Recently, a ROM dump of the XPERIA X2 was leaked to xda-developers. As the hardware of the box is essentially unchanged from the X1, hackers were quick to try backporting stuff…and were largely successful. Sony Ericsson’s TileWave panel is hailed as one of the key features of the new device – but can it be ran on an X1?

An insider source recently provided me with a cab file called “SE Tilwave Panel.cab”, which installed onto my device without any issues. No further CABs were provided. However, getting it up and running is not as easy.

The first step involves opening the panel list, and going into “panel management mode”:
xperia tilewave panel (1) XPERIA X2 TileWave panel on XPERIA X1

Then, click an empty space and assign the TileWave panel to it:
xperia tilewave panel (2) XPERIA X2 TileWave panel on XPERIA X1

When this is done, activate the panel. It will take a few seconds to load:
xperia tilewave panel (3) XPERIA X2 TileWave panel on XPERIA X1

Unfortunately, the panel is not particularly useful. Here are a few shots of its limited offerings:
xperia tilewave panel (4) XPERIA X2 TileWave panel on XPERIA X1 xperia tilewave panel (5) XPERIA X2 TileWave panel on XPERIA X1 xperia tilewave panel XPERIA X2 TileWave panel on XPERIA X1

Getting rid of it is difficult, as the XPERIA panel manager of the R3A ROM is blocked while the panel is running. The only way to switch to a different panel is switching the device on and off again. This must also be done prior to uninstallation.

In the end, I struggle to see much value in the panel. Yes, it works – but I have since booted it off my handset and have returned to the default today screen.

sshot006 YouTube Mobile: your device is not supportedThis one is for all those of you who live outside of the USA and get errors when trying to download the recently-released YouTube Mobile application to your device.

The secret behind getting your hands onto the app is setting the YouTube Mobile portal to English (NOT English UK): once this is done, both my iPaq rx4240 and my Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 had no issues downloading a 650KB CAB file containing the program.

Look at the image on the left side for the link – in case you still have eekers, use this link to download the file off tamoggemon.com’s!

As quite a few XPERIAs have been updated recently, I want to make you all aware of the following Settings item which is hidden deep inside the prefs:
Screen002 Highly annoying (and expensive) XPERIA feature

It is enabled by default, and silently sends an SMS with a custom text to every person whose call you reject. As you get to pay for each one of these critters, turning it off is a very smart idea IMHO…

Palm’s Tungsten T was one of the first handhelds which could be reset with the stylus tip (without needing a needle or having to remove the battery cover). Unfortunately, this highly useful technology seems to have been forgotten by most manufacturers nowadays…HTC’s Touch HD is said to be particularly annoying in this aspect.

Fortunately, the folks at xda-developers figured out a smarter way – it involves drilling a hole into the battery cover as shown in the picture below:
61148ye8 Give your HTC Touch HD a reset hole

As a battery cover can be replaced easily, I think that there should be no warranty issues with this mod (as long as you have a spare back panel). However, we recommend to remove the panel from the device before drilling…explaining drill holes in the back to a HTC rep could be somewhat difficult…

Even though I personally consider Windows Mobile devices superior to iPhones in almost every aspect except design, the huge reach of the latter has led to a huge plethora of peripherals being developed for the iPhone connector.

The folks at WebNetta’s have figured out a way to connect a T-Mobile G1 device to iPhone chargers and audio peripherals – while I am not sure if the ExtUSB pinout of the G1 is 100% similar to the one found on our Windows Mobile boxen, I am pretty sure that there should be no differences.

If anyone of you has spare iPhone/iPod stuff laying around and isn’t afraid of a bit of soldering, hit the link above for the full scoop!

As I recently was on the verge of hardresetting my rx4240 as it refused to connect to my PC, I think that sharing the following bit of info could save a lot of grief!

