Saturday, May 31, 2014

Kakao Story now available on the desktop

KakaoStory now has a desktop version via the web called, not surprisingly, KakaoStory Web (카카오스토리 웹).

You can find it at
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Kakao Talk blog feed (RSS)

UPDATE 2014-09: KakaoTalk have now launched a full-fledged English blog. The link below is still active though, and seems to focus more on the "fun/social" aspects of the service, while the new blog is more about features/services.  

 Kakao have their main Korean-language blog here, with an RSS link here. It has lots of information on the company and the technical side of Kakao services like KakaoTalk and KakaoStory.

But if you want English-language information, which usually concentrates on new feature releases and promotions, their Facebook page is your best source of information. So, since they don't really have an active English-langauge blog, you can just subscribe to their Facebook page feed in your RSS reader, at this link:

This is a good source of information, for example, about the new Mac version of KakaoTalk for the desktop.
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Sunday, May 25, 2014

Set Naver as your browser's default search engine

To set your browser to use Naver as its default search engine (i.e. it will bring you to a Naver search results page when you type search terms in the URL bar aka "omnibox"), simply add a custom search engine in your desktop browser's settings using this URL string:{inputEncoding}&query=%s


In Chrome, just follow this path:

Menu → Settings → Search → Manage Search Engines → Other search engines

You can copy/paste the above URL string manually there.

Note: for the mobile version of Chrome, see my other post here


In Firefox there are various ways, but I prefer:

  1. Enter about:config in the URL bar
  2. Find the entry for Keyword.url
  3. Replace the string with the the URL above

Internet Explorer

IE and Edge make it a bit harder, since it seems you can't just add your own search engine manually. So we need to let them find Naver search themselves.

In Internet Explorer, probably the easiest way is this:
  1. Visit the Korean version of IE Gallery at
  2. Scroll down to the entry for Naver
  3. Click 추가

(Naver won't appear as an option if you visit the English version of IE Gallery)

This will add Naver but you may need to manually set it as your default search engine here:
Gear icon → Manage Add-ons → Search Providers → right-click → "Set as Default"

Microsoft Edge

In Edge, first you need to actually search for something. Yes, this is weird. It won't recognize Naver as a search engine unless you're on the search results page. Just click here to go directly there.

Then you can follow this path:

Menu (...) → Settings → scroll down to "View Advanced Settings" → scroll down to "Search in the address bar with Bing [Change]" → click "Naver (discovered)" → click "Set as Default"

Using the Mycroft Project

You can also add customized versions of Naver Search by visiting the Mycroft project. They have custom search engines you can add for things like searching Naver Images, Naver Movies, Naver's English-Korean Dictionary, etc.

That page is a real one-click solution. It's actually the easiest method, period. I didn't list it first only because it seems to no longer work with Chrome.

Naver's mobile site makes a good homepage

Since you're setting Naver as your default search anyway, I'd personally also recommend setting your browser's homepage to Naver's mobile site []. That way you get the benefit of a Naver homepage, complete with Korean news and predictive search while you type, but without so much gaudy Flash clutter. Or you might like Naver's pure search page at []

Thanks for reading.
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