UltraBooks: There Will Be Hard Drives
May 31, 2012

Ultrabook computers are the great hope for future growth of notebook computers, but sales of these products have been limited due to the high price of the SSD only versions of many current Ultrabooks.

Ultrabook computers using SSDs for the only storage tend to be over $800 in price and have a limited storage capacity

There are some Ultrabooks on the market with a smaller SSD and a much larger HDD and these often sell for $700 or less. Because the price difference of HDDs is much less than SSDs

Are High Hard Drive Prices the New Normal?
May 30, 2012

Last week ExtremeTech published "HDD Pricewatch: Higher prices are the new normal" and concluded:

Are things going to change any time soon? We doubt it.......

[H]ard drive manufacturers are going to be loath to cut prices. After years of barely making profits, the Thailand floods are the best excuse ever to drive record income for a few quarters. All of this means that while we expect prices to gradually decline, holding off on a necessary purchase doesn't make much sense. If you need a drive, you need a drive

Seagate to Buy LaCie
May 23, 2012

Seagate announced Wednesday that it has reached an agreement to purchase a controlling interest in LaCie S.A. 

Hard Drive Shortage Easing; Price Hikes Could Reverse
March 16, 2012

The great hard-disk drive shortage seems to be nearing completion. BlueFin Research analyst Paul Peterson asserts in a note this morning that the supply imbalance in hard drives that was triggered by last year's flooding in Thailand is not as dire as originally feared, which is good news for PC manufacturers that had been struggling to buy enough drives at reasonable cost. One contributing factor, he notes, is that PC demand remains sluggish. Seasonally slow demand is allowing a rapid recovery in HDD inventories, he asserts.

WD Becomes Worlds Largest Hard Drive Maker
March 9, 2012

Western Digital has become the world's largest hard drive maker following the completion of its deal to buy Hitachi Global Storage. The deal was sealed with WD paying out $3.9 billion in cash and 25 million shares in WD currently worth just short of $1 billion. The aggregated revenues of the two companies in 2011 totaled $15 billion with the two brands set to continue in the marketplace side by side.

'The completion of this acquisition is a truly momentous event in the 42-year history

NPD: Connected Devices to Reach 1.34B Units by 2016
January 25, 2012

The number of devices sold globally connecting the Internet to the television is projected to reach 1.34 billion units by 2106 – up from nearly 257 million units sold in 2011, according to new data from NPD In-Stat. As distribution channels of entertainment content (i.e. Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, YouTube, etc.) through the Internet increase, the number of Web-enabled digital TVs, satellite set-top boxes, media players (Roku, Seagate, WD, etc.) video game consoles, and Blu-ray disc players and recorders proliferate.

Samsung Profit Rises to Record on Galaxy Sales, Seagate Deal
January 6, 2012

Samsung Electronics Co., Asias largest consumer-electronics company, reported a record quarterly profit on surging sales of Galaxy phones and proceeds from selling its hard-disk drive business. Operating profit in the three months that ended in December was 5.2 trillion won ($4.5 billion), compared with 3.01 trillion won a year ago, the Suwon, South Korea-based company said in a statement today. That was higher than the 4.6 trillion-won average of 29 analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg

Apple Extends Samsung Patent Complaint to Cases
December 20, 2011

Just when you thought the intellectual property disputes flooding the world's courts had reached their peak, we learn that Apple has sued Samsung in a Sydney-based courthouse today over case designs. Apple claims that Samsung's cases for its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablets and phones infringe upon Cupertino patents.

While the details have yet to be revealed, we can't help but be reminded of the Samsung "Smart Case" pictured above - bearing more than a passing resemblance to Apple's own Smart Cover, itself an adaptation of an InCase design.

The Global Supply Chain: So Very Fragile
December 12, 2011

Manufacturers have spent years building low-cost global supply chains. Natural disasters are showing them just how delicate those networks really are.

The image is almost surreal: It shows part of a Honda auto factory in central Thailand, one of the largest in Southeast Asia, swamped under 15 feet of water, brand-new cars floating in the currents. The devastating November flooding in Thailand, which killed more than 600 people, also knocked out some of Honda's key suppliers, including electronics component maker Rohm & Co., forcing production delays in plants as far away as Ohio.

Thailand Floods Impact CE Supply Chain
November 4, 2011

 CE retailers will have to deal with the price increases and shortages of hard-drives and other products following the Thailand floods.