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

Posts Count:
Oliver has blogged 2152 post(s).

Posts by Oliver Haslam:

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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Having a smartphone who’s battery won’t last a day is the kind of thing that drives most of us mad. If you’re carrying around a large Android phone that’s got a battery larger than most notebooks inside it, then you’re probably fine but if you’re using an iPhone, we’re willing to bet that you’re charging that bad boy at least once a day. Sometimes twice.

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The ALS challenge is something that we told you about earlier today when Apple’s VP of Worldwide Marketing took his ice cold water like a man and then nominated CEO Tim Cook to do the same. Well, meanwhile over on the other side of the PC war ex-Microsoft CEO and generally nice man Bill Gates has also been in on the act after Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg nominated him during his own dousing.

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Phones and tablets now routinely come with built-in gyroscopes, and our watches are well on their way to becoming sensor laden as well, so it’s worth knowing what all these little sensors are capable of. That gyroscope for instance, did you know that it could also be used to steal credit card numbers?

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Samsung is going right after Apple in its latest line of ads but it’s in stores and sales figures that the pair will truly duke it out over the coming twelve months with the premium iPhone 6 and Galaxy S6 set to be the weapons of choice. Which company is deemed to have won this year’s battle will very much depend on which makes the better job of this year’s high-end smartphones.

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Apple’s current promotion that sees anyone who buys an Apple TV get a free $25 iTunes card is all well and good if you’re in the process of picking one up, but you’re out of luck if you already bought one. Or are you?

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Apple CEO Tim Cook has joined with the current Ice Bucket Challenge drive and had a bucket of freezing cold water dumped over his head in order to raise awareness of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.

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