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(MENAFN - AFP) By day, she is a mild-mannered office clerk, whose modest make-up and conservative hairstyle make her blend in to any crowd.

By night, she dresses in a skin-tight, all-in-one Spandex body suit that covers everything -- including her eyes -- and sits in bars, alone but liberated, she believes, from the judgement of others.

"With my face covered, I cannot ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) Sony says it has sold seven million PlayStation 4 worldwide since its launch last year and admitted it can't make them fast enough, in a welcome change of fortune for the Japanese consumer electronics giant.

"The response from the global gaming community for PS4 (PlayStation 4) has been overwhelming and we are truly humbled that gamers are selecting PS4 ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) Sina Weibo has sold fewer shares than expected in its US IPO which has been priced below expectations, a report said Thursday, ahead of its listing which takes place after selloffs on Wall Street.

The Beijing-based firm, often described as China's version of Twitter, sold 16.8 million US depositary shares at $17, raising $285.6 million before the sale of ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) Paris fashion has been on the back foot recently with Tom Ford championing British eccentricity in London and Saint Laurent's Hedi Slimane leading a style renaissance in Los Angeles.

Cue ex-supermodel Ines de La Fressange with a collection restating the case for her own personal brand of classic Parisian chic.

The one-time muse of Chanel designer Karl ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) Getting into college in the United States will no longer hinge so much on a high school student's grasp of arcane vocabulary or obtuse mathematical formulas.

Changes to the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) unveiled Wednesday are intended to breathe new vigor into the 88-year-old college entrance exam at a time when some critics are challenging its value.

"The ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) It walks and runs, even up and down stairs. It can open a bottle and serve a drink, and politely tries to shake hands with a stranger. Meet the latest ASIMO, Honda's humanoid robot.

"Hello New York! Thank you for coming today!" the little guy chirped in English, the recorded voice of a teenaged boy, at his US debut Wednesday in a Manhattan hotel.

Resembling ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) Yahoo announced the nomination of three new board members, including company co-founder David Filo, who earned the nickname and formal job title of "Chief Yahoo."

Filo was named along with Charles Schwab, head of a big investment firm bearing his name, and H. Lee Scott, former president and chief executive at Walmart.

"As a co-founder and long time ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) Legendary former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson is to auction off part of his wine collection worth an estimated £3 million ($5 million, 3.6 million euros), Christie's announced on Wednesday.

The collection of around 5,000 bottles contains many fine and rare wines including Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Burgundies and Finest First Growth Bordeaux ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) An experimental antiviral drug taken orally could help contribute to the eradication of measles, an infection responsible for thousands of deaths per year, scientists said in a report Wednesday.

The drug, so far tested on animals, has been effective on a virus closely related to the one that causes measles, having reduced virus levels and prevented death.

Despite ...

16 Apr 2014   IBM hammered on earnings slump 
 

(MENAFN - AFP) IBM reported a 21 percent slump in first quarter earnings Wednesday, as the computer giant saw weaker hardware sales and focused more on services and the Internet "cloud."

Profits amounted to $2.38 billion on revenues of $22.48 billion.

The results were largely in line with expectations, but in after-hours trade IBM stock slid 4.3 percent to $188.

IBM ...

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