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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.

Online Deathmatch 3rd Person Shooter iMech released + video

Please see the just-added “UPDATE (08/22 19:52 CET)” section (at the bottom; use Ctrl-F to quickly find it if you want) in my iPhone/iPod Touch Multiplayer Gaming Bible at http://www.iphonelife.com/blog/87/iphoneipod-touch-multiplayer-gaming-bible .  

Also note that, lately, I’ve added several other updates to the same roundup before this one.

Emulating the PlayStation on the iPhone 3G S

First of all, if you have an iPhone 3G, you don’t need to read further – games are just too slow. The situation is somewhat better on the second-generation iPod Touch because of the faster CPU.

Ever wanted to watch WMV (TV) streams on your iPhone? Now you can!


In my article on playing back (among other formats like DivX, XviD, Flash etc.) WMV files on the iPhone (see the 08/11/2009, 0:50 CET UPDATE), I’ve already mentioned there hasn’t been any way of playing back WMV streams – that is, the most widely used format for live TV broadcasts (netTV, the TV streaming app, doesn’t support and Sling does require Sling player hardware at home). Up to now, that is.

Enter the AppStore program Streamer.

Misc news

1.) Multiplayer games (see my all-in-one roundup & bible):

a. A brand new Scorched earth / Worms clone, KIL.A.TON, has just been released. It has lounge-based multiplayer (albeit, at the time of writing, it’s still empty, which may change in the future). A decent alternative to, for example, Star Hogs by IUGO and Iron Sight by Polarbit; particularly if you take into account that, in KIL.A.TON, you can have up to six players (while in Star Hogs “only” up to four, and, in Iron Sight, only two) . See THIS for more info.

First (major) update to the roundup of multiplayer games posted

First (major) update to my roundup of multiplayer games posted. In it, I add some 5 games and elaborate on the different networking models used by these titles.


The iPhone/iPod Touch Multiplayer Gaming Bible



UPDATE (11/22/2009): the article below has officially been deprecated. Please read http://www.iphonelife.com/node/1370/ instead.

ROUNDUP: Playing back non-native videos on the iPhone (e.g., WMV, DivX / XviD)

I’ve just posted an update for my generic iPhone 3G vs. 3G S article. You may want to read it if you need info on how non-native videos can be played back. I review and compare all the three Cydia-based (jailbreaking necessary!) solutions for this: yxFlash, mPlayer and VLC. As you’ll see, you’ll want to go for the former two and, at least for video playback, completely forget VLC.

3G S thoughts updated

I’ve just updated my 3G S thoughts on video playback battery use and the same on recording videos. See the last update at the bottom of http://www.iphonelife.com/blog/87/something-you-won’t-find-other-iphone-3g-s-reviews-tons-3g-s-benchmarks-and.

In a nutshell:
- with H.264 movies, the difference in playback power usage is enormous – the 3G S is WAY better.
- The movie recording is also pretty battery-friendly – at least compared to some digicams. There isn’t any time restriction on EU-imported models either – another piece of good news.


NEWS: don't be afraid of the 3G S heat buildup issues; new, free(!) download manager for Safari

In today’s updates of the Web browser roundup and the 3G S tidbit article, I’ve elaborated on the following:

- Getting and using a brand new download manager for Safari. It’s not quite the level and quality of iCab Mobile 1.6, but still usable.

- Whether the rumored heat buildup issue really makes the iPhone 3G S useless on hot summer days.

Finally, I’ve also elaborated on some additional experience with games like UniWar and NFS: Unlimited on the 3G S.

Something you won’t find in other iPhone 3G S reviews: tons on 3G S benchmarks and the like


In the following review, I elaborate on some subjects not available in other reviews (e.g., that of Engadget, Gizmodo) etc. I also provide some updates to my previous, iPhone 3G-specific battery consumption benchmarks and stereo Bluetooth (A2DP)-specific bug reports.

As you’ll see, there are a lot of other goodies the new model offers, not just the ones listed in the reviews published so far. And, unfortunately, there’s also a (deliberate?) downgrade: the quality of the screen.

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