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 2144 post(s).

Posts by Oliver Haslam:

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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Samsung’s long tradition of using Apple’s own advertising campaigns against it shows no sign of abating with the recently introduced ‘Wall Hugger’ line of TV ads, but now the Korean firm has gone a step further by moving its campaign to a new battleground – the airport power outlet.

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As popular as Instagram has been since its arrival and despite its buyout by Facebook, the app and service’s biggest feature is also its biggest limitation. Offering a way for people to post square, relatively low resolution photos, Instagram is never going to be home to large, high quality photographs.

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With Gamescom ongoing, Sony is showing off some of the games that will be coming to the PlayStation 4 in the coming months. Even with all the big name titles flying around though, Sony CEO Jim Ryan found time to give gamers a little sneak peak at what they will be able to play with as part of the PS4′s fall update.

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Phone cases that are also battery packs are nothing new, but they all suffer from the same ailment of being a bit on the large side of the fence. They might solve the problem of getting through an entire day without your phone dying, but it’s far from ideal.

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Virtual Reality has suffered more than a few false dawns over the years, but with the likes of the Oculus Rift reigniting attention in the technology, everyone seems to be working on their own implementation these days.

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Mobile phone plans are often quite expensive, but confusingly so. There’s nothing worse than not really knowing how much money you have left or how long it will last because you’re never really sure how much voice calls or text messages will cost. T-Mobile is trying to simplify the whole arrangement, and in doing so it may even have managed to make things cheaper for us too.

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The Call of Duty games are always some of the most highly anticipated around, and with Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare being the first to be designed for the next generation from the ground up, all eyes are on what the title will be able to bring to the table.

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When EA announced its Access service a few weeks ago, everyone stood up and took notice. While the folks at Sony apparently didn’t think it was a big deal, those on the limited beta felt otherwise. Now, as of today, that beta has given way to a full service that is available to anyone in the United States who owns an Xbox One that’s connected to the Internet.

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