South Korean search giant Daum has a better map of North Korea than Google

South Korean internet search giant Daum has added free new maps of North Korea to its mapping service , according to North Korea Tech . The new online maps reportedly provide greater coverage and detail than the existing Google Maps. It includes details, roads, railways, buildings, and landmarks. Google Maps’ satellite imagery shows many of the same details, but the actual maps are “largely devoid of roads and other landmarks.” They also claim to cover rural areas whereas Google only covers major cities. However, Daum’s satellite images are less crisp because of a lower spatial resolution than Google’s.

http://www.techinasia.com/south-korean-search-giant-daum-map-north-korea-google/

Samsung, LG Unveil New Smartwatches S Gear, G Watch R; Specifications, Availability Details

South Korean consumer electronics giants, Samsung and LG officially unveiled two new smartwatches on Thursday (28 August) – S Gear and G Watch R respectively. Samsung’s new S Gear wristwatch flaunts a big 2.0-inch super AMOLED screen and run on the company’s proprietary wearable platform Tizen. One striking feature of the S Gear is that it can act as a standalone calling device without being paired to a smartphone.

http://www.ibtimes.co.in/samsung-lg-unveil-new-smartwatches-s-gear-g-watch-r-specifications-availability-details-607856

South Korea’s top Bitcoin exchange secures $3M investment to build an entire bitcoin ecosystem

Korbit , Korea’s leading Bitcoin exchange, wallet and merchant processor, has just closed a US$3 million series A funding round led by SoftBank Ventures Korea. Pantera Capital led the round from the US, with participation from BAM Ventures and previous investors Bitcoin Opportunity Corp, Tim Draper, Pietro Dova and initial investor Strong Ventures.

http://www.techinasia.com/south-koreas-top-bitcoin-exchange-secures-3m-investment-build-entire-bitcoin-ecosystem/

Google to launch Campus Seoul, its first hub for startups in East Asia

Startups in South Korea will soon have another ultra-hip hangout spot. Google announced today that it will open Campus Seoul, a space for entrepreneurs, developers, and other members of the startup community to mingle and hold events. According to a post  on Google’s Asia Pacific blog, the space will hold programs including Campus for Moms , a startup school for women with babies, and Campus EDU , which offers workshops and office hours with Google employees.

http://www.techinasia.com/google-to-launch-campus-seoul-its-first-hub-for-startups-in-east-asia/

Samsung is the leading smartwatch brand, latest figures reveal

LOS ANGELES, Aug 23 — Thanks to a proliferation of devices launched since the start of the year, Samsung has grabbed 80 per cent of the global market. The latest data from independent analytics company Canalys, shows that smartwatch shipments totalled almost 2 million units in the first six months of 2014 and that Samsung has managed to snag an 80 per cent share. And if the data, which is based on shipments rather than sales to consumers, are taken at face value, then Pebble is in a distant second with roughly 10 per cent of the market, with Sony back in third place.

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/tech-gadgets/article/samsung-is-the-leading-smartwatch-brand-latest-figures-reveal

Samsung leads India market in Q2, but Micromax narrows gap: IDC

NEW DELHI: The Indian handset market currently led by Samsung with Micromax at No. 2 could see a reshuffle in the rankings among the top five vendors in coming quarters, as Chinese and local device makers aggressively tap the entry level segment of smartphones, according to market research firm IDC. “While Samsung has held on to its leadership position in the market, it is noteworthy that Micromax is growing faster. Samsung needs to continue to address the low-end of the market aggres ..

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/hardware/samsung-leads-india-market-in-q2-but-micromax-narrows-gap-idc/articleshow/40362346.cms

Samsung submits plan to invest in Indonesian factory: official

JAKARTA: South Korean electronics giant Samsung has submitted a plan to invest in a mobile telephone factory in Indonesia, a senior official at the company’s Indonesian unit told Reuters on Monday.  The Indonesian government is currently processing the plan, Lee Kang Hyun, vice-president of PT Samsung Electronics Indonesia, said in a text message.

http://www.thestar.com.my/Tech/Tech-News/2014/08/18/Samsung-submits-plan-to-invest-in-Indonesian-factory-official/

Samsung to buy US tech firm SmartThings EmailPrint

SEOUL: Samsung said on Friday (Aug 15) it had reached a deal to buy a US home automation startup SmartThings, as the South Korean electronics giant aims to expand beyond the increasingly saturated smartphone market. The world’s top smartphone maker said it had entered into a deal to buy the US app maker, which allows people to monitor and control their home appliances via mobile devices.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/technology/samsung-to-buy-us-tech/1314488.html

Watch out, Samsung: Xiaomi, Micromax, and more budget smartphones will eat 25% of your market share next year

Xiaomi’s batch flash sales in India seem to have settled into a repeat routine. Mi 3 stocks have been flying off the shelves in mere seconds each time. Though the Chinese company hasn’t yet divulged exact numbers, it’s likely to have sold about 40,000 units since it launched in India last month. Right from day one, the disruptive young phone-maker made no secret of its plans to take on Korean giant Samsung on Indian turf. Spec by spec, the power-packed Mi 3 was compared to Samsung’s higher-priced devices, leaving Indian consumers salivating over the value-for-money buy. This is now starting to hurt the smartphone leader – not just in India but globally.

http://www.techinasia.com/xiaomi-micromax-budget-smartphones-shake-samsung-apple/

Apple, Samsung end Australian patent battle

Apple and Samsung have agreed to call it quits on long-running patent battles in Australia and other jursidictions around the world, but continue to fight their most high-profile case over patent infringement in the United States. The companies today put out a joint statement advising of a mutual agreement to drop all litigation in courts outside the US, meaning legal battles in eight countries including Australia will now come to an end. But the pair warned the agreement “does not involve any licensing arrangements” and that the companies are “continuing to pursue the existing cases in US courts.”

