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Sunday, 28 July 2019

Flashback: Project Ara promised easy to upgrade modular phones but never delivered

The IBM PC was unveiled in 1981 and thanks to a strange decision by IBM, it became the granddaddy of most desktop and laptop computers today. Instead of making everything in-house (as with previous IBM projects), the design team decided to outsource as much as possible. This led to an open platform that allowed other companies to build accessories, write software and even build entire "IBM PC Compatibles". Since the PC used an Intel processor (8088) and Microsoft software (PC-DOS and Microsoft BASIC), this was the birth of the "Wintel" behemoth. Mobile phones never really had an "IBM...

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