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Technology helps on a snowy Valentines Day

It's Valentines Day, you forgot it, and you are snowed in. Technology comes to the rescue.

Bryan Fuller and his son, Cannon Fuller, play on the icy streets of a Druid Hills neighborhood in their customized golf cart on February 12, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Bryan Fuller and his son, Cannon Fuller, play on the icy streets of a Druid Hills neighborhood in their customized golf cart on February 12, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia.
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First, you need a card. You could always make one by hand with a sharpie and scraps of paper. But let's do it digitally. American Greetings has an app, justWink, for you. You can use this app to send digital cards via text, e-mail, Facebook or Twitter. But they also have part two of Valentines Day, the gift. justWink has partnered with Gyft, a popular digital gift card service that features merchants like Fandango, Sephora, Banana Republic, and more. Simply choose the perfect digital card to send and add a gift card from one of more than 30 retailers.

Another idea for a gift is to order an ebook. Amazon allows you to order books for direct download to the Kindle. So order a romantic book by Maryland native Nora Roberts and make plans to stay at her inn at Boonsboro,MD. She also has a book signing at Turn the Page Bookstore on February 15 if you have a 4 wheel drive. Other suggestions could be Die For Me: A Novel of the Valentine Killer by Cynthia Eden or Death of a Valentine (Hamish Macbeth Mystery) by M. C. Beaton. Just be prepared for your valentine to switch the gift to a different read.

Beer can't be delivered by drone, but flowers can. See the above video. FlowerDeliveryExpress.com is delivering flowers via drone just in time for Valentine's Day. "We're in the business of delivering surprises and conveying emotions – not just delivering flowers," said CEO Wesley Berry. "Technology is ever-changing, and we're having a lot of fun experimenting with alternative flower delivery methods, such as our successful flowers by drone delivery. We're also testing other unique delivery methods such as trucks carrying pre-made bouquets for rapid delivery and developing other guarded secret methods. We want to offer new and exciting experiences to our customers, so we're asking for their help to keep our products innovative and relevant."

FlowerDeliveryExpress.com is launching a consumer beta program to test alternative delivery methods and other development efforts with a select group of customers before going to market. Consumers can sign up for the beta test group at www.FlowerDeliveryExpress.com/beta. Participation is not guaranteed, and you must be a U.S. resident.

So you can now have a Happy Valentines Day as long as you have power from that ice storm.