Samsung Display on Sept. 16 released a foldable panel with the world’s smallest curvature for a smartphone screen. (Samsung Display)


By Kim Minji and Yoon Sojung 

Samsung Display on Sept. 16 released a foldable OLED display panel with the world's smallest curvature of 1.4R for a smartphone.

The 1.4R rating refers to the curvature of a 1.4-mm radius circle. The smaller the figure, the more perfectly a device can be folded.

Samsung Display's breakthrough of the smallest OLED curvature on the market means a near-perfect fold for such smartphones.


This is Samsung's third foldable OLED panel and has a resolution of 2,208×1,768 pixels and a 7.6-inch screen, bigger than previous models.

The new display has received praise for its slim and sleek design thanks to the lower curvature rating of the folding area. It was first applied to the Galaxy Z Fold 2 of Samsung Electronics launched last month.

LG Electronics on Sept. 14 introduced its revolutionary smartphone model LG Wing, whose main display can be rotated. (LG Electronics)


LG Electronics has also introduced a smartphone innovation through the LG Wing.

Released online on Sept. 14, the new model has a rotatable main display that enables multiple shapes.

The LG Wing can be used as an ordinary smartphone but when needed, the main screen can be moved clockwise to unveil the hidden 4-inch secondary screen that can be used with the main one. One app can run both screens or one app can be used for each screen.

Equipped with Gimbal Motion Camera for the first time in the world, the Wing allows more stable and gentle video shooting.

From next month, the model will be launched in Korea, North America and Europe in phases.


kimmj7725@korea.kr

 

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The Japanese economic daily Nihon Keizai Shimbun said its survey of the global market shares of leading products and services found that seven Korean items including smartphones, OLED panels and shipbuilding topped their respective sectors in global market share. The photo above shows a woman on Aug. 8 trying out the smartphone Galaxy Note 20 Studio at Times Square Mall in Seoul's Yeongdeungpo-gu District. (Samsung Electronics)


By Lee Kyoung Mi and Lee Jihae

Seven Korean products top their respective sectors in global market share, tying Korea for third place worldwide with Japan, the Japanese economic daily Nihon Keizai Shimbun said on Aug. 13.

In a survey of the global market shares of leading products and services, the daily found that Korean smartphones, DRAM chips, OLED panels, NAND flash memory chips, flatscreen TVs, shipbuilding and large LCD panels held the top global shares of their respective sectors in 2019.


The U.S. ranked No. 1 with 25 of its products dominating their markets, followed by China with 12.


The daily said Samsung Electronics topped the global markets for smartphones (21.6%), DRAMs (42.7%), OLEDs (73.5%), NAND flash memory (35.9%) and flatscreen TVs (18.7%), while LG Display's large LCD panels (24%) and shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (16.7%) dominated theirs.

SK Hynix was second in global market share for DRAMs with 28.9%, while LG Display was second to Samsung in OLEDs and LG Electronics also second to Samsung in flatscreen TVs with 15.9%.

Samsung ranked second in the global market shares for tablet devices and smartwatches. LG Chem ranked second in polarizing plates, and Samsung SDI ranked second and LG Chem fifth in mobile lithium ion batteries.

km137426@korea.kr




 

Manage Your Loyalty Cards on Your Phone

 

12cm is an IT solutions company that brings loyalty cards to the mobile environment. It provides a simplified loyalty points collection service by simply stamping the screen of your mobile phone, allowing the relevant app on the phone to collect points. The company recently began to expand into fintech solutions to provide an electronic payment system based on the same technology.

 

This year, 12cm is targeting the Chinese market, which has a population of 1.4 billion. Through cooperation with WeChat, a China-based global messenger app with 1.1 billion users worldwide, 12cm launched “Yiqi Hanyou(一齐韩游),” which issues mobile discount coupons for Chinese tourists in Korea. Focusing on the fact that Chinese tourists tend to be price sensitive, 12cm plans to lure customers to shop at their partner stores by providing discount coupons for convenience stores, restaurants, and coffee shops.

