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 1895 post(s).

Posts by Oliver Haslam:

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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As more and more of our lives revolve around our smartphones, we really do need their batteries to last as long as possible. With those phones receiving more beefy CPUs and larger screens with more pixels, they’re starting to use more juice than ever before. Unfortunately batteries aren’t seeing huge improvements in technology, which as a result has left manufacturers with only one option: put larger batteries into their handsets.

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You may remember that not too long ago now we told you about Winocm and how he had managed to dual boot his iPad 2 with iOS 6 and iOS 5. In fact, he was so sure that people probably wouldn’t believe that he’d done it, he released a video on YouTube showcasing the feat. He even went so far as to release a further video showing that the same iPad 2 could also be forced to triple boot, with iOS 7 thrown into the mix. We’re not really sure that the word ‘impressive’ does any of that justice.

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For many, the jailbreak scene all comes down to one particular tweak. Auxo, created by the folks at A3Tweaks, has been around for a while now, and very popular it is too. Pre-iOS 7, Auxo was the tweak to have if you wanted to take the poorly implemented iOS multitasking system and turn it on its head. Post-iOS 7 though, we’ve all been waiting impatiently to see what an updated version would look like.

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When Facebook added Chat Heads to its apps the addition was greeted by both excitement and derision in equal measure, but for those that use them, Chat Heads are a must-have feature. Those who use the right flavor of Android will have access to Chat Heads system-wide, but those of us using iOS devices like iPads and iPhones aren’t able to do the same thanks to Apple’s stranglehold on how things work when an app is closed. It’s a trade-off that we make, but it’s safe to say the idea of having instant access to Chat Heads no mater what app is in use would be appealing to many.

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We’ve all got our pet hates. Some people can’t abide those who smoke, or perhaps have a particular disdain for anyone that bites their fingernails. With us, it’s people who shout when talking on their phones.

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The Philips Hue range of smart bulbs is seen by many as a great gateway into the world of home automation. We really wouldn’t argue against that, and with plenty of geeky types telling us at every turn that we should join the home automation revolution, it seems that turning our lights on and off using our smartphones or with the help of a schedule is something we really are going to have to get used to.

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It seems that someone at Facebook likes nice round numbers, because the social network has released Facebook Messenger 4.0 for iPhone and Android. Big new updates are great, except when they’re not big at all, which is certainly the case with Facebook Messenger. See, the app has seen its version number bumped to the lofty number of 4.0, but do the changes warrant a new point-0 release? Probably not, no.

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While Spotify and Rdio are taking over from iTunes when it comes to the kids’ favorite way of consuming music, we’re told by just about everyone younger than us that the real way to get a music fix is to use YouTube. Full of music videos as well as the odd unofficial recording, YouTube has become a huge video-based music jukebox for many, with the added benefit of it being absolutely free. Really, what’s not to love?

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The speed at which Apple’s iOS 7 completes its animations has long been a topic of discussion amongst many. Overly-long, labored transitions between apps, screens and even opening or closing folders are no fun at all, and iOS 7 had them in spades. Thankfully iOS 7.1 seems to have fixed the issue to a large extent, but if you’re holding off updating to iOS 7.1 then you need some way of making everything feel more fluid and less like it’s floundering around in treacle.

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The wait is almost over for Samsung’s next flagship smartphone, with the highly anticipated Galaxy S5 going on sale worldwide next month. The Galaxy S line of smartphones is almost a home run when it comes to sales, but the handsets aren’t always universally well reviewed by those who like to dig a little deeper than simple screen size or fancy software features. This year Samsung hopes to right that.

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Everyone hates it when two massive companies keep dragging each other through the courts, except lawyers that is. With Apple and Google getting ready to once again duke it out we’re being treated to a rare insight into how Apple functioned circa 2007. with the man that was in charge of coming up with the iPhone giving a rare interview.

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The MacBook Air is arguably Apple’s best portable computer. It’s thin, it’s light and it’s powerful enough for the vast majority of people to do everything they could ever want to. But it’s lacking one thing, and it’s the one thing that people want enough to upgrade to a MacBook Pro for, and that’s the Retina display.

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Whenever a new smartphone is released there’s always someone asking the inevitable question: what happens when I throw it across the ground, or maybe dunk it in water or give it a few blows using a hammer?

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It seems that we can’t go any longer than a few posts without professing our love for the jailbreaking scene. Maybe not always for some of the tweaks that it comes up with, after all, some can be pretty poor indeed, but rather for the kinds of things that it makes possible. For the doors that it opens, often far beyond the idea of simply being able to skin an iOS device to within an inch of its life.

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When Samsung announced its Galaxy S5 hero phone we were more than a little skeptical. Not because we doubt that it will sell like crazy worldwide, nor because we think that Samsung’s continued reliance on plastic will see existing Galaxy S fans switch allegiances elsewhere. What we really weren’t too sure about was the claim that the Galaxy S5 will feature an IP67 rating for both dust and water resistance.

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When Apple decided to ditch Google Maps as its iOS mapping software of choice it caused quite the stir. With Google’s mapping technology almost ubiquitous at this point, and with us all being so familiar with it, the thought of losing it on iOS was rather worrisome. As it turned out we didn’t have to wait too long before Google brought Maps to iOS as a standalone app, but all the hooks inside iOS still point to Apple Maps, for better or for worse.

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As Google’s Chromecast continues its expansion to other countries around the world, the company appears to have begun to refocus its energies into the little HDMI dongle. Offering buyers a way to get video and audio onto a television via both Android and iOS devices, Chromecast is almost an alternative to an Apple TV for those that don’t need the kinds of features that particular product offers.

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Tutorial on how to set or run animated screensaver as desktop wallpaper on Windows 8 or Windows 7. True, it’s nothing new thanks to the fact that the trick of having a screensaver as a wallpaper has been around for some years, but we’d forgotten all about it and, we’re willing to guess, so have you. It’s really so simple that everyone should be at least giving it a try.

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