Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Naver Whale browser running outdated Chrome engine


I'm generally a fan of Naver's new browser Whale , especially since it's based on Chromium. I figured it would be quick to receive crucial security updates. But while fooling around last night I noticed that the browser engine is out of date. Whale lists itself as up-to-date in the Whale info page ( whale://about/ ) on Whale version 0.9.3…

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Most popular Korean YouTube videos for first-half of 2017 (excluding K-pop)


YouTube released a list of overall top videos for Korea for the first-half of 2017 . In other words, these are all Korea-originating videos that were popular worldwide. The list obviously included lots of K-pop stuff (#1 K-pop song of the year so far is Twice's "Knock Knock" ). But you can read about those on other sites like here or h…

Friday, July 14, 2017

Top Korean searches for first half of 2017


Google released a list of their top Korean search results for the first half of 2017 . It's in Korean but I rewrote the list here with my added commentary, and links where appropriate.  종합 - Overall (Top 20) searches for first half of 2017 너의 이름은 - Your Name Extremely popular Japanese animation film. Many viewers watched it multiple times.  도깨비 …

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Korea air quality measurement suspension, July~Aug 2017


A large number of air quality reporting stations around the whole of Korea are down between July and August 2017, i.e. right now. So if your favorite air quality monitoring app/widget has been failing to update lately, it may not be the app's fault. Air quality measurement devices temporarily out of service This is according to a notice on the …

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Naver Whale browser gets Extensions store


Naver's Chromium-based browser " Whale " now has its own extensions store . You can easily install Whale specific extensions from the page. Right now, the offerings are a bit bare, and focused on the sidebar feature of Whale. They include things like: YouTube sidebar player Line Messenger  Video player for Pooq, Naver Music, Genie, Mnet (a…

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Naver's "SmartLens" visual search tool


Naver has released their own visual search tool, called Naver SmartLens (스마트렌즈), which lets you point your phone's camera at a real-life object and get back search results from it. It functions similarly to Google Goggles . SmartLens will detect a variety of real life objects and bring up various similar results and keywords, which can be narro…

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Set Naver as default Chrome (Android) search engine


You can set your Android phone's Chrome browser to use Naver for all default search results.  Any queries you type in the Chrome URL bar will bring up Naver results, and highlighting a term in another app and using "Web Search" from the three-dot pop-up menu will also search Naver. It's very easy to set-up: Visit Naver Search for …

Monday, July 3, 2017

Add a Naver share button to your site or blog


Just like Facebook and Twitter have special social sharing buttons you can add to your blog or website to share the page to those services, Naver has a simple sharing button for one-click sharing to either a Naver Cafe or Pholar (Naver's sort of G+/Instagram type photo sharing service). All you need to do is add a short piece of code, and you&…

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Naver's Whale browser (Mac version beta) released


Good news for Mac users in Korea. Naver's Whale browser, a sturdy Chromium-based internet browser steeped in the Naver ecosystem and already out for Windows PCs, is now available as a beta download for macOS versions OS X 10.9 and above. Here are some promo screenshots: If you're unfamiliar with Whale, see my previous post where I go in de…

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Naver launches "SmartBoard" smart keyboard app


Naver has released a new Android and iOS keyboard replacement app called Naver Smartboard (네이버 스마트보드). If you're already familiar with Google's keyboard replacer " Gboard " then you know what to expect. Basically it offers smart replies, translations, and search content right in your chats. Here are some of the features . UPDATE : Thi…