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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...

iphone 6 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...

Loyalty Cards Loyalty Card Mobile App Developed in Costa Rica

The mobile app development field in Costa Rica has been growing very rapidly in recent years. One of the latest apps provides a neat and convenient solution for small and medium-sized that issue loyalty, membership and discount cards as marketing and retention tools. This iOS and Android app is also appealing to smart shoppers who use numerous loyalty cards and wish to organize them. The StampK...

Biometrics Biometrics Arrive in the Financial Sector of Costa Rica

In the wake of widespread reports of phishing attacks perpetrated against online banking customers in Costa Rica, one financial institution has responded by teaming up with a Spanish biometrics provider to add extra security to online transactions conducted on smartphones and tablet computers. Grupo Mutual, a major retail bank traditionally known for its mortgage solutions, is the first financial ...

iphone 6 Easy Technical Approval of iPhone 6 in Costa Rica

The Superintendency of Telecommunications (Spanish acronym: SUTEL) of  Costa Rica is the government agency in charge of issuing technical approvals for new devices entering the national wireless spectrum. Approved devices are known as celulares homologados in Spanish, and the highly anticipated iPhone 6 and the extra-large iPhone 6 Plus recently received such approvals. Not all smartphones are ...

Rio de Janeiro First Costa Rica, Now Brazil: Waze App to Improve Traffic

Source: Flickr CC If you find traffic jams in Costa Rica exasperating, you may not want to drive in Rio de Janeiro, ever. This magnificent and populous Brazilian megacity is among the most beautiful in the world, but gridlock has been tarnishing Rio's facade; particularly after news media reported on the horrible traffic conditions during the FIFA World Cup earlier this year as well as during ...

Hacker Paradise Yes, There Really is a School for Hackers in Costa Rica

At a boutique hotel in the picturesque beach town of Playa Carrillo, province of Guanacaste, a group of programmers are scratching their heads trying to figure out why none of the major surf report providers have Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), those programmatic gateways that provide access to data for third-party Web applications. The idea is to build a chat bot that can provide Web u...

Electronic signature Free and Open Source Electronic Signature in Costa Rica

Although electronic signatures in Costa Rica have enjoyed legislative approval since 2005 by virtue of Law 8454, implementation and widespread adoption has been slow. Electronic signatures are one tool to reduce paper use, promote paperless practices and cut through stifling bureaucracy, but the development of compliant solutions has been mostly reserved to the private sector, until now. Thanks to...

Breakout Gaming A New Virtual Currency Launched from Costa Rica

Los Angeles – Breakout Gaming (BRO), a company with headquarters in San Jose, Costa Rica, is a new budding leader in cryptocurrency technology and game development. The company recently announced the launch of the first destination for online gaming and digital currency with the support of an all-star roster of sponsored players. As of October 15, 2014, Breakout Gaming was six days away from launc...

Goodspeed 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 Internet access on the go. With the addition of Costa Rica and various other countries in the Americas, GoodSpeed now offers wireless broadband coverage in 50 percent of the world. According to Uros, th...

Source: Twitter Will It Bend? The Apple iPhone 6 Plus (VIDEO)

As the iPhone 6 arrived in a few stores and online marketplaces in Costa Rica in late September, shoppers were worried about whether their beloved smartphone would bend as shown in this surprising video uploaded by Unbox Therapy. Retailers in Costa Rica are now considering the strategy that they should follow when the time comes to offer the iPhone Plus 6 to the public.   http://youtu.b...

Source: Twitter “Dali Edition” iPhone Worries Shoppers in Costa Rica

  Source: Twitter The iPhone 6 has arrived in Costa Rica ahead of schedule, but both shoppers and shopkeepers are wary about “Bendgate” and the “Dali Edition” of the iPhone 6 Plus, the latest and largest version of the revolutionary smartphone that was historically introduced by the late Steve Jobs back in 2007.   According to a recent news story by Alejandro Mendez of natio...