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PCs challenged by tablets, smartphones

Remember the minicomputer?

Once upon a time, back in the 1970s, the minicomputer became wildly popular as a new kind of business technology tool that was much more nimble and portable than the old mainframe monsters. The new giants of that age — Massachusetts companies like Digital Equipment Corp., Wang Laboratories Inc. and Data General Corp. — helped turn Route 128 into America’s Technology Highway.

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