As I draw this special edition of App Wednesday to a close, I wanted to highlight a game that is growing on me more and more. It’s a beautiful space combat simulator called Star Pagga.
Don’t let the screenshot fool you, that’s from a very old version of the game. The game’s graphics keep getting better and better, and it’s a very clear throw back to games like Wing Commander. If you know me, you know how much of a WingNut I really am. So when I saw a game that played like Wing Commander, available on my phone? I jumped on it.
Star Pagga uses accelerometer controls and the touch screen to really immerse you in your space combat environment. And I’m sure there’s quite a storyline to unfold, but I’ve only just started in on the full version. There is a Lite version available which includes five playable levels.The game even features a multiplayer mode! Again – I’ve barely touched on it, I just wanted to let people know that this game was out there, and that the space combat sim genre is not dead and gone!
So check out Star Pagga or at least Star Pagga Lite!
If you’ve ever used Meebo.com, you have no excuse not to know what this is and should be pumped to go get it and install it on your phone. For those who don’t know what Meebo is, it’s simple: Meebo is every instant messenger, everywhere. You sign in to one Meebo.com account, and it can sign you in to all other messengers (AIM, Yahoo, Facebook, etc…).
You don’t even need a meebo account if you don’t really want one, you can just use their interface to sign in to one program. Meebo has a beautiful interface, and can easily help you keep things straight when you have several conversations going on at once. If you’re an IM’er, my recommendation falls solely in the Meebo camp.
Disk Usage is a very straight forward app. I won’t even go in to much detail other than: it’s free, and VERY helpful. Want to know why you have such a small amount of free space on your phone’s internal memory, or your SD Card? This will graphically display your files and apps so that you can easily track down what the biggest files are and decide if you want to uninstall the app or just delete the files straight away. You can zoom in by clicking in to each ‘directory’ and it will expand to show which files are taking up the space. It’s so easy to use and so useful – you should go get it. Now.
What is Audiogalaxy? Brilliant, that’s what!
If you remember the name from about 2001, you may be thinking of that program that was just like the original Napster, or Kazaa, or LimeWire. But now they’ve turned over a new leaf. Where Amazon just recently released their Cloud Player, and in the process angered a lot of record labels, Audio Galaxy is trying to tip toe around the subject of “ownership.” Rather than hosting your files for you, the mp3s never actually leave your computer in their current form – they are streamed directly from your PC to your handset. With Audiogalaxy installed on my Android, I can go anywhere and take well over 30,000 songs with me. I’m absolutely in love with Audiogalaxy.
I don’t know what their business model will be, or how they intend to make money, but I’ll tell you what: I’m onboard so far. I love their service, even more than Amazon’s free 5 GB of web space. I will be a paying subscriber, just as long as their prices are competitive with Amazons (which, since they will be providing the servers and the bandwidth, but not the storage, they should be able to compete, even with Amazon).
Sign up on Audiogalaxy.com then install the app for your phone!