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 ·
Cooking apps gain credibility as new category at world cookbook awards

Cooking apps gain credibility as new category at world cookbook awards

(Relaxnews) – In a sign that the cookbook and publishing industry is beginning to take mobile apps seriously, the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards has added a new category to its annual competition in Paris. For its inaugural year, four apps from France, Spain, the UK and the US have been shortlisted including Larousse Cuisine, from France; Wikitapas from […]

04.01.2012 · Filled under: Apps, Health & Fitness, Kitchenomics ·
India’s Bajaj launches new ultra-low-cost car

India’s Bajaj launches new ultra-low-cost car

(NEW DELHI-AFP) – Bajaj Auto unveiled India’s latest ultra-low-cost car on Tuesday, a 200cc four-seater that looks set to compete with the Tata Nano for the title of the world’s cheapest auto. The group gave no price for the low-emission vehicle which will have a top speed of 70 kilometres an hour (43 miles an […]

04.01.2012 · Filled under: News ·
NAIAS offers mobility options for the disabled, revamped education day

NAIAS offers mobility options for the disabled, revamped education day

(Relaxnews) – The North American International Auto Show is to debut a new area focused on transportation for people with disabilities. The new show segment, designed to highlight the rapidly changing personal mobility market, will feature new transportation options and ideas for people who are physically challenged, as well as showing modifications of existing vehicles. […]

04.01.2012 · Filled under: Science & Technology ·
Global car sales to rise in 2012

Global car sales to rise in 2012

(Relaxnews) – The world’s consumers will pick up a total of 77.7 million new cars from showrooms this year, according to a new prediction from a leading automotive analyst. That’s a boost of some 6.7 percent on the amount estimated to have been sold in 2011, data firm Polk said January 3, with unsurprisingly China […]

04.01.2012 · Filled under: Motoring ·
Asia’s hotel chains have grand plans to expand abroad – and close to home

Asia’s hotel chains have grand plans to expand abroad – and close to home

(HONG KONG-Relaxnews) – While much of the tourism industry’s attention has been on the rising popularity of Asia — and China in particular — as a destination, the region’s very own hotel chains have been setting their sights on taking the Asian style of service as far and wide as they can. American hotel chains […]

03.01.2012 · Filled under: Destinations ·
Hu warns Chinese culture being ‘Westernised’: report

Hu warns Chinese culture being ‘Westernised’: report

(Beijing-AFP) – Chinese President Hu Jintao has warned that “hostile” powers are seeking to “Westernise” the country and called for greater efforts to enhance China’s cultural influence overseas. Hu’s remarks published in the latest edition of Communist Party magazine Seeking the Truth come after Beijing ordered the culture industry — taken to include the media […]

03.01.2012 · Filled under: News ·
The most-anticipated 3D films of 2012

The most-anticipated 3D films of 2012

(LOS ANGELES-Relaxnews) – Despite concerns that filmgoers are losing interest in 3D films, seven of the top ten blockbusters in 2011 were in 3D. The novelty may have worn off but 3D offers audiences an experience they cannot get at home or on their phones. Even when the 1994 animated movie The Lion King was converted and […]

02.01.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·
Rising food prices in 2012 to impact consumer habits

Rising food prices in 2012 to impact consumer habits

(Relaxnews) – Rising food prices in 2012 will push consumers to tweak recipes that call for expensive meat and seafoods with cheaper filler foods like tofu and lentils, while supermarkets will offer lay-away plans for larger purchases like holiday dinners. Those are the predictions of California-based food marketing expert Phil Lempert, also known as the […]

02.01.2012 · Filled under: Kitchenomics ·
Images of the week: Manila, Beijing,New York

Images of the week: Manila, Beijing,New York

14 photos ©AFP PHOTO / ARMIN WEIGEL Mitterfirmiansreut, Germany Visitors stand around a snow church just after its inauguration on December 28, 2011 in Mitterfirmiansreut, southern Germany. The circa 25 meters long church was made of 1,400 cubic meters of snow and aims to commemorate the winter of the years 1910/1911, when so much snow […]

02.01.2012 · Filled under: Destinations, News, Photos ·
Holiday tourists overwhelm top Florida theme parks

Holiday tourists overwhelm top Florida theme parks

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – Free-spending US tourists shrugged off economic worries to overwhelm Disney World and other top Florida theme parks this week, forcing them to temporarily shut the gates, officials said Thursday. Some visitors to Legoland, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and three Disney destinations found parking lots and entryways shut for short periods Wednesday and Thursday as […]

02.01.2012 · Filled under: Destinations, News ·