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February 18 2014


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February 11 2014


Samsung has reportedly developed a service that collects user data and shares it with apps

smmy 520x520 Samsung has reportedly developed a service that collects user data and shares it with appsSamsung has reportedly developed a service that lets developers and apps understand more about what users do with their phones, as part of its ongoing efforts to increase its software footprint on mobile.

According to a report from The Informationvia The Verge — the world’s largest smartphone maker has developed Context, a service that collects information about the behavior of phone owners — the words they type, apps they open and other data they use. This information would then be provided to apps to help provide tailored content or ads: for example, serving a sports video to a user that uses sports apps and regularly types words related to sports.

While details of the service have emerged, it remains unclear whether Context will launch with future Samsung devices. The Information reports that there has been internal debate at Samsung over whether the service will be beneficial to sales. It remains to be seen how users would feel about having their every action tracked, despite the potential benefits.

We’ve reached out to Samsung for comment.

Image via JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images

February 04 2014


Samsung drops a heavy hint that the Galaxy S5 will be announced on February 24

It looks like Samsung will announce its latest flagship phone on February 24 at the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona. The device, which is almost certain to follow Samsung’s naming convention and be called the Galaxy S5, has been teased with some heavy hints and invites to a press event.

From Samsung’s global blog:

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Mobile World Congress is the most significant event for the global mobile industry. There is always speculation about Samsung launching devices at the show, but it hasn’t announced a phone there since it unveiled the Galaxy S2 at the 2011 event.

Samsung unveils its flagship Galaxy devices at its ‘Unpacked’ events. This event is tagged ‘Episode 1,’ raises the possibility that the device itself *could* be announced at a later date too.

All will be revealed soon, and TNW will be in Barcelona to bring you the latest updates as they happen.

Image via ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/GettyImages


Kinect sensor used to monitor Korean border

Who would have thought Microsoft's Kinect would end up monitoring the border between North and South Korea.

January 27 2014


Top of the World’s Weirdest Tower

Focus sur le recensement des tours les plus étranges et loufoques du monde, sorties de l’imaginaire des architectes. Entre le Klimwand Climbing Tower, les tours San Gimignano ou encore l’Hôtel Ryugyong en Corée du Nord, voici une sélection en images à découvrir dans la suite de l’article.


Klimwand Climbing Tower, Wunderland Kalkar, Allemagne.

Un château d’eau en maïs, Rochester, Minnesota.

L’Hôtel Ryugyong, Pyongyang, Corée du Nord.

Puffer Fish Tower, Chine.

La maison de Nikolai Sutyagin, Arkhangelsk, Russie.

Les tours Pigeon, Libye, Iran et Egypte.

La tour de Zizkov Télévision, Prague.

La tour Genex, Belgrade, Serbie.

La tour de Pise, Italie.

Les tours San Gimignano, Italie.

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LG ships record 13.2m smartphones in Q4 2013 to show Android isn’t all about Samsung

lg img crop 520x520 LG ships record 13.2m smartphones in Q4 2013 to show Android isnt all about SamsungThere’s a popular opinion that Samsung is eating other Android phone-makers’ lunches, spurred by estimates that give it a dominant 60 percent-plus share of all Android sales. LG, however, is doing its best to show that other OEMs can thrive too.

The Korean company just announced its latest financial figures (PDF), which include a record 13.2 million smartphone shipments in its most recent quarter of business. That’s an impressive 54 percent increase year-on-year, and a step up from the 12 million shipments of the previous quarter.

On top of that, LG’s mobile division posted a 29 percent increase on annual revenue ($11.85 billion), with the company citing “stronger” sales of LTE smartphones. This revenue and shipments are well short of what Samsung posts, but they are a healthy improvement.

That said, LG did acknowledge that “the positive impact of improved product mix was offset by higher marketing investments to strengthen LG’s brand equity and intensified price competition.” Overall, LG posted an annual loss of $60.21 million across all business units.

Related: LG G2 first impressions: Business in the front, buttons on the back

➤ LG: 4Q 2013 Performance Results

Image via Seong Joon Cho/Bloomberg via Getty Images

January 24 2014


Korea cracks down on bloatware, ruling that pre-installed Android apps should removable

korea phone crop 520x520 Korea cracks down on bloatware, ruling that pre installed Android apps should removableRegulators in Korea are believed to be the first in the world to crack down on pre-installed smartphone apps, after announcing regulations to ensure that — from April — so-called ‘bloatware’ can be uninstalled by users in the country.

Yonhap News reports that The Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning has ruled that all, bar four types of essential apps — those related to Wi-Fi, NFC, device settings and app stores — must be made removable. In addition, the Ministry has asked that information relating to the size of pre-installed apps (and space remaining on devices) be made clearer to consumers.

According to the report, Samsung, LG and Korea’s three mobile operators have been told to reduce the number of apps pre-installed on devices — which can number 40, in the case of the former two — while Google has also been contacted about its suite of services that come with Android.

Apple forbids pre-installed apps, so the regulations are aimed at devices based on Android, which is the dominant mobile platform in Korea.

