Smoking linked to mental decline in men: study

Smoking linked to mental decline in men: study

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – Men who smoke experience greater mental declines over time than men who never smoked, but the same link does not appear among women, said a British study published in the United States on Monday. The research suggested that the effects of long-term cigarette smoking show up terms of memory loss, inability to connect […]

07.02.2012 · Filled under: Health & Fitness ·
Boeing faces new problem with Dreamliner: report

Boeing faces new problem with Dreamliner: report

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – US aircraft manufacturer Boeing has discovered a manufacturing error causing delamination in a fuselage section of some 787 Dreamliners, The Seattle Times reported Sunday. Citing an unnamed person with knowledge of the problem, the newspaper said Boeing was inspecting all the airplanes already built to determine the extent of the problem. Boeing has […]

06.02.2012 · Filled under: News ·
Februrary 2012 Lookbook index: top 10 street styles from around the world

Februrary 2012 Lookbook index: top 10 street styles from around the world

10 photos (Relaxnews) – Romance is in the air as lace, chiffon and ethereal images are popular on Lookbook now. ©LOOKBOOK.nu/Mike Q. Special uses : Use only for LOOKBOOK.nu We found love in a hopeless place by Mike Q., 18 year old photographer from Bucharest Find out more about his style at http://lookbook.nu/qmike ©LOOKBOOK.nu/Nadia E. Special uses : Use only […]

06.02.2012 · Filled under: Beauty & Style ·
Amazon’s flash-sale site going luxe with discount designers

Amazon’s flash-sale site going luxe with discount designers

(Relaxnews) – Amazon’s members-only flash-sale site MyHabit is launching its first designer tab, with the likes of Thakoon, Valentino and Balmain going on offer at up to 60 percent. Adding to its women’s, men’s, children’s and home categories, the site is teaming up with top fashion houses including Bibhu Mohapatra, Costume National and Alejandro Ingelmo […]

06.02.2012 · Filled under: Beauty & Style ·
Could bonding with friends over dinner make you fat?

Could bonding with friends over dinner make you fat?

(Relaxnews) – Going for dinner with a friend with a big appetite? A new study suggests pacing your food intake after researchers found that people tend to mimic each other’s eating behavior, bite for bite. After observing the eating patterns of 70 pairs of young women, a team of Dutch researchers found that the participants […]

06.02.2012 · Filled under: Home Food ·
Health and fitness agenda: Germany’s BioFach and Vivaness events

Health and fitness agenda: Germany’s BioFach and Vivaness events

(Relaxnews) – Coming up, yogis can log on to one of the only virtual yoga conferences, while Nuremberg, Germany, readies its massive BioFach, the world’s largest trade fair dedicated to organic products. 3rd Yoga, Health & Happiness: Virtual World Yoga Conference February 7-11 Online The Virtual World Yoga Conference is the first yoga event of […]

06.02.2012 · Filled under: Happenings, Videos ·
Top free iPad apps: Disneyland Explorer

Top free iPad apps: Disneyland Explorer

(Relaxnews) – Over the past week the most downloaded free iPad application in both the USA and Canada was Disneyland Explorer; this app offers users a glimpse into the Disney experience through a large number of pictures of highlights in the park. Details of these and other top free iPad applications by country* for the […]

06.02.2012 · Filled under: Apps ·
Miss Piggy to grill stars at BAFTA awards

Miss Piggy to grill stars at BAFTA awards

(LONDON-AFP) – Hollywood stars George Clooney and Brad Pitt are set to face a grilling from Miss Piggy on the red carpet at the BAFTA film awards in Britain, it was announced Monday. The glamorous pink star of “The Muppets” will question the stars as they arrive at the British Academy Film Awards 2012 on […]

06.02.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·
Celebrity cook-off show attracts record-breaking audience for US food channel

Celebrity cook-off show attracts record-breaking audience for US food channel

(Relaxnews) – A record number of viewers tuned into the the Food Network last month, in large part due to a new celebrity cook-off show hosted by food TV personalities Rachael Ray and Guy Fieri. The series premiere of Rachael vs. Guy Celebrity Cook-Off helped attract a network average of 1.4 million viewers to the cable channel, […]

06.02.2012 · Filled under: Home Food ·
Images of the week: Nairobi, Lahore, Moscow

Images of the week: Nairobi, Lahore, Moscow

12 photos ©AFP PHOTO/Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images London Lindsay Schuman puts the finishing touches to a floral arch installation at the Tropical Extravaganza Festival 2012 in the Princess of Wales Conservatory, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew on February 2, 2012 in London, England. The festival runs from February 4 to March 4, 2012 and contains 6500 tropical […]

06.02.2012 · Filled under: News, Photos ·
‘Oldest marathon runner’ competes in Hong Kong

‘Oldest marathon runner’ competes in Hong Kong

(HONG KONG-AFP) – A 100-year-old British Indian man who claims to be the world’s oldest marathoner was all smiles after completing a 10-kilometre run at the Hong Kong marathon on Sunday. Born in 1911 and affectionately nicknamed the “Turbaned Torpedo”, Fauja Singh finished the race in just over one hour and 34 minutes, organisers told […]

06.02.2012 · Filled under: Destinations ·
Sunflowers and flax milked as latest non-dairy alternatives

Sunflowers and flax milked as latest non-dairy alternatives

(Relaxnews) – Almond milk may have been the fastest growing non-dairy milk alternative in 2011, but a raft of other dairy-free beverages are also set to squeeze into the market, including sunflower and flax-based milk. US-based Sunrich Naturals, for instance, recently launched a beverage made from sunflower kernels called Sōl, a non-dairy alternative that’s particularly rich […]

06.02.2012 · Filled under: Home Food ·
Proposed autism diagnostic criteria roils medical community

Proposed autism diagnostic criteria roils medical community

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – A proposal to use new diagnostic criteria for autism has roiled the US medical community, with many experts concerned that the move could exclude children affected by some forms of the disorder. The American Psychiatric Association recommended last month that a new category called “autism spectrum disorder” be established to incorporate several forms […]

06.02.2012 · Filled under: Health & Fitness ·
Create your own wine label on Facebook

Create your own wine label on Facebook

(Relaxnews) – If you’ve ever fantasized about becoming a winemaker, a California wine company is launching a virtual contest that gives oenophiles a chance to create and market their own label. Crushpad, a custom crush facility for winemakers in Sonoma, California, announced the launch of a Facebook contest this week that allows ordinary wine lovers in the […]

05.02.2012 · Filled under: Promotions ·
Queen Elizabeth prepares to celebrate diamond jubilee

