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SK Telecom, Starbucks to Test AI Order

SK Telecom, Starbucks to Test AI Order

SEOUL, Aug. 22 (Korea Bizwire) — SK Telecom Co., South Korea’s No. 1 mobile carrier, said Tuesday it joined forces with Starbucks Korea to allow users of its artificial intelligence (AI) device NUGU to order drinks via voice. Under the agreement, SK Telecom plans to connect NUGU to Starbuck’s order application, allowing users to order [...]

SK Telecom Posts Robust Sales of Portable AI Device on First Day

SK Telecom Posts Robust Sales of Portable AI Device on First Day

SEOUL Aug. 13 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s top mobile carrier SK Telecom Co. said Sunday it sold around 5,000 units of the portable edition of its artificial intelligence (AI) device NUGU on the first day of release. The mobile carrier said the sales of the NUGU Mini, which started Friday, were five times higher [...]

Survey Shows Most Adults Dissatisfied with Gov’t Proposals on Cellphone Bills

Survey Shows Most Adults Dissatisfied with Gov’t Proposals on Cellphone Bills

SEOUL, Aug. 9 (Korea Bizwire) — Sixty percent of surveyed adults disapprove of government proposals on lowering telecommunications costs for not meeting their expectations, a consumer advocacy group said Wednesday. A poll by the Green Consumer Network of Korea said 60.2 percent appraised the proposals as inadequate compared with 42.8 percent who felt the move [...]

S. Korean Firms to Benefit from iPhone 8 Smartphone Release: Sources

S. Korean Firms to Benefit from iPhone 8 Smartphone Release: Sources

SEOUL, Aug. 6 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean electronics companies are to benefit from the launch of Apple Inc.’s next flagship iPhone 8 smartphones expected to be launched later this year as they are providers of major electronic parts, industry sources said Sunday. Apple is forecast to release new iPhone models equipped with flexible organic [...]

Samsung Showcases 6CA LTE Modem Tech

Samsung Showcases 6CA LTE Modem Tech

SEOUL, Jul. 31 (Korea Bizwire) — Samsung Electronics Co. said Monday it has developed the industry’s first long-term evolution (LTE) network modem technology, which supports the 6CA solution. It is expected to enable faster and stable data communication. The Carrier Aggregation (CA) technology allows network operators to provide fast and stable data communication by bundling [...]

Online Sales of Smartphones Sluggish in S. Korea: Data

Online Sales of Smartphones Sluggish in S. Korea: Data

SEOUL, Jul. 26 (Korea Bizwire) — Sales of smartphones through online platforms in South Korea remain sluggish compared with other countries, data showed Wednesday, due mainly to strong dominance of mobile carriers in the mobile phone market. According to the data compiled by Strategy Analytics, the sales of smartphones through online platforms in the country [...]

Drones to the Rescue: Next-Generation Lifeguards Can Fly

Drones to the Rescue: Next-Generation Lifeguards Can Fly

SEOUL, Jul. 18 (Korea Bizwire) — One lucky beachgoer is safe and sound thanks to drone company Soomvi and telecommunications giant SK Telecom (SKT). Or at least that’s what a future scenario might look like. This past Friday, a drone on patrol a few meters above the sparkling blue of Wangsan Beach in Incheon “discovered” a [...]

South Korean Research Team to Develop New Cyber Security Technology

South Korean Research Team to Develop New Cyber Security Technology

SEOUL, Jul. 7 (Korea Bizwire) — A government-backed South Korean research institute has announced plans to develop a new cyber security technology that will create false information, network addresses and data to confuse hackers. The Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute’s (ETRI) security technology R&D project comes in the wake of growing risks of cyberattacks facing both [...]

BC Card to Adopt Blockchain Technology for Improved Productivity

BC Card to Adopt Blockchain Technology for Improved Productivity

SEOUL, Jul. 5 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean credit card company BC Card is adopting KT’s blockchain-based electronic signature capture system (ESC), a world’s first, which could slash the time spent processing electronic signatures by up to 70 percent. The collaboration between the South Korean telecom giant and BC Card will see the blockchain technology, which [...]

IoT Subscribers Surpass 6 mln in S. Korea

IoT Subscribers Surpass 6 mln in S. Korea

SEOUL, Jul. 5 (Korea Bizwire) — The number of subscribers to Internet-of-Things (IoT) services in South Korea is presumed to have surpassed the 6 million mark last month, government data showed Wednesday. According to the data compiled by the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning, the number of South Koreans using IoT-related services came [...]