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.

Siri Protocol Cracked, But Still Checks Your ID at the Door

Posted on 15/11/2011 by Chris Hauk

MacRumors reports that Applidium, the development team that brought the open source video player VLC to the App Store, (sadly to have it pulled over licensing issues,) have announced that they have reverse engineered the protocol used to allow Siri to communicate with Apple’s servers.

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Logitech Drops Google TV, Calls It a ‘Big Mistake’

Posted on 14/11/2011 by Chris Hauk

Logitech Chief Executive Guerrino De Luca, speaking at an Analyst and Investor Day earlier this week, said that there are no plans to do a follow-up to the Google TV-based Revue. Mistakes implementing the device cost the company $100 million in operating profits.

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Some Users Experience Contacts Bug With iOS 5.0.1

Posted on 14/11/2011 by Chris Hauk

Over at The Startup Foundry, Paul Hontz reports that after updating to iOS 5.0.1 on his iPhone 4S the device can’t remember the name of any of his contacts! He updated using the over the air (OTA) method, and then the troubles began.

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iPad 3 to Feature Dual OLED Backlights?

Posted on 11/11/2011 by Chris Hauk

Patently Apple’s Jack Purcher reports the US Patent & Trademark Office has published a patent application from Apple revealing possible changes in the iPad 3’s backlighting system.

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iPhone 3G and 3GS iBrick Lawsuit – You’re Outta Here!

Posted on 11/11/2011 by Chris Hauk

A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit that accused Apple of “iBricking” the iPhone 3G and 3GS. Lead plaintiff Bianca Wofford said Apple told owners of its 3G and 3GS iPhones that the new iOS4 operating system was an upgrade.

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Apple to iPhone 4 Owners: “No Siri For You!”

Posted on 09/11/2011 by Chris Hauk

There has been speculation, some even here on this site, by this writer that Apple may be planning to allow Siri to run on the iPhone 4. It’s been a bright shining beam of hope for those of us still “stuck” with our iPhone4.

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Settlement Reached in Magsafe Connector Lawsuit

Posted on 09/11/2011 by Chris Hauk

Apple posted a new support document listing procedures users should follow if they experience strain relief problems with their “T” style MagSafe power cables on Apple notebook products. Issues with fraying on those cables resulted in a redesign to an “L” style connector that wears better.

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Review: Seagate Momentus XT 500GB Hybrid Hard Drive

Posted on 08/11/2011 by Chris Hauk

Who hasn’t sat and waited for the hard drive in their MacBook Pro to load an application or file, and wished for a way to cut a few precious seconds off of the wait? The Seagate Momentus XT 500GB Hard Drive could be the solution you’ve been longing for.

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Best Bet to Find the iPhone 4S? Yeah, It’s the Apple Store

Posted on 08/11/2011 by Chris Hauk

Haven’t been able to find the iPhone 4S anywhere? Are you lost in the wilderness of the old, in search of the newness? Don’t despair, there’s one place you can find the 4S more reliably than anywhere else… Your local Apple Store.

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