Science and Technology

Tomocube’s light microscope enables realtime, 3-D observation of live cells

DAEJEON — A medical device startup born from an applied physics lab at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology is out to introduce a next-generation 3-D microscope that uses light to observe living cells in real time. Founded in 2015, Tomocube has developed a new holographic microscope that shoots weak laser light through samples of live cells and tissues. It uses their refractive index — how much the light bends, or refracts, when passing through a medium — [...]

Samsung, Reliance Jio to connect rural India

Samsung Electronics said it will team up with India’s Long Term Evolution mobile operator Reliance Jio Infocomm to build more high-speed wireless communication networks in India’s remote regions as well as major cities. Tapping the rapidly growing telco market in India, South Korea’s tech giant clinched an exclusive deal with Jio in 2012 to supply 4G LTE network equipment. After two years of network building across India between 2014 and 2016, the Indian telco firm launched the service in September [...]

LG moves to keep premium TV crown

LG Electronics is going all out to cement the No. 1 spot in the global premium television market this year by launching its flagship TV series earlier than archrival Samsung Electronics. The leading TV manufacturer Thursday launched the 2017 LG Signature OLED TV, Ultra OLED TV and Super Ultra HD TV series for the domestic market, calling it a “dual premium strategy.” Usually, South Korean TV makers launch new models in March. But LG has moved more swiftly this year. According [...]

LG’s 14-inch Gram laptop sets new Guinness World Record

LG Electronics said Thursday its ultralight laptop has secured its place in the Guinness Book of World Records. The company’s 14-inch (35.6 centimeters) ultralight Gram, which was launched early this month, weighs 860 grams. “Guinness World Records confirmed LG’s new ultralight Gram is the lightest in the world after measuring around 70 models of 14-inch laptops being sold in 25 nations,” a LG Electronics official said. This is LG Gram series’ second title in the Guinness Book of World Records, following the [...]

Samsung BioLogics eyes multiple supply deals

Samsung BioLogics is in discussions with over 15 global pharmaceutical firms on multiple supply deals, the company’s CEO said, as the biopharmaceutical unit of South Korea’s Samsung Group expands its presence in the global pharmaceutical market. “Samsung BioLogics already inked deals worth US$2.9 billion with six global pharmaceutical firms to supply a total of nine products,” said Kim Tae-han on Tuesday. “The company is currently in negotiations with over 15 firms to supply more than 30 products.” The remarks were made [...]

Foreign, local firms vie for web-based broadcasting market in Korea

South Korea’s mobile carriers and foreign technology firms are vying for the nation’s growing market for Internet-based broadcasting services as people spend more time on their smartphones watching TV shows and movies. While the so-called over-the-top content broadcasting, which delivers video and other content via the Internet, is growing, some analysts say there is a long way to go before people embrace paid Internet broadcasting services. Following the entry by an Internet TV network Netflix into the Korean market, U.S. video [...]

CES 2017 brought consumers closer to smart home, self-driving

South Korean businesses won global recognition for their efforts to build a highly connected life at the world’s largest electronics show that closed on Sunday in Las Vegas. Celebrating the 50th anniversary this year, the Consumer Electronics Show 2017 has brought consumers one step closer to smart home, artificial intelligence, robots and self-driving cars as about 3,800 electronics, IT and automobile companies from around 150 countries introduced their latest products to the world. Smart home was inarguably the main theme of [...]

LG Chem strengthening bioscience business in 2017

LG Chem said Thursday it will strengthen its bioscience business this year, expanding research and development (R&D) investment for synergy with two bio players that the firm acquired last year. The plan comes after the company took over Dongbu Farm Hannong, a Seoul-based processor of agricultural materials, in January last year, in what it said was a move to expand its presence in the “green biology” industry. The company finalized its acquisition of LG Life Science, Jan. 1 this year, [...]

South Korean game maker Netmarble strikes $830 million deal to acquire Canadian rival

Netmarble Games Corp., South Korea’s leading mobile game developer and publisher, said Tuesday that it has agreed to take over Kabam’s Vancouver studio, a deal estimated at up to some 1 trillion won ($838 million) which will help the company expand its presence in the North American market. The deal with Kabam, a world leader in massively multiplayer free-to-play games for mobile devices, is expected to close during the first quarter of 2017, it added. But Netmarble did not disclose the [...]

DSME clinches shipbuilding order from Greece-based company

Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) has clinched an order to build a 173,400-cubic-meter liquefied natural gas floating storage and regasification unit (LNG-FSRU) from Greece-based Maran Gas Maritime, a deal providing financial relief to Korea’s debt-ridden shipbuilder. Maran Gas Maritime is an affiliate of Greece’s largest shipping company Angelicoussis Shipping Group, and it is the group’s first LNG-FSRU order. The contract also includes an option to build two more LNG tankers if Angelicoussis Shipping Group satisfies with the first deal to [...]