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Around 40 percent of the mahogany and cedar that Peru exports to the United States is logged illegally, a 2010 study by the Environmental Research Agency, or EIA, said. EFE/File Fighting Illegal Logging with GPS Travel Devices

Around 40 percent of the mahogany and cedar that Peru exports to the United States is logged illegally, a 2010 study by the Environmental Research Agency, or EIA, said. EFE/File Lima, Feb 24 (EFE).- Peru's permanent Commission for the Fight against Illegal Logging is considering installing GPS devices on river boats in the Amazon basin in order to halt the transport of lumber from illegal logg...

In a world of technology where users seek ever greater control over the content they share on social media or via mobile applications, they now have a new tool - Strings - that allows them to completely eliminate texts, videos and photos they shared and later wish they hadn't. EFE/file No Strings Attached With This New Mobile Messaging App

In a world of technology where users seek ever greater control over the content they share on social media or via mobile applications, they now have a new tool - Strings - that allows them to completely eliminate texts, videos and photos they shared and later wish they hadn't. EFE/file By Marc Arcas Seattle, Feb 21 (EFE).- In a world of technology where users seek ever greater control over ...

Source: FBI US Offers $3 Million Reward to Detain Russian Hacker

Pixabay Commons The United States is offering a $3million reward for information on a Russian hacker charged with bank conspiracy and fraud. Russian citizen Evgeniy Bogachev is charged with running computer attacks that diverted more than one hundred million dollars. He was indicted in Pittsburgh last year on serious charges of bank fraud and conspiracy. The FBI has released pictures of Evgeni...

Public domain photo “Perfect” GMO Apples Will Reach the U.S. Market Next Year

Public domain photo By Elvira Palomo. Washington, Feb 24 (EFE).- Genetically modified apples that do not brown will be available in U.S. grocery stores by 2015 with the expectation that waste will be curtailed and sales will expand, despite criticism of altered foods by some groups. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said that, after rigorous scientific reviews, it determined that the va...

Adults take part in a beginning computer class. Only 38 percent of people worldwide have connected to the Internet at least once in their lives, according to a study published by Facebook's Internet.org initiative. EFE/File Only 38 % of People Worldwide Have Ever Used the Internet

Adults take part in a beginning computer class. Only 38 percent of people worldwide have connected to the Internet at least once in their lives, according to a study published by Facebook's Internet.org initiative. EFE/File Washington, Feb 26 (EFE and The Costa Rica Star).- Only 38 percent of people worldwide have connected to the Internet at least once in their lives, according to a study pub...

Source: BlackBerry BlackBerry Tries to Embrace New and Old Fans in Costa Rica

Source: BlackBerry From about 2008 to 2012, a commonly asked question found across online forums of travel communities such as TripAdvisor, Lonely Planet and Fodor's Travel used to be: Will my BlackBerry work in Costa Rica? These days, that question seems to have vanished altogether along with the popularity of BlackBerry devices; however, faint signs of a resurgence of interest in these once-...

Source: Pixabay Commons New Sportsbook Mobile App Developed in Costa Rica

Source: Pixabay Commons Although the online gaming and sports wagering industry in Costa Rica is under siege by United States law enforcement and by proposals that seek to allow and regulate Internet gambling in that country, the industry is not slowing down in terms of technological advancement. This much is evident by the following press release from PPHUSA.com:   San Jose, Costa ...

Source: Wikimedia Commons U.S. Sends Tech Manager from Costa Rica to Prison

Source: Wikimedia Commons A Costa Rican citizen will spend the next three years incarcerated in a federal prison in the United States. Maxim Chukharev is a Russian man of Uzbek ethnicity who arrived in Costa Rica in his late teens and later became a naturalized citizen. He was indicted in 2013 by the United States Attorney General for his participation in the Liberty Reserve case. As previo...

Wikimedia Commons Powerful Malware Group Has Servers in Costa Rica

Pixabay Commons CANCUN, Mexico--(Business Wire)--For several years, the Kaspersky Lab Global Research and Analysis Team (GReAT) has been closely monitoring more than 60 advanced threat actors responsible for cyber-attacks worldwide. The team has seen nearly everything, with attacks becoming increasingly complex as more nation-states got involved and tried to arm themselves with the most advanc...

Pixabay Commons Dangerous Liaisons: Craigslist Personals in Costa Rica

Every year, lonely hearts around the world dread the prospect of spending Valentine's Day without a special someone to spend it with. Such is the case in Costa Rica and any other country where Valentine's Day is observed as a holiday that celebrates romantic love. This being the 21st century and an exciting period within the Information Age, lonely hearts in Costa Rica who are in a hurry to find a...

