drones
South Korea Thinks it Found Two Crashed Drones From North Korea

On Wednesday, South Korean officials unveiled photos of two rudimentary drones that crashed over the border, on South Korean land, around the same time the country exchanged live fire with North Korea. And, indeed, they think it was the North Koreans who sent the drones—if you want to call them drones, that is. Read More >>

military
South Korea and the US Exercise Their Military Brawn

South Korean marines storm the beach as smoke screens explode above them during a military exercise with the United States in Pohang on Monday. Read More >>

gaming
South Korean University Now Accepts Gamers as Student Athletes

Remember how your parents would harass you about getting ahead in life rather than sitting in front of a video game for 42 hours on end? Throw this in your mum's face: Chung-Ang University in South Korea now considers competitive gamers the same as traditional athletes. And it's a top 10 (South Korean) school. Read More >>

environment
South Korea is Building a Series of Biodomes for Endangered Species

Planet Earth is falling apart. It sounds a bit dramatic when you put it in such stark terms, but, in many ways, it's true. The list of endangered species grows every year as humans bulldoze more habitats and belch more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. What's an environmentalist to do? Read More >>

internet
South Korea's Internet is More Oppressive Than You Think

There's been a lot of reaction in the past couple of weeks over news that South Korea is building a new broadband network that will be 50 times faster than the average connection in the United Kingdom. That's fast! Too bad South Koreans won't be able to use maps or access thousands of sites. Read More >>

wtf
Insurance Against Bullying Now Sold in South Korea

Burglary, medical expenses and name calling -- all three are things that you can now be insured for in South Korea, following the launch of an unusual new scheme in the nation. Read More >>

phones
That Curved Screen Samsung Galaxy Round Is a Real Thing

If you're looking to get weird with your phone, the curved screen of the official Samsung Galaxy Round is a good start. Well, sort of. The curved 5.7-inch screen—same as the uncurved Note 3—is a real thing that Samsung is actually making. But it's only launching on SK Telecom in South Korea. Read More >>

cars
Parking's a Breeze in This Foldable, Smartphone Controlled Electric Car

Researchers in South Korea hope to solve all kinds of problems with a revolutionary new vehicle that's a real-life Transformer. The Armadillo-T is an ultra light, ultra compact electric car that literally folds in half at the flip of a switch. Sure it looks a little bit goofy but come on, you know you want one.
The Armadillo-T is just the latest cutting edge contraption to come out of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), the same geniuses that brought us the wirelessly charged buses a few weeks ago. At 110 inches long, this four wheel drive automobile is slightly bigger than a Smart Car when it's fully extended, but the vehicle folds up and shrinks down to just 65 inches long making it small enough to take up just a third of a standard sized parking spot. Once it's folded, you control the Armadillo-T with a smartphone app that allows you to rotate the vehicle 360 degrees. Read More >>

art
Seoul's Government Installed a Giant Ear to Collect Citizen Complaints

There's something unsatisfying about making a traditional complaint. As you're filling out the form, you can almost see the government bureaucrat crumpling it up and throwing it away a few days later. Wouldn't it be great if you could just yell at the pencil pushers directly? In Seoul you can.
Outside Seoul's City Hall sits a giant red ear sculpture that's always listening. Designed by artist Yang Soo-in with the support of Lifethings, the 'Big Ear' serves dual roles as public art project and public relations initiative. The city's mayor commissioned its construction this spring as a way for the government to stay in better touch with the citizens. As well as sparking some discussion about what that even means. Participatory art is always good for that. Read More >>

science
These Incredible New Buses Are Charged Wirelessly by the Road Itself

Imagine an electric vehicle that can travel endless distances without ever needing to stop at a recharging station. That sounds impossible right? Because electric vehicles run on batteries and at some point you need stop and charge those batteries. Not this one.
Two new electric buses just hit the streets in the city of Gumi, South Korea that literally get their power from the streets. These so called Online Electric Vehicles (OLEV) receive power wirelessly from electrical cables laid underneath the surface of the street using Shaped Magnetic Field in Resonance (SMFIR) technology. The buses carry a battery that's one third the size of those in traditional electric cars and charges by collecting 100 kilowatts worth of electricity while riding about 17 centimetres above the surface of the road. They're efficient too, using 85 percent of the power that's emitted from the lines. Read More >>

hacking
North Korea Tried to Blame Anonymous for Its South Korea Cyberattacks

North Korea tried and failed to hide behind the undisputed superstars of the hacker community last month when South Korea got hit by a large scale cyberattack. According to South Korea, Kim Jong Un and company worked hard to cover its tracks by hiding the IP addresses of computers used in the attacks and later destroying their hard drives. And when they got caught, they did what any dictatorial wasteland would: blame Anonymous. Read More >>

security
Anonymous Takes Out North (and South?) Korean Web Sites

Some angsty teens tied into the Anonymous hacking collective have begun attacking sites in North Korea as promised some time ago, in an effort to raise awareness of internet access and wider human rights issues in the country. And for good measure it seems to have taken out South Korea's presidential web site as well. Read More >>

photography
Gripping Photographs Capture the Mirror Worlds of North and South Korea

Architectural photographer Dieter Leistner was born the same year East Germany began construction on the Berlin Wall. He was 37 when it fell. Maybe that's why his interest in North and South Korea feels so personal—he spent forty years in another divided country. Read More >>

photoshop
South Korean Newspaper May Have Just Printed the Worst Photoshop Ever

President Obama met with South Korea's President Park Geun-hye at the White House this past Tuesday, and as major world leaders are wont to do in each others' presence, handshakes abounded. This three-handed, two-roomed, Photoshop monstrosity was not one of them. Read More >>

microsoft
Bill Gates Suffers Unfortunate Trouser Incident in South Korea

No one's actually suggesting Bill Gates was gently fondling himself while shaking hands with South Korea's lady president Geun Hye Park, but his hand-in-pocket stance has caused massive offence due to breaking politeness rules in the country. Read More >>

samsung
Samsung Offices Raided By Police Over Alleged LG Technology Theft

Police have raided one of Samsung's offices in Asan, South Korea, after being tipped off about the possible theft of OLED TV technology from rivals LG. Read More >>

Login
X

Don't have a Gizmodo UK account?