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 1885 post(s).

Posts by Oliver Haslam:

The speed at which Apple’s iOS 7 completes its animations has long been a topic of discussion amongst many. Overly-long, labored transitions between apps, screens and even opening or closing folders are no fun at all, and iOS 7 had them in spades. Thankfully iOS 7.1 seems to have fixed the issue to a large extent, but if you’re holding off updating to iOS 7.1 then you need some way of making everything feel more fluid and less like it’s floundering around in treacle.

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The wait is almost over for Samsung’s next flagship smartphone, with the highly anticipated Galaxy S5 going on sale worldwide next month. The Galaxy S line of smartphones is almost a home run when it comes to sales, but the handsets aren’t always universally well reviewed by those who like to dig a little deeper than simple screen size or fancy software features. This year Samsung hopes to right that.

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Everyone hates it when two massive companies keep dragging each other through the courts, except lawyers that is. With Apple and Google getting ready to once again duke it out we’re being treated to a rare insight into how Apple functioned circa 2007. with the man that was in charge of coming up with the iPhone giving a rare interview.

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The MacBook Air is arguably Apple’s best portable computer. It’s thin, it’s light and it’s powerful enough for the vast majority of people to do everything they could ever want to. But it’s lacking one thing, and it’s the one thing that people want enough to upgrade to a MacBook Pro for, and that’s the Retina display.

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Whenever a new smartphone is released there’s always someone asking the inevitable question: what happens when I throw it across the ground, or maybe dunk it in water or give it a few blows using a hammer?

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It seems that we can’t go any longer than a few posts without professing our love for the jailbreaking scene. Maybe not always for some of the tweaks that it comes up with, after all, some can be pretty poor indeed, but rather for the kinds of things that it makes possible. For the doors that it opens, often far beyond the idea of simply being able to skin an iOS device to within an inch of its life.

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When Samsung announced its Galaxy S5 hero phone we were more than a little skeptical. Not because we doubt that it will sell like crazy worldwide, nor because we think that Samsung’s continued reliance on plastic will see existing Galaxy S fans switch allegiances elsewhere. What we really weren’t too sure about was the claim that the Galaxy S5 will feature an IP67 rating for both dust and water resistance.

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When Apple decided to ditch Google Maps as its iOS mapping software of choice it caused quite the stir. With Google’s mapping technology almost ubiquitous at this point, and with us all being so familiar with it, the thought of losing it on iOS was rather worrisome. As it turned out we didn’t have to wait too long before Google brought Maps to iOS as a standalone app, but all the hooks inside iOS still point to Apple Maps, for better or for worse.

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As Google’s Chromecast continues its expansion to other countries around the world, the company appears to have begun to refocus its energies into the little HDMI dongle. Offering buyers a way to get video and audio onto a television via both Android and iOS devices, Chromecast is almost an alternative to an Apple TV for those that don’t need the kinds of features that particular product offers.

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Tutorial on how to set or run animated screensaver as desktop wallpaper on Windows 8 or Windows 7. True, it’s nothing new thanks to the fact that the trick of having a screensaver as a wallpaper has been around for some years, but we’d forgotten all about it and, we’re willing to guess, so have you. It’s really so simple that everyone should be at least giving it a try.

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You can always trust the jailbreak world to come up with something interesting, and we find that some of the better ones fly somewhat under the radar. A tweak that’s still very much in its infancy but doesn’t seem to be getting much attention is Appellancy.

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Some things are just never going to happen. Some things are just highly unlikely. With Steve Jobs around it was unthinkable for Apple to bring the iTunes Store to Google’s Android mobile platform, but in a post-Steve Jobs world, it’s looking increasingly possible that those packing non-Apple hardware could be able to buy songs from iTunes.

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Virtual Reality has been on the burner for many a year, with companies large and small working to try and make such technology a feasible option for those of us that want to discover new worlds – both real and made up – without ever having to leave the comfort of our own homes. No matter the company behind the project though, VR has been met with a luke-warm response by many, partly due to its numerous limitations.

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If the last seven years have been the age of the smartphone, then it’s quite possible that the next few years at least will be the age of the wearable computer. Far from strapping an oversized smartphone to yourself, smartwatches and fitness trackers are already becoming the must-have items for any technology fiend, and when Google Glass starts to become more readily affordable as well as easier to get hold of, we suspect that too will see quite the uptake in usage. Wearable technology is undoubtedly the next big thing, and now LG is getting in on the act.

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When it comes to success stories, they don’t come much bigger than Rovio and its Angry Birds franchise. Since its initial release back in 2009, the world has gone Angry Birds crazy, with merchandise ranging from lunch boxes to food and beyond. It’s fair to say that Rovio has done OK for itself, and as a result it’s found itself confident enough to branch out from the tried and tested formula of flinging birds at pigs. Relatively hot on the heals of Angry Birds Go, a kart racer, Rovio earlier this month teased Angry Birds Epic, and now it’s ready for prime time. At least, partly.

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Love them or hate them, rumors will never cease. With the next big thing just around the corner and everyone doing their best to second guess what the big thing to come out of the likes of Apple and Samsung will be, speculation and conjecture will always be on the tip of the internet’s collective tongue. Unfortunately it doesn’t always get it right.

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Apple’s AirPlay is one of the more prominent examples of Apple’s ‘it just works’ ecosystem and is arguably the best reason to own an Apple TV. Being able to take audio and video from an iOS device and throw it over to a big-screen TV or audio system is the thing of dreams, and the fact it works so well just adds to the mystique.

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It’s not the first time that it has happened, but that doesn’t make it any less humorous when a celebrity’s smartphone endorsement backfires. After all, we all like it when giants fall, do we not?

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It seems to have been in development for longer than iOS 7.0 itself, but the 7.1 update to iOS is now here, and even though it’s not got all the gusto of a big point-0 release, there’s still a fair few changes gone into an offering that many will be pleased to see arrive.

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The beauty of Kickstarter is that it makes it possible for people to launch products that would normally never see the light of day. In the technology arena especially, we’ve seen all kinds of awesome and not-so-awesome things come out of the crowd-sourcing funding machine that is Kickstarter. We’re not really sure which side of that fence we’re going to put the SlatePro desk just yet, but it sure looks nice.

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