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 Answers.com, and his own personal tech blog at chrishauk.com

Gazelle Offers Certified Pre-Owned iPads and iPhones

Posted on 31/10/2014 by Chris Hauk

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Gazelle, long a popular choice for turning your used iOS device into quick cash, has opened its own certified pre-owned device store. Items in the store include iPhones, iPads, and other smartphones and tablets. Currently, the store’s inventory is limited to Apple devices, including the iPhone 4 and up, iPad 2 and up, and the iPad mini.

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Seth Rogen Set to Play Woz in Steve Jobs Biopic

Posted on 30/10/2014 by Chris Hauk

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Seth Rogen will play Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak in Sony’s upcoming Steve Jobs biopic that will star Christian Bale in the title role. Rogen will have some excellent advice handy on how to play Wozniak, as the Woz himself is a consultant on the film.

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Samsung, Apple Continue Global Smartphone Lead – Xiaomi Grabs 3rd

Posted on 30/10/2014 by Chris Hauk

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Research firm IDG reports the global smartphone market grew 25% in the third quarter of 2014, with Apple hanging in there in second place, Samsung losing marketshare while retaining its lead, and Chinese phone maker Xiaomi grabbing a surprising third place in the rankings.

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Microsoft Reveals $199 ‘Microsoft Band’ Fitness Band

Posted on 30/10/2014 by Chris Hauk

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Shortly following an early reveal via the iOS and Mac App Stores, Microsoft has officially revealed its $199 Microsoft Band fitness wearable. The company revealed the device to Re/code, and said the device goes on sale Thursday in Microsoft’s online and retail stores.

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Tim Cook’s Open Letter: ‘I’m Proud to be Gay”

Posted on 30/10/2014 by Chris Hauk

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Apple CEO Tim Cook has publicly come out as a gay man in a letter written for Bloomberg Businessweek. Cook says while it “wasn’t an easy choice,” and that his privacy remains important to him, he has come to realize that his desire for personal privacy has been holding him back from doing something more important.

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CurrentC Hacked: Alerts Users to Stolen Email Addresses

Posted on 29/10/2014 by Chris Hauk

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It seems that CurrentC, the “secure” mobile payments competitor to Apple Pay that’s being pushed by Walmart, Rite Aid, CVS, and others, has already been hacked. A message went out to early trial users of the CurrentC system informing them that a third party hacked had into the system and grabbed some of their email addresses.

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MacTrast Deals: The Monster Mac Freebie Bundle + Bonus App: BackBlaze

Posted on 29/10/2014 by Chris Hauk

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Here’s a chance to get 7 great Mac apps for free. Plus, after 50,000 downloads, everyone gets 3 months of Backblaze Online Cloud Backup for free! So be sure to grab your free bundle, and share your good fortune on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+, so we reach the 50K download milestone so we can all grab that free 3 months of Backblaze!

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