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15 Popular iPhone Apps from Retailers for their Loyal Customers

As the mobile users and smart phone apps keep growing, for every retailer there is a need to have a smart phone app for Loyal customers that enhances the shopping experience inside and outside the store. Also, every retailer who has a Loyalty program or Reward program must have loyalty apps that lets customer receive m-coupons, checkout offers, check reward points, view and redeem gift certificates etc using their mobile device. Here in this post we provide a list of apps that are targeted for Loyal customers.

1.Best Buy Reward Zone

Its a loyalty app for Best Buy store that lets you to access points, reward certificates, purchase history and exclusive Reward Zone offers all from your mobile device. It lets you even redeem reward certificates from your mobile device. Using the app, you can find out how many points you have, what’s in-stock at your local Best Buy store, and read customer product reviews.

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check out the app here

2. Starbucks

For Loyal customers of Starbucks, there is a Starbucks app that lets the customer to Pay with their iPhone/iPod Touch, check Starbucks Card balance, reload card, Track Stars in the My Starbucks Rewards program, Send an eGift to a friend via email or Facebook wall post and lots of other features that come in handy.

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Check out the app here.

3. Target

With the Target App for iPhone you can stay organized with TargetLists,  Save money with Daily Deals. Check prices with the Barcode Scanner, use the magic gift card right from your phone, find a store and lots more.

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Check out the app here.

4. Walgreens

Walgreens brings you the official iPhone app, featuring Refill by Scan. Simply order your prescription refills by scanning the barcode on your pill bottle. You can also receive refill reminders by utilizing Apple Push Notification Service (APNS). And with our new Pill Reminder, you can set-up alerts so you’ll never forget when to take your prescriptions. Other great features like Quick Prints, allows you to select pictures from your iPhone and pick up the prints in about an hour. Find the store nearest you using GPS. Discover in-store savings in your local mobile Weekly Ad or view exclusive mobile coupons. Add items to your mobile shopping list and share them. Scan barcodes and QR codes from our paper Weekly Ad to learn more about products and promotions and add items to your shopping list.

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Check out the app here.

5. Wallmart

The Walmart app for iPhone helps you find quality products at unbeatable prices at home, in Wallmart stores or on the go. With the Smart Shopping List, it’s now even easier to save money, stay on budget and build your shopping list. Add items in seconds using the built-in barcode scanner, voice entry, favorites or suggestions. It also has  manufacturer coupons right in the app.

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Check out the app here

6. Best Buy

The Best Buy app provides a fresh new way to shop for the latest and greatest technology. Browse the full Best Buy product catalog, compare product specs, and create your technology wish list. It lets you view your past purchases, track your points and view the latest offers using Reward Zone.

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Check out the app here.

7. The Home Depot

The Home Depot iPhone app enhances your shopping experience inside and outside the store. With the app you can research and purchase over 300,000 home improvement products, check store inventory and aisle location, scan QR and UPC codes, buy and send e-gift cards, locate stores & in-store maps and many more.

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Check out the app here.

8. Lowe’s

he handy Lowe’s app allows you to shop online, review ratings on everything from appliances to hardware, locate the closest store and access inspiring videos and products. Get driving directions to your closest stores via GPS, or find a Lowe’s on the go by entering your city and state into the store locator. Also has the ability to check your gift card balance.

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Check out the app here.

9. CVS Pharmacy

The official CVS/pharmacy iPhone App, helps you find the nearest CVS locations – store hours. Order prescriptions by Scanning your refills or via Rapid Refill (no sign in) or via your prescription history. Transfer prescriptions, access your account. View ExtraCare information – send offers to card, view Weekly Ads, sign up for offers, deals and more. You can schedule a flu shot – check MinuteClinic locations, services and accepted insurance plans.

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Check out the app here.

10. JCPenney Weekly Deals

JCPenny Weekly Deals app provides instant access to great things happening at jcpenney, like fair and square pricing with month-long values and best prices. It lets you flip through the new monthly book and explore the digital calendar all designed to revolve around your life. Also you can find a store near you, shop the full online selection, access jcp rewards, link to your jcp credit card and more!

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Check out the app here.


