The introduction of an "Appy Hour" at the International Consumer Electronics Show is a sign of the growing importance of software to the once hardware-dominated event. But CES has a long way to go, Matthew Lynley writes, as it "missed on the iPhone and iPad, Amazon's Kindle, [and] the social networking and app craze. Times have changed, and the ecosystem has shifted to a digital economy, dominated by apps that can ... launch [one day] and the next are in use by millions of people."

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