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 9 years ago, and he has since added a MacBook Pro, a number of iPads, iPhones, and multiple 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.

The Self-Praising Original Macintosh Ad that Apple Refused to Air

Posted on 10/08/2012 by Chris Hauk

A 60-second TV spot was created in the month leading up to the 1984 launch of the original Macintosh, but it was shelved and never saw the public airwaves. Apple never aired it because it was felt that the spot might be seen as “too self-congratulatory.”

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Burner – Create Temporary “Burnable” Phone Numbers at Will

Posted on 10/08/2012 by Chris Hauk

If you’re a bit of a privacy lover, and want to keep your real cell number a secret known only to you and the black helicopters, well here’s the app for you. It’s called Burner, and it lets you create temporary phone numbers that can be “burned” at will.

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Google Will Pay Largest Fine in FTC History for Ignoring Safari Privacy Settings

Posted on 09/08/2012 by Chris Hauk

Google agreed Thursday to pay a record $22.5 million fine for ignoring security settings in Apple’s Safari web browser that are designed to prevent advertisers from tracking users with cookies. The penalty is the largest the Federal Trade Commission has ever issued, and is the first ever for violations of its Internet privacy order.

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Over 50% of Viewing Audience Thought Galaxy Tab Was an iPad

Posted on 09/08/2012 by Chris Hauk

Internal Samsung documents show that it has struggled to market its Galaxy Tab as something distinct from Apple’s market leading iPad. Apparently, over half of the viewers watching its TV commercials assumed the ad was related to the iPad.

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Jim Dalrymple: Why Apple is Suing Samsung

Posted on 09/08/2012 by Chris Hauk

Jim Dalrymple of The Loop says that from what he sees in the press about the Apple vs. Samsung trial leads him to beleieve that most people just don’t really get what Apple’s motives are for suing Samsung. It’s actually all about what Apple will release in 2013 and beyond!

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Apple Suppliers Have Best July Ever

Posted on 09/08/2012 by Chris Hauk

A group of Apple suppliers responsible for supplying parts for the device maker’s future products had their best July ever. Financial experts are attributing the jump to the ramp up for a series of expected new iOS devices that will combine for the “biggest second-half product launches” in the company’s history.

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Judge Says Samsung’s Claims of Apple Photo Doctoring Aren’t Credible

Posted on 08/08/2012 by Chris Hauk

Samsung objected to a photo of the Epic Touch 4G that Apple presented as evidence of design infringement this morning, claiming that Apple had doctored the image so it would look more like an iPhone. Judge Lucy Koh overruled the objection, however, saying that Samsung’s claim lacked credibility.

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Samsung’s “Copies” Even Confuse The Original Mac Iconographer

Posted on 07/08/2012 by Chris Hauk

Susan Kare, the former Apple designer who created the iconic smiling Mac icon for Apple’s computers testified in U.S. District Court, saying that Samsung has mimicked the look and feel of Apple’s mobile software to such an extent, even she gets confused.

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Louisville, KY Apple Store Employee Helps Foil Kidnapping

Posted on 07/08/2012 by Chris Hauk

Maybe Apple shouldn’t mothball those new “Apple Genius” ads quite yet. They might want to produce a new one that shows just how helpful an Apple employee can really be, as a Louisville, KY Apple Store employee helped foil a kidnapping Saturday night.

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London 2012 – These are the ‘Mobile Games’

Posted on 07/08/2012 by Chris Hauk

New Google data would suggest that the mobile internet has reached a tipping point, as half of searches and video streaming requests are coming from mobile phones and tablets during the 2012 Olympic games.

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San Francisco Apple Store To Be Remodeled, Will Lose Theater

Posted on 07/08/2012 by Chris Hauk

A report today says Apple will remodel its flagship Apple Store in San Francisco. The store, located at 1 Stockton Street, is one of Apple’s most recognizable, and features a glass staircase of the type that is now closely identified with the chain.

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Opening Bids for Kodak Patents Start Well Below Estimated Value

Posted on 07/08/2012 by Chris Hauk

The opening bids for Eastman Kodak’s digital patent collection have come in far below the $3.6 billion the company said they could be worth. The bankruptcy court ordered auction may not leave much cash for the photography pioneer after the creditors are paid off.

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