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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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Other killer apps associated with AI involve decision making.
Ferguson translates his theory into modern lexicon by deeming these six concepts "the killer apps." (15) He proceeds to argue his thesis by explaining how each of these "apps" contributed to the rise of western civilization.
The 'Killer Apps 2012' report is been compiled based upon online field research conducted this year with 550 unique respondents consisting of CIOs (25%), IT Directors (25%), IT Managers (25%) or Network Managers (25%).
The company product line includes programs for meaningful cost-efficient data backup, enterprise resource planning, and other killer apps. Among partners and clients there are universities (Stanford, Ohio, and more), large companies (Motorola, Siemens, and others), and numerous companies of all sizes and individuals who trust their data backup to Novosoft.
It is possible, for example, to imagine a "Western world" (one that applies Ferguson's "killer apps") in which the actual West is no longer the dominant factor: America will simply pass the torch to China, as Britain once did to America.
He reveals that while the killer apps have finally been downloaded by the rest, in the process, Western civilisation has lost faith in itself.
The Android OS is growing in popularity quickly, which means that more and more killer apps are being developed for it.
Some killer apps that emerged in the past are shown in the Table below.
From evaluating how Wi-Fi and Voice Over IP technologies will play out, to speculating on what will be the next- generation "killer apps", to forecasting how the structure of the industry will shift, questioning whether governments should invest in a broadband infrastructure, and evaluating possible new security threats, The Broadband Explosion is a haven for deep thought, budding ideas, and dire warnings.
After all, Silicon Valley is littered with the bones of big ideas, killer apps, and cool companies that imploded or simply faded away after all the hype.
101 Killer Apps for your Palm Handheld by Dave Johnson and Rick Broida--published by McGraw-Hill/Osborne.