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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.

Benchmark video: Great 24/7 remote desktop service AlwaysOnPC receives audio & Flash video streaming support (at last)


When, more than a year ago, I've reviewed (and recommended) the 24/7 remote desktop service (and its iOS client) AlwaysOnPC, I've mentioned it still didn't have audio transfer support – unlike, say, even the free version of LogMeIn.

Now, it has been added. The AppStore update page:

Excellent stock Photos tweak Photo Info receives Maps support


I've heartily recommended (article) the (jailbreak-only), free(!) Photo Info tweak for anyone using his or her iDevice as a camera: it makes it possible to quickly review the EXIF information, including the GPS data, of a shot you take, without having to transfer / import the shot to an EXIF/mapping-capable third-party application like Photo Manager Pro – something painfully missing from Apple's own stock Photos app.

New, 3.7 version of excellent multimedia player "It's Playing" is here!


It was only an hour ago that I've mentioned version 3.7 of “It's Playing”, one of the best (see THIS for my previous report) multimedia players for iOS, to be soon hitting the AppStore. The player has hit the store shortly after my posting the article.

The update list is as follows (click for a larger version!):

Playable, iSafePlay, RockPlayer2 and 1080 MKV Player all drop AC-3 support & new version of It's Playing


UPDATE (some hours later, the same day): in the last 8-9 hours, another victim of the AC-3 removal has turned up in the AppStore: Movie Player HD+ (see THIS for my review):

As always, make sure you back up the previous version if you need to use the now-removed AC-3 support in the future!

REVIEW: new fully-fledged iPhone / iPod touch Camera app enhancer CameraTweak


UPDATE (09/Oct/2012): an iPhone 4-specific article is HERE.

Something not to miss if you have desktop OS X / Linux: CrossOver for free on Oct/31!


I've been using the Windows emulator CrossOver for quite a long time. Actually, quite a few of my blog articles (for example, THIS) show screenshots have been made with it and even more articles (e.g, THIS) have compatibility info with the tested / reviewed app.

REVIEW: Multimedia player CineXPlayer(HD) receives major upgrade: SuperSharp sharpening, MKV hardware playback etc.


UPDATE (19/Dec/2012): the iPhone version has just been updated. Now it supports MKV remuxing (just like the two-month-old iPad version reviewed below) and some other goodies. Full review HERE.

REVIEW: unique multi-subtitle video player nPlayer receives bitmap subtitle support


UPDATE (20/Oct/2012): I've also tested U.S. DVB subtitle (technically, Closed Caption tracks) rendering. The test file, as usual in my 1080i60 U.S. DVB MPEG-2 tests, was THIS MPEG-2 + AC-3 + CC file. (In the original article, I've only tested European DVB broadcasts, which use another technique for subtitling: bitmaps. In the US, technically, an entirely different, textual closed captioning method is used.)

Unfortunately, as you can also see in the screenshot below (see the annotated "Subtitle" group containing nothing), it didn't even recognize the CC tracks, let alone rendering them:

REVIEW: New version of multimedia player yaPlayer + breaking news: another victim of AC-3 removal


You may remember THIS article reviewing the previous version of the multimedia player yaPlayer. Back then, I've stated the player is indeed very promising, albeit in some respects still inferior to the best ones (AVPlayerHD, GoodPlayer, It's Playing, HD Player Pro, ProPlayer etc.) in the AppStore.

A brand new version has just been released with a lot of changes. An AppStore update page (also showing the update of some other apps):

Multimedia (AC-3), iPhone 3G / iPod touch 2G support drop in all AppStore apps and mouse support news


As was easy to predict, the trend of (obligatory, see THIS) AC-3 (a.k.a. Dolby Digital) dropping from AppStore apps continued. It started with the (at least in one area) excellent titles Oplayer, GoodPlayer, PowerPlayer and BUZZ Player (last, dedicated article on the issue HERE) and now, the updated version of “8player” also dropped the support of this very important audio format.

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