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killer app

A software application that is exceptionally useful or exciting. Killer apps are innovative and often represent the first of a new breed, and they are extremely successful. For example, in the late 1970s, the VisiCalc spreadsheet was the killer app for the Apple II, providing reason enough to purchase the hardware. VisiCalc was followed by Lotus 1-2-3 and Excel for the IBM PC. In the early 1990s, the Mosaic Web browser was the killer app for the Internet. It was quickly followed by Netscape and others. Contrast with filler app and app killer.
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Lack of a killer application is a prominent factor effecting RDF and Topic Maps wide spread use.
Network operators need to convince their customers to pay a little more for the faster speeds, he said, pointing to videos as the "killer application" to lure people to the system over the longer term.
We want new businesses to bring the next killer application," said Richard Azoury, head of the business development unit at Solidere.
At the centre however is the killer application - a deep fat fryer to create onion rings, tempura dishes and chips, now that's showing off.
At the centre is the killer application - a deep fat fryer to create onion rings, tempura dishes and chips.
At the centre however is the killer application, a deep fat fryer for all your onion ring/tempura needs.
"The market research companies have been promoting the size and growth rates of several new" "Killer Application" markets for PE (OLEDs, OL.ED lighting, thin film PV, printed RFID), but the time-to-market for the high volume production continues to lag earlier predictions.
Social-network functionality is expected to be the killer application.
The killer application for home entertainment networks, IPTV is clearly one of the most rewarding opportunities for carriers today.
d Speaking on the partnership, Manoranjan Mohapatra, CEO, Comviva said, "Among the varied portfolio of mobile music offerings, ring back tones have achieved killer application status with mobile subscribers in many markets worldwide.
Ruling on the serial killer application to have a minimum term set which would give him the chance of parole, The Telegraph quoted Mr.