Articles by Ian Fuchs

Ian, Senior Review Editor at MacTrast, has been an Apple enthusiast for years, starting in 2000 with an iMac and iMovie. Now, so many years later, Ian's love is as strong as ever, justifying the collection of iPads, iPhones, Apple TV, Macs, iPods, and his beloved Power Mac G5. Ian resides in Chicago, works as a Systems Administrator at a college, spends most of his free time with his wife and daughter, prefers alternative music, and plays various instruments (drums, guitar, piano, trumpet).

Review: iStand – A Delightfully Simple Laptop Stand

Posted on 14/10/2015 by Ian Fuchs

Many third-party companies have developed stands and docks for your laptop, raising the screen 5 to 8 inches, putting it at a more usable viewing angle for a better desktop experience. Inateck have thrown their hat in the ring with the iStand Aluminum Laptop Stand, bringing an Apple design aesthetic to the office.


Review: Taco Dual – Stereo Bluetooth Speakers

Posted on 11/09/2015 by Ian Fuchs

The Taco Dual are a pair of bluetooth speakers that offer up stereo (left/right) sound, for a richer listening experience. Not only do the speakers offer a great sound, but they also have a unique design that stands out in a sea of rectangular boxes.


Apple Introduces iPhone Upgrade Program

Posted on 10/09/2015 by Ian Fuchs

The “iPhone Upgrade Program” is structured similarly to carriers new upgrade plans (T-Mobile’s Jump, AT&T Next, Verizon Edge, and Sprint’s Easy Pay), allows customers to get the iPhone 6S without carrier commitment, and a few added benefits.


Review: Pad & Quill Pocket Stand for Apple Watch

Posted on 29/08/2015 by Ian Fuchs

There are already a wide array of Apple Watch stands on the market, and depending on your style, you might prefer something ultra modern, or maybe something more natural. For those with an affinity for leather bound books and the smell of rich mahogany, there’s only one place to look for a classic Apple Watch stand – Pad and Quill.


Review: iRig Mic Studio – Studio Quality Audio in The Palm of Your Hand

Posted on 20/08/2015 by Ian Fuchs

From YouTube creators to podcasters, musicians to teachers, the use of multimedia seems to have no end. I’m not here to tell you about ways of making your powerpoint look fancier, or your YouTube video prettier, I can tell you that audio makes a huge difference. With the iRig Mic Studio, recording excellent quality audio is easier than ever.


Review: Invasion – An Online Strategy War Game

Posted on 06/08/2015 by Ian Fuchs

Invasion is, in the simplest form, a modern-era war game, allowing you to build your military base, construct various vehicles, and attack invading armies. What helps invasion stand out from other similar games is the use of 3D graphics and environmental elements to add a sense of dimension and realism to the scene.


Review: Kiwi – Gmail, Unleashed From the Browser

Posted on 23/06/2015 by Ian Fuchs

Kiwi , originally known on Kickstarter as Gmail for Mac, is a Mac application that offers the ease of use of the Gmail desktop web interface, as well as Gmail’s customizations, features, and settings, but in a native Mac application.


How TV Has Changed Us, and Why Apple Wants to Change TV [Infographic]

Posted on 04/06/2015 by Ian Fuchs

It’s also no secret that Apple has a very specific interest in what it can do with the TV market, and with WWDC just around the corner, many are expecting a new Apple TV device, as well as a long-rumored, and long-awaited, streaming content service that can change the way we consume television content


The Rise and Relevance of Social Live Streaming

Posted on 27/03/2015 by Ian Fuchs

Only a few years ago, Twitter was a bit of a mystery in the world of MySpace and Facebook, and has since become a dominant source of news, conversation, and information, and the next wave of social platforms is coming (or may already be here).


Beastgrip Camera Rig Returns to Kickstarter, Goes Pro

Posted on 25/03/2015 by Ian Fuchs

The best smartphone camera rig – called Beastgrip – has undergone a massive update and reworking, and the creator is headed back to Kickstarter to make the best Universal Mobile Photography Rig even better!