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Vehicles that are smarter than the driver, like the WiMax Smart car, will be among the stars of the Consumer Electronics Show.

Vehicles that are smarter than the driver, like the WiMax Smart car, will be among the stars of the Consumer Electronics Show.

What’s the latest rumor out of the Consumer Electronics Show? The New York Times’ writer Ashlee Vance reports that sources expect Steve Ballmer, Microsoft’s top dog, to unveil a slate-type computer during his Wednesday night  CES keynote in Las Vegas. Learn more. The Washington Post’s Rob Pegoraro includes tablet computing among the three big themes he sees at the show. Learn the other two.

OTHER CES NEWS: In the month leading up to the 2009 CES, exhibitors were canceling because they were concerned about the economy. This year, after an improved holiday shopping season, CES officials say that exhibitors have been adding themselves to the lineup in the days before the show opens Wednesday in Las Vegas. Check out a story from the Toronto Star to see what they’re all fired up about. Or read this story from MarketWatch, which also looks at CES and suggests that “mobile” is the word to remember.

Consumer electronics manufacturers and retailers, including Blockbuster and Netflix, are expected to unveil new partnerships linking content with HDTV brands. With Blu-ray having moved beyond the early adopter phase, a Home Media Magazine article suggests the Blu-ray player is expected to become a key conduit to home entertainment. Read more. Experts also suggest we’ll see the rollout of a variety of “tablets” at the show, in an attempt to beat Apple, expected to release its own tablet soon, to the punch (Good luck with THAT).

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