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It is imperative to consider the concept of sustainable portable computing as the role of such devices increases the people lives. With the emergence of the cloud computing paradigm, there will be an increased reliance on wireless communication from portable computing devices to more powerful centralized servers. This paradigm shift to 'Thin-clients' presents an opportunity to make portable computing more sustainable by shifting more functionality to centralized servers. Reduced functionality needed on these devices could mean a slower rate of hardware replacement. This could significantly cut the electronic waste that is currently attributed to the frequent replacements of these devices.
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