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Here's the Secret to Uncover "Hidden" Tech Winners

I'm going to share a secret with you today…

I'm going to tell you about a surprising place to find windfall tech profits.

Wall Street refers to them as "special situations."

You might call them "turnaround plays."

High-potential tech turnarounds don't come along that often, and can be tough to find.

But the payoff can be well-worth the search.

So let me start by showing you four tell-tale signals that can help you find these big-profit stocks.

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Why This Tech Blue Chip is Poised to Double

The world's largest semiconductor firm's stock has become one of high tech's biggest value traps, which isn't a great place to be for stockholders.

But things are changing and tech investors – all investors — should take heed.

First let's look at what it means to be a value trap.

On the value side, Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC) has been and continues to be one of the world's most respected chip firms. And it has the kind of profit margins most hardware companies can only dream about.

Not only that, but last year it invested more than $10 billion in research and development, an amount that was seven times that of second-place spender Qualcomm Inc. (NasdaqGS: QCOM).

Intel's very existence is a testament to high tech's exponential growth. After all, it was an Intel co-founder who came up with Moore's Law, which basically says computing power doubles about every two years.

This is an outfit with a long list of technical firsts that is leading the charge into nanoscale and 3D semiconductors. The transistor gates inside its new Ivy Bridge chips measure a mere 22nm long. At that size you could fit 4,000 of them across the width of a human hair.

Here's the trap…

The big-cap leader's legacy and technical chops haven't translated into stock profits.

Over the past five years, not counting its 3.9% dividend, the stock has returned a scant 9%, almost exactly half that of the S&P 500.

So, you have a great company that's still a solid industry player that can't seem to get out of its own way when trying to unlock that value.

But this sleeping giant is about to awaken — and double the value of its stock.

Tech Investing

Stocks to Buy: Three Solid Tech Picks for Under $5 a Share

When considering stocks to buy, sometimes cheaper (and smaller) is better.

Popular tech behemoths like Google, Inc. (NYSE: GOOG) and Apple, Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) now trade for hundreds of dollars a share, making them impractical stocks to buy for small investors.

Most retail investors are better off taking a pass on those splashy household names and looking for stocks to buy that go for more modest prices – stocks that trade for less than five bucks a share.

Stocks trading for $5 or less often are considered riskier, but offer more upside than their bigger, pricier brethren.

That's because stocks of small companies are less liquid and more volatile relative to the rest of the market.  Typically, their prices tend to be move in bigger chunks, making for bigger gains (or losses).

Simply put, these stocks can provide more bang for your buck.

Here's what you need to know…

Technology Stocks

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.

Trend Watch

Sony and Microsoft Fall Flat at E3, Opening the Door for Indie Game Competitors

Today marks the close of the Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3, a mammoth annual conference in which the world's best and brightest tech companies show off the latest in video game technology.

This year's E3 was one of the most-anticipated yet, as 2 of 3 gaming giants Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) and Sony Corp. (NYSE ADR: SNE) each unveiled their new gaming consoles.

Giant #3 Nintendo Co. Ltd. (NYSE ADR: NTDOY) opted to sit this one out, having just released its newest console, the Wii U, late last year.

I've been using my *ahem* embarrassingly extensive nerd powers to troll forums and get an idea of how Microsoft's Xbox One and Sony's PS4 stack up in the eyes of the gaming community.

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Technology Stocks

This Tech Sector Slice is 58% Hotter Than the Rest of the Market

Noted tech researcher IDC says that global PC shipments plunged 14% in the first quarter.

That was almost double the 7.7% decline IDC had been expecting, and was also the biggest year-over-year free-fall since the market-intelligence firm started tracking PC shipments 20 years ago.

This wasn't a one-time event, either: It marked the fourth straight quarter that worldwide PC shipments had fallen.

No wonder the pundits are talking about the "Death of the PC."

After reading one of these high-tech eulogies, I'm betting that the last thing you want to do is to invest some of your carefully saved capital into any part of the semiconductor sector.

After all, those complex microchips are the "brains" of a computer: So if the PC sector is getting battered, it stands to reason that the chip sector would be getting thrashed, as well – meaning the best move is to stand clear of both.

Don't make that mistake.

While PC stocks should be relegated to the tech-investor's version of an isolation ward, semiconductor shares have been on a roll since the start of the year and will continue to be one of the best ways to generate big profits for some time to come.

If you buy the right ones, that is.

Tech Stocks

The Big Lie in Tech Today

There's a number floating around the tech industry that is nothing short of amazing.

And it adds up to big money…

Here's the thing. Noted tech analyst Mary Meeker delivered a powerful message last week that turned the industry on its ear.

Speaking at the D: All Things Digital conference in southern California, Meeker revealed a stat that explains the force behind the unprecedented wave of tech innovation that's fueling the market's huge rally.

Meeker noted that people are using the Web to share roughly 500 million photos.

Not monthly, mind you. Not even weekly, but every single day.

As incredible as that sounds, it actually gets better — the number is set to double in the next year…

No, that's not a misprint. By the end of 2014, we'll be sharing some 1 billion photos every 24 hours, or 41.6 million per hour.

Talk about a tidal wave…

As recently as 2009, shutterbugs exchanged on any given day roughly 75 million photos. So, we're talking about a more than 10-fold increase in roughly six years.

If that doesn't define exponential growth, I don't know what does…