Today in History
August 12, 1981
At a press conference in New York City, IBM announces the release of their IBM Personal Computer with a price tag of $1,565. The IBM Personal Computer comes with a system unit and a keyboard. Monitor, printer and external hard drive are sold separately. Although it is not the first personal computer, it sets a standard, and "PC compatible" becomes an industry watchword. Today, about 365 million people worldwide have personal computers.
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What a difference the Difference Engine made: from Charles Babbage's calculator emerged today's computer
The incredible world of computers was born some 150 years ago, with a clunky machine dreamed up by a calculating genius named Charles Babbage
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