8 apps to help plan your best Valentines Day

first_img Woo your lover in Klingon 1:41 It’s hard to ignore Valentine’s Day whether you’re excited about it or absolutely loathe it. The supermarket aisles are full of pink and red things. Cupids dangle from unexpected places. Shelves buckle under heaps of heart-shaped candy. Whether this is your first or your fiftieth Valentines Day with your sweetie, or if you plan to spend the evening with your pals, these apps can turn it into a fun time. Tags Get the food rightIf you’re confident in your cooking abilities and want to impress your date, check out BigOven (download for iOS or Android). The app has more than 350,000 recipes and seasonal collections that are sure to impress. Mark and organize your recipes under Favorite or Try and create folders and categories. BigOven can also create grocery lists, take pantry inventory, and sort items by store department or recipe. As you shop, you can check the items off or remove them from your list.If you’d rather not play chef, you can book a reservation at a restaurant through the OpenTable app (download for iOS or Android). The app lets you pick a section in the restaurant when you make your reservation. As of last year, more than 46,000 restaurants had joined the service.For a more casual Valentine’s day, a food delivery app like Uber Eats (download for Android or iOS), Postmates (download for Android or iOS) or DoorDash (download for Android or iOS) would be perfect. Screenshot by Shelby Brown/CNET Stream the perfect showWhether your night is romantic or platonic, relaxing with a good movie or binge-watching a TV show is an easy win. You can pick from great titles on Netflix (download for iOS or Android) like the new psychological thriller You, or an old favorite like The Office. Don’t miss: Best Valentine’s Day movies on Netflix for 2019If you’re not subscribed to a streaming service like Netflix, Hulu (download for iOS or Android) or Amazon Prime Video (download for iOS or Android), you can check out Elizabeth Olsen’s Sorry for Your Loss on Facebook Watch for free. You can always snuggle up and watch together on your phone or tablet, or use Google Chromecast or Apple AirPlay to stream from your phone to your TV screen.Netflix Screenshot by Shelby Brown/CNET Order movie tickets from your phoneIf you’re not in the mood for a movie on the couch, getting out and going to the movie theater is a long-standing Valentine’s Day tradition. If you don’t mind fighting the crowds, many of today’s movie theaters offer a better experience than ever with reclining seats, a variety of food and often a bar.Instead of calling the movie theater or Googling what’s playing, check out Fandango (download for iOS or Android) or one of these apps for booking your seats. The apps often show user ratings for each movie and let you watch trailers. Some even offer free snacks for registering.Fandango provides movie information and filters films based on genre, rating, film formats and more. You can watch trailers, browse ratings and pick the theater with the best amenities.Tickets for most major movie theater chains can be purchased in the apps. Pick your film, showtime, seats and more. Payment, splitting the bill and exchanging tickets is easy as well.Fandango Screenshot by Shelby Brown/CNET Hold a vote on Google MapsDon’t get trapped in an endless cycle of, “I don’t know, what do you want to do?” Use Google Maps’ (download for iOS or Android) Explore feature to find the perfect activity.Your significant other or your friend group can find restaurants, events or other locations with the Explore tab. Any potential activity can be added to a short list for the group to vote on. Apps like Yelp (download for iOS or Android) and Gravy (download for iOS or Android) are also helpful in planning an evening.Google Maps Screenshot by Shelby Brown/CNET Find a unique gift on EtsyA unique or personalized gift is a great touch for Valentine’s Day. If you’re not much of an artist, check out Etsy (download for iOS or Android) for beautiful, handmade gifts.You can specify your searches to gifts for him, for her, for spouses, for kids, decorations, cards and more.Since Etsy sells handmade goods, you’re also supporting artists. Keep in mind that because items are custom-made, they might be a bit more expensive in some cases. And make sure you give yourself enough time to have them delivered.Etsy Screenshot by Shelby Brown/CNET Order flowers from an appGetting an arrangement of flowers is always a nice surprise. If you’re planning to surprise a loved one, send some to yourself or want to drop a hint to your significant other, try the ProFlowers app (download for iOS or Android). You can order and quickly send a flower arrangement or a plant. Pick out your gift, add the recipient’s address, add a personalized message, select a delivery date and press Send. ProFlowers ships its arrangements in a free vase or pot and guarantees freshness, so they can be enjoyed longer.Proflower Screenshot by Shelby Brown/CNET Take a relationship quizCommunication is a big factor in a healthy relationship. The Happy Couple quiz app (download for iOS or Android) can help you learn more about a new relationship or strengthen an older one. After linking the apps, partners can tap Play Quiz to start. Happy Couple adds 10 new questions daily, like “Who picked up the check the first time you ate together?” You can choose from “I did,” “He did,” “We split it” or “We argued about it.” You can compare your answers afterward and discuss where you agree or disagree. Happy couple Screenshot by Shelby Brown/CNET Tinder, Bumble or PickableThere’s nothing wrong with being single on Valentine’s Day. If you’re hoping to find your true love or a simple date to a party, a dating app is as good a place to start as any. Tinder (download for iOS or Android), and its famous swipe right interface, probably comes to mind first for most. Swipe right if you like someone, swipe left if you don’t. If you both swiped right, you match. If Tinder isn’t for you, there are plenty of other dating apps to choose from. Bumble (download for iOS or Android) lets women make the first move. Vibes (download for iOS) focuses on matching personalities and combats the negativity often found in dating apps. Pickable (download for iOS or Android) empowers women by letting them remain anonymous while browsing for dates. Tinder Screenshot by Shelby Brown/CNET 0 Gifts for your ‘foodie’ Valentine Read moreSurvive Valentine’s Day 2019 on a limited budgetWhite Castle taking Valentine’s Day reservations: Plan ahead, romanticsFor Valentine’s Day, buy this seductive heart-shaped meteoriteThe best apps for renting and buying movies in 2019 (Download.com)LGBTQ dating app HER can help you meet your perfect match for Valentine’s Day (Download.com)Best free dating apps for hooking up and relationships (Download.com)Employees do not mentally start their work year until Valentines Day (ZDNet)Great last minute Valentine’s Day gifts for tech and gadget lovers (TechRepublic)center_img Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Mobile Mobile Apps 1:08 Post a commentlast_img read more

