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 ·
Japanese sushi tradition for good fortune tops Google food search

Japanese sushi tradition for good fortune tops Google food search

(Relaxnews) – A Japanese tradition of eating a large sushi roll in silence while facing a pre-determined celestial direction to usher in good luck for the year drove the term “Lucky Direction” to the top of Google’s rising food and drink searches this week. As of 10 am GMT Feb. 8, the Japanese term for […]

09.02.2012 · Filled under: Kitchenomics ·
Watch: Grant Achatz’s Next El Bulli menu

Watch: Grant Achatz’s Next El Bulli menu

(Relaxnews) – Against a dramatic, emotion-soaked soundtrack, images from a new intro video provide a glimpse into chef Grant Achatz’s kitchen as he attempts to recreate a legendary menu from the shores of Catalonia — the ‘Next El Bulli’ — in his Chicago restaurant. In a YouTube preview of his El Bulli menu uploaded February 8, Achatz […]

09.02.2012 · Filled under: Kitchenomics, Videos ·
Times Square installs ‘big’ heart for vow renewals on Valentine’s Day

Times Square installs ‘big’ heart for vow renewals on Valentine’s Day

(LOS ANGELES-Relaxnews) – For decades Times Square has been a destination for the New Year’s Eve countdown. Now it could be a romantic rendezvous for Valentine’s Day with events scheduled in the heart of New York City called “Free Love in Times Square.” For the 4th year, the Times Square Alliance commissioned a public Valentine […]

09.02.2012 · Filled under: Destinations ·
High-tech glass maker predicts future of damage-resistant glass tablets, color-changing glass walls

High-tech glass maker predicts future of damage-resistant glass tablets, color-changing glass walls

(Relaxnews) – Corning, the company behind the damage-resistant Gorilla Glass used in millions of smartphones and tablets, has released a video showcasing its glass-filled vision of the future. “This video continues the story of how highly engineered glass, with companion technologies, will help shape our world,” explains Corning on video-sharing website YouTube. The video is a follow-up video to […]

09.02.2012 · Filled under: Science & Technology, Videos ·
How to choose a smartphone (tech, specs, features explained)

How to choose a smartphone (tech, specs, features explained)

(Relaxnews) – Looking to buy a new smartphone, maybe your first? A recent survey from NPD found that 57 percent of first-time smartphone buyers in the US opted for an Android device — largely due to the wide variety of designs, features and price points. But while all those various features appeal to a wide […]

09.02.2012 · Filled under: Science & Technology ·
Over eight out of ten European women would like a ring for Valentine’s Day

Over eight out of ten European women would like a ring for Valentine’s Day

(Relaxnews) – Valentine’s Day is often seen, at least by jewelry companies, as an ideal opportunity to make a declaration of love with a precious jewel. According to a study by French internet portal Aufeminin.com, released on February 7, 85 percent of European women would love to receive a ring from their Valentine. However, 84 […]

09.02.2012 · Filled under: Lifestyle ·
China starts to look for luxury closer to home

China starts to look for luxury closer to home

(HONG KONG-Relaxnews) – The growing power of the Chinese consumer might have the world in its thrall but it seems it won’t be too long before their lust for luxury is more satisfied a little closer to home. Traditionally, Chinese shoppers have had to head overseas to pick up the latest fashions or other luxury […]

08.02.2012 · Filled under: Money & Business ·
‘Beauty for all’: Carrefour launching own-brand cosmetic line

‘Beauty for all’: Carrefour launching own-brand cosmetic line

(Relaxnews) – International hypermarket chain Carrefour has unveiled its new mass market beauty range, which will be rolled out across the globe this year and comprises toiletries, facial care, anti-aging products, haircare and make-up. WWD reports February 7 that the French firm’s low-priced Les Cosmétiques Design Paris brand will replace the supermarket’s existing private-label offerings. “Beauty […]

08.02.2012 · Filled under: Beauty & Style ·
Google’s Chrome web browser finally arrives on Android

Google’s Chrome web browser finally arrives on Android

(Relaxnews) – For years Android device owners have been using a generic “browser” app to surf the web on their smartphones. Meanwhile Google has toiled away at its increasingly popular desktop browser, Chrome, but remained quiet on the smartphone browser front. Now Android owners running version 4.0, aka Ice Cream Sandwich (approximately 1 percent of […]

08.02.2012 · Filled under: Apps, Videos ·