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.”
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It seems the Twit Korean is not very far away. The Hankyung newspaper’s IT journalist and a prolific Twitterer @kwang82 tweeted today that, “Twitter is about to launch a Korean service” and noticed that Evan Williams, Twitter’s co-founder, is planning to visit Seoul for a press conference tomorrow. His invitation card reads ‘Twitter Loves Korea’.
Twitter is only available in English, French, Spanish, German, Italian and Japanese, prompting some Korean twitterers touse Twitkr or Twit bird. As Blogger Ajenneja pointed out some of Twitter’s major functions, such as the hashtag, do not work properly in the Korean language and the Twit search gives terrible results when searched in Korean words longer than three syllables.
The exact purpose of the press conference is unknown but considering the recent changes in Twitter’s help desk, it’s more or less certain that Twitter in Korean is about to be realized. @Barunsori6 tweeted under the title [good news for fellow Twitterers not fluent in English] that Tweeter’s help center is now available in Korean, which was roundly welcomed with such comments as ‘Yay, finally! I can complain in Korean.’
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One of the things we love to do when we go to new countries is check out their supermarkets. Sounds lame, doesn’t it? I don’t know: it just seems like there’s so much for you to learn from a country’s supermarket. The atmosphere, the stuff they’re selling, the way they market their products. It’s amazing. We felt the same way when we first came to Korea. In fact, going to a Korean Supermarket was one of the first videos we ever made! Over two years ago, when we first came to Korea, we were floored by Home Plus, and did a couple of videos of shopping in Korea. But that was so long ago. Our camera is so much better now! And we’re feeling kinda artsy fartsy lately, so we figured we’d make another video about Shopping in Korea, only this time with our new equipment.
Unfortunately, the awesome Home Plus in Bucheon had a mega-fire. It’s been closed for the past week or so, so we couldn’t make a movie there. Instead, we went to Kim’s Club right beside it, whose business must be going through the roof since it’s neighbour shut down.
So, if you haven’t seen a Korean Supermarket before, here are some cool thing you can expect:
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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 .
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Korean Fashion Continues to Make Its Way Into the Mainstream
Even if you are just a casual observer of fashion trends you are probably aware of the impact of the latest generation of Asian designers on the fashion market. Arguably the most influential of the young designers are those from Korea. Over the past few years Korean fashion has moved from what can best be termed a cottage industry to taking its place as a full blown force in the fashion world. In fact, hot young Korean fashion designers are all the rage from Paris to New York.
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