Enoch Shin, owner of Turbo Tire in Oakland, Calif., says energy consumption at his shop fell 40 percent after he switched over to a more modern and efficient lighting system. Photo via New American Media.
by ARUNA LEE of New American Media
SAN FRANCISCO — Korean small businesses in California are challenging the naysayers who claim that economic growth coupled with sound environmental practice is not possible. Thanks in large part to government and private incentive programs, they have come to the fore in implementing emerging technologies beneficial for the environment and their bottom line.
In fact, many owners are “going green” precisely because of the economic benefits.
“Korean businesses have adopted green technologies largely in order to reduce their energy bills,” says Jason Lee, secretary general of the Korean Chamber of Commerce in Los Angeles. The city is home to one of the largest Korean communities in the country.
Statewide there are just over 450,000 Koreans residing in California, according to recent census figures. Many are small business owners, accounting for roughly 2 percent – or 63,365 – of all small businesses in the state, data from the census show. In 2007, the latest date such figures are available, they tallied nearly $33 billion in economic activity. Continue Reading »
Remember those calculator watches that all the coolest nerds wore? With the new Galaxy Gear, Samsung hopes to target the contemporary gadget geek by packing all the “cool” it can into their first attempt at a modern smartwatch.
The Korean electronics titan unveiled the product on Wednesday at a consumer electronics convention in Berlin which was simulcast in New York.
The device — with a retail price of $299 — has a 1.63-inch AMOLED display (320-by-320) resolution, an 800 MHz processor, 512 MB of RAM and 4 GB of internal storage. It features a 1.9 megapixel camera capable of 720p video recording and speaker built into the wrist strap, as well as a microphone for Bluetooth calls through a smartphone.
The Gear definitely has the spec and features edge over its paltry list of competitors in the relatively new smartwatch category, which includes the Pebble and Sony’s SmartWatch. Samsung’s offering hits store shelves in October. Continue Reading »
Samsung is going retro. That is, if retro refers to less than five years ago, when flip phones, or clamshells, were still the most popular design for mobile phones in the United States.
Yesterday, Samsung announced that it is launching Korea’s first clamshell-style smartphone, the Galaxy Golden, through SK Telecom and KT. It won’t be sold in the U.S., which means for those die-hards who are still fans of and somehow functioning with these “antiques,” don’t expect to find these in the near future.
CNET reports that the Galaxy Golden runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and features two 3.7-inch Super AMOLED touch screens mounted back-to-back. Consumers can use the touch screen on the outside, like with regular “slab” or “slate” smartphones. On the flip side — pun intended — the clamshell design offers a keypad for the barbarians who still require physical keys. Continue Reading »
Dating in the digital age? There’s an app for that.
Single South Koreans can now use a new feature on the i-um —meaning “to connect” —smartphone application, which aims to bring together hardworking, professional men and women over their lunch breaks, Reuters reports.
I-um users create profiles and upload pictures, much like you would on any other online dating website, but what makes the service different is the way in which it brings people together. Continue Reading »
Our computer experience is about to be revolutionized.
South Korea’s Jinha Lee, a TED fellow, has been working with Microsoft on SpaceTop 3D, a “see through computer.”
Lee, a graduate of MIT, who is serving his mandatory military service while working with Samsung Electronics, said at a TED conference in Los Angeles that “the design was inspired by what he sees as a human need to interact with things,” BBC News reports. TED stands for Technology, Education and Design.
The computer works when a “transparent LED display with built-in cameras … track the user’s gestures and eye movements.” Continue Reading »