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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 [...]

Boycott Movement against Japanese Products Affects Food Products the Most

Boycott Movement against Japanese Products Affects Food Products the Most

SEOUL, Dec. 12 (Korea Bizwire) — Amid a prolonged boycott movement against Japanese products, most consumers are in fact refusing to purchase goods made in Japan. In a survey conducted by the Korea Rural Economic Institute on 1,519 households in South Korea, 81.5 percent of all consumers supported the boycott movement. The result comes as [...]

Kakao’s New Van Taxi-hailing Service Offers Alternative to Tada

Kakao’s New Van Taxi-hailing Service Offers Alternative to Tada

SEOUL, Dec. 12 (Korea Bizwire) — Amid the recent crisis surrounding ride-hailing app Tada’s possible shutdown, internet giant Kakao Corp. plans to introduce a new van taxi hailing service. Kakao Mobility, the transportation arm of Kakao, announced on Wednesday that it will begin testing the new Kakao T Venti service. The new service will first [...]