personal computer


Definition of personal computer 

: a general-purpose computer equipped with a microprocessor and designed to run especially commercial software (such as a word processor or Internet browser) for an individual user

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Cisco’s momentum is representative of how some older technology giants are finding ways to survive vast changes in their markets, forces that felled earlier standard-bearers like IBM in personal computers and Nokia in mobile phones. New York Times, "Cisco Chief Executive’s New Mantra: Simplify Computer Networks," 10 July 2018 This includes credit card numbers, travel records, religious affiliations, web search results, biometric data from wearable fitness monitors, and internet (IP) and personal computer addresses. Kristy Westgard,, "In Europe They’re Giving Users Control of Their Online Data," 10 Apr. 2018 Nadella avoided directly comparing the Xbox with Sony’s competing Playstation gaming consoles, and instead explained that Microsoft’s gaming strategy extends beyond Xbox to personal computers and mobile phones. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "3 Big Takeaways From Microsoft's Latest Earnings," 1 Feb. 2018 The man had ordered a personal computer, cooking pots, a weather radio and other items totaling $910. Bruce Geiselman,, "North Olmsted police charge drunken driving suspect: police blotter," 11 Jan. 2018 As long as there have been personal computers, there have been people yelling at them. Kevin Kelleher, Fortune, "IBM's Jeopardy-Winning AI Is Now Ready to Debate You," 19 June 2018 His personal computer, federal prosecutors alleged, held more than 10,000 images and videos of such material, protected under three layers of passwords. Matt Zapotosky,, "Ex-CIA employee charged in major leak of agency hacking tools," 19 June 2018 His personal computer, federal prosecutors alleged, held more than 10,000 images and videos of such material, protected under three layers of passwords. Matt Zapotosky, Washington Post, "Ex-CIA employee charged in major leak of agency hacking tools," 18 June 2018 Many game designers felt suffocated by Nintendo’s sanitized ecosystem and began returning to the wild west of video game development, the personal computer, to create exciting new games that challenged graphical and moral boundaries. The Strong Museum Of Play, Ars Technica, "The original Doom, one of 64 Objects that shaped video game history," 2 June 2018

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First Known Use of personal computer

1959, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of personal computer was in 1959

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English Language Learners Definition of personal computer

: a small computer designed for use by one person at home or in an office

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: a computer designed for an individual user

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