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South Korea Thinks It Found Two Crashed Drones From North Korea

On Wednesday, South Korean officials unveiled photos of two rudimentary drones that crashed over the border, on South Korean land, around the same time the country exchanged live fire with North Korea. And indeed they think it was the North Koreans who sent the drones — if you want to call them drones, that is.


North Korea's New Space Agency Logo Is A Space Age Throwback

North Korea’s space agency is celebrating its one-year anniversary with a new logo. And the Wall Street Journal fittingly describes its design in retro-futuristic terms: a “Jetsons-era throwback that captures the optimism of the Space Age.”


South Korean Marines Storm The Beach As Smoke Screens Explode Above Them During A Military Exercise

South Korean marines storm the beach as smoke screens explode above them during a military exercise with the United States in Pohang on Monday. The same day, South Korea exchanged fire with North Korea, who is threatening a fourth nuclear test, in the Yellow Sea, a violent sign of increased tension between two countries that are still technically at war. Meanwhile, North Korea says it will conduct live fire drills near the border.[Gizmodo en Español]


South Korea's Internet Is More Oppressive Than You Think

Everybody’s been freaking out in the past couple of weeks by news that South Korea is building a new broadband network that will be 50 times faster than the average connection elsewhere. That’s fast! Too bad South Koreans won’t be able to use maps or access thousands of sites.


North Korea's State Computers Run This Delightful Mac OS X Knockoff

At first glance, this screen looks strangely familiar. The dock icons, the grey, rounded windows, the whole layout; it’s Mac OS X, except not quite. The top-left icon is the giveaway. This ain’t OS X, it’s Red Star, North Korea’s state-sanctioned operating system. And Version 3.0 looks very Mac-like.


This Is The Closest Thing To A North Korean Google Street View

North Korea remains one of the few places in the world that remains untouched by Google Street View’s all-seeing eye. But at least now, we can content ourselves with these fascinating, state-approved (i.e. likely censored) 360-degree shots from Singaporean photographer Aram Pan.


How One Group Is Infiltrating North Korea With USB Drives And Balloons

North Korea is very famously closed off from the rest of the world, but one organisation — Fighters for a Free North Korea — is working to breach the walls of the regime by airdrop. But they’re not using conventional means and fancy technology; they’re delivering info via balloon, The Atlantic reports.


Inside The Highest Hotel Rooms On Earth

Hey there, thrillseeker. Do you like altitude? Do you like views? Well, why not book a night in one of the tallest hotels on Earth? The tallest hotel in the US opened up in Times Square this week, spurring us to take a peek at the tallest rentable rooms in the world.


North Korea Sent A Threatening Communiqué To South Korea Via Fax

Nothing says “we’re serious about this” like a fax. Or at least that’s what officials in Pyongyang seem to think. Yesterday morning, South Korean officials received a fax that warned, ironically, of attacks “without warning”. I guess the first one was a freebie.


Kim Jong-Un Airbrushes 'Traitor' Uncle From Official Documentary

Given his long, illustrious career as the world’s premier totalitarian Photoshop expert, it should come as no surprise that, after sentencing his own uncle to execution, Kim Jong Un has ordered that the rumoured counter-revolutionary be airbrushed out of a state-sponsored documentary.