Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 24th Jun 2011 22:46 UTC
In the News As we reported earlier this week, Apple is busy sending out cease and desist letters to small, defenceless projects to defend its trademark application (it doesn't actually own the trademark yet) for 'app store'. This has prompted many a discussion over the trademarkability of such a generic term, and over the origins of the abbreviation 'app'. Who came up with it? How old is it? To my surprise - the abbreviation is much older than you'd think, and in a way, it illustrates quite well the demise of the programmer. What? Read on.
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Killer App
by codejockey on Sat 25th Jun 2011 20:13 UTC
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2010-12-31

The first time I recall hearing "killer app" was in reference to VisiCalc; software so compelling it drove sales of the computer hardware to run it. Ironic that it drove sales of Apple II computers. Seems Apple is just retreading familiar ground promoting apps to drive iPhone sales. But VisiCalc was out in 1979, pre-1981. Per Wikipedia, even this was predated by use of the term to refer to Space Invaders in 1978...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Killer_application

Edited 2011-06-25 20:15 UTC

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