This could be the catalyst to get shares moving sharply higher, as China is one of the tech giant's fastest-growing markets.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 30, 2012 2:30PM

Apple product © Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP PhotoBythestreet LOGO Chris Ciaccia, TheStreet

 

One of the largest bull cases on Apple (AAPL) is the growing popularity of its devices in China. That wave may be about to be unleashed, as the iPhone 5 is going East.

 

Apple confirmed Friday morning that the Wi-Fi versions of its iPad Mini and fourth-generation iPad will be coming to China on Dec. 7. The iPhone 5 will be available one week later, Dec. 14. It's expected that the iPhone 5 will come to China Telecom (CHA) and China Unicom (CHU). 

 

US service providers trying to break into a market like India quickly find that something very un-American happens: All sorts of third parties flock in seeking a cut of the action.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 29, 2012 8:26PM

A man surfs the Facebook site on his mobile phone in Mumbai, India, 2012 © Rajanish Kakade/AP
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It's never easy getting paid. And in this grinding global mobile economy, it's especially not easy for Facebook (FB) to get paid.

 

This year, the social media giant announced it would offer other countries, including India, the ability to pay to promote a post. Already well-known to American users, pay-to-promote, at least when I tried it, is where Facebookers cough up a couple of bucks -- in my case, $8 -- to get more folks to see one's Facebook stuff.

 

Combine computing with manufacturing and you get 'making.' Add robotics and you have what could prove to be the next great merger of technologies.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 28, 2012 1:52PM

TheStreet LOGOThe 3D Systems modeling printer © David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesBy Dana Blankenhorn, TheStreet

 

Technologies are constantly merging. The cloud is the product of the combination of distributed computing and virtualization. The marriage of laptop computers and phones produced tablets.

 

Big technology mergers are on the horizon in this decade, and none  may have a bigger impact than the merger of computing and manufacturing.

 

Chris Anderson, perhaps the best tech writer of my generation, recently quit the journalism scene to join the startup  3D Robotics. In an interview with The Atlantic, Anderson described the company -- a manufacturer of robots -- as "a natural outgrowth" of the "maker" movement he began covering five years ago at Wired magazine. 

 

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.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 27, 2012 1:21PM

Thestreet LOGOA fan watches a soccer match on TV © Dimitri Vervitsiotis/Digital Vision/Getty ImagesBy Dana Blackenhorn, TheStreet

 

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.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 21, 2012 5:06PM

TheStreet logoWoman sitting on chair with laptop and a book © Gazimal/The Image Bank/Getty ImagesBy Dana Blackenhorn, TheStreet

 

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.

 

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