Kindness tokens designed to help people pay it forward

Kindness tokens designed to help people pay it forward

(Relaxnews) – Paying it forward is sometimes easier said than done, but one generous start-up is trying to encourage global good deeds with its new concept, “Code of Kindness“. The initiative provides individuals with tokens which are designed to be given away when a person witnesses an act of kindness. The idea is that the […]

08.07.2014 · Filled under: Home & Garden, Online ·
The Simpsons & MAC makeup collaboration to launch at Comic-Con

The Simpsons & MAC makeup collaboration to launch at Comic-Con

(Relaxnews) – The cartoon capsule collection from MAC is to be unveiled to the public at the enteratinment convention in San Diego later this month. Earlier this year came the news of a ten-piece line inspired by Marge Simpson to celebrate the cartoon family’s 25th birthday. Now, according to the Hollywood Reporter, there’s an exciting chance to […]

08.07.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Entertainment, Film, International Stars, Online ·
World’s largest shopping mall in Dubai to house largest indoor theme park

World’s largest shopping mall in Dubai to house largest indoor theme park

(Relaxnews) – Dubai has announced plans to up the ante on itself, with plans to build the world’s largest shopping mall — again. The specs are staggering: the Mall of the World will house the world’s largest indoor theme park under a single dome; feature 100 hotel buildings; and require a tram to get from […]

07.07.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Entertainment, Film, Online, Videos ·
Consumers rank the best and worst tasting fast food chains in the US

Consumers rank the best and worst tasting fast food chains in the US

(Relaxnews) – McDonald’s has been given the dubious distinction of selling the worst burgers in America in a new fast food survey. According to the results of Consumer Reports’ latest reader poll, burgers from the Golden Arches were named the worst-tasting sandwiches of all the major fast food brands. If you want a good burger […]

04.07.2014 · Filled under: Books, Destinations, Entertainment, Food & Dining, Home & Garden ·
‘Frozen’ sisters Anna and Elsa to host sing-alongs at Walt Disney World

‘Frozen’ sisters Anna and Elsa to host sing-alongs at Walt Disney World

(Relaxnews) – Fans of the Disney box office hit “Frozen” will be elated to learn that royal sisters Anna and Elsa will be on hand to lead daily sing-alongs all summer at Walt Disney World in Florida. The newest addition to the theme park is expected to be a major hit this year, given the […]

04.07.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Entertainment, Film ·
Art pick of the week: Pawel Nolbert’s Atypical typeface

Art pick of the week: Pawel Nolbert’s Atypical typeface

(Relaxnews) – Brushstroke gestures cohere to form a colorful, expressive typeface in Pawel Nolbert’s Atypical range, with the eyecatching collection becoming a talked-about fixture on art blogs over the past week. Created by synthesizing oil painting with digital technique, and published to the Polish designer’s Behance profile earlier in June, the vibrancy of Nolbert’s approach […]

04.07.2014 · Filled under: Art, Entertainment, Home & Garden ·
Author gives blessing to ‘The Giver’ film

Author gives blessing to ‘The Giver’ film

(Relaxnews) – Lois Lowry, author of 1993 sci-fi novel “The Giver,” considers Phillip Noyce’s August 2014 adaptation a faithful work, with her approval emblazoned across the film’s latest promotional image. Starring Brenton Thwaites (“Maleficent”), Odeya Rush (“The Odd Life of Timothy Green”), Jeff Bridges (“Tron: Legacy”) and Meryl Streep (“The Iron Lady”), “The Giver” has […]

04.07.2014 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
8 Life Lessons from my 8 years as a “Kababayan”

8 Life Lessons from my 8 years as a “Kababayan”

Two weeks ago, I tendered my resignation as host/producer of America’s first and only daily talk show for Filipinos in the United States, “Kababayan Today.” I have posted my farewell message on my social media accounts  www.facebook.com/JannelleSoOFFICIAL; www.twitter.com/JannelleSo and www.instagram.com/JannelleSo.  And aired my farewell show last Monday, June 30th. As I have been saying, it has been a […]

04.07.2014 · Filled under: Local News ·
‘Anatomy of a Misfit’ moves closer to movie deal

‘Anatomy of a Misfit’ moves closer to movie deal

(Relaxnews) – Due for publication this September, tale of high school dates and social dilemmas “Anatomy of a Misfit” is on the verge of being snapped up by a big name studio. Andrea Portes’s third novel will be her second adapted into cinematic format, if all goes to plan, after “Hick” had Chloë Grace Moretz […]

03.07.2014 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment, Film ·
‘American Gods’ moves closer to TV series dream

‘American Gods’ moves closer to TV series dream

(Relaxnews) – The network adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s modern mythology “American Gods” is picking up steam after two “Heroes” staffers joined the production and US channel Starz backs the production. The project, in production in its current form at “The Tomorrow People” and “American Idol” company Fremantle Media since 2013, is based on Gaiman’s award-wining […]

03.07.2014 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment ·
‘Fault in Our Stars’ bench vanishes from Amsterdam

‘Fault in Our Stars’ bench vanishes from Amsterdam

(Relaxnews) – Fans of “The Fault in Our Stars” discovered that a canal-side bench in Amsterdam that’s the site of a key scene in the romantic drama had gone missing as they traced a tour of movie-centric moments around the Dutch capital. The disappearance went undetected by city authorities as the bench was swiftly replaced […]

03.07.2014 · Filled under: Books, Destinations, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Offbeat ·
Music, squared: Google reveals the Cube

Music, squared: Google reveals the Cube

(Relaxnews) – The Cube, Google’s latest flight of technological fancy, is trying to change the way we listen to songs and watch and interact with video. Described as an “experimental platform for interactive storytelling,” the Cube is basically a box — as its name suggests — that appears on your computer or smartphone’s screen and […]

Vivienne Westwood reveals designs for Virgin Atlantic

Vivienne Westwood reveals designs for Virgin Atlantic

(Relaxnews) – The airline has finally unveiled the fruits of its collaboration with renegade luxury designer Vivienne Westwood. The full 30th anniversary uniform rebrand for Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic airline by Westwood puts a focus on sustainability and originality: fabrics include a polyester yarn made from recycled plastic bottles with a nano finish to keep the color and […]

03.07.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Destinations, Film, Home & Garden, Online, Videos ·
Artist Tracey Emin’s unmade bed sells for $3.8 million

Artist Tracey Emin’s unmade bed sells for $3.8 million

(LONDON-AFP) – British artist Tracey Emin’s controversial ‘My Bed’ sold for £2.2 million ($3.8 million, 2.8 million euro), almost double its guide price, at an auction in London on Tuesday. The work, a rumpled bed surrounded by the intimate debris of empty bottles of vodka, cigarette packets and condoms, attracted controversy when it was shortlisted […]

02.07.2014 · Filled under: Art, Entertainment, Home & Garden ·
Mercedes-Benz cars arc through the sky at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

Mercedes-Benz cars arc through the sky at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

(Relaxnews) – A 160-tonne steel sculpture depicting two classic Mercedes racing cars soaring through the sky made an appearance last week at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK. The brainchild of artist Gerry Judah, the structure soared in an arc 26 meters over Goodwood House. The London-based creative was commissioned to produce the […]

‘E.T.’ return for online age in ‘Earth to Echo’

‘E.T.’ return for online age in ‘Earth to Echo’

(LOS ANGELES-AFP) – The similarities between “Earth to Echo” and “E.T.” are more than striking. But reviews are mixed on whether it is an inspired updating of the Spielberg classic, or a cheap knockoff. The family fun movie, out in time for America’s 4th of July holiday weekend, recounts a group of children’s adventures when […]

02.07.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Silver lining: ‘Red Queen’ reveals book cover

Silver lining: ‘Red Queen’ reveals book cover

(Relaxnews) – The first entry in Victoria Aveyard’s upcoming young adult trilogy wears its colors on its sleeve: silver for the book’s elite rulers, red for the revolutionary rabble. Viewed from one angle, it’s a twist on the “X-Men” narrative — that super powered mutants are viewed as dangerous outcasts — except in Aveyard’s fiction, […]

02.07.2014 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment ·
Fans remake ‘Grand Theft Auto V’ trailer in real life

Fans remake ‘Grand Theft Auto V’ trailer in real life

(Relaxnews) – Spanish production team Zapruder Pictures has faithfully recreated the “GTA V” trailer using Madrid as backdrop. The debut trailer for “Grand Theft Auto V” racked up 31 million views following its release 12 months ago and set expectations for the September 2013 title, helping make it the fastest-selling video game of all time. […]

02.07.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Offbeat, Online, Videos ·
Johnny Depp gangster pic ‘Black Mass’ given 2015 date

Johnny Depp gangster pic ‘Black Mass’ given 2015 date

(Relaxnews) – The Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch and Joel Edgerton film about notorious US gang boss Whitey Bulger is now set for a September 18 release in 2015. “Black Mass,” directed by longtime Depp collaborator Scott Cooper, has the “Pirates of the Carribean” actor in the lead role as Boston’s Bulger, with Cumberbatch as his […]

02.07.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Palace eyes last 2 years to lay foundations for growth, improved governance

Palace eyes last 2 years to lay foundations for growth, improved governance

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Expect the Aquino administration to spend its last two years laying the foundations for “equitable” growth and a higher standard of governance, Malacañang said Saturday. Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said on government-run dzRB radio this is part of the administration’s belief of inclusive growth for all. “We would like to make sure […]

02.07.2014 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Obama to act on immigration ‘alone’

Obama to act on immigration ‘alone’

By Stephen Collinson WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama ignited a new power showdown with Republicans Monday, vowing to fix America’s broken immigration system alone after Congress refused to vote on his top remaining domestic priority this year. Obama rebuked Republican leaders who will not pass a “darn bill” because they fear conservative activists who […]

02.07.2014 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Henry Cavill dons Clark Kent duds for Twitter

Henry Cavill dons Clark Kent duds for Twitter

(Relaxnews) – British actor Henry Cavill gave fans a glimpse of his upcoming “Batman v Superman” alter ego, Clark Kent, in an image posted to Twitter on June 30. Sporting a subdued combo of brown trenchcoat, dark shirt and leather shoes, with grey tie and trousers, Cavill stood next to a set chair labeled “Clark,” holding up […]

01.07.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Online, Videos ·
Twitter record smashed by Brazil v Chile World Cup match

Twitter record smashed by Brazil v Chile World Cup match

(PARIS-AFP) – A total of 16.4 million tweets were sent during Saturday’s World Cup game between Brazil and Chile, breaking the record for the number of tweets a minute commenting about a match on the social network. The game saw the World Cup hosts go through to the quarter finals after a nail-biting encounter that […]

London’s Tower Bridge celebrates 120th anniversary

London’s Tower Bridge celebrates 120th anniversary

(Relaxnews) – To mark its 120th birthday on Monday, London’s iconic Tower Bridge has been festooned with blue and white balloons and ticket prices have been dropped to £1.20 — or 120 pence. The special edition commemorative tickets are replicates of the original invite to the opening ceremony in 1894 — and at £1.20 (about […]

30.06.2014 · Filled under: Art, Destinations, Entertainment, Home & Garden ·
Neymar joined by teammate on Starcount’s global social media chart

Neymar joined by teammate on Starcount’s global social media chart

(Relaxnews) – Brazilian footballer Neymar remains at the top of Starcount’s chart of the most popular people on social media for the week of June 23-29. New to the top ten is his teammate Ronaldinho, as the two see their team move ahead in the World Cup. Neymar got nearly 2.6 million likes on Facebook over […]

Birgitte Hjort Sørensen signs for ‘Pitch Perfect 2’

Birgitte Hjort Sørensen signs for ‘Pitch Perfect 2’

(Relaxnews) – The Danish actress is to form part of a rival group, alongside YouTube sensation Flula, competing against a returning cast that includes Anna Kendrick. Sørensen was acclaimed for her roles in Danish TV drama “Borgen” and 2009 action film “Ved verdens ende” [en. At World’s End] and is to form part of a […]

27.06.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, International Stars, Music ·
Apple touches up its iPod range

Apple touches up its iPod range

(Relaxnews) – The entry-level iPod Touch gets a price cut and a feature boost for the summer. Apple may have been pretty quiet this year when it comes to launching killer new products and reminding people why the company is considered one of the world’s most innovative. But it has been busy improving its existing […]

27.06.2014 · Filled under: Apps, Entertainment, Music, Online, Science & Technology ·
Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan together again

Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan together again

(Relaxnews) – Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan could team up for “Ithaca,” the actress’s directing debut. This would mark the pair’s fourth time on screen together. Adapted from William Saroyan’s “Human Comedy” (1943), “Ithaca” tells the story of a 14-year-old boy who has to take care of his widowed mother and siblings after his father […]

27.06.2014 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Damon/Affleck filmmaker contest ‘Project Greenlight’ makes a comeback

Damon/Affleck filmmaker contest ‘Project Greenlight’ makes a comeback

(Relaxnews) – Ten years after it came to an end, the two Hollywood stars are reviving the HBO show that could reveal the next Steven Spielberg. Launched in 2001 by Alex Keledjian and Eli Holzman and produced by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, reality show “Greenlight Project” followed the different stages of a young director’s […]

27.06.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Online, Videos ·
US: Undocumented child migrants will be deported

US: Undocumented child migrants will be deported

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US authorities have stressed that thousands of underage migrants rushing to make it into the United States, most of them from violent regions of Central America, will face deportation. “While some might make asylum requests, I want to make very clear that asylum is very difficult to obtain. Very few people get […]

27.06.2014 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Speaker Boehner to sue Obama for ‘abuse of power’

Speaker Boehner to sue Obama for ‘abuse of power’

