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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.

Bill Gates had said in 2001 that he expected tablet PCs to be the most popular computer in the world within five years, he also noted.