Cutting a long story short: Microsoft’s firewall is the one to blame. If all exceptions are blocked via the “no exceptions” checkbox, ActiveSync will recognize devices but will not be able to connect/sync.

The workaround is simple but dangerous – allow exceptions in the firewall settings.

Most Windows Mobile devices have a g-capable WiFi transmitter inside, which theoretically allows for data rates of up to 54Mbps. Unfortunately, some manufacturers disable it via software (e.g. HTC Touch HD). Fortunately, reenabling it is easy:

change the value of dot11SupportedRateMaskG from the default 4 (1 in some cases) to 8 inside HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINECOMMTNETWLN1PARMS.
Note: Some devices don’t have that structure in the registry. If it’s your case, our cab will create it automatically.

The folks at PocketNow.com have created a cab file which does this automatically – if you feel like giving it a pop, hit the link below:
http://pocketnow.com/index.php?a=portal_detail&t=news&id=6440

Slow memory card access has always been an issue plaguing mobile devices – for example, Palm OS 5 devices have been infamous for their extremely slow write speeds. PocketPC devices always were faster…but it looks like their performance can be increased even further.

The trick involves changing the registry in order to enable a new WM 6.1 feature and change a few caching settings: Direct Memory Access has been around for quite some time, but has not been enabled out of the box for a variety of reasons.

Further information (and a CAB file) can be found at PocketNow – give them a click at the URL below:
http://www.pocketnow.com/index.php?a=portal_detail&t=news&id=6415

I never had particularly warm feelings towards Mini and MicroSD cards – for me, regular SD cards are the best choice for larger devices. Unfortunately, all recent HTC devices come with MicroSD slots. Luckily, a single user at xda-developers shared my feelings and set out to fix the problem:
32GB HTC Touch Pro mod   make your HTC Touch Pro accept regular SD cards

Their mod consists of a special MicroSD-to-SD adapter and a modified battery cover which allows you to change the card from the outside. There is no actual hardware mod involved, making this a “warrany-safe” mod as long as you manage to get your hands onto a second battery cover.

Unfortunately, 510jungleboy is rather silent when it comes to the specific tools and parts needed – let’s see how this ends up…

via wmpoweruser

Desktop Windows users have played the Registry Tweaking game ever since Windows 95 tried to replace the plethora of .ini files with a single, central settings database called Registry. As Windows Mobile is based on Windows 95/NT4 to some extent, it has a registry too.

Chris De Herrera’s famous PocketPCFAQ has now gathered information on interesting registry keys that can be changed on a Windows Mobile device – if you feel like some Registry tweaking, hit the link below for further info:
http://www.pocketpcfaq.com/wiki/tiki-index.php?page=Specific+Registry+Settings&bl

P.S. If you haven’t tried Resco Explorer so far, do so now. It contains an extremely useful registry editor plug-in…

From the moment Stefan(my former HP contact) and I found out about the 310′s inability to run PPC apps, we hoped to jailbreak it somehow. Unfortunately, our initial attempts via SD cards and Autostart failed..but there is another way:

The first step involves connecting the 314 to the PC:
0a The great ipaq 310 jailbreak

The contents of Total Commander’s CAB file are then copied into the Games folder. The program can then be launched from the iPaq’s launcher UI.
1a The great ipaq 310 jailbreak

Once this is done, launch Explorer.exe from the /Windows/ folder.
2a The great ipaq 310 jailbreak

Afterwards, the Windows CE shell will appear – here are two shots showing the start menu and the control panel:
3a The great ipaq 310 jailbreak 3b The great ipaq 310 jailbreak

And this is where this story ends. The ipaq 310′s OS lacks a variety of modules that make up a PocketPC, and thus can NOT run PocketPC applications. In fact, the machine’s OS is very similar to the one found on industrial WinCE devices…which means that very few compatible apps are available.

