Man's (New) Best Friend

It won't love you. Or lick your face. But it will make your life a lot more rewarding... and it could also make you very, very rich.

See for yourself why the scientists at M.I.T. are calling it "the most important new technology since the smart phone."

Why Forbes says it's "the most significant game changer in retail this decade."

And why the world's most influential tech stock investor — who's pointed readers to gains of 713%, 1,438%, 1,541%, 2,371%, even 2,486% — thinks it's your best investment for 2013.


Motley Fool Technology Alert: Thursday, December 27, 2012


Dear Fellow Investor,

You know what the biggest lie on Wall Street is?

“The stock market is too complex for the ordinary person to understand.”

Nonsense! I'm an ordinary person. And I've been beating the market for 19+ years. (I'll show you how today.)

Still, with all the financial crisis and scandal that rule the headlines these days, I can see why many investors have lost sight of how capitalism really works. It's a simple process with five steps.

  • Step 1: Zero in on a problem that everyone is experiencing.
  • Step 2: Solve it.
  • Step 3: Find investors with $$$ to fund your solution.
  • Step 4: Sell it for a profit, and return that profit to your investors.
  • Step 5: Repeat.

You might think Step 2 is the hardest one. But it’s not. Because most failed businesses (and most failed investments) are what you’d call “solutions looking for a problem.”  Clever, but useless.

No, it’s Step 1 that’s the hardest.

You see, sometimes we’re so accustomed to our normal, everyday way of doing things...

That we don’t even recognize there’s a real problem in the first place.

Even if it’s so frustrating... so aggravating... that it’s stopping us from being productive at work, or from enjoying ourselves at home. Or maybe even putting us in danger...

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This photo shows you a clever solution that made investors millions. But it also shows you an unrecognized problem that will make a much BIGGER splash in Silicon Valley after the Consumer Electronics Show on January 8th.

For instance, did any of us think there was a problem with strapping our luggage over our shoulders, and slogging it through airports and train stations? I did it for half my life. You probably did too. It was exhausting!

Then an inventor named Bernard Sadow started making a suitcase with wheels.

It wasn’t the lead story on the evening news. In fact, it didn’t really seem like much of a big deal at all when it first happened.

But look in the closet where you keep your luggage, and tell me what you see...

That’s capitalism.

Now you might say, how much did Bernard Sadow make off that invention?

The answer is, quite a bit. First, he licensed his suitcases to Macy’s and sold thousands of them. Then he started his own suitcase company and sold millions more.

But I catch your drift...

Some problems are much more important than others. Which is why some investments make much more money than others.

And that’s why I’m about to point your attention to a very important problem you might have never thought about. Even though we all experience it, every day.

Then, I’ll introduce you to the solution. More precisely, to the THREE solutions that work in such perfect harmony together that when the world’s most influential technology investor first explained them to me, I could only compare them to...

His dog!

Finally, we’ll discuss how you can take action by investing in a select group of stocks that Wall Street has been overlooking for years.

They all share something in common that sets them apart... and ensures their position as hidden power players in the rough and tumble world of high-technology.

But forget about rough and tumble for now. Let’s start this story somewhere a little cozier.

Close your eyes and picture yourself sitting on your living room couch.

Actually, if you’re reading this at home on your laptop computer or your mobile phone, maybe you want to go and sit on your living room couch.

OK. Now if you’re sitting on your couch, I’ll go out on a limb and guess that you’re facing a television screen.

Here’s another guess...

Somewhere in your living room, you have at least four remote controls.

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You won't be needing these anymore. Read on to find out the solution that's about to replace them, and the 3 stocks that give you the best chance to profit...

And sometimes — maybe not every day, but at least once a week — you lose one of those remotes between the couch cushions. Or it needs a new battery.

Sometimes you forget which remote belongs to your TV, and you accidentally press a button that turns on your stereo at full blast. Or maybe even the neighbor's garage door opener.

