2013년 11월 30일 토요일

Black Friday Frenzy Online in Korea

Black Friday - the frenzied shopping day that follows Thanksgiving in the United States - has come to Korea in a big way.

Thanks to avid online shoppers increasingly flocking to foreign websites for Black Friday sales, local retailers are copying the tradition, and yesterday morning the hottest searches on the Naver and Daum web portals related to shopping.

ABC Mart, the nation’s largest multi-brand shoe boutique, said yesterday it had began offering discounts of up to 70 percent on foreign sneaker brands and 30 percent on popular winter boots.

The event continues until New Year’s Day, but the rush of traffic yesterday froze the website for a time.

The Japan-based casual-wear company Uniqlo also began offering discounts yesterday on their latest winter items, sales that will last for a month.

Cosmetics brands such as Missha and Tony Moly joined the discount tide, offering big cuts of up to 50 percent off.

Tony Moly’s sale lasted only yesterday while Missha’s continues through today.

Auction, an online marketplace, already launched its Black Friday discount events last Monday with up to 70 percent off some imported goods.

It dubbed its sale “a super chance to experience U.S.-style discounts at home.”

Not only is Auction offering similar discounts as American retailers, its website introduced the “one click” shopping feature.

In addition to allowing consumers access to a wide range of international companies, like Amazon and the Disney Store, now shipping can be taken care of in one step.

In the past, to save on shipping fees, many people would buy goods in America, then use a private shipping company to send their purchases to Korea.

Despite the growing number of Black Friday options in Korea, local consumers still flocked to Amazon.com, because of the local credit card company BC Card.

BC Card is offering free shipping to Korea for Amazon.com purchases made with its card for the next three months.

Gourmet kimbap market is growing in South Korea.

Kimbap is Korea's favorite food equivalent to hamburger or pizza in the U.S.
Gimbap, or Kimbap, is a popular Korean dish made from steamed white rice (bap) and various other ingredients, rolled in dried laver seaweed (gim/kim) and served in bite-size slices that many foreigners refer to incorrectly as Korean sushi.
Basic kimbap starts at 1500 won (about $1.25), and fancier versions with tuna, assorted vegetables or cheese for 2500 won. A deluxe roll with every topping available won’t break the bank at 3500 won, ($3.15).
Now many kimbap brands and restaurants that serve premium gourmet kimbap are popping up in korea, turning kimbap into something like gourmet cuisine that look elegant and cost a lot more too.
Menus like Apple kimbap, roasted chicken breast kimbap, premium korean beef kimbap at "kimpop",kimbap restaurant located at sinsadong in Seoul,provided with hefty priced tag which ranges between 6000 won($5.50)and 15000 won($14).
Many department store and distributors are opening up gourmet kimbap stores in their branch as well.

Some representive at cooking division of Hyundai department store stated “I think there is a huge opportunity in the better-kimbap niche that is not going to slow down any time soon.”
"But this might lead to price inflation of other products in Korea since kimbap is food that most of korean could afford to eat in daily life."

people are waiting in line in front of some gourmet kimbap store.

2013년 11월 29일 금요일

Samsung UHD TV on Sale for Black Friday

Today is Black Friday and Samsung has drastically dropped the price of their UHD TV including its flagship LED LCD model by 50 percent since last week.
This top-of-the-line UN55F9000, now $2,997.99, debuted at $6,000. The 55-inch 4K TV includes every feature in the company’s long list, including built-in Skype HD camera, cable box control, voice and gesture control, guide information, LED edge lighting with micro dimming and more. The 65-inch version, the UN65F9000, drops $500 to $4,497.99. That's a 40 percent drop from its summer debut price of $7,500.

In addition, Samsung offers a free 500GB hard drive loaded with 4K movies and other content. Samsung will not reveal how long the promotion will last.

Samsung cemented its UHD TV market leadership, claiming the top spot from major global review media. According to a leading global market research and consulting firm Display Search, UHD TV market is expected to grow by 342% from 1.28 million units this year to 5.64 million next year, emerging as a new force leading the pack.

