How To

For those who want to use Windows Marketplace for Mobile now and have an older device (Windows Mobile 6.0/6.1) or Windows Mobile 6.5 with the store not already on the in ROM, drellisdee over at PPC Geeks has managed to pull out the .CAB for the rest of us:

I made it from 23053 skymarket. Its for WWE only and only for devices that have a bootlauncher (IE no apache.) Let me know if it doesn't work on stock roms as its not signed as I'm not sure if signature is required but it will run on cooked roms with full kernel trust enabled.

Luckily my cooked WM6.5 ROM for the Snap did not have the store built in and so far it seems to be running just fine, as can be seen above. Basically the .CAB installs the link, which then hops to the store via your browser to download the latest store software.

So how's it working for you? Take the poll and let us know in comments! And remember that we're not officially expecting the Marketplace for older devices until next month.  Grab the file here at PPC Geeks.

Does WM Marketplace work on your WinMo device?(poll)
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Tip: Enable Auto-Complete on Touch Pro 2

This little trick (enabled traditionally under Settings --> Input) basically suggests words as you type. It serves two purposes when typing:

  1. It makes typing long words quicker
  2. Acts like default spell-check

I've been using it for years and for some reason,  at least on the Sprint Touch Pro 2, they disabled this function. Grr. Thankfully monomer888 hit me up on Twitter and linked me to this XDA post which details how to re-enable it.  Awesome

Grab your favorite registry editor and peep after the break to make the two easy registry changes! Need a registry tutorial?  Right here.

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Not one of the many who use Microsoft Exchange on your Windows Mobile phone? Totally understandable as it either costs hosting fees or requires you to work for a company with an Exchange server.

But if you're not using it, why can't you just delete "Outlook Email" from the email client, eh?  That sucker is just an empty void that you skip over to get to your real email accounts and alas, WM won't let you just delete it. Curses!

Have no fear, as it's all in the registry baby!  Diigibio at XDA documents how this is done, repeated below. Just use your favorite registry editor (or read our how-to) and navigate to this area:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Inbox\Svc\Activesync

Simply back up your device or that registry value and delete the \Activesync folder, followed by a soft reset.  Bam, no more "Outlook Email" folder to skip over.

Thanks, Scientific!

Update: Yeah, people are having, um, varying results with this one. Use at your own risk. And be sure to back up your phone first.

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On my computer, you will find nary a sign of any Apple software as iTunes stopped being a "neat" app about, I dunno, 4 years ago.

But for those of you who still load that behemoth and want to sync with your trusty Kinoma Play on WinMo (see update), looks like your dream is now a reality due to some third-party freeware by Salling Software.

According to Kinoma, which is officially supporting this method, Salling Media Sync "...automatically identifies phones running Kinoma Play and syncs all the audio formats that Kinoma Play supports." 

The app is "free" for basic use but will cost ya' $22 beans for you heavy sync'ers and those wanting faster sync times (I'd imagine that would be everyone?).  Hey, if the Pre can do it, so can WinMo.  Hmph!

Update: Looks like Kinoma has rolled out a small update from previous v5.1.46 to v5.1.48.

Mostly looks like a "cleaning up" update after the big one just recently, as this tidies up some naming conventions, UI interaction, G-sensor adjustments and just general patches.  It also seems to be a bit speedier, though I still have to wait 2-4 seconds to go back to the launcher on my Treo Pro.  Hmm.

Other changes include:

  • More Home shortcuts — The last released introduced a super-convenient shortcut that lets you go Home just by holding the Center key on your 5-way. Now, you can press-and-hold the Back button as well.
  • Live365 — The “More” now works correctly for stations listings and presets, and we fixed an issue where audio scrobbling didn’t work for everyone.
  • Facebook Media — We updated the terminology to match the current Facebook style (i.e. “What are you thinking?”).
  • Get Apps — We improved the way screen shots appear on screen to make your eyes happier.
  • Improved press-and-hold feedback — Now when you press-and-hold on lists and grids to bring up the menu pod, a nifty icon appears to show when you’ve pressed long enough. Didn’t mean to do that? Just drag the screen to continue doing what you were doing.

Get the update now via

Menu --> Player --> Check for Updates!

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Did you know that there is a way to get rid of the AT&T “bloatware” without having to install a custom ROM? It’s been making the rounds on several internet forums but I first discovered how to remove the “bloat” over at Xda Developers. You essentially prevent the Fuze from loading all the AT&T branded and trial software during the initial start-up or just after a hard reset.

The process is rather simple, though it does start with a hard-reset. After you align the screen and skip the tutorials you are prompted to tap “OK” to install customized applications. Immediately after you hit “OK” you perform a soft reset by just pressing the reset button. When the Fuze reboots, the installation of Xpressmail, Ms. Pacman, AT&T Mall, etc. are bypassed leaving with a little more memory and a lot less bloat.

