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AT&T Announces the Samsung Galaxy Express

Comparing Hard Drive Prices One Year After the Thai Flood

AT&T Announces the Samsung Galaxy Express

AT&T has officially announced the Samsung Galaxy Express. This Android handset will be priced at a pretty affordable $99.99 with a new two-year contract, and it will have some pretty modest specs to boot.

For starters users can look forward to a 4.5" Super AMOLED Plus display, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, a 2,000mAh battery, a 5MP rear-facing camera and it will also come with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich preinstalled. The Galaxy Express will also feature 4G LTE connectivity and S Beam, a feature also found on other Samsung phones like the Galaxy S3 that allows for data to be shared simply be touching compatible phones back to back.

Source: Ubergizmo

Comparing Hard Drive Prices One Year After the Thai Flood

More than a year has passed since massive floods ravaged Thailand. The deluge put entire industrial parks underwater, including those responsible for manufacturing most of the mechanical hard drives sold worldwide. Ever since Techreport with a help from Camelegg has been watching their slow migration toward pre-flood prices. Camelegg tracks prices at Newegg and doesn't include mail-in rebates or special coupon codes, so the data should be a good indicator of what's going on in the broader market.

Here's how current prices measure up to their pre-flood levels. The graph below illustrates the changes in price from the first week of October 2011, just before the flood, to the past seven days. Techreport used the mean price over each seven-day period to prevent outliers from tainting the results.

Only a quarter of the drives being tracked cost less now than they did before the flooding. A couple have come full circle, but the vast majority have higher prices.

You can see that all the drives that have returned to or dropped below pre-flood levels are 2.5" notebook models. Each and every one of the 3.5" desktop drives tracked is more expensive now than it was in early October of last year. On average, the desktop drives cost 35% more than they did a little more than a year ago, and notebook drives show an average price drop of 5%.

While there are clear differences between the notebook and desktop drives, no single manufacturer seems to be better or worse than the next. There isn't a definitive trend on the capacity front, either, although it's worth noting that the 500GB desktop drives have suffered some of the highest price increases.

Source: Techreport

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