Other big-name electronics manufacturers like Sony,LG,Sharp have begun dropping the price of their Ultra HD TVs as well for holiday season in states.

2013년 11월 28일 목요일

Kara’s Nicole wants to open up her own bakery shop in Japan?

According to Japanese weekly magazine, Kara’s Nicole is planning to open up her own bakery shop in Japan after leaving Kara.

A famous Japanese "magazine Weekly Woman" reported on November 28 that after leaving DSP Media next January Nicole has plans to study abroad in America for six months and open up a bakery in Shibuya, Tokyo.

The media quoted statement from representive in k-entertainment industry.
"Nicole kept negotiating regarding renewing her contract with DSP media but couldn't reach agreement and gave up.
"now she wants to study abroad in America starting next February in order to prepare for her debut as a solo.
Being korean-American, Nicole is more fluent in English than Korean since she grew up in states and has always wanted to go back to the States ”

Representive added that “Nicole has always liked baking cookies and cakes and wanted to sell her own baked goods.
She has already started looking for a store location in Shibuya Her mother is an entrepreneur who owns a Korean restaurant in Tokyo and is planning to open up a couple more in the near future. Nicole will take her mother’s advice as this will be her first attempt in business”

Nicole’s contract with DSP Media will end next January, but she has not officially stated on her future plans yet With news from Korea and Japan reporting on her possible future plans, many are wondering what Nicole is up to once her contract is over.

2013년 11월 27일 수요일

Samsung launches new music service in Korea.

Samsung introduces its latest digital music service “Samsung Music” in Korea, offering multimedia contents including videos, books, games, learning contents, and music. Samsung Music will be available from the 25th,Nov so that consumers can choose to either download or stream up to 3.2 million sound sources, the largest collection ever based on the contracts with global direct distributors, “indie” labels, and domestic small scale record companies.

Last year, Samsung released the Music Hub, the company’s streaming music service for the United States with Galaxy s3 release.
Early this year, Samsung also has launched a pan-African mobile music streaming service called the Kleek. Designed and built specifically for Africa with parnership with African and international music labels and publishers as well as universal Music Group,

2013년 11월 26일 화요일

Rain will be playing as bruce willis's friend for upcoming Hollywood movie

Singer/actor Rain will return to Hollywood via the action thriller “The Prince,” directed by Brian A. Miller
Rain will star alongside actors Jason Patric, John Cusack and rapper Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson as well as action movie superstar Bruce Willis.

“The Prince” is about a retired mob enforcer that must travel across the country to find his missing daughter.
Patric plays a retired Las Vegas mob enforcer who is forced to return to the city and face his former enemies when his teenage daughter goes missing. Bruce Willis was previously set to star in the film. He plays Omar, a man with a score to settle, who has waited years for Paul to return.
Rain will be playing Bruce Willis’ on-screen friend Mark.

Emmett/Furla/Oasis is producing and financing with South Korea-based Union Investment Partners which is the $10 million range.
Kim Young-don, Choi Pyeung-ho, Barry Brooker, Stan Wertlieb, Jeff Rice and Brandon Grimes will executive produce alongside producers Randall Emmett, George Furla, Ho-Sung Pak, Fred Song, Adam Goldworm and co-producer Tim Sullivan. Shooting begins next week in Mobile, Alabama

Rain made his U.S. film debut in the Wachowskis’ “Speed Racer” and went on to play the lead in “Ninja Assassins.”
He became popular in Asian countries through TV drama roles such as “Full House” and has given international concert tours.

The 31-year-old was recently discharged from the military service for Korean army and performed at the Mnet Asian Music Awards 2013(MAMA) last week. He plans to release a new studio album in January 2014.

Samsung Galaxy S4 free and iPhone 5c 50% off at Best Buy on Black Friday

The Samsung Galaxy S4, newest smartphone in Samsung's Galaxy S series,will be offered free on Black Friday at both Walmart and Target, as highlighted in a Nov. 24 article on WebproNews.com.

