Alpha tech built deep into Siri system
Siri now represents about a quarter of all the queries submitted to Wolfram Alpha, says the New York Times. The Siri technology is an integral feature of the iPhone 4S firmware, and aside from direct voice commands, allows asking plain-language questions about various facts and figures. A Wolfram Alpha widget primarily answers questions related to math and numerical facts, such as the distance to the moon.
Allows limited product comparisons
Siri now indirectly lets iPhone 4S users have access to information from Best Buy, notes RazorianFly. Earlier this week Wolfram announced that its Wolfram Alpha service would integrate data based on public Best Buy APIs, covering some 35,000 products. Because of a built-in Alpha applet, 4S users can simply ask Siri questions related to appliances and electronics to pull up Best Buy results.
Steve Wolfram, UK Prime Minister add comment
One-time Apple CEO John Sculley is praising the company's most famous chief, Steve Jobs, in the aftermath of the latter's death. "His legacy is far more than being the greatest CEO ever," Sculley comments. "A world leader is dead, but the lessons his leadership taught us live on." He adds that Jobs was a "brilliant genius who transformed technology into magic," and that a part of the Apple co-founder "still lives within all of us through his beautifully designed products and his no-compromises media experiences."
New format could challenge PDF format
Wolfram has launched Computable Document Format (CDF), a new document format that the company hopes will become a standard for embedding interactive content within a document. The company hopes to line up publishers and other organizations seeking to "bring documents to life." Wolfram still has not ironed out the business model behind CDF.
Also intros new mobile website
Wolfram has taken a major change of course in the promotion of its Alpha iPhone app, dropping the price from $50 to just $2. The app is labeled a "computational knowledge engine," able to resolve complex equations as well as find and match various facts and figures. The new price is intended to spread the appeal of the app beyond a mostly professional audience.