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.

Review: TTPlayer – There’s a Cinema in My Pocket

Posted on 27/03/2012 by Chris Hauk

If there’s one thing that owners of iPhones and iPads love to do with their device it’s to watch videos and movies. With the great screen, and fast CPU’s and GPU’s built into their devices, videos run like a dream. But what if you have a collection of movies that aren’t in the format the iOS video player requires?


Foxconn Takes Stake in Sharp – Will Partner on LCD Technology

Posted on 27/03/2012 by Chris Hauk

It was announced Tuesday that major Apple supplier Foxconn will take an 11 percent stake in Japanese electronics firm Sharp. The agreement is seen not only to aid Sharp financially, but will also involve joint development of LCD technology between the two companies.


Hard Times for the U.S. – China Smuggling Racket

Posted on 26/03/2012 by Chris Hauk

It’s getting tougher and costlier to smuggle Apple devices into China. The Chinese customs authority has told some U.S.-based shipping agents not to accept orders of iPads, and warned travelers to declare their gadgets at the border and pay a 10 percent import duty on electronics.


Microsoft and Intel’s “Secret Weapon” Against Apple

Posted on 26/03/2012 by Chris Hauk

Intel and its partners are about to launch the Ultrabook, which could be their biggest product launch since last decade’s Centrino introduction. Windows is preparing to launch its latest, and they claim, greatest version of Windows named Windows 8.


Fake Android Store in China Sells Genuine Apple iPhones and iPads

Posted on 22/03/2012 by Chris Hauk

The Chinese are experts at creating fakes of anything. Coach bags, Gucci sweaters, iPhones, iPads, the list goes on and on. The last few years have even seen ersatz Apple Stores pop-up in China. Now, they’re even opening up fake Android stores. To sell real iPhones and iPads!


Adobe Photoshop CS6 BETA Available for Free Download

Posted on 22/03/2012 by Chris Hauk

The next version of Adobe’s Photoshop, CS6, is now available in BETA form as a free download. There are tons of new features, with a redesigned interface, and several features ported over from Adobe’s popular “Lightroom” application.


New iPad’s A5X Processor Is HUGE!

Posted on 21/03/2012 by Chris Hauk

Computer chips usually tend to grow smaller with time, but with the A5X, the processor in the new iPad, Apple has gone in a different direction. It’s actually larger than its predecessors.