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How Nuke-Sniffing Air Force Planes Are Hunting for North Korea’s H-Bomb

Late last night, North Korea said it successfully tested a hydrogen bomb , triggering a mini, human-made earthquake near the test site and causing the UN Security Council to call an emergency meeting. Hydrogen bombs are even more destructive than nuclear bombs, so it’s very scary—but experts think North Korea’s bluffing . How can we make sure? Nuclear debris-sniffing airplanes, duh.

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Bryan Lufkin

January 6th

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Find Out If That Beer Is Crap or Not Using This Augmented Reality App

It’s being called Shazam for beer.

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Bryan Lufkin

November 12th

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iPhone 6s goes on sale in Samsung’s home market to long queues after earlier online pre-order sellout

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The iPhone 6s/Plus seems pretty popular already in Samsung’s home market of Korea, despite only going on sale today. All three major carriers earlier reported that they quickly sold out when the new iPhones were made available for pre-order on Monday. Now Patently Apple notes queues of hundreds of people at retail stores, with some having waited in line for 24 hours … 

Local brands Samsung and LG were clearly concerned, having both dropped the prices of their flagship devices prior to the iPhone 6s/Plus going on sale in Korea, and Samsung making its Galaxy Note 5 available in a similar pink color to Apple’s rose gold. The Korea Herald reports that more than 30% of iPhone 6s/Plus pre-orders were for rose gold models.

Samsung and Apple enjoy a rather uneasy relationship as both competitors and partners, the two having had endless patent battles in court while the company is one of two suppliers of the A9 chip used in the latest iPhones.

The new iPhones went on sale in India and Malaysia last week, with Apple promising they will be on sale in more than 130 countries by the end of the year.


Filed under: AAPL Company, iOS Devices Tagged: iPhone, iPhone 6s, iphone 6s plus, Korea, Samsung

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Ben Lovejoy

October 23rd

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Samsung’s pink gold Note 5 & price drops don’t stop iPhone 6s from selling out in S. Korea

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Korea might be home base for Samsung (and LG), Apple’s biggest competitor in the smartphone world, but the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus have been well received in the country as local reports indicate all major carriers have sold out of both models after officially launching in the country earlier today..

Yonhap News Agency reports that all three major carriers in the region including SK Telecom Co., KT Corp. and LG Uplus Inc have sold out of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus after they began accepting preorders yesterday ahead of an official launch. The device officially went on sale in the country today following Apple’s second wave of launch countries earlier this month.

KT said preorders surpassed 10,000 within the first one minute after it opened the online site, and it closed the applications less than 10 minutes later as the first 50,000 units set aside for preorders were all sold out… KT began its second round of online purchase reservations from 10:30 a.m., the company said, adding that it’s also selling them at offline stores.

Samsung and LG notably dropped prices on their flagship devices ahead of Apple’s planned launch of the iPhone 6s this month in South Korea, and Samsung late last week announced a new pink gold color for the Galaxy Note 5, a move thought to be an attempt to combat sales of Apple’s new similarly colored iPhone 6s.

Earlier this month Apple launched its new iPhone lineup in 40+ countries following its initial launch in September. The company plans to have the device available in 130 countries in total by the end of the year.


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Jordan Kahn

October 19th

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LG Prepares To Battle The Apple Watch With Its First All-Metal Smartwatch

LG+WATCH+URBANE+LIFESTYLE+04%5B20150216113050508%5D LG was among the first wave of smartphone makers to venture into smartwatches. The G Watch and G Watch R are probably among the best in the market right now — not that this statement says much — but LG has just announced its latest addition, the LG Watch Urbane, as Apple prepares to enter the space. Read More

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Jon Russell

February 16th

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Two LG Factory Workers Die in Nitrogen Leak

Two LG Factory Workers Die in Nitrogen Leak

The Korea Herald reports that two workers have died and four been injured during a nitrogen leak at an LG Display factory in the South Korean city of Paju.