That's free, as long the buyer signs up for a new 2-year contract for smartphone service. This deal is to be offered at both Walmart and Best Buy. The Best Buy deal is available with either AT&T or Sprint service.

The Walmart deal will cost you $99 for the phone and then you receive a $100 Walmart gift card, and the Walmart deal works with any of the four major US cariers: Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint or AT&T.

So this holiday season is an excellent time to get deals on smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S4.

The fact that this phone is being offered at such a low price probably indicates that we will see a Samsung Galalxy S5 soon.
The day after Thanksgiving could be your day to finally upgrade your phone if you live in

The latest Apple products will receive a special promotion this year as well.
Walmart has been offering the iPhone 5C 16GB Smartphone for $45 since mid-October, and starting at 8 am on November 29, shoppers can also get a $75 gift card to go with it.
Apple will also provide iPad mini 16GB WiFi Tablet with a $100 Walmart Gift Card for $299 at Walmart

SISTAR's Hyolyn's first solo album tracks released online

SISTAR Hyolyn's first solo album tracks debuted at melon - online Music site today.

As shown in the tracklist, the album consists of a total of 10 tracks by hitmaking producers Brave Brothers, Duble Sidekick, Kim Do Hoon, and more. Hyorin also collaborated with an impressive list of artists including Mad Clown, Dok2, and Block B's Zico

Her title song, "LONELY," features an acoustic guitar sound along with a piano melody for a british retro pop feel.

Meanwhile, Hyolyn will be holding her first solo album showcase at Ilji Art Hall in Cheongdam Dong, Seoul at 3pm on November 26

2013년 11월 25일 월요일

3 men indicted for blackmailing actress Han Hyo-joo

The Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office said Monday it indicted three men on charges of blackmailing actress Han Hyo-joo with photos she had taken years ago with her then-boyfriend.

According to the prosecutors, a 36-year-old man surnamed Yun and two 29-year-old men surnamed Hwang and Lee are suspected of threatening Han’s family with “photos of her private life.” The suspects said they would release the photos to the press unless the family paid them 400 million won ($376,825).

Lee is believed to have stolen the photos from the actress’s digital camera when he worked as Han’s manager.

“Earlier in the month, Han’s father received a demand for money,” said an official from Han’s agency BH Entertainment. “After Han assured (the family) that she had not done ‘anything that would cause problems,’ the family reported the case to the police.”

The agency said the photos that Lee stole were not related to Han’s privacy.

3 Korean actresses get suspended jail terms for drug abuse

Three female celebrities, including top TV actress Park Si-yeon, received suspended prison terms Monday for illegally taking the psychotropic drug propofol.

The Seoul Central District Court sentenced Park and two others -- Jang Mi-inae and Lee Seung-yeun -- to eights months in prison, suspended for two years, for taking the prescription drug for reasons other than its intended purpose.

The actresses were found guilty of receiving unnecessary treatments at several plastic surgery and dermatology hospitals located at the posh Gangnam district of Seoul to get the drug, which is commonly used during routine surgeries.

"The defendants frequently administered propofol once or twice a week, long before propofol was classified as a psychotropic drug," Senior Judge Sung Soo-je said in his ruling. "The court deems that they were already addicted to the drug."

The court also ordered the three to each pay a fine ranging from 3.7 million won (US$3,500) to 5.5 million won.

U.S. pop star Michael Jackson died after overdosing propofol, a powerful anesthetic commonly used during routine surgeries.

Experts say propofol abuse is growing because unlike other hospital sedatives, it is quick-acting and rapidly leaves the system. It is also known as a "milk injection" because the drug has a milky color.

A wedding party at Yemen witnessed a tragedy while the whole crowd was dancing to the tune of Psy's Gangnam Style.

