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whatsapp WhatsApp Will Share Your Personal Phone Number With Facebook

(Courtesy/WhatsApp) The world's most popular messaging service, WhatsApp, on Thursday announced it would begin to share users' numbers with social media giant Facebook with the aim of bringing companies and users closer together. The update in WhatsApp's terms and privacy policy was announced by the company on their official blog. The statement said that the move to strengthen ties with ...

Zoo Ave How 3D Printing Technology Rehabilitated a Toucan in Costa Rica

Zoo Ave ROCK HILL, South Carolina, August 22, 2016 – 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced today that its digital manufacturing solutions played a crucial role in the rehabilitation of Grecia, a toucan in Costa Rica that lost the majority of its upper beak as the victim of a senseless act of cruelty. The attack on Grecia not only left the toucan unable to feed and fend for itself, but it sparked ...

Google Duo Google Duo: A New Video Calling App in Costa Rica

Google Duo Google Duo, a new communications app that greatly simplifies video calling, is now available for iPhone and Android device users in Costa Rica. The app can be installed from Google Play and from the iTunes App Store. Following is the announcement by Google about this new calling app, which includes social networking features: Video calling is the next best thing to being with so...

Alicia Chong RodrigueZ. Photo: Casey Atkins MIT Graduate from Costa Rica Seeks to Empower Young Girls

Alicia Chong RodrigueZ. Photo: Casey Atkins By Catherine Curro Caruso | MIT News correspondent   When Alicia Chong Rodriguez first toured the MIT campus as a high school student, she was so impressed by everything she saw that she still remembers excitedly phoning her mom back home in Costa Rica, calling collect from a pay phone in the student center. “It’s the first time I was fac...

File photo Russia May Have Hacked U.S. Espionage Servers Based in Costa Rica

File photo The ex-United States National Security Agency operative who was responsible for the largest-ever leak of top-secret intelligence files has hinted Russia could have been behind a possible cyber attack on the American agency. Edward Snowden, who was granted political asylum in Russia, said there was evidence to suggest NSA servers were the victims of a Russian-inspired malware atta...

Wikimedia Commons Japanese Scientists Experiment With Artificial Blood Transfusions

Wikimedia Commons By Andres Sanchez Braun Tokyo, Aug 14 (EFE).- Blood produced artificially is the simple formula proposed by a Japanese firm whose revolutionary project seeks to reduce the scarcity of donor banks, bring down the cost of blood preservation and avoid contaminated transfusions. "One tends to think that blood is always available when a transfusion is required, but the truth...

Wikimedia Commons Protecting Sportsbooks from Cyber Attacks in Costa Rica

Pixabay Commons Over the last couple of years, a major online poker and casino firm based in Costa Rica was targeted by hackers who threatened to take down the website unless a sizable amount of cash was transferred to a bitcoin wallet. While analyzing the ransom demand, the IT security staff of the online poker firm noticed that the cybercrime crew was not making idle threats. The servers ...

IDSca Costa Rica Redundancy Technology for Sports Betting Operations in Costa Rica

Many offshore sportsbooks based in Costa Rica manage to stay open for their clients 24 hours a day and seven days a week; this high rate of availability is achieved despite power and Internet outages caused by earthquakes, extreme weather conditions and business challenges. How do they manage to remain operational? Costa Rica is one of the major international hubs for offshore sportsbooks in th...

Galaxy Note 7 Samsung Unveils Huge, Water Resistant and Advanced Galaxy Note 7

Galaxy Note 7 Samsung Electronics unveiled its new phablet, Galaxy Note 7, a curved-edge smartphone that comes equipped with a stylus, is fully water-resistant and boasts of an iris scanner, to the media in Seoul Thursday. The smartphone will hit the stores in the United States and South Korea on Aug. 19, after which it will be available to buy in other countries till September, a company r...

Dlodlo V1 Lightweight and Stylish Virtual Reality Glasses are a Reality

Dlodlo V1 Chinese company Dlodlo has developed the world's lightest virtual reality, or VR, glasses that weigh only 88 grams and looks like conventional sunglasses, as opposed to the chunky and larger VR glasses that hit technology markets this year. According to official newspaper China Daily, the V1 Dlodlo are not just the lightest but also the first virtual glasses to operate independent...

