Apps of the Week: Duane Reade App is Your Drugstore Companion

duaneiPhone App of the Week: Duane Reade App

If you frequent Duane Reade or Walgreens and you have an iOS device, this app is pretty much a no-brainer. The Duane Reade app is a companion app for the drugstores, allowing you to take care of all kinds of things before you even reach the store.

For the pharmacy, you can order refills for your prescriptions by scanning the barcode, and can sign up to receive text alerts to remind you to order refills. Likewise, you’ll be able to upload photos from your phone or a Facebook account, and pick up the prints at a store later. You won’t even have to create an account to do it, which is always nice. There’s a simple photo editor included on the app so you can make a few last-minute touch-ups before you complete your order.

The app also includes a store locator for Duane Reade and Walgreens locations, with layout maps for each. If you have Passbook on your device, you can connect your Balance Rewards account, and have your digital reward card pop up on Passbook as soon as you get near the store location that you designate.

The Duane Reade app is available now for free on the iTunes App Store.


iPad App of the Week: Dropcam

Dropcam has been around for a little while, helping you keep probably secretive tabs on whatever you feel the need to keep tabs on. The $149 video camera can stream its video over Wi-Fi, which you can then view privately on your mobile device.

The companion app to the camera recently got a few updates, mostly to allow for more options to create programmed schedules. With the updates, you’ll be able to schedule the Dropcam to start up at certain times of the day, or on a specific date (if you’re leaving on vacation and want the camera to watch the house, for example). The app can now also use GPS to activate the camera when it enters certain locations.

These updates are available for the iOS app, but aren’t yet ready for the Android version. All of the new features are good for any of Dropcam’s line of cameras. The update will be available soon on the iTunes app store.


Windows 8 App of the Week:  E! Live From the Red Carpet

If you’re of the mind that celebrity season lasts all year round and you have yourself a nice new Windows 8 computer, good news. E!’s Live From the Red Carpet app has made its way to Windows 8.

This app has popped up on many different operating systems, so you might already be familiar with it. If not, it’s pretty basic – celebrity news, gossip, photos, and video, straight from E! to you. All of those bits of information are organized by event, but you can also view them by most recent.

E! Live From the Red Carpet is available now for free on the Windows Store.

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