As sports programming drives up the monthly TV bills of fans and non-fans alike, there's an opportunity for someone to provide an unbundled alternative.
The chances for success for Apple's (AAPL) TV are greater than you might think. And that reason can be summed up in a single word: sports.
Almost half your monthly cable bill now goes to sports programming. Walt Disney's (DIS) ESPN is the big dog in this game, but the other networks are getting in on the action, bidding up rights fees in the process.
Millions of students are using online platforms for free and open access to university courses. The concept decouples teaching and learning from the campus on a mass scale.
Here is good news for your children and grandchildren: When the latter are ready for college, the former won't be pushed into the poor house by it.
That's because of MOOCS (massive open online courses), with which universities provide open access to their learning content through online platforms. These are real college courses, taught online, that take advantage of the Web's scalability and the video capabilities of modern tablets.
Unlike the Apollo Group's (APOL) University of Phoenix and other for-profit outfits, a MOOC is focused on courses, not degrees. A typical lecture-oriented class in an elite college might have 200 students. A MOOC could have tens of thousands.
The company continues to solidify its portfolio of cloud-based networking offerings by offering to pay $1.2 billion in cash to acquire San Francisco-based Meraki.
Cisco Systems (CSCO) gazed upon the cloud again this week and opened its wallet, offering $1.2 billion for privately held cloud networking specialist Meraki.
The acquisition comes on the heels of Cisco's $125 million purchase of cloud automation and management specialist Cloupia.
With the market for Cisco's switches and routers near saturation, the networking giant is keen to nurture its growing cloud-services business. In its most-recent quarter, Cisco reported a 12% year-over-year gain in revenue from services, as revenue from sales of networking gear fell by 2%.
Shares of the personal technology pioneer have lagged behind the Nasdaq, but the stock should get a pop on consumer demand for its newest products.
Apple (AAPL) has wildly underperformed other technology stocks, making the shares a bargain as the company enters the holiday shopping season with a new iPhone, iPad Mini and Mac laptops.
That's what many Wall Street analysts are saying.
Over the past three months, Apple shares have lost 18.6%, compared with a loss of 7.3% for the technology benchmark Nasdaq ($COMPX). Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White believes this drastic under-performance might be over. He called the sell-off in Apple shares "insanely insane," given the valuation at which Apple shares are trading. According to White's calculations, Apple is trading at 7.6 times 2013 earnings, excluding cash.
Each of these potential buys is a stalwart of one corner of the technology world; each offers investors a good bargain now and upside potential over the longer haul.
A decade ago, Microsoft (MSFT), Dell (DELL), Cisco (CSCO) and Intel (INTC) were known as the “four horsemen” of the technology world. But as the PC industry has given way to mobile and cloud computing, that quartet no longer dominates the landscape, much less the world of technology stocks. Today’s list of giant, 800-pound technology gorillas --those that have and will continue to shake up the world and dominate the markets -- are more likely to be companies like Google (GOOG) and Amazon (AMZN).
Then there are four technology companies out there that aren’t necessarily the biggest ones in which you could invest, or even ones that you would automatically add to your portfolio.But each of them is a stalwart of one particular corner of the technology universe; each offers investors some upside potential over the longer haul and has a solid argument for representing value at their current price levels.
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