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 ·