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Two Fast-Growing Trends That Are Ripe for Investing Right Now

Good news: I’m officially done with my warnings about the excessive hype surrounding the 3-D printing industry and the stocks within it. (If you missed my analysis, you can read Part 1 here and Part 2 here.) It’s now time to reveal the opportunities in this growing area that are ripe for investing. (I can...

The Technology That’s Changing the World and Igniting This Industry

In my last column, I discussed the long, slow death of Thomas Edison’s traditional incandescent light bulb – and the equally slow transition to new lighting technologies. Thanks to legislative measures like the L Prize, there are some incentives that are helping to move us toward ultra-energy efficient methods. For example, this bill spawned Philips’...

Rise of the Mobiles: Is the World Ready for Data Crunch 2.0?

Need any more proof that the shift to mobile technology is one of the world’s fastest-growing and most life-changing trends? No problem. I give you new research from networking powerhouse, Cisco (CSCO), which states that by the end of this year, there will be more web-connected mobile devices in the world than humans. And, of...

Get Ready for Google Earth on Steroids

He’s the epitome of a daredevil. A thrill-seeker extraordinaire. And, we’re guessing, ever so slightly crazy. I mean, you’d have to be to float 127,852 feet up into the stratosphere, launch yourself off a platform, and barrel back toward the Earth at a speed of 843 mph. But that’s exactly what Austrian skydiver, Felix Baumgartner,...

The Key to Success in This $21.1-Billion Business

Toys are big business. A $21.1-billion business, to be exact, according to 2011 U.S. toy sales figures. As a result, the battle among toymakers to create the next blockbuster item is becoming increasingly intense. But in the fickle world of children’s toys, it’s easier said than done. The secret? Not just an imaginative mind and...

This 3-D Scanning Technology Shows Unique Images of Unborn Babies

We’ve talked here before about the pros and cons of the 3-D printing industry. But what about 3-D scanning technology? Well, just ask the inventors in Brazil, who’ve just created a 3-D scanning system that gives expectant parents the chance to see their unborn babies in unprecedented detail. Called Human 3-D Technology, the virtual scan...

10 Reasons to Be Wary of 3-D Printing Stocks (Part 2)

If there are any lingering doubts that 3-D printing stocks are trading on a truckload of hype, ExOne’s (XONE) stock market debut this week should put them to rest. After pricing at an already-rich valuation of $18 per share, the stock managed to soar above $29 on Thursday. As I noted in Wednesday’s column on...

Thanks, Thomas… But Technology Will Take it From Here

Have you noticed that one of the most common household items is gradually disappearing from stores? The phase-out has actually been underway for well over a year now. On January 1, 2012, 100-watt incandescent light bulbs faded from store shelves. Then, on January 1 of this year, the 75-watt bulbs were pulled. And on January...

Stupid Investment of the Week: ExOne

Pardon me… but I need to interrupt our regularly scheduled programming today – Part 2 of my piece, entitled 10 Reasons to Be Wary of 3-D Printing Stocks – for an urgent alert. It appears Wall Street investment bankers want to pull a fast one on lowly retail investors (i.e. – you and me.) And...