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  1. Tech

    North Korea Builds Its Own Tablet, Fails to Include the Internet

    North Korea has come out with what's basically its own version of an iPad: The Samjiyon. Unlike the iPad, which is used to access the Internet to get movies, books, and music in addition to communications and basic web-browsing, the Samjiyon does not get Wi-Fi, and is instead basically a touchscreen tablet devoted to delivering government propaganda and also slingshot games, because North Korea.

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  2. Tech

    North Korea Probably Detonated A Nuke This Morning — Here’s What’s Different This Time

    I hope you like things that are scary, because an unstable regime led by an untested young man probably just detonated its latest atomic bomb. All signs this morning point to a successful nuclear bomb test in North Korea, which the country has been threatening for some weeks. The move comes in defiance of the international community -- or as they are known in North Korea, "western devils jealous of the power and virility of glorious leader Kim Jong Un" -- which had urged North Korea not to undertake what is seen by the rest of the world as a clearly provocative and threatening action, probably because it is totally meant that way by North Korea.

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  3. Gaming

    Activision Got YouTube to Pull North Korea’s Propaganda Video Over Modern Warfare 3 Footage

    I saw a propaganda video released by North Korea the other day, and did the obvious thing -- I made fun of its terrible production value. It was really bad. The highlight of the video from purely a graphics standpoint came when the video showed an American city burning. Why'd it look so good? Because North Korea stole the footage from Modern Warfare 3. The video has been removed from YouTube thanks to a complaint by Activision, the publishers of the game.

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  4. Weird

    North Korea Threatens United States With Early ’90s CGI Technology [UPDATED]

    As North Korea gets ready to perform a nuclear test, they're also stepping up their propaganda efforts, or at least they're trying to do so. A video released by the country's official website on Saturday shows a dream sequence of a unified Korea, spaceflight, and an unspecified American city being bombarded with missiles. The whole thing would be more frightening if the CGI graphics weren't at best on par with Home Improvement scene transitions and at worst like something out of 1980s Doctor Who.

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  5. Tech

    Here’s What Eric Schmidt Said About North Korea

    Not everyone was happy with former Google CEO Eric Schmidt's trip to North Korea, or its secretive nature, but it seems like now we have some details about what the whole thing was about. Schmidt posted on his Google+ account this morning, and said the goal was to talk to North Korea about a free and open Internet. The reason many people suspected Schmidt was making the trip was to increase Google's market into the country, but why can't it be both? Google would no doubt get one of its many fingers into an open North Korean Internet, so it could be a classic win-win for Google and the North Korean people.

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  6. Tech

    An Unexpected Journey: Google Chairman Eric Schmidt Set to Visit North Korea

    If you count yourself a devoted reader of all things Geekosystem, then you no doubt know that among our other self-imposed journalistic duties, one of them involves the constant and dedicated coverage of developments coming out of North Korea -- whether the news be legitimate, comedic, or -- typically -- a unique amalgamation that skates that fine line of being both. In keeping with this trend, South Korean officials have reported that Google chairman Eric Schmidt is scheduled to visit North Korea on a clandestine humanitarian mission, with the company itself pretty tight-lipped on the details surrounding the reason for this unorthodox trip. And as far as we know, it ain't a vacation.

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  7. Gaming

    Drive Straight On: North Korea Develops Racing Game for Travel Agency

    Is this really happening? Is North Korea actually turning over a new leaf? Okay, maybe not the entire country, but a video game development company called Nosotek -- the first of its kind to break barriers and venture out in catering to Western markets -- has created a simple browser game called Pyongyang Racing. The game was developed exclusively for a British-owned travel agency known as Koryo, which arranges tourist travel for those visiting the Democratic Republic of Korea.

