Unity engine gets more fuel in Asia through partnership with NHN Entertainment

The Unity engine continues to fire on all cylinders ahead of the release of version 5.0. Nowhere is this more evident than in Korea. Today, Unity Korea and Korean publisher NHN Entertainment announced a “global games business alliance,” as reported by Asia Gyeongjae. With the announcement of the strategic partnership signed by Unity and NHN, the companies highlighted that NHN uses Unity for about 60 percent of its games already.

https://www.techinasia.com/unity-nhn-entertainment-business-alliance/

Samsung donates phones to IPC, fight against Ebola

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Samsung recently extended its partnership with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC, 國際殘障奧林匹克委員會) to 2020 and donated 3000 GALAXY S3 Neo smartphones to the United Nations’ Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Samsung has sponsored five Paralympic games since the company became a partner of the IPC on 2006. Samsung and the Paralympic games encourage and support many disabled athletes to pursue their dreams.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/company-focus/2014/10/28/420517/Samsung-donates.htm

Kaist researcher elected as next director of ITU, from Korea

A Korean information communications technology (ICT) researcher was elected as the next director of the telecommunication standardization bureau at the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).  Since Korea joined the ITU in 1952, it is the first time a Korean has been in the leader at the United Nations’ ICT agency. Lee Chae-sub of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology’s (Kaist) Institute for IT Convergence, won the election on Friday afternoon at the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2014 in Busan.

http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/Article.aspx?aid=2996498

SAP eyes Korean healthcare market

SINGAPORE ― SAP plans to offer more health-oriented devices and services in Korea in cooperation with major Korean technology companies. “I understand healthcare is everywhere. Value proposition is the key point that Korean companies need to consider. I would say many different processes are underway,” said Adaire Fox-Martin, president of SAP’s Asia-Pacific Japan (APJ), in an interview at the company’s Asian headquarters, Sunday.

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/tech/2014/10/133_166988.html

Hackers stole millions of South Korean ID numbers since 2004

Personal details of millions of South Korean residents, including government-issued identity numbers, have been stolen in data thefts going back to 2004. Around 80 per cent of the population has had their data stolen from targets, including banks. In addition, 20 million people, including President Park Geun-hye (pictured), have had data stolen from three credit card companies, media reports revealed. The South Korean government is now considering issuing new identity numbers to every citizen above 17 years of age.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/5255-hackers-stole-millions-of-south-korean-id-numbers-since-2004

China’s chip investments potentially more good than bad for TSMC

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. is putting a positive spin on China’s investments aimed at making its chip industry a competitive, global powerhouse. “We think our business opportunity in China will grow, will be bigger, with this development,” said Mark Liu, co-CEO of TSMC during a conference call to discuss earnings. This week, China announced it had set up a fund to develop the country’s semiconductor industry, with local media reporting that the initial investments could amount to 120 billion yuan (US$19.5 billion).

http://mis-asia.com/tech/industries/chinas-chip-investments-potentially-more-good-than-bad-for-tsmc/

SK Hynix To Deliver Flash Returns On Mobile Growth

Every mobile phone has them. So too tablets. But very few users of the technology that pervades everyday life give this critical component much thought. We’re talking about semiconductors. Admittedly, it’s not an industry that captures the imagination of investors like big tech names such as Apple (ticker: AAPL ). But it’s an industry that forms the bedrock of the technology we enjoy and is leveraged to the growth of mobile devices. When you take and store a photo on your phone, it’s semiconductors that provide the memory to do that.

http://online.barrons.com/articles/sk-hynix-to-deliver-flash-returns-with-mobile-demand-1414055838

Airtel and Samsung launch India’s first Integrated Digital TV

BANGALORE, INDIA: Airtel digital TV, the Direct-To-Home (DTH) service from Bharti Airtel, today announced its partnership with Samsung to launch India’s very first Integrated Digital TV (iDTV). As part of this innovation – Samsung’s range of SmartDirect TVs will come designed with an in-built Airtel digital satellite tuner which will enable DTH signal reception without the need for customers to install an external set-top-box (STB).

http://www.ciol.com/airtel-samsung-launch-indias-first-integrated-digital-tv/

NSA Approves Samsung Knox Devices For Classified Information

The U.S. National Security Agency has approved Samsung Electronics’ Galaxy devices for use by government officials to hold classified information. The four devices include Galaxy S4 and S5, Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition. This is on top of the NSA using the Boeing Black, a device developed by aircraft manufacturer, with a core focus on defense and security.

http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/17801/20141021/u-s-government-approves-samsung-knox-devices-nsa.htm

Daum Kakao snooped on citizens, pledges to stop after users protest

For better or for worse, Korea is one of the world’s most connected nations, with about 85 percent of their population on the internet as of last year . Local KakaoTalk users – who make up three-quarters of the almost 50 million monthly active users  – recently found out the downside when the government announced a crackdown on online defamation. This was in light of the discovery of what President Park Geun-hye termed as rumors spreading on the chat app that “divided the society”, according to StarTribune .

