Uniting against ISIS, Thailand’s Constitution Unveiled, and Selfie Camera-Phones


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Tuesday | April 21, 2015

As the Islamic State slaughters Christians in the Middle East, more nations commit to stopping them. The new Thai constitution is unveiled and LG looks to change the way we shoot selfies.

The fight against the Islamic State

A new video has surfaced depicting members affiliated with the Islamic State beheading and shooting Ethiopian Christians. It was a chilling scene to watch, but as ISIS increases its violence, other nations are banding together to fight back.

Thailand unveils its Constitution

Nearly a year has passed since Thailand underwent a bloodless coup. Then General and now Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha vowed to make changes and now we’re starting to see some.

LG Set to Make Selfies Super Clear

LG is set to launch its new flagship smartphone later this month in its home nation of South Korea. While not as ubiquitous as Samsung’s Galaxy line, the technology manufacturer is hoping major improvements to its onboard cameras will capture the selfie-generation.

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What are Bitcoins and are they the future?

Take a look at just about any science fiction film. They don’t use dollars, they use some universal currency that can be transferred at the click of a button. Today we’re seeing the emergence of digital currency. What are Bitcoins and are they the future. That’s one conversation taking place in Asia… now.

Saturday | April 11, 2015

I love traveling. I’ve been all across Asia and it’s my mission during the winter to vacate the cold and take refuge in Southeast Asia. But the thing I hate most about traveling is dealing with money.

I’m not talking about the expense of traveling, I’m talking about having to deal with switching currencies when crossing borders. 

Dollars to won to yen to pesos to… you get the idea.

What I loved about science fiction was this notion of a universal currency embraced by the world community. We’re a long way off from that; however we are seeing the emergence of various digital currencies.

The most famous of which is the bitcoin.

Joining me via Skype on this week’s Asia Now podcast is Chris Williams, Meetup organizer for the Seoul Bitcoin Center. We discuss what bitcoins are, their history, the controversy behind them, and where things might lead in the future.

After the podcast, please let me know what you think about bitcoins. Are they the currency of the future or just a fad?

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Using Bitcoins for the first time



This past weekend, I went into Seoul to learn about Bitcoins. It’s a new kind of currency. Truly, it is fascinating and I’ll be going into more details about it on an upcoming episode of Asia Now.

In this video, You’ll see me create a Bitcoin wallet, convert South Korean won to bitcoins, and then pay for lunch.

the place we did this at was the Bitcoin Center in Itaewon.

If you’re interested in what a bitcoin account looks like here’s my QR code.

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Park self-righteous? Political parties argue over anti-graft bill, and SK beats Viber in court

The Korea Times Podcast

Today on The Korea Times Podcast: Can the President change what people say is a “self-righteous” style while rival parties argue over an anti-graft bill? Plus SK Telecom wins a far reaching patent case and the new PM vows to get tough on incompetent bureaucrats.

Is MILF training with Abu Sayyaf? Li’s Daughter graft target? Viber may be out of Korea

Are Filipino Muslims training with Abu Sayyaf and Kim Jong-un calls for combat readiness. Plus a former Chinese Premier’s daughter could be the next one snared for graft and messaging app Viber could be out of Korea.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Are Filipino Muslims training with Abu Sayyaf and Kim Jong-un calls for combat readiness. Plus a former Chinese Premier’s daughter could be the next one snared for graft and messaging app Viber could be out of Korea.

Could the Philippines’ MILF be training with Aby Sayyaf?

The Philippine government is currently attempting to validate photographs depicting members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front training in Sulu with the presence of the Abu Sayyaf Group.

North Korea must be combat ready

According to state media, North Korean Leader, Kim Jong-un, told the Central Military Commission, they needed to be “fully ready to react to any form of war to be ignited by the enemy.”

Next week, South Korea and the United States begin the annual Key Resolve joint military drill. North Korea views them as hostile and prelude to war.

Former Chinese premier’s daughter in anti-graft crosshairs

Chinese President Xi JinPing’s anti-corruption probe could target the daughter of former premier Li Peng. Many of recent the anti-corruption actions have involved companies related the former premier’s family.

Viber possible forced out of Korea

SK Telecom, South Korea’s leading mobile phone carrier recently won a District Court case against smart phone mobile messaging app Viber. The decision could send the technology company out of Korea. The court said Viber infringed on four of SK Telecoms patents and that it could not distribute its software in the Korean market.

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The new QuikPod SPORT


Over the past two years, I’ve really changed the way I’ve shot my videos. Everything used to be handheld, but that changed a couple of years ago. When I started using my GoPro more, I knew I wanted to take advantage of its action cam settings, but needed a better way to hold on it. So I reached out to QuikPod. They were kind enough to send me their POV/DSLR model to review.

I loved it.

It really changed the way I filmed with a GoPro. The original DSLR/POV wasn’t perfect, but was pretty damn close. In my review, I outlined a number of improvements. A year later, an updated model was released. This new version was just about as close to perfect as one could get. Everything I had concerns about with the original were addressed, and it became my go-to monopod for extreme sport activities.

At the same time, QuikPod sent me their new Explorer 3. It instantaneously became my favorite. It’s small, it works incredibly well with my GoPro, and light. This means I can carry it with me where ever I go… and I do. When you see me walking in Seoul, I have the GoPro and the Explorer 3 in my bag and ready to go.

While the Explorer 3 is great for normal selfies and filming activities, it just doesn’t have a feel I’m comfortable with when going SCUBA diving, bungee jumping, or sailing through the air on a zip line. For those activities, I still use the new DSLR/POV model. But as you can expect, a mono pod geared towards holding a 2kg camera is bit on the heavy side. So what to do?

Well, QuikPod has THE answer. They’ve just launched a new product called the Sport.

So what is the QuikPod Sport? It’s a hybrid between the Explorer 3 and DSLR/POV. It will carry a camera over a pound, anodized aluminum with locking cams, fully weather proof, light, and sturdy. It’s not as small as the Explorer 3, meaning I can’t keep it in my daily bag; however, when traveling, I’d much rather have this with me since it weighs just over 200g.

I’ve taken it out to test and have to report back this is an awesome product and one I fully endorse. If you’re looking for a monopod for extreme sports and you use an action cam – this is the one to get. Seriously. It’s that good.

If you’re going to pick up the Sport or any of the other QuikPods, I’d like to make one recommendation. Spend a few extra bucks and pick up the tripod legs. These screw into the bottom of the monopod, allowing it to stand. I’ve been using this for a while and love the ability not to have to carry around multiple devices.

Uploading Podcasts to iTunes



I’ve been getting a lot of questions about podcasting lately. The most common question seems to be about uploading podcasts to iTunes. The honest answer – there is no way of uploading a podcast to iTunes.

When you’re making a podcast (audio or visual), you’re creating a file. That file has to be put somewhere so people can download it. iTunes isn’t the place. iTunes is a directory of podcasts. It simply reads where the source material is and distributes it.

Currently, I’m running two podcasts: 1) Asia News Weekly and 2) Asia Now. Asia News Weekly is available in iTunes, but Asia Now isn’t. It’s too new, but that doesn’t mean you can’t listen to it. There is an active feed and one can manually add it to any podcast catcher.

If you’re making a podcast, you must have a server you upload the file to and then apply to iTunes to be listed in the directory. It can be your own host (a .com, .net, or something else) or a podcast hosting service.

In Episode 14 of the Just Japan Podcast, I sat down with Jim Mullins (MULLY) and Kevin O’Shea to talk about podcasting in Asia. If you’re really interested in learning more about podcasting, I’d give it a listen.