A big social media fail for one of Apple's bitterest rivals (hahaha) and some coming soon products from one of Apple's previous bitterest rivals. It's all about peace, love, understanding, and schadenfreude in this week's best of news stories. Plus, if you haven't updated your devices to iOS 7.1 what are you waiting for?
Love the new Mac Pro but concerned that it's not dishing out quite enough power? Transcend has some good news for you. As of today, the memory manufacturer has announced the release of a new set of high-density DDR3 RDIMM RAM modules that bump up the Mac Pro's memory to an impressive 128GB.
One of the knocks we hear against Apple products pretty often is that they're expensive. Sure, they aren't as inexpensive as $200 netbooks, but they're also not hastily designed, shoddily manufactured garbage you throw away in 2 years either. But there are ways to crack that price issue a little, and with this week's refurbs, we've got the week's lowest price, base models of all the flagship Macs just ripe for your wallets. iOS products tend to land a lot closer to the same market prices out there, but if you want some cheap gear for them, you've come to the right place.
CarPlay was one of the biggest stories of the week, so all the revving of tech engines weren't just for tracking down the supposed founder of Bitcoin. But did you hear any of the news over the sounds of engines? In case you missed it, we've got you covered in this week's wrap up.
As of right now, the 13-inch MacBook Pro is the only model available without the spiffy new Retina displays found on many Apple devices. But according to a new report from DigiTimes, it's the last non-Retina model we'll see for Apple's high-end laptop. Apple plans to phase out the unit in favor of its thinner Retina models.
Tired of controlling your Apple TV with your iPhone or iPad? Logitech has just the thing for you. It's the new Harmony Smart Keyboard, and it's compatible with Apple TV and a host of similar computing devices for the living room. It brings together the best of Logitech's famed keyboard line and its Harmony remote units, and it offers a more tactile method of entering information on the screen from the couch. Just be sure to ignore that Windows logo in the bottom left-hand corner.
Steve Jobs was famous for his temper; Apple CEO Tim Cook, on the other hand, has cultivated a more calm and easygoing demeanor. That makes the few times when he actually does lose his temper all the more noteworthy. The latest incident occurred at during Friday's meeting with Apple shareholders, when Cook lashed out at a member of the conservative National Center for Public Policy Research, telling them to "get out of [Apple] stock" if they disagreed with Apple's policies.
If you were watching the Oscars last night, you probably noticed Ellen DeGeneres using a Samsung Galaxy Note onstage. Indeed, it was kind of hard to miss. Samsung's presence was everywhere last night, whether it was in the commercials or during DeGeneres' "blurry" selfie taken with Samsung's "mini tablet" smartphone. Behind the scenes, however, there was a another story. Aside from the scripted Galaxy Note event, DeGeneres was using her iPhone to send tweets all through the night.
In the past, Apple has at least allowed customers to chat about out-of-warranty products via its online support sections, but in the future, 9to5Mac reports, it's (usually) going to cost you. The push for paid chat support is part of a larger effort by Apple to bring other features to its online services, such as the ability to pay for product repairs and replacements over the Internet.
The new Mac Pro has apparently been a huge success -- to the point that some customers still haven't received units that they ordered way back in January and December. As you might recall, Apple said at the time that orders wouldn't ship until February, and that's a problem since we only have a few hours left in the month.