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Samsung, Google sign patent agreement

January 27, 2014 10:57 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. has signed an agreement with Google Inc. to cross-license their patents, reducing the risk of costly legal disputes over intellectual property and likely fostering greater collaborate between the two tech giants. Seoul-based Samsung said Monday that the deal covers patents to be filed over the next 10 years...

Mixed views on Samsung after stellar 2013

January 24, 2014 10:43 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

For Samsung Electronics and its 270,000 employees across the globe, 2013 was the best year. One...

App Watch: Will you be my Between? App for lovers

January 23, 2014 11:02 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

If ever in doubt about your guy's commitment to a relationship, ask him if he would commit to an...

SKorea credit card data theft highlights lapses

January 20, 2014 1:21 pm | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A massive theft of customer data from three major credit card firms in South Korea has shown...

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LG to use Palm's mobile software for smart TVs

January 7, 2014 11:02 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

LG will bring the software that once powered Palm's smartphones to the majority of its Internet-connected TVs this year. The South Korean firm unveiled webOS-based smart TVs at a trade fair Monday in Las Vegas, less than a year after it bought the operating system for smartphones and tablet computers from Hewlett-Packard Co.

Samsung, LG to unveil 105-inch curved TVs

December 19, 2013 10:47 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. and LG Electronics Inc. said their curved TVs will get bigger and sport the sharpness four times the regular HD television sets. The world's two largest TV makers will display ultra-HD TVs with curved screens that measure 105 inches diagonally in Las Vegas next month, they said in separate statements Thursday.

Labor group sees progress at major Apple supplier

December 13, 2013 11:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A labor group monitoring three Chinese factories that make iPhones and other Apple products says once-oppressive working conditions have steadily improved in the last 18 months, but more must be done to reduce the amount of overtime that employees work.

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SKorea court: Apple didn't violate Samsung patents

December 12, 2013 12:23 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

A Seoul court rejected Samsung's claim that iPhone and iPad models violated three of its patents, another setback for the South Korean electronics giant in a global battle with Apple over rights to technologies that power smartphones and tablets. A Seoul Central District Court judge ruled...

NKorea resumes work at missile site

December 2, 2013 12:42 pm | by MATTHEW PENNINGTON, Associated Press | News | Comments

A U.S. research institute said Friday it has detected a new construction at a North Korean missile launch site which the institute says is being upgraded to handle larger rockets. Commercial satellite imagery shows work has resumed after a months-long hiatus at Tonghae, on the country's northeast coast, on what looks like a rocket assembly building and a launch control center.  

S. Korea to buy 40 stealth fighter jets, 20 combat planes from 2018

November 22, 2013 11:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

South Korea will purchase 40 Lockheed Martin F-35A stealth fighter jets and an additional 20 combat planes from the United States starting in 2018, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said Friday. "The F-35A will be used as a strategic weapon to gain a competitive edge and defeat the enemy in the early stage of war..."

5 Things to Know about $290 million Apple verdict

November 21, 2013 7:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A jury on Thursday ordered Samsung Electronics to pay Apple $290 million for copying features of the iPhone and iPad. That was in addition to $640 million the South Korea-based Samsung already owed Apple from a previous trial. Samsung plans to appeal the $930 million in damages in a San Jose...

LG looking into claim smart TVs grab user data

November 21, 2013 10:07 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

LG Electronics Inc. said it is investigating a claim that some of its smart TVs send information on home viewing habits back to the company without consent. The investigation comes after Jason Huntley, a 45-year-old IT consultant in Britain, detailed in his blog how his LG smart TV logged the channels he was watching and sent the data to LG.

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Jury ends Day 2 of Samsung-Apple deliberations

November 21, 2013 10:04 am | by PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Jurors failed to reach a decision and will return for a third day of deliberations to determine how much Samsung Electronics owes Apple for copying key features of the iPhone and iPad. A previous jury found Samsung guilty of infringing several Apple patents in making and marketing 26 devices, and it ordered Samsung to pay $1.05 billion.

Exploring public perceptions of future wearable computing

November 8, 2013 10:24 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

As scientists develop the next wave of smartwatches and other wearable computing, they might want to continue focusing their attention on the arms and the wrists. According to a recent Georgia Tech study, portable electronic devices placed on the collar, torso, waist or pants may cause awkwardness, embarrassment or strange looks.

Smartphone competition weighs on LG earnings

October 24, 2013 12:11 pm | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

LG Electronics Inc. said its handset business sank into the red for the first time in a year as it cut prices and spent more on marketing to carve out a share of the high-end smartphone market. The South Korean company reported Thursday that its mobile communications business lost 79.7 billion won ($75.5 million) in the July-September period, even after selling 12 million smartphones.

