Apps of the Week: Planning your Valentine’s Day celebration

By Keith Spencer

With less than two weeks to go before Valentine’s Day, many readers may be scrambling to write out cards, plan and book a special dinner celebration, or pick out the best chocolates or wine for an evening at home. Check out these essential apps for planning your Valentine’s Day celebration.


Send Valentine’s Day greetings with the iPhone’s Cards

The new Cards app from Apple lets you create and mail beautifully crafted cards personalized with your own text and photos — right from your iPhone or iPod touch. Use or take a quick snapshot, and create an elegant letterpress card with a few taps and swipes. Before you know it, the card is on its way to any address in the world. Each card is just $2.99 including postage when sent within the U.S., nearly the same cost of a card purchased in the store. For $4.99, send your card to or from anywhere else in the world! The app is free to download in the iTunes store.


Looking for reservations? Track down an OpenTable before it’s too late!

Are you still trying to narrow down your Valentine’s Day plan? Still looking for restaurant reservations? Use OpenTable for free, instant, and confirmed reservations around Boston and the NoBo region. Simply specify your dining date, desired time and party size to view available tables at nearby restaurants – listed by proximity or plotted on an interactive map. Additional features are available for users who officially register with OpenTable. The app is available for free in the iTunes store and the Android market.


Select the perfect wine to accompany dinner with

With the Wine Info iPhone application, gain access to CellarTracker’s information on over 1,000,000 bottles of wine from the palm of your hand. Virtually any bottle of wine can be found using Simply type in the name of the wine or even scan the bottle’s bar code, and you’ll have access to over 2,000,000 notes and ratings from experts and the CellarTracker’s community of wine drinkers. Even keep track of your wine collection, and tell your friends what you’re drinking in realtime using the app’s Twitter integration. The app is available for $2.99 in the iTunes store.


Still looking for that special someone? Make a connection with eHarmony

eHarmony is the most trusted online dating site for singles. They’ve helped singles find deep and meaningful love for more than 10 years, and approximately 5% of US marriages now begin on the site. Connect with someone highly compatible, even when you’re on the go. By downloading the free mobile app, which is available in the iTunes store and the Android Market, you can register for free, complete a relationship questionnaire, receive your personality profile, and begin sending icebreaker messages to your daily matches! To continue communicating with your matches freely within the app, users must subscribe to the eHarmony service.


Enjoy the divine delights from Godiva and Ghiradelli

The premium chocolates available from Ghirardelli and Godiva are now always at the tip of your fingers! Cure your chocolate cravings and fulfill your gift giving needs this Valentine’s Day by downloading these two must-have applications for chocoholics everywhere!

From beautifully packaged gifts to the well-known chocolate squares, the Ghiradelli app allows users to order it all, anywhere, and at any time! The app features a special selection of our best selling chocolate in your favorite flavors, exclusive offers for Ghirardelli Mobile users, and a secure local wallet. The app is available for free in the iTunes store. The Godiva app also allows users to order their products anytime, anywhere, and is also the perfect way to send a thoughtful gift when you’re on the run. It is available for free for the iPhone and Blackberry.


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