It is going to continue to operate as it always has, and won't be influenced by expectations.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 1, 2012 2:59PM

TheStreet.com LOGOThe iPad Mini/ file photoBy Richard Saintvilus  

 

If there has been any downside to the success of Apple (AAPL), it is that no matter how much growth the company produces, investors insist on wanting more. This is regardless of how absurd these expectations may be. Nonetheless, as a faithful stock, Apple has obliged.

 

Over the past decade, the company's growth has been nothing short of extraordinary -- particularly as it faced threats from Google (GOOG), Microsoft (MSFT) and Amazon (AMZN), hated rivals that want nothing more than to put the company out of business.

 

However, on the heels of Apple's fourth-quarter earnings report and ensuing guidance, many bears have taken to the streets to proclaim victory.

 

It seems Apple's results have suddenly created an "aura of uncertainly" regarding the company's future. But I ask, really? I think it is time for investors to take a more realistic view of where the company is and how it chooses to operate.

 

Investors remain confident in Bezos' ability to deliver profits.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 1, 2012 2:55PM

thestreet.com logoBy Richard Saintvilus  

 

I asked recently if e-commerce giant Amazon (AMZNcan keep defying gravity as it pushes further into territories dominated by tech giants Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOG). The premise continues to be the same -- how long will investors pay such incredible premiums for revenue growth in absence of meaningful profits? Following Amazon's third quarter earnings report, this question was answered -- albeit not entirely.

 
There is no denying that Amazon has been an incredible story. The level of growth the company consistently demonstrates is nothing short of remarkable -- particularly considering its size.
 
But with a price-to-earnings ratio of over 300, Amazon needs to execute flawlessly for the stock to make sense. This quarter was anything but perfect.
 

Hurricane Sandy took out power supplies, servers, access and even the East Coast's online snark.

By Jason Notte Oct 31, 2012 5:48PM

Man working in data center © Erik Isakson, Tetra images, Getty ImagesIt's starting to feel a little lonely on the Internet after Hurricane Sandy.


Is your Facebook (FB) or Twitter feed feeling a little light? Does Reddit seem a bit more relaxed? That'll happen when nearly 7 million people lose power and, by extension, their Internet access and online persona.


It doesn't matter if East Coast online subscribers got their service through Verizon (VZ), Comcast (CMCSA), AT&T (T), Sprint (S) or T-Mobile. As Reuters reported, nearly everyone who relies on cable or telecom infrastructure for their service in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Maryland and New England is dealing with spotty or nonexistent service. Downed lines, knocked out towers and flooded facilities may keep those folks offline for a while, while New York's ConEdison and other regional power companies say it could be days to a week until electricity is fully restored.

 

Low-cost 'printing' technology is ushering in a revolution in manufacturing, advocates say, as machines produce tangible objects from malleable materials.

By TheStreet Staff Oct 26, 2012 5:51PM

A 3D Systems printer © David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesBy Dana Blackenhorn

 

When I want to really feel young, I look at the 3-D printing space. There's a 1976 feel to the industry.

  • Shapeways just got New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg out to cut a ribbon on its 25,000-square-foot "factory of the future," hoping to create five million new products a year.
  • A series of 3-D Print Shows offer an early Comdex gleam against the MakerFaire's West Coast Computer Faire vibe.

 

It's fast, light and secure, but Microsoft's new operating system struggles to be more than the sum of its many parts.

By TheStreet Staff Oct 25, 2012 12:07PM

TheStreet LogoSteven Sinofsky, president of Microsoft's Windows division, at a press conference on Oct. 23 in Shanghai © ChinaFotoPress via Getty ImagesBy Jonathan Blum

 

Mazel tov, Mr. Ballmer and Mr. Gates. On Friday, after what feels like 13 years of development, the Windows 8 operating system ships to consumers and businesses.

 

"It's a big step," Bill Gates said in a video he posted about the rollout. "It is key to where the personal computer is going."

 

But like all fast-growing adolescents, this OS brainchild can be utterly, totally maddening. The computer software desktop that we all know is out. "Nick-at-Nite"-style graphic tiles are in. The trusted keyboard and mouse have been replaced by something called a NUI (that's "newie"), geek speak for a touch-based natural user interface.

 

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