KBB Morning Snapshot

January 9, 2013, 9:01 am Kochie's Business Builders Yahoo!7

Australia Burns ~ Apple Apps Hit 40 Billion ~ Eurozone Unemployment Hits Record High

KBB Morning Snapshot
Australia Burns

Firefighters across eastern Australia continue their battle today as scorching temperatures yesterday stoked fires across much of New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania.

Crews have so far kept the flames from major cities and towns, although tens of thousands of hectares have already been burnt.

"We are starting to run short on extras, we have had four days of this now," NSW Rural Fire Services spokesman Fred Nicholls said "When you do this day after day, it wears the guys out."

There is some respite in store as temperatures drop across southern parts of the Eastern seaboard today, before rising again into the weekend.

Apple Apps Hit 40 Billion

If there was any doubt about the prevalence of Apple products or expansion of the app industry, it’s surely been put to bed with news Apple customers have now downloaded over 40 billion apps.

From more than 500 million active App Store accounts, almost 20 billion of those downloads were made in the last 12 months. Explosive growth.

It's been an unrivalled success that the company co-founder Steve Jobs didn't initially anticipate.

When Apple was preparing to launch the iPhone in 2007, Jobs resisted the idea of apps created outside of Apple because he believed third-party software would ruin the experience.

Eurozone Unemployment Hits Record High

Unemployment across the embattled Eurozone hit 11.8% late last year with the number of job seekers nearing the population of Australia at 19 million.

Battling a busted property market and heavily indebted banks banks, Spain recorded the highest unemployment rate of all the European countries at 27%, worse even than bailed-out Greece.

For those under 25 years old, both countries have unemployment rates hovering around 57%.

Got a job? Thank your lucky stars.