With explosive drums, fuzzed-out guitars, and Wolfmother-style vocals, YB's first English-language single, "Cigarette Girl," might finally break YB in the West. Though already regarded as the Bon Jovi of South Korea, YB has not made much of a dent stateside -- unless you happened to catch the band at one of its sold-out 2006 NYC performances or at its acclaimed 2007 SXSW showcase. Under new manager Doug Goldstein, who formerly managed Guns N' Roses, Danzig, and Blind Melon, they just might make it here. As YB prepared for its first US mini-tour in seven years, frontman Do-Hyun … Read more
Microsoft's Kinect now has an overseas job, though it doesn't sound too glamorous.
A Kinect-based software system designed by South Korean programmer Jae Kwan Ko has been assigned border guard duty at the Demilitarized Zone that separates the two Koreas, Kotaku reported on Monday, citing Korean news site Hankooki. The system's job is to identify any living thing that tries to cross the border and determine if it's human or animal. If it's a human, then the system alerts the authorities.… Read more
North Korea is known for its heavy hand with both photoshopped images meant to convey its might and press releases announcing the removal of prominent people from power.
The over-the-top language accompanying last week's announcement of the execution of leader Kim Jon Un's uncle inspired BoingBoing's online North Korea Press Release Generator.… Read more
Apple's older iPhones and iPads will still be allowed for sale in South Korea.
A judge for the Seoul Central District Court dismissed a lawsuit on Wednesday that was brought by Samsung and aimed to ban sales of Apple's iPhone 4 and iPad 2, according to Reuters. Samsung's claim was for more than $95,000 in damages.
"We are disappointed by the court's decision," a Samsung spokesperson told CNET. "As Apple has continued to infringe our patented mobile technologies, we will continue to take the measures necessary to protect our intellectual property rights.&… Read more
South Korea's Dong-hwan "Violet" Kim has earned nearly $100,000 playing video games. Now, he also has a US professional athlete visa to boast about.
The visa is for those "coming to the U.S. temporarily to perform at a specific athletic competition as an athlete, individually or as part of a group or team, at an internationally recognized level of performance," according to the U.S. government. … Read more
Earlier this week, one of the world's largest nuclear reactors was sidelined by waves of jellyfish that came out of the sea.
The jellies have since been removed from the Oskarshamn nuclear plant in Sweden, but the threat remains.
What the world needs now, according to Korean scientists, is hunter-killer robots to take out the jellyfish. They've built prototypes that shred the gentle creatures at the rate of one ton an hour. … Read more
If you're among those eagerly awaiting a working invisibility cloak, get ready to be jealous. A South Korean skyscraper may get one before we humble (and highly visible) humans do.
International architectural firm GDS Architects reports that it's received a construction permit to begin building "the world's first invisible tower." The Tower Infinity will stand 450 meters (1,476 feet) and be situated in Cheongna, near the Incheon Airport just outside of Seoul.Like other concepts for invisibility cloaks that have tantalized the geeky imagination, this one relies on optical illusion.
North Korea has introduced its own smartphone in the form of an Android-powered AS1201 Arirang. Named after a Korean folk song, the phone is reported to be manufactured in North Korea using "indigenous technology".
The Arirang made its debut on state-controlled KCNA TV when the government mouthpiece showed images of Kim Jong-un visiting a "cell phone factory".
As one might expect, not everyone buys the claims of a phone being built in North Korea. For example, the tech site North Korea Tech Blog posits that the Arirang is likely manufactured in China before being boxed up … Read more
The challenge with electric vehicles -- well, one of them -- is that to actually, you know, go anywhere, they have to be stationary for significant blocks of time so they can charge. Some measures have been proposed, such as solar panels that can provide energy while the car drives, and even electric highways that can provide power wirelessly.
South Korea is the first to deploy such a road: the Online Electric Vehicle (OLEV), developed by the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST).
Two electric buses will travel between Gumi train station and the In-Dong district, a 15-mile round trip, with power supplied via a technology called Shaped Magnetic Field in Resonance, developed by KAIST.… Read more
South Korea is ramping up support for LTE-Advanced devices.LG Uplus, South Korea's smallest mobile provider, has unveiled its own LTE-A network offering around twice the speed possible through regular LTE, Yonhap reported on Thursday. The new service is presently available in Seoul and a few other major cities, but it will reportedly branch out to the rest of the country by the end of September.
In June, fellow Korean provider SK Telecom launched the world's first LTE-Advanced network.
Both companies explained that the faster speed of LTE-A is achieved through carrier aggregation, which bundles two frequency bands … Read more