 


 

Bring the offline loyalty card system to the mobile environment

 

“Seeing how everyone is using smartphones, I thought about services that could be optimized to this environment and decided to bring the offline loyalty card system to the mobile environment.”12cm CEO Han Jeong Gyoun is an expert in financial IT solutions with over a decade of experience in the field. He built his career in finance and IT consulting at HP Korea and decided to set up 12cm in 2013 because he realized the power and potential of the mobile platform, as smart devices, led by 3G phones,became popular.

 

Han explains, “Thinking that the ‘mobile first’ era would soon begin, I wanted to start a company that specializes in the mobile channel.” Han had previously planned to provide a service similar to echoss Stamp but failed due to the lack of IT environment that could support it. However, the rapid growth of smartphones and the expanded mobile infrastructure became a ray of light.

 


 

Capturing people’s attention with convenience and compatibility

 

12cm’s main solution, echoss Smart Stamp, brought offline loyalty cards to the mobile environment. When a smart stamp, with its multiple touch points, touches the screen of a smartphone, the relevant app automatically collects points. This solution can be paired

with various O2O services and business models.

 

echoss Stamp doesn’t require a battery, as the stamp recognition process is completed on the capacitive touchscreen. It is currently protected by about 220 patents and is compatible with all smartphones, including iOS and Android devices. echoss Stamp has been attracting attention from O2O businesses, as the solution does not require other infrastructure. Usually, IT solutions that combine online and offline services require integration of offline systems and online solutions or new terminals that need to be installed offline.

 

echoss Stamp, on the other hand, is based on cloud computing and allows businesses to provide O2O services by simply keeping stamps that are embedded with the stores’ identification at the stores.

 

echoss Stamp stands out from competing technologies such as QR codes, NFC, and BLE, in terms of security, usability, and compatibility between devices and browsers. It is also extremely simple for users, since all they need to do is touch the stamp to a smartphone screen.

 

Based on its peerless technology, 12cm is currently collaborating with Samsung, SK Broadband, Paybank, and other innovative Korean companies, as well as Tencent, China’s largest IT company. 12cm’s echoss Stamp technology is embedded in Samsung’s S Wallet and SK Broadband’s Stampbook. 

 

12cm’s efforts have been rewarded through a variety of awards from numerous technology-related competitions and contests. It won the highest prize in technology at the 1st DGB Financial Group Platform and Fintech Competition, top prize at the Smart App Awards 2018, and an Excellence Award from the K-ICT Born2Global Centre Member Awards. It was also named a Digital Media 2018 IT Innovative Financial Product.

 


 

Joining hands with WeChat and targeting 1.4 billion Chinese consumers

 

12cm declared 2018 the year of “Global 12cm” and is currently focusing on overseas advancement. Over the past five years, the company has been able to develop unparalleled technology with commercial possibilities, and now has gained enough confidence to venture out into the larger market. As of now, 12cm provides services through 53 partnerships in 22 countries, including Japan, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, the United States, and countries in Europe.

 

As 12cm continues to grow, K-ICT Born2Global Centre has been working with the company in a range of areas, building distribution channels and securing capital. One of the important ways the Born2Global Centre provided support was through exposure to foreign media, which allowed 12cm to leave a strong impression on world-class global enterprises. In addition, the Centre facilitated 12cm’s participation in exhibitions overseas to enter new markets, providing a foothold for the company to expand overseas.

 

Currently, 12cm is focusing all its efforts on the abovementioned Yiqi Hanyou, which attracts Chinese tourists in Korea to 12cm’s partner stores through a variety of discount coupons they receive on WeChat, an instant messenger app that has an absolute monopoly in China. Chinese tourists using WeChat on their smartphones can receive coupons without having to download another app.

 

Yiqi Hanyou has a bright future ahead, considering that China has grown into one of the largest mobile payment markets. Beijing is leading the way to a cashless economy, as people can use mobile payment systems to purchase lamb skewers in food stalls and some beggars even ask for money via QR codes. This means that Chinese tourists already used to making mobile payments can visit 12cm’s partner stores with Yiqi Hanyou and purchase products using WeChat Pay.

