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So much has been happening lately, it’s hard to tell what’s a crumb, crisis or great news! Here is a selection:

  • 72ka updates his
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    . Check the . A Preware feed update is hopefully due soon.
  • In his day job as a colour grader, developer, has won a award for his work on television pilot, ““. . Congratulations David!
  • In other movie news, last week saw the 100th anniversary of the birth of film star . to this site.
  • Another legend! Jason Robitaille, author of Homebrew gateway program, webOS Quick Install, . Jason plans LuneOS support as he awaits delivery of a Nexus 4. Congratulations are also due to Jason for his recent graduation.
  • There are problems with Photos posted to Facebook from the webOS app. The problem seems to be at the Facebook end and there’s no solution yet. .
  • Forum user, Mazzinia has been scouring the corners of the internet for webOS projects. Here’s some interesting and potentially useful stuff: , , , , , .

With this many crumbs, it’s clear that webOS is very far from being .



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      link hidden, please login to view hold a number of events. This year’s will be of interest to fans of webOS phones, tablets and other computing devices of the past. The festival is held at the and runs over three days from the 12th to 14th of April. The festival includes three elements:
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