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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...

Source: ACAE Made in Costa Rica: A Satellite to Measure CO2 Concentration

Source: ACAE The year 2015 will be crucial for a project being developed by the Central American Aerospace Association (Spanish acronym: ACAE), which aims to launch a satellite made in Costa Rica into space for the purpose of monitoring levels of CO2 concentration above the forests of Guanacaste.   According to a news report by Pablo Rojas of online news daily Costa Rica Hoy, this a...

Firefox smartphone Should You Get the Firefox Smartphone in Costa Rica?

After a false start and a brief period of uncertainty, wireless carrier Movistar quietly released the Alcatel One Touch Fire C smartphone, which is powered by the mobile Firefox operating system initially coded by the Mozilla Foundation as an open source project. As the first Firefox OS smartphone in Costa Rica, this mobile device presents an alternative to the Android, iPhone and Windows Phone un...

Source: Pixabay Commons Can Costa Rica Handle Holiday Voice Calls and SMS?

Source: Wikimedia Commons The Big 3 wireless carriers in Costa Rica are expecting a massive spike in voice calls, text messages and mobile Internet use right at the stroke of midnight on the 25th and 31st of December. Mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets have become the favorite delivery method for Christmas and New Year’s greetings in Costa Rica, and users are not particularly conce...

Source: Wikimedia Commons Problems With Your iPhone in Costa Rica? Read This:

Over the last few days, iPhone users who subscribe to the popular Kolbi wireless carrier in Costa Rica have noticed that they can no longer navigate the Web or use some apps and simultaneously manage a voice call. The crux of this technical issue is that 3G access seems to goes away when a connection is made to another wireless phone or to a data source.   According to technology blog i...

Source: MobileRecharge.com New App to Manage Your Costa Rica Prepaid Phone from Abroad

Purchasing and activating a prepaid mobile phone in Costa Rica is easy. You can even get a SIM chip activated by a street vendor without showing an identification document, and this will cost less than $4. Adding time to a prepaid mobile device in Costa Rica is also easy thanks to the numerous retail shops that either top up the balance (known as “saldo”) or sell scratch-off cards in different den...

Source: Wikimedia Commons Ahoy! The Pirate Bay in Costa Rica Could be Fake

Source: Wikimedia Commons What happens when a website running a massive database of allegedly pirated digital content ends up as the victim of piracy itself? Setting aside jokes about there being no honor among pirates; such a situation may be taking in place in Costa Rica.   After a spectacular police raid on a data center in Sweden, controversial and resilient file sharing website...

Source: Intel Formal Inauguration of Intel R&D Center in Costa Rica

Earlier this week, Intel Corporation held a formal opening ceremony of its new research, development and testing center in Costa Rica. As reported by tech journalist Marvin Barquero of daily newspaper La Nacion, this is a “mega-laboratory” that will test and validate new products designed by this major chip manufacturer.   The opening of this research and development (R&D) cente...

Firefox smartphone When Will the Firefox Smartphone Arrive in Costa Rica?

More than a year has passed since The Costa Rica Star first reported on an announcement by Spanish telecommunications giant Telefonica about its partnership with the Mozilla Foundation and smartphone manufacturers Alcatel and ZTE to make the Firefox OS mobile phone a reality in Latin America. Since then, sightings of the vaunted Firefox smartphone have been reported in South Africa, Greece and the...

Link Bubble Link Bubble: An Optimal Browser for Costa Rica

Link Bubble is a mobile Web browser that lets users escape the tyranny of ridiculously slow load times and dropped wireless signals that are very common in Costa Rica, particularly among subscribers of the former telecommunications monopoly Kolbi/ICE. Users of smartphones and tablets powered by the Android mobile operating system, which is very popular in Costa Rica, have a lot of choice in ter...

Robotics Team Fast Robot from Costa Rica Wins Award in Russia

Young robotics engineers from Costa Rica have done their country proud at the 11th World Robot Olympiad (WRO) currently underway in Sochi, Russia. According to an official press release from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Telecommunications, engineers representing our country in the College Category advanced to the final stage and received a special award for their robotic creation. La...

Webcam Russian Site Spies on Security Webcams from Costa Rica

A “grey hat” website hosted in Russia is making a strong statement about a security flaw that is often “exploited” due to a very common user error. This site has been widely reported by several news media outlets in the last few days, including online news daily Costa Rica Hoy, which published screenshots of surveillance video at a known shopping center in Ezcazu, a factory in Paquera, and a secti...

Wikimedia Commons iPhone 6 in Costa Rica: More than 100 Purchase Options

On November 14th, the Big 3 wireless service providers in Costa Rica officially began offering the long-awaited Apple iPhone 6 and the oversized iPhone 6 Plus to eager shoppers. As reported by The Costa Rica Star, the Superintendency of Telecommunications (Spanish acronym: SUTEL) recently issued technical approval of the new Apple smartphones and their operating systems, even though they were alre...

Hackathon U.S. IT Enterprise Firm Sponsors Hackathon in Costa Rica

The information technology (IT) scene in Costa Rica is growing and flourishing at a desirable pace. As recently reported by The Costa Rica Star, the Gold Coast of Guanacaste is now home to an international hacker retreat and a programming boot camp. Hackathons, collaborative events that last from a few hours to a few days for the purposes of nurturing special IT projects and creativity, are becomi...

Turrialba Drones Frankenstein Drones Will Fly Over Costa Rica

Whereas unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, commonly referred to as “drones”) routinely make headlines for their use in wartime operations, surveillance and invasive law enforcement, in Costa Rica they are used for science. As reported by The Costa Rica Star in late 2011, The Center for the Investigation of Nuclear and Particle Science (Spanish acronym: CICANUM) of the University of Costa Rica (UCR) u...

GoCode In Costa Rica, You Can Learn Programming at the Beach

One of the most significant informtation technology trends in recent years has been the learn-to-code movement, endorsed by the likes of Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates and even Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat. To this end, programming boot camps have emerged as popular teaching methods to introduce novices to the intricate world of coding. In Costa Rica, an international coding boot camp has chosen Play...

whatsapp What’s Up with the WhatsApp Blue Check Marks in Costa Rica?

It has been a difficult week for some users of the instant messaging mobile app WhatsApp in Costa Rica. A few weeks ago, social media giant Facebook acquired WhatsApp in a multi-billion dollar transaction that recalled the heady days of the Dot Com Bubble and its subsequently calamitous crash on Wall Street. More than 600 million WhatsApp users around the world worried that some Facebook featur...