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Republican House Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday that his chamber planned to “file suit in the coming weeks” against President Barack Obama for abuse of executive power. Obama’s Republican foes have long accused him of exceeding the regulatory boundaries laid out under the US Constitution, following a series of executive actions taken […]

26.06.2014 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Jackson fans from around world recall icon, 5 years on

Jackson fans from around world recall icon, 5 years on

(GLENDALE, United States-AFP) – Michael Jackson fans from around the world laid flowers Wednesday at the mausoleum where the pop icon is interred, grieving but also celebrating on the fifth anniversary of his shock death. Around 100 fans, some dressed as the self-proclaimed King of Pop, gathered at the Forest Lawn cemetery outside Los Angeles, […]

26.06.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, International Stars, Music, Online ·
CBS announces its 2014-2015 primetime schedule

CBS announces its 2014-2015 primetime schedule

(Relaxnews) – CBS has unveiled its 2014-2015 primetime schedule, with slight shake-ups because of the football broadcast it just bought the rights to show. New series “Madam Secretary” makes its debuts on CBS. The political drama, created by Morgan Freeman and Barbara Hall and starring Téa Leoni, will be broadcast starting Sunday, September 21 at […]

26.06.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Hollywood Stars, Home & Garden, Online ·
Samsung, LG launch smartwatches with new Google software

Samsung, LG launch smartwatches with new Google software

(SEOUL-AFP) – South Korea’s Samsung and LG on Thursday launched rival smartwatches powered by Google’s new software as they jostle to lead an increasingly competitive market for wearable devices seen as the mobile industry’s next growth booster. Samsung’s “Gear Live” and LG’s “G Watch” — both powered by Android Wear — are the first devices […]

26.06.2014 · Filled under: Apps, Beauty & Style, Home & Garden, Science & Technology ·
Aquino: Japanese car companies eye manufacturing plants in PHL

Aquino: Japanese car companies eye manufacturing plants in PHL

MANILA, June 25 (Mabuhay) – President Aquino had good news upon his return from a working visit to Japan. Among them interest from Japanese car companies to put up manufacturing plants in the Philippines. The President says Japan will also conduct a feasibility study on a possible subway system in Metro Manila “Sa patuloy nga […]

25.06.2014 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Asian Pacific community fund to strengthen the API nonprofit sector with over $160,000 in grant awards

Asian Pacific community fund to strengthen the API nonprofit sector with over $160,000 in grant awards

LOS ANGELES – On Thursday, June 19, 2014, the Asian Pacific Community Fund (APCF) will hold its 8th Annual Giving for All Seasons Fundraising Gala. The gala will be held at Fifth Floor, Los Angeles Music Center, 135 North Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles. The event will begin at 6:00pm with a hors d’oeuvres […]

25.06.2014 · Filled under: Local News ·
‘Star Wars’ rumor recap: Harrison Ford, Tom Cruise, villain contenders

‘Star Wars’ rumor recap: Harrison Ford, Tom Cruise, villain contenders

(Relaxnews) – In a film galaxy far, far away, not a day goes by without new rumors coming out about one of the most anticipated upcoming films. Harrison Ford may be out of filming for 8 weeks after injury A production meeting has taken place to discuss the absence of the Han Solo actor. A […]

25.06.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Trailer: Brad Pitt steers ‘Fury’ tank crew

Trailer: Brad Pitt steers ‘Fury’ tank crew

(Relaxnews) – Logan Lerman (“Percy Jackson”) is the rookie tank driver sent deep behind enemy lines with Brad Pitt’s tank crew on one final mission in order to finish the fight. David Ayer of “End of Watch” and “Sabotage” directs, with the rest of the tank’s veteran crew rounded out by Michael Peña, Shia LaBeouf […]

25.06.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Online, Videos ·
Online dating site Match.com partners with ‘Love Boat’ for singles

Online dating site Match.com partners with ‘Love Boat’ for singles

(Relaxnews) – It’s perhaps the best way to cruise for a date — literally and figuratively. Online dating site Match.com has teamed up with a leading US singles cruise company to launch a pair of vacation packages for singletons who aren’t afraid of taking their search for a soul mate to the high seas. Not […]

25.06.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Health & Fitness, Online ·
This is the tourist destination with the highest approval rating: US publication

This is the tourist destination with the highest approval rating: US publication

(Relaxnews) – Consumers and travelers polled by a digital news magazine in the US have voted Paris the world’s top place to visit for 2014 and 2015. It may be the second year in a row that the City of Light topped US News & World Report’s annual World’s Best Places to Visit ranking, but the French […]

25.06.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Home & Garden, Online, Photos ·
Katy Perry releases her documentary on VOD via Facebook

Katy Perry releases her documentary on VOD via Facebook

(Relaxnews) – The documentary “Katy Perry: Part Of Me 3D” is available to US fans via the social network for about $4. Paramount Pictures is trying out a new experiment in broadcasting the documentary via Facebook. The film is available to download on Facebook as well as on VOD websites for about $4 — a […]

24.06.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, International Stars, Music, Online ·
Spotify’s summer feel-good playlist

Spotify’s summer feel-good playlist

(Relaxnews) – Spotify has unveiled its Top 10 songs that will make you happy or help you feel good this summer. Pharrell Williams is of course on top of this list, with “Happy.” Spotify’s happiest songs: 1 “Happy” – Pharrell Williams 2 “Best Day Of My Life” – American Authors 3 “The Walker” – Fitz […]

24.06.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, International Stars, Music, Online ·
Jinggoy files motion for bail, says evidence against him weak

Jinggoy files motion for bail, says evidence against him weak

MANILA June 23 (Mabuhay) -− Hours after a warrant of arrest was issued against him by the Sandiganbayan Fifth Division, Senator Jinggoy Estrada on Monday filed a motion for bail with the anti-graft court. Estrada is facing plunder and graft charges in connection with the alleged pork barrel scam where he supposedly pocketed P183.7 million […]

24.06.2014 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Korean TV dramas give Asian shoppers urge to splurge

Korean TV dramas give Asian shoppers urge to splurge

(SEOUL-AFP) – The export success of South Korea’s TV dramas has spawned a hard-selling world of branded entertainment that uses product placement to push everything from smartphones to lipsticks. The so-called Hallyu (Korean Wave) of TV shows and pop music has long conquered most of Asia and, in recent years, found new, devoted fans in […]

Claudia Schiffer is the life of the party in Dolce & Gabbana campaign

Claudia Schiffer is the life of the party in Dolce & Gabbana campaign

(Relaxnews) – The German supermodel appears in the Sicilian designer duo’s latest campaign. Inspired by an enchanted medieval version of the Mediterranean island, Dolce & Gabbana have unveiled their Fall/Winter 2014 campaign, with Claudia Schiffer, the 43-year-old German model who has appeared in campaigns and runway shows for the biggest luxury labels out there for over two […]

23.06.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Home & Garden, International Stars, Photos ·
Worldwide box office: ‘How To Train Your Dragon 2’ still flying high

Worldwide box office: ‘How To Train Your Dragon 2’ still flying high

(Relaxnews) – Despite figures below expectations, “How to Train Your Dragon 2” stays on top of the worldwide box office, above “Maleficent” and “22 Jump Street.” For its second week, “How to Train Your Dragon 2” has grossed over $68.8M worldwide, which keeps it on top of the worldwide box office, according to Rentrak. In […]

23.06.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Michael Fassbender plays unhinged musician in ‘Frank’ trailer

Michael Fassbender plays unhinged musician in ‘Frank’ trailer

(Relaxnews) – Released on May 9 in the UK, Lenny Abrahamson’s film will open in the US in August. The official trailer was unveiled over the weekend. “Frank” tells the story of a young musician, Jon, played by Domhnall Gleeson (Bill Weasley in “Harry Potter”), who joins an eccentric pop band lead by a mysterious […]

23.06.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Online, Videos ·
George Washington trumps Pinocchio for inspiring honesty in kids: study

George Washington trumps Pinocchio for inspiring honesty in kids: study

(Relaxnews) – For parents hoping to guide their offspring in the right direction, an innovative study points to stories with positive outcomes as a helpful tool. The study, published in Psychological Science, concludes positive moral tales like “George Washington and the Cherry Tree” work better at instilling a sense of honesty than “Pinocchio” or the “Boy Who […]

23.06.2014 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment, Health & Fitness, Home & Garden ·
Jay Z and Beyoncé’s ‘On The Run’ tour will be second most successful ever

Jay Z and Beyoncé’s ‘On The Run’ tour will be second most successful ever

(Relaxnews) – On June 25, the A-list couple will kick off their “On The Run” tour in Miami, Florida. A few days before the tour starts, Forbes Magazine has provided figures for the concerts, ranking them as the most successful tour ever after U2’s “360.” Jay Z and Beyoncé are surpassing the Rolling Stones and Madonna in […]

21.06.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, International Stars, Music, Offbeat ·
Two new Red and Black editions for the Ford Fiesta

Two new Red and Black editions for the Ford Fiesta

(Relaxnews) – Ford has announced the launch of two new Red or Black editions of the Fiesta with a new 140 hp version of the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine for September 2014. Ford has unveiled the Red Edition, a new version of the Fiesta. It will only be available as a three-door model and will have […]

21.06.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Motoring, Online, Videos ·
Get to know Brazil’s World Cup host city Fortaleza

Get to know Brazil’s World Cup host city Fortaleza

(Relaxnews) – For one month, Brazil will be putting its best cleated foot forward as the world turns its attention to the bustling, colorful country for the duration of the FIFA World Cup. For the uninitiated, it’s also a prime opportunity to become acquainted with the richly diverse economic powerhouse. On Saturday, June 21, Germany […]

21.06.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Online, Videos ·
The Penguin and Catwoman in new ‘Gotham’ teaser

The Penguin and Catwoman in new ‘Gotham’ teaser

(Relaxnews) – Prior to the launch of its new fall series, Fox has unveiled a teaser focusing on the villains of “Gotham.” The prequel to Batman’s adventures, “Gotham” shows a young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) who has just lost his parents, but it mostly concentrates on Commissioner James Gordon, played by Ben McKenzie (“The OC”), […]

21.06.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Online, Videos ·
Robert Downey Jr. in ‘The Judge’ trailer

Robert Downey Jr. in ‘The Judge’ trailer

(Relaxnews) – The “Iron Man” actor stars in “The Judge,” whose trailer promises plenty of emotion and humor. The film will be released on October 10. Directed by David Dobkin (“Wedding Crashers,” “Clay Pigeons”), “The Judge” tells the story of Hank Palmer (Robert Downey Jr.), a successful New York lawyer who returns to his hometown […]

21.06.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Online, Videos ·
‘Man From Reno’ takes LA Film Fest’s top award

‘Man From Reno’ takes LA Film Fest’s top award

(Relaxnews) – Asian-American crime thriller “Man from Reno” wins the Los Angeles Film Festival’s Narrative Award, with “Stray Dog” and “Los Angeles” also scooping jury awards; category winners include French-Chinese project “Butter Lamp” and France’s “The Runaway.” Directed by Dave Boyle of “White on Rice” and “Surrogate Valentine,” produced by Ko Mori, starring Ayako Fujitani […]

20.06.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, International Stars, Online, Videos ·
World Cup fan of the day: for the love of the trophy

World Cup fan of the day: for the love of the trophy

(Relaxnews) – Japan and Greece from Group C played Thursday night at Natal’s Arena das Dunas stadium. To support their team, some Japanese fans dressed up as gigantic trophies, managing to resemble the traditional headdresses worn by Japanese brides. mp/sbs/ss

20.06.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Offbeat, Photos, Sports & Recreation ·
Eastwood film reveals strains behind ‘Jersey Boys’

Eastwood film reveals strains behind ‘Jersey Boys’

(LOS ANGELES-AFP) – “Jersey Boys” has become a global stage show triumph, but Clint Eastwood’s new film version highlights the rivalries, shady dealings and hit records of 1960s megastars The Four Seasons. The movie, based on the hit Broadway musical, shines a spotlight on what singer Frankie Valli and guitarist Tommy DeVito got up to […]

20.06.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Music ·
Harry Potter actor, ‘Happy’ singer win Hollywood stars

Harry Potter actor, ‘Happy’ singer win Hollywood stars

(LOS ANGELES-AFP) – “Harry Potter” star Daniel Radcliffe and “Happy” singer Pharrell Williams are among some 30 celebrities who will get a star on Hollywood’s storied Walk of Fame next year, organizers announced Thursday. Melissa McCarthy, Will Ferrell, Jim Parsons and Amy Poehler also joined the honorees chosen for recognition on the sidewalk along Tinseltown’s […]

20.06.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Music ·
Japan to ease visa rules ahead of 2020 Olympics

Japan to ease visa rules ahead of 2020 Olympics

(TOKYO-AFP) – Japan said Tuesday it would relax visa rules for tourists from Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam in a bid to double the number of foreign visitors ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Tourists with Indonesian e-passports embedded with a microchip can be exempt from getting a visa, the foreign ministry said, […]

20.06.2014 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations, Sports & Recreation ·
Ben & Jerry’s launches ‘Saturday Night Live’-inspired ice creams

Ben & Jerry’s launches ‘Saturday Night Live’-inspired ice creams

(Relaxnews) – The folks over at Ben & Jerry’s, who love a good TV and pop culture tie-up, have launched two new ice cream flavors to help US variety show “Saturday Night Live” fete its 40th anniversary. Inspired by two popular SNL sketches, the Vermont-based ice cream maker has launched Lazy Sunday and Gilly’s Catastrophic […]

20.06.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Food & Dining, Home & Garden, Online, Videos ·
LA mayor fetes Stanley Cup win…with expletive

LA mayor fetes Stanley Cup win…with expletive

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti set tongues wagging when he used an expletive on live television as he celebrated the LA Kings’ Stanley Cup triumph, forcing TV bosses to apologize. Garcetti said he did not want children to repeat what he said when he took the microphone at a victory rally […]