Now think about this. From start to finish, how long does it take you to find the show you're actually trying to watch? Probably a lot longer than you'd like.

And when you really consider it, that makes no sense at all. Watching TV should be the easiest thing we do all day. Right?

Some of the most important players in the world of technology agree with us about that.

Like Apple CEO Tim Cook, who sat down with Brian Williams on December 6 for an interview that aired on NBC’s Today Show.

And said...

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“When I go into my living room and turn on the TV, I feel like I have gone backwards in time by 20 to 30 years.”

Amen! But actually, I think Cook’s statement doesn’t go nearly far enough. And I think it ignores how difficult it can be to use Apple’s own devices sometimes.

Because here are a few other daily rituals that should be easy. But really aren’t.

  • Using your computer. I don’t know about you, but even though I’m old enough to have seen everything from punch cards, to keyboards, to joysticks, to mouses, to trackpads, to touch-screens, I can’t help but thinking we’re still in the “lugging our suitcase over our shoulder” phase of interacting with our computers. (And according to the rumors I’m hearing out of Silicon Valley these days, I’m not the only one...)
  • Dialing your phone. My kids would make fun of me for saying this, but ever since we "upgraded" our phones into miniature computers, they've haven't exactly become a breeze to use. A few years back I got a cell phone with what I thought was a tiny keypad. Then I got a smart phone with buttons so tiny I had to press them with my fingernail. And now I have an iPhone with a touch screen. Which is great, unless you're wearing gloves. Or unless your friends keep getting accidental phone calls from inside your pocket!
  • Driving your car. Here’s something we haven’t upgraded in 60 years. Our cars have satellite antennas, rearview cameras, “intelligent braking”... and yet we’re still fiddling with dials on the dashboard and on the steering wheel, when we should be looking at the road.

As I’ve been hinting, the solution to all of these problems is now at hand.

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And its impact will be felt not just in your living room, but across every part of the global business landscape.

You might not believe me when I say that now. But when you see the demonstration footage I’ll show you in a few minutes, I bet you will. It certainly convinced me.

And it’s certainly going to convince a lot more people on January 8.

When the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas begins... and videos like these start leaking to the mainstream media.

By then, you could’ve already locked in some serious gains with the 3 companies that control this emerging industry.

Which companies?

I’ll give you a hint. I’m not talking about Apple. In fact, even though Tim Cook wouldn’t admit this, all 3 of these companies have him over a barrel.

And I’m not talking about Microsoft. Even though it got the ball rolling on this breakthrough back in 1997.

Look, I’m not here to play games with you.

Todd Etter

I've been the "court jester" at The Motley Fool since 1993. But I've also invested in a lot of the same stocks our members did. And made a pretty nice pile of dough in the process.

My name is Todd Etter. And I was The Motley Fool’s first reader.

Literally! Almost 20 years ago...

Nowadays I work for The Motley Fool. As the company's Chief Collaboration Officer.

What does that mean? Well, I guess it means it's my job to do anything it takes to make sure that everyone at our office is working as a team.

In other words, I'm here to play games with them. Because when we do have fun together — with scavenger hunts, dizzy bat races, trivia contests, and all the other stuff we do here when we're not hitting the books and researching stocks — that's when we learn how to do great work together.

Which is serious business. Because it’s your business...

See, I’ve been here since the very beginning. And I believe it’s truer than ever...

... That in the world of finance, nobody cares more about individual investors like you than The Motley Fool does. Nobody delivers more helpful advice about how to put your money into great companies that you can rely on for the long term. And nobody else has your back like we do... showing you how to avoid all of Wall Street’s countless tricks, traps, and scams.

Now I would never claim to be an expert investor. I’ll leave that title to my friend David Gardner.

We were barely out of college when he told me he was starting a company that would turn the investing world on its head. But I believed him. And he was right!

