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 iPad 2 is the Closest Competitor for the New iPad

Posted on 07/06/2012 by Chris Hauk

Apple’s decision to keep the iPad 2 available for a lower price is turning out to be a good business move. The iPad 2 is definitely attracting the attention of the budget-conscious consumer, suggesting it’s taking sales away from lower priced competitors like the Kindle Fire.

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Gartner: Macs are Invading the Enterprise

Posted on 07/06/2012 by Chris Hauk

Information Technology managers, you may have been able to keep Apple’s Mac out of your Windows PC dominated enterprise in the past, but the era of “no Macs allowed” in the working world is swiftly coming to an end.

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Dell Executive: “Shiny” iPad Not Fit for Business

Posted on 06/06/2012 by Chris Hauk

Apple has had huge success in getting the iPad into the hands of senior executives and board members since the launch of the device two years ago. But, Joe Kremer, Dell Australia’s managing director, will not give up on the tablet computing race. He says “shiny” devices like the iPad are too difficult for business to support.

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DirecTV Executive: “Apple TV Doesn’t Concern Us One Bit!”

Posted on 05/06/2012 by Chris Hauk

Michael White, chair of DirecTV, says he isn’t concerned that Apple will introduce a television device that will obsolete DirecTV technology. He says he doubts that “Apple’s interface will be so much better than DirectTV’s that people will be willing to pay for an extra box.” Mr. White was speaking at an investors conference in New York last Friday.

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Report: Virgin Mobile USA to Offer Prepaid iPhone by July

Posted on 05/06/2012 by Chris Hauk

According to a report today, Sprint’s Virgin Mobile USA will become the second American carrier to off the Apple iPhone without a service contract. MarketWatch says the addition to Virgin’s product lineup will be announced later this week. The phone could debut on the network as early as July 1.

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Apple Faces Roadblocks in U.S. and German Courts Against Competitors

Posted on 05/06/2012 by Chris Hauk

Apple is facing roadblock on two fronts in its legal battles against Samsung in the United States, and Motorola in Germany. Apple is facing delays in renewing a request in a U.S. court to ban the sale of Samsung Galaxy 10.1 tablets, while on the German front, a court in Dusseldorf, Germany, has said Apple would likely lose its bid for an injunction against Motorola’s Xoom tablet in the country.

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Kickstarter: Touchtype – The iPad / Apple Wireless Keyboard Case

Posted on 04/06/2012 by Chris Hauk

There have been plenty of iPad cases with built in keyboards that try to give the user the real keyboard experience that many find lacking from using the iPad’s virtual keyboard. So far none of these have met to my satisfaction. There is usually a rubbery feel to the keyboards that just isn’t comfortable to me. Now there is an intriguing Kickstarter project for “Touchtype”, the iPad / Apple Wireless Keyboard case.

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Facebook in iOS 6: System-Wide Integration, Ability to “Like” Apps

Posted on 04/06/2012 by Chris Hauk

Sources familiar with the Facebook integration into iOS 6 say the integration will be very similar to Twitter’s current iOS integration. Sending photos to Facebook from the Photos app, single sign-on for Facebook connected apps, and the ability to “like” apps from the App Store will all be included.

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Apple’s iPad Helps Low-Cost Airline Cut Out 2 Tons of TVs

Posted on 04/06/2012 by Chris Hauk

Budget airline Scoot Pte’s switch to using Apple’s iPad for its in-flight entertainment helped the company cut two tons of televisions and related equipment from its airplanes. Business class fliers will borrow the iPads for free, while economy passengers will rent them for $22 USD.

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