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/390728,apple-samsung-end-australian-patent-battle.aspx

Chinese smartphone market: Xiaomi overtakes Samsung as No.1

NEW DELHI: Xiaomi has overtaken Samsung in the Chinese smartphone market within three years to take the top spot, a Canalys report showed.  Xiaomi sold 1.5 crore smartphones in China in the second quarter of 2014 while Samsung could manage to sell only 1.32 crore phones. Xiaomi holds a 14 per cent market share in the world’s biggest cellphone market.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/hardware/chinese-smartphone-market-xiaomi-overtakes-samsung-as-no-1/articleshow/39700487.cms

Micromax pips Samsung as India’s leading mobile phone brand: research

MUMBAI: Indian budget smartphone maker Micromax has ousted Samsung Electronics Co Ltd as the leading brand in all types of mobile phones in the April-June quarter, grabbing a 16.6% market share, a recent research report showed.  Samsung had 14.4% market share, down from 16.3% in the first quarter, said the report by Counterpoint Research. In the smartphone segment, however, Samsung still came out tops.  “Micromax is leveraging its wider distribution reach, growing brand awareness not only in urban but in rural India with affordable low-cost handsets,” said Counterpoint analyst Neil Shah.

http://www.thestar.com.my/Tech/Tech-News/2014/08/05/Micromax-pips-Samsung-as-Indias-leading-mobile-phone-brand-research/

Microsoft sues Samsung in US, alleging contract breach

NEW YORK – Microsoft sued Samsung in US federal court, claiming the South Korean giant had breached a contract over licensing of technology used in the fiercely competitive smartphone market. “After becoming the leading player in the worldwide smartphone market, Samsung decided late last year to stop complying with its agreement with Microsoft,” the US technology firm’s deputy counsel said in an online post.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/423723/microsoft-sues-samsung-in-us-alleging-contract-breach

LG launches the curious Tab Book 11

SEOUL, July 30 — It’s essentially an 11.6-inch Android tablet, but one that seems to think it’s a Chromebook or a laptop. For a start, it has a slide-out keyboard and behind the IPS display is a very potent Intel Haswell Core i5 processor. This is the sort of chipset usually reserved for notebooks like the 13-inch MacBook Pro, meaning that, from a performance aspect seeing as it’s just running Android, it’s like using a sledgehammer to tap in a nail.

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/tech-gadgets/article/lg-launches-the-curious-tab-book-11

Samsung Electronics delays launch of smartphone with new Tizen OS

SEOUL–Samsung Electronics said Monday it would postpone the roll-out of its new smartphone based on Tizen, a home-grown operating system aimed at breaking away from Google’s Android system. The delay is seen as a blow to Samsung’s campaign to carve out a niche in mobile software and services, to complement its dominant hardware role. The Samsung Z, which has been specially developed by Samsung to run on the Tizen platform, was to go on sale in Russia in the third quarter of this year before reaching other markets.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/company-focus/2014/07/29/413501/Samsung-Electronics.htm

Samsung delays Tizen smartphone sales launch

SEOUL: Samsung Electronics said on Monday (July 28) it would postpone the roll-out of its new smartphone based on Tizen, a home-grown operating system aimed at breaking away from Google’s Android system. The delay is seen as a blow to Samsung’s campaign to carve out a niche in mobile software and services, to complement its dominant hardware role. The Samsung Z, which has been specially developed by Samsung to run on the Tizen platform, was to go on sale in Russia in the third quarter of this year before reaching other markets.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/technology/samsung-delays-tizen/1286044.html

Softbank and Qualcomm-backed startup aims to take over Korea’s last-mile delivery industry

While Uber has hit its toughest regulatory road block yet in Seoul, last-mile delivery service Naldo pushes forward with its plan to upend South Korea’s logistics industry. The company last week received an undisclosed series A round from Softbank Ventures Korea and Qualcomm Ventures. Tech in Asia soon after caught up with founder Ludolf Ebner to get the lowdown on his startup.

http://www.techinasia.com/softbank-qualcommbacked-startup-aims-koreas-lastmile-deliveries/

Japan Airlines hopes smartwatches for gate staff will fly

It can be tough getting the attention of airport gate staff. Soon they might have an additional distraction: smartwatches. Japan Airlines (JAL) on Wednesday demonstrated how some of its staff at Haneda airport in Tokyo are using Samsung’s Galaxy Gear 2 to locate and communicate with each other. JAL officials said smartwatches could help improve the efficiency of how and where airport staff are assigned, and improve passenger service. Attendants at two gates in the airport’s Terminal 1 building were sporting the smartwatches during the demonstration, which involved actual flights to domestic cities.

http://mis-asia.com/tech/industries/japan-airlines-hopes-smartwatches-for-gate-staff-will-fly/

KakaoTalk now has 20 million monthly active users on its social games

KakaoTalk, the startup messaging app with over 140 million registered users, beat the big boys like WeChat and Line to the punch with its social gaming platform, which launched two years ago. Today KakaoTalk revealed how that money-making gaming system is working out. Now KakaoTalk has 20 million monthly active users on its chat app-connected social games.

http://www.techinasia.com/kakaotalk-social-gaming-platform-20-million-monthly-active-users-and-547-million-dollars-revenue/

Acer surpasses Samsung to hold top spot in Chromebook shipments in 2Q14, says WitsView

Chromebook shipments reached 1.8 million units in the second quarter of 2014, and Acer held the number one spot in shipments with a 30% market, surpassing Samsung Electronics for the first time, according to WitsView. According to WitsView research assistant manager Caroline Chen, Acer and Samsung were neck and neck with one another in terms of shipments during the first half of 2014, both with approximately 900,000.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140722PR200.html