South Korea’s internet speeds blow away the rest of the world

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Here’s a speed test conducted at a coffee shop in Seoul using its free WiFi.

South Korea is a connected country. There’s free WiFi just about anywhere you go, even at the airport. And if you travel a lot, you know free WiFi at an airport is nearly impossible to come by. Not only is there free WiFi everywhere, but that Internet is much, much faster than what you typically get in the U.S.

 

 

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‘Robot Land’ – South Korea’s robot theme park to open in 2015

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Robot Land

Since 2007, South Korea has been planning a robot-centric theme park. “Robot Land” is back on track after missing its initial opening date of 2012. Now slated for a 2015 opening, this place won’t be like any other theme park on Earth. (Pics)

 

 

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Why mobile gaming is so popular in South Korea

Mobile gaming is expected to generate $1.4 billion in South Korea.

This year, in South Korea mobile gaming is expected to generate $1.4 billion.  Mobile games like Anipang have become a cultural phenomenon within the country. It’s as common to see older women in their sixties playing games in the subway as it is to see younger children playing games at the bus stop. The mobile gaming craze in Korea is largely a result of the following factors.

 

 

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OLEV bus charged wirelessly by the road

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The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) has developed an Online Electric Vehicle (OLEV) bus that receives power wirelessly from electrical cables laid underneath the surface of the street using Shaped Magnetic Field in Resonance (SMFIR) technology. Two of the new buses have just hit the streets in the city of Gumi, South Korea. (Video)

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City of the future: 8 features Songdo, South Korea has that your city doesn’t have

Drop the trash into a pneumatic tube and the pneumatic garbage removal system sucks it to a central processing facility.

Songdo, South Korea is the city of the future.

When you’re building a new city, there’s plenty of technology and features to consider that either didn’t exist or weren’t practical in the past. These range from in-building technology to the municipal systems, from private perks to public services.

 

 

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Satellite image of North Korea at night

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Satellite image of North and South Korea at night.

The world’s most secretive country is also one of its darkest. This satellite image shows night in North Korea. The capital Pyongyang, near the western coast, is one of the only places in the country with electricity. At the top of the picture, the illuminations show cities in China. At the bottom right, Kyushu and the southern islands of Japan.

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Hollywood converting blockbusters into 4D movies that leave some feeling sick, damp and punched

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Avatar’s special 4-D audience effects were a huge hit with Korean movie fans.

Because cinemagoers are shunning pricey multi-dimensional 3-D versions, Hollywood is starting to convert blockbuster films into 4D.

 

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By 2015 all textbooks in South Korea will go digital

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Some schools are already using textbooks displayed on notebook computers.

All of South Korea’s elementary-level educational materials will be digitized by 2014.  And by 2015, the entire school-age curriculum will be delivered on an array of computers, smart phones and tablets.   South Korea’s education ministry is yet to announce the make or model of the devices it will purchase, it has revealed it will spend $2.4 billion buying the requisite tablets and digitizing material for them.

 

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South Korea Training Children as Dementia Supporters in One of the World’s Fastest Aging Countries

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High school students in Seoul, South Korea assist a woman with dementia at a nursing home.

They were stooped, hobbled, disoriented, fumbling around the house. They got confused in the bathtub and struggled up stairs that seemed to swim before them.

 

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South Korea First To Terrestrially Broadcast HD 3DTV

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Conclusive evidence that South Korea is the greatest country on Earth: it will begin terrestrial (that’s over-the-air) 3D TV broadcasts in a few weeks. Better still, it’ll be in full high-definition. How long do you think it’s going to be before “Dancing With The Stars” is shown in 3D here? Probably like 200 years, yes…

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Suicide Rate Doubles in Prosperous South Korea

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Actor Choi Jin-young (left) hanged himself last month and his sister Choi Jin-sil (right),  known as the “nation’s actress” hanged herself in October 2008

Choi Jin-young hanged himself last month with an electrical cord. The 39-year-old actor wasn’t getting any work in local TV, police said, and he had been depressed since the suicide of his famous older sister.  The sister, Choi Jin-sil, was known as the “nation’s actress.” When she hanged herself in her bathroom in October 2008, a wave of sympathetic suicides swept South Korea and 1,700 people took their lives the following month.

 

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