Can cosmetic surgery tame its Wild West?

Can cosmetic surgery tame its Wild West?

(PARIS-AFP) – From US “Botox parties” to Asia’s craze for eyelid jobs or Brazilian bum lifts, millions now reshape their bodies through cosmetic surgery each year. But the booming industry is battling a Wild West of rogue practices, cruelly highlighted by the French breast implant scandal. Until the 1990s, “there was a veil of secrecy […]

15.01.2012 · Filled under: Beauty & Style ·
Global cyber anti-garbage drive aims to muster millions

Global cyber anti-garbage drive aims to muster millions

(TALLINN-AFP) – Cyber-environmentalists said Thursday they aim to mobilise millions of people around the world for a mass waste clean-up, saying they had to step in because governments had failed to do so. Tiina Urm, spokeswoman of the Estonian-piloted “Let’s Do It!” campaign, told AFP that anti-waste activists hoped to see numbers spiral this year […]

15.01.2012 · Filled under: Environment ·
‘Couch potato pill’ may also prevent heatstroke

‘Couch potato pill’ may also prevent heatstroke

(PARIS-AFP) – A drug discovered nearly four years ago that builds muscles in lazy mice may also prevent heatstroke, according to lab research reported on Sunday. If further tests work out, the compound could help athletes or soldiers who are so sensitive to heat that they could die from exertion on a hot day, its […]

10.01.2012 · Filled under: Health & Fitness ·
Windows 8, New Xbox speculation surfaces ahead of CES 2012

Windows 8, New Xbox speculation surfaces ahead of CES 2012

(Relaxnews) – With Microsoft having announced this year’s Consumer Electronics Show will be its last as an exhibitor, speculation mounts regarding the Xbox successor’s supposed tablet-based capabilities and media recording functions. GameSpot, citing the current Xbox 360′s latest software update that mirrors the Windows Phone and PC operating system style, suggests that “a tablet component […]

10.01.2012 · Filled under: Games, Science & Technology ·
Chinese smartphone maker shaves off millimeters to unveil world’s ‘slimmest’ smartphone

Chinese smartphone maker shaves off millimeters to unveil world’s ‘slimmest’ smartphone

(Relaxnews) – Chinese consumer electronics manufacturer Huawei has taken the wraps off the thinnest smartphone in the world. With a profile of just 6.68 millimeters, the Huawei Ascend P1 S has stolen the title from Motorola’s Droid Razr smartphone, an ultra-skinny handset unveiled in October 2011 that measures in at 7.1 mm. For comparison, the […]

10.01.2012 · Filled under: Science & Technology ·
Myspace to unveil Myspace TV

Myspace to unveil Myspace TV

(LOS ANGELES-Relaxnews) – Myspace, the social network website, will reveal its plans for Myspace TV at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. New Internet-connected television sets from Panasonic Viera will use a Myspace TV application that allows virtual viewing parties, reported the Los Angeles Times. Viewers will be able to chat with friends online […]

10.01.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·
Walnuts ranked top nut for heart health

Walnuts ranked top nut for heart health

(Relaxnews) – One simple way to boost your health is to start putting that holiday nutcracker to good use: walnuts, both roasted and raw, are a top nut when it comes to protecting your heart, according to new research. Reported in WebMD on Thursday, researchers from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania, US, compared antioxidants […]

09.01.2012 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, Kitchenomics ·
Top free iPad apps: Google Translate, Kino.de, Gaston

Top free iPad apps: Google Translate, Kino.de, Gaston

10 photos (Relaxnews) – An iOS version of Google’s translation website, Google Translate, was popular with iPad users in Japan and Italy where it was the most downloaded free app over the past seven days. Elsewhere in the world a mobile version of German movie website Kino.de and a game starring French cartoon character Gaston […]

09.01.2012 · Filled under: Apps ·
North America agenda: People’s Choice Awards, Mardi Gras, Chinese New Year

North America agenda: People’s Choice Awards, Mardi Gras, Chinese New Year

(LOS ANGELES-Relaxnews) – The new year launches with awards shows for the best of 2011, from the Golden Globes to the Grammys, trade shows showcase what’s upcoming in 2012 in toys, cars and electronics while Americans also celebrate Chinese New Year — that of the Dragon.   45th International CES January 10-13 Las Vegas Convention […]

09.01.2012 · Filled under: Happenings ·
Philippines tourism slogan challenged by Swiss

Philippines tourism slogan challenged by Swiss

(MANILA-AFP) – Philippine tourism promotion efforts suffered another blow Friday over claims its new slogan copied an old Swiss one, having already ditched an earlier campaign that allegedly plagiarised Poland’s. Hours after the government rolled out its “It’s more Fun in the Philippines” campaign, Internet pundits pointed to a 1951 Swiss National Tourist Office ad […]

