Wolfram Alpha Apps on Sale for the Holidays
Article by George Norman
On 21 Dec 2010
The team behind Wolfram Alpha, the computational knowledge engine developed by British-born physicist and Mathematica creator Stephen Wolfram, has announced that the Wolfram Alpha apps for iPhone, iPad, iPod, and Android-powered mobile devices have gone on sale. Until the 5th of January you can get the Wolfram Alpha for iPhone or the Wolfram Alpha for Android app for a mere $0.99. The apps’ regular price is of $1.99

If you’re an iPhone, iPod, or iPad user, you can download or “gift” this app through iTunes to the student, professional, or anyone else on your holiday shopping list. Android users can download the app onto their devices directly from Android Market.

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This is not the first time the Wolfram Alpha app goes on sale. The app went on sale this August as well (from August 27 until September 12) as part of a back-to-school promotion.

Speaking of price, you may remember that back in 2009, when the app was released to the public , it cost a staggering $49.99. The app’s price was lowered to $1.99 back in April, 2010; Wolfram Alpha even offered refunds to all the users who bought the app for $49.99.

Why would you want to get the Wolfram Alpha for iPhone or the Wolfram Alpha for Android app? Simply because it puts the power of the Wolfram Alpha computational knowledge engine at your fingertips.

Here are some highlights to better put things in perspective:
  • The app is connected to Wolfram Alpha’s supercomputing cloud. This allows it to bring the Wolfram Alpha knowledge engine experience to the mobile user.
  • It can be used by pretty much anyone, but the team at Wolfram Alpha highlighted these category of users in particular: financial analysts, physicians, scientists, engineers, students, teachers, journalists, parents, economists, nutritionists, systems analysts, marketing managers, pilots, sportsmen.
  • The app’s user interface is specially designed for the iPhone/iPad/Android. The iPhone version comes with a special notation keyboard, customized iPhone output, editable history, and it integrates with native iPhone services (like Maps). The iPad version comes with specialized keyboards, output tuned for the iPad's screen, copy/paste support, and integration with maps and other iPad services. The Android version comes with specialized keyboards for math, charts and graphics adapted for the variety of Android screens, support for native voice input, and location awareness.
  • Easily get an answer to all sorts of questions, spreading across countless domains.

Additional information on the Wolfram Alpha for iPhone and iPod Touch is available here.
Additional information on the Wolfram Alpha iPad app is available here.
Additional information on the Wolfram Alpha Android app is available here.


In related news, don’t forget to vote in the Deck the Halls with Facts and Knowledge Holiday Gift-Away, the competition announced by the Wolfram Alpha Team at the start of the month.



Tags: Wolfram Alpha, App, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Holiday sale
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