In World IT Show 2010 held at COEX, Seoul from May 25 to 28, 2010, Samsung also introduced its new Android smartphone named Galaxy A to Korean public. The product code name is SHW-M100S and the version is the equivalent of its sister Galaxy S which is to be sold outside Korea. Galaxy A is equipped with 720 MHz CPU and 3.7 inch WVGA AMOLED touch screen.
The above figure shows a photo capture of the smartphone. On the right side is the explanation of the features of the smartphone in Korean which is translated below:
- Android OS 2.1
- Improved responsiveness with touch screen
- Android market
- Convenient progressive UI (total user control of installed widget)
- Android and Samsung-social hub widget
- Personalized background settings
- WVGA AMOLED screen
- DivX player installed
- Terrestrial DMB (Digital Multimedia Broadcasting)
- External memory slot (8GB memory offered)
From last May 25 to 28, a big annual event named World IT Show took place at COEX, Seoul. Even though most of the exhibitors in this event were Korean companies, it still retained the claim of a world-class event given that some participating exhibitors were big global enterprises like Samsung, LG, and SK. I happened to spare some time to visit the exhibition on the last day and would like to share some opinions based on my findings.
These recent years, Korea has evolved into a country where some cutting-edge technologies are invented along with other technological innovations and breakthroughs. Only within few decades, we have seen the growth both in size and capital of Korean companies. Samsung Electronics, for example, has been known as the world’s largest LCD monitor panel manufacturer. At the same time, Samsung is also known to be the world’s second largest cellular phone manufacturer according to Gartner, trailing only after Nokia. Other Korean companies also try to secure the competition in technology products or at least to gain some market share. LG, for example, has been known as a competitor for Samsung in the consumer electronics segments. It manufactures LCD panels, cell phones, and other electronic devices. In Korea alone, LG is also known as one of the telco providers, bundling their manufactured cellular phones with the telecommunication network services. SK could be a less familiar brand of an electronic device vendor to the global consumers, but its business is also sprawling over various sectors, including telecommunication, petrochemicals, engineering, IT consulting, and energy.
You may have noticed that the postings in this blog become scarcer even though it was already scarce before. This doesn’t mean that I have lost the interest in writing posts here. Instead, the sabbatical period (in another sabbatical period) has brought me a lot of new findings, interesting and exciting things to explore. Here, in this post, I write some of the stuff you may find yourself curious about too.
Wolfram the Knowledge Engine and Knowledge Discovery
Some have speculated that Wolfram will be the Google-killer although by purpose they are a bit different (and the Wolfram dev team also clearly mentioned about this on their site). Wolfram is a knowledge engine with its own data repositories which is capable of answering questions to very diverse domains. Different with search engines in which data are collected from various sources and then ranked based on relevance, utilizing page rank algorithms, the knowledge engine stores data that are “factual” and representative for the knowledge. For each given question, it computes the answer based on the model that represents the question. Two pertinent fields to this application are machine learning and data mining. Key issue in developing application like Wolfram is that it should be smart enough to interpret the question and provide relevant and factual answers thus less being subjective. Continue reading
Spending my recent days reading more academic writings and books has brought some enlightenment and gradually changed how I think and approach a solution for certain problem. To some extent, I have to admit that technical skills and experiences may not always solve the problem. In certain cases, they may but when it comes to fundamental issues which require solid understanding of the concept and bearing novel ideas, technical skills and experiences will only play their roles as validation tool, a method of realizing the concept and ideas into (imperfect) implementation or solution. A flaw in the concept may result in fragile implementation which is a patient of endless technical hacks and fixes.
Realizing this, I’d like to share what I’ve got so far, random reading and thought about technology, mainly web related. The articles written will be arranged as whitepapers with necessary technical aspect and general language which is easily understandable (hopefully). I hope they will be useful for you and surely they are useful for me as connecting path to my search of novel ideas that will bring impact to larger audience.