A wedding party in Yemen turned into bloodyshed as three guests were shot and killed at the scene in the middle of a “Gangnam Style” dance party, Daily Mail reported on Friday.

Three victims who were among a crowd of wedding party guests dancing to the tune of Psy’s global hit “Gangnam Style” were shot with an AK-47, falling to the ground and bleeding to death.

The shot, however, was only a haphazard mishap as the person who opened fire actually meant to shoot it up in the air so as to crank up the party’s excitement.

It is customary in Yemen that people shoot guns at wedding parties to heat up the glee. Despite Yemen authorities’ effort to curb the convention, it has occasionally led to unexpected tragedies.

Samsung Commands Lion’s Share in Global Flat Panel TV Market

Samsung Electronics is set to cement its leadership in global TV market for 8 years in a row, maintaining the top spot in global flat screen TV market for 31 quarters in a row. As a distant winner with close to 11% of widening gap with the runner up,
This figure represents Samsung’s record-high quarterly share in the market. Its market share is higher than the combined figure of No. 2 to 4 players which is estimated at 33.3 percent.

In addition to the flat panel TV category, Samsung Electronics maintained its lead in the entire TV categories, including LCD, LED, smart, 3D, and plasma display, with its market share being more than 10 percentage points higher than No. 2 players in all segments.

The company attributed the strong results to an increase in sales of 60-inch-plus models and premium lineups, including 7080 series models.

Han Ye Seul Confirms Relationship with Teddy

On November 25 earlier this morning, Korean women’s magazine Woman Sense reported that the two stars have been in a relationship for six months.
Han Ye Seul’s agency rep admitted that they have been dating since may this year.

“But since they are still in early stage of relationship, just getting to know each other, we’ll appreciate if netizens don't make buzz out of it,” the official added.

Because Teddy's always working on songs, the magazine reported the two of them don't go out on dates too frequently, but that Han Ye Seul was matching his schedule by meeting him early at night.

Park Hong-jun (36yrs old), better known as Teddy Park or just Teddy, is a Korean-American rapper, songwriter, and record producer for YG Entertainment.

2013년 11월 24일 일요일

Crayon Pop's X-Mas concept outfits, similar to a Japanese girl group again?

Crayon Pop is ready to celebrate the Christmas!
Instead of helmets, Crayon Pop wore Stars for the Christmas tree outfit.
According to their agency Chrome Entertainment, the photo shoot for the girl’s upcoming carol song took place on 18th.
On 23rd, this adorable and cute X-mas costumes for their new holiday songs brought another controversy among netizens accusing it of copying japanese girl group,Momoiro Clover Z.
This was not frist time it happend as Crayon Pop was previously accused of ripping off Momoiro Clover Z's costume concepts last year.

Last Christmas season, Japanese girl group ‘Momoiro Clover Z’ advertised their holiday concert through a pamphlet with a picture of their member Ariyasu Momoka in a cute green christmas costume with a star on her head.

Below are some netizens's comment stating their opinions:
"I'd see it as problematic if Momoiro used that dress as a promotion concept but it's just one member who personally wore it... This would fit more under the title of same dress, different feel, not copying or anything. Holiday outfit concepts are all similar anyway, might as well call anyone who's wearing a Santa suit plagirizing."

"Let's draw a line... There needs to be a reason for criticism but this is just unnecessary."

" All Christmas outfits look the same, how is this controversial at all"

Meanwhile, crayon pop’s Christmas carol‘Goorismas’ will be released online on the 26th.

2013년 11월 23일 토요일

Crayon Pop had a blast performing with Ylvis from Norway.

Crayon Pop had wonderful performance with popular comedy duo from Norway "Ylvis" at MAMA 2013 yesterday.

The members of Crayon Pop attended the press conference for 2013 MAMA on November 22, at Hong Kong AsiaWorld-Expo Arena, which gathered some of the greatest artists from around the world.

Crayon Pop’s Gum Mi said, “We found out about Ylvis through Youtube and became huge fans. We always listen to their songs in the car. We are so excited and happy to be performing with them.”

