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  1. In 2014 London Black Cabs protested against Uber by bringing gridlock across central London. Instead of damaging Uber, it brought a 850% increase in downloads of the app and hastened the black cabs decline.

  2. Scientists who dropped off closed boxes in a remote Ethiopian village containing tablets, taped shut, with no instructions. Within 5 months, the children had not only learned to use 47 apps, but also managed to hack the Android OS.

  3. In 2013, Apple banned an app from the appstore for having the potential to damage a user's device. This app was called, "Send Me To Heaven". The premise of the game was, the user would throw their iPhone into the air as high as possible. The creator wanted to destroy as many iPhones as possible.

  4. In 2015, Cheryl Treadway, a Florida woman, was being held hostage by her boyfriend, Nickerson. He didn't allow her make calls or write texts, so she used the Pizza Hut app to send a discreet call for help. Police arrived at the location and she was released.

  5. More than one in four (28%) of all mobile app uninstalls stem from "too many ads and notifications."

  6. IBM sold a smartphone with a touchscreen display input that could send emails and run third party apps in 1994

  7. The mobile game "Send Me to Heaven" involves throwing your phone as high in the air as you can. the creator said he made it with the hope of destroying as many iPhones as possible, but Apple banned it from the App Store.

  8. After meeting a homeless veteran in 2011, a UC Berkeley Student created an app called Feeding Forward that connects events with surplus food to those in need. One IT convention had enough leftovers to feed more than 4,279 people at eight different shelters and food banks.

  9. The mobile game "Send Me to Heaven" involves throwing your phone as high in the air as you can. the creator said he made it with the hope of destroying as many iPhones as possible, but Apple banned it from the App Store

  10. When the co-founder of Pirate Bay was arrested he asked to phone his girlfriend so she could watch his house before leaving with the police. The police allowed him to make the call, but instead he used an app on his phone that immediately encrypted all of his computers at his work and home.

Data charts about Apps

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Ride-hailing apps are now 65% bigger than taxis in New York City

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Each week for the last few months, I bought 3 Powerball tickets for $6 and invested $6 into a Robo-Advisor App to compare return on investment

What are some fun facts about apps?

In 2013, Google bought the GPS app "Waze" which resulted in each of the 100 employees receiving an average of $1.2 million.

60% of apps in the Apple App Store have never ever been downloaded

In 2012 a charity dropped off boxes in a remote African village containing Xoom tablets with no instructions. Within 4 minutes a child turned one on. Within 5 days, kids were using 47 apps per child, per day. Within 2 weeks they were singing ABC songs. Within 5 months they had hacked Android.

A homeless man was offered $100 or the chance to learn how to code by a stranger. He chose how to code and released an app.

Iceland has such a small population that they have an anti-incest app so you don't end up hooking up with a family member on a night out.

London Cab drivers protested Uber by bringing gridlock across central London. Bringing nearly 1000% increase to app installations and caused a stark decease in Black cabs uses hastening their decline.

Uber's operation SLOG to undermine Lyft that included trying to recruit Lyft drivers and calling, then cancelling over 5000 rides on the Lyft app.

65% of smartphone users download zero apps per month.

Seattle Mariners is owned by Nintendo (yes that nintendo) and has an app on the 3DS where you can order food at the stadium

The mobile game "Send Me to Heaven" involves throwing your phone as high in the air as you can. the creator said he made it with the hope of destroying as many iPhones as possible, but Apple banned it from the App Store.

"I am Rich", a $999.99 app which did nothing except state that you are rich. It was bought by eight people before being taken down by Apple. - fact check

Rio residents rely on an app called "fogo cruzado" (Cross fire) to keep track of all gun battles happening in the city any given day in order to avoid them.

Earlier in 2016, Sweden released a telephone number that would put you in touch with a random Swede. More than 32,000 Swedes agreed to take the calls by downloading an app, answering upwards of 180,000 calls from all over the world.

Tokyo has its own superhero. He’s Mangetsu-Man, a self-made hero who’s taken up the responsibility of keeping the city clean. He wears a “full moon” head, purple bodysuit, oversized UGG boots with matching gloves, and uses a voice dictation app to hide his voice.

When the head of The Piratebay, Peter Sunde, was arrested he asked to phone his girlfriend so she could lock the doors of his house before going with the policeman. The policeman said yes. Instead he pushed a button on an app that immediately encrypted all servers of The Piratebay.

There is an app for Icelandic natives that allows them to make sure they aren't about to bang a relative

Because Iceland is a remote country with a population of 320,000 where most everyone is distantly related, Icelanders have a special dating app that warns them if a potential partner is too closely related

Police are now using an app that allows them to monitor your "Threat Score," an algorithm that determines through public records and social media how much of a risk you are before any interaction takes place.

There’s Now an App That Blocks Any Mention of the Kardashians - fact check

A study led by University of Pennsylvania psychologists found that “brain training” apps such as Elevate, Luminosity and Peak have no influence on neural activity or choices during decision making or effects of cognitive training on measures of delay discounting or risk sensitivity

Facebook Turned Down WhatsApp Founder Brian Acton for a Job before they bought his app for 19 Billions dollars. - fact check

Take This Lollipop was a 2011 interactive horror short film/Facebook app that requested access to your Facebook account, then used info from that account to fill in details of the film. Its goal was to underscore the dangers inherent in posting too much personal information about oneself online.

There's an app disguised as a news app, but when you go to the "help" section, it leads you to domestic violence resources. When your abuser is near, you can press X and it will take you back to the "front page".

Groupon is trying to take the name GNOME, a registered trademark, from the Open Source Linux Desktop environment of the same name that's been around for almost two decades for a proprietary app.

Facebook's mobile app discretely eavesdrops on your conversations using your phone's mic to "serve you a better experience"

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Wrote an app to generate a report on your texts, here's me and my girlfiend

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What Trump and Clinton supporters love and hate the most according to the Hater dating app (TL;DR guacamole can heal our nation)