Photo by Arthur Caranta, Flickr Commons Artificial Intelligence May Never Achieve Human Consciousness

Photo by Arthur Caranta, Flickr Commons By Violeta Molina Gallardo Recent advances in artificial intelligence (AI) have endowed certain machines with human qualities such as intuition and improvisation. Despite such technological progress, experts say future machines may never achieve self-awareness. "We don't really understand how consciousness works, we barely know anything at all a...

Cartoon by Clay Jones U.S. Scientists Rush to Test Zika Vaccine

Cartoon by Clay Jones U.S. health authorities announced this week the start of the first safety trials for a vaccine against the Zika virus just as the disease has appeared in Florida with at least 15 people having been infected by locally-hatched mosquitoes. The National Institute of Health announced Wednesday that the first phase of the studies is aimed at establishing the safety of the e...

Wikimedia Commons Florida Biologists Study Extinction Potential of Costa Rica Frogs

By Evelyn S. Gonzalez, Florida International University Amphibians that can tolerate higher temperatures are likely to fare better against disease, habitat loss and climate change, according to researchers. FIU biologist Maureen Donnelly contributed to two studies on the ability of frogs and amphibians to survive challenges brought on by a changing planet — challenges she said could lead to ex...

Auxis Costa Rica Outsourcing CEO Will Lead Major Industry Event

Auxis, a leader in providing performance-driven management consulting and outsourcing services and a pioneer in the Latin America Shared Services industry, announced today that its Founder and CEO Raul Vega will again serve as Chairperson for the upcoming 10th Annual Shared Services & Outsourcing Week Latin America scheduled for August 22-24, 2016 at The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove in Miami, FL...

Source:  Microsoft Microsoft Makes the Best Camera App for Your iPhone in Costa Rica

Source: Microsoft Digital photography with the iPhone just got better in Costa Rica thanks to a new app developed by Microsoft. The new app is called Pix, and it combines photography with artificial intelligence. To develop Pix, Microsoft enlisted the expertise of a professional sports photographer. The following comes from the official Microsoft press release: As a professional photogra...

panama canal Pokemon and Cell Phone Use Could be Banned at the Panama Canal

(CRS Archive) Panama Canal administrator Jorge Quijano said Tuesday that authorities are studying "prohibiting" the use of cell phones while vessels are transiting the waterway to increase safety. "The excessive use of cell phones concerns us because they are becoming elements of distraction and that cannot be permitted here," said Quijano after presenting to the accredited press in Panama ...

Cartoon by Clay Jones U.S. Elections: From Russia With Love, Or How to Feel the Bern

Cartoon by Clay JonesBy Britt Nelson Editor’s note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff Welcome to the world-famous Democratic Roadkill Café in Philly. This week two new menu items have been added: Bernie’s seasoned three-bean soup with bacon and Schultz’s strip steaks with hot sauce and a dash of disgust. ...

Colorblind Simulator Colorblind Simulator, an Accessibility App Developed in Costa Rica

Have you ever wondered what it's really like to be colorblind? A new Android app developed in Costa Rica helps designers and developers experience colorblind vision so that they can apply accessibility to their work. Color Vision Deficiency (CVD) affects our ability to distinguish colors. It can impact on a child's ability to learn, the ability to select two socks that match in color, the sele...

Cartoon by Clay Jones Pokemon Fail: Japan Asks Tourists Not to Play at Sacred Shrines

Cartoon by Clay JonesJust a day after the much awaited release of the latest smartphone game 'Pokemon Go' in Japan, some of the country's most popular tourist attractions have started urging visitors to use caution when playing or stop playing altogether at their facilities. The most emphatic protest came from the Izumo-taisha shrine, considered the second most sacred in Japan, which banned th...

Screenshot of KAT.cr U.S. Arrests Owner of Torrent Website Hosted in Costa Rica

Screenshot of KAT.crCHICAGO — Federal authorities in Chicago have charged the alleged owner of today’s most-visited illegal file-sharing website with criminal copyright infringement and have seized domain names associated with the website. ARTEM VAULIN, 30, of Kharkiv, Ukraine, allegedly owns and operates Kickass Torrents, or KAT, a commercial website that since 2008 has enabled users to illeg...

