Olympics: Italian PM Monti rules out Rome 2020 Olympic bid

Olympics: Italian PM Monti rules out Rome 2020 Olympic bid

(ROME-AFP) – Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti on Tuesday withdrew Rome as a candidate to host the 2020 Olympic Games, describing a planned bid as “irresponsible”. Just a day before the deadline for submitting host city bids to the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Italian leader decided the current economic crisis would make such a […]

16.02.2012 · Filled under: Sports & Recreation ·
NBA: Lin-sanity spurs sport lottery sales in Taiwan

NBA: Lin-sanity spurs sport lottery sales in Taiwan

(TAIPEI-AFP) – New York Knicks star Jeremy Lin, whose parents are Taiwanese, has boosted the island’s sport lottery sales by 50 percent since he became a NBA sensation last week, the lotto company said Wednesday. Taiwanese fans placed a seasonal record of Tw$9 million ($300,000) in bets on Saturday’s match in which the Knicks defeated […]

16.02.2012 · Filled under: Sports & Recreation ·
Lose more weight by making it a team effort: study

Lose more weight by making it a team effort: study

(Relaxnews) – Maybe it’s the spirit of competition. Maybe it’s the peer pressure. But a new study suggests partnering up with a buddy to shed some extra pounds after researchers found that people who stay together lose together. Not unlike the US reality TV show Big Fat Loser, which follows teams of overweight Americans as they […]

16.02.2012 · Filled under: Health & Fitness ·
New York Fashion Week highlights: Proenza Schouler, Marchesa, Anna Sui

New York Fashion Week highlights: Proenza Schouler, Marchesa, Anna Sui

9 photos (Relaxnews) – As the ongoing New York Fashion Week nears its end, big names including Marchesa have dazzled with a collection of red-carpet ready gowns, while the likes of Proenza Schouler offered edgier creations. See the highlights here. ©AFP PHOTO/Peter Michael Dills/Getty Images Diamond day After impressing with her mainline on Sunday, the […]

16.02.2012 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Photos ·
London Fashion Week Digital Schedule

London Fashion Week Digital Schedule

(Relaxnews) – Running February 17-21 with menswear on February 22, London Fashion Week will see established labels including Burberry Prorsum and Paul Smith showcase their Fall 2012 ready-to-wear creations. Shows from the likes of Roksanda Ilincic, PPQ and Mary Katrantzou will be live-streamed via London Fashion Week TV. See the schedule here, with shows to […]

16.02.2012 · Filled under: Happenings ·
iOS apps grabbing data without warning

iOS apps grabbing data without warning

(Relaxnews) – Software designer Paul Haddad of Tapbots has sparked a buzz on the tech blogs after discovering the iOS Foursquare app was grabbing data, including email addresses and phone numbers, from users’ iPhones and uploading it without their permission. The discovery made by Paul Haddad on February 14 has attracted widespread coverage across popular […]

16.02.2012 · Filled under: Apps, Science & Technology ·
Improved Facebook for Windows Phone 7 app gets design, performance overhaul

Improved Facebook for Windows Phone 7 app gets design, performance overhaul

(Relaxnews) – Microsoft has made some significant changes to the Facebook for Windows Phone 7 app including improved design, better navigation and lots of bug fixes. “You’ll find changes across the board” in version 2.3 of the app, said Michael Stroh, a technology writer in Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 team, in a February 14 post […]

16.02.2012 · Filled under: Apps ·
Philippine film industry in decline

Philippine film industry in decline

(Manila)-AFP) – The number of films produced in the Philippine movie industry has halved over the past decade in the face of piracy and Hollywood competition, a government study released Wednesday showed. Only the rise of independent film-makers has saved the industry from declining further, with “indie” movies now accounting for more than half the […]

16.02.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·
Swiss aim to launch first space cleaner

Swiss aim to launch first space cleaner

(GENEVA-AFP) – Swiss scientists announced Wednesday plans to develop a machine that acts almost like a vacuum cleaner to scoop up thousands of abandoned satellite and rocket parts, cleaning up outer space. The Swiss Space Centre at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), a top science university, announced the launch of CleanSpace as the […]

16.02.2012 · Filled under: Environment, Science & Technology ·
Top new tech products: ‘future-proof’ Smart TV, designer camera, 7″ Samsung Galaxy Tab 2

Top new tech products: ‘future-proof’ Smart TV, designer camera, 7″ Samsung Galaxy Tab 2

(Relaxnews) – High-tech product releases announced the week ending February 15 include a designer interchangable lens camera, a future-proof Smart TV, the first Galaxy Tab to run Ice Cream Sandwich, a quad-core tablet with an 18h battery life, and an inexpensive flip phone. An interchangable lens camera designed by Marc Newson Industrial designer Marc Newson […]