Queen Elizabeth prepares to celebrate diamond jubilee

(LONDON-AFP) – Queen Elizabeth II starts five months of diamond jubilee celebrations this weekend with the promise of pomp and splendour despite the British monarch’s wishes for restraint. The queen will make a deliberately low-key visit to Norfolk in eastern England on Monday, 60 years to the day since she ascended to the throne after […]

05.02.2012 · Filled under: Destinations ·
Festivities for British queen’s jubilee, month by month

Festivities for British queen’s jubilee, month by month

(LONDON-AFP) – Britain is pulling out all the stops to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s 60 years on the throne, with five months of festivities to rival the extravagant wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton last year. Here are the key events: February 6: The day the queen came to the throne following the death […]

05.02.2012 · Filled under: Happenings ·
Manga pirates to get own Tokyo exhibition

Manga pirates to get own Tokyo exhibition

(TOKYO-Relaxnews) – The adventures of the One Piece manga and animated movie characters are to be displayed at an art exhibition in Tokyo set up by their original creator, Eiichiro Oda. The pirates of the tale, which started out as a comic strip in the Shonen Jumpweekly comic in 1997, have become iconic characters around the world and […]

05.02.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·
Brains of addicts are inherently abnormal: study

Brains of addicts are inherently abnormal: study

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – Drug addicts have inherited abnormalities in some parts of the brain which interfere with impulse control, said a British study published in the United States on Thursday. Previous research has pointed to these differences, but it was unclear if they resulted from the ravages of addiction or if they were there beforehand to […]

05.02.2012 · Filled under: Health & Fitness ·
Health benefits of 1,000 bottles of red wine in a pill?

Health benefits of 1,000 bottles of red wine in a pill?

(Relaxnews) – Some experts say that for red wine lovers to see health benefits of resveratrol, a compound purported to add years to your life, they’ll need to guzzle excessive quantities of the stuff. But now a new study suggests that a class of drugs can offer the benefits of mega doses of resveratrol, equivalent […]

05.02.2012 · Filled under: Health & Fitness ·
For many Indonesians, ‘Fesbuk’ is the only Internet

For many Indonesians, ‘Fesbuk’ is the only Internet

(JAKARTA-AFP) – Indonesia, a developing Muslim nation which claims the world’s third-largest community of Facebook users, has become a showcase for the social networking site’s global power and reach. Facebook has broken technological and social barriers to connect 40 million users in the sprawling Indonesian archipelago of more than 17,000 islands, some without even landline […]

05.02.2012 · Filled under: Science & Technology ·
Apps agenda: RBS Six Nations, Sydney Mardi Gras, Grammys

Apps agenda: RBS Six Nations, Sydney Mardi Gras, Grammys

9 photos (Relaxnews) – A roundup of the essential apps needed for keeping up-to-date with major events in art, cinema, music, sport and more for February 6 – 12.   ©Android Arts: Diego Rivera: Murals for the Museum of Modern Art (November 13 – May 14, New York) From the Mexican muralist’s one-person show for […]

05.02.2012 · Filled under: Apps, Happenings, Photos ·
Queen’s Jubilee and London Olympics to spotlight British cuisine

Queen’s Jubilee and London Olympics to spotlight British cuisine

(Relaxnews) – The celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee and the summer Olympic games in London are poised to reignite national pride in all things British, including a renewed and rising interest in classic British cuisine. That’s the epicurean prognosis of trendspotting agency The foodpeople, which predicts that, like the Royal Wedding which put the UK […]

05.02.2012 · Filled under: Home Food ·
Healthy snacking is hard to do: survey

Healthy snacking is hard to do: survey

(Relaxnews) – According to the results of a market research survey, consumers in the US say it’s hard to find healthy snacks around them. A month into 2012, when resolutions begin to dissolve and fade, a new Mintel survey released last week found that almost half, or 46 percent, of respondents said it’s difficult to […]

05.02.2012 · Filled under: Health & Fitness ·
Gourmet chocolate maker teams up with writer Nicholas Sparks in love story contest

Gourmet chocolate maker teams up with writer Nicholas Sparks in love story contest

(Relaxnews) – Like the sweeping love stories Chocolat and Like Water for Chocolate, inspired by perhaps one of the most mythologized foods in literature, a confectionery brand has partnered with New York Times bestselling novelist Nicholas Sparks in a contest that seeks the sweetest love story. In the lead-up to Valentine’s Day, when store shelves groan with heart-shaped […]

05.02.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment, Promotions ·
New app allows hotel guests to control TVs – without touching that filthy remote

New app allows hotel guests to control TVs – without touching that filthy remote

(Relaxnews) – TV remotes are reportedly among the dirtiest objects in the average hotel room — but now, hundreds of thousands of travelers will be able to watch television without even needing to touch one. A new app produced by Lodgenet, the firm which provides in-room entertainment for thousands of hotels in the US and […]

04.02.2012 · Filled under: Apps ·
KLM unveils Meet & Seat for social-network-powered seat mates

KLM unveils Meet & Seat for social-network-powered seat mates

(Relaxnews) – KLM has officially launched its ‘Meet & Seat’ tool, allowing passengers to pick a seatmate using social media. The Dutch carrier confirmed February 3 that passengers on select flights are now able to use the tool after linking their Facebook or LinkedIn accounts to the KLM.com website. After ‘sharing’ their profile so that […]

04.02.2012 · Filled under: Destinations ·
OpenTable releases top 100 most romantic restaurants in the US

OpenTable releases top 100 most romantic restaurants in the US

(Relaxnews) – New American cuisine came out on top this week in a list that names the most romantic restaurants in the US, in time for Valentine’s Day. According to the five million reviews submitted on user-generated online reservation website OpenTable.com, homegrown American cuisine that uses locally sourced ingredients led a list of the top […]

04.02.2012 · Filled under: Home Food ·
Ultrasound zaps could be used as male contraceptives: study

Ultrasound zaps could be used as male contraceptives: study

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – Zapping testicles with ultrasound can reduce sperm counts and might be used in the future as an inexpensive, reliable and reversible male contraceptive, according to US researchers. Scientists from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, who conducted experiments on male rats, issued their findings on Saturday in the journal Reproductive Biology […]

04.02.2012 · Filled under: Health & Fitness ·
US study finds Alzheimer’s spreads like infection

US study finds Alzheimer’s spreads like infection

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – A new US study has found that Alzheimer’s disease spreads from one part of the brain to another like an infection, a discovery that could aid the development of treatments to slow its progress. The Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) study on transgenic mice found that the abnormal tau protein linked to the […]

04.02.2012 · Filled under: Health & Fitness ·
‘Trompe l’oeil’, or the art of deception, on show in Paris

