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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 has covered consumer technology for over 20 years. He is 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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