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This Week in Tech History: Introduction of the Microchip

On this edition of "This Week in Tech History", Chris tells us of the introduction of the microchip as well as Steve Jobs' return to Apple.

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Tablets-1886-TelautographThis week in 1893 – Elisha Gray, of Highland Park, IL, publicly exhibited his machine called the telautograph. This was an analog precursor to what many years later became known as the fax machine.

1954 – British company, J. Lyons and Co. Used LEO 1, or “Lyons Electronic Office”, to produce a payroll report. It was the first time in history a computer was used in business.Kilby_solid_circuit

1959 – Jack Kilby of Texas Instruments filed the first patent for an integrated circuit – commonly referred to as a microchip.

1997 – NeXT merges with Apple Computer, starting the path to Mac OS X and Steve Jobs regaining control of Apple, the company that kicked him to the curb.

And this week in 1998 – AOL raised its monthly flat access rate from $19.95 to $21.95, explaining it needed to upgrade its network to handle the onslaught of people taking advantage of its flat 3-aol1991logoprice. Gee… I wonder how that worked out for them…

Written by Chris Graveline

Chris Graveline

Chris has covered consumer technology for 14 years. He is a producer of Into Tomorrow with Dave Graveline and the host of This Week in Tech History as well as a regular co-host on "Into Tomorrow with Dave Graveline" and our Technical Director.

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