Sunday, December 27, 2015

Top Naver searches in Korea, 2015


Naver  has released their year-end review of top searches  (2015 검색어 결산). As I did with Google's year-end Korea list  and Facebok's year-end Korea list , I've translated them all for you, and included some brief commentary to catch you up. As always, commentary is based on the pooled knowledge of me, my friends, and my coworkers, so if you…

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Top Google searches in Korea, 2015


It's that time of year. Google Trends has released their top search lists for 2015, and the results are divided up by country and topic. You can see them in Korean here , but I've gone ahead and translated them for you with a tiny bit of personal commentary. Everything I've written has come from either my own knowledge or that of my fr…

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Using Google in Korea? You're probably a criminal.


The Korea Times wants to warn you about all sorts of dangers that come from using Google as your default search engine. Clearly if you are Googling instead of Navering, you're up to no good. Capitalization by me, to make it funnier. ...A 28-year-old suspect, surnamed Choi, who has been arrested for allegedly having recorded videos of more th…

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Facebook's Korean Top 10 for 2015


Like last year, Facebook has posted their "Year in Review" lists and included lists for the Top 10 Most Popular Topics in Korea , and the Top 10 Most Popular Check-in Locations for Korea. I've translated them into English, with a bit of explanation just in case you need it. And you may also be interested in this year's top Naver …

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Chrome to Phone replacement for FoxtoPhone users - Sendroid


I was very annoyed this week to discover that Google has depreciated their useful little "Chrome to Phone" extension. This was a simple tool to send links from your desktop browser to your Android phone with one click. I personally prefer Firefox over Chrome, but there was no problem thanks to the useful FoxtoPhone add-on for Firefox th…

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Seoul gone from Google Maps? Nope.


Get ready to cringe, because this article basically  Seouls you : The Seoul Metropolitan Government said Friday that it recently discovered Google’s online map service did not properly mark Seoul as South Korea’s capital, or the Dokdo islets at all, and asked the American tech company to resolve the issue. Google Maps showed the capitals of neighbori…

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

KT and Expedia partner for unlimited data roaming


It looks like KT is offering customers traveling abroad a  free unlimited data roaming  promotion. That's pretty huge, since I can still remember visiting home and having to choose my data-dates carefully, as it was 10k won each day for such service. A quick check shows that that is still basically the case. But before you get too excited, ther…

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Korea is #1 in Dropbox syncing


It turns out Korea ranks #1 when it comes to Dropbox users who "use their Dropbox accounts on at least two devices."  Here are the top syncer schools globally: Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology (South Korea) Universitat de les Illes Balears (Spain) Seoul National University (South Korea) Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (…

Friday, November 6, 2015

MBC's 360° VR video "Shine or Go Crazy" (빛나거나 미치거나 VR), and more 360 VR fun!


Here's a pretty cool follow-up on Korean 360° VR videos. A few months back I had read over on the K-Bizwire that MBC was producing a virtual reality Korean historical drama. SEOUL, Aug. 26 (Korea Bizwire) – MBC has announced that it will produce an action drama based on virtual reality (VR), and reveal it on September 5. The drama ‘Shine or go…

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Korean "Dirt Spoon" Bingo


By now, you've probably read an article somewhere about a silly viral meme called "Dirt Spoon Bingo" (흙수저 빙고) which is meant to be a kind of satire on the poor economic condition faced by young Koreans today. It's a game to determine if you were born with, not a silver spoon, but a dirt spoon in your mouth. The Bingo card spaces …

Friday, October 23, 2015

Naver Maps updates North Korea imagery (but Google's is better)


In a recent blog post cataloging their latest updates to their map imagery, Naver Maps included a bit about a big update to their North Korean satellite imagery, which was previously only available up the regional-level of zoom. Now, thanks to imagery released by the Korean National Geographic Information Institute ( 국토지리정보원 ), you can zoom to a lev…

Thursday, October 15, 2015

KAIST students biggest night owls, says Dropbox


So Dropbox apparently crunched the numbers to see which university's students are working on their Dropbox documents latest at night. The Asian winner? KAIST. Relevant parts: By looking at all universities with students using Dropbox late on weeknights — between 10:00 pm and 4:00 am in the school’s local time — we identified the top 5 universi…

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

KakaoTaxi experience, revisited


This post includes some commentary on the KakaoTaxi service. These are just my personal opinions. I have no interest or stake in KakaoTaxi, and bear in mind I am no expert on taxi services or logistics or the Korean app ecosphere. I am just a man in Korea who occasionally uses KakaoTaxi. So please take all my thoughts with a grain of salt. They re…

Saturday, October 3, 2015

My review of Swing Browser (스윙 브라우저)


Today I'll take a look at a Korean home-grown web browser that I had seen a coworker using, called Swing Browser . Swing Browser (스윙 브라우저) is basically Google Chrome but surgically altered to support IE-only plug-ins. Why might one need such a browser, and is it worth using? Let's take a look. TOC: Introduction Part 1: Search & New Tabs Par…