Microsoft slashes price on Surface tablet

Microsoft slashes price on Surface tablet

(SAN FRANCISCO-AFP) – Microsoft has quietly cut the price of its entry-level Surface tablet computer by some 30 percent, after surveys indicating sluggish sales. The Surface RT tablet was being sold for as low as $349 for US customers on the Microsoft website on Monday, down from the introductory price last year of $499. The […]

15.07.2013 · Filled under: Apps, Online, Science & Technology ·
Bulgaria opens first cross-country motorway

Bulgaria opens first cross-country motorway

(SOFIA-AFP) – Bulgaria opened its first cross-country motorway on Monday, to link the capital Sofia to the Black Sea city of Burgas. Work on the 360-kilometre (224-mile) southern axis — part of the Pan-European transport Corridor 8 linking the Adriatic to the Black Sea — began in the 1970s. The project was relaunched in 2004 […]

15.07.2013 · Filled under: Destinations ·
Toyota Highlander: a one-off SpongeBob concept

Toyota Highlander: a one-off SpongeBob concept

(Relaxnews) – Toyota unveiled a “SpongeBob” concept car as the new version of the 2014 Highlander for the Padres vs. Giants baseball game in San Diego. Toyota and Nickelodeon teamed up to create this unique vehicle, themed from inside to outside around the famous cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants. The eye-catching result of this partnership will […]

15.07.2013 · Filled under: Motoring, Sports & Recreation ·
The secret to being satisfied with your life: study

The secret to being satisfied with your life: study

(Relaxnews) – What’s the secret to happiness as you grow older? A new study suggests that during difficult changes as you age, an acceptance of what can’t be changed may be a major predictor of life satisfaction. A team of researchers from Deakin University in Australia examined levels of life satisfaction and perceived control in […]

15.07.2013 · Filled under: Health & Fitness ·
Swiss watchmakers keep cool in wait for Apple smartwatch

Swiss watchmakers keep cool in wait for Apple smartwatch

(ZURICH-AFP) – Swiss watchmakers are warily eyeing Apple’s reported progress towards creating a “smartwatch”, but say they are not too worried about the tech goliath’s likely incursion into their traditional turf. The California-based company has so far been tight-lipped about its suspected plans to wrap some of its popular iPhone and iPad capabilities into a […]

15.07.2013 · Filled under: Apps, Beauty & Style, Science & Technology ·
Chinese star Han Geng to star in ‘Transformers 4’

Chinese star Han Geng to star in ‘Transformers 4’

(Relaxnews) – Director Michael Bay announced the addition of Han Geng to the cast of “Transformers 4,” in which China will play an essential part. The 29-year-old joins Chinese actress Li Bingbing (“Resident Evil: Retribution”) as part of the cast. A large part of the movie will be shot in China, which is even “a character” in […]

15.07.2013 · Filled under: Film, International Stars ·
Rowling’s ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’ becomes instant success

Rowling’s ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’ becomes instant success

Relaxnews) – Released in April under the Scottish pseudonym of Robert Galbraith, J.K. Rowling’s crime thriller “The Cuckoo’s Calling” shot to number one on the Amazon US, Amazon UK and Barnes & Noble charts after the secret was let out. Suspicions grew as reviewers were confronted by the novel’s quality, in particular the supposed debut […]

15.07.2013 · Filled under: Books ·
Yves Saint Laurent’s L’Homme transformed into ‘Parfum Intense’

Yves Saint Laurent’s L’Homme transformed into ‘Parfum Intense’

(Relaxnews) – Yves Saint Laurent has come out with an intense take on its flagship fragrance for men. This potent new scent for the fall season will be going on sale on August 26. L’Homme Parfum Intense was composed by expert noses Anne Flipo and Dominique Ropion. The two perfumers have blended citron, bergamot, black […]

15.07.2013 · Filled under: Beauty & Style ·
Now anyone can fly a spaceship to the moon

Now anyone can fly a spaceship to the moon

(Relaxnews) – It’s every little boy’s (and a number of grown men’s) greatest dream, becoming a star pilot. And while the only realistic means of leaving the Earth’s atmosphere in search of interplanetary adventure is via a US$250,000 seat on the maiden voyage of the Virgin Galactic shuttle (confirmed passengers to date include Brad Pitt, […]

Shangri-La creates ultimate travel package to Maldives for affluent Chinese

Shangri-La creates ultimate travel package to Maldives for affluent Chinese

(Relaxnews) – The Shangri-La hotel chain is launching a luxury travel package for wealthy Chinese consumers that includes a flight aboard a private jet to one of the most exclusive and remote parts of the Maldives, a favorite destination for affluent holidaymakers in China. The Shangri-La Private Jet Journey program is billed as a personalized, […]