19.06.2014 · Filled under: Sports & Recreation, U.S. News ·
Jared Leto in talks to replace Will Smith in ‘Brilliance’

Jared Leto in talks to replace Will Smith in ‘Brilliance’

(Relaxnews) – The Academy Award-winning actor could star in fantasy thriller “Brilliance” instead of Will Smith, according to Variety. “Brilliance” takes place in a world where around one percent of the population is born with unusual physical or cognitive abilities. Jared Leto is in talks to star as one of these “brilliants,” Nick Cooper, an […]

19.06.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
World Cup mural painted with soccer ball

World Cup mural painted with soccer ball

(Relaxnews) – World Cup fever is officially upon us, but one inventive artist prefers to use her footwork skills for a different purpose. Malaysian artist and designer Red Hong Yi has created a giant mural of international superstars Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar and Lionel Messi using a soccer ball instead of a paintbrush. Footage of the creative process […]

Move over macaron, there’s a new French pastry in town

Move over macaron, there’s a new French pastry in town

(Relaxnews) – If the Cronut is the new cupcake, the éclair is the new macaron. And there’s perhaps no better time to revisit the traditional French pastry than National Chocolate Eclair Day in the US on June 22, a holiday that may have mysterious origins — no one really knows how or when it started […]

19.06.2014 · Filled under: Food & Dining, Food Videos, Free Recipes, Home & Garden, Online, Videos ·
Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley park to open next month in Florida

Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley park to open next month in Florida

(Relaxnews) – Universal Orlando has announced that the latest addition to its Harry Potter theme park will open July 8. Diagon Alley, the cobblestoned village where witches and wizards shop for provisions like wands, telescopes and magnifying glasses, will open next month after much fanfare. One of the most highly anticipated attractions is the multi-sensory […]

19.06.2014 · Filled under: Art, Books, Destinations, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Apple quietly launches new cut-price iMac

Apple quietly launches new cut-price iMac

(Relaxnews) – The new 21.5-inch all-in-one desktop comes with a 1.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor but, more importantly, with a price tag of just $1,099. That makes it a whole $200 cheaper than the current entry-level iMac yet, apart from the chipset, which isn’t exactly premium but is no slouch either (it has a […]

18.06.2014 · Filled under: Apps, Home & Garden, Science & Technology ·
Anna Kendrick to help spearhead ‘Trolls’ revival

Anna Kendrick to help spearhead ‘Trolls’ revival

(Relaxnews) – Dreamworks Animation has landed the star of “Pitch Perfect” for the first entry in what’s to become a revival of the Trolls toy franchise. Popular during the 1960s and then relaunched in the 90s, the collectible Troll dolls are being positioned for a comeback. TV series “Trollz” might not have taken off, but […]

18.06.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Music ·
An astronomical caffeine high: new coffee machines serve espresso in space

An astronomical caffeine high: new coffee machines serve espresso in space

(Relaxnews) – When you’re an astronaut and space is your main address for months at a time, home comforts become more important than ever. According to Italian astronauts, one of the hardest material comforts to leave behind on Earth is a hot espresso. However, aerospace company Argotec, coffee brand Lavazza and the International Space Station have been working […]

18.06.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Home & Garden, Science & Technology, Videos ·
YouTube Music to pass on indie labels

YouTube Music to pass on indie labels

(Relaxnews) – There’s good news and bad news for those of us who were looking forward to YouTube’s rumored arrival in the music streaming market. The good news is that the company has confirmed it’s getting ready to launch a service that will compete with everyone from Spotify to Beats Music. But the bad news […]

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ receives international trailer

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ receives international trailer

(Relaxnews) – As Glenn Close’s haughty Nova Corps commander would have it, “the fate of 12 billion people is in the hands of a thief, two thugs, a murderer and a maniac.” For Peter Quill, played by Chris Pratt, he and his motley crew have a chance to protect the galaxy and prevent a powerful […]

17.06.2014 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Online, Videos ·
London Collections: Men – Burberry Prorsum sends out a color-filled collection

London Collections: Men – Burberry Prorsum sends out a color-filled collection

(Relaxnews) – The British luxury brand served up one of the stand-out shows at the Spring-Summer 2015 menswear collections in London. Burberry creative director (and now also CEO) Christopher Bailey was inspired by 20th century British travel writer Bruce Chatwin for his latest men’s pieces. Bailey sent out a collection featuring multicolored sneakers, denim shirts with […]

17.06.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Photos ·
One third of UK cat owners Skype with their pet

One third of UK cat owners Skype with their pet

(Relaxnews) – Over one third of UK cat owners Skype or FaceTime their pet, with men particularly keen to speak to their feline friends over the phone, it has been revealed. A poll for the greetings card company Hallmark showed that 23 percent of British men spent time talking to their cat on the phone, a greater […]

17.06.2014 · Filled under: Apps, Home & Garden, Offbeat, Online ·
Ryanair launches its online travel guides

Ryanair launches its online travel guides

(Relaxnews) – For those who wonder what to do once they’ve reached one of Ryanair’s 186 destinations across 30 countries, the low-cost carrier has published comprehensive online guides that can be downloaded for free. These new guides cover everything from hotel, dining and shopping listings, to sightseeing information, as well as nightlife activities, in a […]

17.06.2014 · Filled under: Apps, Destinations, Online ·
@HiddenCash rolls out $2,000 treasure hunt to New York

@HiddenCash rolls out $2,000 treasure hunt to New York

(NEW YORK-AFP) – The frenzied scavenger hunt for large sums of cash hidden in public hit New York on Saturday, with $2,000 in envelopes stashed across Central Park and Brooklyn. The brainchild of a group of wealthy friends in California, it is the first time the treasure hunt comes to New York, having sparked Internet-driven […]

17.06.2014 · Filled under: News ·
A rock chic makeup line for YSL this fall

A rock chic makeup line for YSL this fall

(Relaxnews) – French luxury house Yves Saint Laurent found inspiration in leather for its Fall 2014 makeup line. With patent stilettos, jackets and handbags, leather accessories have recently invaded haute couture shows and fashion as a whole. With this in mind, Lloyd Simmonds, Yves Saint Laurent Beauté Make-Up Creative Director, chose the material as inspiration […]

17.06.2014 · Filled under: News ·
Brazuca: the celebrity football with over 1 million Twitter followers

Brazuca: the celebrity football with over 1 million Twitter followers

(Relaxnews) – The official World Cup ball, the Brazuca, is fast becoming a social media sensation, having hit one million followers on Twitter over the weekend, with its online fan base rapidly expanding day by day. Adidas celebrated the success of the first-ever World Cup match ball to have a Twitter account with a commemorative […]

Keanu Reeves to replace Daniel Craig in ‘The Whole Truth’

Keanu Reeves to replace Daniel Craig in ‘The Whole Truth’

(Relaxnews) – Hollywood icon Keanu Reeves will fill the spot left by Daniel Craig to headline this new film that had been on hold in recent weeks. Just a few days before production started back in April, “The Whole Truth” lost its star, Daniel Craig, who pulled out of the project for unknown reasons. The […]

16.06.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Jason Momoa joins ‘Batman v Superman’ as Aquaman

Jason Momoa joins ‘Batman v Superman’ as Aquaman

(Relaxnews) – Hawaiian-born Jason Momoa (“Stargate: Atlantis,” “Game of Thrones”) is to become blonde-haired, telepathic underwater inhabitant Aquaman for “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” The appearance is a stepping stone towards Zack Snyder’s follow-up for Warner Bros and DC Comics, “Justice League,” which is to accommodate an ensemble cast similar in scope to Marvel’s […]

16.06.2014 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
World Cup makes its mark on global social media: Starcount

World Cup makes its mark on global social media: Starcount

(Relaxnews) – World Cup fever is upon us, as seen on Starcount’s chart of the most popular people on social media for the week of June 9-15. Brazilian soccer player Neymar, Portuguese player Cristiano Ronaldo and opening ceremony performer Jennifer Lopez all takes spots in the top ten. Brazilian striker Neymar scored two goals in […]

Shanghai film festival opens with domestic focus

Shanghai film festival opens with domestic focus

(SHANGHAI-AFP) – Shanghai on Saturday kicked off its annual film festival, a nine-day event with a heavy emphasis on Chinese cinema and a sprinkling of Hollywood stars promoting their latest works. The Shanghai International Film Festival dates to 1993, but a similar event in political capital Beijing has stolen some of the spotlight though it […]

Football: Trapdoor J-Lo adds glamour to opening ceremony

Football: Trapdoor J-Lo adds glamour to opening ceremony

(SAO PAULO-AFP) – American star Jennifer Lopez added a dash of glamour to the colourful World Cup opening ceremony on Thursday in a vivid contrast to the violent anti-tournament protests in the city. J-Lo, wearing a carnival-inspired and revealing green outfit, appeared from a trapdoor along with rapper Pitbull to sing the official World Cup […]

Aquino calls for unity, asks countries not to ‘impose’ on others

Aquino calls for unity, asks countries not to ‘impose’ on others

MANILA, June 12 (Mabuhay) — As the Philippines celebrates its 116th Independence Day, President Benigno Aquino III called for unity in the international community and asked countries not to impose their views and policies on others. In his toast at the Vin d’honneur on Thursday, the President said being an independent country means being part […]

12.06.2014 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
First look at Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf as war heroes in ‘Fury’

First look at Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf as war heroes in ‘Fury’

(Relaxnews) – A new video presents the first footage from David Ayer’s forthcoming war movie, along with commentary from the director and stars. Producers chose to unveil the first images from “Fury” during a panel with Wargaming.net during E3 in Los Angeles. Set in April 1945, during the final days of World War II, the […]

12.06.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Online, Videos ·
Hello Kitty turns 40 and stars in museum exhibition

Hello Kitty turns 40 and stars in museum exhibition

(Relaxnews) – Iconic Japanese cartoon cat Hello Kitty is set to star in her very first fan convention as well as an extensive museum exhibition in the US to celebrate her 40th birthday. Featuring unique collaborations and limited edition commemorative products, ‘Hello Kitty Con 2014 – The Fan Convention’ in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, will provide an […]

12.06.2014 · Filled under: Art, Beauty & Style, Destinations, Entertainment, Home & Garden ·
‘SpongeBob’ surfaces for new movie

‘SpongeBob’ surfaces for new movie

(Relaxnews) – The poster has arrived for the next movie featuring the famous talking sponge. This time, SpongeBob is expected to crawl out of the ocean for new adventures on dry land. Produced by Paramount Pictures, “Sponge Out Of Water” will be directed by Paul Tibbitt, a writer on the original TV series and on […]

12.06.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Disney rebooting ‘The Lion King’ with TV movie spin-offs

Disney rebooting ‘The Lion King’ with TV movie spin-offs

(Relaxnews) – Starting in 2015, Disney will launch a series of TV spin-offs on its 1994 animated movie. Kion, Simba and Nala’s second-born cub, will be the star of a new TV movie slated to air on the Disney Channel. “The Lion King” was a smash hit with moviegoers when it debuted in 1994, bringing […]

12.06.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
‘Dumb & Dumber To’: Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels return 19 years later

‘Dumb & Dumber To’: Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels return 19 years later

(Relaxnews) – Almost two decades after their first adventure, Harry and Lloyd are returning to the silver screen, and the poster and trailer for the sequel have hit the internet. In the Farrelly brothers’ cult comedy “Dumb & Dumber,” Harry and Lloyd, two complete idiots, set out to return a suitcase to Mary, a woman […]

11.06.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Online, Videos ·
Maria Sharapova is new face of Avon

Maria Sharapova is new face of Avon

(Relaxnews) – The Russian tennis star has been named as the face of the cosmetics brand’s new fragrances for men and women. Two new fragrances for men and women, both titled Luck, are being fronted by the latest Avon lady, this year’s French Open champion Maria Sharapova. “I am excited to represent Avon Luck, a […]

Cantor leaving US House leadership after shocking defeat

Cantor leaving US House leadership after shocking defeat

WASHINGTON, June 11, 2014 (AFP) – Eric Cantor, the Republican star unexpectedly bounced from the US Congress by a political novice, said Wednesday he will step down as House majority leader. “While I intend to serve out my term as a member of Congress from the 7th District of Virginia, effective July 31st I will […]

11.06.2014 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Commercial break: Nike, Dove and WestJet

Commercial break: Nike, Dove and WestJet

(Relaxnews) – Nike ramps things up for the World Cup, Dove reminds us of the best ‘Dad’ moments and WestJet airline goes above and beyond the call of duty to help out a family. Here is our round-up of the most interesting ad campaign videos this week: Nike Football: The Last Game ft. Ronaldo, Neymar […]

BMW announces Individual 6 Series Gran Coupé Bang & Olufsen Edition

BMW announces Individual 6 Series Gran Coupé Bang & Olufsen Edition

(Relaxnews) – Promising to combine the design and engineering prowess of both companies in a single object of desire, only 10 Bang and Olufsen Edition BMW Individual 6 Series Gran Coupés are set to roll off the production line. As well as being rare, they will also be incredibly fast, thanks to a special competition […]

11.06.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Entertainment, Motoring, Music, Science & Technology ·
Bus company Greyhound marks centennial anniversary with mobile tour

Bus company Greyhound marks centennial anniversary with mobile tour

(Relaxnews) – Greyhound, the biggest intercity bus company in North America, will be feting its 100th anniversary by dispatching mobile museums throughout the US that may harken old memories for those who’ve crisscrossed the continent the old-fashioned way, before the days of bargain-basement airline tickets. The cross-country tour will include two buses converted into mobile […]

11.06.2014 · Filled under: Art, Destinations, Entertainment, Home & Garden, Online ·
David Fincher and Rooney Mara could reteam for ‘Red Sparrow’

