MB

Price (at time of review): Free

Link: Calc12CS – JohnCC

 
 

INCOMING! (ALPHA) {HOMEBREW} [TOUCHPAD] – REVIEW (68%)

Incoming! (Alpha) is a task manager / list maker released by tehtorq.

“Keep one step ahead of life’s little curveballs. Incoming! is an app for webOS which aspires to be a drop in for Any.DO on Android.

For me, this application felt a little like the Clear application for iOS. Which is not a bad thing.

As the name suggests the developer feels this is in the early stages of development, and does not even claim it to be Beta software yet.

Incoming is simplistic to-do list application allowing you to easily manage all your tasks in a single list.

At present the application only supports a single task list.

Adding a task is simple, just tap the “I want to” box and type it in. The task will then be added to the list.

Once a task is in the list you can swipe right to mark as complete (crossed through) and uncross it by swiping left.

You can drag items up and down the list.

Tapping on a task allows you to add priority, notes, a reminder or to edit the name.

As a total task management system goes, this application lacks lots of functionality. I could see no way to dealt complete tasks from the list. I tried to change a name to blank and it allowed that, so I had to change back to the task name again.

So if you used this every day for different tasks the screen would soon be filled with completed tasks. I would also liked to have seen multi list support.

The user interface is clean and easy to use.

On the upside:

  • Nice and clean user interface.
  • Simple to add new tasks.

On the downside:

  • Missing key functionality.
  • Multi list support would be nice.
  • The bomb icon does not give the right impression of the application.

Overall, as a piece of Alpha software this is very good. The rating would be fair if this was a finished release, but as this is so early in development it is a little unfair, as the developer is likely to do a lot more with the application before it is released. I think this application is worth keeping an eye on in future.

Rating: 68%

Size: 1 MB

Price (at time of review): Free

Link: Incoming – tehtorq

 
 

HOMEBREW PIVOT [TOUCHPAD]

Homebrew Pivot is a PreWare Patch released by GMMan.

Instead of our standard Homebrew review today, we are looking at an optional patch that you can install to the Touchpad.

For users in Europe, Homebrew Pivot allows you to finally get rid of November 2011 (The Sport Issue) of Pivot that has been the first screen you seen when opening the HP App Catalog. In the U.S. the Sport Issue had been replaced by something else, but just as useless.

The idea behind the patch is that the Homebrew community will be able to build its own magazine and have new articles and reviews every month.

At the moment, the patch is pretty basic, but is totally just a proof of concept. It pulls the magazine data from the internet and then installs it on the device.

As far as using this patch, it is simple to install from the Homebrew patch section, you will need to open the HP App Catalog as normal, but will then have to close it again and wait a few minutes before reopening as the pivot pages are replaced behind the scenes.

If you also install the “Tweaks” application you will be able to switch off the Homebrew Pivot and change back to the HP pivot magazine (if you are missing those sports pages)

On the upside:

  • Gets rid of the November 2011 Pivot Mag.
  • The chance of new content in the coming months.

On the downside:

  • Shame it cannot be an offical project. HP should have keep Pivot going themselves.
  • Things are moving a little slowly, but are beginning to come together.
  • Needs people to get involved (I have, have you?)

Overall, I find this an extremely exciting patch. It will allow the homebrew community to have really have a place on all Touchpads and focus on community projects and developers. Depending on the content that is adding in the weeks to come this could be a “must have” patch to install. I have my fingers crossed for this one.

Link: http://forums.webosnation.com/hp-touchpad/313719-webos-nation-pivot.html (for more information on the project)

 
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Posted by on May 6, 2012 in Homebrew, Touchpad, webOS

 

BIRTHDAYLIST {HOMEBREW} [TOUCHPAD] – REVIEW (75%)

BirthdayList is a birthday reminder application and is released by Ahsirg.

(screen shot edited to remove images and contact names)

“The application shows all your on-device contact’s birthdays (from all accounts) and allows to add reminders to them.”

This is one of the simpliest applications I have ever used, as it really only has one real function and required no setup on my part, it just works.

BirthdayList opens up and immediately links to your webOS contact list. If there is a birthday for that contact it will immediately be listed within the application.

Therefore, if you have not linked your contacts via Synergy then this application is likely to be blank, however, if you have linked your Synergy account to facebook or yahoo it is likely the application will be full of birthday dates.

As I linked my account to facebook I had a near complete list of birthdays on my screen immediately. The birthdays are shown in a list in date our, so the next birthday will appear at the top of the list.

Each birthday shows the image of the person (from facebook for example), the birthday, and age if it is available.

You can set a reminder for a birthday by tapping a clock icon on the line. This offers to add the birthday details direct to your calendar. Tap on the birthday entry and it will open that persons contact details, so you have all the contact details to ping them a happy birthday message if you wish.

Clearly if you wish to add additional people to the list you need to add them into your contact list.

The only real shortfall of the application is there is no way to filter out people who you are not really that interested in without removing them from facebook etc.

On the upside:

  • Simple and Easy to use.
  • Does exactly what you expect.

On the downside:

  • Filtering of list would have been nice.

Overall, this is a very simple application that does exactly what it is designed to do. The more contacts you have linked the more useful the application becomes, especially if you hate to miss other peoples birthdays.

Rating: 75%

Size: 1 MB

Price (at time of review): Free

Link: BirthdayList – Ahsirg

 
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Posted by on April 29, 2012 in App - Social, Homebrew, Reviews, Touchpad, webOS