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Creator of Pororo Says Pengsoo Has Potential

Creator of Pororo Says Pengsoo Has Potential

SEOUL, Dec. 13 (Korea Bizwire) — Young South Korean’s craze over EBS mascot Pengsoo is based on a sense of catharsis that the character offers to South Koreans in their 20s and 30s, an animation expert said. Choi Jong-il, CEO of Iconix Entertainment, a South Korean animation company, said in a radio interview that “since

Mobile Game Developers Tweak New Releases to Attract Female Gamers

Mobile Game Developers Tweak New Releases to Attract Female Gamers

SEOUL, Dec. 13 (Korea Bizwire) — Female characters with revealing costumes and muscular men are what we commonly see in mobile game commercials. Recently, however, female characters are increasingly being replaced with handsome, feminine male characters resembling those from romance cartoons as the game industry is expanding to attract female players. NHN Entertainment Corp., a

Retail Industry Welcomes ‘Petfam’ Marketing with Open Arms

Retail Industry Welcomes ‘Petfam’ Marketing with Open Arms

SEOUL, Dec. 13 (Korea Bizwire) — With the growing number of “petfam” South Koreans who regard their companion animals as family members, the retail industry is also keen on various marketing campaigns to target this new demographic. Lotte Home Shopping Inc., a shopping unit of retail conglomerate Lotte, will present a unique mobile live broadcast

ETRI Releases Core Technology for Vision AI to the Public

ETRI Releases Core Technology for Vision AI to the Public

DAEJEON, Dec. 13 (Korea Bizwire) – The Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) said Thursday it will unveil the key artificial intelligence (AI) technology VoVNet (Variety of View Network), which is used to analyze visual images, as open source. VoVNet is a backbone network, a type of computer network that interconnects various pieces of technology

‘Energy-Poor’ Koreans Struggle to Stay Warm in Winter

‘Energy-Poor’ Koreans Struggle to Stay Warm in Winter

SEOUL, Dec. 13 (Korea Bizwire) — The so-called “energy-poor” who cannot heat properly due to family circumstances are forced to live under almost uninhabitable circumstances during the winter, according to a recent survey, The Korea NGOs Energy Network, a group of energy-related civic groups, surveyed a total of 295 households in six cities and provinces

Majority of S. Koreans Agree on Deforestation Policy Prioritizing Environmental Issues

Majority of S. Koreans Agree on Deforestation Policy Prioritizing Environmental Issues

DAEJEON, Dec. 13 (Korea Bizwire) — South Koreans have a perception that environmental issues are the most important factors to consider when establishing policies related to deforestation. According to a poll of 1,056 South Koreans conducted by the Korea Forest Service (KFS), 72.2 percent of the respondents said the environment should be prioritized and damage

Should Relics of Japanese Imperialism in S. Korea be Preserved?

Should Relics of Japanese Imperialism in S. Korea be Preserved?

SEOUL, Dec. 12 (Korea Bizwire) — Next year marks the 75th anniversary of Korea’s liberation from Japanese colonial rule, but debate over whether to preserve the remains of Japanese imperialism continues unabated across the country. First of all, controversy is raging in Incheon over the demolition of a complex of dormitories built by Mitsubishi during

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