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Wolfram Alpha has a blog right here on tumblr. I think they re-post articles from the online press and blogosphere, whenever their products, and interesting use cases, are featured. That’s why it appears that this story came from TheNextWeb.
The source site for all accumulated posts, plus links to Wolfram specific information is the Wolfram Alpha tumblr. Wolfram is even running a Win a free iPad2! contest. It is probably one of the few that is actually legitimate. Eligibility may be limited to students, though.
I didn’t realize how truly “search engine”-like Wolfram Alpha is. I thought of it as a very specific science and math ummmm, “computation engine”? It is more general than that. One can submit very finely targeted queries, over a wide assortment of topics. Examples:
- What is the frequency of occurrence, in % and absolute value, of any user-submitted last name/ surname in the U.S.A.?
- Password suggestions of varying lengths. No, I don’t know what cryptographic method is used to generate them, though I’m curious too!
These are one step queries, which is what I found impressive. There were many others, including that satellite position extravaganza image above.