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Nokia Lumia Set to Dethrone the iPhone in Costa Rica

Nokia Lumia Set to Dethrone the iPhone in Costa Rica

Despite their hefty price tags and country-specific limitations, Apple iPhones have enjoyed considerable success in Costa Rica over the last few years. Android-powered mobile devices have been gradually eating away… Read more »

New Online Sign Language Interpreting Service in Costa Rica

New Online Sign Language Interpreting Service in Costa Rica

Students from the School of Business of the University of Costa Rica (UCR) have developed an Internet application specially designed to improve the lives of the hearing-impaired community. The Advanced… Read more »

4G Wireless Competition Heats Up in Costa Rica

4G Wireless Competition Heats Up in Costa Rica

Since late February, wireless carriers in Costa Rica have been rolling out new plans and schemes to capture the lucrative mobile voice and data segment. The three major wireless providers,… Read more »

This is the Smartphone Charger You Need in Guanacaste

This is the Smartphone Charger You Need in Guanacaste

A few days ago, the Costa Rica Star published an article about the CAT B15, an ultra-rugged smartphone made by Caterpillar that seems to have been custom-made for the active… Read more »

New Shopping App in Costa Rica Will Let You Check Prices

New Shopping App in Costa Rica Will Let You Check Prices

In Costa Rica, the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Commerce (Spanish initials: MEIC) wants to make it easy for shoppers to find the lowest prices on groceries and other consumer… Read more »

The End Is Near for Online Gambling in Costa Rica

The End Is Near for Online Gambling in Costa Rica

In the last few years, the online gambling industry of Costa Rica has experienced one major upheaval after another. On one hand, there’s the overzealous law enforcement and prosecutorial actions… Read more »

Guanacaste Signs Agreement to Generate More Clean Energy

Guanacaste Signs Agreement to Generate More Clean Energy

The Co-Op for Rural Electrification in Guanacaste, known as CoopeGuanacaste, recently signed an agreement with the Costa Rican Institute of Electricity (Spanish initials: ICE) that guarantees investment in, and development… Read more »

Major Mobile Data and Voice Outages Planned in Costa Rica

Major Mobile Data and Voice Outages Planned in Costa Rica

The communities of Nuevo Arenal as well as Quebrada Grande, San Ramon, and Solania of Tilaran are among the Guanacaste communities that will be affected by suspension of Kolbi wireless… Read more »

Should You Worry About the End of Windows XP in Costa Rica?

Should You Worry About the End of Windows XP in Costa Rica?

If you believe the dreadful warnings released over the last few weeks by software behemoth Microsoft, entire computer networks across Costa Rica will suddenly become ultra-vulnerable and come under relentless… Read more »

Caterpillar B15 Smartphone: Tough as Nails, Perfect for Guanacaste

Caterpillar B15 Smartphone: Tough as Nails, Perfect for Guanacaste

People love Guanacaste for dozens of reasons, and one of the reasons most often mentioned by adventuresome tourists and expats is the wide range of outdoor activities that can be… Read more »

Now Hiring: Hackers in Costa Rica

Now Hiring: Hackers in Costa Rica

If you own or otherwise manage a website or computer network in Costa Rica, you may want to ensure that your security systems and protocols are solid and up-to-date. Hacking… Read more »

A Smartphone Made in Costa Rica by Ticos for Ticos

A Smartphone Made in Costa Rica by Ticos for Ticos

In Costa Rica you can find just about any type of smartphone, from a variety of manufacturers, for all tastes and needs. But as of last Friday there is one… Read more »

Understanding the Flappy Bird Phenomenon in Costa Rica

Understanding the Flappy Bird Phenomenon in Costa Rica

In the last week or so, just about everyone in Costa Rica who uses an Internet connection learned about the strange circumstances leading to the sudden rise and fall of… Read more »

Hackers Attack University of Costa Rica Publication

Hackers Attack University of Costa Rica Publication

Semanario Universidad, the weekly news publication produced by the University of Costa Rica, saw its website brought down by distributed denial of service (DDOS) attacks in late January. Hackers overwhelmed… Read more »

GoodSpeed Global Wi-Fi Device Now Active in Costa Rica

GoodSpeed Global Wi-Fi Device Now Active in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is one of the latest Latin American countries added to the GoodSpeed international data service. GoodSpeed is a device that creates a personal mobile Wi-Fi hotspot offering affordable… Read more »

