We’re becoming App-aholics

Demand for smart phone applications is outstripping software for computers

By Suzy Parker, USA TODAY

Why didn’t someone think of this sooner? Computer applications for an iPhone cost from 99 cents to $900. The $900 is abnormally high since most are under $10. If you buy one and don’t like it, you throw it away.

The smart phone application market is estimated at $3 billion annually. To put it in perspective, Microsoft the world’s largest software company had annual revenues of $58 billion last year.

There is an iPhone application for everything. You can write posts for a blog, take pictures and post them (without cropping), take a video and post to YouTube, update Twitter and Facebook, tune your guitar, watch NASA videos and check email. You can read this blog on an iPhone or other smart phone.

We can check stock prices, play music videos, check the bank, see whats happening in town and download mandolin chords while cruising along the Rive Sud in Quebec.

There are more than 100,000 applications for smart phones with thousands more on the way. Some are fun, some are nothing but propaganda for companies and some are very useful. Most teenagers have hundreds on their phones.

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