US dismisses South Koreas launch of world-first 5G network as stunt

Half a dozen celebrities were the first to experience the service, carriers say 5G services at 11pm local time on Wednesday, according to media reports, but only for a handful of celebrities in what their US rival dismissed as a publicity stunt. SK Telecom [has] announced that it has activated 5G services for six celebrities representing Korea as of 11pm 3 April 2019, the countrys biggest mobile operator said in a news release on Thursday. The launch was reportedly brought forward by two days, as speculation mounted that US mobile carrier Samsung begins sales of the Galaxy S10 5G, the worlds first available smartphone with the technology built in. LG Electronics will release its 5G smartphone later this month. South …

Spycams, sex abuse and scandal: #MeToo reaches Korean pop

A wave of sexual assault cases has swept South Korea but the lucrative K-pop industry remained relatively untouched. Two cases this month, though, have begun a reckoning For many South Koreans, the admission by a young man that he voyeurism epidemic especially in a week when two men were arrested for allegedly Seungri, a member of the internationally popular boyband Big Bang, have snowballed into overlapping sex and corruption scandals that have exposed K-pops dark underbelly and prompted a backlash among all but the most obsessive fans. Jung said he would retire from showbusiness and admitted that he had shared with members of a chatroom footage of him having sex with several women without their knowledge. Members of the chatroom …