Download Discounts: IM for Facebook, Galaxy on Fire 3D, Greener Mile and more…

Sep 24, 2010
Tech

Social Networking IM for Facebook (iPhone), $0.99 (was $1.99) Facebook supports chat when you’re using a web browser, and IM for Facebook pulls the chat feature onto your iPhone. The app incorporates your Facebook friends and lets you instant message them the same way as if you were sitting and chatting at your computer. This app […]

Social Networking

IM for Facebook (iPhone), $0.99 (was $1.99)

Facebook supports chat when you’re using a web browser, and IM for Facebook pulls the chat feature onto your iPhone.

The app incorporates your Facebook friends and lets you instant message them the same way as if you were sitting and chatting at your computer. This app is great for keeping connected if you already spend a lot of time using Facebook Chat, and since it uses instant messages instead of texts, it uses your existing Internet plan instead of using up text messages.

Utilities

Greener Mile (iPhone), Free (was $1.99)

This is a pretty standard GPS travel tracker, except that Greener Mile keeps track of the environmental differences made by taking a trip using public transportation or walking rather than driving.

You get all the regular functionality out of this app – it tracks your trips with GPS, lets you share them over Facebook, and lets you save them for later reference. But it also generates statistics when you use “greener” forms of travel over driving and lets you save and share those along with your trips, too. The app offers an interesting way to measure one’s environmental impact and a good way to encourage keeping it to a minimum.

Games

Galaxy on Fire 3D (iPhone), Free (was $2.99)

This is a 3D sci-fi shooter in which you pilot a spaceship, and it’s free. It’s hard to say no to that! If you need more incentive, consider that it’s huge. Developer Fishlabs touts 20 hours of single-player story campaign and hundreds of planets and space stations to interact with. You’ll also take on escort and combat missions and gather resources to spend to upgrade your ship. And there are nine other ships you can acquire as well. It sounds pretty immersive.

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Phil Hornshaw

Phil Hornshaw is a freelance writer, editor and author living in Los Angeles, dividing his time between playing video games, playing video games on his cell phone, and writing about playing video games. He’s also the co-author of So You Created a Wormhole: The Time Traveler’s Guide to Time Travel, which attempts to mix time travel pop culture with some semblance of science, as well as tips on the appropriate means of riding dinosaurs. Check out his profile.

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