David Fincher and Rooney Mara could reteam for ‘Red Sparrow’

(Relaxnews) – Two years after “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” the director and the actress could soon reunite for another collaboration, Deadline.com indicates. After adapting the book by Swedish crime novelist Stieg Larsson, David Fincher is circling an adaptation of a spy novel by Jason Matthews. Published in June 2013, “Red Sparrow” focuses on […]

11.06.2014 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Music video shot in airport by stranded traveler goes viral

Music video shot in airport by stranded traveler goes viral

(Relaxnews) – Instead of balling himself up in the fetal position and trying to squeeze in some shut-eye under the glare of fluorescent airport lights, or idly window shopping at 3 am, one stranded traveler in Las Vegas decided to use his time productively by shooting a music video documenting his loneliness to Celine Dion’s […]

11.06.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Entertainment, Home & Garden, Music, Offbeat, Online, Videos ·
No relief for aged-out kids

No relief for aged-out kids

Court says adult sons and daughters of US citizens not protected by CSPA LOS ANGELES, June 9, 2014 – Asian Americans Advancing Justice (Advancing Justice) decries today’s U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling in Scialabba v. Cuellar de Osorio (formerly Mayorkas v. Cuellar de Osorio),involving the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA). The Court has ruled that […]

10.06.2014 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
McCartney postpones start of US tour after illness

McCartney postpones start of US tour after illness

(LONDON-AFP) – Paul McCartney has postponed the start of his US tour, due to begin on Saturday, as he recovers from an illness that forced the cancellation of gigs in Japan and Korea last month. “I’m sorry but it’s going to be a few more weeks before we get rocking in America again,” the 71-year-old […]

10.06.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Entertainment, International Stars, Music ·
Jennifer Lopez pulls out of World Cup opening ceremony

Jennifer Lopez pulls out of World Cup opening ceremony

(Rio de Janeiro-AFP) – Pop superstar Jennifer Lopez has pulled out of the World Cup opening ceremony in Brazil, FIFA said Sunday, four days before the tournament kicks off. Lopez, who recorded the official World Cup song, “We Are One,” with rapper Pitbull and Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte, had been due to perform with them […]

Chanel presents summer makeup line in new video

Chanel presents summer makeup line in new video

(Relaxnews) – The French brand spotlights its new makeup collection in a new campaign video shot by the fashion photographer Solve Sundsbo. In March, Chanel revealed details on its latest summer makeup collection, Reflets d’Été (“summer reflections”). Today, the luxury brand has shared a first look at the campaign for the new line, featuring the […]

09.06.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Film, Home & Garden, Online, Videos ·
‘Mars, Venus’ author warns over sex in online world

‘Mars, Venus’ author warns over sex in online world

(LOS ANGELES-AFP) – He claims to have saved hundreds of thousands of marriages. But John Gray, author of “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus,” is worried by where relationships are going — notably online. Free Internet porn is “like taking heroin,” while online cheating websites can also lead to sex addiction, Gray said. […]

09.06.2014 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment, Health & Fitness ·
‘Edge of Tomorrow’ dominates worldwide box office

‘Edge of Tomorrow’ dominates worldwide box office

(Relaxnews) – The Tom Cruise-starring sci-fi film rose to the top of the worldwide box office over the weekend ending June 8, besting “Maleficent” and “The Fault in Our Stars,” according to Rentrak. Showing in 64 territories, “Edge of Tomorrow” grossed $111.1 million over the weekend. The sci-fi feature, in which Tom Cruise plays a […]

09.06.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Psy goes from ‘Gangnam’ to hip-hop style in new song

Psy goes from ‘Gangnam’ to hip-hop style in new song

(LOS ANGELES-AFP) – Psy, who set off a global sensation with “Gangnam Style,” tried out a fresh sound Sunday as he released a hip-hop tale of drunken debauchery co-starring rap legend Snoop Dogg. Entitled “Hangover,” the South Korean star’s new song returns to the “Gangnam Style” theme of material excess but eschews the giddy K-Pop […]

09.06.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, International Stars, Music, Online, Videos ·
‘The Stand’ to become 3-hour epic

‘The Stand’ to become 3-hour epic

(Relaxnews) – Stephen King’s “The Stand” is to have its cinematic adaptation realized as a three-hour epic with “an amazing A-list cast” according to “The Fault in Our Stars” director Josh Boone. “We’re gonna do one three-hour, R-rated version with an amazing A-list cast across the board,” Boone told New York Magazine’s Vulture. “Every single one […]

08.06.2014 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
How technology is reshaping how Americans dine

How technology is reshaping how Americans dine

(Relaxnews) – It’s official. More and more US diners are become unabashed food pornographers. According to market research firm Mintel, 13 percent of Americans who dined out in the past month and who use social media reported posting a food or drink photo on sites like Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. In hard numbers, that translates […]

07.06.2014 · Filled under: Apps, Food & Dining, Home & Garden, Online, Science & Technology ·
Disney planning live-action ‘Beauty and the Beast’ movie

Disney planning live-action ‘Beauty and the Beast’ movie

(Relaxnews) – The studio is bringing in Bill Condon to helm its next live-action fairy tale adaptation, Variety indicates. Disney continues to draw inspiration from its catalogue of animated movies for new live-action remakes. After releasing a new take on “Alice in Wonderland” directed by Tim Burton and, more recently, the box-office hit “Maleficent” based […]

06.06.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
US private job creation falls in May: ADP

US private job creation falls in May: ADP

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US private sector churned out a net 179,000 new jobs in May, a disappointing fall from April, payrolls company ADP said Wednesday. It was the lowest level in four months, and suggested US economic growth remains in second gear. The May figure was down 36,000 positions from April’s total, with a […]

06.06.2014 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Clinton says she’s ‘moved on’ from Lewinsky scandal

Clinton says she’s ‘moved on’ from Lewinsky scandal

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Hillary Clinton, on the cusp of a possible White House bid, says in an interview that she has “moved on” from the Monica Lewinsky sex scandal that consumed the last two years of her husband’s presidency. Clinton spoke to People Magazine, which made her its cover story in editions to hit newsstands […]

06.06.2014 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Naomi Watts joins three ‘Divergent’ sequels

Naomi Watts joins three ‘Divergent’ sequels

(Relaxnews) – The actress has signed up for three sequels to Neil Burger’s “Divergent,” according to the Hollywood Reporter. For “Insurgent,” the first follow-up to “Divergent,” Robert Schwentke (“Red”) has taken over from Burger in the director’s chair. Shailene Woodley, Theo James and other original cast members will reprise their roles, and Octavia Spencer (“The […]

05.06.2014 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Why these places have been deemed the world’s smartest cities

Why these places have been deemed the world’s smartest cities

(Relaxnews) – A list of the ‘smartest cities in the world’ provides a glimpse of what the future could — and should — look like, be it zero carbon communities or heavily connected, smart destinations. Editors at CN Traveler have rounded up a few of the most innovative destinations they call ‘the world’s smartest cities’ […]

Mark Wahlberg in talks to re-team with Will Ferrell

Mark Wahlberg in talks to re-team with Will Ferrell

(Relaxnews) – The two actors are expected to co-star in “Daddy’s Home,” a new comedy feature from Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez Productions. Four years after playing a pair of incompetent cops in Adam McKay’s action comedy “The Other Guys,” Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg are in talks to reunite, Deadline.com reports. In […]

05.06.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Trailer: Elizabeth Olsen and Dakota Fanning play ‘Very Good Girls’

Trailer: Elizabeth Olsen and Dakota Fanning play ‘Very Good Girls’

(Relaxnews) – The trailer for the first film directed by producer and screenwriter Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal has hit the internet. The two young actresses play Gerry and Lilly, two teenagers who make a pact to lose their virginity the summer following high school graduation. But their friendship is put in jeopardy when they both fall […]

04.06.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Online, Videos ·
‘Jupiter Ascending’ moved to February 2015

‘Jupiter Ascending’ moved to February 2015

(Relaxnews) – July’s action spectacular “Jupiter Ascending,” the Wachowskis’ next film, is now expected in February 2015 after Warner Bros elected to allow more time for special effects work. “With the July release date, they were just not going to make it on time,” the studio’s chief of domestic distribution, Dan Fellman, told Variety, corroborating Deadline‘s own […]

04.06.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Queen’s new state coach encapsulates British history

Queen’s new state coach encapsulates British history

(LONDON-AFP) – Queen Elizabeth II rode to the opening of parliament on Wednesday in a brand new Australian-built state coach that encapsulates nearly a thousand years of British history. Crafted over nearly a decade, the gilded Diamond Jubilee State Coach is only the second new horse-drawn state carriage to be built in more than 100 […]

04.06.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, International Stars, World News ·
Ready for hologram-projecting smartphones?

Ready for hologram-projecting smartphones?

(Relaxnews) – Forget Retina displays or even 4K smartphone screens — next year’s premium handsets could come with the ability to create high-resolution three-dimensional holographic projections. The breakthrough, by US company Ostendo Technologies, could also mean that there’ll be little if any need for virtual reality headsets either. And that’s because it has managed to […]

04.06.2014 · Filled under: Apps, Entertainment, Home & Garden, Science & Technology ·
Angelina Jolie hints Cleopatra could be her last role

Angelina Jolie hints Cleopatra could be her last role

(Relaxnews) – While making the rounds to promote “Maleficent,” the actress has indicated her desire to scale back her acting career and focus on writing, directing and UN humanitarian work. At a new career high, as “Maleficent” opened atop the worldwide box office, the 37-year-old has made further statements hinting at her definitive retirement from […]

04.06.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Study shows how parents can protect kids from cyber-bullying

Study shows how parents can protect kids from cyber-bullying

(Relaxnews) – An annual study conducted by security software firm McAfee and released this week indicates that parents can play a key role in keeping cyber-bullying to a minimum among teens. A total of 1,502 pre-teens and teens in the United States, aged 10 to 18, were interviewed over a two-week period in April of this year. […]

US plans 30% cuts in power carbon emissions

US plans 30% cuts in power carbon emissions

By Shaun Tandon, Jerome Cartillier WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States on Monday proposed ordering cuts of up to 30 percent in carbon emissions from power plants in President Barack Obama’s most ambitious action yet on climate change. The Environmental Protection Agency gave states the leeway to choose their own plans but said that they […]

03.06.2014 · Filled under: Environment, U.S. News ·
‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ receives three new 30-second trailers

‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ receives three new 30-second trailers

(Relaxnews) – A trio of half-minute trailers for Michael Bay’s “Transformers: Age of Extinction” profile different aspects of the late June action movie. “Forge” reminds viewers of the formidable Lockdown, a prowling hitman of a Transformer whose face extends into a giant gun, and “Help” revolves around Mark Wahlberg’s discovery of Autobot leader Optimus Prime […]

03.06.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Online, Videos ·
Intel: tablets and 2-in-1s are the future of computing

Intel: tablets and 2-in-1s are the future of computing

(Relaxnews) – As the lines between desktop and notebook and between notebook and tablet continue to disappear, Intel wants to be the company that leads consumers into the next era of personal computing. During Intel’s Computex Taipei 2014 keynote address on Wednesday morning, the company’s president, Renée James, outlined Intel’s vision for this future and […]

03.06.2014 · Filled under: Apps, Science & Technology ·
Ford shows off ‘smart’ Mustang at Taiwan tech show

Ford shows off ‘smart’ Mustang at Taiwan tech show

(TAIPEI-AFP) – US auto giant Ford showed off its new Mustang at Asia’s biggest tech fair Tuesday, billing it as “the smartest Mustang to date”, with voice controls and early warning collision systems. Due to go on sale in Asia-Pacific in 2015, the slick sports car can connect to drivers’ mobile apps using a platform […]

03.06.2014 · Filled under: Apps, Home & Garden, Motoring, Science & Technology, Videos ·
World Cup primer: Brazil’s top models

World Cup primer: Brazil’s top models

(Relaxnews) – All eyes will be on Brazil this month ahead of this summer’s FIFA World Cup, but it’s not just the country’s football that gets pulses racing! Here’s a run-down of five of the country’s established fashion talents, who have dominated fashion pages and runways over the last decade. Gisele Bündchen Any list of […]

Smart lifestyle takes centre stage at Asia tech show

Smart lifestyle takes centre stage at Asia tech show

(TAIPEI-AFP) – Asia’s largest tech trade show will be a battleground for smart innovations when it kicks off in Taiwan Tuesday — from car systems which warn when you are driving badly to a toothbrush-style camera that films the user’s teeth. More than 1,500 exhibitors, including some of the world’s leading technology brands, will set […]

5 tips for getting kids to eat more fruit

5 tips for getting kids to eat more fruit

(Relaxnews) – Summer is around the corner, and there is no better time of year for enjoying fresh fruits and vegetables. Between juicy melons and colorful berries, the season offers something for even the pickiest eaters. But even in the summer, getting children to eat enough fruit can be a challenge. Only 2% of American […]

02.06.2014 · Filled under: News ·
Worldwide box office: ‘Maleficent’ overtakes ‘X-Men’

Worldwide box office: ‘Maleficent’ overtakes ‘X-Men’

(Relaxnews) – Disney’s new live-action adaptation of “Sleeping Beauty” lived up to the studio’s expectations during its opening weekend, grossing $170.6 million and claiming the top spot at the worldwide box office, according to Rentrak. “Maleficent” overtook “X-Men: Days of Future Past” ($128.2 million) at the box office for the weekend that ended June 1. […]

02.06.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Shakira leads, Emma Watson joins global social media chart: Starcount

Shakira leads, Emma Watson joins global social media chart: Starcount

(Relaxnews) – Pop star Shakira remains at the top of Starcount’s global social media chart, and British actress Emma Watson joins the list for the week of May 26 through June 1. Shakira has dominated social media in recent weeks and can attribute her standing this week to Facebook activity — she got 554,310 likes […]