I also believed him when he told me, back in 1994, that something called "the Internet" would improve our daily lives in ways we couldn't possibly imagine. By solving basic problems that we didn’t even realize we had. And finally, I believed him when he said I should invest in a tiny Internet company called AOL. Because it was about to change the world forever...

David Gardner

My friend David Gardner is no joke. He's led Motley Fool Stock Advisor members to 116% gains during a so-called "lost decade" in which the stock market has returned just 27%.

Most people have never had the experience of opening up their brokerage statement and seeing that a stock they own is worth 203 times more than they paid for it.

I certainly haven’t. Because, silly me, I waited a few months to take David’s investment advice.

But 68 times my starting investment didn’t feel too shabby either!

And as more and more people started to realize that visionaries like David Gardner were right about the Internet, companies with exciting new solutions started popping up left and right. Some of them were like those “solutions looking for a problem,” and never amounted to much.

But some of them were the real deal.

Like Amazon.com. When David first told me about this stock, I invested a modest amount... just $2,983 on October 8, 1997.

Today that same investment is worth $194,556. I never sold it! (You can see it on my electronic brokerage statement below.)

My brokerage statement!

You could say Amazon.com was another one of my investing mistakes; I bought it a month after David and a lot of his readers on the Motley Fool website did, and missed out on a better price.

But "mistakes" like these can add up... to huge gains.

Priceline.com is another good example. David pointed readers of his Stock Advisor newsletter to this Internet superstar in 2004. Now every $5,000 invested is worth an impressive $129,300. But if you had invested one month later, you'd have "just" $107,738.

Of course, David isn’t right on 100% of his stock picks. He’s only human.

But investors like me who have faithfully followed his advice over the years know that he’s been right more often than most...

Often enough to make us Foolishly happy with our returns...

And even happier that we avoided giving back most of those returns by paying thousands of dollars in fees to fund managers, wealth advisors, or other professional investment gurus who didn’t do even half as well as David.

In fact, over the past 10 years in Stock Advisor — a time period that economists have dubbed a “lost decade” for the stock market because of the pain that the worst financial crisis in 75 years is still inflicting on millions of investors — David’s average stock recommendation has more than quadrupled the total return of the S&P 500.

But here’s what’s really exciting...

Even though America’s economy is finally starting to gather strength again, a lot of investors — even professional ones — are still hiding under their desks.

And that means they’re not open to the kind of new ideas that come along on their own timetable. Not when Wall Street wants, or expects them.

Like this one, which could very well be...

The best Motley Fool investing idea since AOL and Amazon.com in the 1990s

Look, I told you I’m not an investing expert. But as I also mentioned, I am an expert at playing games.

I might not boast David’s media profile... I’ve never rung the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange, or cracked the New York Times best-seller list multiple times, or chewed the fat with Larry King and Dr. Phil!

But I have been interviewed by Fast Company and National Public Radio. Written for Wired magazine. And helped develop a TV show for PBS.

And one thing I’ve learned from being a professional game maker and game player all these years is that a lot of real problems — in education, in medicine, and even in defense & security — were solved by innovations that first appeared in video games.

Which is why, when I first heard about David’s newest investing idea, I knew right away that he was onto something big.

Because I had already seen it in the video games my kids were playing.

It just hadn’t dawned on me yet that it would be the perfect solution for so many of our daily aggravations. Or that it would be so easy to use, and work as well as it does in the videos I’ll show you in a minute.

I also didn’t realize that scientists at M.I.T. were calling it “the most important new technology since the smart phone.”

That major corporations like McDonald’s, Toyota, Microsoft, Intel, Samsung, GM, Sony, and Bloomingdale’s were scrambling to implement it.

Or that major hospitals like Miami Children’s Hospital and the National Naval Medical Center were already relying on it to treat their patients.

And I certainly didn’t know the 3 companies that David had selected for his newest investing strategy, or why his research made him so confident about them.

