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Would Apple Stock Get a Lift from One of These Acquisitions?

With prospects for new sales growth uncertain, Apple stock has slumped over the past year.

But Apple isn't out of bullets yet. It's suspected that the tech giant is shopping for a big media company that will provide a fresh source of growth and give AAPL stock a shot in the arm.

The only question is which media company is the best fit.

A deal for one of these companies is just what Apple stock needs right now...

technology

Move Over, Comcast: There's a New Cable Company in Town

Comcast is about to see a new competitor in town.

Just yesterday, the DOJ okayed an epic cable merger worth $78 billion.

Here's a look at the deal and how it will affect consumers...

Earnings

Cisco Systems (Nasdaq: CSCO) Stock: Earnings Don't Tell the Whole Story

Cisco Systems (Nasdaq: CSCO) stock may not get much of a boost when the company reports earnings after the market close today (Wednesday), but it would be a mistake to underestimate the veteran tech giant.

Granted, at first glance things don't look great for Cisco.

you'll understand why Cisco is going to prove the naysayers wrong...

Stock market this week

Stock Market This Week: New Year, New Numbers, New Approach

Money Morning Capital Wave Strategist Shah Gilani joined FOX Business' "Cavuto" on Friday to talk about the stock market this week.

Market headlines highlight telecommunications company BlackBerry's (Nasdaq: BBRY) severing of its relationship with recording artist Alicia Keys. BlackBerry hired Keys as creative director last year, but sales tanked – the company recently announced it expects to suffer a $4.4 billion loss for its third quarter of 2014.

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Tech Investing

Some People Will Get Stinking Rich on These Devices

You've heard stories about him before – the savvy stock analyst who gets his hands on the hottest new smartphone before Verizon's first bulk order ships… only to smash it to bits so he can see what's inside.

The idea is simple: If you know which company manufactures a small – but key – component in the product, you can invest in it and make a bundle.

It's true. In technology, the people who manufacture the devices within the devices make a huge amount of money. Their investors do, too… especially when they get in right at the beginning.

That's why this is such a big moment for us.

Right now, I'm looking down the barrel of a device that will be made by the trillions – and in demand in every single sector of the economy. From agriculture, to smartphones, to eyeglasses, and even to diapers.

Imagine a device that in the next two years will become ubiquitous. Meaning that within five feet of your person, at any one moment in time, you'll likely find 20 or 30 of these devices.

That's how big this revolution is. I want you to remember that you heard it here first. I want you to see the numbers, too.

Getting in on this now is like getting in on Intel in 1970, when the $110 billion giant we know today sold its first chip.

Technology Stocks

How to Really Make a Fortune on the "Mobile Wave"

If you've been riding along with me for any length of time, you know I get really revved up whenever I talk about the "Mobile Wave" in technology.

The truth is, I can't help it: I look at the forecasts, calculate all the money that can be made, and end up feeling as jazzed as can be about the windfall profits we can reap from this transformational trend.

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Forget Q4: Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) Earnings Must Deliver in December

Even though Apple Inc.'s (Nasdaq: AAPL) earnings for Q4 aren't yet out – they'll be announced after Thursday's market close – the company is much more concerned with beating last year's spectacular December quarter, the company's fiscal first quarter.

Apple's Q1 earnings last year blew past all expectations. Apple earned $13.87 per share – more than doubling the profit from the year-earlier quarter — by selling a record 37 million iPhones and 11 million iPads.

And Apple is going to need the profits from every gadget it can sell if it hopes to top that benchmark.

That's why all eyes were focused on the long-anticipated iPad Mini yesterday (Tuesday), but the real story was the avalanche of product updates unleashed just in time to supercharge for its critical December quarter.

In addition to the Apple iPad Mini, the special event in San Jose, CA, included the surprise announcement of the fourth generation iPad, a revamp of the iMac and Mac Mini desktops, and a the upgrade of the 13-inch MacBook Pro laptop to a high-res Retina display.

"We're not taking our foot off the gas," said Apple CEO Tim Cook.

When taken together with the iPhone 5 launch and the upgrades to the iPod Touch and iPod Nano just last month, it adds up to an uncharacteristic bunching of product updates.

It means lots of fresh Apple gear in stores for the holidays, historically the company's biggest quarter of the year.

Why Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) Needs Great Q1 Earnings

In a sense, Apple has become a victim of its own success.

The explosive growth of Apple earnings, driven by the explosive growth of iPhone sales (and that product's huge profit margins), has made huge earnings increases routine.

But Apple knows the tough comparisons to year-ago quarters will get Wall Street's attention.