The HP ipaq 310 can be jailbroken…but the jailbreak can not fix the glaring mistake made by HP’s designers. The 310 will never become a “smart GPS”…people wanting that must look elsewhere(or at its predecessors)…

P.S. Further information can be had in the (slightly confusing) forum thread linked below:
http://www.gpspassion.com/forumsen/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=101001

Users have reported weird issues with the TouchFLO application on their TyTN 2 after upgrading to WM 6.1 via the official upgrade released a few days ago.

In case your device accidentally activates items while scrolling, please change the following registry value to reduce the program’s sensitivity:

HKLMDriversTouchPanel
PressureThreshold=200

Via PocketNOW

The HTC dual has been covered on TamsPPC before – anyways, the device’s manufacturer has just announced that the device will be sold unlocked(OTC) in the USA.
dual HTC Touch Dual becomes available for OTC sales in the USA

The notable thing about this is that HTC has so far sold its devices via carriers – OTC sales of HTC devices were rare, and usually happened via specialist retailers like Amazon or Expansys. Now, HTC apparently wants to enter this small but lucrative market on its own.

A spokesperson is quoted as saying that the majority’s of HTC’s business will still happen via carriers – however, more devices will become available unlocked for “device enthusiasts”…

via ExtremeTech

I have been a freak of printing solutions for handhelds for a very long time(ever since TealPrint hit my Palm IIIc) – and naturally was very excited when I first heard about ActivePrint for PocketPC.

After having read the web site, I wanted to know more about what the app can do – here we have a little FAQ session with Charles W. Teel, the president of Pocket Watch:

Can ActivePrint print in color?
Yes, the only limitations are what your printer can do.

Can ActivePrint print without a PC?
ActivePrint gains its wide compatibility for documents and printers through the utilization of software on a Windows XP/Vista enabled desktop/laptop. As a result it does require the use of a desktop or laptop through your ActiveSync/Mobile Device Center connection, a TCP/IP or WiFi connection, or through the use of the ActivePrint ToGo add-on (comes with the Professional license).

Can other apps use ActivePrint to print their own data?
On Pocket PCs ActivePrint integrates with the Context Menu system in the File Explorer as well as the Document Lists of programs like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and RepliGo. There is also a .Net Compact Framework based SDK available which other developers can use to utilize the ActivePrint printing system from any .Net CF based application they write.

A review of this application is coming as soon as I am back in Vienna – should you have any questions now, just post a comment and I shall get them answered for you!

The Nokia N71 used to maintain our sister site TamsS60 could be used to grant internet access to my hp ipaq rx4240 – but getting it set up isn’t particularly easy. The images below show my configuration for Hutchison 3G in Austria – I’ve used it to skype around quite a bit in the last few days:

First of all, go to Settings and create a new dial-up connection. First of all, name your connection. I named it Drei; but you can name it whatever you feel like – the name has no effect on the datalink:
0a Link up a Pocket PC with a Nokia N71 for internet access

Next, enter the following phone number. The *99# numbers are special commands that instruct the phone to establish a GPRS/UMTS link; rather than dial a number for a “voice call”:
1a Link up a Pocket PC with a Nokia N71 for internet access

After that, enter the user name and password(Hutchison wants drei.at as password and user name):
2a Link up a Pocket PC with a Nokia N71 for internet access

Then, click the extended button and configure the settings as following(I didn’t need the CGD string – if you need them, your carrier usually has them available for you):
3a Link up a Pocket PC with a Nokia N71 for internet access 3b Link up a Pocket PC with a Nokia N71 for internet access

3c Link up a Pocket PC with a Nokia N71 for internet access 3d Link up a Pocket PC with a Nokia N71 for internet access

After that, use the bluetooth tool to connect to the dial-up networking service on your phone, and select the connection you just created. If all is set up correctly, your Pocket PC now is connected to the internet!

Should you have your Pocket PC linked up with another type of phone, please let us know your settings!

P.S: CHECK YOUR DATA COSTS! Surfing without a data contract can be VERY EXPENSIVE!

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