Saturday, November 26, 2016

Korea emergency alerts via Line messenger


Naver's LINE messenger now has a special "friend" you can add to receive emergency alerts, for example for earthquakes. Here's a sample of what the message looks like: This sample earthquake alert shows the magnitude, time and date, and epicenter location info. The alert should be received within 5 minutes of an earthquake. More …

Thursday, November 24, 2016

V-Live Store opens


V-Live Store opens For you K-pop fans, Naver's streaming music video service V Live now has an online store when you can purchase "exclusive contents" like emoticons and stickers of your favorite idols' faces (I don't know why, but seeing "콘텐츠" always rubs me the wrong way, like when people call a PowerPoint presen…

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Get a Naver ID by signing-in with your SNS account


Naver now lets you sign up for a Naver ID by logging into Naver using an SNS account, currently either Facebook or Line. This is a simple first step to using a full Naver account, and the sign-up process is entirely available in English. I say "first step" because you will be prompted to fill out your profile details fully, as you would …

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Recommended: "South Korea's Progressives Need to Grow Up in the Age of Trump"


Recommended read : "South Korea's Progressives Need to Grow Up in the Age of Trump" At the risk of exposing some of my political leanings (which, anyway, are not very gung-ho in any direction), this was a deeply interesting commentary on the left wing reactions to the whole scandal with President Park and potential issues with a new P…

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Open Hangul HWP files with ALPDF


ALTools, the suite from Korea's ESTsoft, which you might recognize as that cute little pill that tries to open all the zip files on your work computer, has a new program called ALPDF (Al as in Al Bundy + PDF) aka "알PDF". I mention it because it lets you convert between all the usual Office formats, but also Hangul's HWP file form…

All the president's dogs 🐶


Just something cute I found out that I didn't know about. President Park Geun-hye has several Jindo dogs, named Peace, Unification, Geumgang, Halla & Baekdu (평화, 통일, 금강, 한라, 백두). Aww. Now those are some cute puppy names. Better than, uh, " Gil Ra Im " 😏 Man I'm a sucker for cute dog photos. Though give me a real sized dog any …

Friday, November 18, 2016

Some 2017 (really 2016) Suneung 수능 English questions


Today (well, yesterday) was Suneung day here in Korea, which you might have noticed in the morning since many offices and shops opened an hour or two later than usual to give a wide berth to the high school kids making their ways to other schools. And yes, the planes were stopped again. I thought you might be interested in seeing some of the quest…

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Naver app "Labs" settings to customize the Naver app homepage


The Naver app has a section in the settings called "Labs" (네앱연구소), where you can optionally enable a few neat features. If you're familiar with G-mail's labs settings, it's very similar. Here's a quick rundown of the features offered. To get there: open the Naver app tap the main Menu button in the upper left tap the gear ic…

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Customizing fonts in Blogger mobile view


Here's a way of editing the font and text styles on your Blogger blog's mobile view. This will be useful if your blog's mobile view is showing a generic font instead of the customized fonts you chose for the desktop view. Note: this post applies only to Blogger themes like Awesome Inc, Simple, Watermark, Etc. This does not apply to the…

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Election called for Trump


Just for posterity, here was Google's live coverage of the election, a few minutes after it was called for Donald Trump. It was fun to get to follow along with this. Google should offer more real-time info on live events like this. If you ask me (and you didn't), Donald Trump is not the end of the world. Even if you disagree with him, the …

Friday, November 4, 2016

Recommended: Military curfew's influence on 1970s Korean night culture


Recommended reading : "Curfew created unique nighttime culture in 1970s" I don't know why, but I thoroughly enjoyed this humble article, full of old ajusshi remembrances of their working man days as media workers. This penchant for nostalgia always gets me, and is one of the things I find endearing about Korea. "I usually went th…

Yoo Young-kuk (유영국) featured in Google Arts & Culture


Yoo Young-kuk (유영국) featured in Google Arts & Culture In addition to the Korean natural history museums already added to their Arts & Culture initiative (which I noted here:  10원 Tips: Google Arts & Culture features several Korean natural history museums ), Google have now added works from artist Yoo Young-kuk (유영국). See their blog post…

Naver Blogs show English language follower box


Naver Blogs show English language follower box In addition to normal RSS feeds, you can subscribe to Naver blogs via Naver's own "Neighbor Connect" follower service. You can then read these either in the app or get notified on the Naver homepage. Each blog has a Follower widget where you can see that blog's followers and become …

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Naver is auto-translating netizen comments into your language


Naver's entertainment news section now features automatic, instant translations of netizen comments. Now can you read all the juicy gossip that real Koreans are saying, and since these are anonymous online comments, you know they are nothing but the highest quality. Auto-translation of netizen comments I only noticed this recently, so I'm …