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.

Apple Highlights ‘Apps for Shopping’ (Just in Time for Black Friday!)

Posted on 21/11/2011 by Chris Hauk

Just in time for Black Friday, Apple is featuring “Apps for Shopping” in it’s App Store. Featured apps include those for use at specific retailers, (including of course, the Apple Store app,) apps to help control your gift list, and get the best price on gifts, and even an app to help you find a restroom.

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Galaxy Nexus Beats iPhone 4S on Web Benchmarks

Posted on 21/11/2011 by Chris Hauk

The Galaxy Nexus went on sale in the U.K. last week, and tests show the new smartphone outperforms the iPhone 4S in certain areas. In other news, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak was spotted grabbing an early copy of the Galaxy Nexus at Google’s campus.

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VMWare Fusion 4.1 Allows Virtualization of Leopard and Snow Leopard

Posted on 21/11/2011 by Chris Hauk

With the recent release of VMWare Fusion 4.1, we noted the improvements brought to the table by the update, such as improved animations, fast screen resizing, improved startup time, better graphics performance, and support for Lion’s full-screen mode. MacRumors reports that it also allows the virtualization of Leopard and Snow Leopard.

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Google’s New Music Store Debuts as Android Alternative to iTunes

Posted on 18/11/2011 by Chris Hauk

Google officially unveiled their full Google Music service this week. It includes a music download store, offering features similar to Apple’s iTunes Store. The new store is a part of the Android Market, and looks to be intended as an Android alternative to Apple’s iTunes.

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MacBook Air With an AMD Processor: It Almost Happened

Posted on 18/11/2011 by Chris Hauk

MacRumors reports today that Apple was oh, so close to releasing the MacBook Air with an AMD CPU. Claims are that “Apple had late stage AMD Llano based MacBook Air prototypes last spring and had been ‘on the verge of production’.”

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Apple Gaining Traction in the Business Market

Posted on 16/11/2011 by Chris Hauk

While Apple has never tried to hide the fact that consumers are still its top priority, businesses have found the company to be easier to work with in recent years, adding features to its devices that make them more business-friendly.

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Vietnamese Publisher Creates Steve Jobs Memorial Calendar

Posted on 15/11/2011 by Chris Hauk

VietNamNet reports that a Vietnamese book company has published a Steve Jobs 2012 Calendar. It is entitled “Be hungry – Be foolish,” a famous statement by Jobs. (The actual quote is: “Stay hungry, stay foolish.”)

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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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