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N Korea at crossroads

North Koreans tap into smartphone apps on restricted state network

Isolated nation has its own version of Netflix on its domestic-made devices

Women clad in traditional Korean clothes talk on smartphones in Pyongyang on April 15.   © Kyodo

SEOUL -- South Korea is one of the most plugged in countries on earth, with more smartphones in use than people. But across the 38th parallel, North Koreans are also beginning to enjoy the benefits of mobile communication, albeit without access to the outside world.

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