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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.

Ultimate Comparison of the iPhone 3G to other Mobile operating systems and devices - Part I

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At last, I was able to afford an iPhone 3G without an expensive data / phone plan (meaning a much higher starting price). Of course, I've been playing with the device since then.



Great news for Windows users: PhoneDisk is, finally, compatible with the system & other iTunes-less synchronization tips

In my Wednesday's article, I've quickly mentioned PhoneDisk by Macroplant as the most recommended application for (Mac) OS X computers to access the installed (AppStore or Xcode) applications' home directories on non-jailbroken devices.


iOS contact management (duplicate removal, import/export etc.) tips and tricks

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Today, I've helped a friend restore some contacts onto his iPhone. As the experience I gathered may be useful to you as well, I let you know.

First, on my Mac, while I had the contacts in the Windows version of Microsoft Outlook 2010 under Parallels Desktop, I had iTunes solely under my Mac OS X and didn't want to install it under Parallels to keep the Parallels image size down. (Which is of paramount importance when you use Time Machine to back up the contents of your computer, including the disk images of your Parallels virtual machines and want to save as much storage as possible.) After all, there are only two cases when it's indeed worth having iTunes in your virtual machine if you, otherwise, use the OS X version to synchronize your iOS devices:


Geotagging photos on your iOS device or desktop computer

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As has been mentioned some weeks ago, it's pretty easy to record GPS information and, later, incorporate it into photos taken on a non-GPS-enabled camera.

Unfortunately, the current camera lineup doesn't really please people that would like to geotag their shots. Neither the, because of the high price-value ratio or high image quality (IQ), most popular point-and-shoot (P&S) or DSLR (including mirrorless [aka EVIL] or some lower-end [Sony] SLT) cameras have built-in GPS modules.

Some examples of the current, most popular cameras lacking any GPS support:

P&S-style "luxury" fixed-lens camera



Random thoughts on Bada (vs. iOS)

UPDATE (08/23/2009 17:08 CET): I've posted a full article on the Windows Phone 7 Facebook problem HERE.

Original article:



What is the fastest way of putting HUGE files on your iDevice? (New file transfer benchmarks!)

UPDATE (07/23 night): I've re-run the iTunes File Sharing test with the just-released iOS5.0b4 (beta 4 of the forthcoming iOS 5) running on both iPad 1 and 2 (without jailbreaking, enabling iCloud or even installing more than one app on the devices).


How-to: Record a video what happens on the iPhone / iPad screen + video editing and conversion tips with free(!) tools

Unfortunately, Apple has never let screen recording applications into the AppStore. This is diametrically opposed to the situation on most other computing platforms, both mobile and desktop. Just some examples: Microsoft has never had any objection to mirroring Windows Mobile phone / PDA screens on a desktop computer.



Quick Book Review: Writing Game Center Apps in iOS: Bringing Your Players Into the Game

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You may already know I'm a lecturer on programming languages: Java and its relatives (e.g., C), non-language-specific technologies like OpenGL and, now, iOS programming.


This is how you will want to watch Flash(-only) videos and use dynamic Flash content

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Flash support has always (according to some people, painfully) been missing from the iOS platform. In the article below, I explain how you can watch any kind of Flash videos (via SkyFire) and how you can use full(!) Flash (and even Silverlight!) applications on your iPad (via AlwaysOnPC). All this without having to jailbreak!

Pure Flash videos



This is how you can make use of your Bluetooth gear (keyboard, mouse, GPS, game controllers etc.)

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Unfortunately, Apple's official support for Bluetooth devices is pretty weak. Keyboard support is limited (not all otherwise, with third-party "hacks", usable models are supported) and there's no true game controller / mouse / external GPS support at all.

Fortunately, there are a lot of utilities in Cydia (accessible from any jailbroken iDevice) that provide help in using these devices.


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