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.

Retinizer Lets You Quickly Make Any Mac App Retina-Ready!

Posted on 11/09/2012 by Chris Hauk

So, you have a nifty new Retina Display MacBook Pro, and you’re forced to still use non-Retina-ready apps like Microsoft Word, and those fuzzy font’s are just bumming you out! Is that what’s chaffing your saddle area, cowboy? Well here comes Retinizer to the rescue.


Sharing in Skitch to Go Through Evernote

Posted on 10/09/2012 by Chris Hauk

If you’re a Skitch user you may have received an email today telling you that as of October 10, 2012 you won’t be able to access Don’t freak out, you’re not losing your Skitch notes, you’ll just have to start accessing them through Evernote.


Mountain Lion OS X 10.8.2: Best Battery Life Since Snow Leopard

Posted on 10/09/2012 by Chris Hauk

A little over a month ago, there were reports from many users that had noticed a significant decrease in battery life on their laptops after upgrading from Lion to Mountain Lion. Now OS X 10.8.2 may bring your computer’s battery back to a long and happy life.


Nielsen: Young Adults and Teens Lead Smartphone Owner Growth

Posted on 10/09/2012 by Chris Hauk

Nielsen took a look at the mobile market in the U.S. and released the results of their study this week. U.S. smartphone penetration continued to grow in July 2012, with 55.5% of all mobile subscribers now owning smartphones, compared to July 2011 when only 41% of mobile subscribers owned them.


Samsung Ready to Sue Apple Over iPhone 5 Release

Posted on 10/09/2012 by Chris Hauk

You can almost hear the lawyers salivating. Samsung Electronics said on Monday that it will sue Apple over the release of the iPhone 5 for infringing on its 4G LTE connectivity patents.


6 Cool Augmented Reality Apps for the iPhone

Posted on 09/09/2012 by Chris Hauk

Augmented Reality: A virtual reality that combines real and generated images and information. With augmented reality you can do everything from find a good restaurant, play a game, type a text message while walking without running into a telephone pole, or even figure out where you’re going to hit your next golf shot.


Ooomf: Think of it as “Pinterest for Apps”

Posted on 08/09/2012 by Chris Hauk

What’s the worst way to find apps on the App Store? Looking on the App Store! Searching is a pain in the ass, and the only way you have a prayer of finding an app is if it’s in one of the charts, or you know its exact name. How do you find new and interesting apps to explore? Enter Ooomf.


Report: Two More Major Airlines Set to Offer Passbook Integration

Posted on 08/09/2012 by Chris Hauk

An American Airlines representative confirmed on Friday that their digital ticketing system will soon provide integration with Apple’s Passbook app. Delta airlines is also rumored to be preparing to offer support for the new app that will rollout with the debut of iOS 6.