Helthgauge.com - Flickr Commons Costa Rica Earns Second Place in Food Technology Competition

Helthgauge.com - Flickr CommonsCHICAGO – 20 July 2016 – Tate & Lyle, a leading global provider of food ingredients and solutions, is pleased to announce the winner of this year’s Institute of Food Technologists Student Association (IFTSA) Developing Solutions for Developing Countries (DSDC) competition, McGill University. “Tate & Lyle is honored to be the new sponsor of this program,” said Sa...

Source: LigaPokemonCR Facebook Pokemon GO and Online Porn in Costa Rica

Source: LigaPokemonCR FacebookCosta Rica is so enthralled with Pokemon GO, the latest mobile app by Nintendo and Niantic, that smartphone users are going online to research the game more so than they are viewing pornography. A few days ago, a news report filed by Cory McNutt of Android Headlines indicated that 4.6 percent of compatible Android devices in Costa Rica had installed Pokemon GO, th...

Breakout Gaming New Global eSports Platform Launched from Costa Rica

July 15, 2016 Costa Rica – Breakout Gaming, the online gaming entertainment company offering poker, sports wagering, casino games, fantasy sports and other gaming options from Costa Rica will soon be launching two new platforms powered by the company’s own Breakout Coin. The launch of Breakout PVP and its upcoming ‘Breakout Game Store’ follows the recent launch of its successful online poker games...

Source: Wikimedia Commons U.S. and Canadian Expats Operated Scam VoIP Center in Costa Rica

Source: Wikimedia CommonsTwo U.S. citizens and a Canadian citizen have pleaded guilty for their roles in a $9 million “sweepstakes fraud” scheme to defraud hundreds of U.S. residents, many of them elderly, announced Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Jill Westmoreland Rose of the Western District of North Carolina. Jeff...

EZ Waves Google Play New Mobile App for Booking Ocean Charters in Costa Rica

EZ Waves Google PlayEZ Waves, an online charter booking service for fishing, sailing, kayaking and all other water-based activities, announces its launch today with nearly 500 captains available for bookings in the United States, Costa Rica, Mexico, Canada and Norway. EZ Waves is the only program that streamlines the maritime booking process, providing live scheduling that allows guests to book o...

Wikimedia Commons This is How Technology is Making Us Lonely

Wikimedia Commons Bolivian writer Oswaldo Calatayud, the winner of his country's 17th National Novel Prize for his work "La Guerra del Papel" (The Paper War), says that the "ultra-tech" world has reinforced human loneliness. In an interview with EFE, the author explained that nowadays "there is little contact between people because technology intercedes in everything. Being on the cellphone...

By ESO/L. Calçada - https://www.eso.org/public/images/eso1624b/, CC BY-SA 4.0 Permanent Daylight: Tattoine-Like Planet Has Three Suns

By ESO/L. Calçada - https://www.eso.org/public/images/eso1624b/, CC BY-SA 4.0 Astronomers have discovered a planet even more exotic than Tatooine, from the "Star Wars" saga, with its two suns. This new extra-solar world is known as HD 131399Ab and is the first one to be found in a wide orbit around three stars, according to a study published Thursday in Science magazine. This fascinating...

4grinz Casino Bitcoin Casino in Costa Rica Offers “Cashback” Reward Program

4grinz Casino Bitcoin Casino 4Grinz.com today announced details on its new reward program, Coin Back, that offers players a minimum 10% return in the form of real bitcoins. "Our seasoned team of gaming professionals wanted to do something different when they created Coin Back," said Lee Bruce, General Manager, 4Grinz.com. "It's a long-awaited solution to the outdated bonus systems currently...

ELAN Costa Rica Will Host Major International Tech Conference

        Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is one of the most dynamic technological areas in Costa Rica. It includes more than 900 companies, 95 percent of which are SMEs, becoming an interesting sector with important challenges related to international collaboration and partnership. Joining this strategic sector with national priorities and inter...

By Hanonimas - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,  Wikimedia Commons Robots Help Ease Loneliness in Japan

By Hanonimas - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia Commons By Antonio Hermosin Can an android awaken human empathy and remedy loneliness? The maker of popularrobot 'Pepper', Kaname Hayashi - who is now working on a robot to play that role and aspires to make it a household name - certainly thinks so. Hayashi's Pepper was the first robot capable of interpreting human emotions and language, ...

