Articles by Chris Hauk

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

Ford Dropping BlackBerry Devices in Favor of Apple’s iPhone

Posted on 29/07/2014 by Chris Hauk


It appears Ford does truly have “a better idea” when it comes to mobile devices for use by its employees, as the car maker is planning to transition away from the use of BlackBerry devices, providing approximately 3,300 workers with iPhones by the end of the year.


Popcorn Time’s Torrents Streamer to Get AirPlay Support

Posted on 29/07/2014 by Chris Hauk


Popcorn Time, the somewhat questionable service that allows you to stream movie torrents just like they were Netflix content, is adding another great feature to their Mac and PC clients. The service will soon add AirPlay ability to both clients, allowing viewing of the torrents on your Apple TV.


MacTrast Deals – Flip PDF For Mac: Create Eye-Catching Digital Media Publications

Posted on 29/07/2014 by Chris Hauk


Sure, PDF has had its day, and it’s been a good run. But today you need more than just a static PDF file to grab readers’ attention. Enter Flip PDF for Mac, a powerful flip book creator that allows users to quickly and easily convert ordinary PDF files into mobile friendly, eye-catching digital media with engaging page-flipping effects.


Apple Stores Soon to Offer iPhones Via Carrier Early Upgrade Programs

Posted on 28/07/2014 by Chris Hauk


Late August should see the kickoff of a new program at Apple’s retail stores, which will allow customers to purchase a new iPhone via the latest carrier upgrade programs. Currently, any iPhones purchased at an Apple retail location must either be bought via a two-year contract, or at full-price for unlocked models.


Hilton Hotels to Allow Use of Your iPhone as a Hotel Room Key Next Year

Posted on 28/07/2014 by Chris Hauk


If standing in line at a hotel to check-in isn’t your idea of a good time, (and if it is, what the hell is wrong with you?), the latest news from the Hilton hotel chain will be welcome news. Starting next year, you’ll be able to avoid the front desk completely, by checking in electronically, and using your iPhone as your room key.


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