‘Trompe l’oeil’, or the art of deception, on show in Paris

(PARIS-AFP) – “Trompe l’oeil” — or art designed to trick the eye — is the title of a new Paris exhibit exploring the history of illusion and pastiche, from ancient frescoes to fashion and the decorative arts. The first known use of trompe l’oeil, as legend would have it, dates back to ancient Greece, in […]

04.02.2012 · Filled under: Beauty & Style ·
Pacino, Walken and Arkin to star in ‘Stand Up Guys’

Pacino, Walken and Arkin to star in ‘Stand Up Guys’

(LOS ANGELES-Relaxnews) – Three Oscar winners, Al Pacino (Scent of a Woman), Christopher Walken (The Deer Hunter) and Alan Arkin (Little Miss Sunshine), will star in Stand Up Guys. Previously titled Old Timers, the story follows a pair of aging con men who try to get the old gang together again for one last night of debauchery […]

04.02.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·
‘Snapshot: Painters and Photography, Bonnard to Vuillard’ at the Phillips Collection

‘Snapshot: Painters and Photography, Bonnard to Vuillard’ at the Phillips Collection

11 photos (Relaxnews) – With more than 200 photographs and approximately 70 paintings, prints, and drawings from renowned international collections, Snapshot: Painters and Photography, Bonnard to Vuillard examines how the invention of the Kodak handheld camera in 1888 inspired many post-impressionists. The exhibition runs from February 4 through May 6 at the Phillips Collection in Washington DC. […]

04.02.2012 · Filled under: Destinations, Photos ·
Ad giants seek catchy tunes at MIDEM music market

Ad giants seek catchy tunes at MIDEM music market

(CANNES, France-AFP) – What kind of tune will make someone want to buy a bar of soap, a painkiller or a condom? That was the question facing ad agencies who flocked to this week’s MIDEM global music market in search of catchy sounds for their next big brand campaigns. Many artists were long reluctant to […]

04.02.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·
Mazda MX-5 Special Edition heading for Chicago

Mazda MX-5 Special Edition heading for Chicago

(Relaxnews) – Mazda is to launch a limited-edition model of its popular MX-5 sportscar at the Chicago Auto Show next week. The Japanese brand confirmed the launch February 2, saying that only 450 Special Edition variants of the MX-5 will be produced, boasting an upgraded roof and new interior. Since its launch in 1989, the […]

04.02.2012 · Filled under: Motoring ·
Your app’s ‘virtual coach’ may give you beneficial nudge: study

Your app’s ‘virtual coach’ may give you beneficial nudge: study

(Relaxnews) – If you’re looking to shed weight by relying on a smartphone app and/or a portable fitness gadget, look for one that comes with a “virtual coach,” at least according to new research published last week. US-based researchers from the Center for Connected Health and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston found that virtual coaches […]

04.02.2012 · Filled under: Apps, Health & Fitness ·
Cookbook offers taste of Mandela’s table

Cookbook offers taste of Mandela’s table

(JOHANNESBURG-AFP) – Nelson Mandela’s personal chef of 20 years launched her first cookbook Thursday, giving the world a taste of some of the anti-apartheid hero’s favourite South African dishes. Xoliswa Ndoyiya’s “Ukutya Kwasekhaya: Tastes from Nelson Mandela’s Kitchen” (the title means “home cooking” in Xhosa) features recipes such as umsila wenkomo (oxtail stew), umngqusho (maize […]

04.02.2012 · Filled under: Home Food ·
Style Olympics: London announces International Fashion Showcase

Style Olympics: London announces International Fashion Showcase

(Relaxnews) – It was announced January 31 that an inaugural International Fashion Showcase will take place during this February’s London Fashion Week, unveiling the work of some 80 rising international creators. Organized by the British Council and the British Fashion Council (BFC), the event will see 19 embassies and cultural institutes across the English capital […]

03.02.2012 · Filled under: Beauty & Style ·
Scientists breed antioxidant-rich purple ‘super tomato’

Scientists breed antioxidant-rich purple ‘super tomato’

(Relaxnews) – Researchers in the US have announced the debut of a purple “super tomato,” dubbed Indigo Rose, bred to contain higher than normal levels of antioxidants. Following on the veggie trail of the cancer-fighting “super broccoli” out of the UK last year, researchers from Oregon State University officially rolled out the new breed of […]

03.02.2012 · Filled under: Home Food ·
Chinese epic vies for gold at Berlin film festival

Chinese epic vies for gold at Berlin film festival

(BERLIN-AFP) – A sweeping Chinese epic, “White Deer Plain”, will round out the list of 18 films vying for gold at the 62nd Berlin film festival, organisers said Tuesday. Festival chief Dieter Kosslick told reporters the movie by 2007 Berlin Golden Bear winner Wang Quan’an would go up against competitors from the United States, Europe, […]

03.02.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·
Endangered turtle baby boom in Philippines

Endangered turtle baby boom in Philippines

(MANILA-AFP) – Globally endangered green turtles are enjoying a baby boom on remote Philippine islands as a three-decade protection programme starts to pay off, environment group Conservation International said Wednesday. The project is a key part of worldwide efforts to rebuild green turtle populations, and could help see the species’ status upgraded from endangered to […]

03.02.2012 · Filled under: Destinations, Environment ·
Philippines, 100 countries back world environment agency

Philippines, 100 countries back world environment agency

(PARIS-AFP) – More than a hundred countries now support a French proposal to create a “World Environment Organisation” at the upcoming 20th anniversary conference of the Rio Summit, France’s ecology minister said on Tuesday. “More than 100 countries have now associated themselves with the proposal,” Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet said at a conference in Paris aimed at […]

03.02.2012 · Filled under: Environment ·
One out of five page views in the US occurs on Facebook: Hitwise

One out of five page views in the US occurs on Facebook: Hitwise

(Relaxnews) – Love it or hate it, Facebook accounts for more and more of people’s time spent online. In the US, one in every five pages viewed on the web is on Facebook, revealed market researcher Hitwise in a February 2 blog post. Facebook filed its initial public offering on February 1 and revealed that […]

03.02.2012 · Filled under: Science & Technology ·
Watch Madonna’s video for “Gimme All Your Luvin”

Watch Madonna’s video for “Gimme All Your Luvin”

(Relaxnews) – Pop icon Madonna just released the clip for the first single from her upcoming album MDNA, “Gimme All Your Luvin’” featuring rap artists Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. MDNA, her 12th album and followup to 2008’s Hard Candy, releases via Interscope Records on March 26. A preview of the video premiered on Thursday, February 2, on […]

03.02.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment, Videos ·
Fiat 500L first images released

