Saturday, February 25, 2017

Top 5 searches leading to warning.or.kr


According to Amazon's internet stats source Alexa , the warning page you get when you try to access illegal content from within Korea is the 37th most popular page in the country. If you're unfamiliar, the infamous warning page is a redirect that seems to occur at the ISP level* when you try to visit sites that host illegal content. For exa…

Friday, February 24, 2017

Download subtitles (and videos) from Naver V Live, manually


---➤ Update 3 Reader Aeri  suggests another new method, which other readers confirmed as working: Hello! I'm going to share the NEW manual method of downloading the video and/or subs after finally figuring it out~ They made it slightly more complicated by adding an extra step. This time round at the "Network" tab, instead of searchin…

Sunday, February 19, 2017

V Live fansubs in Naver Dictionary


I often use  Naver Dictionary to look-up Korean words. It usually offers a variety of meanings and example sentences to help get a feel for how words are used. The other day I noticed that in addition to their normal academic corpus sources and user contributed translations, they are now also tapping into their V Live fan community translations. He…

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Kakao Map gets English interface


KakaoMap (formerly the Daum Maps app) got updated recently from version 1.0.8 to 1.0.9, but don't let that tiny decimal fool you. This update included a hugely important feature: an English interface. Like with many other Kakao apps, you can comfortably use it with English menus, dialog boxes, directions, etc. This will doubtless be very usefu…

Friday, February 17, 2017

Kakao releases a game on Steam


If you thought Kakao just makes cute character bubble popping games for your phone , think again. Kakao Games has recently released a title called " VR Golf Online " on the Steam platform . Yes, Steam, your favorite mainstream PC game service. It looks like the game is played on the HTC Vive headset in full VR. It was released February 8th. …

Monday, February 13, 2017

Bing Maps shows Korean traffic congestion in real time


Bing Maps (yes, Bing) got an update to show real time traffic congestion levels in many countries , including Korea. Here's what the traffic situation looked like on Bing Maps today, a Monday just before 6pm in Yeouido: Nice thick lines there. Easy to visualize, and pretty good detail down to each street. Of course the English interface is nice…

Friday, February 10, 2017

Korean films with English subtitles at Emu Artspace, Seoul


Emu Artspace is a cultural center in the heart of Seoul that frequently (nearly every week, sometimes multiple times a week) screens interesting Korean and foreign films with English subtitles. For example, they recently had Michael Moore's "Who to Invade Next, " and the animated prequel to "Train to Busan" called "Seou…

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Google Earth timelapses of Songdo, Busan, Gunsan


Google featured some neat timelapse animations of Songdo, Busan, and Gunsan recently, based on new imagery taken from Google Earth . I thought I'd share them with you now. The links in the captions go to the corresponding spot in Google Earth Engine, where you can scroll around and see the same effect for your part of Korea too. The imagery in …

Hardships of wheelchair users and buses in Korea (a personal story)


Today's post is really just a recounting of something I witnessed a few months ago. No tips or useful content here, but it is a slice of Koreana I guess. You see, I noticed two articles that came out this past week highlighting the difficult problems faced by disabled people in Korea using the bus system. I figured it's a good as time as a…

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Watch Super Bowl 51 free via Naver


Super Bowl 51 is this weekend,. but here in Korea, that will be this coming Monday at 8:30am. As usual , Naver Sports will be offering a streaming feed of the game live. This is a great way to watch the game, as it won't need any VPNs or NFL.com Passes or anything like that. Naver Sports will offer two viewing sites again: one for PC/desktop (…

Friday, February 3, 2017

Naver papago translation app gets "mini" mode


Fans of Naver's translation app "papago" ( iTunes / Google Play )have a new feature to play with called "mini mode." It's exactly the same thing Google Translate does. If enabled, when you highlight text in any app on your phone, a little bright circle pops up in the upper-right corner of the screen, with a big colorful G …

Thursday, February 2, 2017

The "most International" Korean universities (2017)


Times Higher Education's World University Rankings has put out yet another set of statistics, this time for how "international" the school is. The list has 150 entries, and featured six Korean schools. No big surprises about who they are. So here you go, the top 6 most "international" Korean universities, with their world r…