Delivery From Inconvenience

Thank God: This App Delivers Luxe Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts to Your Sweetie

A whole mess of flowers waiting to be delivered at WunWun. (Photo: Twitter.com/getwunwun)

Yesterday’s blizzard is a great excuse for failing to get your boyfriend or girlfriend a Valentine’s Day gift — but today’s partnership between Lover.ly and WunWun means you won’t even have to use it.

Wedding search and shopping engine Lover.ly teamed up with delivery app WunWun to deliver gifts to Manhattan and Brooklyn. Yes, they’re a trifle generic, but beggars can’t be choosers. Read More

Ride or Die

Nothing Says ‘I Love You’ Like an Uber Gimmick

When the moon hits your eye etc. Flickr, Robert Couse-Baker

Valentine’s Day, a holiday that exists largely to guilt the coupled into spending money and to drive the uncoupled to shell out for Match.com, falls on a Thursday this year. This is a problem, because Thursday might very well be the least romantic of all weekdays.

Well, the unlikeliest of saviors is riding to your rescue. On February 14, Uber will be offering in several cities the option of ordering a “Romance On-Demand” package, via its app. Included are a dozen long-stemmed roses and a personalized card. (Well, personalized in the sense your beloved’s name will be printed on the card. If you wanted to send something handwritten, you should have planned in advance.) Read More

Love in the Time of Algorithms

If You Want to Win Your Girlfriend Back, Don’t Write Her an App Named ‘Shipoopi’

(Photo: Blogspot)

It’s almost Valentine’s Day, which means heartbroken people everywhere are hanging black trashbags on their windows in an attempt to mute the light, drinking screw-cap wine and binge watching The Notebook as a form of self-torture. But if you have a special someone that you’re aching to win back in time to celebrate this romantic holiday, might we suggest chocolate or a heartfelt letter as opposed to a horrifyingly web 2.0 alternative that only Fake Jeff Jarvis would approve of? Read More

Love in the Time of Algorithms

Scroll Kit Lets You Make Customizable Valentines for Your Secret Crush

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Scroll Kit, the latest brainchild from the Bushwick-based team of Cody Brown and Kate Ray, demoed their new product at last week’s New York Tech Meetup to an admiring crowd. As Mr. Brown’s elevator pitch goes, the publishing tool lets anyone “make magazine-style layouts for the web and iPad without knowing how to code.”

Now that they’ve got your attention, they decided to have some fun with it, by putting the DIY back in Valentine’s Day love notes. Read More

Love in the Time of Algorithms

NYU-Poly Instructor Builds Nerdtastic Website to Help Craigslist ‘Missed Connections’ Find Their Match

Beep bloop beep . . . love connection!

Did you just watch the love of your life exit the L train without asking for her digits? Digital renaissance man Luke DuBois is here to help. As the Brooklyn Paper reports, Mr. DuBois, an instructor at both the Polytechnic Institute of NYU and the Brooklyn Experimental Media Center, has built a website to help the Craigslist crowd find their “Missed Connections.”

The site scrapes Missed Connections listings in nine different cities, including New York, then uses an algorithm that matches descriptive words from from listings in the same city. If it’s a close enough match (upwards of 85 percent), users are prompted to email the authors of the initial posts to let them know you may have found their subway soulmate. Read More