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Interop Unlock for Samsung Windows Phone 8 Devices

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A few days ago, we wrote about the interop unlock achieved by XDA Recognized Developer GoodDayToDie on his Samsung Ativ S running Windows Phone 8. At the time, however, there was no guide / procedures thread for users to follow in GoodDayToDie’s footsteps. However, good things come to those who wait, as the product of GoodDayToDie’s and Senior Member -W_O_L_F-‘s work is now clearly described.

If you’re new to Windows Phone, you may be wondering what exactly you can do with interop-unlock. According to GoodDayToDie:

A brief summary, for those unfamiliar with interop-lock: Windows Phone allows a number of high-privilege app capabilities, which can be used to make changes to t

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Interop Unlock for the Samsung Ativ S on Windows Phone 8!

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It is no secret that development on Windows Phone 8 is but a shadow of what it once was on Microsoft’s older mobile operating system. Be it because of smaller market share, more security features, or simply less of a need to modify the OS thanks to the already streamlined and speedy interface; Windows Phone development has taken somewhat of a backseat to Google’s juggernaut.

Luckily, things are about to get exciting, as XDA Recognized Developer GoodDayToDie has just achieved interop unlock on his Samsung Ativ S running Windows Phone 8.  For those who don’t remember, Recognized Developer GoodDayToDie has an extensive history of Windows Phone development. Thus, it should come as n. . . READ ON »

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Tweak Your Lumia WP8 Device with Lumia Registry Modifier

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Back when Windows Mobile ruled the roost in the pre-iPhone days of yesteryear, registry modification was quite a common means of device tweaking. This should come as no surprise, as such modifications have been commonplace for quite some time on the Windows platform on traditional computers. This process then continued onto Windows Phone 7.

Thanks to efforts by XDA Recognized Developer snickler, this is now possible for Nokia devices running Windows Phone 8. A couple of important notes to keep in mind, however, are that in the current release only HKLM (HKey_Local_Machine) is accessible. The other limitation is that currently, users cannot change dword values. Because of the dword limitation, ch. . . READ ON »

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Access Your Mobile File System via LAN on WP8

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Back on Windows Phone 7, XDA Recognized Developer fiinix released an interesting web server app that allowed users to browse their mobile file system through a LAN. Following up on this, Recognized Developer GoodDayToDie has created a similar application for Windows Phone 8, WP8 File Access Webserver.

As with its spiritual predecessor by fiinix, GoodDayToDie’s app enumerates files visible to the sandbox, and it also allows users to download them. Getting started is fairly simple. All you have to do is sideload the app, connect to LAN, run the application, and point the client web browser (on the same LAN) to the phone’s internal IP address. Once in the index page, enter your desired pa. . . READ ON »

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Several Standard Desktop Apps Ported to Windows RT

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One of the main limitations of Windows RT is that most 32- and 64-bit applications aren’t compatible. Therefore, if you are buying a Microsoft Surface and intend to install all your favorite Windows programs, then you’re going to have a bad time. To remedy this issue, XDA Recognized Developer GoodDayToDie has begun an initiative to get some desktop apps compiled for RT users.

So far the initiative has gotten attention from a number of users and developers. To begin with, everyone has been focusing on re-compiling free, open source software to work on Windows RT. Here is the current list of applications that have been ported already:

Bochs. x86 Emulator. Known issue: no network support.
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Increase Touch Screen Responsiveness on the Microsoft Surface

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When it comes to some things, platform of choice doesn’t matter. Battery life is always a struggle, something will always lag, and Steve Ballmer will always be crazy. It doesn’t matter if you have iOS, Android, or Windows Phone, these pitfalls are sure to remain with us for time to come.

Recently, a method was released that’ll help increase touch responsiveness on the Microsoft Surface thanks to XDA Forum Member tamarasu. It’s not a particularly hard modification to make, as it is just a registry modification, and most users should be able to do it without any trouble. Here is how it’s done:

Found a key for touch prediction that when edited showed a marked improvement in key

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Spare Your SSD by Installing Metro Apps to Another Drive

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Since SSDs are becoming increasingly affordable and commonplace, computer enthusiasts have been adding them to their computers in greater frequency. And for those who dare, RAIDed configurations yield even more insane speeds (albeit without TRIM on all but a handful of SSD and chipset combinations). However, because they are still somewhat expensive, most buy smaller SSDs and a larger storage HDD. With the release of Windows 8, came the Windows App Store. This by default installs Metro Apps to the main drive. This can fill up a SSD rather quickly, and now there is a method to get around it.

