Japan’s Uniqlo eyes Asia with new Tokyo megastore

Japan’s Uniqlo eyes Asia with new Tokyo megastore

(TOKYO-AFP) – Japan’s cheap chic clothing chain Uniqlo opened the doors to its new 12-floor Tokyo megastore on Friday, making a splash in the upmarket Ginza area as part of a drive across Asia. “Opening a flagship store here is the first step to expand the business from here to the whole of Asia,” Uniqlo […]

17.03.2012 · Filled under: Destinations, Money & Business, Science & Technology ·
What to see in Myanmar

What to see in Myanmar

(Relaxnews) – After over a decade as a pariah state, Myanmar has suddenly reappeared on the global tourism scene, becoming the must-see stop for backpackers heading to explore popular south east Asia. Myanmar was named by both Lonely Planet and Wanderlust as a must-see destination for this year, not least because — for now — […]

17.03.2012 · Filled under: Destinations ·
Sleeping with the stars – ten celebrity-owned hotels you shouldn’t miss

Sleeping with the stars – ten celebrity-owned hotels you shouldn’t miss

(Relaxnews) – Earlier this year, Francis Ford Coppola opened his fifth hotel, the Palazzo Margherita in Italy, adding yet another outpost to the expanding Coppola Resorts chain. But read further than just the first page of a hotel’s website and you’ll find that several properties have celebrity proprietors or backers — here, a list of […]

15.03.2012 · Filled under: Destinations ·
Warner Bros. Studio Tour “The Making of Harry Potter” preview

Warner Bros. Studio Tour “The Making of Harry Potter” preview

  9 photos (Relaxnews) – Warner Bros. Studio Tour London opens March 31, offering visitors, “The Making of Harry Potter,” a behind-the-scenes experience of the cinematic magic of Harry Potter, complete with the actual sets, costumes, animatronics, special effects and props from the eight films in the series. http://www.wbstudiotour.co.uk RC ©Courtesy of Warner Bros. Studio […]

15.03.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment, Photos ·

A super-hero marathon will lead to ‘The Avengers’

(LOS ANGELES-Relaxnews) – Select cinemas will stage movie marathons leading up to the midnight debut of The Avengers, with the five films that feature the cast of Marvel’s superhero characters. On May 3, beginning at 11:30 am, “The Ultimate Marvel Movie Marathon” will include back-to-back screenings of Iron Man and Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America and The Incredible Hulk – and The Avengers. The […]

15.03.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·
First ‘Lego Batman 2′ trailer co-stars Robin, Superman, Lex

First ‘Lego Batman 2′ trailer co-stars Robin, Superman, Lex

(Relaxnews) – As its title might suggest, Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes stars not only Batman but a selection of DC Comic characters: Robin, Superman, Catwoman, and villains Joker, Lex Luthor and Bane. The game is being made for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo Wii, DS and 3DS. No mention has been made of […]

15.03.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment, Videos ·
Featurette: Kristen Stewart in ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’

Featurette: Kristen Stewart in ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’

(LOS ANGELES-Relaxnews) – Since director Ridley Scott launched trailers for his film Prometheus with teasers, this practice is catching on and may become a trend, with the latest sneak peak for Snow White and the Huntsman introduced by costar Chris Hemsworth (Thor). The new footage highlights the Evil Queen’s concern about the next in line as “the fairest in […]

15.03.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment, Videos ·
(March-November) Formula One: 2012 season calendar

(March-November) Formula One: 2012 season calendar

(MELBOURNE-AFP) – The calendar for the 2012 Formula One championship, which gets underway this week in Melbourne: March 18, Australian Grand Prix Albert Park, Melbourne March 25, Malaysian Grand Prix Sepang April 15, Chinese Grand Prix Shanghai April 22, Bahrain Grand Prix Sakhir May 13, Spanish Grand Prix Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona May 27, Monaco […]

15.03.2012 · Filled under: Happenings, Sports & Recreation ·
Top new tech products: new iPad, ‘magic’ floating touch smartphone

Top new tech products: new iPad, ‘magic’ floating touch smartphone

(Relaxnews) – High-tech product releases announced the week ending March 14 include the third-generation iPad, the Sony Xperia sola, the Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook, The Sony α57 interchangeable lens camera, and the new Apple TV. Unless otherwise noted, pricing and release dates have not been announced. A tablet with a ‘Retina Display,’ improved camera and […]

15.03.2012 · Filled under: Science & Technology ·
‘Star Wars: The Old Republic’ free for 3 days

‘Star Wars: The Old Republic’ free for 3 days

(Relaxnews) – Starting Thursday, March 15, Star Wars‘ latest foray into the world of online adventures will be free for a three day period. The PC game’s open doors event starts at one minute past midnight, US Central Time (18:01 Central Europe, 1:01am Friday 16 in Singapore) and runs until Monday the 19th, 2am (8:00am Central […]

