Mathematical Proof That Growing Old Means Getting Boring

What happens when you crunch a heap of Facebook data with one of the most sophisticated computational tools in the world? Mathematical proof of the myriad ways your life gets boring as you get older. As you shed your youth, you can look forward to spending even more time whining about the weather and fretting about… » 4/25/13 1:23pm 4/25/13 1:23pm

Meet the Twitter Bot That Can Answer All Your Questions

Remember SmarterChild? That AIM bot that would answer all/most of your questions and get huffy and stop talking to you when you inevitably started swearing at it? Unfortunately SmarterChild is still dead and gone, but it's got a Twitter descendant: @DearAssistant. » 3/09/13 1:00pm 3/09/13 1:00pm

Wolfram Alpha Will Tell You Even More About Your Facebook Page Than You…

Wolfram Alpha, the true know it all on the Interwebs, introduced a ridiculously detailed Facebook report complete with statistical insights about how many links, photos and updates you ever posted on your page last year. Today, Wolfram Alpha is adding even more detail to its Facebook report so you can learn more about… » 1/23/13 10:00pm 1/23/13 10:00pm

Wolfram Alpha Will Tell You Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About…

Go here and type "facebook report." What you get in return is a treasure trove of statistical insights about your Facebook profile, which is certain to send you into a narcissistic spiral you'll never recover from. » 8/30/12 3:45pm 8/30/12 3:45pm

Wolfram Alpha Can Tell You Where to Eat Now

Wolfram Alpha is the Swiss Army knife of cool futuristic tech. It does everything: it powers Siri, compares sports statistics of all kinds, and analyzes prescription interactions, all while being a pretty beastly scientific tool. Starting today, you can ask it where the nearest pizza place is. Yes, Wolfram Alpha is… » 4/26/12 11:40pm 4/26/12 11:40pm

Wolfram Alpha Pro Arrives Tomorrow With the Power to Analyze Data and…

Wolfram Alpha may or may not be one of my favorite things in tech right now. It'll spew movie times, compare NFL stats, help you cheat in Words With Friends and tell you exactly what airplane you're staring at in the sky. And now with tomorrow's arrival of Wolfram Alpha Pro, the company, in its founder's words, begins… » 2/07/12 10:20am 2/07/12 10:20am

Ever Wonder Where That Plane Flying Over Your Head Is Going?

You're laying on a grassy knoll, staring at clouds, thinking about puppies and wondering if Becky and/or Brian Jones will go with you to the fall dance. Then a plane flies overhead. You wonder where it'll end up. But you no longer have to wonder: Wolfram Alpha will tell you. » 11/18/11 8:40pm 11/18/11 8:40pm

Why Wolfram Alpha Not Becoming a Google Killer Turned Out to be a Good…

The Guardian has a great article about Wolfram Alpha and Stephen Wolfram, the genius behind it. Turns out, his dream was never to kill Google (back in '93, Sergey Brin worked for Wolfram!) but rather try to create the science fiction people once dreamt of (think HAL). » 2/14/11 11:00am 2/14/11 11:00am

The Best Apps for People Who Need To Know Everything

Yeah, sure, you probably know a lot. But there's always that movie or star constellation or post-graduate vocabulary word or Wikipedia fact that you can dig into. Here are the six best apps that'll satisfy your insatiable thirst for knowledge. » 12/20/10 12:00pm 12/20/10 12:00pm

WolframAlpha Arrives on Android For a Very Reasonable $2

When WolframAlpha first showed up on the iPhone last October, it spent a good six months costing $50. That was not sane! With the launch today of the app's Android version, they're locked in at a perfectly rational $2. For a compendium of factoids, weather patterns, computational models, and yuks? I'll take it. [… » 10/06/10 9:52am 10/06/10 9:52am

The $50 Wolfram Alpha iPhone App Is $2 Because Now They Want People to…

Wolfram Alpha has decided it'd be good if people actually use the supercalculator on their phone, so its famously $50 iPhone (and soon to be iPad) app will be $2. And, they're legitimately making the mobile site better. » 4/01/10 12:01am 4/01/10 12:01am

Wolfram Alpha Is Tired Of People Not Paying $50 Dollars For Their…

The first problem with the Wolfram Alpha iPhone app was that it cost $50. The second problem was that the site's iPhone web interface was nearly as good as the app, and it was free. Guess which issue Wolfram "fixed!"
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Wolfram Alpha Ends Up Where It Belongs: Inside Another Search Engine

Results from Wolfram Alpha—the mathematically-inclined search engine that everybody hyperventilated about a few months ago then promptly and completely ignored—will soon be rolled into Bing searches. This is fantastic news! (If you use Bing! [Which you actually might!]) » 11/11/09 2:58pm 11/11/09 2:58pm

WolframAlpha iPhone App Is a $50 Super Calculator

Even diehard WolframAlpha fans may balk slightly at the $50 asking price. Then they, like me, might balk some more as they try to figure out why a mobile version of what's in essence a free search engine costs $50. » 10/18/09 6:10pm 10/18/09 6:10pm

Wolfram Alpha Now Makes Your iPhone Look Smarter Too

Mathematica's Wolfram Alpha, the occasionally cheesy, unintentionally racist autistic savant of search engines, has finally been optimized for iPhones (and therefore Android phones, the Pre, and others). Search pages are presented in a clean, simple menu format, although the result layouts seem mostly unchanged. » 6/16/09 7:00am 6/16/09 7:00am

Wolfram Alpha Is Actually a Frustrated Stand-Up Comedian

Yesterday we got some funny answers from Wolfram Alpha, the search engine that promised to enlighten us. Today, this catalog of silly answers uncovers its true nature as a failed stand-up comedian and pop culture expert. » 6/04/09 2:20pm 6/04/09 2:20pm

Wolfram Alpha: A Bit Racist?

What goes on under the hood at Wolfram Alpha is a mystery to my simple mind, but after seeing the results of this search, I hope whatever it is gets an overhaul quickly. Updated. » 5/24/09 9:55am 5/24/09 9:55am