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Wolfram Alpha opens up API, makes it free for personal use

Wolfram Alpha is already very powerful; just the other day I used it to chart United States crime rates, because I wanted to see at a glance if they've been going up or down over the last few years. And now, Alpha has gone on to make all of its rich data freely available via a new API for developers. This means it's now easier than ever for developers to query Alpha and pull specific...

Chromey Calculator combines the power of Wolfram Alpha and Google Calculator

Take the awesome power of Wolfram Alpha; add the convenience and intelligence of Google's built-in calculator. Now mix them up and serve in a piping hot Chrome add-on: Chromey Calculator. When you click the extension's humble button, it opens a quick prompt pane (you can also pop it out to its own separate Chrome window). You can then feed it with any expression Wolfram Alpha or Google Calculator...

Wolfram Alpha in a Nutshell helps you explain Alpha to non-geeks

Wolfram Alpha is fantastic, but it has one big problem: it's not intuitive. I mean, the interface is intuitive enough – it's a Google-esque single text field where you type anything you want. However, the average Web user has become so conditioned to search engines that what Alpha does is not always fully apparent. After all, when you search for something in Alpha you don't get a page with...

Screenshot Tour: Wolfram Alpha for Android is out, puts math and trivia in your pocket

This morning I bought my first-ever paid Android application – Wolfram Alpha. I'm a big Wolfram Alpha fan, so in the past I've tried some of the free Wolfram Alpha apps I could find on the market. They were all basically front-ends to the existing Web interface, and were quite disappointing. If you're wondering why the screenshot above shows the keyboard and nothing else, it's because...

Wolfram Alpha iPhone app drops from $50 to $1.99, gets iPad version

When Wolfram Alpha first launched its iPhone app, the powerful features were overshadowed by the massive price. $50 for an iPhone app?! Wolfram Alpha is like having a graphing calculator, plus a lot of other useful data, in your pocket, so the $50 price could have been seen as justified ... but not in a market where the majority of apps go for 1 or 2 dollars. Wolfram has reversed direction and...

DLS @ SXSW - Wolfram Alpha

If you've ever played around with Wolfram Alpha you know it is kinda like magic. Put in some words or ask a math question and bingo, there's an intelligent (and crazy accurate) answer. I spoke to managing director Barak Berkowitz about their Alpha "beta" and their future plans to put Wolfram Alpha on your web pages....

Beyond algorithms and the future of search at SXSW

"Beyond Algorithms: search and the semantic web" featured some heavy hitters in the search world talking about the future of search, including: Will Hunsinger, CEO of Evri and because of the recent aquisition, Twine Carla Thompson, Senior Analyst for the Guidewire Group Barak Berkowitz, Managing Director of Wolfram Alpha Danny Sullivan from Search Engine Land Nova Spivak, Founder of...

Wolfram Alpha kills its mobile site, pushes $50 iPhone app

Remember all the hoopla about Wolfram Alpha's powerful-yet-extremely-expensive iPhone app? The $50 pricetag got more attention than the app's capabilities - doing everything the Wolfram Alpha website can do, and basically giving you a graphing calculator on your iPhone. It just seemed foolish to pay $50 when Wolfram Alpha already had a perfectly serviceable iPhone optimized version of its website....

Bing rolls out new features, partnership with Wolfram Alpha

Microsoft's Bing search engine is still pretty new. It just launched this summer. But the company is giving the site a minor facelift which includes improved local search results and a deal with Wolfram Alpha that allows Bing to answer some complex questions about math and health-related information. It looks like the new features are coming in a phased rollout, because I can't seem to access...

Wolfram Alpha for iPhone packs big features and a big $50 pricetag

When Wolfram Alpha, the (don't call it a search engine!) computation knowledge engine, announced an iPhone app, I assumed it would just be a nice front end for the website. I also figured it would be free. Surprise! The Wolfram Alpha app does a lot more than expected, and it also carries a hefty $50 price tag. This might not be the smartest business decision for Wolfram, considering that App Store...

Wolfram Alpha gets an iPhone app and a developer API

Wolfram Alpha was hyped as better than Google for finding certain info, especially in the areas of math and science computation, but the hype died down a bit when people realized that it was finicky and a bit tricky to use. Wolfram Alpha hasn't gone away, though. In fact, they've just announced an API for developers and a new iPhone app. It's quite possible that third-party applications harnessing...

Wolfram to launch "computational knowledge engine"

Wolfram Research, the makers of Mathematica, are at work on an ambitious new project that's due to launch in May. It's a "computational knowledge engine." What does a computational knowledge engine do? Wolfram is making as much human knowledge as they can manage computable by the new program, called Wolfram Alpha. Basically, you can ask it a question using natural language and it will give you...