Fiat 500L first images released

(Relaxnews) – Fiat has finally lifted the lid on a long-awaited larger edition of its hit Fiat 500 city car, set to be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The Fiat 500L (the ‘L’ stands for Large) is an aim to broaden the appeal of the tiny model, which has proved popular among […]

03.02.2012 · Filled under: Motoring ·
Cooking conversions, owl cake pops and fried chicken top Tumblr food posts

Cooking conversions, owl cake pops and fried chicken top Tumblr food posts

(Relaxnews) – A poster on volume conversions for precision cooks that includes the number of dashes and drops which go into a teaspoon is the most popular food post on Tumblr this week. As of February 3, the visual aid guide generated the most activity from Tumblr bloggers for elucidating that one teaspoon equals either 60 dashes, […]

03.02.2012 · Filled under: Home Food ·
Top tech headlines: Facebook IPO and statistics, Windows Phone 8 preview

Top tech headlines: Facebook IPO and statistics, Windows Phone 8 preview

(Relaxnews) – Hot topics in the tech blogs for the week ending February 3 include Facebook filing for its initial public offering, Facebook facts and figures, a preview of Windows Phone 8, Amazon’s fourth quarter report, and a leaked picture of RIM’s BlackBerry 10 Superphone. Facebook IPO The web was abuzz with the news that […]

03.02.2012 · Filled under: Science & Technology ·
Cebu Pacific to launch long-haul flights

Cebu Pacific to launch long-haul flights

(MANILA-AFP) – Philippine budget carrier Cebu Pacific announced Tuesday it would next year launch long-haul flights to destinations beyond East Asia, targeting millions of Filipinos working abroad. The airline will lease eight Airbus A330-300 planes to commence long-haul flights, Cebu Pacific president Lance Gokongwei told reporters, with possible destinations including Saudi Arabia, Australia and Hawaii. […]

01.02.2012 · Filled under: Destinations ·
Naturally sweetened chocolate creates sugar high at candy show

Naturally sweetened chocolate creates sugar high at candy show

(Relaxnews) – A sugar-free chocolate made with natural sweetener stevia received top honors as the most innovative confectionery product at the largest sweets fair in the world this week, signaling what experts say will become a wider, more popular trend in the chocolate industry. At the 42nd annual International Sweets and Biscuits Fair in Cologne, […]

01.02.2012 · Filled under: Home Food ·
Katy Perry 3D biopic and concert film in the works

Katy Perry 3D biopic and concert film in the works

(LOS ANGELES-Relaxnews) – Paramount Pictures is in negotiations with pop singer/songwriter Katy Perry for the film rights to a biopic and concert film in 3D, per media reports. According to Deadline Hollywood, footage for the film has already been shot by director Nanette Burstein, who has made the documentaries American Teen and The Kid Stays in the Picture, the […]

01.02.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·
Madonna releases cover art, set to premiere new video

Madonna releases cover art, set to premiere new video

(Relaxnews) – Pop icon Madonna unveiled the cover art for her upcoming 12th studio album, MDNA, on her Facebook page on Tuesday. The album is expected to release via Interscope Records on March 26. A preview of the video for the album’s first single, “Gimme All Your Luvin’” featuring rap artists Nicki Minaj and M.I.A., will premiere on […]

01.02.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment, Videos ·
Tech companies cash in on Valentine’s Day with pink Nintendo 3DS, Galaxy S II

Tech companies cash in on Valentine’s Day with pink Nintendo 3DS, Galaxy S II

(Relaxnews) – Nintendo is releasing a Pearl Pink 3DS handheld gaming console that will arrive just in time for Valentine’s Day. The portable device, which was previously only available in a limited-edition bundle, will be available from February 10 from $169.99. Samsung is also betting that a pink smartphone will make the perfect gift for […]

01.02.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment, Videos ·
Apps, scooters and LEGO crowned winners at Nuremberg’s ToyAwards

Apps, scooters and LEGO crowned winners at Nuremberg’s ToyAwards

(Relaxnews) – On February 1 the organizers of the world-renowned Nuremberg Toy Fair announced the winners of this year’s ToyAwards, which honor innovative toys for children of all ages — from babies to teenagers and the whole family. Now in its 63rd year, the Nuremberg Toy Fair runs February 1-6 and is widely acknowledged as […]

01.02.2012 · Filled under: Apps, Videos ·
Silicon Valley braces for Facebook millionaires

Silicon Valley braces for Facebook millionaires

(SAN FRANCISCO-AFP) – Even before Facebook goes public, Silicon Valley is buzzing in anticipation of the “instant millionaires” that may soon be looking for ways to spend their newfound wealth. Eight years after Mark Zuckerberg founded the company in a Harvard dorm room, the stock market debut is expected to value the social media giant […]

01.02.2012 · Filled under: Money & Business ·
‘FIFA Street’ trailer parades real-world locations

‘FIFA Street’ trailer parades real-world locations

(Relaxnews) – Already finished with FIFA 12 and in need of some more soccer skill action? FIFA Street proposes a five-a-side trickfest with this new trailer. Due out in just over a month (March 13 in North America, March 16 in Europe), FIFA Street will be the first game in the Street spin-off series after a four year absence. Real-world locations meet real-world […]

01.02.2012 · Filled under: Sports & Recreation, Videos ·
Glass of milk a day boosts brain power: study

Glass of milk a day boosts brain power: study

(Relaxnews) – Milk: it does a brain good. At least that’s the finding of a new study that suggests drinking a glass of milk a day could boost your brain power. In the study published in the January issue of the International Dairy Journal, researchers at the University of Maine found that adults who consumed more dairy […]

01.02.2012 · Filled under: Health & Fitness ·
US approves new drug for common skin cancer

US approves new drug for common skin cancer

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – US authorities on Monday approved a new drug to treat the most common form of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma, which is rarely lethal but can spread if left untreated. Erivedge (vismodegib) is made by Genentech, a US subsidiary of the Swiss drug giant Roche, and was approved by the Food and Drug […]

01.02.2012 · Filled under: Health & Fitness ·
Hot trends at the SIA Snow Show: freeride gear, puffy jackets, tricked-out accessories

Hot trends at the SIA Snow Show: freeride gear, puffy jackets, tricked-out accessories

(Relaxnews) – Denver’s 2012 SIA Snow Show, which ran January 26-29, brought together snow sports industry reps from around the globe with nearly 20,000 attendees and 900 brands on display. Top trends expected for the 2013 season include a slew of snowboarding freeride gear — such as accessories with tricked-out digital features and waterproof down […]

01.02.2012 · Filled under: Sports & Recreation, Videos ·
Drinking diet soda daily could boost risk for stroke or heart attack

