Apple may help rescue Toshiba’s chipmaking business

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Foxconn is moving to India
Foxconn wants Toshiba's chip business.
Photo: Foxconn

iPhone-assembler Foxconn may be about to get some help from none other than Apple in its quest to buy Toshiba’s chipmaking business.

Apple is reportedly considering whether to make a huge multi-billion dollar investment in the world’s second-largest memory chip maker. If the deal goes through, it would give Foxconn and Apple a major advantage over other smartphone manufacturers.

Awesome Mac Pro concept packs expansion slots pros want

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Apple should steal ideas from this Mac Pro concept.
Apple should steal ideas from this Mac Pro concept.
Photo: Curved

Professional Mac users will have to wait until 2018 for a glimpse at the new Mac Pro Apple is working on, but if the next-gen computer looks anything like this new concept, it might be worth the wait.

German site Curved created a Mac Pro concept that shows how Apple could add modular features, allowing professionals to swap out pretty much every component. The concept artists even dreamed up a Cinema Display that packs plenty of ports for expansion.

Take a closer look:

OWC’s gigantic dock adds more ports to the new MacBook Pro

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OWC's dock adds serious bulk to the MacBook Pro.
OWC's dock adds serious bulk to the MacBook Pro.
Photo: OWC

CES2017 MacBook Pro owners that wish Apple included more ports alongside the Touch Bar can now have the best of both worlds — if they don’t mind slapping a huge dock on their machines.

OWC teased a new accessory called the DEC dock for MacBook Pro at CES, the monstrous gadget show happening in Las Vegas this week. The dock is comically large, but it adds a bevy of new features to the MacBook Pro, including extra storage.

Expand your Mac’s functionality and its storage at the same time [Deals]

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Add 128 gigs of storage and the ability to run Windows and Linux on your Mac.
Add 128 gigs of storage and the ability to run Windows and Linux on your Mac.
Photo: Cult of Mac Deals

Talk about a power couple — this bundle comes with a pair of tools that expand the capacity and functionality of your Mac. Add 128 gigs of secure and fast storage, and run Windows or Linux alongside OSX on your Mac. It’s a massive upgrade for just $199.

Take a look at what’s included:

Back up more of your Mac with Samsung’s new terabyte SSD

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Samsung Portable SSD T3 CES 2016
Bigger, faster, better.
Photo: Samsung

Cult of Mac CES 2016 full coverage If you’re like the rest of us, you’ve got a nice Mac with plenty of video, photos, and apps on it. Time Machine is a fantastic way to keep your stuff all backed up and safe, so you’ll need a high-capacity drive to do that with.

Samsung’s new external solid state drive (SSD), called the T3, has the capacity of multiple terabytes to keep more of your data backed up and the speed to make it easy.

“Following the successful worldwide launch of the Portable SSD T1 in 2015, we made several significant upgrades to the T3 based on the feedback and needs of our customers, which included content creators and business professionals in particular,” said Samsung’s Un-Soo Kim in a statement.

Giant discounts on a pair of Monster portable storage drives [Deals]

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Monster's 128 gigabyte flash storage drive is sleek, lightweight, capacious, and secure.
Monster's 128 gigabyte flash storage drive is sleek, lightweight, capacious, and secure.
Photo: Cult of Mac Deals

It’s Halloween season, but prices of these two Monsters are anything but scary. With cavernous storage and solid state storage, these are two devices you can take with you free of the worry of a dying motor or a scratched disc. And at more than half off, they’re going for a price that can’t be beat.

LaCie’s blazing-fast Thunderbolt drive blows away the competition

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Lacie Rugged Drive. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac
Lacie Rugged Drive. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

I’ve been using a USB 3 external hard drive to backup my Macbook Pro for a while now, and have been pleased with its reliability and fast data transfer speed. I also love that it powers itself via the USB port, letting me live a little more power cord free.

When I received the LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt SSD drive for review, I thought, “well, it’s pretty, but how much better can it be?” It’s just as small, powers itself via Thunderbolt (or USB) and has plenty of space on it, just like my current drive.

Then I ran a few tests and pulled up a drive speed test app on my Mac. I was blown away by the speed difference. This is one blazing fast hard drive. And, yeah, it still looks great.