Streamlining your gadget collection (video)

During this year's round of spring cleaning, don't hold back from giving favorite gadgets from yesteryear the boot. CNET's Kara Tsuboi reports on what gadgets you no longer need.

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Kara Tsuboi has covered technology news for CNET and CBS Interactive for nearly seven years. From cutting edge robotics at NASA to the hottest TVs at CES to Apple events in San Francisco, Kara has reported on it all. In addition to daily news, twice every week her "Tech Minutes" are broadcast to CBS TV stations across the country.
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I remember a time not too long ago when my pockets were stuffed with my cell phone, a digital camera, and my MP3 player. Oh, and the glove box of my car housed a GPS device. No longer. Thanks to the functionality of a smartphone, I've been able to carry just one gadget for all of my chit-chatting, photo-taking, music-playing, and navigational needs. Thank goodness, because those pockets were getting bulky and it was getting expensive to continually update each device.

The accompanying video below is all about those gadgets that you no longer need to invest in--for example, a point-and-shoot camera--because either the technology has improved and rendered it obsolete or there are other, better multitasking devices out there--i.e., a smartphone. For example, once that desktop computer dies, don't bother replacing it, say many technology experts.

CNET senior writer Donald Bell says, "Having that there, taking up a big space in your home, isn't worth it these days. I lost mine years ago since so much of my time is spent on the couch."

With laptops and tablet computers beefing up their speeds and memory, it doesn't make sense to tether yourself to a desk.

Here's a short list of gadgets that tech experts suggest you get rid of: portable music player, point-and-shoot camera, GPS device, desktop computer, camcorder.

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