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.

By TheStreet Staff Mar 26, 2013 10:42AM

thestreet logoHeath care professional using tablet computer (© John Lamb/Digital Vision/Getty Images)By Jonathan Blum, TheStreet

 

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.

By StreetAuthority Mar 25, 2013 4:38PM

It's time to prepare for the most significant technological change since the advent of the personal computer.    

It was predicted in science fiction books
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 and films of the 1950s, and is already established in some industries.       
                             
Just as the automobile destroyed the horse-and-buggy business, this technology will forever alter the way we look at work and the economy. Currently valued at $100 billion, this industry is projected to quadruple by 2020, creating numerous opportunities for savvy investors.

Radical changes in the underlying technology are creating the next explosive growth sector. And investors with the foresight to jump on this trend could have a solid chance at significant, long-term profits.
 

The stock gets an upgrade as Wall Street awaits Friday's release in the US of the new Z10 touchscreen smartphone.

By TheStreet Staff Mar 20, 2013 5:00PM

thestreet logoBlackBerry 10By Chris Ciaccia

 

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.

 

Spreadtrum Communications is a leading supplier to Apple's rivals in the smartphone market. Buy this stock if you think competitors will continue to gain market share.

By StreetAuthority Mar 19, 2013 9:59AM
The headquarters of Spreadtrum Communications in Shanghai © Kevin Lee/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesBy Michael Carr

Apple (AAPL) is down nearly 35% over the past six months, making it one of the worst-performing stocks during that period. This rapid decline has also led many traders to question whether the stock, after falling this  far, is a "buy." 

In my opinion, it might be best to look beyond Apple for profits.

No one knows for sure what is behind the sell-off in Apple's stock. It could be concerns about slow growth and threats to market share in the smartphone market. Apple's iPhone accounted for 56% of the company's revenue in the mos-recent quarter.

At first glance, the iPhone seems to be well-positioned. Total iPhone shipments increased by 47% in 2012 to 136.8 million handsets. Apple had 25% of the global market share, an enviable position but far below the 40% share of first-place Samsung Electronics (SSNLF).

This data suggests that rather than trying to find a buying point in Apple, traders should consider finding companies that will profit if the iPhone loses market share. After all, given the iPhone's market share, we can calculate that more than 400 million smartphones from other companies were sold in 2012. Samsung is one possibility for investors, but the stock is thinly traded in the United States and should be considered only by long-term investors.
 

By surrounding himself with yes-men and killing off anything that doesn't make money, the CEO could be setting himself up for a fall.

By TheStreet Staff Mar 18, 2013 7:01PM

thestreetlogoCEOBy Dana Blackenhorn

 

Every great company is a dictatorship. But no dictator can run a great company alone.

 

While much of the media commentary on Google (GOOG) late last week centered on its closure of Google Reader, the bigger news is the replacement of Android chief Andy Rubin with ChromeOS head Sundar Pichai, as reported by Wired.

 

Pichai is said to be "closer" to CEO Larry Page than Rubin was, and it's no longer questioned that Marissa Mayer, now CEO of rival Yahoo! (YHOO), didn't jump from the Googleplex but was pushed out by Page.

 

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