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 for killer app
From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  killer app
  
  
      The application that actually makes a sustaining market for a promising but
      under-utilized technology. First used in the mid-1980s to describe Lotus
      1-2-3 once it became evident that demand for that product had been the
      major driver of the early business market for IBM PCs. The term was then
      retrospectively applied to VisiCalc, which had played a similar role in the
      success of the Apple II. After 1994 it became commonplace to describe the
      World Wide Web as the Internet's killer app. One of the standard questions
      asked about each new personal-computer technology as it emerges has become
      ?what's the killer app??
  

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