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Samsung Electronics will concentrate on the 'AI First' strategy along with the recruitment of Larry. Heck.

‘AI First’ Strategy

19 January 2018 - 11:15pm
Michael Herh

Samsung Electronics acquired Larry Heck, a world-class AI guru. Larry Heck himself developed Google’s Google Assistant, one of the best AI services in the world, and Microsoft's Cortana.

According to Samsung Electronics on January 19, Dr. Heck has been serving as a senior director of AI research and development at Samsung Research America (SRA) in Mountain View, Silicon Valley of the US since last November.

Dr. Heck gave a keynote address with Son Young-kwon, president of Samsung Electronics, at the closed-door AI Conference held by SRA on January 17 to 18. In the conference...

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The Korea Trade Commission decided to request the Ministry of Strategy and Finance to impose 3.67% to 60.95% dumping prevention tariffs on PET films from Taiwan, Thailand and the UAE for five years on Jan. 18.

Anti-dumping Duty on PET Film

19 January 2018 - 11:15am
Michael Herh

On January 18, the Korea Trade Commission decided to request the Ministry of Strategy and Finance to impose 3.67% to 60.95% dumping prevention tariffs on PET films from Taiwan, Thailand and the UAE for five years in its 373rd meeting.

Taiwanese, Thai and UAE PET films have been imposed with a tariff rate of 3.29% to 60.95% since November 1 of last year. A dumping rate of 8.68% was imposed on Taiwanese companies’ PET film while 3.71%, 3.67%, and 3.68% dumping rates on Eni JP, Ployplex and other companies of Thailand, respectively. Dumping rates on UAE companies were 7.98% on Flex and...

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Samsung SDS will release an electronic authentication platform technology based on blockchains to replace plug-in program 'ActiveX'.

Blockchain-based Authentication Platform

18 January 2018 - 11:15am
Michael Herh

Samsung SDS will begin developing an electronic authentication platform that will replace plug-in program 'ActiveX.'

Samsung SDS announced on January 17 that the company would release an electronic authentication platform technology based on blockchains through its in-house venture start-up. The company’s new platform simplifies an authentication system based on the security of blockchains. The new solution is expected to be able to replace ActiveX and financial authentication certificates which forced users to undergo a lot of inconvenience due to many steps for electronic payment...

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Samsung's MAMCN+ ranked 14th among 97 total artificial intelligence reading solutions.

AI Reading Capability Test

18 January 2018 - 11:00am
Michael Herh

Samsung Electronics nabbed 14th place in an artificial intelligence (AI) reading competition hosted by Stanford University in the US. The first place honor went to Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba. It was found that Alibaba's artificial intelligence technology was better than human beings in reading comprehension.

According to the official website of Stanford reading comprehension test SQuAD on January 17, Samsung's MAMCN+ ranked 14th among 97 total artificial intelligence solutions by scoring 77.436 points. In addition to Samsung Electronics, the KAIST participated in the...

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The standard for placing ads on YouTube has become stricter.

Getting Difficult to Make Money

18 January 2018 - 10:30am
Michael Herh

As the standard for placing ads on YouTube, the world's largest video site, has become stricter, ads are likely to vanish from a number of unqualified channels on the website.

"We are committed to protecting our users, advertisers, and creators," Google running YouTube said in a statement on January 16 (local time).

"We took some actions to protect our advertisers from inappropriate contents last year. But we know that we need to make more efforts to make sure that their value ​​and ads match," YouTube said. "YouTube should not be a space for scoundrels.”

The policy...

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16 of the China’s top 20 export items were IT-related products or parts while only 10 of the top 20 items exported by Korea cut across the IT sector.

China’s Tech Competitiveness

17 January 2018 - 11:30am
Michael Herh

China is cementing its position as an information technology (IT) powerhouse. Experts point out that China is close to overtaking Korea by showing high competitiveness not only in products such as smartphones and home appliances but also in new IT sectors such as drones and electric cars.

The Korea International Trade Association (KITA) announced on January 16 that it found out, in its analysis of China’s major export items, that 16 of the China’s top 20 export items were IT-related products or parts. By contrast, only 10 of the top 20 items exported by Korea cut across the IT...

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Korea’s ICT exports totaled US$197.6 billion and ICT imports were US$102.1 billion so the ICT sector recorded a surplus of US$95.6 billion last year.

ICT Export in 2017

17 January 2018 - 9:45am
Michael Herh

Last year, Korea’s ICT exports reached the US$190 billion level for the first time and an all-time high by renewing the highest monthly record for the 11th consecutive month.

According to the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, ICT exports totaled US$197.6 billion and ICT imports were US$102.1 billion so the ICT sector recorded a surplus of US$95.6 billion last year. Exports grew 21.6 percent year on year, chalking up double-digit growth for the first time in seven years since 2010 (a 27.3-percent jump from a year earlier).

By item, semiconductor exports (US$99.68 billion...

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Samsung Electronics is reportedly planning to significantly reduce its reliance on US telecom modem chips for 5G smartphones.

Game Changer?

17 January 2018 - 9:15am
Michael Herh

Samsung Electronics will take the wrap off a 5G telecommunication modem chip prototype for smartphones within this year. A change is expected in the modem chip market led by Qualcomm.

It is said that Qualcomm has the most advanced company in the development of 5G modem chips. Recently, latecomer Intel is closely trailing Qualcomm. There is also a prospect that Samsung Electronics will form a three-runner race. Samsung Electronics is reportedly planning to significantly reduce its reliance on US telecom modem chips for 5G smartphones.

According to industry sources on January...

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Soju products such as Chamiseul Fresh of Hite Jinro showcased in a duty free shop in Hong Kong’s Chek Lap Kok International Airport.

Soju Going Global

16 January 2018 - 11:45am
Michael Herh

Hite Jinro is putting a spur to the globalization of Soju, a Korean liquor, by succeeding in launching Soju such as Chamiseul at duty free shops in Hong Kong’s Chek Lap Kok International Airport, one of the three major international airports in Asia.

According to Hite Jinro on January 15, Chek Lap Kok Airport used by 35 million passengers per year has eight alcohol and cigarette stores. In November of last year, the China Duty Free Group (CDFG) acquired the right to operate duty-free shops in the airport and is currently implementing partial renewal work to open them this May.

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Some civic groups are planning to consider pressing criminal charges against Apple and holding the three Korean major mobile carriers legally responsible.

Fires Spreading

16 January 2018 - 11:00am
Michael Herh

More than 380,000 Koreans have joined class action lawsuits in protest of Apple’s international drop in the iPhone’s performance. This figure crushes the number of plaintiffs while filed the first lawsuit against Apple with the Consumers United for Consumer Sovereignty last week.

On January 15, Hannuri, a Korean law firm with a class action lawsuit against Apple over iPhone performance degradation, said on January 15 that litigation participants totaled 381,001 as of 9:54 am on January 12.

Law firm Hannuri is planning to ask Apple for compensation for damages at behalf of...

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