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When Steve Jobs took the podium at the Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday, consumers eagerly awaited the news from on high about how much simpler their lives were about to become. Conversely, all the developers following along (either in physical attendance or breathlessly waiting for the liveblog to auto-update) knew to be scared for their beloved apps. After all, Apple has been known to adapt ideas from third-party markets into its evolution with each new iOS update. It turned out, of course, that the fears were justified. In fact, it seems as though Apple has done more than play catch-up with Android and third party developers — they've captured the flag. In the same way that having Windows' Internet browser built into its OS killed off Netscape and the like eons ago, with the unveiling of the feature-rich iOS 5, a lot of developers' fates seem uncertain. Here are 11 third-party apps that are staring into the abyss after Monday's coming out party.
DVICE is starting to feel the need, dear readers: the need for speed. We just released a shiny new version of the DVICE mobile app that's loads faster than the old one. What's more, at long last the DVICE app is calling Android home, too. Get it now for your Android device or iPhone, iPod and iPad.
It's handy to check the traffic before you head off to work in the morning, but most people don't get all of the relevant info they need in time to do anything about it. IBM has developed a predictive traffic app that learns your commute and can tell you whether to make a break for it, take the train instead, or just go back to bed until things clear up.
Are you one of the brave fools planning to stand outside in the freezing cold for hours and hours in Times Square on New Year's Eve? Well, power to you. Now, there's an official iPhone/Android app to supplement your craziness.