Killer Application

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Killer Application

An informal term for a computer program so much better than its competitors that it drives them all out of business.
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The quest for a killer application is stymieing investment in smart cards, slowing down their adoption.
The fact that no killer applications have come to market in a meaningful or disruptive way indicates a missing ingredient is still needed to fully tip this industry into explosive growth.
What has been missing is a killer platform that enables these killer applications to become serious business drivers and empowers customers to seize opportunities at Internet speed.
Another is that everyone assumes the killer application of broadband technology is video on demand.
LONDON -- Launched as one of the killer applications for WAP and as the ideal marketing tool for mobile operators' customers, location based services (LBS) have fallen far short of expectations.
For a start, it has been hampered by the lack of a killer application.
We view MDTV as one of the next killer applications for mobile devices," said Barry Evans, general manager of Intel's Applications Processor Business Unit.
Other potential killer applications are "convergence" products combining microdisplays with phones, PDAs, GPS, wireless TV tuners and DVD players.
A killer application could create demand for products none of us anticipated.
In the past, personal computers and cell phones have emerged as killer applications.
suggested that instead of a killer application, there will be several killer experiences that will drive semiconductor demand.
Killer application #4: functional magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI.