I would say this is odd. Walmart targets customers who barely make their living between paychecks.Not the kind of customers Apple targets. I would bet that average Costco member's income per household is much higher than Walmart.
Well, for the 1st question, I've got directions between places on East Coast (called Mars and Jupiter). BTW I live in California.Google Now could not recognize Vladimir Putin and Leo Tolstoy every time I tried, needless to say it did not know what to do with the equation offering me web search results instead.
Just tried for fun the following questions on Google Now and Siri:
1. What is a distance between Mars and Jupiter?
2. How old is Vladimir Putin?
3. When did Benjamin Franklin die?
4. When was Leo Tolstoy born?
5. Solve equation x squared minus 4 equals 0.
G. Now was able to answer only the 3rd one while Siri answered them all (1-4 with voice answer and the last 5th one only visually)