Now, some of that 'bloat' is actually stuff you want. You will have to go into the Windows folder on your device and install TouchFlo3D (file name PTManilaReg .cab), Microsoft's Security File (file name MSFTSecurity.cab), Opera (file name WM6PPCHTCOpera9_WWE.cab), as well as any of the other programs that AT&T provides that you may like such as Sprite Backup (each application can be found in the Windows main directory as well). I may be imagining things but the Fuze seems a little more responsive with the “bloat” removed. The nice thing about this method is that all you have to do to correct it is perform a hard reset and let the customization go through.

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We all know (hopefully) that on a WM Pro device you can set the Internet Explorer homepage to anything you want. But what many don't remember was Microsoft actually made a useful homepage that on a lot of devices is disabled. Reason? Many carriers (cough, Sprint) set their "portal" as the default Home Page. Blech.

Today, we'll take it back.

Why you ask? This makes PIE on WM6.x more like WM Standard. You get a search bar, plus a quick drop down list to your favorites and history. At least for myself, I tend to find this very useful.

So here's how to do it:

  • Open Internet Explorer
  • In the address bar, type in: file://\windows\default_0409.htm
  • Menu --> Tools --> Options
  • Home page --> "Use Current"

Done!

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So if you missed our popular Part I (Glossy Black Bars) of this week's two-parter, make sure to take a looksy as it's pretty sweet.

Today's tip is another great one if you don't have Resco Explorer. Heck, in fact it's not bad even if do have that app as this can perform some unique tricks.

We present: File Explorer Extension (2.03)

What's it you ungrammatically ask?

It's a freeware app by bnm7bnm which adds a ton of super cool features to your default File Explorer, which is quite lacking.

Read on to catch the features of this cool app and where to get it!

Specifically, File Explorer Extension will add these features:

  • Resizable header for easy sorting by file name, date of last modification or size

  • Tree view of folders; you can now jump easily from a location to any other on your device in one step

  • Show extension option for those who ask themselves the same question I do: “What type of file is this?

  • Icon view that enables the display of files as icons similar to your desktop computer

  • Real time image preview; now you don’t have to open several files in order to send the one you desire

  • Open with Program allows you easily select an application to open the specific file you select (useful in case you don’t have the correct file associations or when you want Album app to open your images instead of Windows default picture viewer.

  • File property context menu for easy renaming and attribute changing

  • Open all executables with Parameters in case you need a special parameter when launching an application

  • Sending shortcut to Programs for instant shortcut creation of executables placed directly in Programs folder in Start Menu.:

At just 41kb, this tiny little guy adds a ton of functionality. My favorite (seen in the pic above) is the "thumbnail" preview of your pics as you scroll through them, just like on the desktop.

Jump to XDA to give it a shot or download the .cab in our software forums here.

Enjoy!

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We missed last weeks tip (cocaine is helluva drug), but we'll make it up you by dishing out two tips this week: one today, one tomorrow. Deck?

The first for today is really, really easy but yields a very cool look for your device: Glossy Black Bars

See, in WM6/6.1 when you try to use an all black theme (or any other that you want with black bars--those top and bottom things), you get boring old gray or the old WM5 "flat" bars, which is an interesting but dated look.

A simple way around this is to use EazyVG's simple .exe file. You just plop it on your device, choose any theme (.tsk) and then run "Glossy Black Bars.exe" and you'll device will get those shiny bars like in the pic above.

Neat, eh?

Download from the link to XDA (need to register) or just hop to our WM Software section in the forums where it's an attachment.

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Awhile back we posted how Sprint kept their word and finally released a PictureMail (MMS) application for all their WM devices.

One weird quirk is that Sprint chose to bypass Palm's threaded messaging app for PictureMail use, requiring you to send the picture via the "Pictures & Videos" program instead. This only applies to the Treo 800w. Lame.

Thanks to NightRaven and Vetack, who were working on the WM6.1 ROM for the 700wx, they figured a way to enable the built-in MMS capabilities using Palm's program. Next, Ebag333 applied this new trick to the Treo 800w and we now have a working version with a simple .cab install. This makes a much more integrated system.

Video and audio clips are able to be sent as well as pictures, of course. Click here for the thread and a slew of other pictures of the app in action.

Great work guys!

Small Correction: You can send multiple images and a text in one message.

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Here's a real cool trick from our friends at XDA.

As you may have noticed, in the WM version of Google Maps we do not yet have the patented Google "Street View" feature whereby you can see real 360° pan shots of the street you are mapping. The soon-to-drop Android G1 and BlackBerry devices have it, but no love for Google's WM stepchild.

