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Submission + - Korea based SK Telecom to Launch First Ever Voice over LTE HD Calls Service (paritynews.com)

hypnosec writes: South Korea has left US and other developed nations behind in the race for HD calls aka Voice over LTE as SK Telecom has announced that it will be providing high-quality voice calls over LTE service from August 8. While the rest of the world is still deliberating on when to start offering 4G services and when to hold 4G spectrum auctions like the UK, SK Telecom has upped the ante by becoming the first telecoms company to offer voice call services in HD through the use of “audio codecs capable of handling 2.2 times wider frequency bandwidth than that of 3G voice calls.” The audio codec to be used is Adapted Multi-Rate Wide Band (AMR-WB) codec notes Korea IT Times. Such is the quality of voice calls that users will actually feel that the caller will think that the person he/she is talking to is just right there, next to him/her. Another startling revelation is that the call connect time for a HD call will be anywhere between 0.25 to 2.5 seconds compared to 5 seconds in a 3G call making it around 2 to 20 times faster than the latter.
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Submission + - North Korea Training Hackers To Hack Online Games (itproportal.com)

hypnosec writes: New reports suggest that the North Korean government is encouraging its young hackers to penetrate into the arch enemy South Korea’s popular online gaming websites and find loopholes to collect points convertible to cash in abundance. According to experts, the North Korean government has taken the initiative as a part of their desperate attempt to recover their gradually falling economy in whatever way possible. It has been often covered by the media, especially those in the West, how the North Korean establishment has been spending a hefty amount in training an army of hackers and computer programmers despite its economic downfall.

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