Thursday, December 18, 2008

News from the Front (12/08)

Another news medley on Decmber issues within Korean media and new media.

From Korea IT Times:
-Mobile markets

- Other

  • An Information-oriented Nation: "Lee Myung-bak aims to make Korea an information-oriented nation by 2012. This visionary announcement was held to drive forward informatization and to form an international consensus. The basic scheme of informatization was discussed and voted on by the Informatization Promotion Committee chaired by the Prime Minister, Han Seung-soo on the 25th of November and it paved the way for this announcement. In addition, it also aimed to send a hopeful message including new opportunities for jobs and businesses to everyone both the public sector and business sector in this economic crisis."
  • "The Harvard of Online Education : Daegu Cyber University increases its educational capacity with two new online departments."
  • RFID exhibition reveals new applications.
  • Broadband Penetration Not Profitable?
    "Korea and Japan both have the reputations of being two of the most wired nations in the world. Japan is number three in total number of broadband subscribers, with 26.5 million according to latest reports. Korea as well is fourth with 14.1 million broadband subscribers. The United States and China are first and second, mostly due to their overwhelmingly large populations compared to other countries. However, the profitability of investing so much money into Internet infrastructure is still questionable."
From Web 2.0 Asia:
  • Gawemaster lets you find a personal tutor close to you: "Not surprisingly, personal tutoring for college prep courses is a huge business in Korea. For tutors and students alike, proximity matters. Gawemaster ("Gawe" means "tutoring" in Korean) allows user to search for tutors based on different criteria, including their location. This is a case of map API mashup - in fact, Gawemaster won the first place (in terms of site traffic) in a recent Daum map mashup contest."
  • Mintpad is one of a kind portable device: "Mintpad is a unique portable device that lets you do, well, pretty much everything. With Mintpad, you can jot down memos, draw pictures, do mobile blogging and chatting, take photos and videos, listen to music, record your voice, surf the web, exchange business cards and manage your schedule, read e-books, and God only knows what else." See picture of Mintpad here.
  • Naver Opencast lets anyone become an "information curator". "Naver, Korea's #1 portal, has always been under criticism that the service is too closed. Now Naver has brought an answer to the age-long criticism: It's called Open Cast.

From Futurize Korea:

1 comment:

Matthew said...

Hello Jukka Jouhki and Katja Heinonen, I'm the new editor of the Korea IT Times. I must say I'm flattered to see so many links to my web site's content here. I just wanted to let you know that on the first of January we opened up a new web site at If you could update your links to the new site, I'd really appreciate it.

We are taking some time to upload all of the previous issues, so most of the previous stories you linked to in the past will not be available on the new site for some time, so keeping those existing links would be best for now. But for the November and December 2008 editions and all future editions you can link to and visit directly.

If you have any questions or would like any more information feel free to contact me at