Another thing I didn’t know was whether the time was really “right” for this idea.

Which is probably the most important consideration of all...

See, before I hitched my wagon to David Gardner’s star and became The Motley Fool’s official court jester, I was a software programmer.

And one of the first projects I ever worked on was helping Kraft create an early version of the “touch screen” devices that you use nowadays at ATM machines and grocery store cash registers. And of course in gadgets like the iPad.

Kraft wasn't using those touch screens to make it easier for their customers to buy macaroni and cheese. They were trying to make it easier for their employees to enroll in their company health plans and 401-k accounts. Sounds like a great idea, right?

It wasn’t.

Remember, this was back in 1992! People simply weren’t ready for touch screens at the time. It took almost 20 years for us all to realize what they can do.

Here’s why you can stop hunting around for that remote control...

The truth is, the devices that we use to help us talk to our machines... all the way back to the famous “QWERTY” keyboard, which was invented in 1868 by an enterprising Milwaukee newspaper editor who wanted to force his writers to type slower, so their typewriters didn’t jam...

Well, those devices always relied on us to memorize a series of motions and codes, which just isn’t very intuitive or natural.

That was the problem with Kraft’s touch screens. In real life, not much happens when you walk around lightly tapping and swiping on things...

It’s just not a natural motion. So Kraft’s workers had to be trained to think in a completely new way. Basically, they had to be trained to think the way the computer did.

And how many times have we heard that from our kids? You just have to think the way the computer does.

(I said I was a software programmer when I was younger, but that was a pretty long while ago... let's just say that the clock on my DVD player has been flashing 12:00 since I first plugged it in, and I usually turn to one of my sons when I have a problem with my computer.)

Our kids are pretty darn smart. And they usually figure out a way.

But as I said before, thinking like the computer also sounds suspiciously similar to carrying all the weight of a heavy bag on my shoulder.

Is it really necessary? Is it really the best way?

Now, more than ever, I’m convinced that it’s not. So is David Gardner...

And we’re not the only ones.

According to technology experts like PC World’s Tony Bradley, “In the not-too-distant future, children will look at keyboards and mice with a mixture of amusement and derision.” Meanwhile, Robert Enderle argues that even though touch screens offer a temporary improvement, they’re still “awkward at best and virtually impossible at worst.”

Good thing there’s finally a better alternative.

David Gardner

The device that will replace your remote control, your keyboard, your mouse, and the dials on your car's dashboard is already here. It can't replace "man's best friend"... but it might remind you of them. And it could be a best friend to investors who catch these 3 stocks now.

One that will allow you — sooner than you think — to toss away your touch pads, your mouse, your keyboard, all of those remote controls, and even all the dials and buttons on your car’s dashboard.

Because we’ve finally taught computers to understand how we think.

It sounds high-tech.

But after I talked to David the other day, it dawned on me that it's remarkably similar to the way that human beings first trained dogs more than 14,000 years ago.

Even the most passionate “cat person” has to admit... that solution turned out pretty well, right?

And even the most passionate “dog person” has to admit that this one could turn out much better, at least from an investment standpoint.

Because not only does this technology solution transform the way we relate to all of the machines in our world. Making everything from our phones, to our vehicles, to our lamps much easier to operate...

... It also has none of the barriers and delays to “user adoption” that all of its predecessors did.

Like I said, the machines are the ones that have to learn how to translate for us now. So all we have to do is... the same things we do when we communicate with our family, friends, and co-workers.

Which explains why so many companies are betting their future on this technology.

They know it won’t take 20 years for all of us to start getting the hang of it. In fact, I doubt it even takes 2 years...

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It all starts with the power of your voice.

Now there are two other components to this solution, which we’ll discuss in a minute. They’re probably less familiar to the average investor, and they’re ultimately even more powerful and more important.

But if you’re like my wife and me, the solution you’ve already fallen in love with is “Siri”...