Brit scales Rio’s Christ the Redeemer statue and takes epic selfie

Brit scales Rio’s Christ the Redeemer statue and takes epic selfie

(Relaxnews) – A heart-stopping, stomach-churning selfie taken atop Rio’s Christ the Redeemer statue has gone viral for its vertigo and awe-inducing vantage point. It’s being described as perhaps the most epic selfie ever, and for good reason: With the permission of Brazil’s tourism board, Briton Lee Thompson climbed to the top of the country’s most […]

The team to follow on Twitter during the 2014 World Cup

The team to follow on Twitter during the 2014 World Cup

(Relaxnews) – The company might not like admitting it, but the number-one conversation on Twitter isn’t dictated by Justin Bieber, but by the beautiful game and, as the 2014 World Cup prepares to kick off on June 13 in Brazil, that conversation is only going to get louder. So just like an international manager, we’ve […]

New ‘True Blood’ trailer: Sookie’s dangerous love triangle

New ‘True Blood’ trailer: Sookie’s dangerous love triangle

(Relaxnews) – A few weeks ahead of the vampire series’ return to the small screen, HBO has released the second trailer for the seventh and final season of “True Blood.” The last cycle of “True Blood” episodes premieres June 22, and HBO is working overtime to make sure no one forgets it. In a new […]

02.06.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Online, Videos ·
James Cameron outlines ‘Avatar’ as Disney World attraction

James Cameron outlines ‘Avatar’ as Disney World attraction

(Relaxnews) – “It’s going to have floating mountains. It’s pretty cool,” says Cameron of “Pandora: The Land of Avatar,” a new theme park area due to open at Florida’s Walt Disney World in 2017. That park name comes from the lips of James Cameron, who was present at the Hero Complex Film Festival on May […]

02.06.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Fil-Ams urged: Invest in the PHL

Fil-Ams urged: Invest in the PHL

ATLANTA – Saying prospects for the Philippines have never been brighter, a high-level business delegation from Manila called on Filipino-Americans to also do their share by playing an active role in maintaining the country’s upward trajectory. In their meeting with members of the Filipino-American Community in Atlanta, members of the 3rd Private Sector-Led Philippines Investment Roadshow […]

02.06.2014 · Filled under: Local News ·
Tech agenda: Apple Worldwide Developers Conference

Tech agenda: Apple Worldwide Developers Conference

(Relaxnews) – What will the company unveil — a smartwatch, a smart home platform, new Macs or something completely different? Apple’s WWDC June 2-6 San Francisco, California, USA Apple’s annual developers conference will see the company demonstrate its latest software innovations and the improvements it has planned for its desktop and smartphone operating systems. However […]

02.06.2014 · Filled under: Apps, Destinations, Online, Science & Technology ·
Milla Jovovich designs a new collection for Marella

Milla Jovovich designs a new collection for Marella

(Relaxnews) – The Italian brand has presented a series of campaign images starring actress and model Milla Jovovich, who poses for a new capsule collection called Marella art.365. The face of the ready-to-wear brand since Spring-Summer 2012, Jovovich now lends her image to the brand-new capsule collection, available exclusively for the season. The Marella art.365 […]

31.05.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Katy Perry reveals Killer Queen’s Royal Revolution fragrance

Katy Perry reveals Killer Queen’s Royal Revolution fragrance

ews) – The American popstar has unveiled the latest in a line of fragrances. Killer Queen’s Royal Revolution by Katy Perry is set to hit counters in July. Concocted by Pierre Negrin of Firmenich, the scent opens with pink freesia and pomegranate before opening up with middle notes of sandalwood, orange flower and jasmine petals. […]

31.05.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Entertainment, International Stars, Music ·
‘Hunger Games’ to become mobile game

‘Hunger Games’ to become mobile game

(SAN FRANCISCO-AFP) – “The Hunger Games” is becoming a mobile game. Interactive entertainment company Kabam announced Friday that it agreed with film studio Lionsgate to make a title for play on smartphones or tablet computers based on the dystopian books and films. San Francisco-based Kabam specializes in mobile games that are free-to-play, instead bringing in […]

Fashion films of the week: Topshop, Chanel, Salvatore Ferragamo

Fashion films of the week: Topshop, Chanel, Salvatore Ferragamo

(Relaxnews) – Here’s our selection of this week’s best fashion films. Topshop http://youtu.be/Y9SjTkg3pDc Released to celebrate the London brand’s latest designer collaboration (this time with Ashish), Topshop has released a short film directed by Joe Conrad Williams. Mary Charteris stars as the mysterious blonde with music by Danglo. Chanel http://youtu.be/7oEA5lp1QDE Gisele Bündchen stars in a […]

31.05.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Film, Online, Videos ·
Psy’s new music video to be unveiled June 8: report

Psy’s new music video to be unveiled June 8: report

(SAN FRANCISCO-AFP) – Fresh from conquering YouTube by surpassing two billion views with his mega-hit “Gangnam Style,” handlers for Psy say the release of a follow-up video is just a week away, according to a report Saturday. The Wall Street Journal said the music star’s next song — a collaboration with rapper Snoop Dogg — […]

31.05.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, International Stars, Music, Online ·
Apple buys music star Beats for $3 bn

Apple buys music star Beats for $3 bn

(NEW YORK-AFP) – Apple, seeking to bolster its position in the hotly contested online music sector, said Wednesday it was buying Beats Music and Beats Electronics in a much-hyped deal worth $3 billion. The move is expected to help the US tech giant, a pioneer in digital music with its wildly popular iTunes platform, ramp […]

30.05.2014 · Filled under: Apps, Entertainment, Home & Garden, Music, Online, Science & Technology ·
‘Significant delays’ found in treatment of US veterans

‘Significant delays’ found in treatment of US veterans

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US military veterans were subjected to “significant delays” at a government clinic where up to 1,700 of them may have been kept off waitlists, said an inspector’s report released Wednesday. With a swirling scandal over treatment of wounded warriors growing into a political timebomb for President Barack Obama, the Veterans Administration launched […]

30.05.2014 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Could this be the robotic furniture of the future?

Could this be the robotic furniture of the future?

(Relaxnews) – Modular furniture made of robotic components that can reshape themselves according to users’ desires could be the home accessories of the future. Scientists at Switzerland’s Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) have come up with Roombots, an adaptive mechanical furniture concept. The pieces can move and change functionality endlessly. For example, stools that […]

30.05.2014 · Filled under: Home & Garden, Offbeat, Online, Videos ·
‘Maleficent’ exposes roots of Disney’s wicked witch

‘Maleficent’ exposes roots of Disney’s wicked witch

(LOS ANGELES-AFP) – The wicked witch who has haunted generations of children in Sleeping Beauty has been brought grippingly to life by Angelina Jolie, in a modern retelling seeking to humanize the fairytale she-devil. “Maleficent,” released on Friday in the United States, amounts to a towering tribute to Jolie, who produces and stars in the […]

30.05.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Beauty tutorials: get the best looks from Cannes

Beauty tutorials: get the best looks from Cannes

(Relaxnews) – Here’s our pick of the best beauty looks from the film festival in Cannes, which drew to a close this weekend, and how you can replicate them at home. Blake Lively – loose braid  http://youtu.be/S7a1aBxTEkk At the opening of the festival the American star wore her hair in an over-the-shoulder loose braid. For […]

FX shares trailer for new horror series ‘The Strain’

FX shares trailer for new horror series ‘The Strain’

(Relaxnews) – Ahead of the premiere of its new vampire-themed thriller on July 13, FX has finally released a longer promo video offering some insight into the show’s plot. After weeks of making do with nothing but a few very mysterious teasers, devoted fans of Guillermo del Toro can finally view a longer trailer for […]

29.05.2014 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Online, Videos ·
Can Invisivision kick start a cinematic revolution?

Can Invisivision kick start a cinematic revolution?

(Relaxnews) – At first glance, they might look like the 3D glasses that ushers hand out at the local multiplex every time the latest installment of a superhero franchise hits the big screen, but they could revolutionize everything from traditional visual storytelling to gaming and advertising. It’s a big boast, and to prove that it’s […]

29.05.2014 · Filled under: Film, Games, Home & Garden, Online, Science & Technology, Videos ·
Science not only for men, says Obama

Science not only for men, says Obama

(AFP) –US President Barack Obama on Tuesday launched a push to get girls interested in science and technology, warning the country would miss out if it did not attract women to those fields. “There’s so much talent to be tapped if we’re working together,” Obama said at the annual White House Science Fair, where students […]

29.05.2014 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
US seeks greater missile defense cooperation by Japan, South Korea

US seeks greater missile defense cooperation by Japan, South Korea

WASHINGTON (AFP) – A top US military official on Wednesday called for better missile defense cooperation between Japan and South Korea, in the face of strained ties between America’s two closest Asia allies and a belligerent North Korea. “We’re encouraging our allies and partners to acquire their own missile defenses and to strengthen regional missile […]

29.05.2014 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
“X-Men” scores franchise best atop US box office

“X-Men” scores franchise best atop US box office

(LOS ANGELES-AFP) – The mutant superheroes from the latest blockbuster “X-Men” film pulverized rivals at North America’s box office this weekend to record the franchise’s biggest ever opening, industry figures showed Monday. “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” a time-bending movie already a hit with critics, debuted with a three-day $90.8 milllion, or $110.6 million including […]

28.05.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Obama back home after surprise visit to Afghanistan

Obama back home after surprise visit to Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (AFP) ─  President Barack Obama was back in Washington on Monday after a lightning 32-hour trip to Afghanistan to visit US troops. Monday is Memorial Day in the United States, when military war dead are remembered and military personnel and veterans are honored. The president is scheduled to host a White House breakfast for […]

28.05.2014 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
PHL, Indonesia sign ‘model’ maritime border accord

PHL, Indonesia sign ‘model’ maritime border accord

MANILA (AFP) – Indonesia and the Philippines on Friday signed a maritime border accord, hailing it as a model for peacefully settling increasingly tense territorial disputes in the region. Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said the agreement, the result of 20 years of negotiations, showed that the escalating rows in the South China Sea could […]

27.05.2014 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
‘Kimye’ become unofficial ambassadors for Tourism Ireland

‘Kimye’ become unofficial ambassadors for Tourism Ireland

(Relaxnews) – First “Game of Thrones,” then the world’s favorite astronaut Chris Hadfield, and now Kimye. Tourism Ireland is having a field day with news that the most famous couple on the planet right now — US reality TV star Kim Kardashian and her rapper husband Kanye West — have chosen to spend their honeymoon […]

FOX delivers first trailer for ‘Red Band Society’

FOX delivers first trailer for ‘Red Band Society’

(Relaxnews) – Produced by Steven Spielberg, this American remake of a Spanish dramedy will bring its dark humor and emotional sincerity to FOX this fall. To pique viewers’ curiosity, the network has unveiled the first trailer for “Red Band Society.” The new comedy explores a subject that is seldom treated with humor on American TV: […]

27.05.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Online ·
Fendi reveals new shades with rising star Kiesza

Fendi reveals new shades with rising star Kiesza

(Relaxnews) – The Italian luxury brand has teased details of a new eyewear campaign starring up-and-coming Canadian singer Kiesza. “Hideaway” singer Kiesza was the star guest at a Fendi party in Cannes that celebrated the ‘secret’ Fendi video that will appear in June, starring the pop star and showing off the Fendi Color Block Sunglasses collection for […]

27.05.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Online, Videos ·
Asian countries with the most award-winning hotels and restaurants

Asian countries with the most award-winning hotels and restaurants

(Relaxnews) – India boasts bragging rights to being home to the highest number of top-rated restaurants and hotels in Asia, according to users of the largest travel review website in the world. After tallying up the number of hospitality businesses with the largest number of Certificate of Excellence awards in each country, the number crunchers […]

27.05.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Entertainment, Food & Dining, Home & Garden, Online ·
Turn your NY apartment into a restaurant

Turn your NY apartment into a restaurant

(NEW YORK-AFP) – It’s Sunday night and Giuseppe Marrone is teaching perfect strangers how to make perfect gnocchi as they slurp on Spritz cocktails in his New York apartment. The 29-year-old would-be restaurateur who once worked at The Ritz has thrown open his home to foodies hungry for the ultimate niche experience: the New York […]

26.05.2014 · Filled under: Apps, Destinations, Food & Dining, Home & Garden, Offbeat ·
Best quotes from the Cannes Film Festival

Best quotes from the Cannes Film Festival

(CANNES-AFP) – Some of the movie world’s best known and most influential actors, writers and directors have been on the French Riviera for the past 10 days for the 67th Cannes Film Festival. Here is a selection of some of the most memorable quotes from the film fest which awards its top Palme d’Or prize […]

26.05.2014 · Filled under: News ·
Quidditch coming to life at US documentary festival

Quidditch coming to life at US documentary festival

  (WASHINGTON-AFP) – Muggles, take note: a documentary about Harry Potter fans playing real-life quidditch is about to get its world premiere at a top US film festival. “Mudbloods” follows a California university team’s journey to the Quidditch World Cup, bringing the fictional schoolboy wizard’s favorite contact team sport to life — complete with straw […]

26.05.2014 · Filled under: News ·
Worldwide box office: ‘X-Men’ opens on top

Worldwide box office: ‘X-Men’ opens on top

(Relaxnews) – “Days of Future Past,” the seventh film in the mutant action franchise, outperformed the previous six in terms of global opening weekend revenues. Bryan Singer’s blockbuster grossed $261.8 million worldwide during the weekend ending May 25, according to Rentrak. With its monster opening, the latest chapter in the “X-Men” saga easily took first […]

26.05.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Online ·
Luxury Parisian hotel traces link to the Beatles in photo exhibit