Court: Studies understated Samsung health hazards

October 23, 2013 11:17 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A South Korean court said studies conducted to evaluate safety at Samsung chip factories failed to fully examine workplace health hazards, undermining the electronics giant's efforts to distance itself from claims that its manufacturing plants caused fatal cancers. The finding by the Seoul Administrative Court was part of a ruling in the case of a Samsung Electronics Co. worker who died of leukemia in 2009 aged 29.

US experts: NKorea can likely build key nuke parts

September 24, 2013 12:07 pm | by FOSTER KLUG, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Korean scientists are able to build crucial equipment for uranium-based nuclear bombs on their own, cutting the need for imports that had been one of the few ways outsiders could monitor the country's secretive atomic work, according to evidence gathered by two American experts.

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2 Koreas move closer to reopening factory park

August 14, 2013 10:14 am | by HYUNG-JIN KIM & YOUKYUNG LEE, Associated Press | News | Comments

North and South Korea on Wednesday moved closer to reopening a jointly run factory park, raising hopes for an improvement in ties between rivals that were trading war threats this spring. There was no word about when operations might resume, but the Koreas' meeting, while not conclusive, can be considered progress...

A magnetic pen for smartphones adds another level of conveniences

July 24, 2013 11:31 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A doctoral candidate at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) developed a magnetically driven pen interface that works both on and around mobile devices. This interface, called the MagPen, can be used for any type of smartphones and tablet computers so long as they have magnetometers embedded in.

NKorea halts rocket launch-pad work

July 23, 2013 12:02 pm | by FOSTER KLUG, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Korea has stopped construction work at a site meant to launch bigger and better long-range rockets, a possible sign that Pyongyang is slowing or even halting development of larger rockets, according to a new analysis of recent satellite imagery.

SKorea clears Google after 2-year Android probe

July 18, 2013 10:02 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

South Korea's fair trade commission said Thursday a two-year investigation found that Google making its search service the default in Android-powered smartphones did not limit competition in the online search market. Kwon Chul-hyun, a director at the commission, said the regulator found no evidence that Google Inc. unfairly used its power...

Korean sites still down after war anniversary hack

June 26, 2013 10:34 am | by ELIZABETH SHIM & YOUKYUNG LEE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Several North and South Korean websites that went offline on a war anniversary remained shut down Wednesday, a day after what Seoul partly blamed on a hacking attack. The shutdown appeared to be less severe than one in March, and some government and private sector sites were operating again.

SKorea mobile network touted as world's fastest

June 26, 2013 10:25 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

South Korea's largest mobile operator is this week launching what it says is the world's fastest wireless network. SK Telecom Co. said Wednesday that the LTE-Advanced network can download data at speeds twice as fast as LTE networks and 10 times faster than third generation services.

SKorea says several gov't, private websites hacked

June 25, 2013 10:41 am | by ELIZABETH SHIM & YOUKYUNG LEE, Associated Press | News | Comments

South Korea said multiple government and private sector websites were hacked on Tuesday's anniversary of the start of the Korean War, and Seoul issued a cyberattack alert warning officials and citizens to take security measures. Government websites, including the one for the presidential Blue House, and some media servers were attacked...

Websites in 2 Koreas shut down on war anniversary

June 25, 2013 10:28 am | by Elizabeth Shim & Youkyung Lee, Associated Press | News | Comments

Major government and media websites in South and North Korea were shut down for hours Tuesday on the 63rd anniversary of the start of the Korean War. Seoul said its sites were hacked, while it was unclear what knocked out those north of the border.

SKorean nuclear operator raided in cable probe

June 20, 2013 10:35 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

South Korea's sole nuclear power plant operator said Thursday that investigators raided its offices, a sign that a probe into faulty nuclear plant cables is widening. Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co. spokesman Lee Yoon-doing said prosecutors seized documents and computer hard drives from at least four of the company's offices.

SKorea fosters startups as it seeks economic shift

May 30, 2013 11:58 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Among the policies aimed at nurturing a "creative economy," South Korea is pouring more than 3 trillion won ($2.7 billion) into funding startups, establishing a third stock market to help new ventures raise money, and changing laws to lower hurdles for crowd-funding.

SKorea idles 2 nuke plants after cable tests faked

May 28, 2013 10:29 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

South Korea has idled two nuclear power plants after finding that test results for crucial control cables were falsified in a new blow to an industry mired in a graft scandal and safety lapses. South Korea's trade and energy ministry said Tuesday a company contracted to conduct tests fabricated the results for cables...

SKorea analyzing NKorea's 4 projectile launches

May 20, 2013 10:48 am | by HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press | News | Comments

South Korea is analyzing whether projectiles North Korea fired into its eastern waters over the weekend are short-range missiles or a new type of artillery the country may be developing, officials said Monday. North Korea fired what Seoul officials called a short-range projectile Sunday, a day after conducting three similar launches.

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