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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.

How To Maximize Your Photo Slideshow Quality on External Displays [TUTORIAL]


This article explains how you can output still images to your external display (TV, projector etc.) from your iDevice and what you should do to maximize quality. While some of the material requires advanced knowledge (including having read my previous multimedia-specific articles), the “All in All” section at the bottom is digestable for beginners (at least I hope it is).

Apple's stock image slideshow implementation output is, unfortunately, half-hearted. (iDevices utilize the native TV output while playing slideshows. Apart from Retina iPads, it is the only way of making full use of the more advanced output types, namely, HDMI and VGA.)

Don't Want to Download Images from Photo Stream? Here's the Solution


Note: this article is only for users with jailbroken devices. Sorry about that: Apple's locking down the entire system and no longer provides configuration options.

I love using my iPhone 5 to take quick HDR and panorama shots. While the image quality of the phone generally doesn't compare to that of dedicated enthusiast point-and-shoot cameras such as the Sony RX100 or Panasonic LX-7, both HDR and particularly the panorama mode of the iPhone 5 are stunning. While I have several panorama-enabled cameras, I only use the iPhone 5 for shooting quick panoramas. In practice, it delivers the most consistent, artifact-free panoramas. Just for a comparison: not even the latest-and-greatest Panasonic ZS-30, with its excellent travel zoom, can deliver panoramas of comparable quality and dependability. 

New Multimedia Player EVGPlayer Released


A new multimedia player, EVGPlayer ($0.99), has recently been released in the App Store. Since the player is cheap and offers both AC3 and DTS (two very widely used formats), my readers immediately asked me to review it as soon as possible to see whether it's worth purchasing. The developers will likely be forced to remove AC3 and / or DTS support in the near future, as has happened to all other, recently-released players.

My Volume Boosting Fix for the latest version of the Great Multimedia Player nPlayer


This article is only meant for advanced users - ones that 1, know how the file system of iDevices can be accessed; 2, aren't afraid of doing so. Note that unless you edit other files than I describe, my fix is absolutely safe.

The absolutely stunning, great media player I've very frequently recommended, nPlayer ($2.99; AppStore link; Universal app), has just been updated to version 1.10.

How To Use the Excellent Media Player XBMC for AirPlay, and the Lightning-HDMI Adapter


This post is intended for readers with advanced technical knowledge who have jailbroken devices. If you don't jailbreak, it contains information about the real-world performance of Apple's new Lightning-HDMI adapter.

Third-Party Pre-iPad4 Charger Cable Tests: At last Some Good Cables


As a developer for iOS, Android, and Windows who also teaches their programming, I have all the major iDevice models ever released. (But, naturally, I don't have the different storage / 3G / color configurations in one model.)

As I always carry many of these iDevices with me, I also need at least twice the number of cables. Let's also take into account that Apple's own cables have a tendency to break apart and the need increases even more. Just Google, “iPhone cable breaking apart”; and you'll find threads with pictures such as this and this

Screen Mirroring Tips & Tricks, Plus How to Play Back Web Flash Videos on External Monitors


This post is intended for readers with advanced technical knowledge.

This article explains how you can mirror and show Web-based Flash videos on external displays connected to your iDevice. In order to answer the questions of several people at MacRumors (original thread), I've decided to thoroughly test the external monitor/Apple TV mirroring/playback capabilities of the currently available Flash browsers.

iFunBox: How to Transfer Videos to Your iDevice without iTunes


This post is intended for readers with advanced technical knowledge.

In this article, I will explain how to transfer videos to Apple’s built-in Videos app with a brand new version of the excellent, free, all-in-one iDevice transfer tool, iFunBox.

In the past, uploading videos to the Videos app has only been possible via the Movies tab in iTunes.

iTunes, which is Apple's only desktop tool for transferring videos/movies to the Videos app, has restrictions, which make it impossible to transfer the following types of videos to iDevices:

Azul Media Player: Is It Indeed the Best?


Azul Media Player (Currently $0.99 for iPhone) is being featured in Apple's Staff Favorites as "The #1 Travel App of 2012." While I've never recommended it personally, I decided to thoroughly test version 4.5 to find out if I should trust its recent recommendations.

Easy Video Optimization Tips for Video Streaming (For Programmers)


For programmers or people with advanced technical knowledge.

Optimizing your videos, assuming they haven't been purchased from the iTunes Store, is of extreme importance if you stream them to iOS devices, particularly to an Apple TV.

In my previous article, I've shown you some ways of finding out whether a video file is optimized. Check out this article on how optimization needs to be done if you run into a non-optimized video, with, for example, the absolutely excellent Subler.

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