But, until that update you can do this:

  • download Esmertec Jbed (java manager) here (if needed)
  • download "KDKobes Google Maps Street View" .jar file here; place in \My Documents

Install the Esmertec Java client (you'll need to link it to your Start Menu from from the root \Esmertec Java folder). Then Menu --> Install --> Local files and it should find KDKobe's .jar file. Install and you're done!

Now, just launch Google Maps (BB edition, natch) from the Esmertec Java client and away you go. Find a street address, hit options on the bubble and click "Street View". You can even make it full screen, albeit a bit grainy.

Down sides? No "My Location" or GPS. But hey, it's a start! My own thoughts? Overall it works surprisingly well. Give it a go.

via Tilt Mobility & props to KDKobes for discovering this!

ps Eat our shorts CrackBerry! ;-) WM is unstoppable.

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So as we know, most 3g-enabled WM hardly have a surfeit of battery power, but we cope.

[rant] What is annoying though is when your Treo 800w hits 25% battery life and literally every freaking 10 minutes, turns on, vibrates and plays a noise to let you know you are getting low on battery.

First off, 25% isn't low...maybe 10% sure. Second, by turning on my device every 10 minutes, vibrating and playing a noise you are not only further killing my battery but you make me want to hurl my phone against the wall. [/rant]

So I found this little registry entry which does three things really...

Read on for this simple hack to make your Treo 800w less annoying! (I'll try to have a non-Treo related tip tomorrow)

Basically this system tweak will allow you to alter three things in regards to the "Low Battery" notification:

  • allows you to alter the "Low Battery Message" to something a bit more funny
  • set the threshold to whatever you want (maybe you think 2% is a bit low?)
  • set the repeat interval, as 10 minutes is quite annoying...100 minutes is better

To do this, fire up your registry editor and go here:

HKLM\Software\Palm\BatteryIndicator\WarningLevel0

 

Change "Message" to anything you want i.e. my NSFW message above ;-). This is what is displayed in the popup bubble.

Change "Percent Range" to something more realistic. I went with "10,05" which means at 10% I get a notification and at 5% the device really becomes a pest with the red warning.

Alter "RepeatIntervalSeconds" to anything higher than "600" (10 minutes). I went with "6000" (100 minutes) as I don't really forget that much.

Now do a soft-reset (using software or wait 10 minutes to pull the battery) and you should be good to go!

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If you listened to last week's podcast, Dieter and I were talking about ActiveSync and security at one point (one of many tangents we like to take) and I mentioned how I never actually sync with AS but rather always enter as "Guest Mode".

The benefits of Guest Mode is that you never have to sync anything with the computer (mine is all OTA with Hosted Exchange) yet your device can still access the internet, act as a modem and you can browse the device in your Explorer. Plus security.

Listener Eric Renken was kind enough to send in a registry hack (on the computer this time!) that will permanently enable Guest mode, meaning you'll never have to click Cancel, as on the screen above. Very cool!

So without further ado:

  • Open Registry Editor (as an administrator)
  • Navigate to HKEYLOCALMACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows CE Services
  • Create a new DWORD value called GuestOnly
  • Set its value to 1

Now when you connect up, the Setup Wizard won't appear. To undo if you want to create a partnership, simple change the value to 0.

This certainly makes my life easer. Thanks Eric!

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A couple of weeks ago, WMExperts podcast listener Mark (Hi, Mark!) asked Dieter and Mal if there was a way to clear out the search history from the company directory (Exchange) side of Outlook Mobile. We scratched our heads for a while and then went to the source. Here's what the Outlook Mobile team came up with:

  1. From the file explorer, navigate to Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook\
  2. Delete “GalSeachHistory.dat”

There you go. Easy as pie. Once again it proves it's not what you know, but who you know. :)

And if you have a question for Dieter and Malatesta, shoot an e-mail to podcast at wmexperts dot com.

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Abdullah writes in with an interesting question, as the title states: How can you select where to transfer your BT files and can you have them go automatically to the your SD card?

The answer is ye,s and chalk it up to those smarty guys at XDA for coming up with a freeware solution.

ObexInboxEx (v0.93), developed by alain.j.j, allows you choose where you want your BT transfer files to go to automatically.  Just install and then go to

Start -> Settings -> Connections -> OBEX Inbox to choose where u want to recieve files

Another free option that is a little more fancy would be MoBlue (v2.1), developed by Martin Kaldma and which has more detailed options and a cool UI.

Hope that does the trick for you, Abdullah!  Have a technical question for us that other readers may benefit from? Drop us a line and we'll see if we can find an answer!

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Sure, the Treo 800w was a blip on the Windows Mobile radar and has now even disappeared from Sprint's Web site. But eight months after its release, one cool feature has now been discovered:  the 800w can act as a USB host.

