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I recently heard about a former mechanic in Maine who passed the one million mile mark in his 1990 Honda Accord. A car reaching half that distance would ordinarily be fit for the scrap yard. He put the longevity of the vehicle (which is still in working order) down to regular maintenance, using quality parts and safe driving.

He bought the car in 96 when it had 70,000 miles on it. Back then the world didn’t have smartphones. Hell, having a relative that knew a guy with a PC was a talking point for many of us.

These days cars can look after themselves to some degree with onboard computers letting us know when a tyre is losing pressure, when the engine needs a service or that you forgot to buckle up. For those of us who love to track data — like me — there’s another tool in the arsenal: aCar for Android.

aCar is an app for tracking maintenance, journeys, expenses, fill-ups and a bunch of other cool things. But is it worth it for the average motorist?

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Whether you are a professional who charges clients by the hour, or a productivity geek simply out to evaluate and analyze the time you spend on things, tracking time is a pretty mundane and potentially irritating activity. Of course, there are a lot of ways on the desktop and the web that you can make things easier – from simple spreadsheets to dedicated time tracking apps or full-fledged project management suites. But all of these methods have been traditionally computer-focused and are not best suited for when you are out and about.

If you’re always out and about, or simply use your Android smartphone a lot, you probably like to get things done on the handset and would like an easy way to track time on the go as well. If so, this is a good place to start. Rounded up below are a bunch of apps that you can use on your phone to track the time you spend on projects or pretty much anything else you might want to keep track of.
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Most of us would benefit from keeping track of our finances more carefully, and in the age of smartphones this no longer involves a pocketful of receipts and all your third grade math skills. I reviewed a lot of finance apps over at iPhone Appstorm, and was surprised not to find a similarly crowded market for Android apps.

MoneyWise stands out as a fully-featured expense tracker with a free (ad-supported) version for those of us who can’t afford to spend money on apps that stop us from spending money. Let’s find out if MoneyWise can help take take the pain out of financial responsibility after the jump!

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It’s that time of the year again when we all resolve – among other things – to keep the resolutions we make for ourselves every year. To be honest, I’ve been guilty of breaking new year’s resolutions within as little as a week and yet I take a shot at them every year. Exercising more, controlling what I eat, working less and playing more. We all say we want to do it, right? The problem is, it’s just really really hard to keep track of all of these things when we have so much else going on in our lives!

At least, that’s the excuse I’ve been giving myself for a while now.

This year will be different, though. I’m going to be a little proactive and try to use technology to my advantage in ensuring I don’t have that one excuse in 2012. So here is a roundup of over 30 Android Apps that let you track your goals – whatever the kind – and help make sure you stick with them as long as possible.

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I’ve always been fascinated by activity trackers and GPS technology in general. It surprises me how accurately and effectively it’s done. Once a connection is established to the satellites, it sends a signal to them and calculates the time it takes to respond, then uses math to determine your position on the globe relative to the position of the satellites. This is just a basic explanation on how GPS technology works, to give a general idea. Of course, there’s a lot more to it than that – but that’s not what this article’s about!

Today I’d like to cover Endomondo. Yes, it’s another fitness activity tracker; read the rest of the article to learn more about it and find out why I like it more than RunKeeper and the other similar apps.

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Mobile phones have always had a way to keep track of your phone calls and text messages to some extent. In fact that was one of the key advantages of these phones when they started: the ability to display who was calling you and to keep a history of recent calls. As awesome as this sounded in the beginning, what a smartphone can do today far exceeds these capabilities, letting you use the phone to do things you could not have imagined just a few years ago.

Among the hundreds of thousands of things Android apps let you do today, a good few let you keep track of virtually any aspect of your life. From keeping track of virtually limitless incoming and outgoing calls and text messages, to maintaining a gym workout diary and managing your finances and health. The possibilities are endless. In this roundup, let’s look at a whole bunch of apps to do just that — and more.

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We carry our phone literally everywhere and use it dozens of times throughout the day, so why not put it to some good use in the process? I’ve collated a set of apps that help you get one small thing done every day, adding a tiny little bit towards making your day better, more productive, or more fun.

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In Connor Turnbull’s article, Android Tracking: Your Phone is Following You, we saw that Google have been logging where your phone has been, based on WiFi hotspots you’ve encountered.

This is all opt-in and anonymous, but some people are still angry about it. How about you? Let us know by voting in the poll.

(And yes, Apple got caught up in a similar controversy regarding iOS location tracking; check out this week’s poll over on our sister site iPhone.AppStorm to register how you feel about that.)

Both Google and Apple have had some big privacy concerns pushed upon them in the past week after revelations that phones powered by iOS or Android store a user’s location in a history that can even be mapped out to show where you’ve been. Of course, we’ve known for a long time that our smartphones know where we are, but not that they’ve been storing that data in a file that’s relatively easy to access.

Location services that use a phone’s GPS have been fairly popular on smartphones. They provide an interesting specification to phones that allow them to transform into navigation systems and to allow you to find out their position should they be lost or stolen.

For iOS, a user can download a simple application that maps out your location history from accessing a database file that’s stored on whatever computer you’ve synced your phone with. For Android it’s a little more difficult to retrieve the file, but it’s still there and doing a similar job to Apple’s file. (more…)

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