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3 years ago

Android Quick App: FuelLog

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In case you can't tell, I really, really like saving money on gas. I've talked about GasBuddy on more than one occasion, and the almost natural complement to that would be FuelLog. FuelLog is a thorough, straightforward app that tracks your average gas mileage as well as cost over time.

At it's core, FuelLog is all about tracking your fill-ups and giving you feedback on your miles-per-gallon, as well as keeping you informed about your cost during each fill-up and how many days have transpired between fill-ups. It's graphically plain, but it doesn't need to be popping, just functional. And functional it is.

You get yourself started by "Add Fill-up" button. From there, you're taken to a screen with all the essential information: odometer reading, how much fuel you bought, and the cost-per-gallon. From there, FuelLog does all the appropriate math and you get your first reading. There's also an option to add a note, say, that you just towed a trailer cross-country, so that's why your gas mileage is probably in the dumps.

The more fill-ups you add, the better FuelLog gets. With more information, FuelLog can tell you your best gas mileage, your worst, and your average. This is denoted by the green, red, and yellow mileages on the list screen, but really stands out when you move to the Stats tab.

The Costs tab is for any incidentals (like repairs) that you might have to pay for your vehicle. It's got a pretty expansive list of options, ranging from a one-time cost to monthly and even quarterly. There's still the standard fields for odometer and costs, but you can also title the expense (like "Ran into a tree") and add a note.

The Stats tab is one of the more impressive features of FuelLog, giving you two choices: Graphs or Values. Values is a series of tables, showing you things like fuel consumption, accumulated costs, total fill-ups and fuel amounts bought, total costs, and a long table of averages. It's fairly comprehensive, and if there's anything you needed to know about your spending or driving habits, it's here.

When you flip over to the graphs, you're presented with a single line graph, but you can change what you're viewing. This is one of the features that illustrates how powerful FuelLog can be as it continues to accumulate more data about you. Don't think you're limited to just one graph, either. While you can only view a single graph at a time, there's plenty to pick from, like fuel consumption, trips, total odometer, and fuel price. For the visual learners among us, this is pretty key.

The last tab is a calculator to help you estimate how many gallons you'll burn if you drive a certain number of miles or the opposite, how many miles you're likely to be able to drive based on a certain number of gallons in your tank.

Overall, I think FuelLog is essential for any cost-minded people, especially if you care about improving your driving habits. Fortunately, FuelLog is free, but not without its limitations. The free version only remembers a max of 10 points on your graphs, so if you want to track things long-term, I'd suggest ponying up the ~$2.72 for the license key. The full version also gets rid of ads as well as letting you import or export a file into FuelLog, so you can keep a spreadsheet on your computer without much hassle.

Download links and more pictures are after the break.

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3 years ago

Questions from a new user, Bionic looks great [From the Forums]

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Not sure about you all but the week seems to be flying by around here. Next thing you know it'll be the weekend again. Whether the days are flying by or you're having a slow week, the Android Central forums are always open to help pass the time. Check out some of the threads below or start your own today!

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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3 years ago

Android SDK tools and ADT plugin updated

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The Android SDK tools and ADT plugin for Eclipse have both been updated to version 12.  It looks like the big change in the SDK tools allow developers to use system images compiled for ARM v7 and x86 CPUs in the AVD manager and emulator, making consumer sales of Android on Intel hardware one step closer to reality.

The ADT plugin for Eclipse brings a bit more to the table.  In addition to supporting the new SDK tools revision, the ADT plugin now allows developers to have better control over APK file packaging, offers better previews and error messages, resize support and RelativeLayout drop support in the visual layout editor.

In short -- this means better tools for developers, making better apps for you and I.  Grab the new packages through the SDK manager and Eclipse.  For full instructions see the Android Developer website.

via: @retomeier; @droidxav

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3 years ago

Android Accessory Review - Seidio Active Case for the EVO 3D [from the forums]

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Accessories are always an important part of owning any Android device, and keeping it protected while on the go is something that many of us look for as a must have. Usually, we are the ones doing the reviews, but this time forums member ATC Buckeye decided to take matters into their own hands and let us know their thoughts on the Seidio Active Case for their HTC EVO 3D, along with a bunch of pictures of the fit on the device. 

"This case solves one of the biggest problems with the EVO 3D. Without a case, the camera pod sticks out beyond the back of the phone, just asking to get scratched or cracked. Well, this case is the fix. It surrounds the camera pod and extends beyond it just a tad, so setting the phone down on its back doesn't cause the cameras to come in contact with anything. The cameras aren't actually covered, but the fact that they are now recessed is exactly what I was hoping for. As far as the rest of the phone goes, I'm confident this case will protect nicely against bumps, drops, etc, although I've done none of those things yet to actually test its shock protection abilities."

For the full review, along with the rest of the pictures be sure to hop in the forums and check out what ATC Buckeye has to say. If you have any accessories that you are using daily that you love and want others to know about, be sure to leave some words in our forums with your thoughts!