Flickr Commons U.S. Prosecutors Dismantle Lucrative Sportsbook in Costa Rica

Flickr Commons Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson today announced that four individuals have been variously charged in a 57-count indictment with running a massive Internet-based sports gambling ring that operated all over the United States and controlled an offshore office. The billion-dollar operation allegedly catered to thousands of bettors, accepted $927 million in wagers on NFL game...

Source: USTDA Costa Rica Considers Installation of Smart LED Street Lights

Source: USTDA San José, Costa Rica – Today, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency awarded a grant to Costa Rican electric utility, Compañía Nacional de Fuerza y Luz, S.A. (CNFL), for a feasibility study to support the deployment of networked light emitting diode (LED) street lights throughout CNFL’s service territory. By installing nearly 100,000 “smart” street lights, including LED luminar...

Safran Group Major Biometric Security Firm Expands to Costa Rica

Safran Identity & Security, the global leader in identity and security, has announced it is expanding its business activities in Central America. The company has acquired the former office location of the Colombian-based Carvajal Group in Costa Rica. For Safran Identity & Security, this new location marks another important strategic development for its business activities in Central Ame...

Hitachi Human Big Data Card Happiness is a Wearable Device Powered by Artificial Intelligence

Japanese multinational Hitachi has developed an artificial intelligence system to measure levels of happiness in individuals engaged in certain tasks and to offer recommendations to boost efficiency. The company hopes to market the technology this year, Hitachi had said in a statement. Around 600 employees of Hitachi will be part of the trial, which will be conducted by the company, to test ...

Su Canje, the new Costa Rican bartering App. Bartering Goes Digital in Costa Rica

By Wendy Anders Cleaning out your closets might provide you with some trade opportunities; bartering, human’s oldest form of economic transaction has gone digital. A new App, available for both iOS and Android, facilitates bartering in Costa Rica. Over the past four months the platform has aided close to 6,000 transactions. “Su Canje” currently has some 7,000 App users and over 22,000 lik...

Flickr Commons Revenge Porn Fail: Costa Rica Man Arrested for Sexual Blackmail

Agents from the Office of Judicial Investigations (Spanish initials: OIJ) arrested a 30-year old man for allegedly attempting to sexually extort her on social media in Costa Rica. According to a recent news report filed by Allan Chacon Soto of daily tabloid Diario Extra, the arrest took place at a public park in Hatillo, a series of populous districts located just south of the capital city of C...

Source: Xiaomi Chinese Tech Giant Xiaomi Unveils Smart Bike

Source: Xiaomi Chinese tech firm Xiaomi unveiled Thursday its first smart bicycle, an electric and foldable prototype that comes with its own navigation system, on social media. The "Mi QiCycle", one of its most anticipated products, is priced at around $456 and has a 250-Watt, 36-Volt high speed motor; a navigation system that measures distance and speed and a Torque measurement method bel...

ResolutionMD Medical Imaging Diagnostics App Gets Certified in Costa Rica

CALGARY, Alberta--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Calgary Scientific Inc., a company known for creating innovative technology for the medical industry and beyond, announced that ResolutionMD® medical imaging software is registered by the Ministry of Health in Costa Rica for diagnosis using both web and mobile devices. The Costa Rican Ministry of Health regulates the healthcare industry and acts as the regula...

Wikimedia Commons Legal Advice from Costa Rica and the Birth of a Criminal Empire

Wikimedia Commons One of the most mysterious and dangerous crime figures in the world is currently in the custody of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and his life of crime may have been encouraged by an attorney from Costa Rica. The life of Paul Calder Le Roux, a 43-year old Caucasian man born in the former African nation of Rhodesia, seems to have been envisioned by...

ISS. Source: Wikimedia Commons Three Crew Members Return From International Space Station

ISS. Source: Wikimedia Commons Moscow, Jun 18 (EFE).- The descent module of Russian spaceship Soyuz TMA-19M, with three crew members of the International Space Station, or ISS, aboard, successfully landed Saturday on the steppes of Kazakhstan, Russia's Space Flight Control Center reported. Returning to Earth in the module were Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko, U.S. astronaut Tim Kopra and...

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