https://www.techinasia.com/daum-kakao-snooped-stopped-after-protest/

South Korea tries to ease cyber surveillance fears

[Seoul] South Korea is trying to ease worries about online privacy after a domestic chat app lost customers to a foreign rival because of fears prosecutors in one the world’s most wired countries might get access to online conversations. Prosecutors last month launched a cyber investigation team after President Park Geun-hye spoke out against online rumours that she said “crossed the line” and were deepening divisions in society.

http://www.businesstimes.com.sg/technology/south-korea-tries-to-ease-cyber-surveillance-fears

South Korea to transfer 167 technologies to Vietnam

The Ministry of Industry and Trade has published a list of 167 technologies that will be transferred:  mechanical engineering (53), textiles – footwear (51), automobiles (35) and electrical – electronics (28). This program is part of the support-industry cooperation between the Ministry and the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy of South Korea. South Korea is one of the most important trading investment partners of Vietnam.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/114194/south-korea-to-transfer-167-technologies-to-vietnam.html

South Korea’s Kakao Talk vows to prioritize privacy over prosecutors

SEOUL–The operator of South Korea’s dominant instant-messaging service Kakao Talk has vowed to put privacy before the law and deny investigating state prosecutors access to the messages of its users. The Supreme Prosecutors’ Office and various government agencies, including the National Police Agency, last month announced “proactive” measures to prevent the spread of false and malicious online postings.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/company-focus/2014/10/15/419459/South-Koreas.htm

Softbank will acquire Korean TV show portal DramaFever

Japan’s Softbank plans to acquire Korean TV show portal DramaFever, according to a press release published on Business Wire . The five-year-old startup has raised US$12 million up to this point, some of that coming from YouTube co-founder Steve Chen. The site has a wide range of international TV shows, but is mostly known for its Korean dramas.

https://www.techinasia.com/softbank-acquire-korean-tv-show-portal-dramafever/

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 to take on Apple iPhone 6 Plus this Diwali

NEW DELHI: Two iconic handset companies are set for a titanic clash on October 17, looking to cash in on festive demand ahead of Diwali. Samsung on Tuesday unveiled its latest flagship Galaxy Note 4 device, which will go on sale from Friday, when Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will also become available. The Note 4, launched globally about a month ago, is positioned to take on the Apple iPhone 6 Plus on pricing, even as the Korean major’s dominance of both the overall phone market and the fast-growing smartphone segment faces a growing threat from Indian handset companies such as Micromax and Karbonn.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/hardware/samsung-galaxy-note-4-to-take-on-apple-iphone-6-plus-this-diwali/articleshow/44819568.cms

Samsung launches Galaxy Note 4 just before iPhone 6 Plus hits India

Samsung has finally launched the Galaxy Note 4 big-screened smartphone in India at INR58,300 (US$953). The Galaxy Note 4 arrives early to compete with Apple’s first large screen contender – the iPhone 6 Plus. Both phones lock horns this week since the iPhone 6 Plus, starting INR62,500 (US$1,016), arrives on October 17. Samsung will offer the Galaxy Note with new S Pen stylus in bronze gold, charcoal black, and frost white.

https://www.techinasia.com/samsung-galaxy-note-4-launched-in-india/

Alcatel-Lucent partners KT to boost NFV adoption in Korea

Alcatel-Lucent has collaborated with Korea-based telecommunication service provider KT, to drive innovation and the adoption of a comprehensive Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV)-based infrastructure. The collaboration with Alcatel-Lucent forms part of KT’s efforts to evolve its Giga Network, in which NFV will underpin the development of a new architecture to increase efficiency, lower costs and increase cloud products.

http://mis-asia.com/tech/industries/alcatel-lucent-partners-kt-to-boost-nfv-adoption-in-korea/

Samsung shares could gain as much as 50%: Barron’s

[NEW YORK] Shares of Samsung Electronics appear cheap and could gain as much as 50 per cent, Barron’s financial newspaper said in its latest edition. Samsung’s stock has fallen 19 per cent this year due to plunging profits in its mobile phone business and it hit a 52-week low on Friday after a warning about its third-quarter profit earlier in the week.

http://www.businesstimes.com.sg/technology/samsung-shares-could-gain-as-much-as-50-barrons

Samsung says it can up Wi-Fi speed 5 times with present hardware

SEOUL, Oct 12 — Samsung Electronics Co said it has developed a Wi-Fi technology that can increase data transmission speeds by five times the maximum rate possible with existing consumer electronics devices. The 60 GHz Wi-Fi technology will enable a one gigabyte movie to be transferred between devices in less than three seconds while allowing uncompressed high-definition videos to be streamed in real time, the Suwon, South Korea-based company said in an e-mailed statement today.

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/tech-gadgets/article/samsung-says-it-can-up-wi-fi-speed-5-times-with-present-hardware

Samsung offers enterprise support for all devices, systems

Consumer electronics giant Samsung has announced plans to offer large customers a one-stop shop of support and management for devices and services across the board, pitching itself as the single service provider enterprises will need for help with everything from smartphones to printers. Samsung’s first entry into services, dubbed ‘360 Services for Business’, is aimed squarely at the partnership signed in July between Apple and IBM, which sees IBM support and manage Apple’s consumer-popular products for its enterprise clients.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/396556,samsung-offers-enterprise-support-for-all-devices-systems.aspx