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.

Rust: How Apple’s Gadgets Get Their Smooth, Durable Finish (Video)

Posted on 30/05/2012 by Chris Hauk

Apple achieves the smooth and shiny finish of its products by manufacturing step called anodizing. The process makes metals like aluminum and titanium resistant to corrosion by growing an oxide layer into the metal. That’s right, they protect against corrosion by adding a layer of rust!

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Apple Files Patents for Advanced Stylus

Posted on 25/05/2012 by Chris Hauk

Apple has applied for patents on an advanced stylus, (yes, you heard right,) that will sense movement and provide feedback when it passes specific points on a screen.

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Tim Cook is Refusing $75 Million Dividend Payout

Posted on 25/05/2012 by Chris Hauk

Apple CEO Tim Cook has requested to not be issued dividends on his restricted stock units when the company pays out its planned dividend to shareholders this summer. He will be sacrificing a nearly $75 million payout by refusing the dividends.

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Apple Says DOJ is Siding With Amazon on the Side of Monopoly

Posted on 24/05/2012 by Chris Hauk

Apple says the U.S. Department of Justice’s antitrust suit against it and five U.S. publishers is “fundamentally flawed as a matter of fact and law.” In court documents, Apple argued that the DOJ is siding with Amazon’s ebook monopoly, rather than competition.

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Foxconn’s Investment in Sharp Will Bear Fruit With iPhone Display Plant

Posted on 24/05/2012 by Chris Hauk

Foxconn is planning on using its new partnership with Sharp to build a new plant in China to manufacture screens for Apple’s iPhone. Foxconn will build the plant in Chengdu, China, and Sharp will receive tens of billions of yen in fees to assist in the project. The deal expands the partnership between the two companies, after Foxconn bought a 10 percent stake in Sharp in March worth $808 million.

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Review: MindFeud for iOS – The Social Boardgame With a Twist

Posted on 23/05/2012 by Chris Hauk

Social board games are all the rage on the iPhone and iPad. While Words With Friends is probably the first game of this type that comes to mind, there have been many entries into this rapidly growing game genre. What can a game do to set itself apart from all the other games?

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IBM Blocks Siri From All Corporate Networks

Posted on 23/05/2012 by Chris Hauk

IBM has barred the use of Siri and Dictation for iOS from their corporate networks citing security concerns. Both features send spoken data to Apple’s servers to be converted to text.

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Samsung to Apple Expert Witnesses: “You Guys are Apple Fanboys!”

Posted on 22/05/2012 by Chris Hauk

Samsung, apparently taking the “WAH!” legal approach, has accused Apple of calling expert witnesses that exhibit “slavish adoration” to the company during the continuing patent trial between the two electronics giants. Samsung says Apple’s experts have “cast aside established scientific methods and governing legal principles in favor of slavish adoration of their client…”

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Apple is Breaking Production Investment Records, Why?

Posted on 22/05/2012 by Chris Hauk

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A report was released this morning detailing Apple’s investment in equipment and manufacturing during the most recent quarter. The investments are record breaking, and indicates that the company may be up to something.

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