XDA Recognized Developer GoodDayToDie has written up a tutorial on how users can get Metro Apps to install to a differen. . . READ ON »

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Remove Facebook Ads on Internet Explorer 10

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With Google+ getting more functional and popular than ever, there are many people wondering what they’re still doing on Facebook. Despite years of development, there are still some things that have to be pointed out. However, the biggest gripe most people have is due to the ads. They’re everywhere, they’re annoying, and now on the Microsoft Surface, they’re now avoidable.

XDA Forum Member C-Lang wrote a tutorial to help users avoid those annoying ads on Facebook when using the Microsoft Surface. That said, it should work on other Windows RT and 8 machines as long as you’re using the provided IE 10 browser. It hasn’t been tested on other devices, but it’s worth a s. . . READ ON »

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Week 1 Field Report: HaRET, Hardware, and Tablets

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Welcome to Field Report, I’m Jase Glenn and I’ll be guiding you through this weeks latest innovations by some of the most creative developers in our community. Most of the articles we write about on the Portal have to do with a finished product. Field Report is a step in a different direction, where we discuss the latest innovations as they’re happening, and the thoughts of the developers behind them.

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First up is a hardware hack for the venerable Transformer Prime by XDA Member Erusman. As most of us are aware by now, the Transformer Prime has been plagued by non-functional WiFi and GPS since launch, which in fact led to ASUS recalling many of the launch day Primes. Frustrated . . . READ ON »

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Access Other OEM Marketplaces On Windows Phone 7

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One of the few areas in which Windows Phone OEMs can differentiate is in custom apps. They get their own special section in the marketplace which only their own devices can access – for instance, the HTC Hub is only available for HTC devices, and Nokia Music only for Lumia 710/800.

There are a number of ways to bypass this restriction, however, with GoodDayToDie‘s solution being the easiest one: You install a special XAP (which means that you must be developer unlocked), reboot your phone, and voilà, you can install those vendor-exclusive apps now. There’s a catch, though: You can only access one OEM marketplace at a time – that is, if you have an HTC device and installed the “Samsung Apps. . . READ ON »

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MultiTaskToggle For Mango

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Windows Phone 7 owners running Mango might be interested to hear about the latest development from XDA Senior Member GoodDayToDie.

The dev has thrown together a one-click app for enabling or disabling multitasking on Mango. It enables fast app switching and full multitasking as well as disabling multitasking when required to save battery.

Features of the app include:

  • Secondary tile with deep linking, shows current multitask state and toggles it when tapped.
  • Supports HTC for sure and hopefully Samsung.
  • Works on Mango – uses no homebrew DLLs.
Limitations:
  • No LG/Dell support as yet.
  • Does not work pre-Mango (it’s a 7.1 app).
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Search the Default Search Engine on Windows Phone 7

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For a brief time in history, when the Search tool became available in Internet Explorer, Microsoft had locked it to use a single search engine. After much back and forth, they finally agreed to make it user customizable, so that anyone could use their favorite search engines. Well, years have gone by and it looks like MS is back to its old antics, locking the Search button on Windows Phone 7 devices to Bing.  Thanks to XDA member GoodDayToDie, this button has been freed from its chains to Bing. The dev has been able to make the button re-assignable to other search engines such as Yahoo!, Google, and others. Your device must be developer unlocked in order for this fix to work.

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IE Search Switcher For WP7

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For WP7 device owners, XDA forum member GoodDayToDie has come up with a tool for quickly changing the search engine used when you hit the hardware Search button from within Internet Explorer.

The initial release allows you to use the search provider that comes pre-configured on your phone, or the built in Bing application. If you have manually added any more providers, you can also switch between those.

Future releases will likely include common search engine options, the ability to add new search providers and the ability to edit or delete existing providers.

Supported devices so far include the HTC HD7, Samsung and LG.

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