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Consumers as programmers: TV networks are upstaged by VCRs and video games; turnkey personal computers plunge in price

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Although the large-scale introduction of video cassettes made 1977 a special year for consumer electronics, other technical accomplishments almost as impressive include production of fully assembled personal computing systems; development of self-contained electronic games and more advanced video games; 40-channel citizens' band radios that have started doing some thinking for themselves; programmable calculators outfitted with solid-state software; and TV tuners that beat stability and mistuned master antenna problems with frequency synthesis.

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Spectrum, IEEE  (Volume:15 ,  Issue: 1 )