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36 InformationToday December 2009 www.infotoday.com (continued from page 34) iPhone’s GPS or the IP address of an iPod touch’s Wi-Fi connection, the app can tailor results to a user’s geographic location. Search results can also be shared via Twitter or enriched with satellite images from Google Maps. Source: Wolfram Research, Inc. (www.wolfram.com) IREX Adds Newspapers to E-Reader IREX Technologies established agreements with digital content distributors News- imprint will release an initial series of English-language textbooks and reference paperDirect.com and LibreDigital to provide access to more than 1,000 global news- books for researchers and practitioners in the fields of engineering, materials science, papers and magazines. Under the agreement, users of IREX’s DR800SG e-reader and chemistry before expanding into other areas of science and medicine. Under the terms of the agreement, Wiley will supply CIP with print copies of the publications to be distributed within China and sold at local market prices. Source: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (www.wiley.com) AIP Launches iPhone App The American Institute of Physics (AIP) released iRe- search, a mobile research ap- plication for the iPhone. The application, which is based on MarkLogic Server, allows users to access AIP’s collec- will have access to the content of NewspaperDirect’s PressDisplay and PressReader tion of articles and journals services, as well as a wide selection of content from LibreDigital available in the open directly from an iPhone or EPUB standard. iPod touch. In addition to Source: IREX Technologies (www.irextechnologies.com) accessing content through a Wi-Fi or cellular connection, users will be able to select and Wiley and CIP Partner for Co-Branded Imprint save specific content on their phones in PDF for later offline use. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. and Chemical Industry Press (CIP) announced an agree- In other news, in a bid to improve interoperability between MarkLogic Server and ment to publish a co-branded Wiley-CIP series of publications. The Wiley-CIP the Microsoft Office suite of programs, Mark Logic is releasing MarkLogic Toolkit for achieve a very rough approximation by comparing Wolfram Alpha: Focusing on the energy release of a ton of TNT, the amount of heat needed to vaporize a kilogram of iron, and the total Education With ‘Homework Day’ FEATURED PRODUCT mass of the Earth—all information the site has read- ily at hand, but which must be tied together by the user to derive an answer. D espite the variety of uses for Wolfram Re- Some questions were too abstract to be answered search, Inc.’s computational knowledge en- or hinged on data that either isn’t available or is sim- gine, many people remain in the dark about ply not yet incorporated into the site. Wolfram Alpha’s just what Wolfram Alpha does and how exactly to use representatives took such questions as an opportu- it. While the site can solve differential equations with nity to point out areas where the site is
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