Computers

Computers in the modern sense are technological devices that can store digital information also known as data, transform the information (via programming) and output the information in a number of different ways ( on screen/printing/movement). 

Computers rely on a wide range of electronic components to do all these functions.  

On a basic level computers consists of a central processing unit (CPU), memory (volatile vs non-volatile like flash memory), input devices and output devices.


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A typical personal desktop computer set up.  image: Apple

Computers today are integral to to everyday functioning of the modern world. In particular millions of computers are connected as a network to each other to produce the Internet. This is often regarded overall as  information communication technology (ICT). 

Computers come in a variety of scales or sizes for various purposes from handheld computers usually called smart phones, or tablets, laptops, desktops to larger scale supercomputers.  Traditionally though the term computer generally meant a desktop or a laptop scale device.