Wolfram Alpha makes an entrance

In this week's Roundup we look at the launch of Wolfram Alpha, a new file-synchronisation service for Ubuntu and more.

Wolfram Alpha, a new search engine has received much hype after its recent release. Labelled as the "computational knowledge engine", it attempts to provide answers to your questions. Watch this video for a demonstration.

After Google announced changes to its search engine last week, Yahoo also revealed future plans for its search technology during a "Search Chalk Talk" in the US.

Microsoft is planning the release of its new and improved search technology, currently known as Kumo. The enhanced Live Search is expected to possess semantic qualities. A limited portion of the public have had the opportunity to see the changes already.

A Ubuntu file-synchronisation service called Ubuntu One has entered the beta testing stage. The service will be made available to the general public in October, along with the release of Ubuntu 9.10, Karmic Koala.

For you social media freaks, version 2.5 of social web browser Flock has been released (http://cgi.cnet.com.au/link/?id=24041), while Facebook introduced support for OpenID.

In other news, Chrome got 30 per cent faster, due to an improved V8 JavaScript engine and a new version of WebKit, while Sun revealed plans to launch a Java application store.

Finally, check out Chris Duckett's blog for tips on how to receive free entry to the Open Source Developers' Conference (OSDC) in November.

--Posted by Lana Kovacevic