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  8. Tech

    The End of an Era: Kim Jong-il Looking at Things Tumblr Bids Farewell

    It is an indelible law of the universe: Nothing on this world or any other is infinite, all things must sadly come to an end, and this even extends to Tumblr blogs. Yesterday, the Internet community woke up to the sad news that the much beloved and Webby Award-winning Tumblr Kim Jong-Il Looking at Things will not be posting any further pictures of the late Kim Jong-il acknowledging random objects with his glorious gaze. Though the blog won't be pulled down, that isn't to say this hasn't spoiled our morning.

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  9. Weird

    Aw, Too Bad: North Korea’s Satellite is Probably Already Dead

    Well, that didn't last long. In what we have to assume is karmic payback for lying about unicorns, the satellite that North Korea launched into orbit last week is already dead, says a Harvard astronomer. North Korea is calling the launch a big victory for leader Kim Jong Un and their space program, but it seems like they haven't been as successful as they initially thought. Reports say that the object is tumbling and that so far, no signals have been detected coming from the washing machine-sized satellite -- which upon further review, may well turn out to actually just be a washing machine. Too bad, guys. Better luck next time.

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  10. Weird

    Sadly Not The Onion: Glorious Leader Kim Jong Un Wins Time’s Person of the Year Poll

    You would think that, by now, traditional businesses would have learned not to offer online polls. The Internet can quickly become a hive of trolls, wreaking havoc in whatever way they can. Yet Time's reader poll for Person of the Year went up, same as always, and didn't even include rudimentary measures to prevent folks from abusing the voting system. Now that the vote has concluded, it's pretty clear that something went awry. Kim Jong Un, the glorious leader of North Korea, won.

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  11. Weird

    Bad News, Everyone — North Korean Unicorn Is Actually Just A Stupid Kirin

    Earlier this week, we brought you the profoundly heartening, life-affirming and 100% real, true news that North Korean archaeologists had discovered the ancient lair of a unicorn near Pyongyang. Today, though, it is with some regret that we have to correct that story. It turns out that the story of the unicorn lair suffered in translation, and what was discovered was nothing more than a simple, everyday lair of a kirin -- a dragon-like creature with a hooves like a cow and a unicorn-like horn. We are deeply sorry to bring you this news, which confirms once and for all that there is no light in the world and everything will be terrible forever.

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  12. Weird

    North Korea Finds Ancient Unicorn Lair, Because Sure, Why Not

    Continuing their proud nation's great tradition of being simultaneously wackier and sadder than all other nations, North Korean archaeologists have announced the discovery of what they claim is the lair of a unicorn. What, you may ask, could lead them to believe they had stumbled on such an incredible find? According to the country's state run news service "A rectangular rock carved with words "Unicorn Lair" stands in front of the lair." I think you'll agree -- pretty hard to argue with evidence like that.

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  13. Gaming

    North Korean Malware Hidden in Video Games Used to Launch DDOS Attacks

    A report from earlier this week claims that intelligence agents in North Korea managed to export malware-laden video games into South Korea for the express purpose of launching distributed denial of service attacks. If true, this is a remarkable scam, one that will probably make Korean gamers think twice about their purchases.

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  14. Tech

    North Korean Rocket Launch Fails, Falls Into Yellow Sea

    In the run up to the launch of North Korea's Unha-3 rocket and the satellite it carried, there was a surprising amount of candor from the isolated nation's government. The public and foreign press were invited to view the rocket on the launchpad, and some journalists even toured the control room that would organize the launch. It would all prove in vain as minutes after today's lift off, the rocket's second stage failed to ignite and the spacecraft crashed into the Yellow Sea.

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  15. Tech

    How About That: North Korea Has a FAQ

    With the recent death of Kim Jong-Il, many people ignorant of the internal workings of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea might have some questions. Perhaps you're curious about how a DPRK citizen spends his or her time, or maybe you're looking for commentary on slippery rumors about mass starvation and nuclear weapons. Well, worry no more friends: North Korea maintains a FAQ that should answer just about any question you might have. And it's not full of bald-faced propaganda, of course not.

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