Fab is the #1 rated shopping app for design sales and inspirations. There are more than 2 million people turn to Fab for sales of up to 70% off retail on home decor, art, jewelry, fashion, and more – at all price points. The Fab app you can access Daily design inspirations & sales, never miss a sale while you’re on the go, check upcoming sales, browse by color, price, and category, view and zoom in on images, share your favorite designs on Facebook, Twitter, email, and SMS — and earn credits!

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Check out the app here.

12. Sears2go

With Sears2go, you can access to all of the items and categories on Shop, find and buy right in the app, then pick it up at the store or have it sent to your door.* Search by keyword or category to find what you need fast. You can also see sales and deals from the Weekly Ad, view detailed item descriptions and read individual product reviews and customer rating. If you are a rewards member you can access your account and check your point balance.

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Check out the app here.

13. Kroger Co

The Kroger Co. mobile application allows you to view your rewards points and savings.In order to use The Kroger Co. mobile app, you must first have an online account on one of the banner websites (i.e. as well as a Shopper’s Card number associated with your account profile.

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Check out the app here.

14. Gap

Shop Gap and other Gap Inc stores with Gap easy to use app. Find, save, share and buy products when and where it is convenient for you. With the app you browse the latest fashions across all our categories with detailed product descriptions and access to size and color availability. Scan product barcodes in store to find alternate sizes and colors, get product information and more.

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Check out the app here.

15. Kohl’s

Tap into even more shopping convenience with the completely redesigned Kohl’s iPhone app. With new, easy-to-use features right at your fingertips, you can find what you want no matter where you are. Cool features are Browse pages of Kohl’s local deals or shop by department and brand, Scan Kohl’s product barcodes or QR codes to quickly access special savings, offers and exclusive information, Use your GPS Locator or ZIP code to find the nearest Kohl’s stores, see hours of operation and get directions and many more.

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Check out the app here.

Free Light Weight AutoCAD Alternatives – Free And Simple CAD Products

CAD Tools are essential for engineers and AutoCAD is a popular commercial CAD software. Though it is very powerful, it costs a lot of money. If you want a light weight CAD tools/software then try the following;


NanoCAD (Free)

Innovate, design and collaborate at no cost. nanoCAD is a 2D/3D CAD for professional design and drafting. A combination of familiar interface, powerful tools, native *.dwg format at no cost makes nanoCAD a best solution to all your design needs.


FreeCAD (Open Source)

FreeCAD is a general purpose Open Source 3D CAD/MCAD modeler, aimed directly at mechanical engineering and product design but also fits a wider range of uses in engineering, such as architecture or other engineering specialties. It is a feature-based parametric modeler with a modular software architecture which makes it easy to provide additional functionality without modifying the core system.


DraftSight (Free for individuals)

DraftSight lets professional CAD users, students and educators create, edit and view DWG files. DraftSight runs on Windows, Mac and Linux.

DoubleCAD XT (Free)

DoubleCAD XT is an AutoCAD LT® work-alike. But free.

BRL CAD (Open Source)

BRL-CAD  is a powerful cross-platform open source solid modeling system that includes interactive geometry editing, high-performance ray-tracing for rendering and geometric analysis, image and signal-processing tools, a system performance analysis benchmark suite, libraries for robust geometric representation, with more than 20 years of active development.

QCAD (Open Source)

QCAD is an application for computer aided drafting in two dimensions (2d). With QCAD you can create technical drawings such as plans for buildings, interiors, mechanical parts or schemas and diagrams. QCAD works on Windows, Mac OS X and many Linux and Unix Systems. The source code of the QCAD community edition is released under the GPL (Open Source).


OpenSCAD (Open Source)

OpenSCAD is a software for creating solid 3D CAD objects. It is free software and available for Linux/UNIX, MS Windows and Mac OS X.

gCAD3D (Open Source)

gCAD3d 3D – CADCAM – software for MS-Windows and Linux.


Absolutely Free Survey Tools That Let You Create Great Surveys– Free Alternatives To SurveyMonkey

There are many online Survey tools such as SurveyMonkey, PollDaddy, FluidSurveys etc. that claim to be free but they are not. They have too many limitations and can’t be really used if you are seriously considering to host a good survey. If you want to use some no hassle free survey tools, then you may want to checkout the following list.


