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The new Mac Pros are here! The new Mac Pros are here! That is, for those who can afford them. We sauntered over to the Apple online store and configured ourselves a top-of-the-line six-core model and watched the price soar from $3,999 to nearly $10,000 in just a few clicks. Um, who do we talk to about a raise around here...?
Apple pulled the trigger on Mac Pro orders from its online store overnight, with the entry-level quad-core model starting at $2,999 as expected and the six-core base model starting at $3,999. Of course, for those prices you'll get free shipping, with both models currently available to ship by December 30. That means power users who opt for overnight shipping could usher in the New Year by hugging that cylindrical black tube when the ball drops in Times Square -- unless you start configuring yours with additional options, in which case you're looking at sometime in January.
MacUpdate noted Wednesday that Roxio's Toast Titanium disc burning software for Mac has been updated to version 11.2, with OS X Mavericks compatibility squarely at the top of the list of new features. The update will likely come as good news to those of us who still dabble with optical media as part of our workflow, and Toast 11.2 also resolves a few nagging issues like crashes while copying or converting an image file, GetBackup 2 RE and GraceNote support and fixes YouTube sharing from the application. The update can be downloaded directly from the Roxio website, or the "Check for Update" menu option within the application.
TmoNews reported Wednesday that T-Mobile CEO John Legere appears to be living the life of his hero Batman by fighting U.S. carrier injustice after dark. In this case, Legere donned his Twitter mask at 8:54 PM on Tuesday night to tease about the carrier's upcoming "Uncarrier" Phase Four, which promises to "eliminate another customer pain point." Unfortunately, the tweet is scant on actual details about how the company plans to do this and points to next year before we'll actually find out, but considering how much they've shaken things up in 2013, we're all ears.
AllThingsD reported Wednesday that Apple's "Best of 2013" list curiously seems to buck the current trend of "freemium" apps -- you know, the ones offered free that continuously nag you for hard-earned cash via in-app purchases? Despite paid apps making up an ever-decreasing minority where mobile games are concerned, Apple's focus appears to be squarely on titles such as Ridiculous Fishing, a $2.99 game whose description includes “No IAP -- buy the game, play the game. No additional costs, no hidden fees.” Now that's certainly a refreshing change of pace...
Among the developers racing to push out updates ahead of the App Store holiday freeze kicking off on Saturday is FireCore, who pushed out Infuse for iOS 2.1 on Wednesday. In keeping with the holiday spirit, the app update now enables free users to play even more video formats than before while serving up variable speed scrubbing, improved accuracy while scrubbing, better movie artwork, SMI subtitles and a host of other unnamed fixes, improvements and additional language translations. The update can be downloaded now from the App Store.
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