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Posted at 7:00 AM ET, 01/ 4/2011

Post Tech heads to Vegas; tablets dominate

By Cecilia Kang

Note to readers: Happy New Year and thanks for reading. We're starting the year off right, heading to CES on Wednesday to report what the tech industry has in store for 2011. See you in Vegas.

Here's our story in the paper Tuesday on what to expect at CES:

If imitation is the highest form of flattery, Apple should be blushing at the Consumer Electronics Show this week as a flood of competing iPad-inspired tablets make their debut.

But as usual, Apple and its iconic chief, Steve Jobs, will not be among the high-tech industry heavyweights hawking their wares in Las Vegas, making the Silicon Valley juggernaut the biggest no-show at CES.

Still, Apple's presence will be deeply felt. About 80 tablets will be featured at the annual gadgets show-and-tell as competitors Samsung, Toshiba, Vizio and Motorola release their versions of the touch-screen wireless mini computers.

The reason is simple: The iPad and other tablets such as the Samsung Galaxy have connected with consumers despite a stubborn recession pinching pocketbooks.

"What the tablet has managed to do is create a new product category, and that doesn't happen all that often," said Jason Oxman, a senior vice president at the Consumer Electronics Association, the trade group that hosts CES.

As such, 126,000 retail buyers, sellers, engineers and marketing executives attending CES beginning Wednesday will see tablets take center stage along with faster smartphones, Internet-enabled TVs and tricked-out cars that allow drivers to perform voice-guided computer tasks as they drive.

For full story, read here.

And for a preview of one tablet to launch at CES, here's Motorola's teaser video:

By Cecilia Kang  | January 4, 2011; 7:00 AM ET
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