“Being invited to 2013 MAMA was an honor in itself, but we are so happy to be doing a collaboration performance along with Ylvis. We want to invite them to Korea and have a nice dinner together,” said Cho A.

Way also added, “We’ll be dancing together to Bar Bar Bar towards the end of the song, but I think Ylvis had a bit of a hard time practicing our dance. I would love to do a guerilla concert with them in Norway.”

2013 MAMA, hosted by CJ E&M, is one of the biggest music festivals in Asia, gathering some of the greatest K-pop artists and other artists from around the world to celebrate through language and culture of music.

Crayon Pop took home the Best New Female Artist while Ylvis won the International Favorite Artist.

Han hyo joo "Best Actress for the 34th Blue Dragon Film Awards"

Actress Han Hyo Joo had the honor of receiving the best female actresses award in the 34th annual Blue Dragon Film Awards yesterday.

Han Hyo Joo at the Peace Hall of Kyung Hee University in Seoul received the best female actor award during the Blue Dragon Film Awards for her role in "Cold Eyes."

Movie "Cold Eyes" is a thriller story about a group of professional "cold eyes" who track down gang members without revealing their real identities. In this movie, Han Hyo Joo played a new member, Ha Yoon Joo, who has an extraordinary memory and observation.

Han Hyo Joo seemed little surprised receiving the best female actor award in the 34th annual Blue Dragon Film Awards yesterday, considering the list of names of other actresses that were addressed with Han Hyo Joo's name. Um Jung Hwa, who played a mother who had lost her daughter in movie "Montage," had already received the best female actor award in the Brand Bell Film Awards on November 1, 2013. Moon Jung Hee, who recorded a high number of audiences for her thriller movie, "Hide and Seek," was another rival. Um Ji Won, who voluntarily did not wear any makeup to better play her character in the movie "Wish" was another strong rival.
Han hyo joo was youngest among best actress nominee for 34th blue dragon awards.

However, the Blue Dragon Film Awards picked Han Hyo Joo, who said, "I thought seeing my name nominated for the list of best female actresses award was an honor in and of itself, and I feel so honored to receive this grand award."

At such a young age,she has been the recipient of several best actress awards whice is unprecedented achievement in Korea's entertainment history.

Han Hyo-Joo's first leading performance in a feature film came with the 2006 independent film “Ad Lib Night,” helmed by well-regarded director Lee Yoon-Ki. Her performance was enthusiastically received by critics and Han Hyo-Joo received “Best Actress” awards from the 26th Korean Movie Critics Organization and the 20th Singapore International Film Festival.

Han Hyo-Joo's commercial break-out role came with her performance in the popular 2009 SBS drama series “Brilliant Legacy,” alongside actor/singer Lee Seung-Ki and received several Best TV actress awards.

In 2010, Han Hyo-Joo branched out of her comfort zone and took the lead role in the MBC historical drama series “Dong Yi” and won 47th Baeksang arts awards in 2011.

2013년 11월 22일 금요일

T-Mobile offering great deal on LG, Sony smartphones in US.

according to data from IDC, the smartphone pricing trend is on a downward slope -- though the price gap between Androids and iPhones is growing in states.
According to the report, smartphone average selling prices have dropped 12.5% in the third quarter of this year. The average smartphone selling price is now $317 in US.

T-Mobile has kicked off its holiday cell phone sales season with an offer that will give consumers the chance to pick up new smartphones from LG or Sony with no money down. The offer is the latest in T-Mobile's ongoing effort to claw back market share from its three larger competitors, a goal the carrier has pursued by offering a series of unconventional wireless plans for its customers. Consumers looking to pick up a phone for no money down can choose from three LG or Sony offerings, as well as one T-Mobile-branded device.
First up among T-Mobile's offerings is the G2 flagship from LG. With a 5.2-inch, 1080x1920 display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, the G2 is a powerful handset. There is also Sony's Xperia Z, the Japanese tech giant's flagship second-most recent entry in its Xperia line. The Xperia Z packs a 1920x1080 display, a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, and LTE support. The device is also waterproof.

