Lately, a humorous parody of the Google Glasses concept video has been doing the rounds on the Korean internet. Closely mirroring the original video, the sketch instead makes fun of the frustrations many Korean computer users have with the over-reliance on Active X which, in some cases, doesn’t display at all on Apple Macs (and can make having one in South Korea a bit of a nightmare sometimes!). The video also makes fun of the fact that pop-ups regularly feature as an annoyance on many videos and get in the way.
At the start of the video, the person wearing the “glasses” wakes up and puts on the glasses in much the same as in the original. He then tries to respond to a text message using voice-activated technology but needs three attempts and walks the streets running into Active X problems.
Of the two videos below, the first is the original video from Google, the second is the parody which has been online for a few days but has already attracted over 200,000 hits.
Alright, hypothetical situation. It’s cold outside, so cold that you don’t want to remove your gloves. You get an important text on your iPhone and need to respond immediately. You’re also in a huge hurry, thus you can’t stop anywhere warm to shoot off a quick response to your text. What do you do?
Samsung Korea has unveiled two LTE versions of the Galaxy S II, the Samsung Galaxy S II LTE and the Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE, the latter packing a huge 4.65-inch Super AMOLED HD display running at 1280 x 720 resolution.
Each model has a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, WiFi a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0 alongwith 4G LTE support and NFC, though the Galaxy S II LTE makes do with a 4.5-inch WVGA panel as on the EPIC 4G Touch.
Both models have an 8-megapixel main camera with autofocus and Full HD video recording, aong with a front-facing camera for video calls. There’s also 16GB of internal storage – plus a microSD card slot – and GSM/HSPA+ roaming for when you’re outside of South Korea’s 4G cosseting. Maybe most impressive is the thickness: both the Galaxy S II LTE and Galaxy S II HD LTE come in at 9.5mm deep, even accommodating a 1850 mAh battery.
Samsung will be offering the Galaxy S II LTE via SK Telecom as a carrier-exclusive, while the Galaxy S II HD LTE will go on sale through SK Telecom, KT and LG U+. No word on when – or indeed if – Samsung will bring either model to the US or Europe, but given the high-ppi appeal of HD displays we’re guessing there’ll be plenty of demand for them.
The death of Steve Jobs has prompted an outpouring of journalistic efforts, all around the world, to explain innovation, especially the sort of innovation that characterized his tenure at Apple. The Korea Joongang Daily carried an article questioning whether the death of Jobs would have a deep impact, or whether business would continue as usual. However, that article addressed the global market for smartphones and the patent litigation between Apple and Samsung, failing to get to the more significant issue of how Korea can make the transition from hardware exports to software and services creation. The latter is really the sort of innovation that this nation requires at this juncture. As illustrated in the accompanying graphic (click to see a full size version), the success of Apple, and Android has more to do with the software and applications, or the new communication ecosystem, than with hardware.
Following an Aug. 24 (local time) ruling by the District Court of The Hague in the Netherlands dismissing Apple’s claim that Samsung Electronics violated its design patents, arguments for carrying on the legal battle to the end have been gaining force within the company. Samsung Electronics has no intention of being the first to ask for reconciliation.
According to accounts Wednesday from various officials with the company, the internal approach has been shifting toward a slow response.
“With courts in Germany and the Netherlands handing down rulings in our favor, the mood inside the company has been gradually shifting,” a Samsung Electronics official said.
In South Korea, an influential blogger’s negative review of a Samsung smartphone has been taken down due to pressure from the manufacturer. Internet users have harshly criticised the nation’s biggest conglomerate, Samsung Electronics and Naver, the nation’s biggest web portal, for censoring the blogger.
Hahm Young Min is an influential IT blogger who has several thousand daily readers on his blog, Hahm Young Min’s DicaGallery. Hahm posted a review of Samsung’s newly released smartphone, Galaxy S2 on April 2, 2011, entitled “Nine shortcomings of the Unusable Galaxy2S of Samsung”.
Screenshot of Hahm’s removed post.
Several days later, the original post was nowhere to be seen. In its place, was this message from the blog host Naver: “This post has been temporarily suspended due to reader requests. The decision was taken in accordance with Korea Telecommunication Law, Article 44 Clause 2.”
Sharp’s plans to launch two ebook readers in Japan in December. To be sold under the Galapagos brand name, the company hopes to sell a million units within their first year on sale. Talks with Verizon Wireless mean the US is likely to be the second place to see them, sometime in 2011.
Galaxy Tab, Samsung Electronics’ Tablet PC is finally entering the American market, expecting a fierce competition with Apple’s iPad.
Samsung Electronics held a Galaxy Tab launch event in New York on September 16, local time. The event was attended by about 150 officials including associates from American companies, mobile operators, local press and early adopters. Earlier this month, Galaxy Tab made it first debut at the IFA (Internationale Funkausstellung) 2010, the largest home appliances fair in Europe.
Galaxy Tab will be launched through U.S. four major mobile carriers, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T Mobile based on the most powerful distribution network. Actual products will be delivered during the fourth quarter of the year, and go on sale as the Christmas holiday season begins.