Hurry, you don’t want to miss this sale! WolframAlpha, the singular computational knowledge engine’s famed iPhone app has just dropped in price from $49.99 to $1.99! (link here) You probably don’t have to hurry, though, as this appears to be an indefinite adjustment.
I have been writing about WolframAlpha since just about the start of the hype about a year ago (link here). I was somewhat saddened to learn that their iPhone application was released at the hefty price of $49.99, well north of the average for iPhone applications.
When I caught the news of the huge price drop on it yesterday, I immediately loaded it up and have been playing with it ever since. Did you know that the United States covers approximately 3.7 million square acres? Or that the distance from earth the the center of the Milky Way galaxy is 7.611 kiloparsecs? Or that high tide in Gloucester, Massachusetts today was at 1:59 p.m. eastern standard time and crested at 11.2 feet? Neither did I until I played with the app’s stellar interface.
I would say that this application justifies its $1.99 price tag, if for no other reason than the alternate scientific and mathematical keyboards for ease of computational search. And damn it’s fun!
Check it out – believe me, there are times when a hyper-capable data calculation tool comes in handy, even for us lawyer-types.