And as Apple's growth rate slows, so will the rise of the stock.

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Apple iPhone 5 Now a Golden Goose for Verizon and AT&T

Since the debut of the iPhone in 2007, the profit parade has mostly been a one-way street – but after five years, the major wireless carriers finally figured out how to make money with the Apple iPhone 5.

That means another way for you to make money from the iPhone 5, without having to buy Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) stock.

Apple has raked in billions while first AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T), and later Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ), and Sprint Nextel Corp. (NYSE: S), had their margins slammed by the huge subsidies they sent to Cupertino.

But evolving consumer habits and the Apple iPhone 5's addition of LTE network technology will soon change that in a big way.

The carriers are hoping the much higher data transfer speeds of LTE – approximately 10 times faster than 3G – will coax iPhone 5 owners to use more data-heavy functions, particularly video.

"With these great networks coming on, [data] usage is going to go up. Revenues will go up," AT&T Chief Financial Officer John Stephens said at recent media and communications conference.

While the carriers will still have to fork over the same fat subsidies to Apple they always have, the new data equation means they'll make the money back much more quickly. And that will translate into bigger profits.

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Bulletproof Money Will Be a Thief's Worst Nightmare – and Help Drive the Mobile Wave

Imagine checking in at the airport, buying a cup of coffee at a local café, even paying for your clothes or groceries at the store's register… all with a quick wireless scan of your smartphone.

It's all possible today, thanks to a new type of tech called Near Field Communications (NFC).

No coins to fumble with. No waiting while the store's machine dials up your bank. No receipts to sign and then stuff into your pocket. The spread of NFC technology is a win-win for the customer and the merchant alike.

With NFC, your phone becomes your wallet. It's able to "talk" to any vendor, bank, brokerage, or credit card firm you like. This technology is set to take the world by storm.

In as little as a decade, billions of people around the world will convert to digital currency as their means of paying for the things they need every day.

There's just one thing slowing it all down right now – mobile security.

Using mobile phones as de facto wallets alarms some people. They fear that if your phone gets stolen, thieves could gain access to every bank, brokerage, or store account you have.

But that's about to change…

Making Digital Money Bulletproof

Indeed, much to the chagrin of thieves and con artists, mobile security will hasten the advent of bulletproof digital money used around the world.

I had the chance to talk about this with Michael Saylor, author of the best-selling new book "Mobile Wave: How Mobile Intelligence Will Change Everything." Saylor, who also serves as CEO of MicroStrategy Inc. (NASDAQgs:MSTR), told me alarmists are missing the big picture:

"I think the most important thing to be said about mobile security, and maybe mobile identity, is there are one million organizations in the world that have obsolete, ineffective identification systems now. Most of these things – passports, credit cards, driver's license, even things we think are reasonably secure, aren't. And many things aren't secure at all.
"I think that it's now possible to create a mobile identity system that runs on a smartphone which is anywhere from 100 times to 10,000 times as secure. Not only are they more secure, it's impossible to counterfeit and impossible to forge."
In fact, there are three key security features Saylor believes will make mobile commerce the standard of safe business transactions in just a few years.

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Investing in the Robotics Revolution

You may not live or work with any robots today… but you will soon.

The robotics market is about to explode.

I predict that, in the next few years, we will see swarms of robots entering the workplace.

Of course, we've had bots working in factories for years now. But as they get both cheaper and smarter, we will find lots of new jobs for them to do. And they'll do those jobs better and better.

Robots of all sizes are already capable of doing some very complex tasks: They can perform surgery, hair transplants, and even climb inside the human body – through the mouth – to "eat" stomach cancers.

To understand the scale of the robotics revolution, just look at what's happening in China.

Cheap labor in that nation not only stole U.S. jobs, it vaulted China to the front ranks of fast-growing markets. But now robots are invading Chinese factories in a big way.

Take the case of Foxconn International Holdings Ltd., which is based in Taiwan and makes electronic components and other goods for big computer firms (it supplies parts for the iPad, iPhone, Xbox, and Kindle).

Well, Foxconn announced it plans to buy enough robots to replace roughly half the firm's 1.2 million workers in China. This is the largest robotics rollout in the history.

The trade group the International Federation of Robotics says there are about one million industrial robots now in use around the world. So, based on Foxconn's rollout alone – one company in one country – we know that figure is set to more than double by the end of the decade.

The robotics revolution is here.

So what's a clever tech investor to do?

Let's dig into the latest activities of one visionary robotics expert who's so engrossed in the field, he once told a reporter he winced when RoboCop went "belly up"…

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