New data from research firm IDC suggests that as more people buy tablets and smartphones, the need to upgrade their PCs is less pressing.

By TheStreet Staff Apr 11, 2013 12:46PM

thestreet logoMobile deviceBy Chris Ciaccia, TheStreet


The American dream used to be owning a home, a white picket fence and having a family computer. Now, it's having a tablet in the house.


Growth investors are shedding this stock, and value investors have yet to embrace it. Here's why the time is right to jump in.

By StreetAuthority Apr 10, 2013 8:37AM
iPad miniBy David Goodboy, StreetAuthority                                              
"Apple computers? Aren't those for artists and graphic-design nerds?" I asked the salesman demonstrating a version of the Apple Macintosh in the early 1990s. "I need a real computer, not something to paint pretty pictures on and design flowers with."

"You will understand one day, friend," the salesman said with a smile.
I ended up purchasing an IBM (IBM) desktop and didn't think much about Apple (AAPL) -- as a computer or an investment. That is, until 2007 -- when everything changed. But this change didn't come from a desktop computer.

The Facebook Home family of apps turns any phone into a Facebook phone, giving the social network a leg up in the fast-growing local-mobile market.

By TheStreet Staff Apr 8, 2013 1:03PM

Facebook on mobile phoneBy Dana Blankenhorn, TheStreetthestreet logo


While most people looking at Google's (GOOG) mobile challengers see Samsung and (AMZN) -- which are forking Google's Android operating system to siphon revenue from the website -- a greater threat is rising from Facebook (FB).


Facebook's much-hyped mobile phone software, dubbed Home, hijacks Google's Android, despite the happy talk from CEO Mark Zuckerberg about how open Google is.

Facebook Home does this by putting a Facebook news stream on the lock screen, running it as soon as you turn on the phone. 


The Street is too late to recognize glaring weaknesses in the network equipment company that have been apparent for some time.

By TheStreet Staff Apr 8, 2013 12:20PM

thestreet logoTrading floor © CorbisBy Richard Saintvilus, TheStreet


Investors stuck with the notion that valuation doesn't matter are realizing that every once in a while it does, especially for tech companies with enormous growth expectations.

Shares of F5 Networks (FFIV) were down again Monday after falling almost 20% on Friday following downgrades from several prominent analysts. These analysts are right for lowering expectations. Unfortunately, they're five months late. We saw these red flags in November. Investors' growth expectations didn't jibe with the company's execution back then, and they still don't.


The Internet retailing pioneer's era of dominance is over. There are other e-commerce companies that provide better investment opportunities.

By StreetAuthority Apr 3, 2013 2:57PM wharehouseBy James Brumley                                                    

For years, (AMZN) has been hailed as the king of the e-commerce hill.

After all, it pioneered the industry, gaining a competitive market share in nearly every field it's asserted itself. But as with any company, size and time seem to have caught up with Amazon, knocking it down a notch.

This pessimistic stance on the company is likely to ruffle feathers. But before dismissing the idea that Amazon is anything but bulletproof, consider three realities that would be deemed red flags for any other company.


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