Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 21st Oct 2013 22:33 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems

The French Minitel never ceases to amaze me.

In 1984 the government allowed developers to create services for the Minitel. The government took a 30% cut and passed the rest on to developers (sound familiar?) creating the world's first app store. From a user's perspective using apps on the Minitel was frictionless - you were just billed for what you used through your phone bill.


How big was this app store? In the nineties it was pulling in over a billion USD a year! This is an astronomical sum when you consider France's population size. Though the crossover point is near, the Minitel in its lifetime paid out more to developers than Apple has to iOS developers to date. Companies would advertise their apps in the subway, on highway billboards, and on television.

Amazing. This could very well be the first application store, something many people think is a new phenomenon invented by Apple.

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Comment by majipoor
by majipoor on Tue 22nd Oct 2013 08:46 UTC
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It is a well known fact that Apple didn't invent anything and just stole everything.

It is so factual that I don't understand why it is still necessary to demonstrate it once again, and brilliantly, with this article.

And yes, Apple did stole Mona Li... the LG Prada design: it is a well known FACT that before LG presented the Prada, iPhone prototypes did have keyboard and were copies of Blackberry.

And the iPad was a (bad, because it can't run Office) copy of existing Windows tablets and especially the HP Slate which was presented well before the iPad. The iPad success is only due to the good marketing team at Apple and the iSheep herd.

Any only fanboys can deny such well documented and universally agreed facts.

Did I miss something?

Edited 2013-10-22 08:47 UTC

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RE: Comment by majipoor
by Soulbender on Tue 22nd Oct 2013 08:58 in reply to "Comment by majipoor"
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Are those like the facts that Samsung and everyone else copies the iPhone design?

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RE[2]: Comment by majipoor
by majipoor on Tue 22nd Oct 2013 09:07 in reply to "RE: Comment by majipoor"
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Absolutely not because Samsung has clearly demonstrated again and again that they have a brilliant design team and never have to copy Nokia, RIMM (before Apple presented their Prada rip-off) or... Dyson to produce wonderful products and vacuum cleaners and they once again demonstrate it recently with the brilliantly designed and beautifully useful smart watch they designed all by themselves.

And obviously, nobody copy Apple because Apple did stole everything first.

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