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Powerset has always been a fan of the iPhone. Over a third of the company owns an iPhone (roughly equivalent to the number of PhDs working here) and a handful took the afternoon off on the day of the iPhone launch to make all of their friends jealous.With that many iPhones ringing around the office, it was kind of embarrassing to demonstrate a handicapped Powerset mobile search product. Therefore, after launch, one of our first major projects was to create an iPhone-friendly version of our search & browse experience for Wikipedia. If you’ve got an iPhone, just go to www.powerset.com and it will work automatically.The iPhone web app includes all of the functionality that Powerset features on the Web site, but is designed to be easy to use on your iPhone. We think that Powerset is currently the best way to search and read Wikipedia on your iPhone. For searching Wikipedia, you can enter a topic, phrase, or question and get back Powerset results. For simple Factz-style questions (see our blog contest about Factz for more details), Powerset will return the list that we derived from sentences across Wikipedia article. Side note: Dr. Bruce Horn, one of the original developers on the Macintosh and creator of the Macintosh Finder (as expressed by what did bruce horn write on Powerset), is manager of Powerset’s Semantic Search Platform. Also, when we get an answer from Freebase, we’ll display those results. And, we’ll show regular search results for any query, whether it’s a keyword query or a natural-language style query.Once you click on a search result, you will go to the Powerset-enhanced Wikipedia articles. You can either browse the article or use the Outline to navigate directly to the section you want.The Factz summary gives you an easy-to-read list of all of the Factz that Powerset was able to derive from the article, which often reads like a Cliff’s Note’s summary. This is great if you’re on the go and looking to quickly scan the information in the article.The search-within-the-page brings semantic search into the results page. You can search for keywords or you can search for questions, e.g. “who stole pat’s rocket” on the Achewood page.We’re really excited about this release and hope that, if you’re an iPhone user, you’ll use Powerset next time you need to look up something while you’re cheating at trivia night at your local bar, get details when you’re uncertain about some new fruit at Whole Foods, or just trying to convince your friends that you really do know the right answer.If you’d like more information or an interview, drop us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have suggestions, join Powerlabs and make feature requests for the iPhone app.
Update: We created a quick demo video, for the luddites who don't have iPhones.
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