Monday, July 30, 2018

View and convert Hangul (.hwp) files online with Cloud HWP Viewer


Here's yet another simple way to view Hangul (.hwp) files without having the Hancom Office suite installed. All you have to do is drag and drop the document and Cloud HWP Viewer converts it for you immediately all in the browser. Note: this is one of several methods for working with HWP files. You may also want to see my other posts on  opening H…

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Kakao Map gets English language turn-by-turn navigation


FYI: KakaoMap has now added English language voice directions to their turn-by-turn navigation. As posted in their changelog , version 1.3.4 of the app includes a vibrant and upbeat English female voice directing you where to turn and warning you of upcoming hazards. I'm not going to lie, I like her voice. It's more pleasant than the Naver …

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Top Korean YouTube channels for 1st half of 2018


The official YouTube blog posted a list of the most popular channels for the first half of 2018. They discuss in depth about the rise in the popularity of official K-pop channels on YouTube. But I'm sure all the usual K-pop news sites will talk about that. Of note was that they included a top-20 list with all the K-pop and kids' stuff remo…

Friday, July 20, 2018

Always search Google in English by making Google NCR your default search engine


Here's a simple way to set your browser so that you always get pure English results, no matter what. This can be done by switching the standard Google search engine for their "No Country Redirect" version which is still active and takes just a Chrome preferences tweak. Change Chrome's search URL to Google NCR Go to Chrome's se…

Find electric car charging stations on Naver Map


Naver Map will now show you public charging stations for your electric vehicle. Just open the map app and search " 전기차충전소 " (electric car charging place) and it will bring up a list of nearby charging stations. Tap the results and it will indicate what type of charging facilities are available. In the image they show DC차데모, AC3상, and DC콤보.…

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

English guide to Korean air conditioner remote controls


Here's a simple guide to using the remote control for your Korean air conditioner. Many new English teachers arrive in Korea and find an air conditioner in their apartment, but have no clue how to use the remote control (에어컨 리모콘) that came with it. All the buttons are in Korean, and the functions and settings may be confusing. So I've take…

Monday, July 9, 2018

Google's "Android Auto" to use Kakao Navi in Korea


Here was a very interesting tidbit burried in an article about an upcoming special launch of Android Auto service inside Kia cars. 특히 구글은 안드로이드 오토에 구글맵 대신 ‘카카오 내비’를 채택한 것으로 알려졌다. 구글앱의 경우 지도반출 문제 등으로 정밀도가 높은 지도 데이터를 사용할 수 없어 카카오와 손잡은 것으로 풀이된다. 구글-카카오, ‘안드로이드 오토’ 韓 출시 - 지디넷코리아 So it seems that Google Maps navigation in Android Auto in South Korea wil…

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Google's top Korea searches for 1st half of 2018


Google has released their top 20 searches in Korea for the 1st half of 2018. Here's the list real quick. 미세먼지 - Fine dust. Apparently this was ranked #12 last year. Shows how nasty it was this year.  신과 함께 - Along with the Gods . Extremely popular movie based on a webtoon. Interesting premise where a guy dies and gets assigned an afterlife lawyer…

Korean beach opening days 2018


KakaoMap released this nice infographic showing the official opening days of beaches throughout Korea for the 2018 season. They're promoting their new "theme map" feature which lets you search the KakaoMap app for special themed events. For this summer promotion it will highlight the best beaches and show you information on them and …

Naver V Live feature updates


Naver's K-pop focused music video and live streaming app " V Live " (aka Naver V) is updated with a few new features. Here's the list of new features. Double-tap to skip ahead or back 5 seconds Share a link to a precise time moment in a video Auto-play to keep streaming videos nonstop from the "recommended for you" that foll…

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

New adorable Kakao Friends merchandise for summer


Quick FYI - Kakao Friends have a new set of cute summer merchandise for your next beach party. The goodies include beach balls, pool floaties, towels, bags, etc.  All are available at the various Kakao Friends stores or online [such as here and here ]. Plus all the usual summer Kakao Friends stuff here: KAKAO FRIENDS ONLINE STORE Now if only I had s…

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Links for June 2018


Hold on to your butts kids, because it's time for another link roundup, and boy do I have some goodies for you this month. Here's the list of stuff I read in June that interested me. Links for June 2018 This Korean life Indoor Smoking Lounges to be Closed at Airports | Be Korea-savvy  - I noticed last time I was at the new Terminal 2 that th…