T-Mobile will also offer the LG Optimus F6. This Android 4.1 device is not for sale in korea and it's for international market only. It has a 4.5-inch display outputting at 540x960 with IPS technology. Inside, it has a dual-core Krait processor clocked at 1.2GHz.
Customers can also opt for a refurbished T-Mobile myTouch unit. This 3G device runs Android 2.2 Froyo, though it can be upgraded to 2.3 Gingerbread. It packs a Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon processor clocked at 1GHz.

Repayment options for the offer depend on the cost of the phone acquired. All of the $0 down offers require that a customer pay back the cost of the device over the course of two years. Customers canceling wireless service with T-Mobile will then be required to pay back the cost of the device.

Few things to watch for at 2013 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA)

SISTAR’s Hyo rin will be singing with the world-renowned Stevie Wonder.

According to several broadcast affiliates, Hyo rin and Stevie Wonder will hold a highlight stage together at the 2013 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) on November 22.

The song they will sing together will be Stevie Wonder's classic "I Just Called to Say I Love You".

The two will be performing a duet of The highlight performance will be just one of the night as Ylvis, famed for their viral hit "The Fox", and Crayon Pop will also be teaming up, while Paris Hilton and Icona Pop will be hitting the stage as well.
Hyo rin departed Korea on November 21 with her SISTAR members and will hold rehearsals together with Stevie Wonder in Hong Kong.

Meanwhile, T.O.P is scheduled to reveal the performance of his new solo song for the first time at 2013 MAMA.

This is T.O.P’s first solo song in 3 years and 5 months since 2010, and ‘Doom Dada’ is arousing much attention with its fast-paced, rhythmical rap
Korean netizens who listened to T.O.P’s ‘DOOM DADA’ commented, “Can’t wait to see the performance, “ “Just like how I expected,” “It read my mind, it fits my taste perfectly,” and “T.O.P’s DOOM DADA, simply the best.”

Also, 2NE1 is staging the first performance of “MISSING YOU” at 2013 MAMA today.
2NE1’s “MISSING YOU” has been in the top places in all of the nine music-streaming sites in Korea

“MISSING YOU”, the third song that 2NE1 released this year following “FALLING IN LOVE” and “DO YOU LOVE ME”, is a winter song with full emotions that highlight balanced harmony between the four members.

2013년 11월 21일 목요일

Crayon Pop on ABC3′s Wacky World Beaters

5 member K-Pop girl group Crayon Pop demonstrated their famous 'Bar Bar Bar' dance on Australia's ABC show program, "Wacky World Beaters' On November 19,
'Wacky World Beaters' is a new series produced by activeTV O on Australia's ABC3.
This new reality show is presented by ABC3's Amberley Lobo and comedian William Gill.
The show shooting around the world ..on a global expedition to find the world’s ultimate wacky sport and show and experience other countries interesting cultures.

They came to Seoul to meet with Crayon Pop and learn some of their signature dancing moves.
It was filmed in front of Sejong Theater House in seoul.
This show featuring Crayon Pop will not only be aired in Australia, but also in Europe, U.K., Asia and more.

Meanwhile , Crayon Pop will be holding a collaboration stage with Ylvis at the 2013 MAMA.

Samsung's New Kimchi Fridge got Innovative Deodorizer Capsule

Samsung Electronics won TR (Technology & Reliability) mark from Korea Testing and Research Institute for its deodorizer capsule, customized for kimchi refrigerator ,Zipel Asak M9000.
This deodorizer capsule can eliminates up to 99.9% of odors such as methyl mercaptan that smells like Kimchi, garlic, and salted seafood and fish odor trimethylamine.

