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National App Day!

Today we celebrate the al the shortcuts created for mobile or web access, it is National App Day.  This day is observed annually on December 11th.

A mobile app is a short word for mobile applications that have been created and downloaded since the popularity of a smartphone.  A computer program or software application designed to run on mobile devices like phones, tablets, or watch. They are shortcuts of all the software that makes life easier and do nifty things like surfing on the internet, reading books, listening to music to shopping online with all the convenience right in your pocket anywhere you may be without using the computer.

The creation of apps were originally intended for productivity assistance such as accessing email, calendar, and contact databases, but the public demanded for apps which caused a rapid expansion into other areas such as mobile games, various automation, from ordering a ticket for a movie, or airline ticket, ordering food online to shopping, to reading audible books, and playing games.

Mobile applications often stand in contrast to a desktop application that is designed to run on desktop computers, and web applications that run in mobile web browsers rather than directly on the mobile device.

In 2009, David Pogue, a technology columnist, stated that smartphones could be nicknamed as “app phones” to distinguish them from earlier and less-sophisticated smartphones.  Since 2010, the term “app” has since become very popular and was listed as “Word of the Year” by the American Dialect Society.

Nowadays, there millions of apps for every type of smartphone, tablets, created for a specific platform, apps for IOS, apps for Android, apps for Windows phone, and other platforms including the latest smart TVs.  Technology has advanced so quickly in this digital world and the app store revenues since 2015 have increased in millions of dollars.  Statistics show that the growing world of technology, projects mobile app stores to generate about 188.9 billion U.S. dollars in revenues.

So, today celebrate this day using your favorite app for shopping, reading books, ordering food, or simply playing your favorite game in appreciation of the creators of every app making everything accessible in a breeze in the palm of your hands.  Share on social media your favorite app on your phone or tablet that you use every day by using #NationalAppDay.

1964 Sam Cooke dies under suspicious circumstances in LA

On December 11, 1964, in response to a reported shooting, officers of the Los Angeles Police Department were dispatched to the Hacienda Motel, where they found musician Sam Cooke dead on the office floor, shot three times in the chest by the motel’s manager, Bertha Franklin. The authorities ruled Cooke’s death a case of justifiable homicide, based on the testimony of Ms. Franklin, who claimed that Cooke had threatened her life after attempting to rape a young woman with whom he had earlier checked in.

Even as the lurid details of the case were becoming common knowledge, some 200,000 fans turned out in the streets of Los Angeles and Chicago to mourn the passing of Sam Cooke, a man whose legacy seemed able to transcend the scandal surrounding his death. That legacy was built during a brief but spectacular run as a singer, songwriter, producer, and music publisher in the 1950s and early 1960s.

Born in 1931 to a Baptist minister and his wife, Cooke’s early musical development took place in the church. Like other early figures in what would eventually be called “soul” music, Cooke began his professional career singing gospel. A member of the legendary Soul Stirrers since the age of 19, Cooke was given permission by his record label to begin recording secular music in 1956.

(excerpted from https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/sam-cooke-dies-under-suspicious-circumstances-in-la)

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