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These Tech Trends Might Not Be All That Trendy

Despite the flow of hype from the Consumer Electronics Show, these four tech trends likely won't set the world on fire in 2012.

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We're starting our annual trek out to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas today to get a sense of the latest trends that will have an impact on the tech investing world for the next year. In the coming days, we'll have plenty more on what we see there, but leading up to the show, the endless hype from public-relations firms and media outlets has been flowing in for weeks.

Tech is, of course, notorious for the level of hype it manages to generate. As I wrote a few weeks ago, the hottest, most hyped IPOs have recently been in the tech field. Sometimes tech hype is justified. Smartphones and the Internet have changed the way we interact with the world, and companies such as  Microsoft (MSFT),  Apple (AAPL), and  Google (GOOG) have real sustainable advantages and cash flows.

Bearemy Glaser does not own (actual or beneficial) shares in any of the securities mentioned above. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.