That’s the name of the voice recognition program on Apple’s new iPhones. (You’ve probably seen Samuel Jackson and Martin Scorsese using it on TV.)

See, my wife used to ask me to help her remember things. Except I usually forgot! Now she just asks Siri on her iPhone...

“Call my sister at her office in 10 minutes.”

“What’s the name of that barbecue restaurant in Annandale with the good reviews? It’s called Honey Pig or something like that.”

“How many inches are there in a mile?”

And whatever questions you ask it, there’s no question that this voice recognition technology is unbelievably popular. In fact Apple has already sold more than 124 million iPhones loaded with Siri.

But here’s the really interesting thing... Someone else gets a fat cut of the profit from every single one of those iPhones! And it’s a company very few investors have ever heard of...

See, the Siri voice recognition program wasn’t invented by Steve Jobs. Or by anyone else at Apple.

And even though Google and Microsoft are using the same program in 540 million other devices, neither of them invented it either.

And that’s actually good news for you and me, for two reasons.

First, we benefit as consumers.

Because the little company that does control the key patents for what scientists like Steve Rizzo at the University of Southern California are calling “the holy grail to technology”... can sell it to whomever they please. Rather than keeping it locked into just one business partner or one type of device...

Which means we’re already seeing iPhone style voice recognition popping up in everything from televisions to thermostats to refrigerators to coffeemakers. In 450,000 doctor’s offices nationwide. And — this stat surprised me — in more than 4 million Ford automobiles. With GM, Mercedes, BMW, Land Rover, Jaguar, Audi, Honda, and Toyota racing to put it in their cars too.

Second, and more importantly, we benefit as investors.

I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love Apple.

(So does my friend David Gardner... he recommended it shortly after the iPhone debuted in 2008, and Stock Advisor members who bought Apple then made a nice 231% gain).

But Apple’s stock has become so valuable that it makes up a substantial portion of the entire stock market. So everyone and their brother is tracking it, and that makes it hard to out-guess the crowd.

That’s why stocks like this one, which benefit from the success of Apple and the other technology giants — but require a bit more savvy to discover — make such good investments.

Three technology CEOs “every bit as powerful as Steve Jobs”

According to Andrew Rosenberg, a computer science professor at Queens College in New York, the company that controls this voice recognition technology is “the equivalent of Microsoft, Google, or Amazon in a very niche technological space.” 

And with 43 different strategic acquisitions over the past six years, and a war chest of 2,016 patents, it’s easy to see why he’s comfortable making such a provocative comparison...

Bloomberg BusinessWeek took things even further. Calling this CEO “every bit as powerful as Steve Jobs.”

Which may make you wonder why David Gardner thinks buying this company’s stock is only the third best investment you can make in the technology solution that’s going to replace your remote control. (And maybe make your dog a little jealous.)

To find the answer, it helps to consider something Steve Jobs’ great rival — Bill Gates — said back in 1997. And why he was wrong...

You see, Bill Gates knew voice recognition could make the mouse and the keyboard obsolete. In fact, he predicted it would happen by 2002.

But what Gates didn’t realize... and took years to understand... was that the key to making voice recognition easy to use wasn’t the voice software itself. But rather the prediction software that formed its foundation.

Think about the way your dog interprets voice signals. Before you’ve even opened your mouth, he’s already using the context of the situation (and some other clues I’ll show you in the videos below) to guess, interpret, and then “error check” what he thinks you’re saying.

After all, a computer doesn’t really understand what our spoken language means, any more than a dog does.

But with a properly engineered prediction algorithm, it can guess. And more importantly, it can get better and better at guessing. Because we’re training it, with every word we say.

That’s the real secret behind modern voice recognition software like Siri. As my wife can attest, it doesn’t always work perfectly.

Instead...

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It gets better by learning how to predict the future

So on that note, it’s time to meet our second hidden Silicon Valley power player.

