About Oliver Haslam



Oliver Haslam

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Oliver [dot] Haslam [at] redmondpie [dot] com

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Oliver is a 20-something tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of 3 years and is every-so-slightly addicted to 'the Twitters'.

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Mac iPhone 4

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Oliver has blogged 2138 post(s).

Posts by Oliver Haslam:

If you’ve ever wanted to make you Mac sleep remotely, and with the touch of just one button on an iPhone or an iPad, then you’re going to want to read this handy little tip.

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Getting files onto iOS devices isn’t always the easiest thing in the world, but apps like GoodReader do make it possible. The key to making a good downloader app is to make sure that it can also view the most popular file types that people are likely to be downloading, otherwise you’re just going to be stuck with files that you can’t do anything with.

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If there’s one thing that’s bound to get hardware aficionados excited, it’s screen resolutions. More than just sheer numbers, screen resolutions determine how sharp text looks on our displays, and how well those photographs of your kids pop when zoomed right in. Screen resolution is the kind of thing you don’t really notice until you use a smartphone with a resolution that’s a little lacking.

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In the world of hardware virtualization, Parallels is arguably the biggest player on the Mac. Being able to use a Mac computer full time but still dabble in Windows when needed can be a pretty powerful thing, especially if you develop apps for Microsoft’s platform, or just need to use an app that doesn’t yet have a Mac version. As much as Apple wouldn’t like to admit it, sometimes you just need to use Windows for some things.

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With Apple expected to announce the iPhone 6 within a matter of weeks it’s obvious that the final hardware is locked in and that the phone is currently in the same configuration as the handsets we’ll be picking up at stores towards the end of September. We’ve seen plenty of leaks surrounding both the front and rear panels of the iPhone 6, as well as various different parts of its innards, so there’s little to truly come as a surprise this time around.

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When we told you about Apple’s rumored reversible USB Lightning cable, plenty of people were rather excited at the idea. With good reason too, because we’ve all had that brain-melting moment when we have tried to plug a USB cable in only for it to inevitably be the wrong way around. It’s a fact of life that nobody can plug a USB cable in the right way first time, and we’ve known it take three goes before people have managed it – and there are only two orientations to choose from!

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When you carry something around that’s likely to spontaneously combust then you usually get a little hazard pay, but it’s becoming increasingly possible that many of us are doing it without even realizing it, after yet another iPhone was found alight, apparently of its own volition.

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If you’ve even had a passing interest in the build up to any iPhone release over the last few years, then you’ll already be well aware that the will they, won’t they discussion about Apple bringing NFC to the platform is old news. In fact, at this point, it’s safe to say that many people have just decided that NFC will come when it comes and that debating its inclusion is just pointless.

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Those of us carrying iPhones and iPads around are sometimes all too quick to point the finger at those with Android devices while waxing lyrical about how their phones and tablets are so susceptible to malware. That’s probably the truth if everything is left as nature intended, but if you start to jailbreak that aforementioned iPhone or iPad, then all bets are off.

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You’d have to have been living in a cave earlier this year to miss the whole Flappy Bird saga. Becoming hugely popular on the App Store and Play Store almost overnight, Flappy Bird raked in huge sums of money for its creator Dong Nguyen on an apparently daily basis. Unfortunately that wasn’t enough to keep him happy though, and his newfound fame – or should that be infamy – caused him to pull the game and almost disappear.

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When Facebook brought Stickers to Facebook Messenger they weren’t completely successful in making everyone buy into what it was trying to achieve. Ostensibly just giant emoji with an element of semi-personalization by allowing users to buy new stickers beyond what is available by default, Stickers are either something you love and can’t stop using, or something you just couldn’t care less about.

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If what they say about imitation and flattery is true, then the folks at Apple must be pretty darn flattered right now after Xiaomi showed off the new version of their particular flavor of Android – MIUI 6.

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Apple seems determined to celebrate the buyout of the Beats Electronics and Beats Music brands and had already dedicated a page of its online store to the Beats by Dr. Dre hardware before today slashing the prices of most of those products by 10%.

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Microsoft’s Xbox One will today receive an update that will bring new features as well as tweaks for existing ones. The update, available to all Xbox Ones that are connected to the Internet worldwide, will be a free and automatic update for all.

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It may not make it any money, but Apple will still no doubt be pleased to hear that it has won a Creative Arts Emmy award for Outstanding Commercial with its ‘Misunderstood’ TV ad that touted the iPhone 5s.

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Newly leaked photos appear to give credence to the suggestion that Apple is set to revise its Lightning cable, at least the USB end of it.

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Motorola’s Moto 360 is undoubtedly the nicest smartwatch to look at, and coming a while after both LG and Samsung opened the Android Wear market with the G Watch and Gear Live, Motorola should have had enough time to learn from its competition’s mistakes.

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Those loudspeakers on that smartphone you carry around just aren’t very good at all. Yes, they’ll do the job when you need to speak to someone hands-free, but when it comes to listening to music or a podcast, they just don’t cut the mustard. Unfortunately, buying a speaker can be an expensive business, and while we’ve shown you how to create an extremely inexpensive alternative before, that option was missing a special ingredient that makes this new method particularly awesome: toilet paper.

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Apple’s unannounced but widely tipped 5.5-inch iPhone 6 may be about to come with a large 2915mAh battery if a newly leaked photo is any indication.

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The Pokémon World Championships – which are apparently a real thing – are currently taking place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C and while it’s no doubt an absolute blast for those who like that kind of thing, we’re not sure it’s really our cup of tea. That being said though, our ears tend to prick up when we hear about new iPad games, so the idea of a Pokémon game coming to Apple’s tablet had us interested.

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