 

Han remarks, “Instead of stopping at simple loyalty marketing, vouchers, and promotional services, we hope to open a new chapter for our company by providing a variety of fintech and data-related services.”

 

 



 

An achievement five years in the making

 

In the early afternoon of June 11, 2019, a mere eight months since Pivo, a member company of the Born2Global Centre, was officially available for purchase, the venture startup celebrated its 9,823rd sale, pushing it past $1 million in total sales. At the time of writing, global sales of the innovative crowdfunded smartphone pod currently sit at $1,010,827 and backer support continues to rise.

 

Starting small, not thinking small

 

In the first weeks of its Kickstarter campaign, the majority of backer support and crowdfunding came from the US, which was expected given the US is one of Kickstarter's biggest markets. But the fact that 44 percent of Pivo's overall sales are generated outside of the US shows its universal appeal and means there's only room to grow.

 

Pivo continues to intrigue the world's content creation community having recently added 10,000 backers to its list of startup milestones.

 

(May 2019) Final Kickstarter backer shipment of 7,100 Pivos concludes

(June 2019) Indiegogo backer shipments underway

 

List of total current backers reaches more than 10,000 worldwide from over 90 countries

 

 

Turning a smartphone into a cameraman

 

From aspiring artists, creators, travelers, entrepreneurs, influencers and streamers to industry leaders and early adopters within the mobile IT and photography industry, Pivo offers everyone the power to capture more creative content with just the smartphone in their pocket. And best of all, users can photograph and film themselves without bothering someone else to do it for them.

 

The early feedback and postings shared by the Pivo community suggest Pivo is headed in the right direction. Here are some early user reviews and posted content.

 

"I just got my Pivo and it's amazing. Works perfect and I was using it without reading the guide within 30 seconds. I'm massively impressed. Silent mechanism and works exactly as described. I'm telling my followers about this... Brilliant on all levels." - Jaimee Kort (Los Angeles, USA)

 

"Absolutely recommend this nifty little device. You no longer have to rely on the front camera to film yourself. This uses the back camera too. Great build quality & finish. Fell in love with it within seconds." - Z Yar Khan (India)

 

"Amazing compact tool for my broadcasting sessions. I was lucky to test Pivo at London Design Fair 2018." - Milen Petkov (Norway)

 

Global retail and wholesale distribution coming soon

 

Pivo expects to leave the crowdfunding arena and prepare for direct e-commerce integration through the Shopify platform service with an official launch planned for summer's end. Pivo is currently in the planning stages for its global distribution structure and expects to begin shipping wholesale in the fall.




The iF Design Award 2019 announces Pivo as their top winner for the submission "Interactive Pod for Smartphone Photo and Video". For 66 years, the iF DESIGN AWARD has been recognized as an arbiter of quality for exceptional design. The iF label is renowned worldwide for outstanding design services, and the iF DESIGN AWARD is one of the most important design prizes in the world.


Pivo, a member company of the Born2Global Centre, is recognized as the winner of this year's iF Design Award, a world renowned design competition. The submission won over the 67-member jury, made up of independent experts from all over the world. With Pivo's versatility and innovative solution for content creators, Pivo made was noticed by the iF Design Award Community over 6,400 other entries from more than 50 countries. The winner of the competition is identified with the seal of quality ensured by the iF International Forum Design GmbH, the oldest independent design organization in the world today. 

 


 

 

This announcement comes as Pivo surpasses the $640,000 mark of their Indiegogo Campaign, raising over 2343% of their original funding goal. "The entire team at Pivo are pleased about the recognition by the iF Judges for Pivo's design excellence. Validation and feedback from the greatest voices in design helps to better Pivo and make it more available to creators around the world," explained Ken Kim, the founder and CEO Pivo.


So whats next? Pivo will continue to showcase its capabilities to the world's creators at MWC Barcelona until February 28th, 2019 - building upon the momentum it has gained from its crowdfunding campaigns and international recognitions. The company's demo will take place at the booth, Hall 1 Stand 1C51. Come see makes Pivo the award winning product of 2019 by iF Design.

