Wolfram Alpha Is Tired Of People Not Paying $50 Dollars For Their iPhone App

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The first problem with the Wolfram Alpha iPhone app was that it cost $50. The second problem was that the site's iPhone web interface was nearly as good as the app, and it was free. Guess which issue Wolfram "fixed!"

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TUAW noticed a not-so-subtle change to the Wolfram Alpha's mobile site, which now prompts stingy iPhone jerks to just download the app already. Luckily you can kill the prompt, but then you're left with an unoptimized version of the search engine, which is a chore to use on a mobile device.

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So, Wolfram isn't moving as many copies of their app as they expected (Dozens! You'll see!) and it's totally within their rights to, you know, make money. But instead of taking away the free, slightly-less-capable alternative, why not just make the paid, slightly-more-capable app remotely affordable? What's the problem with that?

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Oh no? I can't use the iphone optimized site? Terrible!

Oh wait, I just remembered that I *hate* iphone optimized sites. Oh they might make sense If I was on an Edge connection, but I'm not and I have a fullscreen browser so let me use it, damnit. Gizmodo's mobile site is a classic example of how terrible they are. You lose so much content, having a mobile site just ends up using up more bandwidth cause its one more thing I have to load up before I load up the *real* website.

Fortunately, Gizmodo does right by iphone users and has the sense to set a damn cookie when someone opts out of their terrible mobile site so you never have to go back to it. Boy Genius Report does not have this good sense and I've pretty much entirely stopped reading it because of that.