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Ex-basketball star Dennis Rodman, who until this week's in-person negotiations between US President Donald Trump and North Korean strongman Kim Jong Un could accurately claim himself to be one of the few people friends with both, crashed the closed-door event today in Singapore. He did so wearing a shirt advertising a marijuana-themed cryptocurrency startup that now seems destined for either a museum or, if we're gonna guess, a jaw-dropping high bid on eBay.

Russia-1 aired a segment yesterday about Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's recent meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. But one part of the news broadcast was pretty weird. Take a look at Kim's face in the screenshot on the left. Kim has been photoshopped to look like he's smiling. And it's not even a very good photoshop job.

Security researchers have unearthed an elaborate scheme of North Korean front companies secretly suppling advanced biometric recognition and encryption software to countries around the world. In a new report, researchers at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies say North Korea uses a web of freelancing sites, shell companies, and difficult to trace aliases to circumvent international sanctions and, most troublingly, embed state software into foreign companies, including "at least one reputable defence firm in a US-allied country."

While North Korea has been largely closed off from the outside world since 1948, some tech does manage to trickle in.

A recent report by a South Korean publication has revealed that smartphone ownership is actually on the rise in North Korea. There is even a clear favourite - the Samsung Galaxy range

Earlier this month, North Korea announced the closure of its nuclear testing site, saying it's suspending all nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile tests. The surprise move by President Kim Jong Un may be an attempt to ease relations prior to a summit with Donald Trump, but a new reports suggests the collapse of North Korea's test facility may have been a contributing factor.

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North Korea's totalitarian nature means that video games aren't as advanced as the rest of the world. But the country's proletariat and citizenry are just as partial to virtual distractions as anyone else, and they've even developed some games of their own.

Top researchers in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) have called for a boycott of the South Korean university KAIST after it opened a lab with the defence firm Hanwha Systems. Even if you're not familiar with KAIST, you might know some of the school's robots. The university won the top prize at the last DARPA Robotics Challenge in 2015 with its highly advanced DRC-HUBO robot.