Articles by Chris Hauk

MacTrast Senior Editor, and self-described "magnificent bastard," Chris Hauk owns Phoenix Rising Services and writes for everyone's favorite "bad movie" website, Big Bad Drive-In.

His first Apple product was an iPod Classic 5 years ago, and he has since added a MacBook Pro, iPad, iPhone, and 2 Apple TVs to his collection.

He lives somewhere in the deep Southern part of America. Yes, he has to pump in both sunshine, and the Internet.

Don't forget to check out Chris' two latest endeavors, as the "Apple Expert" at, and his own personal tech blog at

Apple Pay Hits 1,000 U.S. Card Issuer Milestone

Posted on 05/02/2016 by Chris Hauk


Apple Pay is now available at over 2 million retailers across the United States, and on Friday reached another milestone. Apple’s contactless payment plan is now offered to customers of 1,000 U.S. credit and debit card issuers.


U.S. Ranks a Mere 55th in World LTE Speed Rankings

Posted on 05/02/2016 by Chris Hauk


If you listened to commercials for the big four wireless carriers, you’d think they all supply the fastest LTE speeds around. The fact is, none of them offer anywhere near the fastest speeds in the world. Far from it.


Apple to Offer Upgrade Trade-In Program for Broken iPhones

Posted on 05/02/2016 by Chris Hauk


A report from Thursday indicates Apple will soon offer a new trade-in program to allow iPhones with damaged screens, cameras, or buttons to be traded in for credit on a new iPhone. Plus, they’ll now officially allow retail store employees to install screen protectors on iPhones for customers.


MacTrast Deals: Python Programming Bootcamp

Posted on 04/02/2016 by Chris Hauk


If you’ve ever thought about learning Python, the easy to learn, yet powerful language behind such popular sites as Google and YouTube, now is the time! The Python Programming Bootcamp offers you the knowledge to master this flexible language!


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