Google users warned of threat to smartphone wallets

Google users warned of threat to smartphone wallets

(SAN FRANCISCO-AFP) – Users of Google smartphone wallets were being warned on Friday that there is a way to crack pass codes intended to thwart thieves from going on illicit shopping sprees. Zvelo Labs researcher Joshua Rubin was featured in a video at the company’s website demonstrating software that quickly figures out a Google Wallet […]

11.02.2012 · Filled under: Science & Technology ·
Lady Gaga to launch social media site

Lady Gaga to launch social media site

(Relaxnews) – American pop star Lady Gaga has turned her attention to a new social media site of her very own: Littlemonsters.com. The site is currently in closed beta but fans can now request an invite by visiting the site. Littlemonsters.com is being developed by Backplane, a startup partially funded by Gaga that was co-founded by her […]

11.02.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·
Venice puts its mask on – Carnival program features balls, art and games

Venice puts its mask on – Carnival program features balls, art and games

(Relaxnews) – From February 11 to 21, masked parades, live art performances and concerts will fill the streets of Venice as the historic Italian city hosts its annual tribute to theater, the Venice Carnival. Historically the Venice Carnival began as a time of celebration of expression across the social classes who wore masks in order […]

11.02.2012 · Filled under: Happenings ·
Mixologist’s guide to cocktails most popular food-related Tumblr post

Mixologist’s guide to cocktails most popular food-related Tumblr post

(Relaxnews) – A visual aid guide on how to make old-school, vintage cocktails like the Harvey Wallbanger and John Collins has been making the rounds on Tumblr this week to become the most popular food and drink-related post among photo bloggers. As of February 10, the poster-like guide detailing the ingredients that go into 20 different cocktails […]

11.02.2012 · Filled under: Kitchenomics ·
How master pastry and chocolate chefs interpret Valentine’s Day

How master pastry and chocolate chefs interpret Valentine’s Day

7 photos (Relaxnews) – Not all chocolates and pastries are created equal. Here’s a look at how master chocolatiers and pastry chefs do up Valentine’s Day, from brands like Pierre Hermé, to Patrick Roger, and La Maison du Chocolat.     ©Pierre Herme Special uses : use only for Pierre Herme Pierre Herme: Coeur Ispahan Rose-flavored macaron […]

11.02.2012 · Filled under: Kitchenomics, Photos ·
Consumers looking for more soup and salad options when dining out

Consumers looking for more soup and salad options when dining out

(Relaxnews) – The rapid, international expansion of quick-service salad chains marks an emerging consumer demand for healthy, affordable fare and bolsters new market survey results which found that soup and salad categories on restaurant menus have become increasingly popular. In a survey of 1,500 consumers in the US, market research group Technomic found that nearly […]

11.02.2012 · Filled under: Kitchenomics ·
RIM hits back at BlackBerry nay-sayers, claims 6 million app downloads per day

RIM hits back at BlackBerry nay-sayers, claims 6 million app downloads per day

(Relaxnews) – BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (RIM) was on a mission to debunk “a few myths” about its app ecosphere at the BlackBerry DevCon in Europe on Tuesday, February 7. Technology blog The Verge reported that newly appointed CEO Thorsten Heins took to the stage to reveal BlackBerry owners are downloading apps from the BlackBerry AppWorld at a rate […]

09.02.2012 · Filled under: Apps ·
Add dessert to breakfast and lose weight: study

Add dessert to breakfast and lose weight: study

(Relaxnews) – A new study suggests that the best way to lose weight is to start the day off with a balanced breakfast and then have your cake and eat it too — literally. It may sound counterintuitive, but according to the results of a study out of Tel Aviv, adding a dessert to a […]

09.02.2012 · Filled under: Kitchenomics ·
Tai chi improves balance in Parkinson’s patients: study

Tai chi improves balance in Parkinson’s patients: study

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – People with Parkinson’s disease who practiced the Chinese martial art tai chi for six months showed better balance than counterparts who did other forms of exercise, said a US study Wednesday. A total of 195 people took part in the randomized study in four different cities in the western state of Oregon, according […]

09.02.2012 · Filled under: Health & Fitness ·
French luxury group Hermes posts record 2011 sales

French luxury group Hermes posts record 2011 sales

(PARIS-AFP) – French luxury group Hermes said on Thursday it posted record sales of 2.8 billion euros ($3.8 billion) in 2011, highlighting the resilience of luxury brands in the face of the weakening global economy. The group’s sales were up 18.3 percent last year, beating the target of 15-16 percent growth, it said in a […]

