Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Samsung Electronics growth stalls

As reported by the Korea Joongang Daily, Samsung Electronics growth (operating profit) stalled in the second quarter of 2018.  As noted in the article "The tech giant reported Tuesday that its operating profit for the April-June period was 14.87 trillion won ($13.27 billion), up 5.7 percent from the same period a year ago but down 4.9 percent from the previous quarter. Revenue for the second quarter tallied 58.48 trillion won, down 4.1 percent on year and 3.4 percent on quarter."  As shown in the graphic (click for a full size version), memory chips continued their strong performance while sales of smartphones and displays declined.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Speed matters: July 2018 update

OpenSignal just published an article/post entitled "Explaining the huge gap between fastest and slowest 4G upload speeds in the US."  As readers of this blog will know, I've posted frequently over the years (check these out) on the importance of speed (a.k.a. bandwidth) on the Internet.
The OpenSignal article noted that average 4G upload speed in the U.S. during the period from March 1 to May 29, 2018 ranged from 2.5 Mbps to 7.5 Mbps.  (click on the graphic for a full size version)
This made me curious about the upload and download speeds from my office here in the Incheon Global Campus.  So I did a speed test (click on the graphic for a full size version of the screen capture).
Draw your own conclusions, but I would submit to you once again that "speed matters"!

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Korea's dependence on semiconductor exports

The Korea Joongang Daily has published a timely report on semiconductor exports that warns about the dangers of a nation being overly dependent on one product.  Semiconductor exports are expected to exceed $100 billion this year, while total exports are estimated to reach $605 billion. The newspaper article notes that "In a report released on June 22, the Hyundai Research Institute, a private think tank, said Korean exports, while on the rise, has a number of weaknesses including a heavy dependence on one product.
The report pointed out that the proportion of semiconductors to total exports in Korean has risen from 12.6 percent in 2016 to 17.1 percent in 2017 and over 20 percent this year."

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Korea's changing patterns of social media use

As reported by the Korea Joongang Daily, Koreans have decreased their use of Facebook over the past several years, while increasing use of Instagram. (click on the graphic for a full size version)

Saturday, June 16, 2018

North Korea is not Crazy: The U.S.-North Korea Singapore Summit

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has just published two very different videos that provide essential context for understanding the recent summit meeting of President Trump and North Korean Chairman Kim Jong Un.  The first is an interview with University of Chicago history professor Bruce Cumings.   Like me, he first encountered Korea as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer.

North Korea is not crazy from www.thebulletin.org on Vimeo.

The second video was produced for the White House and shown at the summit meeting in Singapore.

"Destiny Pictures" — Singapore Summit video from www.thebulletin.org on Vimeo.