German audio equipment maker Sennheiser knows a thing or two about perfection. And about having a simple, productive innovation process.
When the man who figured out how to sell $1,000 earbuds offers me business advice, call me crazy, but I listen.
"It's the experience -- you work for a long, long time to get that as reasonably perfect as you can," Axel Grell told me a few months back. "Then, from there, you can begin."
Grell knows a thing or two about perfection. He's the product manager for high-end audio at premium German audio equipment giant Sennheiser. That makes him the brains and guts behind some of the most awesome headphones on the planet.
This tech giant has a number of profit-generating products -- both on the market and in the pipeline -- that should keep rewarding shareholders for the foreseeable future.
An industry insider warns that the much-hyped effort to digitize medical records is being compromised by theft of personal data, putting patients -- and investors -- at risk.
Greg Porter has this frightening diagnosis for e-health care investors: The digital diseases of piracy and commodification of information that have debilitated the music, publishing and financial services industries have infected their field as well.
"The theft of protected, personal health information has never been higher," he said.
Porter is no quack. He's the founder of Allegheny Digital, an information security company in Pittsburgh and an adjunct faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University, where he pioneered the curriculum on information security in the health care industry.
The elements are in place for explosive growth in the automation and robotic revolution. A company called Proto Labs is positioned to benefit.
The stock gets an upgrade as Wall Street awaits Friday's release in the US of the new Z10 touchscreen smartphone.
BlackBerry (BBRY) stock surged more than 6% today in New York after an upgrade from a Morgan Stanley analyst.
The analyst, Ehud Gelblum, said he now sees the possibility of the BlackBerry emerging as a "niche midrange player" in the smartphone market.
Gelblum upgraded shares of the Canadian company to "overweight" from "underweight" and raised his price target to a Wall Street high of $22, saying he gross margins from the BlackBerry 10 will add to earnings this year.
BlackBerry intends to launch its new Z10 touchscreen phone in the U.S. on Friday. Analysts will be watching to see how much traction the Z10 -- which uses the new BlackBerry 10 operating system -- will gain against Apple(AAPL) and Google (GOOG), the dominate players in the American market.
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