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Grab Begins Hyundai Kona EV-based Ride-hailing Service

Grab Begins Hyundai Kona EV-based Ride-hailing Service

SEOUL, Jan. 16 (Korea Bizwire) — Hyundai Motor Co., South Korean’s largest carmaker by sales, said Wednesday that Singapore-based Grab began using its Kona Electric for its ride-hailing service this month. In November, Hyundai Motor and its affiliate Kia Motors Corp. jointly invested US$250 million in the Southeast Asian company for a business partnership in [...]

Kakao to Temporarily Halt Pilot Carpool Service

Kakao to Temporarily Halt Pilot Carpool Service

SEOUL, Jan. 15 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean IT giant Kakao Corp. said Tuesday that it has decided to temporarily suspend the pilot of its app-based carpool service. Kakao Mobility, the transportation arm the country’s dominant mobile messenger operator, Kakao, earlier delayed the official launch of its carpool service, slated for December, following the death [...]

Expensive Imported Clothes Dryers Offer Worse Performance than Domestic Models

Expensive Imported Clothes Dryers Offer Worse Performance than Domestic Models

SEOUL, Jan. 15 (Korea Bizwire) — The Korea Consumer Agency has revealed that clothes dryers available in the market vary significantly in terms of price and performance, warning customers to make an informed decision when purchasing a clothes dryer. There were even some cases where a clothes dryer manufactured by a famous foreign company was [...]

Investigating Marine Bio-resources Beyond Littoral Sea

Investigating Marine Bio-resources Beyond Littoral Sea

SEOUL, Jan. 15 (Korea Bizwire) — The Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries announced ‘The 1st Marine Bio-Resource Basic Management Plan’ on Monday. The project entails the introduction of a grading system, along with the expansion of areas to investigate marine bio-resources. In order to manage marine bio-resources more strategically, the ministry plans to expand its [...]

Street Lights Evolve into High-Tech Accident Reporting Network

Street Lights Evolve into High-Tech Accident Reporting Network

SEJONG, Jan. 14 (Korea Bizwire) — According to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MOLIT) on Monday, four government ministries including MOLIT, Ministry of Science and ICT, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, and Ministry of Interior and Safety will jointly develop a ‘Smart Street Light Platform’ starting this year. The four ministries will [...]

Samsung Air Purifier Improves Allergic Symptoms

Samsung Air Purifier Improves Allergic Symptoms

SEOUL, Jan. 14 (Korea Bizwire) — A recent study has revealed that Cube, Samsung Electronics Co.’s popular air purifier series, helps prevent allergies and asthma among children and teenagers. A research team led by Professor Oh Jae-hwan from Hanyang University College of Medicine showed that the Samsung Cube improved the condition of patients with atopy, [...]

Global Chip Industry to Grow 2.6 pct in 2019: Report

Global Chip Industry to Grow 2.6 pct in 2019: Report

SEOUL, Jan. 14 (Korea Bizwire) — The global semiconductor industry is expected to expand 2.6 percent on-year in 2018 on steady demand, despite an end to a super boom in the memory chip segment, a report showed Monday. According to the recent report from market researcher Gartner, sales of the world chip industry are projected [...]

S. Korea to Spend 37.5 bln Won on ‘Convergence Technology’ in 2019

S. Korea to Spend 37.5 bln Won on ‘Convergence Technology’ in 2019

SEOUL, Jan. 13 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea will invest 37.5 billion won (US$33.6 million) this year in developing converging technologies in the fields of robotics, biology and artificial intelligence (AI), the government said Sunday. The Ministry of Science and ICT said it has finalized the scale of various projects to secure core technologies that [...]

New System Uses Smartphones and Drones to Measure Fine Dust

New System Uses Smartphones and Drones to Measure Fine Dust

SEOUL, Jan. 11 (Korea Bizwire) — A new method of measuring the amount of scattering dust using photos taken by smartphones or drones has been developed by the National Institute of Environmental Research. The Ministry of Environment said it will come up with an examination standard for measuring scattering dust using the new optical method. [...]

S. Korea’s e-Sports Industry Grows Close to 100 Billion Won in 2017: Report

S. Korea’s e-Sports Industry Grows Close to 100 Billion Won in 2017: Report

SEOUL, Jan. 11 (Korea Bizwire) — The value of South Korea’s e-sports industry increased 4.2 percent on-year to 97.3 billion won (US$87 million) in 2017, a government report said Friday. The market size of the nation’s e-sports, which refers to competitive video gaming, has steadily expanded in recent years, increasing from 60.27 billion won in [...]