Many korean use refrigerator specifically made for kimchi storage in daily life.
It is specifically designed to meet storage requirements of varied kimchi types, including temperature control and different fermentation processes.
Kimchi fridges have carved out a big niche for this new appliance, which has proven to be the 'most wanted' household item in Korea and other parts of the world as well where kimchi is eaten.

Having a separate store space is highly recommended when storing Kimchi as the fermentation odors can make anything open to air in the fridge taste 'off'

2013년 11월 20일 수요일

Some korean actors getting paid too much?

According to industry sources, some korean actors and actress are getting paid as high as USD 150,000 per episode.
This high star price tags is raising a problems regarding K-drama production and creating a buzz among korean netizens

Hallyu wave and the drama boom has put a lot of focus on casting 'top stars' for high prices and cutting costs elsewhere (staff pay) to be able to cast them. In the end, half of the production costs end up going towards paying the stars, an unnatural balance compared to American and Japanese productions.
Even if a drama flops, stars’ asking prices continue to soar. It’s not as though market theory applies, and those prices keep rising, defying logic. Even when a drama meets with crushing failure, hurting the production company behind it, a star’s fee still climbs.
These days, the production environment for dramas is sliding into extreme decline. Although the star fees rise, there is a rapid decrease in those willing to invest or enter into product placement agreements.

Furthermore, production costs are shooting up, and aside from a few exceptions, there are numerous dramas that pull in ratings less than single digits. For this reason, there are some outside production houses that produce one or two, then disappear.

In such a serious situation, K-movie and drama markets may fall into decline, giving rise to the argument that the drama industry is headed for crisis point.

Many drama PD of MBC,SBS,KBS insisting that High asking price of some of stars usually result in quality drop of K-dramas because they get to spend too much on casting those stars leaving them less money to invest on producion of drama itself.

2013년 11월 19일 화요일

Samsung Gives Hopes and Dreams to Latin American Kids

Samsung Electronics hosted its youth football and baseball competition “Copa Samsung” on the 16th the local time in Guayaquil, Ecuador.
Copa Samsung started from last year as a part of its CSR activities to improve the educational environment and give hopes to kids in 10 Latin American countries including Panama, Ecuador, Guatemala, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua.

Samsung Electronics has also sponsored the "Copa Bridgestone Libertadores 2013", 54th edition.
The "Copa Bridgestone Libertadores 2013" is the most important soccer event in Latin America.
Samsung also will be sponsoring the "Samsung Fair Play" trophy and has announced that will be present as well in the Olympic Games 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.

Samsung GALAXY Note 3 and Gear to Start ‘Winter Story’ Collaboration Marketing Event with Bean Pole

Samsung GALAXY Note 3 and Gear kicked off Winter Story collaboration event with korean premium fashion brand, Bean Pole at its flagship store in IFC Mall and Times Square branch at the end of last week.
The photo below shows the live fashion performance of Dancing 9 show cast members and fashion models at the Bean Pole IFC Mall on last Sat.
The collaboration event for ‘GALAXY Note 3 and Gear, Bean Pole’s Mix & Match’ will take place at 9 Bean Pole stores in seoul.

2013년 11월 17일 일요일

Kim woo bin celebrates his new movie reaching record-breaking 1million viewers

Rising star kim woo bin celebrated his new film ‘Friends 2′ to reach 1 million moviegoers in record breaking time at drama location that he is currently filming on.

On November 17th Lotte Entertainment stated that ‘Friends 2′ got over 1 million audiences, and became the fastest rated R film to reach the number.

Other actors and movie staffs who are currently touring korea for a stage greet for the new film showed picture holding cake to celebrate on the bus.

Considering that ‘Friends 2′ was released during week days, and that November is considered as the lowest season for movie theaters this achievement is quite fabulous.

Meanwhile ‘Friends 2′ is currently playing at theaters in korea now.