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Jamie Condliffe

January 12th

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Google Makes Chromecast Available In Korea, Its First Asian Market

chromecast Google's Chromecast has launched in Asia for the first time--but it's currently only available in Korea. In a post on its Asia Pacific blog, the company explained that Korea was chosen because of the country's high mobile penetration rate. Read More

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Catherine Shu

May 14th

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Apple loses top North America sales VP Zane Rowe, Japan & Korea sales head Doug Beck to subsume role

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Just hours after disclosing the upcoming retirement of Communications VP Katie Cotton, Apple has disclosed that Vice President of Sales for North America is, too, leaving Apple. Apple VP Doug Beck, who currently runs sales for Japan and Korea, will add North America to his portfolio of responsibilities.

Apple told the WSJ:

“Doug Beck has done a great job helping to grow Apple’s business in Japan and Korea. His role is expanding to include North America sales as well,” said Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet.

Rowe joined Apple approximately two years ago after being the long-time CFO of United Continental Airlines. The reasoning behind Rowe’s departure is not currently known. Perhaps he was not pleased about being passed over for the Apple CFO job. Or perhaps it has to do with North America sales numbers being slightly down last quarter, with numbers in other regions rising dramatically.

Rowe’s departure marks yet another significant Apple executive shift in recent months. Earlier this year, Vice President of Human Interface design Greg Christie, Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer, and Vice President of Operations Rita Lane all began transitioning into retirement. Late last year, Vice President of iOS Engineering Henri Lamiraux retired and Apple’s Bob Mansfield is scheduled to retire later this year.


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Mark Gurman

May 8th

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Apple Asia online stores offer deals on iPhones, iPads, & Macs for Lunar New Year sale

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Earlier this week we told you that Apple had announced an upcoming sale in many of its Asian online stores to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year taking place at the end of January. The sales see Apple offering discounts in China, Thailand, Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Malaysia online stores similar to deals on offer for Black Friday in the US and other countries.

This year Apple is offering cash discounts on the usual products— up to $40 off iPads, $100 off Macs, and smaller discounts on iPods and Smart Covers— it’s also offering a rare discount on iPhones at around $50 off both the iPhone 5s and 5c. In addition, a much larger selection of accessories are on sale compared to the company’s Black Friday sale including popular products from Parrot, Apogee, Belkin, LaCie, and Apple.


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Jordan Kahn

January 9th

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WHAT JUST HAPPENED?! AT&T tops JD Power and Samsung tops Apple in customer satisfaction surveys

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We’re used to seeing Apple at the top of customer satisfaction surveys– it even promotes its multiple JD Power wins as the highest ranked smartphone and tablet on its website. However, the latest numbers from the American Customer Satisfaction Index has Samsung taking the lead from Apple, at least when it comes to smartphones.

In May, the ACSI report, which surveys over 70k US consumers, showed Apple continued its lead for customer satisfaction, but Samsung was quickly closing the gap. The new ACSI report covering only smartphones shows Samsung has since been able to surpass iPhone thanks to strong scores from its Galaxy S III and Note II:

Samsung’s flagship model for 2012, the S III, receives an ACSI benchmark of 84 (on a 0 to 100 scale), beating Apple’s iPhone 5 at 82, the company’s most recent smartphone offering. Another Samsung model, Note II, shares the top of list at 84. Galaxy S4 is not included because the ACSI study was fielded just prior to its launch.

Apple still takes the top spot in many countries, including Samsung’s home territory, and also continues to lead in overall customer satisfaction outside of the smartphone category:

While U.S. customers give Samsung’s smartphones the top scores, Korean consumers prefer Apple. According to the National Customer Satisfaction Index (NCSI) in South Korea, which uses the same technology as the ACSI, the iPhone 5 has higher customer satisfaction than Galaxy S III… Unlike Apple, which has a smartphone-only lineup, Samsung offers both feature and smartphones. At 76, Samsung continues to lag Apple for overall customer satisfaction. Nevertheless, the company’s 7% gain in 2013 is a clear reflection of the strength of Galaxy S III.

Another somewhat surprising result today, and one T-Mobile’s John Legere definitely won’t be happy about, is JD Power’s 2013 wireless customer service satisfaction survey. Coming out on top for the first time is AT&T, ranking the highest in customer service and many other categories in the survey, and followed by Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile:

For the first-time, AT&T ranks highest in wireless customer care satisfaction among full-service carriers, with an overall score of 795. AT&T performs particularly well in the walk-in and online contact channels and ranks above the full-service average in four of the five service channels.

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Jordan Kahn

August 1st

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