Luxury Parisian hotel traces link to the Beatles in photo exhibit

(Relaxnews) – Beatles fans who are Paris-bound this summer may want to add the Four Seasons Hotel Georges V to their itinerary, as the luxury landmark — where the band wrote one of their most iconic songs — will pay tribute to the music legends in a photo exhibit. The photos, taken by Harry Benson, […]

Support for gay marriage in US hits 55 percent

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Fifty-five percent of Americans now approve of same-sex marriage, the highest level ever, according to a Gallup public opinion poll released Wednesday. Recalling how support for marriage equality broke the 50-percent mark in 2012, Gallup said its latest result was “further evidence that support for gay marriage has solidified above the majority […]

23.05.2014 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Thai army chief holds meeting of political rivals

Thai army chief holds meeting of political rivals

By Boonradom Chitradon BANGKOK (AFP) – Thailand’s military hosted ground-breaking talks Wednesday between warring political rivals after the army chief imposed martial law to prevent the deeply divided kingdom degenerating into another “Ukraine or Egypt”. The opposing camps and other top officials met for more than two hours under heavy guard in Bangkok in what […]

23.05.2014 · Filled under: Asian News ·
Facebook shift steps up privacy for new users

Facebook shift steps up privacy for new users

(SAN FRANCISCO-AFP) – Facebook on Thursday unveiled a change to its privacy policy aimed at limiting the data shared by new users who may be unfamiliar with the huge social network. The shift means that new users posting on Facebook will share data only with friends, not the general public, unless they change privacy settings. […]

22.05.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Home & Garden, Online ·
US museum adds Katy Perry portrait to collection

US museum adds Katy Perry portrait to collection

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – Thanks to the generosity of a US forklift truck dynasty, pop star Katy Perry will soon take pride of place in the dignified National Portrait Gallery in Washington. “Cupcake Katy,” an oil-on-linen portrait by New York artist Will Cotton, will go up on June 18 as part of a rotating display of recent […]

22.05.2014 · Filled under: Art, Entertainment, International Stars, Music ·
Obama aims to lure more foreign travelers

Obama aims to lure more foreign travelers

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – President Barack Obama will move Thursday to reduce airport waiting times for foreign travelers arriving in the United States in order to boost tourism, the White House said. Obama will visit the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York to discuss tourism, two years after establishing the goal of making the United […]

22.05.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, U.S. News ·
‘Batman vs Superman’ given official title and logo treatment

‘Batman vs Superman’ given official title and logo treatment

(Relaxnews) – Zack Snyder’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” has been set for a May 2016 head-on collision with “Captain America 3,” but this is the first time that Warner Bros has addressed it by its mandated name. With Snyder at the helm, having directed Henry Cavill as Superman in “Man of Steel,” Ben […]

22.05.2014 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Online ·
Could ‘electroceuticals’ soon replace drugs?

Could ‘electroceuticals’ soon replace drugs?

(Relaxnews) – Engineers at Stanford University have developed a new technology that permits deeper, permanent implantation of microchip devices, paving the way towards a new field of health in which electronics could replace drugs. They have created a wireless charge system for medical implants, circumventing problems of size and charge that previously limited the battery’s […]

22.05.2014 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, Online, Science & Technology, Videos ·
Major meteor shower could delight N. America May 23-24

Major meteor shower could delight N. America May 23-24

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – Skywatchers in the United States and Canada could see a one-of-a-kind meteor shower late Friday night and early Saturday, astronomers say. Never before have astronomers witnessed the debris trail behind this particular comet, and a sea of white lights could dash across the night sky for hours. Or not. “The problem we are […]

Affluent travelers pick Burj Al Arab as world’s best hotel

Affluent travelers pick Burj Al Arab as world’s best hotel

(Relaxnews) – The Burj Al Arab in Dubai, best known for its sail-like silhouette, has been named the best hotel in the world by readers of The Telegraph’s luxury magazine Ultratravel. In addition to taking the title of best hotel in the Middle East, the luxury hotel in Dubai beat Claridge’s in London, the Four […]

21.05.2014 · Filled under: Books, Destinations, Entertainment, Home & Garden ·
Vatican bank audit finds 202 suspicious deals in 2013

Vatican bank audit finds 202 suspicious deals in 2013

VATICAN CITY (AFP) – The Vatican bank’s stepped-up internal monitoring has led to a sharp rise in suspicious transaction reports – from just six in 2012 to 202 in 2013 and collaboration with foreign financial authorities has increased sharply. “It means that the reporting system starts working, is working,” Rene Bruelhart, director of the Vatican’s […]

20.05.2014 · Filled under: World News ·
Stephen King’s ‘Gerald’s Game’ on its way to silver screen

Stephen King’s ‘Gerald’s Game’ on its way to silver screen

(Relaxnews) – Horror movie writing and directing duo Mike Flanagan and Jeff Howard have penned the screenplay for an adaptation of the 1992 novel, Deadline.com indicates. More than two decades after its publication, “Gerald’s Game” could finally join the long list of Stephen King novels that have inspired Hollywood. Currently selling at Cannes, the adaptation […]

20.05.2014 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Can the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 really offer the best of both worlds?

Can the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 really offer the best of both worlds?

(Relaxnews) – The latest addition to Microsoft’s growing tablet range boasts a 12-inch screen, an all-day battery and a perfect blend of productivity and entertainment use. At the official launch event in New York on Tuesday, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella set the scene by explaining that the reason why the company moved into the tablet […]

20.05.2014 · Filled under: Apps, Entertainment, Games, Home & Garden, Online, Science & Technology ·
New food terms added to Merriam-Webster: pho, poutine and turducken

New food terms added to Merriam-Webster: pho, poutine and turducken

(Relaxnews) – It’s taken a while for editors at Merriam-Webster dictionary to legitimize it, but the Frankenstein-ish, cannibalizing American holiday dish that stuffs a boneless chicken into a boneless duck into a boneless turkey has finally been recognized as a real word. In addition to “turducken,” other food terms admitted into the 2014 edition of the […]

20.05.2014 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment, Food & Dining, Home & Garden, Online ·
Jackie Chan vehicle ‘Skiptrace’ finds director

Jackie Chan vehicle ‘Skiptrace’ finds director

(Relaxnews) – Renny Harlin is in negotiations to helm the action comedy, which is currently being shopped in Cannes. The Cannes Film Festival has a reputation for accelerating the development of international film projects, and “Skiptrace” is the latest example. Following the departure of Sam Fell (“ParaNorman”), action movie specialist Renny Harlin (“The Legend of […]

20.05.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, International Stars ·
China violates ‘Declaration of Conduct’: Aquino

China violates ‘Declaration of Conduct’: Aquino

MANILA (AFP) – Philippine President Benigno Aquino on Monday accused China of violating the “Declaration of Conduct” it signed in 2002, after it allegedly began reclaiming land on a disputed reef in the South China Sea. Manila last week publicly accused Beijing of large-scale reclamation activity at Johnson South Reef, which is also claimed by […]

20.05.2014 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Funny man Carell astonishes Cannes in dark, twisted role

Funny man Carell astonishes Cannes in dark, twisted role

(CANNES, France-AFP) – America’s funny man Steve Carell had the Cannes Film Festival gasping in disbelief Monday when he delivered an “astonishing” performance as a deranged, sinister millionaire in Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher”. Based on the true-life 1996 murder of Olympic wrestling medallist Dave Schultz by John du Pont, a member of the family dynasty behind […]

20.05.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Android Silver tipped for February

Android Silver tipped for February

(Relaxnews) – A new range of premium smartphones from a host of different manufacturers based on Google’s specifications is expected to launch in early 2015. Reports that a new project, codenamed Android Silver, set to replace the current Nexus line of pure Android smartphones and tablets first surfaced at the end of April. And now, […]

20.05.2014 · Filled under: Apps, Home & Garden, Online, Science & Technology ·
Stradivarius enters makeup market

Stradivarius enters makeup market

(Relaxnews) – The international apparel brand is taking on a new challenge this season with the launch of a makeup collection in the entry-level price range. The new line will be available in Stradivarius stores from June. Guaranteed paraben free, the new line includes luscious lip balms in different flavors (melon, tutti frutti, cherry, watermelon), […]

20.05.2014 · Filled under: News ·
Abu Dhabi’s International Showbiz Expo announced at Cannes

Abu Dhabi’s International Showbiz Expo announced at Cannes

(Relaxnews) – With the backing of “American Psycho” and “Badlands” producer Ed Pressman, the International Showbiz Expo was announced at Cannes with an October 20-22 schedule planned for this year’s debut. It’s an opportune moment for Abu Dhabi to announce its suitability as a host for international film productions, with “Star Wars Episode VII” having […]

20.05.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Entertainment, Film ·
Photo of the day: ‘Seven Year Itch’ moment in Cannes

Photo of the day: ‘Seven Year Itch’ moment in Cannes

(Relaxnews) – Canadian actress Sarah Gadon was caught off guard by a gust of wind during a photo call for David Cronenberg’s “Maps of the Stars.” Surprised and visibly amused by the situation, she holds down her floral print skirt under the eyes of the cameras. cl/lwt

19.05.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Entertainment, Film, International Stars, Offbeat ·
Beauty tutorials: colored eyeliner

Beauty tutorials: colored eyeliner

(Relaxnews) – Celebrities including Nicole Richie (who matched her mauve hair and eyeshadow on the cover of the May 2014 issue of Paper Magazine) and Lena Dunham (who wore the look to the Met Ball) have been spotted rocking bright colored eyeliner. Here’s how to replicate the look at home: Colored eyeliner & smoky eye […]

19.05.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Online, Videos ·
San Miguel seeks to build $10-B Manila airport

San Miguel seeks to build $10-B Manila airport

(MANILA-AFP) – Top Philippine conglomerate San Miguel is seeking to build a new international airport for Manila in a project worth $10 billion, the company confirmed Thursday. San Miguel, which owns a stake in flag carrier Philippine Airlines, told the Philippine Stock Exchange in a disclosure that reports of its bid to build the four-runway […]

19.05.2014 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Abe pushes for more active Japanese military

Abe pushes for more active Japanese military

By Shingo Ito TOKYO (AFP) – Nationalist prime minister Shinzo Abe set out his case Thursday for beefing up pacifist Japan’s rules of engagement, saying he wants the armed forces to be able to enter battle in defence of allies. Citing a rising climate of disquiet in north and southeast Asia, Abe said Japan needs […]

19.05.2014 · Filled under: Asian News ·
Obama warns of narrow window for immigration reform

Obama warns of narrow window for immigration reform

WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama warned Tuesday a narrow window remained to pass immigration reform before mid-term elections, seeking to keep alive perhaps his last hope for a major second-term domestic achievement. Obama told police chiefs and top law enforcement officers that bitter party politics ahead of November’s polls would threaten hopes of moving […]

16.05.2014 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
San Miguel seeks to build $10 bn Manila airport

San Miguel seeks to build $10 bn Manila airport

(MANILA-AFP) – Top Philippine conglomerate San Miguel is seeking to build a new international airport for Manila in a project worth $10 billion, the company confirmed Thursday. San Miguel, which owns a stake in flag carrier Philippine Airlines, told the Philippine Stock Exchange in a disclosure that reports of its bid to build the four-runway […]

16.05.2014 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Rising soccer star Oscar poses for Calvin Klein

Rising soccer star Oscar poses for Calvin Klein

(Relaxnews) – The up-and-coming Brazilian soccer star is the latest footballer to show off his talents in a high-profile underwear and jeans campaign. Twenty-two-year-old Oscar dos Santos Emboaba Júnior, best known as Oscar when he plies his trade for Chelsea Football Club and the Brazilian national side, is something of a favorite with the fans. Now […]

16.05.2014 · Filled under: News ·
Demand for bigger smartphone screens is growing

Demand for bigger smartphone screens is growing

(Relaxnews) – Over one third of new handsets shipped over the last three months featured a display of 5 inches or more — that’s a 369 percent jump in terms of demand based on the same period in 2013. As well as absolute numbers — an incredible 279.4 million handsets shipped over the first quarter […]

16.05.2014 · Filled under: Apps, Beauty & Style, Entertainment, Science & Technology ·
WantedDesign New York: the highlights

WantedDesign New York: the highlights

(Relaxnews) – The fourth edition of the WantedDesign show is set to hit New York later this week, offering an international design perspective through a series of interactive installations, pop-up stores, conferences and workshops. We take a look at the highlights of this particular NYCxDesign event. The Conversation Series A three-day platform and dialogue supported by contemporary […]

15.05.2014 · Filled under: Art, Destinations, Environment, Home & Garden ·
Times Square transformed into a giant stage with New York vintage chair exhibition

Times Square transformed into a giant stage with New York vintage chair exhibition

(Relaxnews) – New York is buzzing as the second annual NYCxDesign festival gets into full swing, and now Times Square is poised to get a slice of the action, thanks to a new exhibition made up of revamped vintage chairs. “Street Seats” comprises a selection of reclaimed chairs found on the city’s streets, repainted in taxi-cab yellow […]

15.05.2014 · Filled under: Art, Destinations, Entertainment, Home & Garden ·
Italian director chosen for Pope Francis biopic

Italian director chosen for Pope Francis biopic

(Relaxnews) – Daniele Luchetti will helm the Spanish-language feature adapted from the book “Francisco: El Papa de la gente” (“Francis: The People’s Pope”), Variety reports. Production on “Call Me Francesco” is slated to begin this summer in Argentina with Daniele Luchetti in the director’s chair. Producer Piero Valsecchi said the feature will be released around […]

15.05.2014 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment, Film, International Stars ·
New visa law to make travel to Brazil easier for foreigners

New visa law to make travel to Brazil easier for foreigners

(Relaxnews) – In an attempt to promote foreign tourism to Brazil, the government has approved new measures that will allow visitors to apply for tourist visas online and reduce wait times. For foreigners, that means a simplified application process and eliminating the need to travel to a major urban city in search of a Brazilian […]

