They are cornerstones of the economic, political and social landscape: Part one of a series looks at how these conglomerates -- like Samsung, LG and Hyundai -- saved South Korea from crushing poverty and defined a country's role on the global stage.
The totalitarian regime may have been hit by a cyberattack in the midst of a war of words with the US over the Sony hack and Hollywood film "The Interview".
The dictatorship experiences an unusual Internet shutdown after President Obama vows to take action for the Sony Pictures hack.
Despite its new phablet, the Pop-up Note, selling out in half a day, the handset maker has failed to find a buyer after filing for bankruptcy earlier in August.
The LG Watch Urbane LTE packs its own universal SIM card, so it doesn't have to be paired with a smartphone. But you can't get it outside South Korea -- at least not yet.
Korea's smartphone exports for October fall by almost 36 percent, with the country's government blaming the release of Apple's latest gadget and cheap Chinese phones.
A government cap on carrier subsidies caused a steep decline in phone sales, although there are some signs of recovery as low-cost monthly plans and used phone sales are on the rise.
Amazon's Korean expansion is expected to open for business by mid-March, according to reports.
Mirroring last year's launch of the LG G Flex, Singapore will be the first country outside of South Korea to receive the second-generation curved octa-core smartphone.
The car-hailing service's proposal would see drivers get commercial licenses, requiring them to have minimum amounts of experience and insurance.