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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.
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.
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.
At first glance, The Beautiful Future — a series of paintings made in Pyongyang, North Korea — looks like standard propaganda fare: happy citizens, lush farmlands, and bustling industry. Except something’s amiss: In the background of each painting stands an iconic piece of Beijing architecture — from the CCTV building to the Olympic Water Cube.