So what does that all mean?  In short, with a cheap $8 adapter cable (like those found here on eBay) you can connect up all sorts of USB devices that don't require separate drivers to run.  Such devices include external hard disk drives, USB flash drives, USB headphones/mics, and for bnsguy, a USB ultrasound probe!

What makes this unique is that at the moment, very few WM devices can act as a USB host (if you happen to know any, drop us a line) and to be honest, it is a really cool feature that we would like to see on future devices.

After the jump, we'll post a few shots of what this setup looks like on the 800w and some various USB devices that can run on it!

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Tip: Kill ActiveSync

So here's a real oldie but goodie that goes back years

If you ever just wanted to plug your WM device into a computer to perhaps charge it or just use as a card reader but not sync with ActiveSync, then this freebie app is for you.  (You know what we're talking about, even if you don't "sync" with server it still goes through that dumb connection process.)

ActiveSync Toggle does just that: you run it and hit the "disable it" button and poof, it unloads AS from your system.  But the best part is with one-click you can just as easily re-enable AS (other freeware apps make it more difficult).

I've used this app personally for years, but the company that actually made it stopped distributing it for awhile, so it was hard to find.  But alas, the internets makes it easier to find things, so here ya go.  Now it goes without saying this won't work with Vista and WMDC, but at least that is a little easier to manage.  Get the app here via FileDropper and thanks to red_hanks at XDA for bringing this back to our attention.  Also, see out "permanent Guest Mode" tweak for ActiveSync as well.

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How to: Roll back IE6

It's no secret that some of us around here are none-to-fond of Microsoft's latest browser IE6, which made its debut with the Sprint Treo Pro.

In short, editing this line in your registry will roll back some of the changes in IE6 to make it more IE5-like, including the old-style navigation (i.e. no cursor) and a better layout. And for those who want the .cab, Codyppc even did that for ya for a quick install. Noyce. (Note: yes, this also disables flash, so no more YouTube!)

HKLM\Security\Internet Explorer\MSHTML=0

While technically this only applies to the Sprint Treo Pro right now, it may be worth remembering this little trick for when those newer devices and/or ROM updates start showing up and you find yourself in the same boat as we, yearning for last year's version ;-)

And if you're lost when we talk about editing the registry, check out Hobbes' excellent registry tutorial.

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(Ed Note: Malatesta, who has used IE6 on the Sprint Treo Pro, chimes in with his thoughts on the recent question of what it means that it comes on the CDMA Treo Pro on WM 6.1 but no upgrade path will be available for others.  I have just received a review unit of the Sprint Treo Pro which may include some improvements over the original ROM - stay tuned for that. In the meantime, Mal tells us "what we need to know" and it's not what you might expect. --Dieter)

Microsoft has revealed details on the much-hyped Internet Explorer Mobile 6 (IEM6), which is also making its official debut within the next 2 weeks with the Sprint Treo Pro (no word on Alltel’s version).

To recap what we know and has happened so far with IE6, lets go down memory lane:

Yes folks, that was one year in the making for what is arguable a very marginal update. Now in fairness to Microsoft, there are actually a ton of changes to the internal code of IEM6. But for the end-user, it remains to be seen if these changes are significant.

Read on to catch up on Microsoft's latest browser and our hands-on opinion!

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Ever need to hard-reset your precious WM phone but forgot the key combo? (Hint: it's not Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, ... left, right, A and start)

In one of the most ambitious and convenient projects yet, someone has created a huge index of various device hard resets.  Simply pick your brand and model and you'll be presented with a copy/pasted image from your device's manual detailing the nuke option.

Our advice?  Bookmark that page for future reference and pass it around to others.  Sure beats looking up, downloading and opening an actual .pdf document! 

Now, go push that beautiful, shiny, jolly, candy-like button:  hardreset.eu

[via Jason Langridge]

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Bonus tip of the week: TouchFlo 3D e-mails

Here's a bonus tip of the week for you folks with TouchFlo 3D, courtesy of FuzeMobility [via].

There's no denying that TF3D is a sexy little UI, but it'd be nice if the e-mail preview envelope showed a little more text. And, as with all things HTC, the wizards at XDA Developers have found a hack. Here's what you'll need to do.

  1. In the Windows directory on your phone, back up the following files. 77fb7fad_manila and 21449ae5_manila. We're going to overwrite these. While you're at it, go ahead and back up your phone. (But you already knew to do that, right?)
  2. Head over to the XDA thread. You can either download the replacement files themselves, or a couple of handy on/off cabs.
  3. Go to your today screen settings, and turn TouchFlo 3D off. Repeat: Off. Not on.
  4. Either run the proper cab file, or copy over the new individual files into the Windows directory.
  5. Turn TouchFlo 3D back on. You may need to soft-reset.

That's it. The envelope should now be behind the e-mail preview, allowing you to see more with a quick glance. Let us know in the comments how it worked for you.

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