Baltimore Mourns the Death of The Godfather DJ Reggie Reg at 50

first_imgDJ Reggie Reg (Twitter Photo)Hundreds of mourners crowded the sanctuary of the Empowerment Temple in West Baltimore Feb. 12 to honor DJ Reggie Reg Calhoun, former 92Q mix master and icon of the local music scene. The “unofficial mayor of Baltimore” died Feb. 6 of congestive heart failure at St. Agnes Hospital. He was 50 years old.“Our hearts are heavy but we know he’s resting well,” the deejay’s former employer WERQ-FM (better known as 92Q) said in a statement on the station’s website. Radio One, the owner of the station, also hosted a Feb. 8 candlelight vigil in his honor.Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake also expressed her condolences and hailed Calhoun’s musical legacy, saying, “I was terribly saddened to hear of Reggie Reg’s passing. He was one of the best DJ’s of my generation, with a personality bigger than life. He will definitely be missed.”Born Reginald Calhoun Nov. 5, 1965, to Melinda Calhoun and Charles Wright, Reggie Reg was raised on the 1800 block of N. Payson St. He attended Matthew A. Henson Elementary School, Booker T. Washington Middle school,  and Walbrook High School.Even before his high school graduation in 1983, however, Calhoun was already honing his skills as a disc jockey. The teenager was initiated into the art by Skeet T of MixMasters. And,  while in school, he spun records on WEBB-AM along with DJ Spen, Kool Rod, Kevin Liles (who went on to become a Def Jam executive), DJ Junie Jam and Big Moses, collectively known as Numarx.Calhoun was later mentored by the likes of Frank “Ski” Rodriguez—one of the pioneers of Baltimore club music, a former WERQ DJ and a dominant force on Baltimore’s radio airwaves in the 1990s.DJ Reggie Reg (Facebook Photos)By the time Calhoun joined WERQ in the mid-1990s—where he remained for a decade—he was already a “force to be reckoned with” in the entertainment arena, friends and family said. His groundbreaking mixes of hip-hop, house and song samples along with his ear for emerging talent transformed urban radio and the local club scene, they said. And he was an avid promoter of the local music and an event organizer and host.Zeke Marshall, former Cornell University basketball star, said he knew Calhoun from their mutual membership at Christian Memorial Church and their involvement in events such as Easter plays.“Reggie Reg pioneered the hard work that it took for music professionals [to] get their due,” he said in a tribute on Facebook. Marshall went on to call Calhoun the “Angel of Baltimore,” and “the true Mr. Baltimore City.”“You did all that you could for your city, church, friends and most important your family…. No matter what block, hood, church, club, house or school party event he would be there.”Calhoun also influenced another generation of disc jockeys, who dubbed him “The Godfather.”  He nurtured the careers of radio personalities and DJ’s such as Kenny K, Big Tony, Mike Crosby, K-Swift, Squirrel Wyde, DJ Unique, DJ Boobie and many more.“Reggie was a pioneer in Baltimore radio and paved the way for many who came behind him,” said former Baltimore mayor Sheila Dixon in a statement on her website. “My heartfelt condolences and prayers go out to Reggie’s…family, colleagues, friends and to the city of Baltimore for such a great loss.”Calhoun is survived by his daughter, Jazzy Calhoun and a stepson, George Alford, both of Baltimore; two brothers, James Kevin Henson of Philadelphia and Melvin Henson of Baltimore; sister, Betty Covington and mother, Melinda Turner, of Baltimore.last_img read more

