Are Apple Inc. and Nike About to Get Even Cozier?

All the latest developments in the tech sector around Apple, Nike, Microsoft, and BlackBerry.

Apr 12, 2014 at 3:11PM

On Friday's edition of Tech Teardown, host Erin Kennedy and Motley Fool tech and telecom bureau chief Evan Niu discuss the biggest stories in tech from the market this week. Apple may be considering a major overhaul to its iTunes store, with iTunes music sales and iTunes Radio both continuing to underperform. Should investors be concerned? Then, could consumers soon see the end of Nike's FuelBand, replaced by a partnership with Apple?

Also, Evan takes a look at the latest numbers from the PC market, and why they weren't as bad as they were expected to be. He discusses who is currently on top among the PC vendors, where the weakness in sales came from geographically, and why Microsoft's discontinuation of support for its Windows XP operating system could have been a catalyst that gave PCs some unexpected strength.

Evan then looks into one projection that has the smartphone application processor market continuing to grow annually at 11% through 2018 into a $30 billion market and who stands to benefit most from that trend, and he also discusses rumors that BlackBerry was considering exiting its hardware business, and just how long it can keep that business afloat if the losses don't stabilize.

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Erin Kennedy owns shares of Apple. Evan Niu, CFA owns shares of Apple and Qualcomm. Evan Niu, CFA has the following options: long January 2015 $460 calls on Apple and short January 2015 $480 calls on Apple. The Motley Fool recommends Apple, Google (A shares), Intel, Nike, and Pandora Media. The Motley Fool owns shares of Apple, Google (A shares), Intel, Microsoft, Nike, Pandora Media, and Qualcomm. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

4 in 5 Americans Are Ignoring Buffett's Warning

Don't be one of them.

Jun 12, 2015 at 5:01PM

Admitting fear is difficult.

So you can imagine how shocked I was to find out Warren Buffett recently told a select number of investors about the cutting-edge technology that's keeping him awake at night.

This past May, The Motley Fool sent 8 of its best stock analysts to Omaha, Nebraska to attend the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholder meeting. CEO Warren Buffett and Vice Chairman Charlie Munger fielded questions for nearly 6 hours.
The catch was: Attendees weren't allowed to record any of it. No audio. No video. 

Our team of analysts wrote down every single word Buffett and Munger uttered. Over 16,000 words. But only two words stood out to me as I read the detailed transcript of the event: "Real threat."

That's how Buffett responded when asked about this emerging market that is already expected to be worth more than $2 trillion in the U.S. alone. Google has already put some of its best engineers behind the technology powering this trend. 

The amazing thing is, while Buffett may be nervous, the rest of us can invest in this new industry BEFORE the old money realizes what hit them.

KPMG advises we're "on the cusp of revolutionary change" coming much "sooner than you think."

Even one legendary MIT professor had to recant his position that the technology was "beyond the capability of computer science." (He recently confessed to The Wall Street Journal that he's now a believer and amazed "how quickly this technology caught on.")

Yet according to one J.D. Power and Associates survey, only 1 in 5 Americans are even interested in this technology, much less ready to invest in it. Needless to say, you haven't missed your window of opportunity. 

Think about how many amazing technologies you've watched soar to new heights while you kick yourself thinking, "I knew about that technology before everyone was talking about it, but I just sat on my hands." 

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David Hanson owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway and American Express. The Motley Fool recommends and owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway, Google, and Coca-Cola.We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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