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Werner Ruotsalainen is an iOS and Java programming lecturer who is well-versed in programming, hacking, operating systems, and programming languages. Werner tries to generate unique articles on subjects not widely discussed. Some of his articles are highly technical and are intended for other programmers and coders.

Werner also is interested in photography and videography. He is a frequent contributor to not only mobile and computing publications, but also photo and video forums. He loves swimming, skiing, going to the gym, and using his iPads. English is one of several languages he speaks.

Free(!) multimedia player "MoliPlayer" fixed and enhanced; now, it's recommended


So far, I haven't dedicated a separate article to the free MoliPlayer (AppStore links: iPhone; iPad), it was THAT bad. With the latest upgrade promising a lot of enhancements, I've re-tested it and was pleasantly surprised. Yes, this player now delivers!

(the latest version's “What's new”. (The new iPad-specific version has an identical changelog.))

What's been fixed?

- Canon camera AVI M-JPEG files are now played back

Review: why don't I recommend the multimedia (video) player FlexPlayer at all? (+ other multimedia news & freebies)


The free FlexPlayer (AppStore link) has received a major update yesterday:

(click the thumbnail image for the original one)

As I generally re-review previous reviewed / mentioned apps when new, major upgrades are released, I started testing the new version right away, only to find out it was quickly pulled by the developers and the old version restored:

Quick review: video player AnyPlayer(HD) updated, boasts better performance


So far, I haven't dedicated a separate article to AnyPlayer (AppStore link) because I didn't consider it a viable alternative to the most powerful players in the AppStore (It's Playing, GoodPlayer, AVPlayerHD / ProPlayer, BUZZ Player) or, for jailbroken iDevices, Cydia (XBMC, RushPlayer+).

Today's update boasts better performance (as usual, click the image for a bigger version!):

Enhancing the video camera of the iPad 3: sorry, impossible, it seems


I have some bad news for you iPad 3 owners looking for further enhancing the (otherwise, resolution-wise, excellent (dedicated article)) video camera of the tablet. I've spent at least 6-7 hours today carefully examining and programming the iPad 3 camera to greatly enhance its functionality, just as I've did to the iPhone 3GS (higher-than-VGA resolutions), 4 (much wider Field-of-View) and 4S (720p60; better low-light performance; much wider Field-of-View at lower resolutions).

Combined article update: iOS 5.1.1 iPad 3/2 Cydia compatibility list


UPDATE (07/07/2012): answering a question HERE, I've run some VERY serious CPU usage tests (see THIS for the methology; I used "top" on my iPad 3) and found out the following:

The InfiniDock and Springtomize 2 combo (can be used together to give the highest configurability; see below for related remarks) does not add any CPU usage when
- the device shows SpringBoard
- 10 icons are put in the dock, even with card roll and scrolling (via InfiniDock) enabled
- the maximum number of icons are displayed in each row

Quick review: multimedia player app BUZZ Player out with a brand new MKV playback engine


UPDATE (11/Oct/2012): HERE, I've reported on the brand new (4.0.2) version's vastly reduced MKV hardware playback compliance now that AC-3 support had to be removed from the player. Please read it so that you can know when to use the new version for MKV playback and when not. (Generally, not for anything Full HD and containing non-AAC audio tracks.)

Original article:

(New) iPad (3) camera tests: unbelievable video resolution!


Back in the iPhone 4 times, I very happily reported on the phone having very good video resolution: something very-very-very-very rare in the digital stills camera / camcorder / smartphone world.

iPhone version of best free video player QQPlayer released! (+ an iOS programming lesson)


I've pretty much liked (previous review HERE + WMV bible, which also recommends it, HERE) the iPad port of the, on Android, famous and popular video player, QQPlayer. Apart from the (jailbreak-only, excellent) XBMC, it's the only totally free video player I can heartily recommend for most (but not all - see below!) video playback purposes.

Playing Back WMV Videos – the Complete(!) Roundup


UPDATE (02/21/2013): I've re-tested the current versions of XBMC and compared it to the current AVPlayer(HD) versions on both the iPad 3, 4 and the iPhone 5.  AVPlayer and AVPlayerHD have proved out to be considerably better, which means XBMC is still not recommended for WMV playback.

Of XBMC, I've tested the following versions:

- official 12 Eden (currently available from their official repo as the default version)

- the iPad Retina-friendly version (more info)

- the latest (21/Feb) nightly build (13 alpha)

More info & discussion HERE.

REVIEW: just-released multimedia player viPlay (and some other ones)


A new multimedia player, viPlay (AppStore link) has just been released in the AppStore. As there are no reviews of the app at all (not even mentioning dependable ones), I've found it necessary to quickly publish mine. (The detailed feature & evaluation chart of my forthcoming iOS Multimedia bible, as you may have guessed, has been updated with more thorough info on both this and the other new, below reviewed apps).

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