CM slams Shuklas reply over RBIs NPA writeoff

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has reacted sharply to the answer given by Shiv Pratap Shukla, Minister of State for Finance, regarding writing off of Non-Performing Assets by the Reserve Bank of India.The question on whether Rs 2.4 lakh crore of Public Sector Banks (PSBs) crony corporate loans have been written off by the present Union government till September 2017, was raised by Ritabrata Bandyopadhyay, expelled CPI-M Rajya Sabha MP on Tuesday. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsBanerjee tweeted: “I am shocked to see that at a time when the farmers in the country are crying and committing suicide for their loan burden and asking for waiver of farmer loans, the government of India has not even considered that.”On the contrary, the government of India has decided to write off non-performing assets of public sector banks to the tune of Rs 2,41,911 crore, from the financial year 2014-15 till September 2017.”This is unbelievable. We had raised the issue of non-performing assets right at the time of demonetisation. Now the cat is out of the bag and reality bites. Even in Parliament reply, the government says that the details of credit information by a PSB cannot be disclosed. Why is this confidentiality? Whom is the government trying to protect? We demand immediate disclosure of the complete list of defaulters of PSBs whose loans have been written off. Is it not a big big big scam?” the Chief Minister said.Welcoming Banerjee’s tweet, Bandyopadhyay tweeted: “There’s the Bengal tigress. Always loud and clear for the people’s rights. All democratic and secular forces and people must strengthen the hand of Didi in the fight for saving the country.”last_img read more

Cockroach Labs announced managed CockroachDBasaService

first_imgThis week, Cockroach Labs announced the availability of Managed CockroachDB. CockroachDB,  a geo-distributed database, is a fully hosted and managed service, created and run by Cockroach Labs. It is an open source tool that makes deploying, scaling, and managing CockroachDB effortless. Last year, the company announced version 1.0 of CockroachDB and $27 million in Series B financing, which was led by Redpoint along with the participation from Benchmark, GV, Index Ventures and FirstMark. Managed CockroachDB is also cloud agnostic and available on AWS and GCP. The goal is to allow development teams to focus on building highly scalable applications without worrying about infrastructure operations. CockroachDB’s design makes data easy by providing an industry-leading model for horizontal scalability and resilience to accommodate fast-growing businesses. It also improves the ability to move data closer to the customers depending upon their geo-location. Fun Fact: Why the name ‘Cockroach’? In a post, published by Cockroach Labs, three years back, Spencer Kimball, CEO at Cockroach Labs, said, “You’ve heard the theory that cockroaches will be the only survivors post-apocalypse? Turns out modern database systems have a lot to gain by emulating one of nature’s oldest and most successful designs. Survive, replicate, proliferate. That’s been the cockroach model for geological ages, and it’s ours too.” Features of  Managed CockroachDB Always on service: Managed CockroachDB is an always on service for critical applications as it automatically replicates data across three availability zones for single region deployments. As a globally scalable distributed SQL database, CockroachDB also supports geo-partitioned clusters at whatever scale the business demands. Cockroach Labs manages the hardware provisioning, setup and configuration for the managed clusters so that they are optimized for performance. Since CockroachDB is cloud agnostic, one can migrate from one cloud service provider to another at peak load with zero downtime. Automatic upgrades to the latest releases, and hourly incremental backups of the data makes the working more easier. The Cockroach Labs team provides, 24×7 monitoring, and enterprise grade security for all the customers. CockroachDB provides the capabilities for building ultra-resilient, high-scale and global applications. It features distributed SQL with ACID (Atomicity, Consistency, Isolation, Durability) transactions. Features like, cluster visualization, priority support, native JSON support and automated scaling makes it even more unique. Read more about this announcement on the Cockroach Labs official website. Read Next SQLite adopts the rule of St. Benedict as its Code of Conduct, drops it to adopt Mozilla’s community participation guidelines, in a week MariaDB acquires Clustrix to give database customers ‘freedom from Oracle lock-in’ Why Neo4j is the most popular graph databaselast_img read more