This Travel App Is the Closest You'll Ever Get to North Korea

North Korea is a weird place. It sounds a little insensitive to put it in such stark terms, but the arrival of the new North Korea Travel app—the first of its kind—offers a unique new perspective on the isolated country. The app is exactly what it sounds like: a travel guide that "allows users to explore the world's… » 5/06/14 8:01pm 5/06/14 8:01pm

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. » 4/02/14 11:00am 4/02/14 11:00am

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

At first glance, this screen looks strangely familiar. The dock icons, the gray, 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. » 2/04/14 12:40pm 2/04/14 12:40pm

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 organization—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. » 1/15/14 6:20pm 1/15/14 6:20pm

Modern Day China Painted By North Korean Propaganda Artists

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… » 10/21/13 12:25pm 10/21/13 12:25pm