Drinking diet soda daily could boost risk for stroke or heart attack

(Relaxnews) – If you imbibe diet soda daily, a new study announced on Tuesday warns that you could be at increased risk of a stroke or heart attack. Data were analyzed from 2,564 participants in the NIH-funded Northern Manhattan Study, with researchers examining how often individuals drank soft drinks — diet and regular — and the […]

01.02.2012 · Filled under: Health & Fitness ·
Olympic flame to be lit in ancient home

Olympic flame to be lit in ancient home

(LONDON-AFP) – The Olympic flame will be lit in the ruins of the home of the ancient Games in Greece before starting its journey to London, organisers said Wednesday. A ceremony amid the ruins of the Temple of Hera in Olympia on May 10 will see the flame lit by the rays of the early […]

01.02.2012 · Filled under: Sports & Recreation ·
Pfizer recalls 1 million packets of US birth control pills

Pfizer recalls 1 million packets of US birth control pills

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer on Tuesday recalled one million packets of birth control pills over a packaging error that could put women at risk of unintended pregnancy. The pills, about half of which were the brand name Lo/Ovral-28 and the other half were generic norgestrel and ethinyl estradiol tablets, may be improperly arranged […]

01.02.2012 · Filled under: Health & Fitness ·
NFL: Fans get front-row view of Super Bowl media madness

NFL: Fans get front-row view of Super Bowl media madness

(INDIANAPOLIS-AFP) – Super Bowl hoopla reached a new money-making high on Tuesday when a sellout crowd of more than 6,000 people paid $25 each to watch reporters question NFL players in the annual Media Day circus. Touts outside the site of Sunday’s Super Bowl showdown between the New York Giants and New England Patriots were […]

01.02.2012 · Filled under: Sports & Recreation ·
Top new tech products: waterproof glass-encased camera, compact camera with 42x zoom

Top new tech products: waterproof glass-encased camera, compact camera with 42x zoom

(Relaxnews) – High-tech product releases announced the week ending February 1 include a waterproof camera with a cool design, a compact camera with the longest zoom in the market, new point-and-shoot cameras, a camera for low light conditions, the Galaxy S Advance smartphone and a pink 3DS. A waterproof camera with a glass-encased design Sony’s […]

01.02.2012 · Filled under: Science & Technology ·
Top free iPhone apps: Temple Run, Monkey Flight

Top free iPhone apps: Temple Run, Monkey Flight

10 photos (Relaxnews) – One of the most popular free iPhone apps of the past week was Temple Run; the app is based on the climactic escape from the temple scene found in treasure-hunting movies and challenges players to dodge a variety of devious devices in order to escape with the treasure and their lives intact. Another […]

19.01.2012 · Filled under: Apps ·
Obama moves to ease visa rules to boost US tourism

Obama moves to ease visa rules to boost US tourism

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – President Barack Obama headed to Florida Thursday to highlight America’s status as a premier travel destination, rolling out a special welcome mat to the rapidly swelling ranks of tourists from China, India and Brazil. The president, hoping to mine the job-creating potential of the economically vital tourism industry, was to announce a new […]

19.01.2012 · Filled under: Destinations ·
Lose weight by using the right tableware: study

Lose weight by using the right tableware: study

(Relaxnews) – Losing weight and eating right could be as simple as switching up your tableware and redecorating your dinner table. At least, those are the findings of a new US study which suggested that when participants chose smaller plates in contrasting colors, they reduced their portion size between 9 to 31 percent. Published in […]

19.01.2012 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, Home Food ·
‘If I could travel in time…’ – Google targets US kids with Doodle challenge

‘If I could travel in time…’ – Google targets US kids with Doodle challenge

(Relaxnews) – On January 18 Google announced the beginning of its fifth annual US Doodle 4 Google competition, asking school-aged children to design one of Google’s iconic images. The competition, which is open to US K-12 (5-18-year-old) students, challenges entrants to create a design for a Google Doodle this year based around the concept “If […]

19.01.2012 · Filled under: Promotions, Videos ·
Twilight ‘Breaking Dawn, Part 2’ scene to be revealed at ‘Part 1’ DVD launch

Twilight ‘Breaking Dawn, Part 2’ scene to be revealed at ‘Part 1’ DVD launch

(LOS ANGELES-Relaxnews) – Months before the much-anticipated finale of the Twilight Saga, 500 select stores of the American retailer Target will unveil an exclusive excerpt from the film during the night of February 10-11. The midnight unveiling of Part 2, the final installment, will be presented as an in-store promotion for the DVD and Blu-ray release of Breaking […]

19.01.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·
Oscars launch ‘digital experience’ online

Oscars launch ‘digital experience’ online

(LOS ANGELES-Relaxnews) – Now that the Golden Globes have been awarded, Academy Awards season officially kicks off with the 2012 launch of its “Oscar Digital Experience” leading up to the 84th Academy Awards on February 26. The morning of January 24 when the Oscar nominees are announced, Oscar.com will post videos of reactions from social […]

19.01.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·
More characters added to ‘Street Fighter X Tekken’

More characters added to ‘Street Fighter X Tekken’

(Relaxnews) – Combat crossover Street Fighter X Tekken has bolstered its menu of martial artists by six, bringing the total number of characters to over thirty. Boxer Balrog (in part based on Mike Tyson) and clawed bullfighter Vega are series stalwarts, while Taekwondo practitioner Juri joined the team in 2010’sSuper Street Fighter IV. On the Tekken side of things, […]

19.01.2012 · Filled under: Videos ·
Blockbusters dominate Asian Film Awards nominations

Blockbusters dominate Asian Film Awards nominations

(HONG KONG-Relaxnews) – This year’s Asian Film Awards have brought out the big guns by nominating three Chinese-language blockbusters in a slew of categories and four productions which have also been put forward for Oscars consideration. The 6th AFAs will be announced at a gala ceremony held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on March […]

19.01.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·
SOPA blackout hits the web: full list of sites taking part

SOPA blackout hits the web: full list of sites taking part

(Relaxnews) – On January 18 websites around the world will black out in a coordinated protest against the controversial proposed US legislation known as SOPA. The Stop Online Piracy Act or SOPA, a proposed legislation also known as House Bill 3261, would, its supporters claim, enable the US Department of Justice to protect intellectual property […]

19.01.2012 · Filled under: News ·
Katy Perry joins cast of ‘The Sims 3’

Katy Perry joins cast of ‘The Sims 3’

(Relaxnews) – Pop star Katy Perry is to feature in a special edition of The Sims 3 Showtime, a showbiz expansion for best-selling computer game The Sims 3. The deal means that The Sims 3 Showtime Katy Perry Collector’s Edition will include the Showtime expansion (also available separately or as a download), and a suite of special in-game items: the Ultimate […]

