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Quicken Online For The iPhone

May 5, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Wesabe, Mint and Quicken Online are fighting in the market of money management online. The latest news is that Quicken Online has launched an app for the iPhone, and it’s called Quicken Online Mobile. They are looking to make a difference with this app and really take the market with it.
While it’s a lot like Wesabe and Mint, Quicken Online Mobile isn’t really something that should be used by people that want all the small details about how their investments are doing and how their money are flowing. This tool is best for those that are just looking to find out how much money they have in their account.

Besides showing you what updates took place in your account and what balance you have, this application also calculates what your remaining budget is, after taking into consideration your usual expenses (bills). Basically, you can just look at your iPhone and find out how much you can spend before you reach the limit of your budget. Want to find out if you can afford paying a round of drinks to the entire bar? This app should come in very handy.

The features that I liked the most in this app are that it shows you where the nearest ATM is. This app uses the WiFi or GPS triangulation to find out where you are and how close you are to an ATM. For example, I tested the app and it showed me all three ATM machines that are in the vicinity of my house. Not sure how complete their map is, but for me it worked quite well.

Downloading Quicken Online Mobile is completely free, as long as you create a Quicken Online account. You should also test Wesabe and Mint for iPhone and see which one works best for your needs.

Wolfram Alpha Search Engine Answers Questions

May 5, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

A new search engines that is currently in Beta stage, Wolfram Alpha is a bit of a mix between the Google OneBox and Wikipedia. It’s closed right now, as they are still testing it, but when it’s going to be open it will allow you to use normal search queries, as far as I can tell from the video demo that they’ve released.
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I didn’t get a chance to test this start-up yet, but they are launching soon enough, so a more detailed review is going to show up eventually. You can find out a lot about Wolfram Alpha by watching the video, as it gives you a lot of tips on what this new search engine can do. If you love data, the possibilities that this start-up is offering are stunning to say the least. The video is a bit blurry, but you can still get what it’s saying very well. Still, they should’ve done a better job on the video, considering that it’s the demo that they’re showing to the world.

Wolfram Alpha shouldn’t be considered as something that will kill Google, but they aren’t really on the same level. There isn’t anything being done by Google right now that is on the same level as Wolfram Alpha. The public data search from Google might come close a bit, but not that close. Ultimately, the public test will make it or break it. If it’s good enough to be used on a daily basis then maybe it has a future.

Anyway, as far as a normal search is concerned, Google is the best and it will be for a long time. Taking a look at it, Wolfram Alfa actually seems to be more of a Wikipedia competitor than a Google one. I’m actually looking forward for the open test, to see what it can really do.