Swiss raise a glass to winegrowers in rare vintage festival

Switzerland uncorked a once-in-a-generation celebration of its winemakers on Thursday, with fancy dress, alpine horns, cows and dancers kicking off a festival that dates back to the 18th century. The three-week “Fete des Vignerons” began in 1797, but its roots go back a century further when winemakers used to shame the country’s worst vineyard worker […]

Electric car models to triple in Europe by 2021

The uptake of electric cars has been stalling, blamed on a lack of charging infrastructure and higher prices. Latest data shows carmakers will offer 214 electric car models in 2021, up from 60 models at the end of 2018. More affordable options could see consumers switch from petrol and diesel cars sooner than anticipated. Analysis […]

Luxury goods join Hong Kong retail slump as protests bite

The Swiss company said political unrest in Hong Kong, a key market for its watches, has knocked sales. Retailers in the territory forecast a sharp sales drop this year due to the protests, while tourism is also suffering. Demonstrators have filled Hong Kong’s streets over the past month with more protests expected this weekend. The […]

Boeing takes $5bn hit over grounding of 737 Max

The charge is set to wipe out profits when the world’s biggest planemaker posts quarterly results next week. In a statement, Boeing also said its “best estimate at this time” is that the aircraft will return to service in the last three months of this year. A 737 Max crash in Indonesia in October, and […]

Microsoft extends lead as world’s most valuable company with record profits

Microsoft has extended its lead over Apple as the world’s biggest listed company after beating investors’ expectations with a jump in profits. The Seattle software giant surpassed Wall Street forecasts despite a slowdown in its fast-growing cloud division and a decline in sales at its video games unit. Microsoft became the world’s most valuable company […]

Netflix confirms lower-priced, mobile-only plan

Having tested the plan in several countries earlier this year, Netflix has confirmed it is introducing a lower-priced, mobile-only subscription tier. Launching first in India, where mobile data plans are some of the cheapest in the world and where consumption is rising, the plan will cost Rs 250 (roughly £2.91/$3.63) per month – half the […]

New Amazfit GTR smartwatch can last for over two months on a single charge

Following on from the announcement of the Amazfit Verge 2 back in June, the company has just introduced a new budget sports watch called the Amazfit GTR. The Amazfit GTR is suitable for a variety of training scenarios and its main unique feature is a battery that can last up to 74 days, according to […]

Pokemon Masters: New trailer features co-op, Pokemon Masters League, and more

Today, DeNA Co., Ltd.and The Pokémon Company revealed more gameplay content and features for Pokémon Masters in a new trailer for Pokémon Masters, a real-time strategy and battling game for compatible Android and iOS devices that is planned to release in Summer 2019. In the trailer, which can be viewed on The Pokémon Company’s official […]

Cyberpunk 2077 Has Settings for Players Who Aren’t Comfortable with First-Person Shooters

Not everyone gets along with first-person shooters, and Cyberpunk 2077 developer CD Projekt Red seems to be aware of this. The studio knows that if you primarily play third-person action adventures or role-playing games, then you might have trouble getting to grips with something like Cyberpunk 2077, and because of that, it’s included a number […]

Artificial intelligence breakthrough: Self-taught AI solved Rubik’s Cube in just 1 second

The Rubik’s Cube is the combination puzzle that has confounded brainiacs for more than forty years. Impressive algorithms capable of solving the Rubik’s Cube 3D puzzle have appeared before. However, a new University of California artificial intelligence system can now solve the notoriously tricky 3D puzzle without any human help. And this AI does this […]