19.01.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·
2.1 billion internet users and 555 million websites in 2011

2.1 billion internet users and 555 million websites in 2011

(Relaxnews) – In 2011 there were 2.1 billion internet users around the globe surfing an estimated 555 million websites — 300 million of which were created in 2011. Asia’s massive internet population grew from 825.1 million internet users in June 2010 to 922.2 million in March 2011. Internet populations in Europe (476.2 million users), North […]

19.01.2012 · Filled under: Lifestyle ·
Top trend: Tuxedo jackets

Top trend: Tuxedo jackets

8 photos (Relaxnews) – Tuxedo jackets are making an impact on style sharing community Polyvore, where users have been lending classically feminine outfits a more interesting and androgynous edge. ©dfashongrl/Polyvore Special uses : Use only Top Trend: Tuxedo Jackets/Polyvore Bow tie DKNY shirt, Jaeger jacket, Jane Norman trousers, Monsoon clutch, Lord & Taylor earrings, bow tie from […]

19.01.2012 · Filled under: Beauty & Style ·
New York, London end September fashion week row

New York, London end September fashion week row

(NEW YORK-AFP) – Organizers of fashion weeks in New York and London said Tuesday they had reached agreement on the 2012 dates for the September shows, ending months of dispute in the fashion world. New York’s fashion week will be held from September 6-13 and followed by London’s from September 14-18, according to a joint […]

19.01.2012 · Filled under: Happenings ·
Hong Kong Fashion Extravaganza: international designer highlights

Hong Kong Fashion Extravaganza: international designer highlights

6 photos (Relaxnews) – Running from January 16- 19, Hong Kong Fashion Week for Fall/Winter 2012 has been uniting rising design talent from across the globe with its Hong Kong Fashion Extravaganza gala. See highlights from the presentation here, with designs from the likes of London creator Craig Lawrence, Paris-based designer Risto Bimbiloski, Shanghai’s Qi […]

19.01.2012 · Filled under: Beauty & Style ·
Quad-core, 8+MP camera smartphone rumors build as Mobile World Congress draws closer

Quad-core, 8+MP camera smartphone rumors build as Mobile World Congress draws closer

(Relaxnews) – Get ready for quad-core smartphones, mobile cameras with 8 or more megapixels, a multitude of devices running Android Ice Cream Sandwich, and mainstream adoption of LTE 4G and NFC technology at this year’s edition of the GSMA Mobile World Congress (MWC). The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has finished for 2012 but mobile […]

19.01.2012 · Filled under: Happenings, Science & Technology ·
Shangri-La joins fight against shark fin soup

Shangri-La joins fight against shark fin soup

(HONG KONG-AFP) – Luxury hotel chain Shangri-La has announced it will stop serving shark fin at its 72 properties worldwide, as the campaign to protect the marine predators gains ground among Chinese consumers. The Hong Kong-based group said it would cease serving shark fin in all of its restaurants as well as accepting new orders […]

19.01.2012 · Filled under: Home Food ·
Italian fashion house says sorry to Hong Kong

Italian fashion house says sorry to Hong Kong

(HONG KONG-AFP) – Italian clothing chain Dolce & Gabbana on Wednesday apologised to the people of Hong Kong for allegedly discriminating against them in favour of wealthy mainland shoppers. The company’s flagship Hong Kong store has been the focus of protests and online rage after reports that a security guard told locals they were not […]

19.01.2012 · Filled under: News ·
Top new tech products: laptops, ultrabooks and tablets from CES

Top new tech products: laptops, ultrabooks and tablets from CES

6 photos (Relaxnews) – The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was packed full of interesting laptop, ultrabook and tablet announcements in 2012 including the Asus Memo 370T, Razer’s Project Fiona, LG’s first LTE tablet, Lenovo’s tablet-ultrabook hybrid, and the latest product from the One Laptop per Child organization. Unless noted pricing and release dates have […]

19.01.2012 · Filled under: Lifestyle, Photos ·
Watch: Jason Wu talks through his Target collaboration

Watch: Jason Wu talks through his Target collaboration

(Relaxnews) – Jason Wu appeared on America’s Today show January 18 to offer styling tips on his upcoming collection for US retailer Target. The designer, who cites US First Lady Michelle Obama among his fans, has followed in the footsteps of designers including Rodarte, Zac Posen and Missoni by creating a capsule collection for the store. While […]

19.01.2012 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Videos ·
Top new tech products: laptops, ultrabooks and tablets from CES

Top new tech products: laptops, ultrabooks and tablets from CES

(Relaxnews) – The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was packed full of interesting laptop, ultrabook and tablet announcements in 2012 including the Asus Memo 370T, Razer’s Project Fiona, LG’s first LTE tablet, Lenovo’s tablet-ultrabook hybrid, and the latest product from the One Laptop per Child organization. Unless noted pricing and release dates have not been […]

19.01.2012 · Filled under: Videos ·
Shivering S. Koreans battle ‘Big Chill’ in offices

Shivering S. Koreans battle ‘Big Chill’ in offices

(SEOUL-AFP) – “It’s freezing!” complained chef Byun Sang-Won, jogging on the spot with arms folded and teeth clenched as he tried to keep warm inside the luxury Seoul hotel where he works. “I can’t even imagine working without wearing extra underwear and hot packs because it’s too cold in the kitchen and hallways,” the 26-year-old […]

19.01.2012 · Filled under: Environment ·
Could chocolate help mend a broken heart?

Could chocolate help mend a broken heart?

(Relaxnews) – A major Swiss chocolate maker is hoping to give cardiovascular patients a good excuse to reach for a chocolate bar and is asking Europe’s highest food safety authority to approve a health claim linking cocoa flavonoids with improved blood flow. In an interview with online trade publication NutraIngredients.com last week, a company spokesperson […]

15.01.2012 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, Home Food ·
Taiwan promotes firecracker CD for Lunar New Year

Taiwan promotes firecracker CD for Lunar New Year

(TAIPEI-AFP) – Lunar New Year revellers in Taiwan’s capital Taipei are to be given free CDs featuring the sound of exploding firecrackers, in the hope of reducing the deafening noise and mess created by the real thing. “Lighting firecrackers will not only cause noise and air pollution but used firecrackers will make the environment dirty. […]

15.01.2012 · Filled under: Offbeat ·
Can cosmetic surgery tame its Wild West?

Can cosmetic surgery tame its Wild West?