Kwik Surveys

A really great Survey Builder which is completely free and easy to use tool. Try it here. Kwik supports, Surveys, Forms, Pools, Feedback forms and much more…


Google Docs (Forms)

Part of Google Docs – Forms an ideal way to create powerful surveys for free and fast. A must try.


Free creation of questionnaires,surveys, tests and polls! Check it out here.


Create free online polls without signing-up. Check it out.



With SiS Survey you can create surveys and polls for your website, blog and social network profiles.


Try it here.


The easiest way to create website polls…FREE!



Truly Open Source and Free. LimeSurvey is self Hosted solution and you have complete control over the polls and surveys that you create. Very robust and open. Must have.


Turn Your Regular Monitor In To Touch Screen Monitor – Can PreCursor Pull It Off?

Pranav Mistry created a sensation when he first introduced his Sixth Sense project – paradigm-shifting paper "laptop." It has some great potential. Well, he is a busy bee and doesn’t stop – he keeps working on other interesting projects. For instance, PreCursor – another interesting idea to convert your regular monitor into a touch sensitive monitor. Operate with your fingers just like you would do with your touch screen based smart phones. Probably even better as he adds a virtual layer over your existing monitor with the help of 2 web cams and a infrared device. This offers more capabilities as opposed to a multi-touch screen.


Well, it is still under progress and could be a revolutionary technique for the future. On a lighter note, will this be a commercially viable options for touch screen? considering the cost of touch screen tablets and screens are pretty affordable? We feel, unless PreCursor adds a 3D element to the screen with lesser cost, may not be viable but will remain as a interesting lab project.

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Ten Amazing Augmented Reality Applications

Though Augmented Reality is around for sometime now, there are more and more interesting and use application coming into reality lately. With the latest trends in technology, AR applications have become very common now in the the field of Advertising, Gaming, Sight Seeing etc. Here in this post we feature ten amazing Augmented Reality Applications to the commercial world.

1. Ray-Ban Virtual Mirror

Its a definitive augmented reality application that lets you to virtually try out and experience the latest Ray-Ban Sun glasses. You can try it out for your self here


2. Living Sasquatch 

This creative AR application lets you bring the character Sasquatch to life by just using the foot print. Not only bring Sasquatch to life but it also lets you create a movie and share with your friends. check out how to to bring the Sasquatch to life here


3. Augmented Reality Toys.v2

Its a work in progress augmented reality application that lets you use tangible traditional toys to enhance augmented reality in games and bring the toys to life. With this approach, it is possible to create all sorts of videogame concepts mixed with the real world. To see how it works check out here.


4. ARhrrrr

ARhrrrr is an augmented reality shooter for mobile camera-phones. The phone provides a window into a 3d town overrun with zombies. Point the camera at our special game map to mix virtual and real world content. More details here


5. AR Magic Mirror

AR Magic Mirror is a facial augmented reality application for the iPad 2 that utilizes the front and rear-facing camera to display images on the iPad screen. Users can then add wacky hairstyles, glasses and other accessories to the image on the screen in real-time. To know more check out at Total Immersion


6. Night at the Museum 2 comes to life

Another use of Augmented Reality is to promote a movie. Either see the dinosaur roar into life see the plan fly before you, the AR makes it possible. See here to believe.


7. Animated Lego Digital Box

Here is a good use of Augmented Reality for marketing. At Downtown Disney, Orlando, there is a kiosk that let the customers hold the specialized Lego set boxes up to the camera and preview the completed lego set inside.


8. Burger King Augmented Reality

A unique way to use AR in marketing initiatives is to have it embedded in an ad. All you need is to hold the AR code on the paper in your hand to the camera and you get a Whopper. See here how it works.


9. Fanta Virtual Tennis

Virtual Tennis is a 3D augmented reality game in which two phones connect via bluetooth before playing a game of tennis using a “court” printed from Use the phone’s camera to look at the court you printed out– and it turns into a tennis court and tennis ball! Play anywhere! TRy it out here


10. GE Smart Grid

GE has made the Smart Grid technology come into life by using AR. With a simple Solar Panel Maker, you can experience the Wind Turbine or Solar Energy using Augmented Reality. Check this out here


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