"a free LG optical 'super drive'"
It is bad enough when competing companies copy Apple. But, when Apple news websites copy Apple's names for products and assign them to products of competing companies, it is really bad.
I cannot imagine why they did not meet their $10,000 goal. But this seems to have been worked out well: They could be available in the future. https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/huback-plug-play-no-more-turning-imac
TomTom U.S.A does not work with CarPlay, as far as I know. But it works great for me with my own customized version of CarPlay with a 9.7" screen: And, as long as I have the WiFi + Cellular iPad plugged into the power adapter, I can use Siri hands-free to open apps, play music, search for other directions using Apple's Maps app, etc.
I use an iMac with a 3rd party Bluetooth keyboard and Apple's Magic Trackpad. I have zero problems.
I have, however, identified two minor issues with OS X 10.10 that will, hopefully, be resolved with the next update.