15.05.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, World News ·
ABC offers first look at Steven Spielberg-produced ‘The Whispers’

ABC offers first look at Steven Spielberg-produced ‘The Whispers’

(Relaxnews) – Before bringing its alien invasion thriller to the airwaves in early 2015, the network has released the first official trailer. “The Whispers,” previously known by its working title “The Visitors,” depicts an alien invasion in which extraterrestrial forces use children to dominate the planet. In particular, the show follows two FBI agents investigating […]

15.05.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Online, Videos ·
New Harry Potter ride re-enacts escape from Gringotts bank

New Harry Potter ride re-enacts escape from Gringotts bank

(Relaxnews) – New details have emerged on the latest Harry Potter attraction in Florida designed to recreate one of the most action-packed scenes of the movie series: a dramatic escape from the vaults of the Gringotts Wizarding Banks. Described as a multi-dimensional, multi-sensory thrill ride, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts is the latest […]

Ben Affleck makes his debut as Batman in new photo

Ben Affleck makes his debut as Batman in new photo

(Relaxnews) – After teasing a photo of the Batmobile a day earlier, the director behind the “Man of Steel” sequel tweeted the first image of Ben Affleck in the Batman costume. Zack Snyder (@ZackSnyder) had suggested he would reveal more of the Batmobile yesterday, but fans were pleasantly surprised when the photo revealed not only the Batmobile […]

14.05.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Online ·
New ‘Transformers 4’ stills show Optimus Prime, Bumblebee

New ‘Transformers 4’ stills show Optimus Prime, Bumblebee

(Relaxnews) – Paramount has released the poster and new stills from “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” the fourth feature in the series directed by Michael Bay. The new images of Optimus Prime and Bumblebee, two of the good guy robots known as the Autobots, made their debut in the latest issue of Empire. Part of a […]

14.05.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Online, Videos ·
Motorola launches Moto E

Motorola launches Moto E

(Relaxnews) – The first handset from the company since it was sold to Lenovo, the Moto E offers an excellent balance of performance and price and could be the ideal entry-level phone for any consumer anywhere in the world ready to dump their feature phone in favor of their first smart handset. Motorola has planned […]

14.05.2014 · Filled under: Apps, Entertainment, Home & Garden, Online, Science & Technology ·
Asia Argento presents ‘Incompresa’ ahead of Cannes

Asia Argento presents ‘Incompresa’ ahead of Cannes

(Relaxnews) – The trailer has been unveiled for the Italian actress and director’s third feature-length film, which will be screened in the Un Certain Regard section of the 67th Cannes Film Festival. After “Scarlet Diva” (2000) and “The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things” (2005), Asia Argento returned to the director’s chair to helm “Incompresa” […]

13.05.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, International Stars, Online, Videos ·
Thriller from beyond grave: new Jackson songs wow critics

Thriller from beyond grave: new Jackson songs wow critics

(LOS ANGELES-AFP) – Self-styled King of Pop Michael Jackson returns from the grave again this week with a second posthumous album of songs recorded before his death in 2009. “Xscape” goes on sale in the United States Tuesday, after being released in various European countries at the weekend and on Monday. Critics have already hailed […]

13.05.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, International Stars, Music ·
US, PHL marines hold drills on flashpoint South China Sea

US, PHL marines hold drills on flashpoint South China Sea

By Teodoro Aljibe SAN ANTONIO (AFP) – Scores of US and Filipino marines launched mock assaults on a South China Sea beach in the Philippines Friday, as a row escalates between Beijing and its smaller neighbors over the strategic waters. The drills, part of annual war games between the two countries, came after Vietnam said […]

13.05.2014 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Pope says baptism is for everyone, even Martians

Pope says baptism is for everyone, even Martians

VATICAN CITY, May 12, 2014 (AFP) – Pope Francis on Monday declared that everyone has the right to be baptized, even aliens should they come knocking on the church’s door. Christians cannot “close the door” to all those who seek baptism even if they are “green men, with a long nose and big ears, like […]

13.05.2014 · Filled under: World News ·
ASEAN seeks peaceful solution

ASEAN seeks peaceful solution

10-nation group rebukes China’s bullying tactics By Martin Abbugao NAYPYIDAW (AFP) – Southeast Asian leaders have expressed “serious concern” over worsening territorial disputes in the South China Sea, presenting a rare united front against an increasingly assertive Beijing. Vietnam and the Philippines led a successful push for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to deliver […]

13.05.2014 · Filled under: Asian News ·
Films competing in Cannes new talent section

Films competing in Cannes new talent section

(PARIS-AFP) – The Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard competition showcases up-and-coming talent. Here are the 20 films chosen to compete before the jury headed by Argentine scriptwriter, producer and director Pablo Trapero as well as the films to be screened out of competition at the event: – Opening film: “Party Girl”, Marie Amachoukeli, Claire […]

12.05.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, International Stars, Online ·
Trailer: Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton in ‘And So It Goes’

Trailer: Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton in ‘And So It Goes’

(Relaxnews) – The trailer has been released for Rob Reiner’s new romantic comedy, headlined by the two Oscar winners. The director behind “When Harry Met Sally” and “The Bucket List” is returning this summer with “And So It Goes,” a romantic comedy about a crotchety egomaniac who may have met his match. Michael Douglas plays […]

12.05.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Online ·
Movie heavyweights line up in race for Cannes glory

Movie heavyweights line up in race for Cannes glory

(PARIS-AFP) – Cannes will roll out the red carpet on Wednesday for the start of the world’s biggest movie festival, with a line-up of directorial big guns poised to go head-to-head in a year of comebacks, swansongs and star debuts. Heavyweights David Cronenberg, the Dardenne brothers, Jean-Luc Godard, Mike Leigh and Ken Loach are among […]

12.05.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, International Stars ·
LG pads out tablet range

LG pads out tablet range

(Relaxnews) – The company’s G Pad line, which existed as a single 8.3-inch tablet back in September, is swelling to four models, each with a different display size. Last autumn, LG kicked off a big advertising campaign focusing on the G Pad ahead of its official reveal at the IFA, and the fact that at 8.3 inches, […]

12.05.2014 · Filled under: Apps, Science & Technology ·
New romantic comedy Chasing Athens by Fil-Am journalist released

New romantic comedy Chasing Athens by Fil-Am journalist released

Expat life and love lessons collide in debut novel by Marissa Tejada   (Athens, GREECE) – Greece’s economic crisis, culture and landscape inspired award-winning journalist Marissa Tejada to set her first novel, Chasing Athens, in the Mediterranean country where she moved to several years ago. E-book romance publisher Musa Publishing released the romantic comedy as part […]

12.05.2014 · Filled under: Books ·
Eurovision winner says bad planning behind tepid sales

Eurovision winner says bad planning behind tepid sales

(COPENHAGEN-AFP) – Despite winning hands down at last year’s Eurovision Song Contest, Danish singer Emmelie de Forest has struggled to find commercial success in her native Denmark. “I had too much to think about. You have so much to think about when you win Eurovision,” said de Forest, who this year will perform the official […]

11.05.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, International Stars, Music ·
The Cannes Film Festival in figures

The Cannes Film Festival in figures

(PARIS-AFP) – Here is a statistical snapshot of the May 14-25 Cannes Film Festival: — 1,700: The feature-length films submitted to the festival of which 18 are in the competition for the Palme d’Or, the festival’s top prize, and 20 in the new talent “Un Certain Regard” section. — 19: The number of 18-carat gold […]

150 tech companies press government for net neutrality

150 tech companies press government for net neutrality

WASHINGTON (AFP) − Google, Facebook, Amazon and other online giants warn that the Internet faces a “grave threat” if service providers are able to prioritize or restrict usage based on negotiated payments. In a joint letter Wednesday, some 150 companies told the Federal Communications Commission its proposed rules over net neutrality would permit phone and […]

11.05.2014 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Renewed trust and confidence in PHL reflects on Filipinos abroad

Renewed trust and confidence in PHL reflects on Filipinos abroad

NAY PYI TAW, Myanmar, May 10 (Mabuhay) – The renewed trust and confidence of the foreign investors in the Philippine economy also reflects on Filipinos working and living abroad. Esperanza Ordoño-Saw, marketing manager for Global Sky Company Limited in Myanmar, said more foreign entrepreneurs are now willing to look into possible investment opportunities in the […]

11.05.2014 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Papier-mâché pandas to take on Hong Kong

Papier-mâché pandas to take on Hong Kong

(Relaxnews) – A troupe of 1,600 papier-mâché pandas is set to descend upon Hong Kong this June, as part of an ongoing campaign by the WWF. ‘1600 Pandas World Tour in Hong Kong: Creativity Meets Conservation’ will see the pandas grace the city’s top 10 landmarks as part of the government’s ‘conserving central’ initiative. The 1,600 […]

09.05.2014 · Filled under: Art, Destinations, Environment, Home & Garden ·
App to sell restaurant leftovers to help reduce food waste

App to sell restaurant leftovers to help reduce food waste

(Relaxnews) – As the dialogue on the shameful amount of food waste grows louder, US developers are in the midst of creating an innovative new app that will allow retailers and restaurants to sell their leftovers and overstocked products to consumers. Currently being tested in New York, PareUp aims to divert perfectly edible foods from landfills — […]

09.05.2014 · Filled under: Apps, Destinations, Environment, Food & Dining, Home & Garden ·
Over 10 million WiFi hotspots worldwide by 2018

Over 10 million WiFi hotspots worldwide by 2018

(Relaxnews) – The number of WiFi hotspots around the globe, which stood at 4.2 million in 2013, is expected to skyrocket to 10.5 million by 2018, according to ABI Research. Currently, Asia is home to the vast majority of these hotspots (68.9%), far ahead of Latin America (12.3%), Europe (9%) and North America (8.7%). China […]

09.05.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Online, Science & Technology ·
‘Batman vs. Superman’ delays Ben Affleck’s next project

‘Batman vs. Superman’ delays Ben Affleck’s next project

(Relaxnews) – Initially slated for release in December 2015, Ben Affleck’s forthcoming feature “Live by Night” is now expected to arrive in theaters almost one year later, in October 2016. Warner Bros announced that it has pushed back the release of “Live by Night,” which Ben Affleck is set to direct. The delay was seen […]

09.05.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
MAC & Maleficent collection hits the web May 8

MAC & Maleficent collection hits the web May 8

(Relaxnews) – The cosmetics brand has teamed up with Disney to create a new capsule line for the new Disney movie starring Angelina Jolie. MAC‘s Maleficent line, inspired by the darkness of the title character’s sinister look, is available to order online in the US from Thursday, May 8. The collection includes a lipstick, longwear […]

TV’s Power Rangers morphing into film

TV’s Power Rangers morphing into film

(LOS ANGELES-AFP) – More than 20 years after taking children’s television by storm, the Power Rangers are morphing into the movies. In a statement, production house Lionsgate said Wednesday it is partnering with Saban Brands, which owns the rights to Power Rangers, to develop “an original live-action feature film based on the iconic Power Rangers […]

08.05.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film ·
Pair of ‘Princess Diaries’ books after 5-year break

Pair of ‘Princess Diaries’ books after 5-year break

(Relaxnews) – Meg Cabot is returning as author of “The Princess Diaries” in 2015, but this time will focus on Mia Thermopolis’s life as an adult. Just like her fans, Mia has grown up, and “Royal Wedding” sees her prepare for marriage to long-term beau Michael. At the same time, it emerges that Mia has […]

08.05.2014 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment ·
‘Jurassic World’ gains Andy Buckley of ‘The Office’

‘Jurassic World’ gains Andy Buckley of ‘The Office’

(Relaxnews) – Discovered during the US’s run of workplace comedy “The Office,” Andy Buckley is participating in the fourth entry to the dinosaur franchise started in 1993. Buckley joins Omar Sy, Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt, Vincent D’Onofrio and Irrfan Khan in facing up to Universal Pictures’ selection of dinos. Colin Trevorrow (of Sundance’s 2012 […]

08.05.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
US Supreme Court allows prayer at government meetings

US Supreme Court allows prayer at government meetings

By Chantal Valery WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US Supreme Court on Monday upheld citizens’ right to pray at government meetings, in a divided decision which said the practice did not violate religious freedoms. The court’s five conservative justices said “the nation’s history and tradition have shown that prayer in this limited context could coexist with […]

08.05.2014 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
New images confirm activity at N. Korea nuclear test

New images confirm activity at N. Korea nuclear test

SEOUL (AFP) – New satellite imagery confirms continued activity at North Korea’s main nuclear test site that is consistent with preparations for an atomic detonation, analysts said Wednesday. Images taken on Tuesday show particular activity near the entrances to the two completed tunnels in the South Portal area of the Punggye-ri test site, the Institute […]

08.05.2014 · Filled under: Asian News ·
US-PHL launch war games after Obama pledge

US-PHL launch war games after Obama pledge

By Jason Gutierrez MANILA (AFP) – Thousands of American and Philippine troops launched large annual exercises on Monday after US President Barack Obama vowed “ironclad” backing for its Asian ally, locked in a tense maritime row with China. Filipino Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said the 10-day drills were necessary to deal with the challenge […]

06.05.2014 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
Disney develops 3D-printed interactive speakers

Disney develops 3D-printed interactive speakers

(Relaxnews) – Scientists at Disney Research have developed a way to create electrostatic interactive loudspeakers in almost any form, thanks to a new 3D printingmethod. Speakers in the shape of anything from a rubber ducky to an abstract spiral could be easily manufactured, thanks to the technology unveiled at the Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), […]

06.05.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Home & Garden, Online, Science & Technology, Videos ·
Meadham Kirchhoff & Penhaligon’s: behind the scenes for Tralala

