* Date : 2015-01-09
The market for breakfast meals people can easily eat on their way to work or school is growing. Lotteria's good breakfast menu including muffins, steamed rice and desserts is quite popular to office workers, while Pulmuone Health & Living's mini cup rice, which can be delivered to you, is favored as a light meal. Convenience stores are also releasing new products as sales of breakfast menu are rising. As a result, the growing breakfast market is currently estimated to be US$1 billion. What's behind the market's growth?
Interviewee: James KIM, chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Korea
In the second half of 2014, the U.S. ended quantitative easing, which it had implemented nearly six years ago. Consequently, the U.S. economic trends have come under the global spotlight this year. How far the U.S. economy recovers will also affect the global economy. What risks are lurking in the global economy in 2015 that could also largely affect Korea's economy? And what opportunities are awaiting? We will forecast the global economy in 2015 through the U.S. economic outlook.
Samsung and LG have announced that they will unveil quantum dot TVs at CES 2015, the world's largest consumer electronics show, in Las Vegas, United States, on December 6. 'Quantum dots', which have emerged as the biggest topic of the electronics industry, are small self-luminous semiconductor crystals. Quantum dot TVs have higher color reproduction rate than OLED TVs and are cheaper to manufacture. Aside from being applied to displays for TVs, mobile phones and tablet PCs, they can also be used to create solar batteries. Thanks to their high efficiency, they can be used to create the dream solar batteries. We will look into the present and future of quantum dots.
The world's eyes are on what new technologies could shake the global smartphone industry in 2015. With the global smartphone competition getting more ferocious amid the emergence of flexible displays, popularization of 64-bit operating systems and introduction of new operating systems, we will forecast how smartphones will change in 2015.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has delivered a verbal New Year's address for last year. This year, he again delivered a verbal New Year's address. Last year, he talked about building a powerful socialist country and improving the inter-Korean relations. The world's eyes are on this year's speech as Kim has finished the three-year mourning of his late father Kim Jong-il and started his regime in full-scale. We will forecast North Korea's 2015 through his New Year's speech which may provide hints of the communist country's possible movements this year.