The nostalgic power of Korean dramas — and why you should start binging right now


This post is part of Mashable’s You’re Old Week. Break through the haze of nostalgia with us and see what holds up, what disappoints, and what got better with time.

Korean dramas will always make me nostalgic for childhood New Year’s gatherings. 

I grew up with a very large, very loud family. On New Year’s Day, anywhere from 40 to 60 members of that family (“clan,” as my mother calls it) would pile into my parents’ house for traditional Korean celebrations. I’d wake up to the sound of relatives pouring in through the front door and bustling through the kitchen, preparing a culturally blended brunch: bagels, coffee, and tteokguk, a savory soup made with beef broth and rice cakes. My grandfather would lead a family worship service and then the clan would resume eating. From japchae, a glass noodle and vegetable dish, to galbijjim, a sort of beef stew, to platters of Korean barbeque, eating was an all day affair, punctuated by passing around some cousin’s baby and watching TV together.  Read more…

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LG G7 ThinQ video teaser has Korean girls ready to switch to LG's new flagship

LG has jumpstarted the hearts of many South Korean teenage girls with its new video teaser for the LG G7 ThinQ, which stars Korean boy band BTS. While there are no images of the phone and the boys speak in Korean, we can still make out the name of the device and the date of May 2nd, which is when LG’s new flagship will be unveiled at an event in New York City. Earlier today, we passed along a leaked photo that revealed what is alleged to be the phone’s display settings menu. LG G7 ThinQ owners will have the option of going un-notched if they desire. Considering that the notched look is …

Mike and Karen Pence 'took a seat' to protest North and South Korean unity of all things


When North and South Korean athletes walked out together during the Pyeonchang Winter Olympics opening ceremony Friday, most people present cheered it as a sign of possible peace during a tumultuous time. 

But not Vice President Mike Pence.

Pence and his wife Karen were in attendance for the Parade of Nations as competing athletes of the world filed in. Athletes from North and South Korea entered together, wearing matching outfits and waving flags. The stadium erupted in cheers for the symbolic show of unity. 

As everyone stood, the Pences sat the whole thing out.

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Samsung Electronics Chairman Lee is named by South Korean police as a possible tax evader-again

A few days ago Jay Y. Lee, the Vice Chairman of Samsung Electronics, was released from prison after serving 353 days of a five year sentence for bribery and embezzlement. Now, he is a free man although he is on probation for four years. The Seoul High Court overturned the original court ruling and cut Lee’s sentence to two and a half years before granting him early release and probation. But while Lee is now out of prison, his father might be moving in.

Samsung Electronics Chairman Lee Kun-hee, Jay Y. Lee’s dad, has been hospitalized since suffering a heart attack back in 2014. Now, South …

It wasn't me! CNN says it only pushed a Korean missile story once, Apple News pushed it 20x

When CNN sends you like a dozen push notifications the Hawaii missile alert guy has been fired, like I’m sorry is he working for y’all now?— Jessica Mateer (@mateerjessica) 30 януари 2018 г. 
CNN had a story yesterday, and it was a decent story – about the guy who sent the fake North Korean missile alert in Hawaii being fired. It said that the person is not cooperating with investigators, as they really thought there was a missile hurtling from the toy town of Kim Jong-un to the Hawaiian shores, hence the mass text sent via the state’s emergency service that sent people in a …

Apple's South Korean offices are raided the day before the iPhone X launches in the country

A few days ago, we told you that the Apple iPhone X did very well in South Korea by selling out during the pre-order period that ended today in the country. That means that starting Friday, the tenth anniversary iPhone model can be purchased in LG and Samsung’s own backyard. Last week, it took Korean carrier SK Telecom just 3 minutes to sell out its pre-order inventory of the iPhone X. Last year, it took 20 minutes for SK Telecom to sell out its pre-order inventory of the Apple iPhone 7 and Apple iPhone 7 Plus.

On Thursday, the day before the launch of the iPhone X in South Korea, officials …

Korean version of Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (SM-N950KOR) is now FCC certified

The Korean version of the unannounced Samsung Galaxy Note 8, sporting the model number SM-N950KOR, is now FCC certified. The phone is expected to be made official following an August 23rd introduction just one week before the September 1st opening of annual trade show IFA in Berlin. This model will feature a 6.3-inch Super AMOLED display carrying a resolution of 1440 x 2880. 6GB of RAM is inside, and the Korean bred model is powered by the Exynos 8995 SoC.

The FCC filing indicates that the Korean Galaxy Note 8 will use the FCC E-label technique, and the screen will include an edge-to-edge …

North Korean tech company rips off Apple's trademarks by marketing the Ryonghung iPad

The powers that be in North Korea don’t seem to care about international conventions, so perhaps it is no surprise that they would stick their tongues out at trademark and patent violations. This time, the target is Apple. A tech company in the country, Ryonghung, has launched a tablet that it calls the Ryonghung iPad. This is obviously a rip off of the branding used by Apple for its tablets, right down to the use of the lower case “i” and capital “P.” Considering that Apple introduced the tablet category back in 2010, there is no question which company used the name first. And of course, Apple …

A thirsty internet descends upon the South Korean president's hot bodyguard


As we know, the internet loves hot people. And the latest hot person to capture its attention is South Korean president Moon Jae-in’s new bodyguard.

To be fair, he is very handsome. Also, since he is a bodyguard, he is never photographed smiling, which makes him seem mysterious. Cool!

Anyway, the internet is smitten. Some people have even gotten a head start on their fanfic, which is honestly commendable. The heart wants what the heart wants!

excuse me this is the new korean president’s bodyguard

— elena yip (@elena_yip) May 12, 2017 Read more…

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Samsung To Sell Remaining 2.5 million Samsung Galaxy Note 7, Says Korean Report

After the debacle of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 due to explosive battery last year, the company called back all sold and stocked Note 7 phones to test and know the cause of explosion. It took Samsung some time to come up with a technical justification of the battery explosion. Regardless, a recent Korean report says, […]

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