NEW YORK -- Tablet computing, newcomer hardware developers and 3-D TVs are technology trends to watch, according to Sam Grobart, assistant technology editor for The New York Times. The rumor mill is grinding about whether iPhone creator Apple Inc. will soon announce a tablet computer -- tablet computers are not a new concept but the computing power has grown tremendously since earlier forms hit the market, and Wi-Fi is now "pervasive," Grobart said, noting that Bill Gates was a bit premature when he said in 2001 that he expected tablet PCs to be the most popular computer in the world within five years. Grobart, speaking during the Real Estate Connect conference in New York City on Thursday, noted that devices like the iPhone have made computers fashionable and mainstream, and the old paradigm of a desktop computer and monitor has been turned on its head. "We're all sort of nerds now. For those of you who are new to the party, welcome," he said. "We'r...
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