(PARIS-AFP) – From US “Botox parties” to Asia’s craze for eyelid jobs or Brazilian bum lifts, millions now reshape their bodies through cosmetic surgery each year. But the booming industry is battling a Wild West of rogue practices, cruelly highlighted by the French breast implant scandal. Until the 1990s, “there was a veil of secrecy […]

15.01.2012 · Filled under: Beauty & Style ·
Global cyber anti-garbage drive aims to muster millions

Global cyber anti-garbage drive aims to muster millions

(TALLINN-AFP) – Cyber-environmentalists said Thursday they aim to mobilise millions of people around the world for a mass waste clean-up, saying they had to step in because governments had failed to do so. Tiina Urm, spokeswoman of the Estonian-piloted “Let’s Do It!” campaign, told AFP that anti-waste activists hoped to see numbers spiral this year […]

15.01.2012 · Filled under: Environment ·
‘Couch potato pill’ may also prevent heatstroke

‘Couch potato pill’ may also prevent heatstroke

(PARIS-AFP) – A drug discovered nearly four years ago that builds muscles in lazy mice may also prevent heatstroke, according to lab research reported on Sunday. If further tests work out, the compound could help athletes or soldiers who are so sensitive to heat that they could die from exertion on a hot day, its […]

10.01.2012 · Filled under: Health & Fitness ·
Windows 8, New Xbox speculation surfaces ahead of CES 2012

Windows 8, New Xbox speculation surfaces ahead of CES 2012

(Relaxnews) – With Microsoft having announced this year’s Consumer Electronics Show will be its last as an exhibitor, speculation mounts regarding the Xbox successor’s supposed tablet-based capabilities and media recording functions. GameSpot, citing the current Xbox 360’s latest software update that mirrors the Windows Phone and PC operating system style, suggests that “a tablet component […]

10.01.2012 · Filled under: Games, Science & Technology ·
Chinese smartphone maker shaves off millimeters to unveil world’s ‘slimmest’ smartphone

Chinese smartphone maker shaves off millimeters to unveil world’s ‘slimmest’ smartphone

(Relaxnews) – Chinese consumer electronics manufacturer Huawei has taken the wraps off the thinnest smartphone in the world. With a profile of just 6.68 millimeters, the Huawei Ascend P1 S has stolen the title from Motorola’s Droid Razr smartphone, an ultra-skinny handset unveiled in October 2011 that measures in at 7.1 mm. For comparison, the […]

10.01.2012 · Filled under: Science & Technology ·
Myspace to unveil Myspace TV

Myspace to unveil Myspace TV

(LOS ANGELES-Relaxnews) – Myspace, the social network website, will reveal its plans for Myspace TV at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. New Internet-connected television sets from Panasonic Viera will use a Myspace TV application that allows virtual viewing parties, reported the Los Angeles Times. Viewers will be able to chat with friends online […]

10.01.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·
Walnuts ranked top nut for heart health

Walnuts ranked top nut for heart health

(Relaxnews) – One simple way to boost your health is to start putting that holiday nutcracker to good use: walnuts, both roasted and raw, are a top nut when it comes to protecting your heart, according to new research. Reported in WebMD on Thursday, researchers from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania, US, compared antioxidants […]

09.01.2012 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, Home Food ·
Top free iPad apps: Google Translate, Kino.de, Gaston

Top free iPad apps: Google Translate, Kino.de, Gaston

10 photos (Relaxnews) – An iOS version of Google’s translation website, Google Translate, was popular with iPad users in Japan and Italy where it was the most downloaded free app over the past seven days. Elsewhere in the world a mobile version of German movie website Kino.de and a game starring French cartoon character Gaston […]

09.01.2012 · Filled under: Apps ·
North America agenda: People’s Choice Awards, Mardi Gras, Chinese New Year

North America agenda: People’s Choice Awards, Mardi Gras, Chinese New Year

(LOS ANGELES-Relaxnews) – The new year launches with awards shows for the best of 2011, from the Golden Globes to the Grammys, trade shows showcase what’s upcoming in 2012 in toys, cars and electronics while Americans also celebrate Chinese New Year — that of the Dragon.   45th International CES January 10-13 Las Vegas Convention […]

09.01.2012 · Filled under: Happenings ·
Philippines tourism slogan challenged by Swiss

Philippines tourism slogan challenged by Swiss

(MANILA-AFP) – Philippine tourism promotion efforts suffered another blow Friday over claims its new slogan copied an old Swiss one, having already ditched an earlier campaign that allegedly plagiarised Poland’s. Hours after the government rolled out its “It’s more Fun in the Philippines” campaign, Internet pundits pointed to a 1951 Swiss National Tourist Office ad […]

09.01.2012 · Filled under: Destinations, News ·
Clock ticks as London marks 200 days till Olympics

Clock ticks as London marks 200 days till Olympics

(LONDON-AFP) – London marks 200 days to go until the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games on Monday with several setbacks in the ticketing system failing to affect the organisers’ upbeat mood. The British government will hold a special cabinet meeting in the Olympic Park in east London to mark the day, while from […]

09.01.2012 · Filled under: Destinations, Sports & Recreation ·
VW nears number one ranking with 8 million sales

VW nears number one ranking with 8 million sales

(DETROIT-AFP) – Germany’s Volkswagen sold more than eight million vehicles worldwide in 2011, possibly enough to grab the top spot among global automakers for the first time, chairman Martin Winterkorn said Sunday. VW boosted sales by more than one million vehicles, or 14 percent, to 8.16 million last year, Winterkorn said on the eve of […]

09.01.2012 · Filled under: News ·
Fly parasite turns honey bees into ‘zombies’: study

Fly parasite turns honey bees into ‘zombies’: study

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – US scientists have discovered that a fly parasite can turn honey bees into confused zombies before killing them, in an advance that could offer new clues to why bee colonies are collapsing. So far, the parasite has only been detected in honey bees in California and South Dakota, American researchers reported in the […]

07.01.2012 · Filled under: Environment ·
Android Market hits 400,000 apps, iPad users download 3 billion apps

Android Market hits 400,000 apps, iPad users download 3 billion apps

(Relaxnews) – Google’s Android Market app store has grown to boast more than 400,000 apps as the platform’s 100,000 developers cash in on the freemium business plan. App store tracker Distimo reports that “the main contributors to reach this milestone are free applications. Roughly, 2/3 of the available applications are free in Android Market. The […]

07.01.2012 · Filled under: Apps ·
Pentagon-backed ‘time cloak’ stops the clock

Pentagon-backed ‘time cloak’ stops the clock

(PARIS-AFP) – Pentagon-supported physicists on Wednesday said they had devised a “time cloak” that briefly makes an event undetectable. The laboratory device manipulates the flow of light in such a way that for the merest fraction of a second an event cannot be seen, according to a paper published in the science journal Nature. It […]

07.01.2012 · Filled under: Offbeat, Science & Technology ·
Bollywood looks east to tap Chinese market