We’ve contacted Samsung, LG and Google for comment.

Update: Google confirmed to TNW that it has received the guidelines, but declined to comment further.

➤ Users to be allowed to delete default apps [Yonhap News /via Korea Observer]

Image via JUNG YEON-JE/AFP Getty Images

Tags: Asia Korea News

January 20 2014

Korea’s largest operator, SK Telecom, to offer 300 Mbps mobile Internet before end of 2014
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Mobile Internet is about to get even faster in Korea. The country’s largest operator SK Telecom introduced the world’s first LTE-Advanced service in June (its two rivals had followed suit by... Keep reading →

December 14 2013

G Flex review: LG’s giant smartphone with a natural grip is proof curved could be mainstream
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Curved smartphones have hogged the limelight this year in the gadget world for their groundbreaking technology in hardware — Samsung became the first to roll out a smartphone with a... Keep reading →

December 12 2013


Korean court rejects Samsung’s claim Apple infringed on three messaging patents

judge crop 520x520 Korean court rejects Samsungs claim Apple infringed on three messaging patentsA court in Seoul has ruled that Apple did not violate three patents owned by Samsung, in the latest legal sparring between the two smartphone giants.

ABC News reports that the judge ruled against Samsung’s claim over three patents related to short messaging, saying that they lacked “progressivity” and could easily be developed by other companies.

Samsung sued Apple over the patents back in March 2012, and was seeking compensation and a sales ban on six devices that it claimed infringed the patents.

➤ Court Says Apple Did Not Violate Samsung Patents [ABC / AP] 

Image via Africa Studio / Shutterstock

December 10 2013

Korea becomes the latest Asian country to reject Bitcoin as a legitimate currency
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Korea has become the latest country in Asia to reject Bitcoin and other virtual currencies as legitimate forms of currency, the Korea Herald reports. Following in the footsteps of warnings from... Keep reading →

December 04 2013


studio fnt

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I’m loving the work of Seoul based studio fnt. A ton a great work that will keep you mesmerized all day.

November 14 2013


Julia Fullerton-Batten – Korea

Julia Fullerton-Batten is a world-famous german photographer and her last artwork is a photoshoot in Seoul, Korea. The artist has posed in this work young women in Hanbok, the traditional Korean clothing, against a backdrop of their austere capital. The photographs shows some of the korean cultural traditions as tea ceremonies, gift giving and badminton against the modern landscape of Seoul. This way, Julia shows the clear tension between old and new. This artwork mirrors the experiences of many koreans, caught between Communist nations, generational traditions and societal norms. Life continues despite this, however, it is this tension that inspires much of Julia’s image making as she explores themes of unspoken traditions, gender roles, and family dynamics. These images were shot during monsoon season earlier this year and to capture them, she worked through intermittent storms and flooding. Check her website : http://www.juliafullerton-batten.com/small.html

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October 25 2013


Messaging company Line denies it is planning an IPO – which probably means it is planning an IPO

shutterstock 129386636 1 730x730 Messaging company Line denies it is planning an IPO   which probably means it is planning an IPOLast week we reported that mobile messaging firm Line is gearing up for an IPO and, following a fresh report from Japanese news agency The Nikkei yesterday, the company has come forward and released a statement in denial of the rumors.

The statement is in Japanese, but TNW has an English version: “There are many options in terms of company management, but we have not made any concrete decisions at this stage.”

The Nikkei claims Line is aiming to go public on the Tokyo stock exchange in summer 2014, with a potential valuation of 800 billion-1 trillion yen, that’s around US$8 billion-US$10 billion. The report is paywalled, but the Serkan Toto has the key details on his blog.

Is this one of those cases where an official denial seems to confirm the rumors?

➤ Line press statement [Japanese]

Related: How can a mobile messaging service be worth $28 billion?

Headline image via  / Shutterstock

October 09 2013


Samsung Galaxy Round – Curved OLED screen smartphone promises excellent viewing experience

Samsung Galaxy Round – Curved OLED screen smartphone promises excellent viewing experience Samsung Galaxy Round – Curved OLED screen smartphone promises excellent viewing experience

Samsung has unveiled their much rumored Galaxy Round smartphone that has a 5.7 inch 1080p HD super AMOLED screen that is curved. First of all the design is ergonomic as it feels good in hand and secondly it gives a better view of high resolution content on the phone.

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September 22 2013


Invisible Skyscraper

South Korea Building World First Invisible 1 Invisible Skyscraper

The South Korean government has just approved the plans to build an invisible tower outside of Seoul near the Incheon International Airport

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August 23 2013


Armadillo-T foldable electric micro-car by KAIST

Armadillo-T foldable electric micro-car by KAIST

Researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have unveiled a prototype electric car that folds in half. (more...)

August 09 2013

Samsung Wallet set for international push after going live on Google Play
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Samsung Wallet, the smartphone giant’s answer to Apple’s Passbook service, has stepped out of Korea after landing on the Google Play store ahead of what will presumably be a broad... Keep reading →
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