Donate your smartphone to science, but only when you sleep

Donate your smartphone to science, but only when you sleep

(Relaxnews) – A new app puts users’ smartphones and their processors to good use when they’re charging at night. Called PowerSleep, the app is a collaboration between Samsung and the University of Vienna, and it uses devices’ processing power for crunching through scientific research. It does this via an alarm clock. When it is set […]

Facebook stats: is age really just a number?

Facebook stats: is age really just a number?

(Relaxnews) – Apparently, the cougar phenomenon is just a blip. Because according to Facebook, when it comes to coupling up, men average about two years older than their female partners internationally. In their latest post on love and relationships — part of their week-long Valentine’s Day series — analysts at Facebook Data Science combed through […]

Olympics: Fun still centre stage for funky snowboarders

Olympics: Fun still centre stage for funky snowboarders

(ROSA KHUTOR-AFP) – There may be Olympic titles, gold medals and perhaps even mega sponsorship deals at stake in Sochi but for snowboarders it remains all about the fun. Snowboarding is the rebellious younger cousin among winter sports where athletes not only dress differently, in baggy clothes, and often wear their hair long and bedraggled […]

16.02.2014 · Filled under: Sports & Recreation ·
Olympics: Bouncers, ballerinas, cheese-grater find skeleton home

Olympics: Bouncers, ballerinas, cheese-grater find skeleton home

(ROSA KHUTOR-AFP) – Heard the one about the nightclub bouncer and the ballerina? Or the tale of the guy who learned to slide on ice at breakneck speed by wearing shoes made from a cheese grater? They have all found a home in the helter-skelter, head-first world of skeleton racing and they are bringing a […]

16.02.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Offbeat, Sports & Recreation ·
Kenzo celebrates the color violet in new fragrance

Kenzo celebrates the color violet in new fragrance

(Relaxnews) – The Couleur Kenzo line, which launched last spring, is soon to include a third fragrance. Following last year’s Rose-Pink and Jaune-Yellow pefumes, the new fruity floral juice was inspired by Pantone’s color of 2014, “Radiant Orchid.” The perfume, developed by nose Jean Jacques, blends notes of blueberries, violet and extracts of blackcurrent, with […]

16.02.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style ·
Cartier inspired by panther for new eau de parfum

Cartier inspired by panther for new eau de parfum

(Relaxnews) – Long a symbol of the Cartier brand, the panther served as a source of inspiration for the luxury house’s latest perfume, a floral musk that will go on sale March 15. Created by Cartier nose Mathilde Laurent, “La Panthère” will be centered around gardenia, whose floral character will contrast with notes of musk […]

16.02.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Videos ·
Luxury submarine offers lovers ‘sound-proof’ rooms and private chef

Luxury submarine offers lovers ‘sound-proof’ rooms and private chef

(Relaxnews) – If you have a bottomless bank account and a love that goes deeper than the ocean, a British travel outfit has created a package that allows lovers to make their own tsunami waves in a romantic getaway aboard a luxury submarine. OK, so it’s not yellow. But for adventurous couples who may have […]

French chefs rebel against ‘food porn’ photos

French chefs rebel against ‘food porn’ photos

(PARIS-AFP) – The next time you try to take a picture of your dinner in a posh French restaurant, don’t be surprised if an angry chef comes storming out of the kitchen. Fed up with patrons snapping photographs with their smartphones to post on social networks, several Michelin-starred French establishments are trying to crack down […]

16.02.2014 · Filled under: Apps, Food & Dining, Home & Garden, Online, Science & Technology ·
Nokia’s take on a smart skirt

Nokia’s take on a smart skirt

(Relaxnews) – Nokia is strutting its stuff at London Fashion Week thanks to an interactive partnership with designers Fyodor Golan. Together, they have conceived a skirt out of 35 Nokia Lumia 1520 smartphones. And as the skirt moves, the images on each phone’s screen changes color in a “synchronized shimmering effect” to mimic the behavior […]

S. Korean lovers say it with matching socks

S. Korean lovers say it with matching socks

(SEOUL-AFP) – In a country where public displays of affection are still frowned on, young South Korean couples often advertise their relationship by wearing matching outfits, whether socks, shirts, jackets or, more privately, underwear. It’s especially popular with newlyweds, making South Koreans honeymooning on the beaches of Southeast Asia easy to spot in their twinned […]

14.02.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Holidays, Home & Garden, Offbeat, Valentine's Day ·
United States President Barack Obama to visit Philippines in April, Palace says