The French daily Le Monde on Feb. 20 praises the ‘Galaxy Fold' in the article headlined “Samsung, unveils foldable phone, three Galaxy S10 series phones, mobile 5G,” saying,“Magic appears when the phone is unfolded like a book and the tablet screen pops up.” (Screen capture from Le Monde)

The French daily Le Monde on Feb. 20 praises the Galaxy Fold in the article headlined “Samsung unveils foldable phone, three Galaxy S10 series phones, mobile 5G,” saying, “Magic appears when the phone is unfolded like a book and the tablet screen pops up.” (Screen capture from Le Monde)


By Min Yea-Ji and Kim Hwaya

"Magic appears when the phone is unfolded like a book and the tablet screen pops up." (Le Monde, France)

"The Galaxy foldable phone is an unprecedented and stylish product in both technology and design." (Phoenix TV, China)


"Samsung has surprised the world with the foldable phone." (Stern magazine, Germany)

The Galaxy Fold, the latest smartphone release of Samsung Electronics, has attracted major coverage by international media. 

Bloomberg News said, "Samsung's device is not the first foldable-screen phone, but the company's brand, reach and technological prowess makes it the most advanced folding phone for the mass market."

The Vietnamese online media outlet 24H praised the new release by saying, "The Galaxy Fold will bring a whole new experience and make us do new things we’ve never did before with a smartphone."

The Japanese daily Mainichi Shimbun added, "Samsung has gone on the counterattack against Chinese companies like Huawei by equipping the new device with a creative design and outstanding capabilities."

Other media, however, remained skeptical about the Galaxy Fold, specifically how its high price of nearly USD 2,000 could dampen demand for it. 

USA Today quoted the results of a poll conducted by SurveyMonkey Audience, saying, "Only 19 percent of smartphone buyers with an Android device said a flexible or foldable design would fill the bill," adding, "In the same survey, only 3 percent of buyers said they were willing to spend more than $1,000 on any new smartphone." 

The American daily, however, did mention the Fold's technological features, saying, "That may be beside the point, though. For one thing, many of us have pointed to smartphone innovation as having hit a wall these past several years. So whatever you end up thinking about the Fold, you can't say that it isn't different or doesn't represent change."

The Galaxy Fold was formally introduced at the event "Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2019" in San Francisco. With sales to start from this year's second quarter, the device features a 4.6-inch screen when folded and a 7.3-inch screen when fully opened into a tablet. 

Samsung Electronics on Feb. 20 unveiled its newest smartphone Galaxy Fold at the event Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2019 in San Francisco. Pictures here are views of the phone when folded (left), opened (center) and from the back (right). (Samsung Electronics)

Samsung Electronics on Feb. 20 unveiled its newest smartphone Galaxy Fold at the event "Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2019" in San Francisco. Pictured here are views of the phone when folded (left), opened (center) and from the back (right). (Samsung Electronics)

jesimin@korea.kr



Korea last year had the world’s highest rate of smartphone ownership with 95 percent, according to a Pew Research Center poll. (Iclickart)

Korea last year had the world’s highest rate of smartphone ownership with 95 percent, according to a Pew Research Center poll. (Iclickart)


By Kim Hwaya

Korea last year had the world's highest rate of and the lowest age gap in smartphone ownership, according to the Washington-based Pew Research Center in a report.

Pew on Feb. 5 said 95 percent of Koreans owned a smartphone while the remaining 5 percent used non-smartphone mobile phones, making Korea was the world's only country where everyone had a mobile phone.

Second on the list was Israel (88 percent), followed by the Netherlands (87 percent) and Sweden (86 percent).

Korea also showed the lowest age gap in smartphone ownership. The smartphone ownership rate in the 18-34 age group was 99 percent and that of those 50 and older 91 percent for a gap of just eight percentage points. Most of the countries surveyed recorded gaps ranging from 29 (Australia) to 65 percentage points (Russia), with the exception of Israel (11 points).

