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AsiaD Adventures: Walt and Kara in Seoul (Video)

This week, my AllThingsD partner-in-crime Walt Mossberg and I are in Asia as part of our planning for the upcoming AsiaD conference in the fall.

We’ll soon be announcing even more speakers for the event, which takes place in Hong Kong from Oct. 19-21.

And while AsiaD will have a Chinese flavor, by virtue of location and given how increasingly important the country is in the digital arena, we also want to make sure that the focus is pan-Asian.

Hence, our trip to South Korea — as well as to Tokyo, Japan — to meet companies, look at start-ups and get a feel for the key trends of these places.

In Seoul earlier this week, for example, Walt and I went to visit Samsung, the company that dominates most of tech in South Korea.

The giant conglomerate, which has been a major maker of televisions and other consumer electronics, is now aggressively competing in the smartphone and tablet arena.

It has partnered with Google Android as one of many handset and tablet makers using the mobile operating system. But from our talks with execs here, all Samsung seems to think about is Apple and its powerful iPhone and iPad, which it seems to consider its one and only rival.

We’ll be talking about all this and more at AsiaD, but until then, enjoy the video of our tour, which includes us as stars on the video wall at Samsung’s D’light exhibit in Seoul:


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