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 1893 post(s).

Posts by Oliver Haslam:

The rumored partnership of David Fincher and Christian Bale may be no more, with two new names now in the frame to make Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs biopic.

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If you applied for the opportunity to hand over $900 to Google in exchange for a ticket to its Google I/O 2014 conference then now’s the time to start checking your email inbox, because the company has started sending out confirmation emails to those that have been selected to attend.

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As the iPhone 5s grows closer to the end of its lifecycle, attention has already shifted to what people think, hope or want Apple to offer when they finally announce its replacement. The iPhone 6 is always going to garner plenty of attention, and as is always the case with big iPhone releases, people have been hard at work creating 3D modeled representations of what they want the handset to look like and which features they hope make the jump from wishlist to reality.

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In a technology world dominated by behemoths like Apple, Samsung and HTC, it’s always heart-warming when one of the smaller firms manages to get some attention. OnePlus is a prime example of a little guy doing potentially great things in the smartphone world, and its upcoming OnePlus One device has been getting quite a bit of attention amongst smartphone enthusiasts.

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If you hate the iOS 7 power-off screen then you’re going to love BetterPowerDown. When Apple finally released iOS 7 to the public last year, it’s fair to say that it wasn’t met with complete acceptance. Some of the design changes that Jony Ive brought to the iPhone and iPad had some people not just shaking their heads, but also longing for the more familiar look and feel of the versions of iOS that they were so used to.

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When Microsoft detailed what would be part of its Windows Phone 8.1 update, one of the features that caught our eye was the introduction of ‘Project My Screen.’ Having the ability to display a smartphone’s screen output on a computer may not seem too exciting at first, but if you throw a touch-screen monitor into the equation, things start to get interesting. Unfortunately though, the PC aspect of the whole thing wasn’t quite ready, leaving eager tweakers to sit on their hands and wait.

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Security is a hot button topic right now, and with good reason. With government agencies trying to scoop your data just as much as the cyber criminals we’re all told keep sniffing our credit card details, gone are the days of simply burying our heads in the sand and hoping it’ll all be OK.

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So, wireless charging. Plenty of smartphone makers have taken a stab at killing off the charging cable over the years, with Nokia in particular doing its best to make wireless charging into something that’s less of a novelty and more of a real feature. While the likes of Apple have so far refused to bring wireless charging to iPhones and iPads, there’s no doubt that there’s something inherently cool about charging something just by putting it onto a plate.

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The App Store may already be choc-full of top games that are designed for the large touch screens that adorn iPads and iPhones, but that doesn’t stop some of us from yearning for the games of yesteryear. If you’re carrying a jailbroken iOS device then there is no shortage of ways to get your nostalgic fix, but it’s not always quite so simple if you’re not.

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With Samsung’s Galaxy S5 now available to buy for many, much of the talk in reviews has been about how the company’s decision to stick with the tried and tested formula of its existing handsets has left the fifth generation Galaxy S lacking anything to get the pulse racing. That hasn’t stopped people flocking to buy the new handset though, with reports coming out of Korea stating that the Galaxy S5 has seen strong sales in the region.

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We love apps. In fact, if there’s one thing we love more than apps, it’s an app that usually costs money and is now free for a limited time only. Which brings us to Printer Pro.

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When Apple first announced the original iPad, many people in the technology industry started a debate about whether it could ever be a device for creating content. Many decided that the touch-based input method meant that the iPad and other tablets were simply not suited to content creation, with consumption being the name of the game. While watching movies, viewing images and reading text are possibly the biggest reason to own an iPad, the years since that first iPad introduction have proven that there’s plenty to be built on an iPad.

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We all like to customize our devices. It’s why multi-colored cases sell so well, and why we agonize over whether what color smartphone we want to buy every time a new one gets released. People like to think that they’ve got something different to what everyone else has because they like to be different.

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Hot on the heels of Apple’s CarPlay, Microsoft’s effort is decidedly similar to that of the iPhone maker. Windows in the Car follows the same approach in that it will allow users of Windows Phone devices to take over a car’s built-in entertainment and navigation systems using the Mirrorlink standard, with all input duties then taken over by a large touch screen built into the car’s dashboard.

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Real multi-app multitasking may be on its way to iOS thanks to jailbreak developer Ryan Petrich after he released a teaser video showing a tweak that he is currently working on. It’s still in its early stages of development, but the video is enough to get us very excited indeed.

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Viber is one of the more popular Skype alternatives out there, and with apps across every major platform it isn’t difficult to see why. It’s also hugely popular on iOS, even with FaceTime now offering not just a video calling option, but also a voice-only solution too. Heavy users of Viber will always want to be able to customize the app a little more than its developer does though, which is where Vibrator comes in.

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Android’s biggest weakness may be the huge numbers in which smartphones running the software have sold, but it’s fairly safe to say at this point that phones and tablets running various flavors of Android are less than secure. In fact, the hacking of Android-powered devices is such a problem that it’s been the beneficiary of plenty of attention from the security fraternity.

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The upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5 has a lot going for it. It’s big, it’s fast and it’s got more sensors than NASA. Those sensors do all kinds of things, but it seems the old fashioned microphone may be at the center of one particular party piece, and it’s a party piece that Samsung has kept rather quiet.

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It’s not something we’ve ever done ourselves, but we’ve got a sneak suspicion that it’s happened to more people than are willing to let on. We are, of course, talking about people walking into things while they’re sending text or instant messages. Granted, we’ve done it when inebriated, but never when trying to use our phones!

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Everyone is an expert these days. With smartphones getting better and better cameras, there really is no good reason for anyone to take a bad photo on an iPhone, Galaxy S or HTC One device anymore. The same goes for video.

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