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.

Man Sues Apple for $5 Million Because They Charged Him Twice For Song

Posted on 02/05/2012 by Chris Hauk

Robert Herskowitz says he was double-charged for a song he downloaded from the iTunes Music Store. Now he wants his money back. Plus he’d like $4,999,997.42 as a little something for his troubles. He claims Apple “double-bills” with “troubling regularity” and is suing the Cupertino company for $5 million.


Apple Wants Steve Jobs Testimony Kept Secret

Posted on 02/05/2012 by Chris Hauk

Apple is battling a request for a deposition given by late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. The deposition relates to the relationship Apple has with Universal Music Group (UMG). Apple says the deposition reveals trade secrets and could cause damage to the company.


iOS Apps With Dropbox Integration Being Banned from App Store

Posted on 02/05/2012 by Chris Hauk

Apple has begun rejecting apps that use the Dropbox SDK to provide integration with the cloud storage service. Apple’s reason for the rejections; Someone could find a way to get to Dropbox’s website and pay for additional storage without Apple getting their normal 30% cut of the action.


Apple Asks to Exclude Steve Jobs’ Comments in Samsung Court Case

Posted on 01/05/2012 by Chris Hauk

As the courtroom battles between Apple and Samsung drag on… and on, Apple has made a request of the court to exclude some statements made by Steve Jobs from court documents, and while they’re at it, could they please obscure the Samsung logo on those monitors sitting in the courtroom?


Apple Wooing EPIX to be a Part of Their Upcoming TV

Posted on 30/04/2012 by Chris Hauk

Reuters reports that Apple began talks earlier this year to stream films owned by EPIX, a cable premium television and internet streaming service backed by three major studios. Apple wants to stream the content on multiple devices, including a television, according to sources.


Review: Proporta Leather Protective Case with Notepad for iPad

Posted on 28/04/2012 by Chris Hauk

I want to protect my shiny new iPad as well as I possibly can. I’ve tried numerous cases. They all did what they were supposed to do, protect the treasure, but they all had drawbacks. Will I ever find the perfect case? The adventure continues.


Review: Leather iPhone 4S Case by Proporta

Posted on 28/04/2012 by Chris Hauk

My preference runs toward leather iPhone cases, but those I’ve tried start looking rough after just a few weeks, and have a tendency to fly open when I drop the phone. Recently I got to try the Proporta iPhone 4S Leather Case. Will it be an improvement?


Apple’s iPhone 4S “Celebrity” Ads Score Well With Viewers

Posted on 27/04/2012 by Chris Hauk

Advertising tracking firm Ace Metrix says viewer reactions to the new “celebrity” ads for Apple’s iPhone 4S are registering well with consumers. Generating scores higher than any other iPhone 4S ad released so far this year, the new ads feature Samuel L. Jackson and Zooey Deschanel.