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Unformatted text preview: COMPUTERS IN INDUSTRY Computers were originally stand-alone devices, incapable of communicating with other computers. This changed in the 1970s and 1980s when the development of special telecommunications hardware and software led to the creation of the first private networks, allowing connected computers to exchange data. Exchanged data took the form of requests for information, replies to requests for information, and instructions on how to run programs stored on the network. The ability to link computers enables users to communicate and work together efficiently and effectively. Linked computers have become central to the communications and entertainment industries. They play a vital role in telecommunications, publishing, news services, and television and film. Telecommunications The industry that provides for communication across distances is called telecommunications. The telecommunications industry uses computers to switch and route phone calls automatically over telephone lines. In addition switch and route phone calls automatically over telephone lines....
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