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.

iPhones Replace Room Phones at Vancouver Hotel

Posted on 09/07/2012 by Chris Hauk

Hotels want to offer guests cutting edge technology, but they want it to be something they’ll understand and use. A boutique hotel in Vancouver has come up with what they think is a valid plan. They’re replacing the “normal” hotel room phone with an iPhone.

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Rumor: Apple to Revise iPad With Single Backlight

Posted on 08/07/2012 by Chris Hauk

An unverified report from the ever popular rumor monger DigiTimes claims that Apple is looking at returning to a one-LED backlight module instead of the two-LED design in the current iPad.

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Report: Thunderbolt Cable Prices Should Drop in 2013

Posted on 07/07/2012 by Chris Hauk

One of the main criticisms of the Thunderbolt connectivity standard since it’s introduction by Apple has been its cost. The prices of compatible peripherals is still high, and even the cables are expensive, with Apple’s 2-meter cable costing $49. Some upcoming advances could help the cost come down later this year, or early next year.

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Apple Playing Waiting Game With Mobile Payments

Posted on 07/07/2012 by Chris Hauk

A growing number of handset makers are incorporating mobile payment systems into their smartphones, yet Apple has seemed reluctant to dive in. A new report tells why company executives have chose to “go-slow”.

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Samsung Gets Nexus Injunction Stay, Denied Stay of Galaxy Tab Injunction

Posted on 07/07/2012 by Chris Hauk

Samsung batted .500 in court on Friday as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit denied their request for the immediate stay of an Apple-won injunction against the Galaxy Tab 10.1, while winning a temporary stay on the Galaxy Nexus smartphone injunctions until at least next week.

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The iPhone is an Alarm Clock Killer

Posted on 06/07/2012 by Chris Hauk

U.K. carrier O2 surveyed its users to discover which devices iPhones and other smartphones commonly replace in the lives of respondents. The device it replaced most often? The humble alarm clock.

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Steve Jobs Drew Inspiration from France’s Pre-Internet Minitel Box

Posted on 05/07/2012 by Chris Hauk

A French telecom engineer says that the man that turned Apple into the empire of web-connected devices it is today drew some of his inspiration from a table-top box that connected French homes to information long before the arrival of widely available Internet.

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Apple Wins Patent for Water Damage Detection

Posted on 05/07/2012 by Chris Hauk

Apple has won a patent related to the detection of water damage to a device. The detector, Apple says, is strategically placed within the enclosed device so users can determine water damage from the outside.

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Russian ‘Trojan Horse’ SMS Spam App Pulled from App Store

Posted on 05/07/2012 by Chris Hauk

Security firm Kaspersky Labs reported today that it had been alerted to an app that was available on both Apple’s App Store, and the Google Play store for Android that would harvest users’ address book contacts and then send them to the developers servers for use in text spam.

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