And find out how Apple got a leg up on Microsoft when Steve Jobs went to seek out this visionary CEO’s advice about prediction software.

We’ll also discover why Jobs trusted this man as a mentor... literally driving to his house at one point to sit on the floor at his feet.

And finally, we’ll see why 134 of the world’s 200 biggest corporations have trusted their future to this tiny company’s one-of-a-kind technology solution.

Remember, the key is prediction. Computers can’t really think like we do, but with this cutting edge software, they can learn.

So the question we need to ask is, what are they learning from us?

All kinds of things!

For example, when Wal-Mart came looking for an “impossible” 60% bump to its sky-high profit margins, this company used its prediction software to show them a new way to sell popular items like Strawberry Pop-Tarts... seven times faster!

And when the mayor of London was worried about traffic jams during the 2012 Summer Olympics, he also pinned his hopes on prediction software... and wound up reducing traffic from its usual levels by 17%!

The secret that makes these incredible advances in prediction possible, is the same thing that allowed this software to bring voice recognition to life... our data.

You see, 90% of the information ever produced was created in 2011 and 2012.

In fact, if you take all the data we’ve created in the past year alone, it adds up to 5,886,000 times the information in the Library of Congress. (It would take 57.5 billion iPads to store all that data... and you could stack them into a 61-foot-high wall that would stretch from Miami, FL, to Anchorage, AK!)

In other words, this software is smart. But what really makes it work is... us! We’re telling it more and more about who we are and what we like, every second of every day.

That’s why The Economist says it’s:

“A better kind of crystal ball”

Why Harvard Business Review dubs it:

“The next scientific revolution”

And why the top technology export for Forbes magazine declares it:

“A turning point in our economic and cultural history”

I know, that sounds like a wild exaggeration, but analysts at the prestigious McKinsey Institute have actually calculated that this software’s total impact may add up to more than $12 trillion!

Still, even with his incredible track record — and even though he’s been one of my best friends for 20 years — if David Gardner had told me that investing in this one company would bring those kind of numbers to my brokerage account, I’d have told him he was nuts!

Instead, David made a case for investing in this stock that was a little less grandiose.

He simply said that prediction software will soon be used by just about every company and organization out there, and that it already helps to power some very profitable consumer technologies. Like voice recognition, or the instant recommendations you get from Amazon.com and Netflix.

He went on to say that it’s widely known among technology insiders that this company simply makes this software better than anyone else does.

(Even the mainstream media is starting to catch on... For example, CNBC's Jim Cramer says this "scrappy company" has "a major edge on the competition," and admits that the way it's been overlooked by Wall Street insiders is "kind of ridiculous.")

But, as I’ve learned over the years, David has another ace up his sleeve that guys like Jim Cramer never will...

It’s his ability to see the connections between big ideas. And, most importantly, to help other people (like you and me) see them too.

I didn’t really believe it either, until I saw this...

You’ve stuck with me for a long time. And I promised to make it worth your while.

So let me be brief here...

Even though the video clips below are shaky and poorly composed, they represent one of those “aha” moments that an investor is lucky to have once or twice in a lifetime. (We had a devil of a time finding them!)

In other words, if you can connect the dots from voice recognition to prediction software, and realize that together they make a practical solution for your TV, your personal computer, your cell phone, your car, and pretty much any machine in our increasingly digital world...

And if you can understand why it’s important that the two companies we talked about so far have leverage over tech giants like Apple, Google, and Microsoft... And that this solution is therefore not just practical, but also profitable and investable...

Then you’ll see why I was so excited when I realized that this third technology is the missing piece of the puzzle. And when I realized why the company that’s making the greatest strides in creating this innovation was even MORE profitable and MORE investable than those other two.

Just click play on any of the videos below to see what I mean...

Videos courtesy Eric Rennaud, Softkinetic, AMICO Research Lab, Intel Free Press

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The last piece of the puzzle is now “at hand.”

Silicon Valley types call it gesture control.