United States President Barack Obama to visit Philippines in April, Palace says

MANILA  (Mabuhay) — United States (US) President Barack Obama is scheduled to make a historic visit to the Philippines in late April upon the invitation of President Benigno S. Aquino III, a Palace official said on Thursday. Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. announced during the regular briefing in Malacanang the visit of […]

14.02.2014 · Filled under: Philippine News ·
The do’s and don’ts of Valentine’s Day dating etiquette: Zagat

The do’s and don’ts of Valentine’s Day dating etiquette: Zagat

(Relaxnews) – The average US couple is expected to spend about $160 on a romantic dinner for two on Valentine’s Day, up from $142 last year. That’s according to the readers of the crowd-sourced dining guide Zagat, which looked at Valentine’s Day trends this year. While those surveyed said they expect to spend an average […]

Madonna launches skincare line in Japan

Madonna launches skincare line in Japan

(Relaxnews) – The pop star has launched a range of products under the label MDNA Skin. Created in collaboration with Japanese beauty company MTG, the line will be exclusively available at a pop-up store in the Ba-tsu Art Gallery in Shibuya, which will open from February 13 to 23 and will also contain visual projections, testing areas […]

13.02.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, International Stars, Music, Online ·
Don’t blow it on Valentine’s Day, tie down your mylar balloons

Don’t blow it on Valentine’s Day, tie down your mylar balloons

ROSEMEAD, Calif. – Valentine’s Day is a day full of sweet sentiments, but Southern California Edison (SCE) reminds customers of a situation that can turn things sour fast: floating Mylar balloons. Helium-filled Mylar balloons, often given as Valentine’s gifts, can float into power lines and cause power outages or even downed power lines. The resulting outages can last from […]

13.02.2014 · Filled under: Services ·
Olympics: Love in air for soulmates on Sochi slopes

Olympics: Love in air for soulmates on Sochi slopes

(SOCHI-AFP) – Love is in the air at the Winter Olympics, where the balmy weather at the sub-tropical showpiece is not the only thing that’s getting hotter. On the eve of Valentine’s Day, wedding plans are being made and hints of love affairs denied. There’s even a phone app available to help track down your […]

13.02.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Holidays, Sports & Recreation, Valentine's Day ·
Cara Delevingne & Mulberry collaborate on presentation

Cara Delevingne & Mulberry collaborate on presentation

(Relaxnews) – The model is reportedly set to be the main event at the London-based brand’s upcoming Fall-Winter presentation. Mulberry, still without a creative director since the departure of Emma Hill after the brand’s Spring-Summer 2014 collection in September, announced that it would be dropping out of its usual runway slot at London Fashion Week. […]

13.02.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Entertainment, Film, Online, Videos ·
Pharrell Williams curates ‘This Is Not A Toy’ at Toronto design museum

Pharrell Williams curates ‘This Is Not A Toy’ at Toronto design museum

(Relaxnews) - Pharrell Williams‘s latest foray into the design industry has proven to be a hit in Toronto, where the music and fashion mogul’s curated exhibition “This Is Not A Toy” has opened at the city’s Design Exchange (DX) museum. The Grammy Award winner’s first major museum curation, the show explores the conceptual toy as a fine art […]

How to celebrate Valentine’s Day on a fast-food budget

How to celebrate Valentine’s Day on a fast-food budget

(Relaxnews) – Valentine’s Day isn’t just a greeting card or chocolate holiday. It’s also an occasion for the fast food industry to capitalize on the very edible holiday by turning their foods into the shape of a heart or offering their restaurants as wedding hall venues for couples on a low —  very low — […]

Shanghai surprise for lovers desperately seeking film tickets

Shanghai surprise for lovers desperately seeking film tickets

(BEIJING-AFP) – Couples looking to enjoy a romantic Valentine’s Day at one Chinese cinema will be out of luck this Friday, thwarted by singles who bought up all the odd-numbered seats. According to the Shanghai Morning Post, a group of Internet users reserved every other seat at a Valentine’s night showing of “Beijing Love Story” […]

Trailer: Paul Walker infiltrates urban jungle in ‘Brick Mansions’

Trailer: Paul Walker infiltrates urban jungle in ‘Brick Mansions’

(Relaxnews) – Paris becomes Detroit in the remake of Luc Besson’s “District B13,” with “Brick Mansions” expected out in April. Real-world parkour champ and “District B13″ co-star David Belle returns, as does Besson in a scriptwriting capacity, though it’s Olivier Megaton’s film editor of choice, Camille Delamarre, who’s on directorial duties this time out. An […]

13.02.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Online, Videos ·