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.

Nuance Nina: A Powerful Virtual Assistant for iOS Apps

Posted on 06/08/2012 by Chris Hauk

If you’re like me, your fat thumbs may not have a problem doing emails and text messages, (thank you autocorrect). But when it comes to entering passwords, well… Now Nuance has released a new software platform that promises to allow developers to authenticate a user by the sound of their voice.


Phil Schiller Testimony: The Creation of the iPhone

Posted on 03/08/2012 by Chris Hauk

The Apple vs Samsung legal wingding continues to give insights into a company known for its secrecy, and its ability to keep information close to the vest. The testimony of Apple Senior VP Phil Schiller today gave us a peek behind the scenes at the creation of the iPhone.


LaCie Announces RuggedKey USB Flash Drive, Re-Engineered USB 3.0 Products

Posted on 03/08/2012 by Chris Hauk

LaCie released the RuggedKey this week, it’s a water and dust resistant USB 3.o stick with speeds of up to 150 MB/s and a bumper that provides protection from “heat,cold, and 100-meter drops.” LaCie also announced they have updated their entire USB 3.0 portfolio optimized specifically for the new Apple MacBook lines.


Be Sociable – 5 iOS Social Apps You May Not Have Heard Of

Posted on 03/08/2012 by Chris Hauk

Everyone knows about Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, etc. But how about some of the lesser known social apps for iOS devices. Let’s take a look at some of these low profile apps that will help you socialize without ever leaving the house.


Kraft “Dinner, Not Art” iPad App Helps Feed the Hungry

Posted on 03/08/2012 by Chris Hauk

Ever feel wasteful using Macaroni to create your masterpieces, but you just can’t bring yourself to work in another medium? How about being able to help feed the hungry while you’re saving your macaroni for the thing it was intended for, yummy Mac & Cheese. With Kraft’s new iPad app, you can do both.


How the iPhone Almost Had a Curved Glass Shell

Posted on 02/08/2012 by Chris Hauk

There have been some interesting bits and pieces of info coming out of the Apple vs. Samsung trial. In one deposition, former Apple designer Douglas Satzger told how Apple had “strong interest in doing two pieces of shaped glass,” for an iPhone prototype.