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

Rite Aid Disables Apple Pay In Its Stores

Posted on 23/10/2014 by Chris Hauk

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Drugstore chain Rite Aid has reportedly disabled Apple’s new mobile payments service, “Apple Pay,” on its store’s point of sale terminals, after activating it earlier this week.

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‘Upcycled': Power Mac G5s Get New Life as Furniture

Posted on 23/10/2014 by Chris Hauk

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The smooth aluminum chassis of Apple’s 2003 Power Mac G5 was a widely admired distinctive design. Inspired by this, designer Klaus Geiger decided to “upcycle” these aging relics of the computer world because he says the machines are “simply too good to be disposed of.”

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MacTrast Deals: Two Great Deals for Photography Enthusiasts!

Posted on 22/10/2014 by Chris Hauk

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Today’s MacTrast Deals post offers TWO great deals for photography enthusiasts. First, get 200 photography skills lectures, including 27 hours of content from Adobe KnowHow, then check out the 24-105mm Camera Lens Lens Mug that keeps your hot beverage handy for refreshment!

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First iPad mini 3 Reviews: “MEH!”

Posted on 22/10/2014 by Chris Hauk

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Now that the review embargo has been lifted, reviews of Apple new iPad mini 3 are pouring in. While most reviews of the new iPad Air 2 were favorable, the iPad mini 3 has been met with a resounding, “MEH!”

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Amazon Will Offer Apple Pay Support For Its Visa Rewards Card

Posted on 22/10/2014 by Chris Hauk

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If you’re a user of Amazon’s Chase Visa Rewards card, you were likely disappointed to find that it was not supported in Apple’s new Apple Pay mobile payments system. Well, chin up Bucko, as Amazon has confirmed it does plan to support the new payments initiative in the near future.

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MasterCard Airs World Series Themed ‘Priceless’ Ads Featuring Apple Pay

Posted on 22/10/2014 by Chris Hauk

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Major League Baseball and MasterCard announced earlier this week that baseball fans attending the World Series between Kansas City and San Francisco would be able to pay for their concession stand goodies via Apple Pay. MasterCard debuted a pair of World Series themed ads featuring Apple Pay during game 1 of the fall classic last night.

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