JP Holecka discusses the latest apps each week in his regular segment on Roundhouse Radio 98.3 FM. To hear his thoughts on some romantic apps (and butt selfies) , (7 minute listen).
Love is in the air! This week we take a look at some of the most romantic apps around, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Whether you want to impress your significant other, or just make sure that you don’t spend the day alone and sobbing into a pint of Ben and Jerry’s, there is something for you here.
Hate while you date with Hater
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Are you still searching for that special someone? Well, the enemy of your enemy could be your friend with benefits. Hater founder Brendan Alper is banking on the idea that our shared hatreds bring us together as much as our shared interests. This Tinder-style swipe dating platform matches users based on their common bugbears: swipe right for like, left for dislike, up for love, and down for hate. Originally conceived as an idea for a comedy sketch, it attracted widespread media attention for its era-appropriate take on romance.
The app launched on February 8th with around 2000 pet hates to choose from, including gluten-free diets, slow walkers, and, of course, Donald Trump. So far it is only available on iOS devices, with an Android version slated for release in the spring.
Mail a card with Red Stamp Cards
Finding the perfect card can be surprisingly hard. Red Stamp Cards solves the problem by giving you the tools you need to make your own. You can create a card using a picture from your smartphone camera or photo roll, and then personalize the text, colours, theme and even the envelope. You can send an eCard through the app or, for the equivalent of about $3 CAD, they will print a physical card and put it in the mail for you. I sent a card with them myself this year, so we’ll see how it goes.
The app isn’t just for Valentine’s Day, either. Red Stamp Cards provides themes and templates for cards for any occasion, as well as invitations and gift tags. It was voted “Best of the Web” by InStyle magazine, and has won recognition from media outlets including The Today Show, MSNBC and the New York Times.
Say it with flowers with 1800flowers
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Nothing says “I forgot it was Valentine’s Day” more than a wilted bouquet of last-minute gas station flowers. If you’re stuck for gift ideas, don’t have time to run to your local florist and don’t want to spend the most romantic evening of the year in the doghouse, 1800flowers is here to bail you out. So far there is a real shortage of Android and iOS floral delivery apps in Canada, but their website is well-optimized for smartphones. They offer same-day and next-day delivery on a wide selection of Valentine’s Day arrangements.