Pew conducted the survey last year from May 14 to Aug. 12 on 30,133 people in 27 countries.

Pew Research Center on Feb. 5 released a survey saying Korea had the world’s highest rate of smartphone ownership in 2018. (Pew Research Center)

Pew Research Center on Feb. 5 released a survey saying Korea had the world's highest rate of smartphone ownership in 2018. (Pew Research Center)




fayastory@korea.kr



The largest mobile lockscreen advertising platform in Asia joins forces with leading mobile device maker in Europe to subsidize devices with its lockscreen advertising platform.

As Amazon has expanded its repertoire of prime exclusive phones with different device giants including LG, Nokia, Motorola, and Alcatel to give an option to consumers that they could purchase phones at discounted prices to display ads on their lockscreen, the lockscreen advertising funded discount model has become a very attempting option for mobile device makers. However, there has been no device manufacturer implementing the concept outside the Amazon's territory as the program is exclusively offered for its Amazon Prime members.

Wileyfox, the leading UK mobile device maker, is launching its first lockscreen ad-funded device in the UK this December through the strategic partnership with Buzzvil, the leading lockscreen advertising platform based out of Seoul, South Korea.

Consumers will be able to purchase Wileyfox's phone with lockscreen offers, discounted by £40. Just like other so-called 'Sharing Economy' services, users are renting out their previously idle lockscreen space to the company and agreed to receive personalized ads, trending news and content from hundreds of publishers. Wileyfox and Buzzvil are technically helping consumers better utilize their lockscreen space by selling these ads inventories altogether as bundled and letting them enjoy discounts on device purchase.

Buzzvil, a member company of the K-ICT Born2Global Centre, has been a market leader in the lockscreen advertising business with over 17 million users from its flagship apps, HoneyScreen and Slidejoy, and its dozens of publishers using the company's patented lockscreen SDK technology, BuzzScreen. Buzzvil is considered the best partner for partnerships of the kind in terms of its technology and extensive capabilities in ads revenue maximization although it is the first time that Buzzvil is working on subsidizing discounts on mobile devices through lockscreen advertising with adevice manufacturer.

Considering the fact that smartphone device manufacturers are confronting a fierce competition, this adfunded discount will give Wileyfox a huge edge when it comes to its price competitiveness. Right now the deal only applies to five smartphones - the new Spark+, SparkX, Swift2, Swift2+, and Swift2X - every model of which is available in the UK at this point. Buzzvil and Wileyfox are planning to take the partnership further to more diverse device line-ups as well as its other European markets.

 

 

Devices. We all rely on them every day, and we’re stuck in a constant loop of charging and using and charging. 

While we now have more options for powering up, there are still plenty of times when we’re off-grid. 

No electricity? No problem. Use the power of the sun! It’s free, and as green and renewable as it comes.

Here, five cool solar chargers to keep you connected 

whether you’re hiking, hanging out at the beach, or just trying to be green.

 

1. Solsol Hat

This is a clever way to keep the sun off your head and charge your phone at the same time. 

The Solsol hat comes in a variety of colors to match your style, 

all equipped with a solar panel on the brim As soon as the sun’s rays hit it, it funnels power to your device. 

Unlike some chargers, this one doesn’t have a battery to store surplus power, so use it or lose it, folks!

 

2. Sun Tree


If you’ve a sunny spot near a window, the Sun Tree makes a great talking point as well as a practical charger.

Stick it on a windowsill or desk and let it grab rays for you while you go about your business. 

The charger has nine “leaves” with solar cells, and there’s a hidden rechargeable lithium battery inside. 

A feature we love: the Tree’s USB and mini-USB ports. It’s always good to have options.

 

3. Solar Paper


Billed as the world’s thinnest and lightest charger, Solar Paper packs a lot of juice: 

“Solar paper can charge almost any device that recharges via USB, 

including smartphones, tablets, walkie talkies, flashlights, portable game consoles, cameras, video cameras, 

and rechargeable batteries,” say the inventors. You can even connect separate panels to generate more power. 

