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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Personalizing your iPhone is great fun, but we always find ourselves paralyzed by indecision. Do we go for that brightly colored sports motif or a dark and sinister wallpaper that makes us look all edgy while making it possible to actually read what our notifications say?

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Few Apple employees capture the imagination quite like Sir Jony Ive. British in a distinctly James Bond kinda way, Ive is the man that not only designs all of the hardware that comes out of Cupertino, but following the ousting of Scott Forstall he now also oversees all of Apple’s software design. The result is a ‘love it or hate it’ kinda thing – the hardware may be universally acclaimed but the same can’t be said of the software.

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When Apple announced its new iPads and the impressive iMac with Retina 5K display it was also wise enough to be candid about the problems that iOS 8 has faced so far, with bugs galore having apparently managed to squeak their way through Apple’s in-house quality assurance. The new iOS 8.1 update has been in beta testing for a little while now, and while developers have been able to work with the software already, mere mortals will be able to install the important update from this coming Monday.

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Well, it’s been quite the day of announcements in Cupertino. Still reeling from the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus announcement and then subsequent pre-order fiasco followed by launch, we then had to put up with Bendgate fiasco. Now Apple has bestowed upon us a whole new collection of goodies for us to lust after and if we’re really lucky, place orders for. They say that time stands still for no man, and that’s doubly true if you’re working at 1 Infinite Loop.

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With all the excitement surrounding the release of new hardware alongside the public release of OS X 10.10 Yosemite, it’s easy to miss some of the smaller, almost stealthy going-ons at Apple. One of those is the release of iTunes 12.0.1 that has just gone live for Mac OS X and Windows users.

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While all the attention from Apple’s big event today is quite rightly falling on that rather impressive Retina 5K iMac as well as the updated iPad Air, there is one particular feature of Apple’s new tablet that seems to have almost been squeezed in under the radar. Apple made no mention of it during the announcement of the iPad Air 2 and it was instead left to languish amongst all of the other features laid out on the product’s Web page.

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Now that the big Apple event of the month is out of the way and the dust has begun to settle on what the company has announced, the online Apple Store has now been updated with all kinds of new wares. Not all of the new additions are products that were announced on-stage either, with Apple making new accessories for its brand new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 available to buy.

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It’s been a big day for software updates today, and with some very large companies still yet to push out updates to their iOS apps that add support for the larger screen sizes of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, seeing that little red badge on the App Store is still surprisingly exciting.

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Google’s next big release of Android, currently simply known as Android L is only a short time away from release and it’s certain to undergo a name change before landing on the phones and tablets of users around the globe. In order to follow along with the current naming convention of choosing a name based on desserts that begin with the next letter in a sequence, Google only has so many options to choose from.

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Apple’s iOS 8 and subsequent releases haven’t been short of issues since the first public release on September 18th, and with iOS 8.1 currently in the hands of beta testers it’s clear that Apple is already working to squash as many bugs as possible. Some are still apparent in the version of iOS that’s running on most iPhones and iPads, one of which is a complete inability to use Personal Hotspot.

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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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