15.07.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Online ·
German baroque water park makes splash on UNESCO list

German baroque water park makes splash on UNESCO list

(KASSEL, Germany-AFP) – With its Hercules statue towering above a massive water cascade, romantic gardens and castle, Germany’s Bergpark Wilhelmshoehe has long been a marvel of baroque landscape design. As of last month, it’s also a UNESCO world heritage site. Locals are ecstatic that Europe’s largest hillside park, with its fairytale waterfalls, secluded ponds and […]

15.07.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Offbeat ·
Guide to a healthy life: ballet goddess Mary Helen Bowers

Guide to a healthy life: ballet goddess Mary Helen Bowers

(Relaxnews) – Former prima ballerina Mary Helen Bowers famously resculpted actress Natalie Portman’s physique for her Oscar-winning role in the film “Black Swan.” Here, she opens up to Relaxnews about everything from what she eats for breakfast to her secret to finding happiness. Once a dancer for the New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center, […]

Snails face: Japan beauty treatment offers slime power

Snails face: Japan beauty treatment offers slime power

(TOKYO-AFP) – Having live snails crawling on your face sounds like the thing of nightmares, but in Japan one company is hoping people will be prepared to pay for it. Staring Monday, women who want to slough off dead skin, clear their pores or roll back the years can submit themselves to five minutes of […]

14.07.2013 · Filled under: Beauty & Style ·
World’s largest building opens in China

World’s largest building opens in China

(BEIJING-AFP) – Boasting its own artificial sun and a floor area three times that of the Pentagon, the “world’s largest building” has opened in southwest China to mixed reviews from its first visitors. The towering 100-metre (330-foot) high New Century Global Centre, which is said to to be big enough to hold 20 Sydney Opera […]

14.07.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Online ·
For the sophisticated moviegoer: wine-flavored popcorn

For the sophisticated moviegoer: wine-flavored popcorn

(Relaxnews) – After wine-infused ice cream and chocolate, a New Zealand winemaker has partnered with a gourmet popcorn company to make Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir-flavored munchies. New Zealand estate Kim Crawford Wines has teamed up with New York-based Populence to launch the sweet, wine-flavored popcorn which is meant to be paired with the respective wines: the […]

14.07.2013 · Filled under: Food & Dining ·
Shakespeare’s Othello makes triumphant Venice return

Shakespeare’s Othello makes triumphant Venice return

(VENICE-AFP) – St Mark’s Square in Venice on Wednesday was the spectacular backdrop to a tragic opera in the first open-air performance in 43 years by the famous La Fenice theatre — a new must on the global culture calendar. La Fenice is staging Italian maestro Giuseppe Verdi’s interpretation of Shakespeare’s “Othello, the Moor of […]

14.07.2013 · Filled under: Art, Destinations, Music ·
Israel on its way to banning foie gras

Israel on its way to banning foie gras

(Relaxnews) – The war on foie gras continues, as Israel is poised to become the latest jurisdiction to ban the import and sale of the French delicacy. In an early show of overwhelming support, 59 members of the Knesset threw their backing behind the bill this week in a preliminary reading, versus 10 opposition votes, […]

14.07.2013 · Filled under: Food & Dining ·
First-ever Oscars concert planned for nominated music

First-ever Oscars concert planned for nominated music

(LOS ANGELES-AFP) – The Oscars will, for the first time, hold a concert in Los Angeles featuring the songs and scores nominated for Hollywood’s most prestigious prize, organizers said. The concert will be held on February 27, 2014, at Royce Hall, at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) said an internal email from […]

14.07.2013 · Filled under: Hollywood Stars, Music ·
‘Glee’ TV star Monteith found dead in Canada hotel

‘Glee’ TV star Monteith found dead in Canada hotel

(TORONTO-AFP) – Cory Monteith, who starred as a sensitive jock on the hit musical television series “Glee” and had struggled with substance abuse, has been found dead in a Vancouver, Canada hotel room. No cause of death was given for the 31-year-old actor, but acting Police Chief Doug LePard said there appeared to be no […]

14.07.2013 · Filled under: Hollywood Stars ·
Ben Affleck in David Fincher’s next flick

Ben Affleck in David Fincher’s next flick

(Relaxnews) – The US actor and director has clinched the lead in “Gone Girl,” which David Fincher plans to shoot in the fall, reports Deadline.com. Ben Affleck is apparently going to star in this adaptation of a bestselling suspense novel by Gillian Flynn about a woman’s disappearance on her fifth wedding anniversary. Affleck is to […]

13.07.2013 · Filled under: Film, Hollywood Stars ·