Ignore the Media and Buy This Stock

When I set out to speak this article to you, I had to make sure I had a very tight outline. Yes, that's right, I said speak this article.

This entire story was spoken into my iPhone and transcribed by a new free application called Dragon Dictation. It's made by Nuance (Nasdaq: NUAN  ) , the company behind the Dragon NaturallySpeaking software for Microsoft's (Nasdaq: MSFT  ) various Windows platforms and Apple's (Nasdaq: AAPL  ) Mac OS X. NaturallySpeaking can start up programs on your computer, navigate menus, or help you surf the Web. And of course it also allows you to "type" in your word processing program much faster than you can with your fingers -- 120 words per minute versus 40, according to Nuance.

The free Dragon Dictation for the iPhone is quite a bit more limited than Dragon's pay programs. For instance, I'm limited to about 30-second snippets as I speak this, though I just keep pressing the record button to add on to the current snippet. The resulting text can be pasted into an email or text message, or stored in the clipboard. If I decide to make a habit of speaking my articles, I'll of course upgrade to the more robust NaturallySpeaking -- but this free iPhone app is quite astonishing for what it can accomplish.

Nuance is a game-changing company, producing some of the most exciting and disruptive software in the world.

Meet the gamest changer of them all
Another such company is Google (Nasdaq: GOOG  ) . You're certainly aware of its search capabilities, and probably many of its other applications: foreign language translation tools, the Picasa photo program, Google documents, the Chrome browser, Google Earth, etc. But the one that really gets my investing juices flowing is still relatively unknown: Google Maps Navigation.

This is a GPS navigation system that's currently available only on phones running Google's Android 1.6 and higher operating system -- such as the Motorola (NYSE: MOT  ) Droid. There's little doubt it will eventually be available for a wide array of devices, including the iPhone.

The things Map Navigation can do that other GPS devices cannot is impressive. For starters, it has an Internet connection that keeps the maps and software completely up to date. Unlike other devices, you can misspell words and as long as you're close, Google says "we'll figure it out." There is also voice search, meaning no need to fumble around with a keypad while driving. You certainly can type in your destination if you want, but either way Google makes it extremely easy to enter information. You can even enter somewhat vague information -- "Navigate to the museum with the King Tut exhibit in San Francisco" -- and Google has a very good chance of finding what you want.

There is also a live traffic conditions feature, as well as the ability to search along the route for virtually anything you need. There's a satellite view. There's Google's street view which, in theory, shows you exactly what you'll be seeing along the roads as you navigate. (Reviews have been mixed, but everyone understands this product is still in beta and will only get better.)

But perhaps the most amazing thing about Google Maps Navigation is that it's absolutely free. What a game-changer in the personal navigation devices market! This product is trampling on what is already a relatively new and dynamic industry. Yes, Google is disrupting even a disruptor like Garmin, which is under intense competitive pressures from many sides now.

When to invest in disruptors
There is money to be made in seeking out the world's most exciting companies and investing in them when others are still skeptical. Motley Fool co-founder David Gardner started up the Rule Breakers newsletter in 2004 to search for such stocks. He looks for these characteristics in a company:

  1. Top dog and first mover in an important, emerging industry -- perfect examples are eBay (Nasdaq: EBAY  ) and Amazon.com (Nasdaq: AMZN  ) in different niches of online commerce.
  2. Has a strong, sustainable advantage.
  3. Strong past price appreciation.
  4. Good management in place with smart backing.
  5. Strong consumer appeal.
  6. Has been called overvalued by the media.

Google carries all these attributes and has been called overvalued by at least three analysts this year. But David feels you should ignore the media, because this is the type of company that can provide the highest possible returns, period, for a portfolio. This is why Google is considered a core stock among all the Rule Breakers recommendations, one of just eight that have received that designation.

The Rule Breakers team has beaten the S&P 500 by an average of 23 percentage points per recommendation since the newsletter's inception in 2004. David is offering a free trial that will, for the next 30 days, allow you to see every single recommendation the service has offered -- including the other seven core companies for your growth-stock portfolio. For more information on that, click here.

So, my friends, I will speak to you later. For now, I have to dive back into an old-fashioned word processing program, and clean up some formatting and other issues. How boring.

Sent from my iPhone, courtesy of Dragon Dictation.

Fool analyst Rex Moore sometimes feels like George Jetson. Of the companies mentioned in this article, he owns shares of Microsoft and eBay. Microsoft is a Motley Fool Inside Value selection. Google is a Rule Breakers pick. Apple, Amazon.com, and eBay are Motley Fool Stock Advisor recommendations. Nuance is a Motley Fool Hidden Gems selection. Motley Fool Options has recommended a bull call spread position on eBay and a diagonal call position on Microsoft. The Fool has a disclosure policy


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  • Report this Comment On March 01, 2010, at 6:34 PM, mattack2 wrote:

    As someone who writes for a ilving, you hopefully can type FAR faster than 40 WPM.

  • Report this Comment On March 01, 2010, at 6:35 PM, mattack2 wrote:

    As someone who writes for a living, you hopefully can type FAR faster than 40 WPM.

  • Report this Comment On March 01, 2010, at 6:35 PM, mattack2 wrote:

    Oops.. Dumb comment system didn't seem like it was working when block popup windows was turned on.

  • Report this Comment On March 01, 2010, at 9:47 PM, peters46 wrote:

    Can anyone tell me whether the voice recognition software used by Soc Sec phone system is a Nuance product? I hope not. I have some NUAN. And the VRS used by Soc Sec couldn't be worse - it could not recognize clearly spoken numbers (single digits) or the words yes and no. I suppose even if it was Nuance's, it might be a very old version, before Dragon. And with article spoken, current versions have to be great. Or maybe it was the phone connection. I guess I will hold on to the NUAN, it's been good to me over the years.

  • Report this Comment On March 02, 2010, at 6:58 AM, larchmont1 wrote:

    The voice rec on the Motorola Droid is one of its best features. When a question of fact comes up in a lively discussion amongst friends, I whip out the Droid and ask the "computer ". The VR is usually accurate, which is good because the Droid keyboard options blow. I didnt

  • Report this Comment On March 02, 2010, at 7:24 AM, aryaolly wrote:

    Dumb article~Motorola (NYSE: MOT) is a bad stock to buy! Nowdays you could buy gold, it may be a great choice.

    http://top-stock-investing.blogspot.com/2010/02/guide-to-gol...

  • Report this Comment On March 02, 2010, at 7:25 AM, aryaolly wrote:

    Dumb article~Motorola (NYSE: MOT) is a bad stock to buy! Nowdays you could buy gold, it may be a great choice.

    http://top-stock-investing.blogspot.com/2010/02/guide-to-gol...

  • Report this Comment On March 02, 2010, at 7:25 AM, aryaolly wrote:

    Bad comment sysytem!

  • Report this Comment On March 02, 2010, at 4:43 PM, mountain8 wrote:

    Interesting article to a palsied journalist who can't press the right keys because his hands shake too much.

    I don't give a toot (or anything else) about MOT, and the article is not about MOT. But I am interested in Nuan and Dragon, which I will soon know all about.

    It took me near 10 minutes to type this. I can definately talk faster than that. A reliable, accurate voice recognition system that does what is demonstrated is worth investigation. Waste your time with MOT all you want. It will take a few days for me to find out if this article is worth it.

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