Asia colorfully rings in Year of the Horse

Jan 31, 2014

Asia colorfully rings in Year of the Horse

Fireworks illuminated the skies across Asia and millions of families gathered Friday to usher in the Year of the Horse, kicking off a week of celebrations with a performance by “Braveheart” actress Sophie Marceau, among others, on China’s annual televised gala. Residents from small ...

Year of the Horse will be a fiery one: H.K. seers

Jan 30, 2014

Year of the Horse will be a fiery one: H.K. seers

Conflicts, disasters, record-high temperatures, an economic chill in Asia and more trouble for Justin Bieber — the upcoming Year of the Horse is set to be a dramatic one, say Hong Kong feng shui masters. With the Year of the Snake slithering into history, ...

2013 was an amazing year in tech

Dec 31, 2013

2013 was an amazing year in tech

by Vivek Wadhwa

If you go by the headlines, the iPhone 5S and Google Glass were the big technology stories of 2013, and Twitter’s IPO was the event of the year. The coverage of Glass focused mostly on its privacy implications — not its ability to change ...

Dec 31, 2013

New Google ad service called 'game-changing'

by Mark Sweney

  Ever since marketing pioneer John Wanamaker quipped that half of all the money he spent on advertising was wasted, but he didn’t know which half, businesses have been striving to make their advertising spending accountable. That was in the late 19th century. The ...

Dec 31, 2013

Queen honors gynecologist, snubs Beckham

The gynecologist who assisted at the birth of third-in-line to the British throne Prince George has been recognized by Queen Elizabeth II in the New Year Honors List released Tuesday. Marcus Setchell, 70, who delayed his retirement to assist at the birth of Prince ...

Dec 31, 2013

We're only human: an offbeat year

Throughout the year, some events provide a bit of respite from the daily grind and remind us that human nature and failings are qualities shared worldwide. Here is a selection from AFP’s offbeat stories for 2013: €222,222,222.22 goof A tired German bank employee dozed ...