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I must admit: I initially didn't understand the tablet craze. When Apple announced the iPad, I was like, "Uh, it's like a half-functional computer. And I have a smartphone. Why?" Eventually, I got an iPad 2 as a gift and it was like crack during bar review -- I never put the damn thing down. And then the novelty wore off, I sold it, and then got a smaller Android tablet, one which quickly began to collect dust.

It's not just me either. Tablet sales are slowing now that the market is saturated. Consumers are starting to ask, "Do I really need to upgrade?" Or better yet, "Do I really need one?" After all, the trend in smartphones, even at Apple, is bigger "phablet" screens.

The answer to both of those questions, dear law students, is "no." Here's why:

The "Stingray" is a neat little device that fools a cell phone into connecting to it as though it were a cellular phone tower. Once connected, the Stingray can record the device's unique ID, monitor the device's traffic, and even triangulate the cell phone's position.

It's also questionably legal. In June, unsealed documents revealed that Florida police were caught lying about using information from a Stingray to obtain warrants. As Ars Technica reports, officers were instructed to "refer to the assistance as 'received information from a confidential source regarding the location of the suspect.'" They were also told never to refer to the Stingray in police documents and to re-submit warrant affidavits that referred to them, according to the ACLU.

Lies notwithstanding, we still don't know any more about Stingrays, and now the FCC wants to get involved.

Microsoft sold about 5.8 million Lumia smartphones in a mere two months, a pretty impressive number considering nobody you know actually owns a Windows Phone. Out of all of the Windows-based phones in the wild, one model is far more popular than any other: the Lumia 520, which makes up 31.6 percent of all active Windows phones, according to AdDuplex. Add in the slight variant 521 and you have 36.4 percent of the phone's OS share covered by what is essentially one model.

The 520 is also ancient and doesn't even support 4G. But it is insanely cheap, often going on sale for less than $100 for a fully functioning smartphone.

It's successor, the $114 Nokia Lumia 530, has big shoes to fill. The new phone is not only important for helping Microsoft to capture low-end market share (against the flood of quality low-end Android devices from Motorola and others), but it also brings all of the latest Windows Phone 8.1 features to the masses, most notably Cortana.

The Nokia Asha line of "Android X" phones was an odd bird to begin with. Announced before Microsoft acquired Nokia's hardware division, the phones were a venture into a branched version of Android (much like Amazon's Kindle Fire OS) by a company that for the previous few years, had exclusively made Windows Phone OS smartphones.

At the time, many wondered if it was the first step towards backtracking on the Windows Phone OS exclusivity. Then after Microsoft acquired Nokia, it seemed destined for the trash bin -- except, a couple of weeks ago, Microsoft released a second batch of the phones, long after the acquisition. We really hope you didn't buy one.

Smartwatches. They're coming at us in waves, with Google's friends pushing two to market at the recent Google I/O conference and a third one set to follow soon. That's not to mention the dozen or so that have already been released by the likes of Samsung, Qualcomm, and others. And rumors of Apple's iWatch continue to proliferate, with many expecting it to arrive on store shelves later this year.

Why? Does anyone, outside of the core group of hardcore tech geeks, really want one of these things?

It's my phone's screen on my television screen. And it only requires a compatible phone, a $35 Chromecast, and a Wi-Fi connection.

Why is this so awesome? It's because I can do anything on my phone (presentations, software demonstrations, toss up videos or pictures, or show off a document or PDF) and it displays wirelessly on a nearby television or projector.

It's just another reason why Chromecast, at $35 or less, is the perfect impulse buy and tech toy.

Yesterday, I was having dinner with a friend, one that is definitely a Crackberry addict. Where the NRA says, "From my cold, dead hands," about firearms, she feels the same way about her QWERTY-equipped BlackBerry Q10. I mentioned the company's upcoming devices, specifically the 4.5-inch BlackBerry Passport, a phablet with a square screen and, of course, the QWERTY.

Her response? An unhesitant "When?"

BlackBerry has one fan, at least. But will they gain additional productivity-obsessed fans with their new square screen phone? In a recent blog post, the company sang the virtues of a massive square screen, instead of the otherwise ubiquitous smartphone rectangle.

Do they have a point?

What is the most important specification in a smartphone? It's not the operating system (Android, Apple, BlackBerry, or Windows). It's not the screen size, storage, processor speed, or camera. It's the battery life, because as we've all found out, our smartphones are pretty darn useless when they're dead -- and they're always dying.

Android L, the next version of the mobile operating system, will be a lot of things: a design update, a move from Dalvik to the faster ART runtime, some to be determined reference to a dessert. But more than anything, Android L excites us because of Project Volta.

Volta. Volt. Voltage. Power. Battery Life. Get it?

Google I/O is happening now, but the keynote happened yesterday. You probably didn't have three hours free to watch it, but you may be curious about what's in the Google product pipeline.

Smartwatches. An Android visual overhaul. Car stereos. Fitness trackers. A major Google Docs update. And a clear vision: Google as your constant companion, handling everything.

Yes, BlackBerry still exists. And if you're wondering why we're covering a nearly defunct product line, well, it's because lawyers are diehards: if anyone is still on the BlackBerry train, he or she probably has an "Esq." attached to his or her name.

Plus, who doesn't love a good comeback story? It's still possible, though BlackBerry hasn't done much with its last few devices, for the company to hit one out of the park. Let's take a look at what they have planned.