Each one measures 9cm by 19cm and weighs under five ounces.

 

4. SunJuice Solar Shade Cover


Some may call this the ultimate lazy way to charge a phone, but we prefer to think it’s smart and practical. 

This shade has a flexible 7.5-Watt solar panel, and you can stick it on most beach or outdoor lounge chairs. 

The panel will fully charge your smartphone in four to five hours, so you can just put it down and relax. 

Pick up a book and read (or snooze) while your shade soaks up some rays.

 

5. WakaWaka Solar Charger+


The MoMA store’s WakaWaka is an impressive device. 

It’s light, yet sturdy, and doesn’t take up a lot of room when you’re on the road. 

It will charge a smartphone in a mere two hours 

and can also be used to shine light for a whopping 150 hours 

(apparently “WakaWaka” means “bright light” in Swahili). 

If the sun hides behind the clouds, no worries—you can charge it via a USB cord.

Outdoor adventurers will appreciate the SOS emergency beacon option. 

You can hang the charger from your backpack or a tree while you’re camping, or prop it on a table or shelf. 

Oh, and when you buy one, another will be donated to the International Rescue Committee for a family in need.



http://dornob.com/stay-powered-up-with-these-5-cool-solar-chargers/

 

Devices. We all rely on them every day, and we’re stuck in a constant loop of charging and using and charging. 

While we now have more options for powering up, there are still plenty of times when we’re off-grid. 

No electricity? No problem. Use the power of the sun! It’s free, and as green and renewable as it comes.

Here, five cool solar chargers to keep you connected 

whether you’re hiking, hanging out at the beach, or just trying to be green.

 

1. Solsol Hat

This is a clever way to keep the sun off your head and charge your phone at the same time. 

The Solsol hat comes in a variety of colors to match your style, 

all equipped with a solar panel on the brim As soon as the sun’s rays hit it, it funnels power to your device. 

Unlike some chargers, this one doesn’t have a battery to store surplus power, so use it or lose it, folks!

 

2. Sun Tree


If you’ve a sunny spot near a window, the Sun Tree makes a great talking point as well as a practical charger.

Stick it on a windowsill or desk and let it grab rays for you while you go about your business. 

The charger has nine “leaves” with solar cells, and there’s a hidden rechargeable lithium battery inside. 

A feature we love: the Tree’s USB and mini-USB ports. It’s always good to have options.

 

3. Solar Paper


Billed as the world’s thinnest and lightest charger, Solar Paper packs a lot of juice: 

“Solar paper can charge almost any device that recharges via USB, 

including smartphones, tablets, walkie talkies, flashlights, portable game consoles, cameras, video cameras, 

and rechargeable batteries,” say the inventors. You can even connect separate panels to generate more power. 

Each one measures 9cm by 19cm and weighs under five ounces.

 

4. SunJuice Solar Shade Cover


Some may call this the ultimate lazy way to charge a phone, but we prefer to think it’s smart and practical. 

This shade has a flexible 7.5-Watt solar panel, and you can stick it on most beach or outdoor lounge chairs. 

The panel will fully charge your smartphone in four to five hours, so you can just put it down and relax. 

Pick up a book and read (or snooze) while your shade soaks up some rays.

 

5. WakaWaka Solar Charger+


The MoMA store’s WakaWaka is an impressive device. 

It’s light, yet sturdy, and doesn’t take up a lot of room when you’re on the road. 

It will charge a smartphone in a mere two hours 

and can also be used to shine light for a whopping 150 hours 

(apparently “WakaWaka” means “bright light” in Swahili). 

If the sun hides behind the clouds, no worries—you can charge it via a USB cord.

Outdoor adventurers will appreciate the SOS emergency beacon option. 

You can hang the charger from your backpack or a tree while you’re camping, or prop it on a table or shelf. 

Oh, and when you buy one, another will be donated to the International Rescue Committee for a family in need.



http://dornob.com/stay-powered-up-with-these-5-cool-solar-chargers/

 

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