Low Rainfall in Costa Rica Could Mean Higher Electricity Rates

Low Rainfall in Costa Rica Could Mean Higher Electricity Rates

A combination of less rainfall, coupled with the increased cost of generating electricity using bunker and diesel fuels, threaten a sharp rise in electricity rates this year. The Autoridad Reguladora… Read more »

Major Solar Energy Project Planned in Guanacaste

Major Solar Energy Project Planned in Guanacaste

Before the Guanacaste Country Club becomes the most luxurious resort, theme park and residential community in Central America, an innovative solar energy project will be developed to meet future electricity… Read more »

TripAdvisor May Have Been Tripped in Costa Rica

TripAdvisor May Have Been Tripped in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is one of the most queried destinations on popular and respected travel review website TripAdvisor. In fact, La Fortuna in San Carlos is one of TripAdvisor’s top ten… Read more »

New Scam Targets Cell Phone Users in Costa Rica

New Scam Targets Cell Phone Users in Costa Rica

More than 1,000 ICE (Kolbi) cell phone customers have been victims of a new scam that involves receiving a text message on their cellular phone and ending up with a… Read more »

Telecom Industry in Costa Rica Poised for Sheer Growth

Telecom Industry in Costa Rica Poised for Sheer Growth

Industry analysts are forecasting more than $8 billion in revenues from the combined telecommunications sectors in Costa Rica from 2014 to 2019, and mobile communications are expected to be the… Read more »

Technology at the Altar and During Mass in Costa Rica

Technology at the Altar and During Mass in Costa Rica

Peace be with you. The next time you go to Mass at the Mercedes Sur Catholic Church in Heredia, you may notice that instead of the Holy Bible and other… Read more »

United by Facebook: Expats in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

United by Facebook: Expats in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

In the province of Guanacaste, the expatriate and seasonal population is growing faster than anywhere else in Costa Rica. Thousands of foreigners from the United States, Canada, Europe, and other… Read more »

New Wind Energy Project Planned in Guanacaste

New Wind Energy Project Planned in Guanacaste

Gamesa, a Spanish engineering firm that specializes in wind turbine technology, will build a new wind farm in Guanacaste that could be generating electricity by 2015. With this latest announcement,… Read more »

Online Food Delivery Services in Guanacaste Costa Rica

Online Food Delivery Services in Guanacaste Costa Rica

One of the keys to business success in Costa Rica is to offer home delivery of goods and services. This is known as “servicio express,” and it is very popular… Read more »

Taxi Tico: New Transportation App in Costa Rica

Taxi Tico: New Transportation App in Costa Rica

A new mobile app for iPhones and Android-powered devices aims to connect taxi cab operators with passengers by augmenting the process of finding a ride and providing a platform for cashless… Read more »

SUTEL Promises Better Internet Access to 30 Guanacaste Communities

SUTEL Promises Better Internet Access to 30 Guanacaste Communities

The Costa Rica Star recently reported on 4G internet coming to Guanacaste in 2014. It’s no secret that many places in Guanacaste lack access to technology when compared to other… Read more »

New Music Streaming Services and Mobile Games in Costa Rica

New Music Streaming Services and Mobile Games in Costa Rica

Smartphone and tablet owners in Costa Rica do not usually need encouragement to stay glued to their devices, but recent developments in terms of apps and available services are going… Read more »

Holiday App Scouts Free Deals and Offers in Costa Rica

Holiday App Scouts Free Deals and Offers in Costa Rica

Frugal shoppers, penny-wise consumers and assorted cheapskates already know that Costa Rica is one of the most expensive countries in Latin America, which is why they need all the help… Read more »

Hybrid and Electric Cars Make Progress in Costa Rica

Hybrid and Electric Cars Make Progress in Costa Rica

Auto dealerships in Costa Rica have been enjoying record sales over the last few years. This is evident on the crowded roads and permanent gridlock around the country, but hybrid… Read more »

Can You Really Get An iPhone 5S for Just $20 in Costa Rica?

Can You Really Get An iPhone 5S for Just $20 in Costa Rica?

Now that the long-awaited iPhone 5 has finally reached Costa Rica, would-be shoppers are gasping and feeling the unpleasant effects of sticker shock if they choose to purchase the new… Read more »