Monday, February 26, 2018

Pyeongchang Olympics commemorative Lego sets


Two special commemorative Lego sets were released for the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics. Not actually "LEGO™" brand but the completely compatible Oxford blocks (made in Korea). They were available for a short time at the official Pyeongchang Olympics online store, and apparently from select Lotte Department Stores and Outlets. But not surpri…

Papago adds Papago Kids multilingual vocabulary flashcards mode


Naver's translation app Papago now has a new feature called "Papago Kids" which shows flash cards with vocabulary words and cute illustrations. The cards can be shown in one of four languages (Chinese, Japanese, English, Korean) with the Korean alongside. This makes not just useful for young Korean children learning other languages, …

Friday, February 16, 2018

Lunar New Year 2018


Today is Lunar New Year, and as usual Naver has some cute doodles and neat onebox results for 설날 which you can tap through. They include recipes, lists of family titles (what to call your cousin's wife's sister, etc.), travel info, and such. But my favorite is this guide to 상차리기 (setting up an honorary table) for your 차례 (ancestor memorial…

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Search noraebang song numbers on Naver, get onebox results


Naver now returns immediate onebox results (only on mobile, oddly) for noraebang (노래방, karaoke singing room) song number codes. No more using a dedicated app like a chump, or that greasy old songbook like a gramps. If you're unfamiliar, noraebang are the private singing rooms where Koreans go to let off some steam by crying out their favorite …

Naver Map testing beta service for multi-language web interface


Naver Map is testing a new beta version of their desktop map website. I mentioned before that it still uses the older imagery rather than the new multi-lingual imagery from the app. Well that's changing. The beta site clearly uses the same map imagery as the app, including a sidebar that ( looks just like Google Maps ) will be familiar to you if…

Kakao Map new "ETA by Time" feature predicts best driving departure time


Just in time for long Lunar New Year drives back to hometowns, Kakao Map has a neat new app feature called "Future Drive Info" (미래 운행 정보). When you input your destination, it can automatically predict when the best time to leave would be, based on combing big data from traffic levels and Kakao Navi usage.  So for example, it will assume…

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Links: 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics edition


A bit overdue, but here's a special #Pyeongchang2018 edition of links for your information and pleasure. No fluff about sports or events. Just certain things I found useful or noteworthy. Live streams of the Olympic events Within Korea, both Naver and Daum are offering free live streaming coverage of events. To me this is easier. Although the …

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Google Street View highlights Pyeongchang area imagery (and greatly expanded Korean street view imagery generally)


Google is promoting their Street View imagery of the Pyeongchang area and key locations for the Olympics events. They've released a special highlights gallery of sites around the Gangwondo area that you can browse in full 360° glory. Browse the imagery here: 🔗 Google Street View – Gangwondo Highlights | Explore natural wonders and world landma…

Twitter emoji for Pyeongchang Olympics (plus Naver doodles)


Twitter PyeongChang Olympics emoji Twitter is including a special emoji when you use one of the Olympic hashtags, including: #PyeongChang2018 #2018평창 I can't tell exactly but it looks like a snowy mountain beside the waves. Appropriate for Gangwon-do. Here's how it appears in the tweets. Here's the emoji image that it's triggering: I…

Friday, February 9, 2018

Google conducts KakaoTalk focused study on news and chat apps


Over on both their main blog and Korean blog, Google has put up the results of a survey looking at how news articles get spread and modified through chat apps. They looked at a few regions where people use chat apps for news more than traditional SNS, but focused especially on South Korea and KakaoTalk. Google 한국 블로그: 채팅 앱: 저널리즘의 프론티어와 과제  [Google K…

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Black Panther on Naver Maps


Naver Maps is running another film promotion . If you search for "Black Panther Filming Location" in the app, you'll see results from around the Busan area where portions of the film were shot (more on that here and here ). Actually, I had to do the search in Korean (블락판서 촬영지) to bring up the results, but the results are in English. If…

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Daum Map updates color scheme


Daum Map has updated their website/desktop version of their map with a new color scheme to match the version in their Kakao Map app. But don't get excited. It's basically just colors and clearer labels. The imagery and interface are all still Korean-only. Here's a sample of the new look. I'm a bit disappointed, since when they announ…

Recommended: "What does Strava data tell us about North Korea?"


Over at the North Korea Tech blog, they've got a very interesting post up, looking at pockets of fitness tracker data in North Korea from Strava's worldwide heatmap. 🔗 NK Tech | What does Strava data tell us about North Korea? I never would've thought about looking there, but they did, and found some interesting results. It's amaz…