16.02.2012 · Filled under: Science & Technology, Videos ·
Apple unveils preview of new Mac operating system

Apple unveils preview of new Mac operating system

(SAN FRANCISCO-AFP) – Apple released a preview version of its new Macintosh operating system on Thursday, bringing some features of the iPad to the personal computer. The Cupertino, California-based company said the updated operating system, called Mountain Lion, will be available to Macintosh developers immediately and Mac owners can upgrade to the new software in […]

16.02.2012 · Filled under: Science & Technology ·
Streep and Roberts together in Pulitzer Prize winner

Streep and Roberts together in Pulitzer Prize winner

(LOS ANGELES-Relaxnews) – The long-planned adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play August: Osage Country will reach the screen with Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep portraying a daughter and mother. The adaptation of the play written by Tracy Letts follows the story of two women who have gone in different directions when a family crisis […]

16.02.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·
Houston funeral to be broadcast live

Houston funeral to be broadcast live

(NEW YORK-AFP) – The funeral on Saturday for pop superstar Whitney Houston will be broadcast live from the New Jersey Baptist church where she grew up singing in a gospel choir, the funeral home owner said Wednesday. “Her publicist has chosen one person who will be allowed into the sanctuary and who will be streaming […]

16.02.2012 · Filled under: Happenings ·
Princess Cruises reveals details of new liner

Princess Cruises reveals details of new liner

(Relaxnews) – Princess Cruises has revealed further details on its new vessel Royal Princess, set to launch next year. The ship, set to launch in June 2013, will carry 3,600 passengers and will weigh in at 141,000 tons, making it the largest in the Princess Cruises fleet and comparable with Royal Caribbean’s Freedom-class ships. One […]

16.02.2012 · Filled under: Destinations ·
Lexus most dependable car firm in the US

Lexus most dependable car firm in the US

(Relaxnews) – Lexus has topped an influential dependability study conducted by US analyst JD Power and Associates. The Japanese automaker scored the most awards in the annual study, the results of which were released February 15 and showed ‘historically high’ levels of vehicle dependability. Porsche was the second highest-ranking nameplate, with Cadillac in third place and […]

16.02.2012 · Filled under: Motoring ·
Bankrupt Kodak drops name from Oscars theater

Bankrupt Kodak drops name from Oscars theater

(LOS ANGELES-AFP) – The theater that has hosted the US Academy Awards for the last decade will no longer bear the Kodak name as a result of the iconic company’s bankruptcy. A bankruptcy court on Wednesday approved Kodak’s request to cancel its contract with the theater, ruling that it was “in the best interests of […]

16.02.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·
Huppert’s Filipino kidnap drama premieres at Berlin fest

Huppert’s Filipino kidnap drama premieres at Berlin fest

(BERLIN-AFP) – Isabelle Huppert stars as an aid worker snatched by Islamic extremist group Abu Sayyaf in Filipino director Brillante Mendoza’s “Captive”, which premiered at the Berlin film festival Sunday. The French-Filipino-German-British production is based on the 2001 kidnapping of 20 foreigners from an upscale beach resort on the island of Palawan, in which at least five […]

14.02.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·
Angry Birds fly to Facebook

Angry Birds fly to Facebook

(Jakarta-AFP) – “Angry Birds”, the most-downloaded mobile app of 2011, was catapulted to the world of Facebook on Tuesday in a bid by its Finnish maker Rovio to get one billion people playing the addictive game. Fans were able to test the new Angry Birds Facebook app online Tuesday morning ahead of its official global launch in Jakarta, the […]

14.02.2012 · Filled under: Apps ·
Funeral for Houston Saturday at hometown church

Funeral for Houston Saturday at hometown church

(NEW YORK-AFP) – A private funeral service for Whitney Houston will be held Saturday at the Newark, New Jersey church where the pop diva sang in a gospel choir as a child, the funeral home told AFP on Tuesday. “The service will be held Saturday 12 noon (1700 GMT) at New Hope Baptist Church,” said […]

14.02.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·
15th Elle Style Awards: Red carpet highlights

15th Elle Style Awards: Red carpet highlights

12 photos (Relaxnews) – The 15th Elle Style Awards took place in London February 13, with Sarah Burton receiving the coveted International Designer of the Year prize. Here is a roundup of the best dressed attendees, including Alexa Chung in Stella McCartney and Poppy Delevigne in Mary Katrantzou for Topshop.   ©AFP PHOTO/Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images […]

14.02.2012 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Photos ·