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Mobile Content Providers Turn to Idols for Marketing Push

Mobile Content Providers Turn to Idols for Marketing Push

SEOUL, May 22 (Korea Bizwire) — Smartphone content platforms are hiring popular idol stars to tout their wares, which experts say is a strategy that hinges on the fan base of popular stars aimed at expanding user numbers quickly. SK Broadband exclusively aired “EXO’s World Trip on a Ladder” yesterday via its mobile app Oksusu. [...]

Samsung Opens Foundry R&D Division Under Device Solution Arm: Sources

Samsung Opens Foundry R&D Division Under Device Solution Arm: Sources

SEOUL, May 21 (Korea Bizwire) — Samsung Electronics Co. recently opened a research and development (R&D) center for its foundry business, industry sources said Monday, reflecting its drive to advance deeper into the segment. Industry sources said Samsung, which has emerged as one of the major leaders of the global chip industry, is currently seeking [...]

‘GandCrab’ Ransomware Spreads in S. Korea

‘GandCrab’ Ransomware Spreads in S. Korea

SEOUL, May 18 (Korea Bizwire) — Ransomware called “GandCrab” has recently surged through emails in South Korea, industry sources said Friday. GandCrab, which first appeared in January overseas, sends a malicious URL through emails for a ransom note demanding a payment in cryptocurrency. Ransomware refers to malware that locks up files on a computer with [...]

Samsung’s Smartphone Recycling Program Wins U.S. Environmental Award

Samsung’s Smartphone Recycling Program Wins U.S. Environmental Award

SEOUL, May 18 (Korea Bizwire) — Samsung Electronics Co.’s “upcycling” efforts to utilize outdated smartphones’ parts to create new products and save materials was acknowledged as one of the major environmental movements in the United States, industry sources said Friday. U.S. industry tracker Environmental Leader recognized the Samsung Electronics’ program as the “Judges’ Choice” for [...]

Is Smart Technology the Future of Retail?

Is Smart Technology the Future of Retail?

SEOUL, May 17 (Korea Bizwire) — As a woman in her 40s enters a clothing store with her daughter, a “smart” CCTV camera recognizes her as a regular customer, delivering her personal information to a welcome robot, which then greets both the female customer and her daughter. As the customer moves around the shop, custom-fit [...]

Samsung to Install Bixby in Wider Range of Products

Samsung to Install Bixby in Wider Range of Products

SEOUL, May 17 (Korea Bizwire) — Samsung Electronics Co. said Thursday it will apply its artificial intelligence (AI) voice recognition system, Bixby, to a wider range of home appliances in line with its vision to establish an Internet-of-Things (IoT) ecosystem for households. Kim Hyun-suk, head of the company’s consumer electronics division, said it is important [...]

Big Data, Drones to Safeguard Forests

Big Data, Drones to Safeguard Forests

SEOUL, May 16 (Korea Bizwire) — Drones have been gaining popularity in their application for a wide range of industries, including agriculture and manufacturing. They have become more reliable and capable of different tasks as technology has advanced. The Presidential Fourth Industrial Revolution Committee announced the establishment of an ‘Intelligence-based Forestry Disaster Management Strategy’ on [...]

S. Korea to Collect Big Data to Develop Personalized Medicines

S. Korea to Collect Big Data to Develop Personalized Medicines

SEOUL, May 16 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea will collect big data from medical records from local hospitals to pave the way for the development of effective and appropriate treatment plans for individual patients, the commerce ministry said Monday. The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy said it launched a task force composed of hospitals, [...]

Hyundai to Up Stake in U.S. Wireless Tech Firm

Hyundai to Up Stake in U.S. Wireless Tech Firm

SEOUL, May 16 (Korea Bizwire) — Hyundai Motor Co. said Wednesday it will expand its investment in U.S. wireless technology company Metawave for an improved partnership on autonomous vehicles. Hyundai Motor made an initial investment in Metawave last year in a bid to jointly develop cutting-edge radar technology for autonomous vehicles. This year, it will [...]