Sunday, December 24, 2017

Naver Christmas card maker


Naver has a cute and simple doodle maker mini-site up that let's you draw a Christmas wreath to share. Here's one I threw together real quick.  Here's the site: 네이버 크리스마스 카드 (Naver Christmas Card)  Just visit the page, and you'll get a wreath template. Using standard touch drawing tools, doodle on it to decorate it. Works great on mobi…

Friday, December 22, 2017

Top Daum / Kakao searches in Korea for 2017


Kakao has also released their top search terms for 2017. You can find the highlights over on the Daum portal , but I'll list them here in English. For these lists, I won't bother doing a lot of commentary or explanation, since they're mostly the same as the terms on Naver's list for this year, so if you want some background I'd …

Monday, December 18, 2017

Top Naver searches in Korea for 2017


Naver has released their list of Top Search Terms for 2017 (2017년 네이버 최다 검색어 순위). Because Naver is the dominant search engine in Korea, it gives you a decent idea of what issues (and daily lifestyle items) were popular in South Korea in 2017. I've gone through and reprinted them in an easier to read format, translated them to English, and off…

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Gordon Ramsay competes on Korea cooking show


Just in case you missed this, Gordon Ramsay came to Korea and competed on a popular cooking show called  Please Take Care of My Refrigerator (냉장고를 부탁해) which is a bit like Iron Chef. After Ramsay did some endorsement advertisements for Korean beer "Cass"  it was fun to have him appear on Korean TV. Gordon Ramsay went up against Korean-Chine…

Top Google searches in Korea for 2017


Google has released their end-of-year top searches for South Korea . Here are a few of the lists rewritten in English with some of my own explanations in case you're unfamiliar with any of the topics. Hopefully it helps you get a sense of what was popular or newsworthy among Koreans in 2017, and why. 종합 Overall Top Google searches in South Kore…

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Kakao Map gets full English map imagery


Kakao Map received a major update this week. Not only is the interface in English , but now the map imagery itself is in English. Foreigners in Korea, rejoice! This means Kakao has made good on their promise to release a fully English mapping app for South Korea ahead of the 2018 Olympics. But of course this will be useful for any travelers and new…

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Kakao Friends phone-watch for kids released


Any parents out there who want to keep tabs on their kids might want to look into getting one of these Kakao Friends wearable phone-watches. You can track the kid's location with the admin app on your own phone, and the watch can automatically snap a photo of the surroundings and send it to you so you can check what's going on. Pretty neat…

Google Play's Top Apps for South Korea 2017


Google Play released their Top Korean Apps of 2017 lists. A new " Most Popular " category was added this year, and Sandbox Color , a relaxing coloring book type app by the looks of it, took home 1st place. Snow app (the Instagram of Korea), Naver's translator app Papago , and the fine dust forecast widget I use , all featured on the list.…

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Kakao Taxi goes Star Wars for "The Last Jedi"


Today I used the Kakao T app to take a taxi. It popped up with yet another promotional event poster, this time for something about Star Wars. I usually just dismiss them without really reading them, but today's was pretty neat. When you order a taxi, the progress map changes your location icon to the BB-8 droid, and the taxi icon changes to th…

Sam Hammington chats with Mark Hamill for Star Wars promo


Sam Hammington, that famous Korean-speaking white Aussie comedian you see on every Korean reality TV show, recently sat down with Mark Hamill (Luke from Star Wars, like you didn't know that) in Japan to conduct an English/Korean interview with the actor. They had a nice chat, promoting the latest Star Wars: The Last Jedi movie which comes out …

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Links for Nov 2017


It's time for another link round-up. Stuff I was interested in this month. Links for November 2017 Tech stuff Samsung Upcycling program repurposes old Galaxy devices   - Using old phones to mine Bitcoin more efficiently. Neat. This is why I like Android: repositories like APK Mirror store older versions of apps, giving more life to old tech. I&#…