Kim Min-jong, a 26-year-old student in the Department of North Korean Studies at Korea University, made the country’s first Smartphone app providing expert information on North Korea. Over 1,000 people have downloaded it in the week since its launch, and the app is in the region of 20th on Podgate, which ranks the top 300 most popular apps.
Kim planned and produced the app, and spent W5 million (US$1=W1,126) to make the project a reality through an app developer. It can be downloaded for free on Android.
The app contains demographic, political and administrative information about North Korea, comparisons of North and South Korean military power, a family tree of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, the regime’s power structure, and latest news. One function gives users an idea of how much damage Seoul would sustain if a North Korean nuclear missile hit it. It shows estimated casualties when the missile hits specific part of the South Korean capital.
The Defense Ministry is looking into ways to use smartphones on the battlefield starting as early as 2013. The military presently limits smartphones for personal use due to their vulnerability to hacking and eavesdropping.
A government official said the ministry has commissioned a civilian company to develop six smartphone apps for military use on the battlefield, which are to be tested by March next year. If the apps get the green light, the ministry plans to put them to use starting in 2013.
The U.S. military used smartphones on the battlefield in Iraq and Afghanistan. One app called “Bullet Flight” is used by snipers to calculate the distance, wind speed, temperature, humidity and other variables involving a target, while another, called “One Force Tracker,” provides combat situation reports to soldiers on the field.
Samsung Electronics President Lee Jae-yong left for the U.S. to attend a memorial service for Apple cofounder Steve Jobs that was scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Monday (KST).
As Apple CEO Tim Cook reportedly invited Lee to the private service, attention is being paid to how it will affect the patent battle being waged between the two firms in 10 countries. The service will be held at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.
Lee said his relationship with Jobs, who passed away on Oct. 5 at age 56 after a long fight with pancreatic cancer, was complicated.
“Steve Jobs was a bit hot-tempered and picky, so he would often complain on the phone for an hour or so whenever he had a dispute. We were competitors, but we also grew fond of each other to the point where he would be the first to call and console me whenever I was encountering difficulties,” Lee told the press at Gimpo Airport on Sunday evening.
Korean children start carrying mobile phones at the age of 10, a survey says. Some 5,509 of 6,052 primary and secondary schoolchildren surveyed across the country, or 91 percent, have their own mobile phone, according to Democratic Party lawmaker Kim Choon-jin of the National Assembly’s Education, Science and Technology Committee last Friday.
They got their first phone at an average age of 10.4 years. The older they are, the more have mobile phones — the rate is 82.7 percent in primary school and already 96.4 percent in middle school. More girls (93.5 percent) than boys (88.7 percent) have their own phone.
LG Uplus, the country’s smallest mobile-phone carrier, is vowing to give Google and Apple competition in mobile advertising as it continues to search for revenue models beyond its traditional telephony business.
In a lavish news conference in Seoul Thursday, LG Uplus, formerly LG Telecom, announced its aspirations for the mobile advertising and marketing business, looking to take advantage of opportunities in the booming market for mobile devices.
The company plans to provide around 500 products and features related to selling advertisements displayed on small screens, such as those on smartphones like the Apple iPhone and Samsung Electronics Galaxy S, by the end of this year.
While KT, the exclusive distributor of Apple iPhone in Korea, is discussing whether to allow 3G over WCDMA by Skype, SK Telecom decided to permit smartphone users to use mobile VoIP (mVoIP) and to offer unlimited mobile data usage.
Index of TK Insight (Issue 22: 19 July 2010)
Korea Going to LTE Instead of Mobile WiMAX
Mobile VoIP Era Begins in Korea
Pantech to Catch Up with LG in Smartphone Market
Wi-Fi Zones Quickly Increasing
Korean Version of MobileMe Rushing
Telecoms Korea Insight covers all the main issues in the local market on a weekly basis for decision makers who are interested in the Korean market.
If you look on the list of medical apps on your iPhone or iPod touch, you’ll see one called “마이닥터 – 내손안의 주치의!”
How do you pronounce that again? The Korean written language is a phonetic language. By that, I mean that you can read Korean words by sounding out the characters. So, a person could become very fluent at reading Korean out loud (even if the person doesn’t know what the words mean).
So, 마이닥터 would be pronounced “ma – ee – doc – duh” … or, simply: my doctor
Now, let’s dig into this app to see what it’s all about. Let’s translate using Google Translate.
마이닥터의 다양하고 풍부한 추천병원 정보 및 의료건강 상식을 iPhone을 통해 언제 어디서나 실시간으로 제공 받을 수 있습니다.
My doctor recommended the hospital ‘s diverse and rich knowledge of information and health care in real time, anytime, anywhere via the iPhone will be offered .