David Kirkpatrick

May 29, 2009

Microsoft announces Bing as new search engine

Filed under: Business, Technology — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 4:18 pm

Bing is the latest incarnation of Microsoft’s search engine space efforts. I really don’t see how this latest rebranding will do anything in terms of market share for the Redmond behemoth, but I guess it won’t do any real harm either. Google is just dominant and the brand new engine with brand new tech in Wolfram Alpha will continue getting all the buzz.

Just on timing and the overall feel we’ve seen this before, I’m going to say this is another misfire from Microsoft.

From the link:

Microsoft’s latest vehicle for achieving the elusive goal of Web dominance is Bing. Previously known as Kumo while in development, Bing replaces Microsoft’s Live Searchbrand and carries forward the company’s strategy for taking on Google and Yahoo. Besides introducing a new look to Microsoft’s search interface, Bing adds a spruced-up navigation for search results, including a new left-hand navigation bar, a hover feature that lets users preview Web pages before visiting them, and a categorized search feature that groups search results by topic category.Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer publically demonstrated Bing for the first time Tuesday at the D: All Things Digital technology conference. Bing goes live to the public beginning on June 3; it will be phased in over the course of several days.

May 21, 2009

Ten Wolfram Alpha easter eggs

If you’ve never heard of them before, easter eggs are little hidden bits of fun, features or information in video games, applications, DVDs, books or other objects.

The latest in search/computational engine technology, Wolfram|Alpha, is no exception.

Here’s ten fun easter eggs that have been uncovered so far.

Number eight from the list, a Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy reference:

Wolfram The Answer Image

April 28, 2009

Wolfram|Alpha launches blog

Filed under: Business, Media, Technology — Tags: , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 4:10 pm

No, the engine hasn’t launched yet but the blog has and should be a great clearinghouse for information pre- and post-launch.

From the link:

Our teams are working hard to meet our goal of having Wolfram|Alpha ready for you in just a few weeks.

Since Stephen Wolfram’s initial announcement, we’ve had the opportunity to show Wolfram|Alpha to some of the thousands of you who contacted us. Many interesting questions surfaced. We plan to use this blog to address those questions and the many more we expect you’ll have as you think about how you too can use Wolfram|Alpha.

April 7, 2009


Filed under: Media, Technology — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 7:06 pm

This sounds incredibly cool. So much so that I happned to catch the Kurzweil tweet in the middle of the night last night and immediate hit the site to sign up for updates. If I end up getting a sneak preview I’ll be sure to do a new post.

For those who aren’t familiar with Stephen Wolfram, he’s the guy behind Mathematica, among other feats of computational genius.

From KurzweilAI.net:

Wolfram|Alpha: Searching for Truth
H+, April 6, 2009

“[Computational knowledge engine] Wolfram|Alpha will raise the level of scientific things that the average person can do,” Stephen Wolfram told computer scientist/science-fiction writer Rudy Rucker.

“People will find that the world is more predictable than they might have expected. Just as running Google is like having a reference librarian to help you, running Wolfram|Alpha will be like having a house scientist to consult for you.”

Audio interview

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