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Planet of the Apps: A Handheld Revolution

About the Show

Apps are everywhere. In less than two years, the app craze has taken over. These small applications – or apps – that fit on our mobile phone do everything from helping us accomplish mundane tasks to keeping us entertained while we wait for the bus.

Apps are popular and profitable. Studies estimate, the Apple iPhone apps store alone generates about $200 million a month in sales. Innovative and often addictive apps are changing the way we work and live.

Welcome to Planet of the Apps: A Handheld Revolution. In this hour we'll look at how apps have changed our lives, meet some of the creators behind them, and figure out just how big a business they really are.

CNBC's Planet of the Apps: A Hand-held Revolution takes a look at how the industry is changing the way we live.

Web Extras

  • Top Selling Non-Gaming Apps of 2009 Tuesday, 5 Jan 2010 | 9:40 AM ET
    It’s hard to believe that is was just June of 2007 that apps made their big splash as one of the features of a new phenomenon called the Apple iPhone. Addictive and even lovable, these applications have become tools of life for many of us.People talk about their apps like a hit TV show … or the latest sports trade. To say apps are a phenomenon is putting it mildly.Click ahead for Apple’s list of the top selling non-gaming apps for 2009.

    To say apps are a phenomenon is putting it mildly. Addictive and even lovable, these applications have become tools of life for many users.

  • Planet of the Apps: A Hand-held Revolution Friday, 8 Jan 2010 | 12:16 PM ET
    Hundreds of people lined up at the Apple Store in Tel Aviv to be the first to purchase Apple's new iPhone 3Gs which is faster than the previous iPhone 3G and has several new features.

    How much do you know about apps? Take the following quiz and find out.

  • Whatâ??s Your Favorite App?     Monday, 4 Jan 2010 | 12:00 AM ET

    Thereâ??s an app for just about everything--to turn your phone into a compass, find a taxi or receive an instant radar weather report anytime, anywhere.

  • Apple & Apps     Monday, 4 Jan 2010 | 12:00 AM ET

    The original Apple iPhone featured just 11 apps, but customers wanted more. Today the company features more than 100,000 apps.

  • Actor Greg Grunberg's App     Tuesday, 5 Jan 2010 | 12:00 AM ET

    Even though he found success on NBC's popular show "Heroes," Greg Grunberg is still working a second job. Grunberg creates a mobile coupon app called Yowza!! that gives shoppers a new way to get discounts.

  • Mathmaster     Tuesday, 5 Jan 2010 | 12:00 AM ET

    Sam Kaplan and Louie Harboe talk about the Mathmaster app.

  • Tree ID     Wednesday, 6 Jan 2010 | 12:00 AM ET

    Dave Swartz, Co-Founder of MEDL Mobile on developing apps.

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