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 2043 post(s).

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Saving links to be read later may seem like a simple, forgettable feature but as apps like Instapaper and Pinboard have already proven that there’s plenty of use for such a feature. Now, two years after buying Instapaper competitor Spool, Facebook has launched its very own read-it-later service.

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Spam text messages are nothing new, but security research firm Cloudmark is now warning people of a new approach being taken by those who previously relied on SMS to peddle their spam.

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Mobile gaming has been growing at an impossible rate ever since the iPhone and Android smartphones arrived, and Gameloft is one developer that has made a handsome business out of games that are built for smartphones and tablets. One of Gameloft’s most successful and indeed most popular games, Modern Combat, has received a launch trailer for the latest game in the franchise.

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Apple has already received plenty of plaudits for the way it has worked to try and reduce the number of iPhone thefts in big cities, but a newly discovered patent application shows that the firm isn’t resting on its laurels. Instead, if we’re reading this Thursday’s patent application right, Apple is working on technology that will analyze usage patterns in order to discern whether a device is in the hands of its rightful owner.

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Apps are what make the world go round, of that there’s little doubt these days. A look at any of the app stores and their download figures should set aside any thought to the contrary. We love apps as much as anyone else, and we’d argue possibly a tad more, too. All apps are great, but we really love apps that go free for a limited time, which is why we feel it’s our civic duty to make sure that you, the dear reader, get to take advantage of such temporary price drops.

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The iPhone 6 leaks have started to pick up pace as we draw close to its grand unveiling in September. On a daily basis, we are either treated to a batch of photos pertaining to the rear shell of the device itself, or an occasional part leak that leaves us scratching our heads. Today is no different, as we are again left scratching our heads, with a new part being leaked related to the iPhone 6.

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The jailbreak world can often be a dark and murky one, so when you hear about the biggest and arguably most popular repository of jailbreak apps being hacked, you tend to take notice. That’s what happened very recently, with the BigBoss repo apparently falling foul of hackers.

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Keeping your Apple ID safe and secure has never been more important. Not only does it have your payment details locked in, meaning anyone with access to your account can start downloading apps, video or music, but it also plays host to your emails if you use an @icloud.com email address. Strong passwords are a must – you do have a strong password, don’t you? – but sometimes a little extra security must be in order.

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Kickstarter can be the home to some rather weird and, frankly, abysmal ideas, but sometimes there’s a little gem waiting to be discovered. One of those gems is the Cabin iPhone battery and charging system and, if we could be so bold, we’d have to say it’s pretty damn awesome.

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As the expected release of Apple’s new iPhone 6 draws ever closer, it stands to reason that mass production of at least one of the new devices has to begin pretty soon, and now that’s been all but confirmed by a new report by the Economic Daily.

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Chinese clones of popular smartphones are nothing new. In fact, Chinese clones of just about anything is nothing new, but the latest clone to come out of the country is actually based on something that doesn’t even officially exist yet: the iPhone 6.

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With LG’s new flagship phone, the LG G3, being out in the wild, it was only a matter of time before the company did its usual trick of downsizing it for the more budget-oriented markets out there. It’s a tried and tested formula for many companies these days, and LG is not shy about following suit.

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Apple’s addition of quick replies to iOS 8′s Messages is the kind of feature that iPhone users have been begging for, but it is capable of doing much more. Wouldn’t it be great if you could also send quick replies to messages that come in from other apps, and other social services? The mind immediately turns to the ever popular WhatsApp messaging client, and with good reason.

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For better or worse, lots of people get their movies via torrents. One of the things that often puts people off the process is the unwieldy way of getting movies down the pipe and then onto a TV. Popcorn Time beta, which is an app for Android, seeks to rid users of the headaches usually associated with BitTorrent by making it possible to stream torrents on the fly. It’s been a popular app since its introduction, but the new beta 2.0 release is sure to take things to a new level.

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Not content with already having singlehandedly cornered the music recognition market, Shazam has just updated its iOS apps to include some new music streaming integration that will see users able to identify and then listen to entire tracks without ever having to leave the comfort of the Shazam app.

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FCC filings were once a great way of getting a sneak peak at what Apple is working on, but those little leaks have become more and more rare of late. One has been picked up in the last day or so though, and it’s all about iBeacons.

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Jailbreak king and the man behind Cydia, Jay Freeman, had taken to the web to post a lengthy diatribe about a variety of things ranging from the monetization of Cydia to his own motivations to actually do the work on Cydia in the first place.

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There are plenty of things that accompany a new iPhone release. There are the inevitable rumors, then the ever-increasing number of leaks and supposed dummy models that start to appear thanks to third-party case manufacturers and the like. But there’s a third feature of a new iPhone release that is arguably even more characteristic of the Apple community, and that’s the 3D render of the unreleased device itself.

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We’re all for paying for great apps, but there’s no denying that there are few finer things in smartphone-owning life than getting a real gem of an app for free, especially when it would usually cost you money. Sometimes there really is such a thing as a free lunch, no matter what the naysayers have to say.

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If you just can’t wait until the expected September iPhone 6 release, then there is one option that you may not have already considered. With Apple’s unannounced new flagship just two months or so away, Chinese clone makers have already managed to get their iPhone 6 knockoffs out the door, as reported by the French site.

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