Wolfram Alpha has decided it might be a good thing if people to actually use the supercalculator on their phone, so its famously $US50 iPhone (and soon to be iPad) app is now $2.49. And they’re /”>legitimately making the mobile site better.
Oh, burn, early
adopters suckers. Except! They’ll give your money back to anybody “who feels slighted”. Despite their righteous early stand for the value of iPhone apps and charging what they felt was the “value of this product,” according to Wolfram Managing Director Barak Berkowitz – a point they say they’ve proven, so now it’s time to focus on accessibility – they’re practically begging for people who actually paid full price to get their money back with the quippy URL http://www.wolframalpha.com/iwantmymoneyback. (Apple will keep the 30 per cent cut of the revenue from every returned app, so this will actually cost WA money.)
Potentially pissing a lot of people is kind of a ballsy way to go about their new goal of becoming more ubiquitous, but hey, maybe it’ll work. The app’s actually sorta worth the money now, which is kind of a start. [Wolfram Alpha]