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

Forbes hails Hon Hai as example of Asian power

TAIPEI–Asian tech giants are fast-rivaling their Western counterparts, with Taiwan’s Hon Hai (鴻海) Precision Industry Co. an example of that rising power, according to an article posted on the Forbes website. “Call them copycats if you want, but the Asian tech giants from South Korea, Taiwan and China are fast becoming the new Ciscos and IBMs of the world,” according to the article published Oct. 5.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/asia-taiwan/2014/10/08/418948/Forbes-hails.htm

5 reasons Samsung is facing a massive profit slump

Samsung is busy putting out fires and dampening down expectations these days. Months after a 25 percent drop in quarterly profit, Samsung today warned  of an approximate 60 percent profit slump for its upcoming Q3 earnings report. Samsung’s note of caution points out that “declines in the mobile business due to intensified smartphone competition” are to blame. Since Samsung pulls in more than 60 percent of its profit from mobile phone sales, that’s where it hurts the most.

http://www.techinasia.com/5-reasons-samsung-facing-massive-profit-slump/

Samsung takes on Apple, IBM partnership — by itself

Instead of partnering with a big services company to help business users, Samsung has decided to go it alone. The South Korean electronics giant on Tuesday unveiled its first entrée into services, called Samsung 360 Services for Business. The operations will allow it to support enterprise customers using everything from smartphones to printers — and the devices don’t even have to be made by Samsung. It will be a one-stop-shop for enterprise customers who need tech help as more of their employees bring their own devices to work and as the company supports more technology vendors.

http://www.cnet.com/au/news/samsung-takes-on-apple-ibm-partnership-by-itself/

Samsung Electronics says Q3 profit likely down 60% on year

[SEOUL] Samsung Electronics on Tuesday said operating profit likely fell 59.7 per cent in the July-September period to 4.1 trillion won (US$3.8 billion) as earnings from its market-leading smartphone division likely continued to shrink. The guidance, released ahead of final third-quarter figures due around end-October, was lower than a 5.6 trillion won mean estimate of 43 analysts polled by Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

http://www.businesstimes.com.sg/breaking-news/technology/samsung-electronics-says-q3-profit-likely-down-60-year-20141007

Samsung to invest US$14.7b in S Korea chip facility

[SEOUL] Samsung Electronics said on Monday that it will invest 15.6 trillion won (US$14.7 billion) to build a new semiconductor production facility in South Korea. The world’s biggest memory chip maker said in a statement that construction of the facility, to be built in Pyeongtaek, will begin in the first half of next year and be completed by the second half of 2017.

http://www.businesstimes.com.sg/breaking-news/technology/samsung-invest-us147b-s-korea-chip-facility-20141006

Daum and Kakao merge, massive valuation puts them head-to-head with Naver-Line

Two of Korea’s strongest players in the mobile space, Daum and Kakao, have completed a merger today, following an initial announcement back in May. According to Yonhap News Agency , the new entity is valued at close to a massive sum of 10 trillion won (US$9.45 billion). Despite Kakao’s market value nearly quadrupling Daum’s, the latter will be taking over former. The report adds that Kakao will be getting a backdoor listing through the merger on KOSDAQ, instead of going public the following year as they initially planned.

http://www.techinasia.com/daumkakao-merges-massive-valuation/

Samsung’s Mobile Software Engineers Shift Focus to Tizen Platform

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world’s largest smartphone developer, recently announced plans to move 500 software engineers from its mobile division to focus on other areas with emphasis on the Tizen platform. The other areas include TVs, networks, electronics, printers and enterprise software. Samsung’s shift in focus intends to strengthen its overall software prowess and enhance its competitive edge in the “Internet of things (IoT)” industry, the company said.

http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/13149/20140929/samsung-mobile-software-engineers-shift-focus-tizen-platform-iot-internet-of-things.htm