Shangri-La joins fight against shark fin soup

Shangri-La joins fight against shark fin soup

(HONG KONG-AFP) – Luxury hotel chain Shangri-La has announced it will stop serving shark fin at its 72 properties worldwide, as the campaign to protect the marine predators gains ground among Chinese consumers. The Hong Kong-based group said it would cease serving shark fin in all of its restaurants as well as accepting new orders […]

19.01.2012 · Filled under: Kitchenomics ·
Italian fashion house says sorry to Hong Kong

Italian fashion house says sorry to Hong Kong

(HONG KONG-AFP) – Italian clothing chain Dolce & Gabbana on Wednesday apologised to the people of Hong Kong for allegedly discriminating against them in favour of wealthy mainland shoppers. The company’s flagship Hong Kong store has been the focus of protests and online rage after reports that a security guard told locals they were not […]

19.01.2012 · Filled under: News ·
Top new tech products: laptops, ultrabooks and tablets from CES

Top new tech products: laptops, ultrabooks and tablets from CES

6 photos (Relaxnews) – The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was packed full of interesting laptop, ultrabook and tablet announcements in 2012 including the Asus Memo 370T, Razer’s Project Fiona, LG’s first LTE tablet, Lenovo’s tablet-ultrabook hybrid, and the latest product from the One Laptop per Child organization. Unless noted pricing and release dates have […]

19.01.2012 · Filled under: Lifestyle, Photos ·
Watch: Jason Wu talks through his Target collaboration

Watch: Jason Wu talks through his Target collaboration

(Relaxnews) – Jason Wu appeared on America’s Today show January 18 to offer styling tips on his upcoming collection for US retailer Target. The designer, who cites US First Lady Michelle Obama among his fans, has followed in the footsteps of designers including Rodarte, Zac Posen and Missoni by creating a capsule collection for the store. While […]

19.01.2012 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Videos ·
Top new tech products: laptops, ultrabooks and tablets from CES

Top new tech products: laptops, ultrabooks and tablets from CES

(Relaxnews) – The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was packed full of interesting laptop, ultrabook and tablet announcements in 2012 including the Asus Memo 370T, Razer’s Project Fiona, LG’s first LTE tablet, Lenovo’s tablet-ultrabook hybrid, and the latest product from the One Laptop per Child organization. Unless noted pricing and release dates have not been […]

19.01.2012 · Filled under: Videos ·
Shivering S. Koreans battle ‘Big Chill’ in offices

Shivering S. Koreans battle ‘Big Chill’ in offices

(SEOUL-AFP) – “It’s freezing!” complained chef Byun Sang-Won, jogging on the spot with arms folded and teeth clenched as he tried to keep warm inside the luxury Seoul hotel where he works. “I can’t even imagine working without wearing extra underwear and hot packs because it’s too cold in the kitchen and hallways,” the 26-year-old […]

19.01.2012 · Filled under: Environment ·
Could chocolate help mend a broken heart?

Could chocolate help mend a broken heart?

(Relaxnews) – A major Swiss chocolate maker is hoping to give cardiovascular patients a good excuse to reach for a chocolate bar and is asking Europe’s highest food safety authority to approve a health claim linking cocoa flavonoids with improved blood flow. In an interview with online trade publication NutraIngredients.com last week, a company spokesperson […]

15.01.2012 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, Kitchenomics ·
Taiwan promotes firecracker CD for Lunar New Year

Taiwan promotes firecracker CD for Lunar New Year

(TAIPEI-AFP) – Lunar New Year revellers in Taiwan’s capital Taipei are to be given free CDs featuring the sound of exploding firecrackers, in the hope of reducing the deafening noise and mess created by the real thing. “Lighting firecrackers will not only cause noise and air pollution but used firecrackers will make the environment dirty. […]

15.01.2012 · Filled under: Offbeat ·
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 ·