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North Korea's Busted Red Star Operating System Rips Off Windows

North Korea is renowned for many things, including famine, human rights violations, a comically evil leader, and the world's worst arcade. But as far as the IT industry goes, the country does not immediately spring to mind. In a sad attempt to prove itself as the technological equal of its neighbor to the south, the North Korean government has slapped together its own proprietary operating system,...

North Korea Home to Lamest Arcade in the World

Under the leadership of ruler Kim Jong Il, the totalitarian state of North Korea has been notoriously isolated and secretive. It's incredibly difficult to obtain information or photographs from within the nation, but an anonymous freedom fighter has apparently released some incriminating photographs that demonstrate a disturbingly cruel attitude toward North Korea's youth. The photos depict a ...

Best of the Rest: North Korean Beer Ad, Camera-Killing iPods?

There's a load of great tech news happening out there every day, and, unfortunately, we just can't cover it all. Here are a few of the other noteworthy things we saw today on our never-ending journey through the wild, wild Web. Now making the rounds of the Web: North Korea's first ever television ad -- a strange, two-minute clip for Taedog River Beer, "pride of Pyongyang." [Foreign Policy] ...

'Citizen Spies' Using Google Earth to Uncover Secrets of North Korea

During Kim Jong Il's reign as leader of North Korea, the nation has been shrouded in mystery, with the government only periodically breaking its silence in order to tout fantastical accomplishments of the ruler and his nation. The veil of secrecy is now slowly being lifted, though, thanks to surveillance work carried out by ordinary citizens using Google Earth and information gleaned from news ...

North Korea Lifts Cell-Phone Ban

We take many freedoms for granted, like the freedom to own and use a cell phone. In some countries cell phone use is banned, most notably North Korea, where getting caught on a cell phone is a crime punishable by public execution. But, the restrictive nation is finally starting to lift the ban, allowing its citizens to carry mobile phones. Cell phones have been banned in North Korea since a 2004 e...