Late-2013 15-Inch Retina MacBook Pro Review: Apple’s High-Performance Notebook Tops The Field

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[tc_dropcap]Apple’s MacBook Pro with Retina Display will soon be just the MacBook Pro, period. But this generation two version of both the 13- and 15-inch super slim notebooks with high-res displays is still something many average users will be weighing as an outlier possibility versus the more mainstream MacBook Air. But thanks to price cuts and smart improvements under the hood, Apple’s Retina MacBook has grown up a lot since the 15-inch version made its first appearance back in June 2012.[/tc_dropcap]

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Basics

  • 2880 x 1800 (Retina), 15.4-inch display
  • 256GB storage
  • 2.0GHz quad-core Intel Core i7
  • 8GB RAM
  • 0.71 inches thick, 4.46 lbs
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi
  • 8 hours battery life
  • $1,999

Pros

  • Screen is best-in-class
  • Thin and light design despite ample power
  • Now includes iWork apps for free
  • $200 price cut versus previous entry-level version

Cons

  • Still pretty beefy compared to Air and 13-inch Retina Pro
  • Battery life…

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Skype Will Finally Start Syncing Chat Messages Across Devices

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If you use Skype on your phone and desktop, you know how annoying its inability to effectively keep your chat message status in sync between different machines can be. After you start Skype on your phone, for example, it downloads and alerts you of all of the sometimes hundreds of messages you’ve received since you last shut it down, even though you’ve long seen them on your desktop. Sometimes, this also means the app will be unresponsive for quite a while (or just crash).

Thankfully, it looks like those days will soon be over, as the Skype team today announced that it plans to roll out chat message status syncing across devices over the next few months.

“We are working to synchronize chat message status across all of your devices so you will know the current status of all of your chats on every device you use to interact with…

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