iPhone Only: Wolfram Alpha and iGoogle for iPhone
Article by George Norman
On 16 Jun 2009
Wolfram Alpha, the computational knowledge engine developed by British-born physicist and Mathematica creator Stephen Wolfram has more good news to bring forth on top of its recent update. The Wolfram Alpha team has addressed your need to perform computational queries on the go and consequently has launched an iPhone and iPod Touch dedicated portal.

“We love all the feedback that comes pouring in from the Wolfram|Alpha community, and iPhone users have been begging to have Wolfram|Alpha just a touch away since the beginning. We invite you to checkout the Wolfram|Alpha iPhone and iPod mobile page that lets you compute queries, watch the Wolfram|Alpha overview video, view our gallery of examples, and more, all while on the go,” explained the Wolfram Alpha Team.


The Wolfram Alpha mobile page is available here . Upon visiting it you can add a Wolfram Alpha icon to your home screen by following this simple step by step tutorial:
- Visit the Wolfram Mobile web page (URL: http://www.wolframalpha.com/iphone) using your iPhone’s web browser.
- In the footer bar, touch the “+” icon.
- Select “Add to Home Screen” in the menu options.
- Select “Add”.

The Wolfram Alpha Team says that in the future a full app for the iPhone and other mobile devices will be released. Until then, feel free to put this offering to the test and see how you like it.

If the Wolfram Alpha iPhone portal does not do it for you, there is one other offer at your disposal: the new iGoogle for iPhone (and Android). To try it out you need only go to igoogle.com from your iPhone’s browser and tap “try the new Mobile iGoogle!”.

Software Engineers on the Google Mobile Team, Dan Zivkovic and Zhen Wang, explain why you should give iGoogle for iPhone (and Android) a try: “This new version is faster and easier to use. It supports tabs as well as more of your favorite gadgets, including those built by third-party developers. Note that not all gadgets — like those with Flash — will work in mobile browsers. One of our favorite new features is the in-line display of articles for feed-based gadgets. That means you can read article summaries without leaving the page. You can also rearrange gadget order or keep your favorite gadgets open for your next visit. None of these changes will mess up the layout of gadgets on your desktop computer, so feel free to play around and tune your mobile experience. The new version of iGoogle for mobile is available in 38 languages.”

As is the case with Google, the new iGoogle for iPhone and Android sports a Beta tag.

Tags: Apple, iPhone, Wolfram Alpha, iGoogle
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