Friday, August 24, 2018

Costco Korea to exclusively use Hyundai Cards starting May 2019


Big news for long-term expats: Costco Korea has officially announced that they will switch from Samsung Card to Hyundai Card starting next May. Previously, Costco customers were required to pay with Samsung Cards (or cash) but following speculation that Costco were considering switching to Hyundai Card , they announced today via their website and a…

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Naver widgets affected by new Android API changes


Real quick FYI, I noticed a few posts from Naver recently about changes they're having to make to a couple of their apps due to new stricter guidelines for background services running in Android 8 Oreo and beyond. I noticed three apps so far have had changes made to accommodate: Naver app's home screen widget which was basically access to m…

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Naver Map features updated Joseon-era palace imagery


Naver Maps is featuring some updated high-quality indoor streetview-type imagery to celebrate Liberation Day. Several palaces and museums from Chosun times can be examined in full 360 panorama mode in Naver Map. Most imagery is from the last month or so and is highly detailed, so you can zoom in. Here's one of several promo images Naver highli…

Korean Liberation Day (광복절) 2018 commemorative logos from Daum, Google, Naver, Nate


Today is Korean Liberation Day (광복절), celebrating the kicking out of the Japanese and reinstatement of a Korean nation after the colonial period. Or what we call " V-J Day ." Just for fun, here are some of the commemorative logos the portals have put up for today. This day has a partisan divide of course. Right-wingers tend to favor this d…

Sam Hammington's son William in LGU+/Naver commercial


Your favorite foreigner-in-Korea, Sam Hammington, is in a new commercial promoting a collaboration between LG U+ TV service and Naver's translation service Papago. You can use a special smart-TV version of the Papago app to get translations if you're a U+ customer. The name of the service is " U+tv 아이들나라 2.0 " (Kids' Country 2.…

Friday, August 10, 2018

Update on Saya, the CGI Japanese girl, and my doomsday predictions


I wanted to share some updated photos of the CGI creation "Saya" and spew some predictions about what this kind of tech means. Saya Not related to Korea at all, but you might remember way back in 2015 reading some news about a CGI-rendered fictional Japanese girl called "Saya," created by your typical wacky Japanese couple. Her…

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Links from July 2018


Time for another good old link roundup. Here's plenty on the list for this month. Interesting stuff I read about Korea in July that you might be interested in too. Links from July 2018 Life and Issues in Korea Fourth Hangeul Idea Award to be held  - Over now but could have been good chance to pitch your idea. Here was mine : a phone game where yo…

Monday, August 6, 2018

Naver V Live app update: autoplay, PIP, casting, etc.


"V" Live (or VLIVE ), is getting an update with some new features. VLive is Naver's K-pop focused video and live-streaming app. The new updates include: Autoplay, so you can keep the hallyu going all day long Fan Board categories, so you can jump right to the types of discussions you want instead of wading through an unorganized mass of…