Free Sakura app means cherry blossoms could be blooming on your monitor right now

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As of yesterday, it’s officially cherry blossom season in Tokyo, with media outlets reporting the first flowers of the year spotted inside the capital. While we’re still a week or two away from the sakura being in full bloom, their incredibly short life span means they’ll be gone before you know it, so most people are looking to spend as much time watching the delicate pink flowers as they can in the coming days.

Much as we’d like to, though, most of us can’t spend all of the next few weeks stretched out on the grass under a cherry tree. But should you find yourself stuck in front of a computer monitor with work or social responsibilities to take care of, you can still soak up a bit of the cherry blossom atmosphere with this app that produces a cloud of sakura petals on your desktop.

Developer Studio-Kura doesn’t throw any curveballs in the naming of its newest Mac app. The program is called Sakura, and that’s exactly what it gives you.

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Given the short window in which cherry blossoms bloom, it’s always a roll of the dice what sort of conditions you’ll be able to see them in. The Sakura app gives you a bit more control, though. By adjusting a series of sliders, you can increase or decrease the volume of petals flittering down from the top of your monitor, adjust the force of the wind blowing them about, and even make the pink flowers more opaque or translucent, depending on your preferences. There’s also a toggle that allows you to choose whether the sakura appear in front of or behind inactive windows.

Previously, Studio-Kura had been distributing the program directly, but Sakura is now available here on the Mac App Store, free of charge. Just be careful not to spend so long staring transfixed at the beautiful virtual cherry blossoms that you miss your chance to see the real ones.

See what it’s like to use a computer in North Korea

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When former Google employee Will Scott had the chance to visit the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, he also purchased a copy of North Korea’s “Red Star 3 operating system before returning to America.

Little was publicly known about Red Star 3.

North Korea used to use Windows, but it has since created Red Star 3, which is designed to look a lot like Apple’s Mac OS X operating system.

From stunning and picturesque wallpapers to removing South Korea from the available time zones, here’s what it’s like to use a computer in North Korea.

This is the startup screen when you first boot up Red Star 3.

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When installing Red Star 3, you’re prompted to select a city for your time zone. Interestingly enough, Seoul, South Korea, isn’t an option.

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This is the login screen.

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You’re in! You’ll notice Red Star 3 looks a lot like Mac OS X. Past versions looked more like Windows XP. Since Kim Jong Un was spotted using an iMac at his desk back in 2013, some people believe he wanted Red Star to look more like a Mac.

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This is the word processor for creating documents.

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Here’s the email client.

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To access your saved documents, you use Red Star’s file manager, which looks a lot like Apple’s “Finder” management system.

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Red Star’s web browser is called “Naenara,” and it is a heavily modified version of Mozilla Firefox.

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This is how you personalize Red Star, and we also have access to the wallpapers that are included.

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This wallpaper is titled 다박솔초소의 설경, or “snow at the baksol outpost.”

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This wallpaper’s name translates to “Night view of Zhuangzi River fire.”

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대홍단의 감자꽃바다, or “daehongdan’s potato flowers”

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This beautiful wallpaper translates to “Iron’s Azalea,” and shows the flowering Azalea shrubs.

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“On the horizon” shows a picturesque North Korean farmland.

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This gorgeous waterfall wallpaper is called “Echo of the falls.”

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범안리의 선경, or “Beomanli’s Outskirts.”

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This is “Mt Paekdu’s Sunrise.” Paekdu is an active volcano that borders North Korea and China.

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