09.02.2012 · Filled under: Money & Business ·
amfAR New York Gala: Red Carpet Highlights

amfAR New York Gala: Red Carpet Highlights

12 photos (Relaxnews) – Kicking off New York Fashion Week proceedings Wednesday, February 8 was the amFAR (American Foundation for AIDS Research) gala at New York’s Cipriani Wall Street. Models including Heidi Klum and Cindy Crawford wore designs by Italian creator Roberto Cavalli, who received an award for Courage, for his outstanding contribution to the […]

09.02.2012 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Photos ·
Apple to debut ‘iPad 3′ in March: report

Apple to debut ‘iPad 3′ in March: report

(SAN FRANCISCO-AFP) – Apple will unveil a new version of its market-ruling iPad table computer in March, according to a report in Dow Jones-owned technology blog All Things D. The latest in an ongoing stream of Apple rumors cited unnamed sources as saying that an “iPad 3″ will make its debut at an event the […]

09.02.2012 · Filled under: Science & Technology ·
Lady Gaga world tour to kick off in Seoul

Lady Gaga world tour to kick off in Seoul

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – American pop diva Lady Gaga Wednesday unveiled the first dates for her upcoming world tour which she has dubbed the “Born This Way Ball” and will kick off in Seoul. She is expected to do 110 shows this year following on the success of her smash hit “Born This Way,” and revealed the […]

09.02.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·
Paul McCartney to stream free concert Thursday via iTunes

Paul McCartney to stream free concert Thursday via iTunes

(Relaxnews) – Announced this week, famed former Beatle Paul McCartney is offering a live free stream performance this Thursday, February 9, at 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m. PST via theiTunes Store and over Apple TV. The performance — set to take place at Capital Studios in Hollywood, California — comes right on the heels of the release of McCartney’s […]

09.02.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment, Happenings, Promotions ·
1960s stars Beach Boys to appear at the Grammys

1960s stars Beach Boys to appear at the Grammys

(LOS ANGELES-AFP) – The Beach Boys, icons of 1960s California pop-rock, will reunite at the Grammy Awards ceremony, organizers said Wednesday. The surviving band members — Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks — are also releasing a new album and heading out on tour to mark their 50th anniversary. Group […]

09.02.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·
Film trailer: ‘The Bourne Legacy’ starring Jeremy Renner

Film trailer: ‘The Bourne Legacy’ starring Jeremy Renner

(LOS ANGELES-Relaxnews) – The first trailer for the espionage thriller The Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner, was released online February 8 with the tagline: “There was never just one.” The fourth installment of the Bourne series, which previously starred Matt Damon as Jason Bourne, centers on a new CIA operative, played by Renner, who is welcomed to the […]

09.02.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment, Videos ·
‘House M.D.’ announces the end

‘House M.D.’ announces the end

(LOS ANGELES-Relaxnews) – The producers of House M.D. announced on February 8 that this, the eighth season of the popular medical drama series, will be the last of a highly successful run. The Emmy and Golden Globe-winning television show centers on a maverick, misanthropic doctor who specializes in diagnostic medicine, heading a team in a fictional New […]

09.02.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·
Singapore lures record number of visitors

Singapore lures record number of visitors

(SINGAPORE-AFP) – Singapore welcomed a record 13 million overseas visitors last year — the majority arriving from Asia, official data showed Tuesday. The 13.2 million arrivals translated into a 13 percent rise on 2010 figures and beat government forecasts of 12-13 million, the Singapore Tourism Board said. It said 76 percent of the arrivals came […]

09.02.2012 · Filled under: Destinations ·
India auto sales climb 7.2% in January: industry

India auto sales climb 7.2% in January: industry

(MUMBAI-AFP) – New car sales in India climbed 7.2 percent year-on-year in January as the sector showed further signs of recovery from its slump in 2011, an industry body said on Wednesday. The Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) said domestic passenger car sales rose to 196,013 last month from 182,852 in January 2011, marking […]

09.02.2012 · Filled under: Money & Business ·
KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell focus on China for growth

KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell focus on China for growth

(Relaxnews) – Chinese consumers can expect to see even more US fast food chains like KFC and Pizza Hut set up shop in their backyard as parent company Yum! Brands embarks on a bullish growth strategy that hinges on China. In 2011, Yum — whose core brands include Taco Bell, KFC and Pizza Hut — […]

09.02.2012 · Filled under: Money & Business ·