Source: Wikimedia Commons US Cracks Down on Internet Sportsbooks in Costa Rica

Source: Wikimedia Commons The relentless and protracted fight by the United States Justice Department against sports wagering operations based in Costa Rica shows no signs of slowing down. Even as various jurisdictions in that North American nation are considering legalizing and regulating this industry, U.S. prosecutors and law enforcement agents continue to pursue those involved in operating...

Uber Bogota Uber Would Have a Hard Time in Costa Rica. Here’s Why:

Now that the controversial tech startup Uber is strongly focused on gaining a foothold in the potentially lucrative Latin American market, business analysts are waiting for the day when the company will attempt to establish a presence in Costa Rica. According to a late 2014 article by Johnny Castro of business daily La Republica, Uber will likely experience a tough time entering the market in Cost...

Hacker Paradise Hacker Academy Wraps Up Course in Costa Rica

Hacker Paradise, a unique tropical school for entrepreneurial hackers located in the pristine beach town of Playa Carrillo in Guanacaste, recently completed its programming retreat in Costa Rica. Readers of The Costa Rica Star will remember when we first wrote about this interesting academy: At a boutique hotel in the picturesque beach town of Playa Carrillo,province of Guanacaste, a group of pro...

Source: Spot Satellite Tech Helps Protect National Parks of Costa Rica

Source: Spot Serving Costa Rica as a park ranger is a task that can be fraught with peril, particularly when it comes to being assigned to wild nature preserves such as the Corcovado National Park, located in the Osa Peninsula of our country's Southern Pacific coast. The dangers at this pristine, yet dangerous, national park include: snake bites, twisted or broken ankles, exhaustion, dehydrati...

Source: Green Lava Video Game Made in Costa Rica Earns Award

Source: Green Lava Longtime readers of The Costa Rica Star are probably familiar with how much the video game development industry has grown in our country over the last few years. Now the time has come for this burgeoning industry to take its first steps towards economic maturity and begin earning recognition in the international stage, which is precisely what the press release below from ind...

Source: Wikimedia Commons After a Brief Port in Costa Rica, The Pirate Bay Sails Home

Source: Wikimedia Commons Shortly after law enforcement agents in Sweden conducted a spectacular raid on a data center located just outside of Stockholm, the legendary and notorious file-sharing site The Pirate Bay appeared to have sailed to Costa Rica, landing at the thepiratebay.cr. As reported by The Costa Rica Star just a few days before Christmas, the legitimacy of The Pirate Bay hosted i...

Azimo Screenshot Send Money to Costa Rica from Europe for Just €1

Azimo Screenshot Azimo, a new money transfer network based in London, is quickly expanding its operations with a very enticing offer for people who send remittances to their families abroad. Azimo operates solely online for the purpose of keeping their overhead low and offer the very reasonable fee of just one euro per transfer. In Costa Rica, the physical (brick-and-mortar) cash pick-up l...

Wikimedia Commons Apple’s Siri Went Missing in Costa Rica for a Few Days

Source: Twitter The virtual assistant and knowledge navigator mobile app Siri has been a staple of the Apple iPhone family since the 4S model; in fact, the S stands for “Siri.” In Costa Rica, the announcement of Siri was met with great joy among fans of Apple products, although in the beginning “she” (the default, female digital voice) did not communicate in Spanish. Once Siri got past the “no...

Source: MobileRecharge.com Free Credit for Your Prepaid Claro SIM in Costa Rica

Source: Wikimedia Commons Atlanta, Georgia (PRWEB) January 13, 2015 - MobileRecharge.com offers 100% free top ups for Latin Americans living abroad who haven't tried the service yet. More precisely, those willing to credit their family's or friends' Movistar or Claro cellphones can benefit from this appealing 100% discount promotion. The offer is valid only if the prepaid numbers to be rech...

Source: Marriott Marriott Hotels + GoPro = Fun in Costa Rica

Source: Marriott WESTON, Fla., Jan. 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Marriott Hotels, Marriott International's flagship brand, is putting a whole new "POV" on the guest experience by providing GoPro HERO4 cameras at 17 Caribbean and Latin American resorts and hotels. The exclusive offer allows guests to test drive a GoPro HERO4, the most advanced GoPro yet and capture and share all of their adventures...