Meadham Kirchhoff & Penhaligon’s: behind the scenes for Tralala

(Relaxnews) – The Anglo-French design duo and French perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour have revealed the creative processes behind their new fragrance for Penhaligon’s. Meadham Kirchhoff is one of London’s hottest emerging labels, which made it all the more exciting when we first heard it would team up with one of the city’s oldest perfume houses. To […]

06.05.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Home & Garden, Online, Videos ·
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt to reteam for new movie

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt to reteam for new movie

(Relaxnews) – The celebrity couple is planning to work together on a new film written by Angelina Jolie herself, according to Deadline.com and the Hollywood Reporter. The project would be the pair’s first professional collaboration since “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” in 2005. Brangelina in a movie? The idea is likely to pique the interest of […]

06.05.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
A case for selfies

A case for selfies

(Relaxnews) – A new set of protective cases for the iPhone 5s and Samsung Galaxy S5 aim to simplify snapping a self-portrait. Their maker, iLuv, claims that they are the first in the world to feature a wireless remote shutter release, meaning that there’s no need to hold your phone at arm’s length in front […]

06.05.2014 · Filled under: Apps, Entertainment, Online, Science & Technology ·
Take a virtual ride of Disney’s Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Take a virtual ride of Disney’s Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

(Relaxnews) – Disney has put the final touches on the ride it’s billing as the crowning jewel of New Fantasyland in Orlando, a ride that will take guests on a twisty, scenic roller coaster ride through a gemstone-studded mine and by the hearth of the quaint dwarf cottage. The completion of the Seven Dwarfs Mine […]

06.05.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Entertainment, Online, Videos ·
Hundreds show up at PHL embassy open house

Hundreds show up at PHL embassy open house

Now many Americans know why ‘It’s more fun in the Philippines’ WASHINGTON, D.C. – More than 6,000 people, most of them Americans, got to know why it’s more fun in the Philippines after the Philippine Embassy opened its doors to the public for the first time and regaled them with dances, music and, of course, Filipino […]

06.05.2014 · Filled under: Local News ·

LA County to host used oil recycling event in La Puente

The County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works will host a free used motor oil and used oil filter recycling event at San Angelo Park, 245 San Angelo Avenue, on Saturday, May 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. In exchange for turning in their used oil, participants will be rewarded with free oil […]

05.05.2014 · Filled under: Happenings, Hometown, Local News, Motoring ·
Samsung wants to talk about health

Samsung wants to talk about health

(Relaxnews) – The company has sent out press invitations to a special May 28 event in San Francisco where it promises “A new conversation about health is about to begin.” The invitation is intriguing for two reasons. The first being that it is scheduled just four days before Apple’s WWDC where health and fitness are […]

‘Baa’ stools are the latest in spring interiors

‘Baa’ stools are the latest in spring interiors

(Relaxnews) – You could be forgiven for thinking this nebulous-looking seat belonged in a field, but the Baa Stool is in fact the latest quirky design to hit the world of interiors. Set to go on display at Clerkenwell Design Week in London later this month, the handmade stool comprises a luxurious removable sheepskin cover on a […]

Official pix: Roberto Cavalli tour costumes for Katy Perry

Official pix: Roberto Cavalli tour costumes for Katy Perry

(Relaxnews) – The Italian designer has created two special looks for the American singer’s Prismatic World Tour which kicks off this week. Katy Perry will hit the stage this week wearing two Roberto Cavalli looks created especially for her by the Italian luxury brand. They are certainly designed to keep all eyes fixed on the 29-year-old singer: […]

Online video stars join forces for ‘May the 4th Be with YouTube’

Online video stars join forces for ‘May the 4th Be with YouTube’

(Relaxnews) – As part of worldwide “Star Wars” celebrations on Sunday, the Star Wars YouTube channel co-ordinated a “May the 4th Be with YouTube” event with contributions from the likes of Corey Vidal, Bored Shorts, CollegeHumor and YouTube Nation. Each four-to-five-minute skit provided an alternative take on events in the Star Wars Cantina, originally seen […]

05.05.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Offbeat, Online, Videos ·
Lunch-hour dance parties being held around the world May 6

Lunch-hour dance parties being held around the world May 6

(Relaxnews) – From the US to France, Vietnam and Sweden, office workers around the world will be loosening their ties and kicking off their heels on Tuesday to join a global lunch hour dance-athon created to let workers blow off steam and put on their dancing shoes midday. Instead of eating stale sandwiches at their […]

05.05.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Entertainment, Home & Garden, Music, Offbeat, Online ·
‘Spider-Man 2’ leaps to box office top

‘Spider-Man 2’ leaps to box office top

(LOS ANGELES-AFP) – “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” sprang to the top of the North American box office this weekend, its first in movie theaters, industry estimates showed Sunday. The sequel featuring Andrew Garfield in the title character’s celebrated red and blue tights took in $92 million in 4,324 theaters, outperforming the original that went on […]

05.05.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
World’s first simultaneous international race to take place May 4

World’s first simultaneous international race to take place May 4

(Relaxnews) – Registrations for the Wings for Life World Run are now closed, and the countdown has begun. Across the globe, from Denver in the US to Perth in Australia, runners will depart simultaneously on Sunday, May 4 in this atypical race. For runners in the US, the clock will start before sunrise (3:00am in […]

02.05.2014 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, Sports & Recreation, World News ·
Rihanna’s trademark makeup looks: tutorials

Rihanna’s trademark makeup looks: tutorials

(Relaxnews) – The Barbadian popstar is revealed the cover star for Vogue Brasil’s latest issue, which hit newsstands Monday. RiRi was shot by Peruvian photographer Mariano Vivanco in a look that features some of her key beauty features (bold smoky eyes, strong colored lips and messy short hair). We examine how to recreate some of […]

New Malaysian budget airport opens amid MH370 mystery

New Malaysian budget airport opens amid MH370 mystery

(SEPANG-AFP) – Malaysia on Friday officially opened a new airport built specifically for the fast-growing budget-travel sector, but with the country’s aviation industry under deep scrutiny over the loss of missing flight MH370. The much-delayed new facility near the main Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) officially commenced operations at 12:05 am (1605 GMT) when a […]

01.05.2014 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations ·
Keith Richards’s Ferrari Dino going under the hammer

Keith Richards’s Ferrari Dino going under the hammer

(Relaxnews) – With Father’s Day just around the corner, this could prove the perfect present for anyone who loves cars as much as they love rock n’ roll: the 1972 compact supercar that once belonged to the Rolling Stones’ lead guitarist will be going under the hammer in Monaco at the Coys auction on Friday, […]

01.05.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Entertainment, International Stars, Motoring, Music ·
Boehner mocks partymates on immigration

Boehner mocks partymates on immigration

By Michael Mathes WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US Senate passed comprehensive immigration reform last June, but the issue is languishing this year, with skittish Republicans reluctant to jeopardize their chance to gain full control of Congress. None other than the top Republican in Washington, House Speaker John Boehner, mocked conservatives in his own party this […]

30.04.2014 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Matt Damon could play Aquaman in ‘Justice League’

Matt Damon could play Aquaman in ‘Justice League’

(Relaxnews) – Rumors suggest that the star could join his longtime friend Ben Affleck on the set of Zack Snyder’s forthcoming superhero movie, according to Thewrap.com. Matt Damon could board “Justice League,” the feature on the DC Comics superhero team, along the same lines as Marvel’s “Avengers.” The speculation should be regarded as such, however, […]

30.04.2014 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
How this restaurant produces zero waste

How this restaurant produces zero waste

(Relaxnews) – A small Chicago sandwich shop has gained headlines for pulling off an impressive feat for any restaurant: producing zero waste. Over two years, chef owner Justin Vrany’s restaurant Sandwich Me In has produced eight gallons of garbage — the average amount of waste produced by a restaurant every hour, he says. In more […]

A breath of fresh MacBook Air

A breath of fresh MacBook Air

(Relaxnews) – Apple has very quietly and without any fuss upgraded the processors across its range of ultra-lightweight notebooks and has also lowered their prices. All of the other specifications remain the same — 4GB of RAM as standard, Intel HD 500 graphics and a choice of 128GB or 256GB of solid state flash memory […]

30.04.2014 · Filled under: Apps, Entertainment, Home & Garden, Online, Science & Technology ·
Gufram designs by Marcel Wanders and Karim Rashid set to go on show at ICFF New York

Gufram designs by Marcel Wanders and Karim Rashid set to go on show at ICFF New York

(Relaxnews) – Contemporary Italian furniture studio Gufram is preparing to show off its new pieces by designers including Marcel Wanders and Karim Rashid at the “Wanted” exhibition running alongside ICFF New York. The group has collaborated with a host of big names within the design industry to create a hot new collection for 2014. Pieces include Boing […]

29.04.2014 · Filled under: Art, Destinations, Entertainment, Home & Garden ·
Disney eyes bigger plans with Shanghai

Disney eyes bigger plans with Shanghai

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – American entertainment giant Disney is set to pour an additional $800 million into its Disney Shanghai, its first theme park on the Chinese mainland, officials said Monday. CEO Bob Iger said the deal, with Shanghai Shendi Group, will total an investment of $5.5 billion, and the additional funds will be to boost the […]

29.04.2014 · Filled under: Art, Destinations, Entertainment ·
‘Game of Thrones’ sets new ratings record

‘Game of Thrones’ sets new ratings record

(Relaxnews) – The fantasy series’ popularity continues to rise. The most recent episode was the most watched yet, seen by 6.9 million HBO subscribers on Sunday, April 27. “Game of Thrones” achieved a new record audience with the fourth episode of its fourth season, entitled “Oathkeeper.” The broadcast was watched by close to seven million […]

29.04.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
World renowned violinist, Joshua Bell And Glee Star, Darren Criss added to the all-star line-up typhoon Haiyan tribute concert

World renowned violinist, Joshua Bell And Glee Star, Darren Criss added to the all-star line-up typhoon Haiyan tribute concert

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Grammy Award-winning violinist, Joshua Bell and Glee and Broadway star sensation, Darren Criss join multi-award-winning Broadway artist Lea Salonga, Hollywood actor Lou Diamond Phillips, tenor Rodell Rosel, Christine Rocas of Joffrey Ballet, singer Apl.de.ap of Black Eyed Peas and a host of other celebrities will come together in the nation’s capital for a benefit concert […]

Pope Francis declares John Paul II, John XXIII saints

Pope Francis declares John Paul II, John XXIII saints

By Jean-Louis De La Vaissiere, Laure Brumont VATICAN CITY (AFP) − Pope Francis on Sunday proclaimed John Paul II and John XXIII the Catholic Church’s newest saints at a festive ceremony joined by hundreds of thousands of pilgrims for two pontiffs who helped shape 20th-century history. “We declare and define as saints the blessed John […]

29.04.2014 · Filled under: World News ·
US, PHL sign agreement for increased US troop presence

US, PHL sign agreement for increased US troop presence

MANILA, Apr 28 (Mabuhay) – Philippine and United States officials on Monday signed the agreement that will allow an enlarged rotational presence of American troops in the country, hours before the arrival of US President Barack Obama. Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and US Ambassador Philip Goldberg signed the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) in Camp […]

28.04.2014 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
GOP NY Rep Grimm in custody, faces charges

GOP NY Rep Grimm in custody, faces charges

NEW YORK, April 28, 2014 (AFP) – US congressman Michael Grimm of New York was taken into custody Monday and charged with fraud, perjury and obstruction of justice, the FBI said. Grimm, a former FBI agent himself and a second-term Republican from Staten Island, was expected to be arraigned later Monday in federal court. “As […]

28.04.2014 · Filled under: News ·
Foreign-based militants to join protests vs. Obama’s PHL visit

Foreign-based militants to join protests vs. Obama’s PHL visit

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Filipino militant groups based in the United States and other countries will join protests against the visit of US President Barack Obama this coming week, militant umbrella group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan said Saturday. Bayan, which is planning its own two-day protest action, said at least 20 US-based organizations allied with it were […]

28.04.2014 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
End of Affirmative Action as schools can now ignore race in admissions

End of Affirmative Action as schools can now ignore race in admissions

By Chantal VALERY WASHINGTON (AFP) − The US Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that states can disregard race as a factor in university admissions, in a fresh blow to a legacy of the 1960s civil rights movement. The 6-2 ruling upheld the constitutionality of a measure passed by referendum in Michigan that disallowed so-called affirmative action […]

28.04.2014 · Filled under: U.S. News ·
Philippine Airlines quits flying shark fins amid outcry

Philippine Airlines quits flying shark fins amid outcry

MANILA (AFP) – Philippine Airlines (PAL) said Thursday it has stopped flying shark fin cargoes, joining a number of other Asia-Pacific carriers in taking a stand for marine conservation. The fins are used in shark fin soup, a much-valued delicacy in Hong Kong and China. Conservationists say booming demand for such fins has put pressure […]

28.04.2014 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
PHL, Hong Kong end emotional hostage row

PHL, Hong Kong end emotional hostage row

By Aaron Tam HONG KONG (AFP) – Hong Kong and the Philippines announced Wednesday they had resolved an enduring and deeply emotional row over a deadly hostage crisis, allowing soured diplomatic relations to return to normal. The breakthrough came after a deal was struck on the most sensitive issues of compensation to the victims of […]

26.04.2014 · Filled under: Asian News ·
China approves jail for rare wild animal eaters: Xinhua

China approves jail for rare wild animal eaters: Xinhua

BEIJING (AFP) – China’s legislature voted on Thursday to approve a legal measure that will jail people caught eating rare wild animals, state media reported. The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) approved a new interpretation of China’s Criminal Law at a bimonthly session, the official Xinhua news agency reported. The NPC, China’s […]

26.04.2014 · Filled under: Asian News ·