Bollywood looks east to tap Chinese market

(MUMBAI-AFP) – India’s Bollywood film industry is eyeing its Asian rival China as a potential market, after a successful run of “3 Idiots”, the coming-of-age comedy starring Aamir Khan. The 2009 film, about a group of struggling students at one of India’s elite universities, opened in China in October and takings have so far topped […]

07.01.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·
App downloads hit record high of 1.2 billion during last week of 2011

App downloads hit record high of 1.2 billion during last week of 2011

(Relaxnews) – The smartphone craze is going global, reaching never-before-seen milestones. Not only are device activations up, but consumers are racing to download record numbers of apps on their newly acquired devices. Christmas Day in 2011 was the biggest day for global device activations ever, and app store analytics firm Flurry says the significantly elevated […]

04.01.2012 · Filled under: Apps ·
Top trend: Tweed

Top trend: Tweed

  8 photos (Relaxnews) – While tweed may traditionally have been associated with outdoor pursuits such as hunting and horse riding, the distinctive fabric has been updated by designers and high street brands alike, with users of Polyvore experimenting with more modern takes on the look which would be suitable for a night out or the office. […]

04.01.2012 · Filled under: Beauty & Style ·
Firm defends made-in-China Steve Jobs doll

Firm defends made-in-China Steve Jobs doll

(SHANGHAI-AFP) – The company behind a made-in-China Steve Jobs action figure insisted Wednesday it was not a toy, but a realistic depiction of the Apple founder designed for fans of his iconic products. The 30.4-centimetre (one foot) tall dolls, which will go on sale next month with a price tag of $99, are being manufactured […]

04.01.2012 · Filled under: Offbeat ·
Mercedes, BMW vie for US luxury car crown

Mercedes, BMW vie for US luxury car crown

(DETROIT-AFP) – In a first, two German manufacturers — Mercedes-Benz and BMW — are dueling for the honor of being the top luxury brand sold in the United States. With the champion of the past 11 years, Toyota’s Lexus, hobbled by the fallout from Japan’s March 11 earthquake-tsunami-nuclear meltdown disaster, the two Teutonic giants are […]

04.01.2012 · Filled under: News ·
Cooking apps gain credibility as new category at world cookbook awards

Cooking apps gain credibility as new category at world cookbook awards

(Relaxnews) – In a sign that the cookbook and publishing industry is beginning to take mobile apps seriously, the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards has added a new category to its annual competition in Paris. For its inaugural year, four apps from France, Spain, the UK and the US have been shortlisted including Larousse Cuisine, from France; Wikitapas from […]

04.01.2012 · Filled under: Apps, Health & Fitness, Home Food ·
India’s Bajaj launches new ultra-low-cost car

India’s Bajaj launches new ultra-low-cost car

(NEW DELHI-AFP) – Bajaj Auto unveiled India’s latest ultra-low-cost car on Tuesday, a 200cc four-seater that looks set to compete with the Tata Nano for the title of the world’s cheapest auto. The group gave no price for the low-emission vehicle which will have a top speed of 70 kilometres an hour (43 miles an […]

04.01.2012 · Filled under: News ·
NAIAS offers mobility options for the disabled, revamped education day

NAIAS offers mobility options for the disabled, revamped education day

(Relaxnews) – The North American International Auto Show is to debut a new area focused on transportation for people with disabilities. The new show segment, designed to highlight the rapidly changing personal mobility market, will feature new transportation options and ideas for people who are physically challenged, as well as showing modifications of existing vehicles. […]

04.01.2012 · Filled under: Science & Technology ·
Global car sales to rise in 2012

Global car sales to rise in 2012

(Relaxnews) – The world’s consumers will pick up a total of 77.7 million new cars from showrooms this year, according to a new prediction from a leading automotive analyst. That’s a boost of some 6.7 percent on the amount estimated to have been sold in 2011, data firm Polk said January 3, with unsurprisingly China […]

04.01.2012 · Filled under: Motoring ·
Asia’s hotel chains have grand plans to expand abroad – and close to home

Asia’s hotel chains have grand plans to expand abroad – and close to home

(HONG KONG-Relaxnews) – While much of the tourism industry’s attention has been on the rising popularity of Asia — and China in particular — as a destination, the region’s very own hotel chains have been setting their sights on taking the Asian style of service as far and wide as they can. American hotel chains […]

03.01.2012 · Filled under: Destinations ·
Hu warns Chinese culture being ‘Westernised’: report

Hu warns Chinese culture being ‘Westernised’: report

(Beijing-AFP) – Chinese President Hu Jintao has warned that “hostile” powers are seeking to “Westernise” the country and called for greater efforts to enhance China’s cultural influence overseas. Hu’s remarks published in the latest edition of Communist Party magazine Seeking the Truth come after Beijing ordered the culture industry — taken to include the media […]

03.01.2012 · Filled under: News ·
The most-anticipated 3D films of 2012

The most-anticipated 3D films of 2012

(LOS ANGELES-Relaxnews) – Despite concerns that filmgoers are losing interest in 3D films, seven of the top ten blockbusters in 2011 were in 3D. The novelty may have worn off but 3D offers audiences an experience they cannot get at home or on their phones. Even when the 1994 animated movie The Lion King was converted and […]

02.01.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·
Rising food prices in 2012 to impact consumer habits

Rising food prices in 2012 to impact consumer habits

(Relaxnews) – Rising food prices in 2012 will push consumers to tweak recipes that call for expensive meat and seafoods with cheaper filler foods like tofu and lentils, while supermarkets will offer lay-away plans for larger purchases like holiday dinners. Those are the predictions of California-based food marketing expert Phil Lempert, also known as the […]

02.01.2012 · Filled under: Home Food ·
Images of the week: Manila, Beijing,New York

Images of the week: Manila, Beijing,New York

14 photos ©AFP PHOTO / ARMIN WEIGEL Mitterfirmiansreut, Germany Visitors stand around a snow church just after its inauguration on December 28, 2011 in Mitterfirmiansreut, southern Germany. The circa 25 meters long church was made of 1,400 cubic meters of snow and aims to commemorate the winter of the years 1910/1911, when so much snow […]

02.01.2012 · Filled under: Destinations, News, Photos ·
Holiday tourists overwhelm top Florida theme parks

Holiday tourists overwhelm top Florida theme parks

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – Free-spending US tourists shrugged off economic worries to overwhelm Disney World and other top Florida theme parks this week, forcing them to temporarily shut the gates, officials said Thursday. Some visitors to Legoland, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and three Disney destinations found parking lots and entryways shut for short periods Wednesday and Thursday as […]

02.01.2012 · Filled under: Destinations, News ·