Feeds
80%
Wolfram Alpha

Wolfram Alpha

(Re)search engine

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

iOS App of the Week I’ve been reading a lot about Wolfram Alpha recently, and although you can access this self-styled "computational knowledge engine" directly from the Wolfram website it works well as a self-contained app. Just don’t call it a search engine – they don’t like that.

Wolfram Alpha  Wolfram Alpha

Wolfram Alpha's info can be well presented on an iPhone screen...

Wolfram Alpha focuses on locating factual and scientific information, so if you’re looking for the latest gossip about Lady Gaga then you’re better off sticking with Google or Bing. However, Wolfram is also very useful for answering general factual questions, explaining scientific concepts, or helping you to perform calculations.

Its app runs on any iOS device, but really benefits from the larger screen of the iPad, where it almost starts to feel like a kind of interactive encyclopedia.

Wolfram Alpha

...but the iPad display really gives it room to breathe

The app responds best if your enquiry focuses on the sort of data that can be represented in graphs and charts. If you enter a simple phrase such as ‘London temperature’ the app responds rapidly and provides extensive historical data about weather patterns in London.

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

Next page: Don't Panic!

More from The Register

next story
Official: European members prefer to fondle Apple iPads
Only 7 of 50 parliamentarians plump for Samsung Galaxy S
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
Space Commanders rebel as Elite:Dangerous kills offline mode
Frontier cops an epic kicking in its own forums ahead of December revival
Intel's LAME DUCK mobile chips gobbled by CASH COW
Chipzilla won't have money-losing mobe unit to kick about anymore
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
How to determine if cloud backup is right for your servers
Two key factors, technical feasibility and TCO economics, that backup and IT operations managers should consider when assessing cloud backup.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
The Heartbleed Bug: how to protect your business with Symantec
What happens when the next Heartbleed (or worse) comes along, and what can you do to weather another chapter in an all-too-familiar string of debilitating attacks?