Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Links for Oct 2017


It's time for another link round-up. Stuff I was interested in this month. Links for October 2017 Tech stuff Naver SmartBoard keyboard app released for iOS Whale Browser out of beta, v.1.0 released Google Assistant Joins Samsung's Bixby, Apple's Siri, Naver's Clover in Vying for Koreans' Attention | Be Korea-savvy Google launches K…

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Voice commands to activate Korean smart home speakers (Korean versions of "Hey Siri")


Korea is becoming obsessed with smart speakers . Of course there is Amazon's Alexa and Google Home in the US, but Korea already has its own large domestic smart speaker market. That got me thinking: iPhone users say "Hey Siri" and I say "OK Google" to my phone. What do Koreans say to their smart speakers? The best word I cou…

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Lookalikes 3: Park Yoon-jae and Jimmy Fallon


TV actor Park Yoon-jae (박윤재) from the recent drama " Unknown Woman " (이름 없는 여자) looks like SNL alum and Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon. More on Park: Park Yoon-jae - Wikipedia Park Yoon-Jae - AsianWiki Park Yoon Jae - DramaWiki Park Yoon Jae - MyDramaList See more lookalikes  here .

Highlights from the Korea Internet Transparency Report 2017


This year's Korea Internet Transparency Report is out. As usual, the whole thing's a fascinating read. Here are some parts I found interesting. All images screenshot from their report. Categories of takedown requests No surprise that obscenity and prostitution make up the largest portion of takedown requests. Nearly 4% for portrait right v…

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Korean government emails to Tumblr: you're becoming a "porn site"


For you addicts who can't get enough lewd content on Tumblr (I'm looking at you, certain Reddit users), you probably already know that the Korean government is on to you, and has been (unsuccessfully) requesting that Tumblr proactively remove and prevent such content. Several articles have gone up in English about it: ​Tumblr rejects Korea…

AlphaGo that beat Lee Sedol now beaten by... AlphaGo... 100:0


Quick note if you missed this: the Google DeepMind team now has AlphaGo Zero . This new AI learned Go from scratch, and is badass. They had it play against the same version of AlphaGo that beat Lee Sedol last year... and it won...  100 games to 0 . Just to recap: that older version of AlphaGo beat a world grand champ human 4 games to 1. Basically we&…

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Naver Maps coming in English for 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics


I tweeted earlier about how Naver Maps (and Kakao Map) will release full English versions of their apps coinciding with the upcoming 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics: Naver intends to release an English version of its map app at an unspecified date, and will build on user feedback to also release a Chinese version. Kakao will likely release an English ve…

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Naver Blogs get new Instagram style theme on mobile


Title says it all. Naver Blogs has a new theme called Album View that makes users' blog posts appear as little square thumbnail images that coincidentally mimics the look of Instagram. I actually really like it. It's like an refreshed, updated version of Google Blogger's "Flipcard" or "Snapshot" dynamic templates. T…

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Twitter shows a 달토끼 (Moon Rabbit) emoji for Chuseok 2017


Little bit late on this, but if you hadn't noticed, Twitter is now displaying a cute emoticon of a rabbit silhouetted in front of a full moon, to celebrate the Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving) harvest festival. Examples of the Moon Rabbit Here's an example from SK Telecom: That's mildly funny. They're making a pun, which literally say…

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Cute Chuseok images from Kakao Friends


Here are six adorable wishing-you-well images for you to send to your Korean friends this Chuseok, courtesy of your favorite Kakao Friends. Wishing you to spend each day of this Chuseok full of blooming happiness with your loving family! Wishing you a spirit as bountiful (strong, healthy, bright, etc.) as the full moon, all the rest of the days of t…