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 2307 post(s).

Posts by Oliver Haslam:

Apple made great strides with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus’s speaker volume after years of speakers that either couldn’t reach reasonable volumes or simply distorted so much that they were unusable at anything above a whisper. The two latest smartphones out of Cupertino pack quite a punch, and while they could still benefit from front-facing speakers like some other flagship phones, any improvement is worth having.

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Some jailbreak tweaks are the kind of thing that make people jailbreak in the first place and we have no hesitation in saying that Apex 2, initially released for iOS 7, was one of those tweaks. Now, Apex 2 has just received a new update that adds an important new feature to the mix – support for iOS 8.1.

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There is a lot of talk right now about Apple’s decision not to throw multiple gigabytes of memory at the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, especially in light of how makers of Android smartphones tend to offer memory upwards of 2GB. Why, when some Android phones have up to three times as much memory, does the iPhone perform so well?

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It would appear that while the original Polaroid instant camera is long gone, the idea of being able to instantly print a physical copy of your photos is one that still appeals or, at least, that’s what the people behind Prynt will be hoping.

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Apple has released a statement and support document that outlines the potential security issue behind Masque Attack while also making it very clear that so long as people stay within its walled garden, they’ll be perfectly fine.

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If you have a Nokia Lumia Windows Phone 8 handset in your pocket and have been fretting about whether it would receive any more updates then you can rest easy, for Microsoft has confirmed that all Lumia Windows Phone 8 devices will indeed receive updates to Windows 10.

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Gamers don’t know how good they have it these days, what with their humongous television screens, surround sound and digital downloads that mean they need never darken their local game outlet’s door again. It’s a truly great time to be a gamer, but those of us who remember the good old days didn’t have it too bad either.

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We’re actually pretty keen on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus design, but we know that there are plenty of people out there that disagree, and somewhat strongly. Those antenna lines aren’t for everyone, and we can certainly understand why. Given some of the oddities that competitors have come out with in the past though, we’re willing to give Apple a small, begrudging pass in that regard.

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Samsung is making sure that Apple knows it’s not the only one in town when it comes to having people carrying around multiple devices with its logo on, and what better way to do that than to clone the features that let owners of iPhones, iPads and Macs sling data and app states across all three?

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Some things are cool not because of what they actually do but rather because how they do it. Overglide is a new game on the App Store and costing a dollar is one prime example of just that.

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It’s been a while since we had a good security scare, so here it is. According to Microsoft, a good portion of its Windows operating systems are potentially at risk of having someone gain complete control of a machine using what it calls modified packets. The security hole comes due to a flaw that has been found in Microsoft Secure Channel and while it doesn’t know of anyone yet who had exploited it, Microsoft had made a patch available that it says will keep us all nice and safe.

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Google is known for doing some rather strange things, even if they eventually turn out to be brilliant. Take Google’s Fiber broadband rollout to select markets as a prime example of something that had us shrugging our shoulders before realizing that it made so much sense we can’t work out why it didn’t do it before.

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New leaks show what appears to be a vastly improved Android Wear companion app for Android, and carries Google’s new-found design language.

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Even now, nearly two months since the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were released and we’re still waiting for some major players to update their apps to support Apple’s two new smartphones. One of those apps that people have been waiting for an update to is the Netflix app, and that update just landed on the App Store.

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People will always want to take something new and mash it together with something old. Whether it be old farms turned into luxury homes or classic cars with the engine of a supercar under the hood, there is plenty of scope for taking something beloved and giving it a new lick of paint.

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A new trailer has been released that gives gamers a first real look at what Grand Theft Auto 5 will look like on the Xbox One and PS4.

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Jailbreaking. It’s always had something of a bad reputation, no matter how much backers of the movement have tried to make it more mainstream. As with anything that’s not quite the norm there are plenty of misconceptions about what jailbreaking is all about, how safe it is, and what it’s used for. Fighting those misconceptions and legitimizing the practice of jailbreaking is never going to be easy.

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Popular slow motion app TruSloMo has been updated to support super slow motion at 240fps as well as the new iPhone 6 / 6 Plus while also having its in-app purchase put on sale.

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Some jailbreak tweaks are huge alterations to the way iOS works or completely change the way it looks. Others are much more subtle in what they do, preferring instead to make minor alterations to the operating system in very specific ways.

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As with the race to get App Store apps updated for iOS 8, jailbreak developers are also still working to get their tweaks ready for the new mobile operating system. Again, just like App Store developers, some have been quicker to get updates out than others and that’s not always through a lack of effort. Some tweaks just need some work to get right.

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