Most people either love or hate Valentine's Day, but it is that special day set aside for recognizing all the fabulous people in your life who deserve a little extra love and attention. Whether you celebrate with the typical box of chocolates and long-stemmed roses or spend the night out with your friends, here are some marvelous mobile apps to spice up your Valentine's Day.
Looking for a snappy outfit to wear on your Valentine's Day date? The Snapette app is a fun way to shop locally. Not only can you find the best nearby boutiques and deals with this fashion app, but you can also see what other well-dressed women are wearing in your town and around the world. If you are downloading Snapette to an iPhone 5, iPad Mini or any Apple product with iOS 6, make sure you take advantage of Passbook integration. Beyond Valentine's Day, Snapette is an app that you will fall in love with any time of year.
Want to avoid the crowds this year? Plan a romantic date at home with a fine bottle of wine. Do your research easily with the Wine Spectator WineRatings+ app and hit your favorite local wine shop to grab a bottle or two for your romantic evening. Or do your research ahead of time so you can pick out the perfect bottle when you hit the restaurant with your date.
Not sure what you are in the mood for? Or maybe you are looking for something a little more creative than dinner for your Valentine's Day date? Check out the Gravy app to discover nearby events and activities that match your mood. Whether you are going on a date or just hanging out with friends, use the Gravy app to find things that are classy, brainy, lively or whatever. You can also view events trending in your area. Make your date, or date-defying night out with friends, more groovy with Gravy.
Let's Date: Free Casual Social Dating
If you are dateless for Valentine's Day and you don't want to be, try out the Let's Date app for iPhone. Billed as "the Instagram of dating," Let's Date is filled with potential dates with "dater cards" for your perusal. The design of the app is fun and intuitive, so what are you waiting for? You can even earn badges for going on dates.
(iOS, Android; free)
We recently recommended this app to help plan a New Year's Eve night out. But we love it so much that we have to turn to Uber again. Impress your date with something new this Valentine's Day. Instead of picking him or her up in a cab, try a snazzy, black Uber car. Use the free app to schedule your sophisticated black car. The map feature gives the driver your exact location and will even update you on Uber car arrival times.
Forget me not
Valentine's Day means love and sharing, but what happens after the flowers and the relationship wilt? A new study by security software maker McAfee found more than 50 percent of people in a relationship shared intimate photos via text or email. But after the relationship ended, 10 percent of those who shared the risqué content said their ex-partner threatened to post the photos online.
Vets turn to Twitter
Veterans can get answers about benefits, medical coverage, disability compensation, the GI Bill and other concerns at @VAVetBenefits, the new Twitter page from the Benefits Administration of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The site also offers real-time town hall meetings and links to documents and websites of interest to veterans.
Windows 8 is No. 5
Three months after its launch, Windows 8 has crept into fifth place among desktop computer operating systems, still far behind its Microsoft siblings. Research firm Net Applications said Windows 8 held a 2.3 percent market share at the end of January. Most popular: Windows 7 (45 percent), followed by Microsoft XP (40 percent), Vista (5 percent) and Apple's Mac OS X 10.8 (2.4 percent).
-- Peter King