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So what am I doing while my cameraman is shooting scenes on the street? I'm on my smartphone, checking email and sending tweets.

And I'm not the only one. We're always on the go. With smartphones and tablets, we don't even have to sit still to access the Internet.

No one's predicting the demise of the desktop, but a new study by Cisco says there's been a big shift. By 2018, global Internet traffic will be almost evenly split between desktops and laptops on one side, and smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, and Internet-connected devices, like thermostats and dog collars, on the other.

There are still some times when a desktop or laptop is a must. And other times when it's less critical.

Industry experts say PC sales have slowed down, while shipments of smartphones are up more than 20 percent over last year.

Don't worry about getting too attached to your smartphone. The techies we talked with here in silicon alley told me we'll be saying good-bye to them once wearable devices become popular.

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