About Oliver Haslam



Oliver Haslam

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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 2048 post(s).

Posts by Oliver Haslam:

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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There has long been debate about whether the Apple eBay Store is actually 100% official or not, with some believing that Apple lets a third-party run its eBay presence so that it doesn’t have to worry about it itself, but the general consensus is that it’s as good as official. With that in mind, it’s often been a good place to bag a good bargain. The store has had a restock recently too, which means you’re going to want to check it out if you’re eager to grab yourself a new gadget to play with.

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Dr. Dre’s Beats Electronics, soon to be part of the Apple empire following a massive acquisition announcement of $3 billion, has filed a lawsuit that it hopes will not only put a collection of Chinese counterfeiters out of business, but also rake in a pretty penny when it comes to fines and seizure of assets.

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Everyone likes it when popular, and indeed awesome games get cheaper than their usual prices that they sell for, and it’s safe to say that Grand Theft Auto is one of the most anticipated and best selling franchises there are. So, when Major Nelson says that Grand Theft Auto 5 is on sale, with a massive 50% off its normal price, then we tend to take notice. More details can be found right after the fold.

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BlackBerry may well be scrambling for some sort of relevancy in the smartphone world, but it seems that some people just wont let their BlackBerry Messenger, or BBM accounts die. Announcing its first beta release of BBM for Windows Phone, BlackBerry took to its blog in order to claim that it had received an “incredible number of requests for BBM to come to Windows Phone.”

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When Apple started extending the previews of songs that were longer than 2 minutes and 30 seconds back in 2010, licensing was a big factor in reason that not all songs received the updated 90 second previews at the same time. Now, Apple appears to be reducing some of those previews to just 30 seconds, no matter the length of the song, across both the desktop and mobile versions of the iTunes Store.

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As if to really drive home the fact that wearables are becoming the kind of thing that every company on the planet needs to make, Adidas has today announced its very own fitness band, dubbed the FIT SMART.

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Apple’s iTunes U application for the iPad and iPhone has received quite the feature bump, with version 2.0 now available to download. The big 2.0 update was announced last week.

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Smartphones were undoubtedly the biggest technology of the last 7 years, and as time rolls on it’s starting to become apparent that wearables are going to play a big part in the future of mobile technology. One thing that was expected to explode inside the last ten years is Virtual Reality, but alas, it’s fallen by the wayside.

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Wireless charging is the kind of thing that has been around in various guises for a good while now, and with many Android phones featuring the technology as standard, Apple’s iPhone has lagged behind the times somewhat, with the company refusing to add wireless charging technology to any of its devices. From what we’ve heard about the iPhone 6, that’s not likely to change any time soon, either.

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Turns out that making smartphones is hard, and although the folks at Foxconn are actually rather good at doing just that, there’s always room for extra improvement. Whether that improvement comes in any form, Foxconn is apparently set to augment its existing workforce with 10,000 new additions.

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If you’ve been on an airplane in the last ten years, then the chances are you’re already well aware of some of the rather overzealous restrictions that are being enforced upon air travellers. Mothers forced to prove that baby milk is indeed just that by drinking it is a story we’ve all heard before, but now it seems that the US Transportation Security Administration isn’t content with just making sure liquids are as they appear, anymore.

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Apple’s announcement of iOS 8 brought with it plenty of new features, and one of those new additions was the ability to quickly reply to messages without having to stop what you’re doing. Something that has arguably been forgotten in the tidal wave of other new features, quick replies are something that have been on everyone’s wishlist for quite some time.

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The Samsung Gear Fit fitness tracker and smartwatch is probably the least bulky smartwatch around, but it’s also more of a fitness tracker than the kind of smartwatch that we’re all so excited about getting. That doesn’t mean that it’s not awesome though, and if you’ve been on the fence about picking one up and happen to live in the United States, then now might be a great time to take the plunge.

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The Nokia Lumia 830 may have only made its first appearance in a spy shot that popped up a few days ago, but it’s already making headlines once again after new renders were leaked which appear to show the unannounced smartphone with some rather new branding.

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It’s iWatch, iWatch, iWatch right now, and when UBS analyst Steven Milunovich managed to get hold of Apple CEO Tim Cook, it was the latter’s apparent favoring of voice messaging that has led the analyst to believe that it could be a main feature for the unannounced but highly anticipated Apple smartwatch.

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