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You can use a tablet to turn off the alarm system, brew the coffee, and read your e-mail

Microsoft (MSFT) Chairman William H. Gates III made quite a splash at the Comdex trade show this fall when he showed off a wireless-tablet computer that would let you browse the Web on a sharp display held in your lap while watching TV from the comfort of a recliner. I've played with the Microsoft tablet, and it's way cool. But it won't be available for more than a year.

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