iPhones. iPads. Android. Windows Phone. We've updated all of our essential apps lists to include a few forgotten favorites, some long awaited arrivals and, as always, even more amazing apps. Check them out!
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The Best iPhone Apps August 2012
The end of the month is here, and that means it's time to do a little housekeeping on our list of the absolute best iPhone apps. Which ones were tops?
NextDraft: From the mind of Dave Pell, NextDraft gives you the top 10 stories of the day with a unique, witty perspective. Dave hand-picks each story and the app delivers you a new digest each day. Free
AdHawk: The closer we get to November, the more political ads we'll be bombarded with. While those TV and radio spots might sound benign, they might be paid for some totally sketchy, totally extreme organization. Ad Hawk, from the Sunlight Foundation, will tell you exactly what group is paying for them. Free
HipGeo: Instead of taking pictures on your vacation only to let them sit on your harddrive collecting whatever the digital equivalent of dust is, track your trip as you go. HipGeo lets you upload photos and text tagged with your location, so you'll never forget that little hole in the wall taco place you found or that spot that had the most perfect sunset. Free
Cardiio: You could buy one of those expensive heart rate monitors to wear when you work out like a big gym rat dummy, but why? This is a a totally free, way to track your pulse when you exercise. No extra equipment required. Free
Burner: We've all been in that hard spot where some weirdo asks for your digits, and though you don't want to give it to him, you have to because he's going to call you immediately to make sure you have his. Avoid this problem completely with Burner, an app that gives you temporary numbers that you can kill at any time. $1.99
The Best Android Apps August 2012
It's a new month and that means new apps.
Pinterest: Pin until you can pin no more, Android fans. This month the online bulletin board launched a version compatible with Google's platform for the first time. Time to scope out some new DIY projects.
Current Caller ID: You know who's calling, but do you really know? This app from White Pages will tell you everything you want to know about the person on the other end and then some. It combines info from the phone book with Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. You'll have no shortage of conversation topics. Free
Gallery Lock: It's probably a bad idea to keep naked pixxx on your phone. In the event you have some snapshots you don't want falling into the wrong hands, you can hide them within different folders in Gallery Lock. Free
Scope: You tweet, you Facebook, you tumble, and you even do a little Instagrammin'. Rather than check every separate app fifty times a day, you can look in one place, Scope, a hub for all your social networks. Free
SkyDrive: Users of Microsoft's cloud storage solution got a little love this month. As promised, Microsoft launched SkyDrive on Android. The app lets you access and share all the stuff you have squirreled away. Free
Perfectly Clear: No matter how powerful smartphone cameras become, it's still possible to take a bad picture. But that image can be recovered with the simple, but powerful editing tools that this app gives you, right on your device. $0.99
The Best iPad Apps August 2012
Here are the iPad apps you should download to play on your new iPad.
">TV Guide: No need to lose sleep over your TV indecision. The new TV Guide app combines all your options into one place, showing you both what's streaming and what's on cable. It only lacks Netflix and Amazon Prime, which sucks, both otherwise you're going to have an easier time finding something to melt your brain. Free
Pinterest: Now you can pin recipes, DIY projects, pictures of dogs in costumes until your fingers are bleeding because the online bulletin board just launched on the iPad. It's the same Pinterest you know and love (unless you actually hate the whole Pinterest thing). Free
Cartoon Network: Away from your TV? You don't need it to enjoy content from Cartoon Network. In this new app you can watch live shows and play games, and even do both at the same time. However, you must be a cable subscriber. Free
Shuffler.fm: Mixtapes and videos come out all the time, but you might miss one because you're not following the most obscure of all the music blogs. This app is like a super niche Flipboard that pulls content from all kinds of music sites, so you're always up on the latest tracks. Free
The Best Windows Phone Apps August 2012
It's been a pretty busy few months for Windows Phone 7 and there are new titles worth featuring. Here are some new apps worth downloading to your device.
IM+: Whatever client you use for your messaging—Skype, AIM, Google Talk, etc.—IM+ doesn't care. It takes all these services and combines them into one app so you can chat it up on every medium. Free
StopWatch: Running a race? Baking a cake? Somehow doing both at the same time? You can track them with this app, which lets you switch back and forth between apps, while still clocking your activities down to the millisecond. Free
Timelapse Pro: Use your phone to make beautiful timelapse movies, in a lovely Metro interface. When you're done, you can upload them to SkyDrive right from the app. $0.99
Turn by Turn: Maybe you have an awful sense of direction, maybe you don't. Either way, we all need a little help sometimes. This app gives you voice guided directions when you need them. $4.99