And like I said before, if you have kids, you might have seen crude versions of this device before... in their video games.

I doubt I need to explain to you why it’s a necessary complement to voice control — maybe even an improvement on it. And why it blows all of the old “user interface technologies” out of the water.

Of course, there are bound to be skeptics. Remember the people who said they'd never use a computer mouse?

But gesture control is just the next logical step after the mouse and the touch screen. As Dr. Mark Bolas at the University of Southern California points out, “when using a computer today, we think of our bodies as a fingertip or at most two fingertips. But humans evolved to communicate with their whole bodies.”

Plus, as your dog knows, there are a lot of situations where raising your voice isn’t appropriate, or convenient. (That’s why, if you lower your hand just so, he’ll obediently sit down.)

I also doubt you’ll be surprised at this point when I tell you that this is the killer technology that led Time magazine to conclude that “Your Mouse is Doomed.”

Or when I tell you that PC Magazine says it will “destroy the remote control.” That the Boston Herald calls it “the wave of the future.” Or that Forbes calls it “the most significant game-changer for retail this decade.”

But you probably WILL be surprised when I tell you that David’s investing strategy for this third and last part of his technology “triple play” didn’t lead him to a small, start-up type company.

Instead, it led him to one of the most powerful corporations in the world.

See, he believes they're the only company with the R&D capabilities to refine this technology further — they've already developed a next-generation gesture control program that allows you not only to wave, swipe, and pinch your commands for a built-in camera, but also to use any surface in your house, including your couch cushion, your coffee table, and even the water in your drinking glass as a virtual touch screen.

And he also believes they're the only company that has the vision and the resources to truly integrate gesture control with prediction software and speech recognition, in every part of our digital world.

So it’s really no wonder that one of the last decisions that Steve Jobs made was to put this company’s CEO on Apple’s board of directors. Why? Maybe this man could keep an eye on Jobs’ successor Tim Cook. Or, more likely, so Cook could keep an eye on him!

It’s also no wonder that this company’s power in the home entertainment and travel markets has grown so strong in recent years that it’s now worth more than $87 billion.

Notable Products First Seen at the Consumer Electronics Show in
Las Vegas

1970 First VCR
1975 Pong video game
1981 First camcorder
1981 First CD player
1985 Nintendo video game system
1988 Tetris video game
1994 First modern satellite TV system
1996 First DVD player
1998 First high-definition television
2001 Xbox video game system
2003 First Blu-ray player
2005 First internet-connected television
2012 First "home use" 3D printer
2013 Fully integrated voice+gesture+prediction systems

Or that a small handful of investors, including my friend David Gardner, believe that this company, which isn’t typically considered to be a technology player, is in fact the most powerful tech company in the world...

And here’s one more thing David believes... this is also the rarest type of stock there is... a “blue chip” with decades of mega-success that hasn’t seen its best days yet.

(Far from it... this company just increased its earnings by 14% in the past quarter alone!)

So you can understand why David is “all in” on this stock, even though his readers have already made a 53% gain on it.

Why you need these 3 stocks NOW

We've seen that a solution that transforms our daily lives can emerge when we least expect it. And catch unprepared investors flat-footed...

That’s why David Gardner is recommending that you invest in these 3 Silicon Valley power brokers before the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show...

If you’ve never seen the exhibition before, it’s really something. Every January, all the big gadget companies like Microsoft, Samsung, and Google rent out the Las Vegas Convention Center and unveil their latest and greatest.

In 1970, the VCR stole the show. In 1981, it was the first CD player. In 1998 the first high-definition television set. And last year, everyone was talking about 3D printers and “gorilla glass” screens.

More than 156,000 businessmen, journalists, and technology lovers will flock to this year’s CES show when it starts in two weeks.

All of them have video cameras.

All of them have blogs and websites.

And all of them can’t wait to spill the beans to everyone about what they see at the show...