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3 years ago

Facebook announces Skype Video integration, but it's not Google+

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In a news conference today, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg unveiled his vision for the next five years of Facebook, and announced a few new features to the popular social networking platform that might look familiar to those of you lucky enough to be using Google+

The biggest announcement is that soon you can now have a video chat with your Facebook friends directly from chat.  Both of you will have to download and install the plugin first, but once you do, a face to face chat is just a button away.  Unlike the Google+ Hangout feature, Facebook chat is limited to one-on-one video.

The second major feature is the addition of group text chat.  Previously, only members of a Facebook group would be able to create a group chat, but now users will be able to invite whoever they want to the chat, similar to the Huddle feature in Google+ on mobile devices, or Google Talk group chat in Gmail.

Lastly, Facebook will give their chat system a much-needed facelift, so it's easier to tell who's online to chat.  Facebook Chat will also be coded to take advantage to the extra screen space on widescreen monitors, moving your Chat list off to the side and out of the pop-up menu.

When asked about the Facebook mobile app, Mark Zuckerburg said the new group chat will already work with mobile devices, but that they haven't finished porting over video chat at this time, saying “These are mostly web features for now.” 

All of these features will roll out to web users in the "coming weeks" but if you're feeling adventurous, the video chat can be installed today via a link in their blog. 

Source: Facebook

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3 years ago

Google's Q2 2011 earnings call set for July 14

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If you like to hear the word "billion" used over and over, be sure to tune into Google's earnings call on July 14, when Nikesh Arora, Patrick Pichette and a host of others (perhaps another surprise visit from Eric Schmidt) drop the second-quarter numbers on us all.

The whole thing's streamed live, and it's worth sticking around for the Q&A at the end. Tell 'em Android Central sent ya.

Source: Google

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3 years ago

Acer Iconia Tab A500 getting its Android 3.1 update

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Have an Acer Iconia Tab A500? Have an Acer Iconia Tab A500 that's not running Android 3.1? The wait should be short, as updates are rolling out now. We just got ours, and system update 4.010.08 is weighing in at 122.71 MB. The whole process should take a few minutes, and afterward you'll have the framework for things like Google movies, usb host and a slew of other treats.

So if you've got an Iconia Tab, hit up your system updates and get to downloading.  If you're the type who likes to tinker and needs the manual download link, you can find it right hereThanks, Ritesh!

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3 years ago

Android 101: How to sync Facebook Events with Google Calendar

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Facebook does a really good job reminding us when our upcoming Events are or when our friends and families have their birthdays. It’s gotten to the point now where I’ve given up trying to memorize birthdays and just look to Facebook. The problem I run into is that I don’t spend all my time on Facebook, so if there was an easy way for me to see the reminders on a service that I do, such as Google Calendar, it would be a lot more valuable. Enter: syncing your Facebook Events with your Google Calendar. It is an easy process that will take ten minutes tops. Here is the step by step process:

First: Go to your Facebook account and click Events in the left pane. Scroll all the way to the bottom and you'll see three links: Past Events, Birthdays and Export.

Next: I'm going to show Birthdays only, but if you want all events, just click Export and skip this step. Click Birthdays. Scroll all the way to the bottom again and click Export Birthdays. A link will pop up.

Finally Copy the link and go into your Google Calendar. In Other Calendars in the bottom left, select Add, then Add by URL. Paste the link you copied into the box.

Voila! You're all set. The Calendar will appear in your Other Calendars as Friends' Birthdays. If you are on your Android device and go into your Calendar application -> Settings -> Calendars, it should be listed. If the box is ticked, then that means it's syncing to your Android device. Now you won't have to worry about visiting Facebook when you're worried about missing someone's birthday you may have forgotten.

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3 years ago

How to download maps data on Google Maps

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One of the more interesting (if less publicized) additions to Google Maps 5.7 is the ability to download map data locally to your phone. That's a godsend if you're traveling somewhere that has a spotty connection, or if you're overseas and trying to avoid roaming charges.

To enable downloading map data, you'll need to go into the Labs section of Google Maps. Hit the menu button, then More, then Labs, and tap on the Download Map Area section, like you see above.

You'll be able to download a 10-mile radius from any point. Hold your finger down on the map or choose a saved location, then tap Download Map Area. It's simple.

Need more? We've got video after the break. Bon appetit.

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3 years ago

Best Buy ad gives us a look at the redesigned Droid Bionic

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It's no secret that the Verizon Droid Bionic was sent off for a refreshing in the design department before it's launch, which could be coming on August 4. The extent of that refreshing wasn't really known but some new Best Buy promo materials have now turned up and while it's nothing like going hands-on with one, it does show us that device has now taken on a more squared off shape. Nothing insanely drastic but it's still a change, and a change that some may not prefer. You all can sound off in the comments and let us know if you love or hate the new look.

Source: This is my Next
More: Droid Bionic Forums

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