According to the Guardian, Wolfram will be opening its curated data to be queried via an application programming interface, or API. Currently, you can view results in a browser, export them as a PDF, or "play" them using a Mathematica plug-in. The ability to use the data on other sites and for other means, such as computations in spreadsheets, is appealing, if not earth-shattering.
Today, Sony announced two new lenses, the 30mm f2.8 DT Macro lens (SAL30M28) and the 28-75mm f2.8 SAM lens (SAL2875) along with three new dSLRs. Providing an inexpensive entry into macro photography is the new 30mm f2.8 DT Macro lens which will sell for about $200 when it becomes available in October 2009. The lens is a DT series for Sony's APS-C sensor size cameras such as the new Alpha a550 and Alpha a500 announced today, as well as the Alpha a380 and Alpha a330. It features a distance scale in both feet and meters. Reflecting … Read more
Microsoft's Bing search engine is getting a little help from a very smart friend.
Wolfram Alpha and Bing have reached a licensing deal that allows Bing to present some of the specialized scientific and computational content that Wolfram Alpha generates, according to a source familiar with the deal. The deal was reported earlier by TechCrunch.
Representatives from Microsoft and Wolfram Research declined to comment on the deal.
Wolfram Alpha's unique blend of computational input and curated output hasn't taken the world by storm, but it is considered an interesting enough take on the business of Internet search … Read more
It's been two months since Wolfram Alpha launched, and in some ways, the "computation knowledge engine" is still fouling off pitches.
Wolfram used the occasion of Major League Baseball's 2009 All-Star Game--otherwise known as the three most boring days of the baseball season--to highlight the ability of Wolfram Alpha to process baseball-related queries. "...what we at Wolfram Alpha love about baseball are all of the fast statistics that can be quickly computed and returned as easy-to-read graphs," the company said in a blog post.
A few examples were provided, such as the ability … Read more
Say what you will about Wolfram Alpha, the creators are hard at work trying to drum up interest in the site.
On Tuesday, the WA crew launched a number of updates to its service, some of which I tested. Now the team's Thursday blog points you to the many "cool tools" you can use to access the site--buttons, widgets, gadgets, and more. You can grab them from the Wolfram Alpha download page, where you'll find the tools organized by operating system and browser. I took them all for a spin to see how they fared.
Toolbars … Read more
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Though only three weeks old, Wolfram Alpha is already showing growing spurts.
On Monday, the project unleashed a variety of updates to its computational search engine, according to the latest blog from the Wolfram Alpha team. The updates include 1,850 changes to its code base and 1.1 million updates to its data.
In one sense, Wolfram Alpha is in constant update mode, since new data is flowing into the system all the time. But this is the company's first major release of so many core updates in one shot.
The blog post lists about 20 of the … Read more
Wolfram Research is looking for feedback on its new Wolfram Alpha service.
The company plans to hold a Webcast Thursday at 2 p.m. PDT on Justin.tv to discuss Wolfram Alpha, now entering its third week of existence. "We thought you'd enjoy hearing Stephen Wolfram respond to some of this feedback directly," Wolfram said in a blog post Monday afternoon.
CNET readers had plenty of feedback for Wolfram Alpha following its initial debut, marred by technical glitches and an incomplete understanding of how the service was meant to be used. Anyone who didn't get a … Read more
There are always a number of ways to get out of sticky situations. In the action role-playing-game Alpha Protocol, you must decide the best course of action. From Sega, developed by Obsidian, Alpha Protocol is set to be released later this year for Xbox 360, PS3, and the PC.