Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

There's an App for Every Occasion; BYTE ME

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

There's an App for Every Occasion; BYTE ME

Article excerpt

Byline: with BRUCE KERR

SEVERAL weeks ago I promised Byte Me readers an article about 'apps' -- what they are and what they do.

An unfortunate event called Marcia rudely interrupted my schedule -- as well as most everyone else's. So finally the app article appears as our topic for this week.

If you have been hearing about these 'apps' lately and have wondered why all of sudden -- let me tell you some interesting facts.

In 2010 the American Dialect Society decided to bestow the title of "Word of the Year" upon a simple three-lettered word -- that word was 'app'. Last year the sale of 'apps' generated approximately $32 billion worldwide (even though around 90% of all apps are free).

And approximately 150 billion apps will be downloaded this year alone.

So the word 'app' is a shortened form of the word 'application' and more accurately an abbreviation for the words 'application software'.

Most of us are familiar with software packages that run on our PCs, whether they be an anti-virus program, a photo editor, Microsoft Word or even a game like Solitaire -- these are all software applications.

Our laptops and desktop PCs have enough power and capacity to run very complex software applications however this in not so much the case with phones and tablets.

Due to space and battery life considerations these smaller devices have very limited power and capacity in comparison.

As a result they can only really handle (run) simple applications -- 'apps'.

With the trend of today's society wanting to use acronyms or abbreviations to 'save time' or sound hip it is of little wonder that the name 'app' started to get bandied around.

When we download an app for our smart phones we are simply downloading and installing a simple software application which can perform a simple task -- and it always has an associated icon which shows up on our screens. …

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