The Rising Smartphone Threat of China

various chinese mobile copycat products

On 13th,Nov. chinese mobile phone vendor "No.1" released new smartphone following and copying the design of Xiaomi.
Meaning that Xiaomi,this Beijing-based company is now one of most influential brand in china.
This company has come out of nowhere this year to become the biggest threat to Apple, Samsung and other smartphone makers.
Ironically Xiaomi is company that grew by copying most of apple products itself.
Founded by a group of Chinese engineers in 2009, Xiaomi sold seven million mobile phones in 2012 by using designs that, according to the New York Times "mimic the look and feel of the iPhone and using marketing that seems right out of Apple’s playbook."

Xiaomi is now the sixth biggest smartphone vendor in China, ranking above Apple. Chinese consumers bought 88.1 million smartphones (33 percent of all worldwide shipments) in the three months to June 2013. Xiaomi owns about 5 percent of this market with Apple just behind on 4 percent.

Chinese smartphone makers like Xiaomi,ZTE,Huawei and Goophone are becoming new disruptive force that particularly stands out to other smartphonemakers such as Apple and Samsung as a potential game-changer.

The company behind the original “Goophone,” a Chinese iPhone 5 knockoff powered by Android, has beaten Apple (AAPL) to the punch by launching an updated “i5S” version of its smartphone. The handset uses a design that is nearly identical to Apple’s iPhone 5 and it runs a highly customized version of Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean that has been modified to look and act like iOS. The handset features a 4-inch “oneglass” screen with 854 x 480-pixel resolution, a 1GHz dual-core MediaTek processor, 512MB of RAM and a 5-megapixel camera, and it costs just $150 in China.

Chinese brands are now substantial in their own markets, dominant in some cases. The world stage beckons. Apple and Samsung will need to be more nimble to deal with them.

Pantech making efforts to survive against Samsung and LG.

Pantech, Korea’s third smartphone manufacturer, is desperately trying to make come back with new products that it's hoping to turn its fortunes around.
Pantech started off as a small mobile venture firm into South Korea’s third-largest mobile phone maker in 15 years, until the company went under a debt restructuring in late 2006 after it suffered cash shortages.
The pantech posted an operating loss of 49.5 billion won (US$46 million) in the second quarter of 2013.
Sales also plunged for a third consecutive quarter from 507.4 billion won in the third quarter of last year to 33.2 billion won in the second quarter of 2013.
The company’s share of the domestic mobile phone market - dominated by Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics, the world’s first and third largest smartphone vendors - dropped from around 15 percent at the beginning of the year to above 10 percent,

Pantech plans to bolster restructuring efforts to survive, encouraged about 800 employees to take a voluntary six-month leave of work without pay. That accounts for almost 1/3 of the the company’s entire staff.

The struggling mobile company is now hoping to gain some credibility back (from staff and customers alike), with the release of a new 5.9-inch phablet: the VEGA Secret Note in domestic market and continues to release its Breeze line, lineup of inexpensive flip phones that started in May of 2005, in US market.
Newest in the line up, Breeze IV just arrived at AT&T Thursday November 14, 2013 with a pricetag just $39.99 with 2-Year contract.

Despite the doom and gloom the company’s CEO is trying to remain positive, stating that “Within a year, we will lay the groundwork for a new Pantech that could last at least for the next 50 years,”
A resolute Lee, who replaced Park as CEO in september, adapted French philosopher Rene Descartes’ famous maxim, cogito ergo sum (I think, therefore I am), to respond to doubts of the company’s sustainability in the fast-changing smartphone market.

“We don’t stop,” Lee said. “Therefore, we are.”

2013년 11월 16일 토요일

2 killed as Helicopter Hits building in Seoul.

Private helicopter owned by LG electronic crashed onto a I park apartment building located at samsungdong in seoul today.
At around 8:55 a.m., the helicopter crashed into the high-rise apartment building before it fell to the ground, according to fire fighters on site.

The authorities said that two people were on board and are presumed to be dead.

"It seemed that the helicopter lost its visibility due to the thick fog," said an official at the National Emergency Management Agency. "There are no reports on damages to the apartment's residents as they were mostly evacuated." (Yonhap News)