For the first time in mankind's history a new Community generation (Gen- C) is growing up with permanent, 24-hour support of friends, colleagues and community. The umbilical cord or the "lifeline" is the cellphone and the secretive cryptic connection method is SMS text messaging. It is not the only way they connect, in fact, the youth of today is inherently multitasking on multiple platforms from videogames to social networking sites to blogging and instant messaging. Nevertheless, one form of communication reigns supreme, and that is SMS text messaging.
Korea and Japan both have the reputations of being two of the most wired nations in the world. Japan is number three in total number of broadband subscribers, with 26.5 million according to latest reports. Korea as well is fourth with 14.1 million broadband subscribers. The United States and China are first and second, mostly due to their overwhelmingly large populations compared to other countries. However, the profitability of investing so much money into Internet infrastructure is still questionable.
NCsoft may be the flagship company of the Korean software industry. Beginning with their hugely successful online game Lineage, they have expanded to produce Lineage 2, Guild Wars, City of Heroes, and its expansion City of Villains. They are wise to invest heavily in the online gaming market, as a market research firm DFC Intelligence expects the global online gaming market to grow from US$5.1 billion in 2007 to US$13.1 billion in 2012.
Under the official patronage of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Busan will host the 4th TAFISA(Trim & Fitness International Sport for all Association) World Sport for All Games for one week from September 26, 2008. About 10,000 players and guests from over 100 countries are expected to come to the international event, called the World Sports Cultural Festival.
Under the important theme, Changing Cities Are Driving Our World, the 2nd United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) World Congress took place over four days from October 28 through 31 at the beautiful city of Jeju, Korea.
To participate at the UCLG World Congress, approximately 2,000 attendants from 110 countries gathered in Jeju.
"Korea Construction history is the history of Hyundai Engineering and Construction Company," Associate Director of Division of Architectural Building and Works Overseas Chung Yoo-sung said. The year 2007 is Hyundai Engineering and Construction's 60th anniversary. From the construction of the Seoul-Pusan Highway in the 1970s to its newest Hill State apartments, Hyundai Engineering and Construction Company conducted a pilot frontier business that centered on residents' needs and desires.
Korea's 21st century megatrend, information technology, is creating a whole new concept of the word "ubiquitous". Constructing new buildings and towns with the word "ubiquitous" as a prefix to their name refers to a town or a building that is fully equipped with the newest information technology. Korea's push to complete a utopia by successfully implementing a ubiquitous life is encouraging the IT revolution in the country. High speed internet network access and its subscribers are top rank in the world.
The people of South Korea seem to be searching for an international identity, and unsure of what they can be known for on the world's stage. But there is one thing that the country is increasingly being known for, and that is its unique approach to computer gaming. The country is the only place in the world where a professional computer gamer can make over US$200,000 a year before the age of 21.
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