About Oliver Haslam



Oliver Haslam

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http://www.twitter.com/theiBlog

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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 2243 post(s).

Posts by Oliver Haslam:

There will always be people wanting to argue over which device is best. Is it the latest and greatest phone to come out of Apple’s Cupertino design labs, or Samsung’s newest Android-powered Galaxy S effort? It’s a discussion that has been going on ever since Samsung and Apple squared up to each other at the higher end of the smartphone market, and while there are obviously devices on sale from other hardware makers, it’s the two arch rivals that tend to capture the imaginations, and the wallets, of most customers.

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Google has made three new ads available online with just days if not hours left to go before it is expected to launch new Nexus devices. With a new Nexus 9 tablet and Nexus 6 smartphone peeping over the horizon, the three new ads have appeared just at the right time, with Google getting ready for another charm offensive while trying to peddle its new wares.

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In what may be the thin edge of the wedge, a Reddit thread has popped up in which it is claimed readers will find hundreds of Dropbox credentials, leaving a huge number of the online storage firm’s users potentially wide open to having their accounts compromised.

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Users of most Android-powered smartphones and tablets aren’t really used to timely software updates, but the barely available Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has already seen its first update arrive, and the chances are you can’t even buy one yet.

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Next Thursday’s Apple event is widely believed to be the place that will announce two new iPads and, if we’re really lucky, a new Retina iMac. Hardware aside though, it looks increasingly likely that the following weekend will be when Apple Pay goes live.

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It wouldn’t be too harsh to say that iOS 8 hasn’t been Apple’s finest hour. Whether it be the botched launch of Health or the fact that Apple managed to push an update out that stopped a large number of iPhones from talking to the cellular network, someone inside the firm that could once do no wrong is probably sweating a little more than usual.

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A new hidden menu lets users record 1080p video using Instagram’s Hyperlapse app, with more options also opened up for good measure.

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Microsoft’s Surface Pro is generally regarded as the best Surface yet, which makes plenty of sense if you have enough faith in Microsoft for even the software giant to not take the product backwards. Unfortunately though, even with the improvements that have gone into the Surface Pro 3, some users are still finding that it doesn’t quite live up to their expectations on a few different levels, with the stylus being one of the issues they’re complaining about.

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Modern smartphones are great and all, but even with the trend of ever increasing screen sizes making it possible for manufactures to squeeze larger batteries into them, today’s flagship handsets just don’t last long enough between charges. There are exceptions to the rule, granted, but as a whole it’s likely you’re going to be charging that new phone of yours by the end of the day, especially if you know you won’t be able to charge it the next.

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Apple is clearly making a play for the health tracking market with its Health app and the integration with third-party apps that it makes possible, and while syncing food consumption data with apps is all well and good, it’s when you start adding bespoke hardware into the mix that things really start to get interesting.

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Apple is set to hold another big event on October 16th, with new iPads and possibly new Macs on the agenda. It’s something announced at the company’s last press outing that is currently making the headlines though, with Apple Pay and its impending go-live on everyone’s minds.

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When Apple announced that custom keyboards were coming to the iPhone and iPad with iOS 8, everyone’s attentions immediately turned to keyboards like Swype and Swiftkey. It’s easy to see why, too. Being able to swipe instead of type is the exact kind of thing Apple no doubt had in mind when it decided to allow third-party apps to be installed on its precious hardware. It did not, we suspect, expect to see they keyboard we just came across.

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Now that it’s actually been announced, the Apple Watch will likely seem like old hat by the time the Cupertino outfit manages to get it out the door next year, but that won’t stop the truly tech-obsessed from, well, obsessing over every detail of what will likely be the first truly mainstream smartwatch.

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Remotely closing Safari tabs in iOS 8 and Yosemite can be more useful than you think, and it’s dead easy to do, too.

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Microsoft has been the subject of all kinds of ire since the release of its Xbox One thanks to a slew of missing or simply ill-equipped features when compared to its big competition, Sony’s PlayStation 4. Since its arrival late last year though, the Xbox One has received a number of monthly updates that have seen most of the issues raised addressed, but that doesn’t mean that the Xbox team is ready to call it a day.

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As soon as Apple pushes a new beta release of iOS out to developers, there’s always someone waiting to poke around to see what they can see. One such developer is Hamza Sood.

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Want to record 360-degree videos using your iPhone 6 but don’t want to spin around like a moron? Then fear not, because Cycloramic has your back.

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Apple may have famously called the Apple TV a ‘hobby’ but it’s becoming clear that the little puck is about to become much more than what it is in its current form. Woefully neglected over the years, Apple’s TV accessory appears to be on the verge of becoming the center of a new system that will see our homes become more connected than ever.

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With Apple seeding new builds of iOS 8.1 to developers for testing it was only a matter of time before a clever developer managed to poke around long enough to find some more information about about the big change we’re expecting to come as part of the release.

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Since day one, Facebook has required users to use their real names when signing up to the site and while that has partly been behind much of its success, the social network has long come in for plenty of criticism due to its refusal to accept sign-ups where users wish to remain anonymous.

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