09.01.2012 · Filled under: Destinations, News ·
Clock ticks as London marks 200 days till Olympics

Clock ticks as London marks 200 days till Olympics

(LONDON-AFP) – London marks 200 days to go until the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games on Monday with several setbacks in the ticketing system failing to affect the organisers’ upbeat mood. The British government will hold a special cabinet meeting in the Olympic Park in east London to mark the day, while from […]

09.01.2012 · Filled under: Destinations, Sports & Recreation ·
VW nears number one ranking with 8 million sales

VW nears number one ranking with 8 million sales

(DETROIT-AFP) – Germany’s Volkswagen sold more than eight million vehicles worldwide in 2011, possibly enough to grab the top spot among global automakers for the first time, chairman Martin Winterkorn said Sunday. VW boosted sales by more than one million vehicles, or 14 percent, to 8.16 million last year, Winterkorn said on the eve of […]

09.01.2012 · Filled under: News ·
Fly parasite turns honey bees into ‘zombies’: study

Fly parasite turns honey bees into ‘zombies’: study

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – US scientists have discovered that a fly parasite can turn honey bees into confused zombies before killing them, in an advance that could offer new clues to why bee colonies are collapsing. So far, the parasite has only been detected in honey bees in California and South Dakota, American researchers reported in the […]

07.01.2012 · Filled under: Environment ·
Android Market hits 400,000 apps, iPad users download 3 billion apps

Android Market hits 400,000 apps, iPad users download 3 billion apps

(Relaxnews) – Google’s Android Market app store has grown to boast more than 400,000 apps as the platform’s 100,000 developers cash in on the freemium business plan. App store tracker Distimo reports that “the main contributors to reach this milestone are free applications. Roughly, 2/3 of the available applications are free in Android Market. The […]

07.01.2012 · Filled under: Apps ·
Pentagon-backed ‘time cloak’ stops the clock

Pentagon-backed ‘time cloak’ stops the clock

(PARIS-AFP) – Pentagon-supported physicists on Wednesday said they had devised a “time cloak” that briefly makes an event undetectable. The laboratory device manipulates the flow of light in such a way that for the merest fraction of a second an event cannot be seen, according to a paper published in the science journal Nature. It […]

07.01.2012 · Filled under: Offbeat, Science & Technology ·
Bollywood looks east to tap Chinese market

Bollywood looks east to tap Chinese market

(MUMBAI-AFP) – India’s Bollywood film industry is eyeing its Asian rival China as a potential market, after a successful run of “3 Idiots”, the coming-of-age comedy starring Aamir Khan. The 2009 film, about a group of struggling students at one of India’s elite universities, opened in China in October and takings have so far topped […]

07.01.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·
App downloads hit record high of 1.2 billion during last week of 2011

App downloads hit record high of 1.2 billion during last week of 2011

(Relaxnews) – The smartphone craze is going global, reaching never-before-seen milestones. Not only are device activations up, but consumers are racing to download record numbers of apps on their newly acquired devices. Christmas Day in 2011 was the biggest day for global device activations ever, and app store analytics firm Flurry says the significantly elevated […]

04.01.2012 · Filled under: Apps ·
Top trend: Tweed

Top trend: Tweed

  8 photos (Relaxnews) – While tweed may traditionally have been associated with outdoor pursuits such as hunting and horse riding, the distinctive fabric has been updated by designers and high street brands alike, with users of Polyvore experimenting with more modern takes on the look which would be suitable for a night out or the office. […]

04.01.2012 · Filled under: Beauty & Style ·
Firm defends made-in-China Steve Jobs doll

Firm defends made-in-China Steve Jobs doll

(SHANGHAI-AFP) – The company behind a made-in-China Steve Jobs action figure insisted Wednesday it was not a toy, but a realistic depiction of the Apple founder designed for fans of his iconic products. The 30.4-centimetre (one foot) tall dolls, which will go on sale next month with a price tag of $99, are being manufactured […]

04.01.2012 · Filled under: Offbeat ·
Mercedes, BMW vie for US luxury car crown

Mercedes, BMW vie for US luxury car crown

(DETROIT-AFP) – In a first, two German manufacturers — Mercedes-Benz and BMW — are dueling for the honor of being the top luxury brand sold in the United States. With the champion of the past 11 years, Toyota’s Lexus, hobbled by the fallout from Japan’s March 11 earthquake-tsunami-nuclear meltdown disaster, the two Teutonic giants are […]

04.01.2012 · Filled under: News ·