15.03.2012 · Filled under: Promotions ·
Cookbook based on TV series ‘True Blood’ slated for fall release

Cookbook based on TV series ‘True Blood’ slated for fall release

(Relaxnews) – Following the release of an unofficial Twilight-themed cookbook, creators of another vampire-based series True Blood have announced the fall launch of the official companion cookbook. Based on the HBO series set in Louisiana, the show follows the romance between waitress Sookie Stackhouse, played by Anna Paquin and her vampire soul mate Bill Compton. Though details from […]

15.03.2012 · Filled under: Kitchenomics ·
Hotel prices rise in major US cities

Hotel prices rise in major US cities

(Relaxnews) – New York City and Washington DC saw hotel prices soar this month, new figures from price comparison site Trivago have shown. New York, the most popular destination in the US, boasts an average nightly rate for a double room of $289, up 16 percent on last month as the city finally begins to […]

15.03.2012 · Filled under: Destinations, Money & Business ·
Fast-food giant tests in-car ordering

Fast-food giant tests in-car ordering

(TOKYO-Relaxnews) – Fast-food giant McDonald’s is test-driving a system in Japan that will permit customers to place orders through their car navigation system as they are driving to the drive-through restaurant. The tests, in collaboration with the Japan Highway Industry Development Organisation, are designed to reduce the time that it takes for a customer to […]

14.03.2012 · Filled under: Kitchenomics, Motoring ·
Top 10 videos on demand in the US: ‘Tower Heist,’ ‘Hugo’

Top 10 videos on demand in the US: ‘Tower Heist,’ ‘Hugo’

(LOS ANGELES-Relaxnews) – For the week ending March 4, the rankings for the top ten films available on demand in the US follow, reflecting box office hits and independent films, comedies and dramas: 1. Tower Heist - starring Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy 2. Hugo (new) – from Martin Scorsese with Chloe Moretz and Ben Kingsley 3. Puss In Boots (new) […]

14.03.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·
After a rocky childhood, Disneyland Paris prepares to celebrate two decades

After a rocky childhood, Disneyland Paris prepares to celebrate two decades

(Relaxnews) – Disneyland Paris will have been open for 20 years on April 12, 2012, and as it finally exits its teenage years after a somewhat turbulent childhood, its parents over in America will be breathing a sigh of relief. The park, situated on the outskirts of Paris, is one of France’s most popular tourist […]

14.03.2012 · Filled under: Destinations ·
Berries can help boost brain power

Berries can help boost brain power

(Relaxnews) – A new scientific review suggests that a few berries a day can help keep mental decline and other age-related illnesses at bay. In an article published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, scientists concluded that eating berries like strawberries, blueberries and blackberries can help maintain a sharp memory and prevent the onset of mental decline […]

14.03.2012 · Filled under: Kitchenomics ·
Update your wardrobe for Spring/Summer 2012 in five steps

Update your wardrobe for Spring/Summer 2012 in five steps

(Relaxnews) – Getting ready for Spring/Summer 2012 needn’t involve a complete wardrobe overhaul, so here are five simple steps on what to buy, what to ditch and what to keep for the coming months. Era to embody: 1920s Already one of the most talked about films of 2012 despite not being scheduled for release until […]

14.03.2012 · Filled under: Beauty & Style ·
Meat-eating animals lose taste for sweets: study

Meat-eating animals lose taste for sweets: study

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – European and US scientists said Monday that many meat-eating animals appear to lose their ability to taste sweet flavors over time, a finding that suggests diet plays a key role in evolution. Most mammals are believed to possess the ability to taste sweet, savory, bitter, salty, and sour flavors, said researchers at the […]

14.03.2012 · Filled under: Environment ·
London’s new prison hotel — and some other hotels keen to lock you up

London’s new prison hotel — and some other hotels keen to lock you up

(Relaxnews) – Travelers in London will be able to get a taste of life inside one of the world’s most notorious detention facilities this week, as an Alcatraz-themed hotel opens for a limited time only. The ‘hotel’ is based in London’s Kings Cross and offers just four rooms, built as replicas of the cells in […]

14.03.2012 · Filled under: Offbeat ·
From Florida to Hong Kong, we can’t get enough of the world’s theme parks

From Florida to Hong Kong, we can’t get enough of the world’s theme parks

(Relaxnews) – Next month, Disneyland Paris will kick off celebrations for its 20th anniversary, proving that with enough time and money, even the most ardent skeptics of US-style amusement parks can be won over. It was by no means certain that the fancy parades, fast rides and multitude of food outlets would prove as popular […]

14.03.2012 · Filled under: Destinations ·