Commercial drones, 3-D printers, self-driving cars . . . the tools coming out of the virtual revolution will be used to take the world -- and tech investing -- to promising new places.

By TheStreet Staff Jan 29, 2013 6:07PM

Parrot A.R. Drone, a drone that connects to an Apple iPhone or iPod Touch via Wi-Fi with a video-streaming camera hovers at the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas © Paul Sakuma/AP PhotoBy Dana Blackenhorn, TheStreet

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Just as in the 1970s, the 1980s and the 1990s, the current recovery has begun with technology.


But the rolling-over of the technology sector -- which started with Microsoft (MSFT) and Intel (INTC) and is now climaxing with Apple (AAPL) -- serves as a warning that it won't end there this time.

 

Technology, whether in the form of an iPad or a Google (GOOG) cloud, is, in the end, just a tool. A means to an end. The end, in this decade, will be new products and services that transform our cities and the way we live.

 

Cloud technologists like Jim Whitehurst of RedHat (RHT), technology publishers such as Tim O'Reily and venture capitalists such as Vinod Khosla have been saying this for some time. A host of new industries, which use the products of today's technology as an input -- just as earlier booms used steel and other commodities as inputs -- are emerging all around America.

 

The maker of the BlackBerry smartphone is unveiling the fruit of a crucial and long-overdue makeover. How should investors play it?

By MSN Money Partner Jan 29, 2013 11:53AM

Attendees try RIM BlackBerry 10 smartphone prototypes at the BlackBerry Jam Asia developer conference in Bangkok, Thailand, on Nov. 29, 2012 © Brent Lewin/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesBy David Sterman, StreetAuthority


Since bottoming out at $6.22 a share in September, Research In Motion (RIMM) surged to briefly surpass $18 within the last week. The rally seemingly came out of nowhere; many investors simply assumed the maker of BlackBerry smartphones was bound for the technology sector's graveyard.


In hindsight, it's clear most investors were overlooking the ample cash on the company's balance sheet, a still-impressive user base of more than 75 million people and a likely appeal for potential buyers at such distressed levels.


Yet many factors point to a possible imminent pullback reversal for RIMM, perhaps by a significant amount. In fact, some suspect that Wednesday may be when shares start to lose steam. That's when Research In Motion will release the much-anticipated version 10 of its operating system.

 

A marketing campaign that lampoons Apple has helped Samsung widen its lead in the global smartphone market, with a 28% share, up from 20% a year ago.

By MSN Money Partner Jan 28, 2013 2:19PM

A man holds a Samsung Galaxy Note II at the IFA consumer electrictronics fair in Berlin on Aug. 30, 2012 © Markus Schreiber/AP PhotoBy Ian Sherr and Evan Ramstad, The Wall Street Journal The Wall Street Journal on MSN Money


Samsung Electronics is succeeding where other technology companies have tried and failed: closing the coolness gap with Apple (AAPL).


The deep-pocketed Korean company has used a combination of engineering prowess, manufacturing heft and marketing savvy to create smartphones that can rival the iPhone in both sales and appeal.


Samsung, the market leader in smartphones, on Jan. 25 said its fourth-quarter profit surged 76% to a record high on the strength of smartphone sales, including its Galaxy S line. Many shoppers consider the latest version to be comparable to an iPhone -- in both design and technical features.


Apple, meanwhile, reignited concerns about demand for its iPhone 5 after reporting flat earnings for the holiday quarter, sending its stock down 14% in two days. The stock has also dropped 37% since hitting an all-time high on Sept. 19, just two days before the iPhone 5 launched in stores.


At that time, Samsung had just unleashed an aggressive marketing campaign including a television commercial that poked fun at the iPhone 5. "The next big thing is already here," the spot said, referring to its Galaxy S III phone.

 

It could happen, given the irrationality driving the stock up today, and Apple shares down. But be careful: Netflix's business model remains unsustainable.

By TheStreet Staff Jan 24, 2013 3:36PM

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Here's all you need to know about Netflix (NFLX).

 

No. 1. The same flavor of irrationality that drives Apple (AAPL) down will take NFLX back up to $300.

 

Go ahead and laugh. But before you do, realize I've called this thing every step of the way:


 

Timestamp it: NFLX will hit $300 by summer.

 

The search giant's profit increased by nearly 7% in the final quarter of 2012, as the company stemmed a slide in ad revenue.

By The Fiscal Times Jan 23, 2013 7:25PM
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The Fiscal Times logo This week, technology companies take their turn in the spotlight. And for some of them -- notably former market superstar Apple (AAPL) -- that's proving to be a most uncomfortable place to be.

The technology universe offers a muddled outlook, and that may be why the Nasdaq Composite Index ($COMPX) has lagged in recent weeks as other major market indicators have either set new highs -- the Russell 2000 Index ($RUT) -- or broken above technical barriers and into territory not seen in months -- the Standard & Poor's 500 Index ($INX). For the year, the Nasdaq is up about 4.5%, while the S&P 500 has risen closer to 5% and the Dow Jones Industrial Average ($INDU) has climbed 5.1%.
 

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