See, the CES exhibition is often the “aha” moment when high-concept technologies cross over to the mainstream in a big way. So we’ll be hearing all about what happens at the show over the course of the next year.

Meanwhile, savvy tech investors like my friend David Gardner have already made their move into these 3 stocks.

David doesn’t like to call it “market timing.” Because he can be off by days, weeks, or even months. And sometimes he’s just flat wrong.

But if you combine a keen understanding of the way technology is developing with a basic understanding of consumer psychology and investor psychology, just like David does...

Well, you can win more often than not. And some of your wins are going to be very BIG ones.

Like these David Gardner tech stock winners that Stock Advisor readers have taken straight to the bank...

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Activision Blizzard (Nasdaq: ATVI) -- Up 573%

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Liquidity Services (Nasdaq: LQDT) -- Up 286%

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Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX) -- Up 613%

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PayPal (acquired by eBay) -- Up 196%

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Priceline.com (Nasdaq: PCLN)-- Up 2,486%

And here’s what’s most important, in the grand scheme of things:

Consistently winning with investments like these can take a lot of weight off your shoulders.

Like the pressure of trying to build a future for the people you care about. The fear that you haven’t saved enough and there won’t ever be enough time to “catch up.” Or that nagging sense that others who haven’t worked half as hard as you have are somehow racing ahead.

I know a lot of you feel that way… it’s what many Motley Fool members tell us when they first join.

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Like I asked before at the beginning of this letter, why carry something heavy on your shoulders, when you can put it on wheels and zoom it around behind you with the lightest tug?

Look, maybe that’s a silly picture to put in your head. So here’s another one that makes the same point in a more straight-forward way:

Cumulative Growth of $10,000 Investment

If you had invested $10,000 in the S&P 500 index in December 2002, by July 30, 2012 it would have grown to $19,117. Not bad. But if you had invested that same $10,000 in December 2002 and earned the annualized returns of David Gardner's recommendations, it would have grown to an incredible $48,498.

Think of the red line as the “over the shoulder suitcase.” And the green line as the “suitcase on wheels.” Which one would you rather carry?

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Liquidity Services (Nasdaq: LQDT) -- Up 286%

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Teradata (NYSE: TDC) -- Up 266%

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Hasbro (Nasdaq: HAS) -- Up 217%

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Whole Foods Market (NYSE: WFM) -- Up 140%

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Sherwin-Williams (NYSE: SHW) -- Up 201%

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Coach (NYSE: COH) -- Up 138%

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MSC Industrial Direct (NYSE: MSM) -- Up 171%

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LabCorp (NYSE: LH) -- Up 178%

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P.S. There’s still time to position yourself to profit from the death of the remote control — and the keyboard, the mouse, the touch screen, etc. — before video from the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show leaks to the mainstream media on January 8th. And these are the 3 stocks that can cut you in on the kind of early gains that are usually reserved for aggressive and well-connected Silicon Valley venture capitalists. So please click the "Start Now" button above — don't risk missing out.

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All newsletter returns as of December 13 2012. Unless otherwise noted, all numbers as of December 17, 2012. The performance data quoted represents past performance and does not guarantee future results. The "Cumulative Time Weighted Return on Invested Capital" graph above represents an ending value on September 30, 2012, assuming a $10,000 initial principle earning the time-weighted annualized returns that Stock Advisor recommendations have earned since December 13, 2002. It represents past performance, which is not a guarantee of similar future results.

Todd Etter owns shares of Netflix, Activision Blizzard, Amazon.com, Microsoft, and Nintendo. The Motley Fool owns shares of Apple, Amazon.com, Activision Blizzard, Coach, Walt Disney, Google, Hasbro, Intel, McDonald's, Microsoft, MSC Industrial Direct, Netflix, Priceline.com, and Whole Foods Market and is short Sony (ADR) and has the following options: long JAN 2013 $22.00 calls on Sony (ADR).

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