My regular readers know that my brother's Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) IPO investments were the final straw that motivated my writing. He knows little of tech and nothing of software development. There's one important difference, however, that sets apart my brother from some investors I've encountered online: you see, my brother will admit when he is clueless.
Let's see what we can glean from the investors that more »
Almost by definition, innovators are overlooked when gauged by sensible and common standards. Read the signs below to see why counting out Nintendo (NASDAQOTH: NTDOY.PK) will end as a missed opportunity for investors.
Retailers are Weakening, But…
Thanks to tech media buzz, no one has a good excuse to miss the low prices on Zynga (NASDAQ: ZNGA) if it takes off. There is some shame, however, if you act or neglect without thinking beyond the low price.
To avoid the embarrassment, let’s examine Zynga's filings and ask: what are the top 3 risks from Zynga’s last 10-K and where do they stand today?
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If you've met a college football fan, you're familiar with the fervor with which they support their team. That excitement can quickly turn sour during a quarter where key plays don't land some impressive points on the scoreboard, though -- and if your team wins? Bandwagon fans, everywhere!
If you're like my brother, you're always discovering another mystery in software production yet find yourself bereft of hours for more research. Not all of us can intimately familiarize ourselves with the project management of high-profile tech companies, no matter how much we want to appease our inner Phillip A. Fisher.
Luckily, there's a new doctrine being adopted to address a historical ambiguity in software development. It more »
Sometimes a short glance at the clouds can tell you whether it's a good idea to wear shorts and sandals. You don't need a sixth sense to judge those dark formations spreading across the landscape at breakneck speeds; it's obvious that an umbrella and coat are in order.
Why, then, is there always that one fellow or damsel that finds themselves drenched and unprepared for the weather more »
Recent trends against and with the Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) tide are annoying. They've made it easy to lose sight of a company inundated with hatred-inspired doomsday prophecies and blind fandom.
Let's clear the noise.
Below, you can find three ways that Apple has affected itself to slow its growth pattern. Yes, you heard that correctly: an Apple hater agrees that Apple is a sound investment. China is a more »
Ye Olde Game Investors:
Things are finally cooling down from the summer heat. Don't complain about a calm scene, though. This boredom is the perfect opportunity to gauge excitement to come!
With a strong contender in the MMO space, a new title from the former undisputed champion, and a silent -- and thus cheap! -- powerhouse making an announcement this month, there's lots to prepare for during this month's more »
Ye Olde Playfully Social Investors:
Tech companies can be expensively frightening. It's a relatively young industry with everyone claiming to pave the way in terms of revolutionary innovation. The wary investor and company alike must constantly check over their shoulder to make sure their investment doesn't slip up and that the competition isn't up to harmful hijinks.
In fact, it's all dangerous fun and games until more »
Ye Olde Smartphone & Tablet Investors:
Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL) aggressive patent case against Samsung is breaking on the shore in waves, but don't let the splashes distract you too much. Your eyes should instead be on the subsequent torrents that could wash the beach clean afterward.
Other Companies at Risk
If Apple wins the case, the judicial hammer could leave a tsunami in its wake for the major smartphone more »
Ye Olde Game Investors:
The heat is surprisingly steady as foliage falls upon the video game chessboard. While some leaves tastefully decorate the playing field with notes of revenue growth, other players are struck by falling branches that immediately change their monetization game.
Highlights and Replays
Quick as a rabbit? You might already know that Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) put out a website for Google Fiber, a service that has fellow nerds fantasizing about a relocation to Kansas City, Kansas. With their plans showing prices of $120, $70, and an eyebrow-raising $0 per month, Fiber may already feel like a competitor against grasps of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Time Warner (NYSE: TWX) in other cities.
Jumping more »
Ye Olde Connected Investors:
Our dear web has seen far more disruption than any literal arachnid's home. You may have heard of the most recent morsel: Digg (Private), having once stepped into the Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) parlor with a $200M offer, has been sold to Betaworks (Private) for $500K.
Ye Olde Technical Investors:
We're seeing lots of sensational news today. A kickstarter has raised over 1 million dollars on its first day that aims to disrupt the very business investors are betting on: the next generation of game consoles.
Trust the Investors?