In between inventing the smartphone and hosting Dennis Rodman for tea, the North Korean government has casually deleted 350,000 articles from their state-run news website.
The Korean Central News Agency is state-run because it’s more convenient for everyone if they cut out the middle man, a free press.
Also, they kind of have a thing for information control. Read More
Pretty much the only way North Korea could be more prosperous and legit would be to get in on the smartphone game, so Supreme Commander Kim Jong Un recently visited a factory to give the new Arirang “hand phone” his blessing.
Some party poopers (“experts”) doubt that any such mobile devices are actually being created in North Korea, SkyNews points out, and believe that China may be manufacturing the Arirang before shipping it to North Korea. Read More
If you were hoping to use your new Samjiyon tablet, manufactured in North Korea, to do typical tablety things like stream video or read the news, then you’re out of luck. Geekosystem reports that the new device, which runs on Android, doesn’t actually include the Internet–strange, since when Google’s Eric Schmidt visited the country it went to such great pains to make its citizens look soooo tech-savvy. Read More
A (literal) letter to the editor: When Betabeat freelancer David Shapiro wrote a damning review of the new BlackBerry Z10, saying that people would think less of you if you opted for it over an iPhone, we expected to receive some angry feedback. What we did not expect, however, was to receive a real paper letter, mailed to our offices, lamenting the “hugely irritating and pompous and dumb and plain silly” post. We suppose it’s appropriate, however, that such an impassioned BlackBerry user would take to the mailbox instead of email–does email even work on that thing? (JK) Read More
One day after hacktivist collective Anonymous claimed to have stolen 15,000 membership records from the “semi-official” North Korea government outlet uriminzokkiri.com, the country’s official Flickr and Twitter accounts have also been hacked. So far, the @uriminzokkiri account has tweeted five times to signal that several North Korean websites, including ryomyong.com and uriminzokkiri.com” had been hacked. Read More
Is there any situation into which Anons will not insert themselves? The Next Web reports that, as North Korea rattles its saber louder and louder, hackers flying the flag of Anonymous have basically declared war on the country’s authoritarian government. In a note published on Pastebin, they addressed Kim Jong-Un: “So you feel the need to create large nukes and threaten half the world with them?
So you’re into demonstrations of power?, here is ours.”
We’re sure Mr. Kim is quaking in his boots. Read More
Greetings from a greying 2008 MacBook, which has more crumbs stuck inside the keyboard than your scarf after eating a muffin and is so painfully slow that just opening up a new Chrome tab can take a full minute. Read More
Even as Guccifer goes on a tear, releasing Hova’s credit reports and Hillary Clinton’s emails, our friends in South Korea are having some computer problems of their own. Earlier today (in the middle of the afternoon, Seoul-time), computer networks at two of the country’s banks and three TV stations shut down out Read More
Perhaps feeling jealous of China, North Korea is now accusing the U.S. of committing cyberattacks against it. [Tech in Asia]
We’ve reached the point where online programming could actually make a significant dent at the Emmy’s. House of Cards, anyone? [The Daily Dot]
Google Reader’s demise as a wake up call: what do we lose when we become so wholly reliant on a cloud-based app? [Slate]
More techies have stepped up to the plate to fight gun violence. Big name Silicon Valley investors have launched an “innovation and investment” campaign called Sandy Hook Promise. [TechCrunch]
Guns aren’t the only political issue techies are taking up. Zuck and others are working for high-skilled immigration reform. [Hillicon Valley]