One has to wonder if the Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) guys kept a stiff upper lip when they learned that the U.K.'s Oxford University is working on developing a self-driving car controlled by Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL) iPad. The project is called "Auto Drive" and involves a modified Nissan Leaf electric vehicle.
First, a brief look at the driverless vehicle landscape, before we hone in on the Oxford project more »
The activity in the voice technologies space continues to heat up, making it loud and clear that voice, particularly natural language speech, is fast becoming an increasingly important user-interface mode.
Tech Crunch reported last week that Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) acquired True Knowledge, a British company that developed a personal assistant app for Apple’s (NASDAQ: AAPL) iOS and Google’s (NASDAQ: GOOG) Android called “Evi” using its internally developed natural more »
In Greek mythology, the Amazons were a tribe of fierce warrior women. By most accounts, the Amazon River -- which is the second (after the Nile) longest river, but, by far, the most powerful in terms of water flow -- was named after the mythological warriors.
I know your gig is giving, but surely you must also like to receive? As a thanks for my childhood gifts, I’ve constructed a ‘Santa Portfolio’ just for you.
1. Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL)
I chose Apple because, like you, it is peerless in delighting. While children may have visions of sugarplums dancing through their heads this holiday, there are good reasons you should have visions of adding more »
Last week's stock market was akin to a Demolition Derby, full of big name revenue and/or earnings misses, including IBM, McDonald’s, and -- in its early release fiasco -- Google. However, a seemingly unlikely company left revenue and earnings estimates in the dust, and saw its stock price cruising in the green while most of the market was wrecked on the sidelines – Polaris Industries (NYSE: PII).
I say "seemingly more »
Note: This article had an incorrect piece of information, which is now corrected.
I hope your experience with Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (NASDAQ: GMCR) this summer just involved using a Keurig to brew coffee or whip out a cold beverage, rather than investing in its stock. While the dog days of summer have ended, GMCR's dog days bark on with new ferocity -- the stock plunged 9.6% Thursday on more »
What say you? Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) bull or bear? There are almost always some solid reasons for both bullish and bearish stances on most companies, Apple included. However, it seems many Apple bears cite reasons that have little to no relevance, in my opinion.
Here are 3 common bearish arguments and my takes:
1. iPhone has significantly smaller market share than Google's (NASDAQ: GOOG) Android-powered phones
There are holes more »
Perhaps, like me, you read a good number of stock market focused articles on tech companies, especially the ones I named above. Perhaps you also read a decent number of articles on the same companies, but on tech-focused outlets. While a more »
Some like it hot. I'm not referring to the classic Marilyn Monroe comedy, but to the weather and companies, such as Valmont Industries (NYSE: VMI) and Lindsay Corp (NYSE: LNN), that produce and sell irrigation systems for the agricultural industry.
They're not the only ones, as there are a few investment plays on the longer-term US warming trend:
- Irrigation Systems Manufacturers
- Water Utilities
- Fertilizer Companies
Of the three more »
It seems to me that most consumer electronics companies – Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) being a notable exception – would do well to borrow one from Bill Clinton strategist’s playbook and post “It’s The Commoditization, Stupid!” sign in their boardrooms.
Surely, the devil can be in the details, but most of these companies seem to get lost in the details and forget the big picture. Speaking of big pictures, they could more »
You might be familiar with the saying, “You can’t eat just one potato chip.” Well, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) is the potato chip (or fill in your addictive food) of the consumer technology menu. Its competitors might leave consumers content, but most don’t delight or leave them craving more. Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) and the others might be spuds, perhaps.
The results of this survey illustrate how Apple delights, the more »
China this. China that. If you're like me, you've come across many articles on industries ranging from consumer technology, most notably about Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL), to food that include a sentence about the "growing importance of the Chinese market." Then, NOTHING -- or, perhaps one or two stats, if you're lucky. You might feel like screaming:
"Don't leave me hanging. Show me the numbers!"
Well, I'm more »