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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Oliver has blogged 2350 post(s).

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Apple’s decision to ditch the iPhone 5s design in favor of something a little more rounded for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus was greeted with equal applause and skepticism. We were fans of the clean edges that had the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s look like stealth phones from something like Knight Rider, but the new aesthetic does have something about it that feels hyper modern. We like both, but some people will always swear by the outgoing design. Which is a bummer if you need a new phone.

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If you’ve ever struggled to connect to a Wi-Fi hotspot that you know is there but may be on the brink of its wireless range then you will know how irritating it can be when iOS keeps showing it, then hiding it in the Settings app. That’s because by default the Settings app will hide any Wi-Fi network that it deems to not have the required signal strength, effectively hiding anything it deems not usable.

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We already knew that the camera in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus was pretty impressive, and it’s not entirely new for smartphones to be used in the filming of anything from a music video to a fashion show, but it’s always interesting to learn of smartphones being used in such ways. Turns out the latest holiday campaign by luxury skincare firm Erno Laszlo was shot entirely on an iPhone 6 Plus, and the results are pretty impressive to say the least.

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It’s the time of year where we all spend far too much money on food, gifts and all the other trimmings that tend to be part of the festive period. With so much money being splurged it’s always good to bag a bargain or, if possible, pick something up for free. If it used to cost money then, well, that’s just gravy.

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Being able to record video on a smartphone is something that many of us never really understood the need for, but as the years have rolled on we have all become accustomed to having a mighty fine video recorder in our pockets at all times. As smartphones have matured, so has the camera technology inside them too, so where we first had to make do with poor quality recordings, 1080p HD video is now the norm from a modern smartphone while some are even capable of 4K Ultra HD.

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With the weeks and months ticking down until Apple announces the release date for the Apple Watch, developers are already working on getting their apps ready for launch day. Apple made the WatchKit SDK available as part of the new iOS 8.2 betas not that long ago, and while developers are hard at work, the concept makers and design teams are also working to publish their interpretations of what apps may look like come Apple Watch day.

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Apple’s addition of third-party keyboards to iOS 8 was welcomed for a variety of reasons and with plenty of use cases in mind. Many immediately turned to the notion of having the famous Swype arrive on iOS, while others eventually lauded the awesome TextExpander keyboard as a great example of what’s possible in iOS 8.

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Fresh from officially having more users than Twitter, Instagram is keen to not rest on its laurels and has today posted to its company blog that updates to both the iOS and Android versions of its apps are now live. Bringing with them new features including five new filters as well as the ability to upload slow motion videos to the service.

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Continuity Activation Tool 2.0 is out. Now lets you enable Continuity features on older OS X Yosemite Macs with Bluetooth LE dongle.

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Using a case with your smartphone is all well and good, mainly because it should help to protect your pride and joy from any unsightly bumps and scrapes during the course of its working life. If you choose the right one it might even keep your phone safe from some more severe treatment, but the thing about keeping phones in cases is that we rarely take them out, if at all.

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Microsoft’s current Windows 10 development is picking up pace with the firm working on a new beta release that takes the previous technical offering and takes a different tact, this time focusing on consumer features. With a January press event set to be the place the new release is detailed, consumer build 9901 has already leaked onto the Web.

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Getting iOS 8 updates out for some of the biggest jailbreak tweaks on the planet is no mean feat but Jay Freeman, or Saurik if you’re more familiar with that name, has tweeted that two of his most popular tweaks are now not just iOS 8 / 8.1 ready, but also sport reworked interfaces that take better advantage of both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

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Each new big iPhone release seems to have its problems, whether it be the infamous antenna issue that plagued the iPhone 4 or the issue that say many iPhone 5 owners complain that their handsets were chipping too easily. As with anything that sells as many units as an iPhone though, you’re always going to have some defective units.

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Here’s how you can disable or block Facebook Messenger Seen receipts on your Android devices the easy way. More details on this can be found right past the jump.

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With the hell that is Black Friday and Cyber Monday now nothing but a painful, distant memory you may be forgiven for thinking that all the good bargains have been and gone. But, thankfully, you would be sorely mistaken – especially if you’re on the lookout for either an iPhone 6 or an iPhone 6 Plus.

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They say that some things will never depreciate but rather appreciate with time. Those things include works of art and, usually, real estate. Depending on whether you would call a computer a work of art, then it may not come as much of a surprise that a fully working Apple-1 has been auctioned for more than its original $600 price tag. Considerably more.

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Apple knows that getting potential customers through the door at an early stage increases the chances of them becoming customers for life, which is why it keeps promoting apps that are designed for kids during App Store promotions. If you can get youngsters used to handling iPads and interacting with the App Store at an early stage then they’re more likely to buy iPhones and Macs when they grow up. It might sound cynical, but it’s a fact of life.

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Here’s a quick guide on how to replace a lost Apple ID Recovery Key to prevent yourself from permanently locking out of your account.

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With the move to 4K televisions slowly coming about, it’s clear that the only way super high resolution panels are going to move is to get the content out there first. Netflix already offers 4K streaming to those that have TVs and panels capable of taking advantage of it and now Amazon is also jumping onto the bandwagon.

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Having all of your contacts on one smartphone is a wonderful thing, but if there is one place that the iPhone in particular falls down it’s that getting contact photos onto it isn’t as easy as it otherwise could be. If you want to go taking photos of people then you’re fine, but in this day and age you’d like to think that there was a batter way.

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