Korea-Canada sign FTA.


Here’s an infographic summarizing the impact of the new Korea-Canada Free Trade Agreement. For those living in Korea, look forward to cheaper beef prices as Canada joins the listing of beef importers: US, New Zealand, and Australia. Korea agrees to cut import tariffs on Canadian beef by 40% over the next 15 years. Interestingly, Canada was banned from exporting beef to Korea for 9 years following a mad cow outbreak. The Korea Times reports that Korea is the first Asian country to make an FTA with Canada.

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Easy to Learn Korean 987 – Solar Term (part one).

987-24 Solar Terms 1 Continue reading

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Samsung S3, S4, and Galaxy Note phones with defective batteries.

The local news outlets are having a field day covering the Samsung (out-of-warranty) “battery swelling” issue today. A quick search of 삼성 갤럭시 노트 배터리 (Samsung Galaxy Note battery) yields a ton of news stories. This is the third Samsung phone affected by battery swelling. Today, the Korean Consumer Agency announced that Samsung will replace Galaxy Note mobile phone batteries, free of charge. While the Note phones were made in 2011 and are now out of warranty, there’s no reason for a battery to fail so quickly- unless it has a quality defect. (Note: I still have a working iPad 1 and iPhone 3GS with good battery life more than four years after they launched.) They’ve pushed Samsung into admitting that the swelling of lithium-ion batteries in phones is not normal. Samsung Service had previously deceived people into think that this was a “natural phenomenon” of normal lithium-ion phone batteries nearing the end of their life cycle. They can’t use that excuse anymore. Continue reading

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