But after Intel Chief Executive Officer Brian Krzanich's keynote at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2014 in Las Vegas Monday evening, it's clear the world's largest semiconductor maker is determined not to repeat that mistake with wearable technology.
It's a smart strategy; wearable technology is one of the top growth areas of consumer tech. Research firm IHS says the wearable technology market will triple from $10 billion in 2013 to $30 billion in 2018.
Here's what Intel is doing to capture this vital new market...
One Small Tech Company Could Be the Auto Boom's Biggest Winner
Auto sales are rocketing.
In November, the industry sold $1 billion worth of new vehicles a day, setting a record for that month.
And this flood tide of new vehicles will have more cutting-edge technology than ever before, creating a perfect profit storm of two exploding industries.
This is the most exciting time I've ever seen in the industry since I began tracking it 34 years ago.
And here's the thing: Google and Apple are excited, too. They'll make plenty of money on this trend, as you're about to see. But the "pure play" here is a much better investment...
Is There a Tech Bubble?
There have been multi-billion dollar valuations for small, unprofitable companies and soaring share prices for tech names like Facebook (Nasdaq: FB) - are we in a tech bubble?
Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald joined FOX Business' "Varney & Co." this morning to answer that question.
Watch Fitz-Gerald's analysis of what investors must know about the tech stock bubble. He also discusses where the market is headed and gives the name of one stock he's looking at buying today.
To watch the video, please click here...
Obama Should've Hired This Tiny Tech Firm to Build Healthcare.gov
For her sake, it's a good thing Health and Human Services Director Kathleen Sebelius isn't working in the private sector.
If she did, the former Kansas governor would be out on the street right now. (By the time you read this, she might be.)
and there’s still plenty of upside…
The High-Tech "Gold Rush" Officially Begins
If you've blinked in the last 14 days, you might have missed this...
ARM Holdings PLC (Nasdaq ADR: ARMH) - one of the world's dominant mobile-device chip companies - bought a small Finnish software startup called Sensinode Oy in a deal whose price wasn't reported.
After Saving My Life, This Technology Will Save Your Retirement
The technology I want to tell you about today is one of my best investment ideas.
And not just because it saved my life.
I'm talking about "location-based services," the technology that allows your smartphone to show where you are ... or tell you where you need to go.
It's a technology that has double-your-money profit potential because of all it can do. It can help you find the nearest retail sale, guide you to the seafood house where you have reservations, or get you to a hotel for a good night's sleep.
It can also help you avoid costly navigation errors - and not just in a car.
Two summers ago, while sailing with my crew out on San Francisco Bay, an exceptionally heavy fog rolled in. We grabbed a smartphone, discovered we were off course, and traversed the dangerous Berkeley Reef - which would have ripped our keel right off had we not turned.
And the drama involving location-based-service technology doesn't end there.
You see, this market has finally reached critical mass and is poised to skyrocket.
Best Tech Stocks to Buy Now: Beat George Soros with These Two Plays
Savvy investors such as George Soros continue talking about the best tech stocks to buy now, particularly in mobile technology.
At Money Morning, we are always uncovering new tech stocks to buy, and have spotted some potentially huge winners.
In fact, our investing experts shared in this month's issue of our Money Map Report the best tech stocks to play the hottest trends of 2013.
One of them has gained more than three times what GOOG and QCOM have done in the past three months...
The other one has surged more than 30% so far this year.
And the gains are just starting.
Here's why we're so bullish on these tech plays.
A Tech Investing Homerun
You don't always have to buy a stock to double your money.
Sometimes, an exchange-traded fund (ETF) can pack just as big a wallop.
ETFs with that kind of horsepower don't come along all that often, which is why you have to pick the right one ... at the right time.
And that's the tech-investing home run that I have for you today - an ETF with actual double-your-money profit potential.
In fact, you'll be stunned at just how quickly every $1 you invest in this fund will turn into $2 in holdings.
The Ultimate Tech Stock "Treasure Map"
On Saturday, I introduced you to the "stealth small-cap" - aging-and-slow big-cap tech firms that were rediscovering the fast growth of their small-cap roots ... thanks to the newly emergent Cloud Computing trend.
Judging from the comments and correspondence I received, a lot of you were really intrigued by that concept - and by the huge opportunity for profits that the cloud was creating for investors.
In fact, Strategic Tech Investor subscriber Dionisios S. was so intrigued by that column that he asked me to identify some other "stealth-small-cap" profit plays.
What a great question.