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Think Cash Is King? You’re Wrong… It’s This

If you needed any further proof that patents are invaluable, we got it on Monday. In one of the biggest tech mergers of the year, Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp. (SFTBY), announced that it’s acquiring British chip designer, ARM Holdings Plc (ARMH). As my colleague Greg Miller detailed yesterday, the $32 billion tie-up makes eminent sense...

SoftBank Bets Big on the Internet of Things

What does $32 billion buy you these days? For Japanese mobile communications firm SoftBank Group Corp. (SFTBY), it’s provided a route into one of the most lucrative up-and-coming technology fields. On Monday, the company ponied up the cash to buy British chip designer ARM Holdings Plc (ARMH). And Softbank’s Chairman, Masayoshi Son, isn’t shy about...

Patents Mean Profits… for Firms and Investors

There’s a new war breaking out in Asia. It doesn’t involve guns, bombs, trade, or any geopolitical posturing, though. Rather, leading Asian tech companies are “turning to patents as ammunition,” writes The Wall Street Journal’s Juro Osawa. And every investor should take notice. For years, Asian heavyweights like Xiaomi and Huawei have been content to...

The Trouble with Tesla

Tesla Motors Inc. (TSLA), the electric car company controlled by tech billionaire Elon Musk, had a string of rough weeks marred by three major issues that did quite a bit of damage to the company’s reputation and valuation. In a short period of time, all kinds of concerns about the company have made the news,...

Today’s Five Most Important Tech Charts

She’s one of the best in the business at spotting major tech trends before they happen. And since we’re all about spotting big trends early, too, venture capitalist Mary Meeker is well worth our time and attention. Particularly right now, too. Each year, Meeker releases a comprehensive PowerPoint presentation on the state of the internet....

Four Factors That Will Drive Home Automation

Within the tech world, there’s plenty of excitement over the potential for home automation – i.e. the prospect of controlling the functions in your home (temperature, lights, etc.) from your smartphone or from a single dedicated device such as Amazon.com Inc.’s (AMZN) Echo device. Frankly, though, a fair bit of the excitement is just hype...

Google Wants to Control Your Home

In my article here last week, I discussed how Alphabet Inc. (GOOGL) unveiled a range of updates and new innovations at its recent Google I/O conference. Among them was Google Home – a dedicated in-home device similar to Amazon.com Inc.’s (AMZN) Echo, combined with a huge expansion to Google Now, which has been renamed Google...

Google’s New Innovation Just Raised the Bar

There are several eagerly anticipated tech events over the course of a year that unite analysts, commentators, and geeks across the globe – from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and Apple Inc.’s (AAPL) new product unveilings. The Google I/O annual developers’ conference is no exception. Held...

This Stock Offers Great Value and Big Upside

If you’re looking for one of the driving forces of the current bull market, look no further than the tech sector. Case in point: The Technology Select Sector SPDR (XLK) – the exchange-traded fund that tracks the S&P 500 Technology Index – is up a whopping 229% since the start of the bull market. But...

The Future of the Industrial Internet of Things

In the digital age, we’re constantly on the lookout for the next big thing in technology – whether for personal use or to invest ahead of the curve. But having the keen eye to spot that Unicorn before the rest of the world takes tremendous insight. Many believe that the Internet of Things (IoT) is...

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