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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...

Huawei P9 Huawei Chooses Costa Rica to Launch Groundbreaking Smartphone

Huawei P9 China State Council Information Office - Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei launched Thursday its new dual-lens P9 smartphone in Costa Rica for the Latin American market. Huawei unveiled its new P9 at a shopping center in west San Jose, where potential buyers and the press also got a chance to view an exhibit of photographs taken with the smartphone's innovative Leica-made ca...

Flickr Commons TigoStar + Netflix = Prepaid Video Streaming in Costa Rica

Flickr Commons STOCKHOLM--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Millicom, the telecommunications and media company dedicated to emerging markets in Latin America and Africa, today announced a strategic partnership with Netflix, the world’s leading Internet television network, that will bring Netflix app preloads to Android smartphones from TigoSmart and provide promotions to TigoStar and TigoSmart customers in Lat...

Source: Christie Massive, High-Tech Movie Theater Screen Arrives in Costa Rica

Source: Christie CYPRESS, CA (PRWEB) JUNE 15, 2016 - Christie®, a leader in creating and delivering the world’s best visual and audio experiences, is proud to announce that its Christie Duo® projection system was installed in Nova ONE, Costa Rica’s biggest film screen. Nova ONE is the main screen at the Nova Cinemas multiplex the newly opened Plaza Real Alajuela shopping mall, not far from San...

Source: BlackBerry BlackBerry Video Calling Now Available in Costa Rica

Source: BlackBerry On June 1st, Canadian tech giant BlackBerry launched a beta period of video calling through its BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) platform in Costa Rica and across 26 countries in Latin America. According to an official blog post published by BlackBerry, video calling is almost ready for primetime; it was launched as a beta feature for Android and iOS, as part of the latest vers...

Source: Green Lava Video Game Developed in Costa Rica Now Available On Xbox

Source: Green Lava Microsoft Xbox Media Release - On January 1st, 2013, a three-man team started a project named Project Phoenix. Little did they know, this project would be one of the longest journeys for the Costa Rican development team, Green Lava Studios. For our team, those 3 years, 5 months and 7 days were totally worth it, as our dream of bringing a video game on a major video game con...

Source: Pixabay Commons Google Makes It Easier to Find Your Lost Smartphone in Costa Rica

Earlier this week, technology giant Google announced some exciting new features that improve the way users can control their accounts in Costa Rica and anywhere else in the world. The new features come exactly one year after the introduction of My Account, a powerful dashboard that allow users to control their apps and services such as Gmail, Google Play, Drive, Docs, Hangouts, Google Plus, And...

Flickr Commons Costa Rica Sportsbook Named in NY Indictment Against Mafia Crew

Flickr Commons Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson announced last Friday that six men from Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island have been variously charged in a 37-count indictment for running an illegal Internet gambling operation that took over $13 million in wagers on various professional and collegiate sporting events and wired payments to an off-shore location. District Attorney Thom...

Movistar Movistar Plans to Launch Digital Wallet in Costa Rica

HINGHAM, MA--(Marketwired - May 24, 2016) -  DigitalX Limited is pleased to announce that Telefónica Internacional S.A.U. ("Telefónica") is the Company's first strategic partner in Latin America following the successful integration of the DigitalX AirPocket App into Telefónica's network. The mobile phone giant signed a marketing, distribution and sales agreement with DigitalX, which was announc...

Source: Google Google Chromebooks Could Soon Replace Android Tablets

Source: Google Google has not enjoyed the success it hoped to get from its Chromebook line of portable computers powered by the browser-centric Chrome OS, but that could change very soon. In a move that could eat into the market share of Android tablets, Google announced that Chromebooks will soon offer extensive support for Android apps; in fact, the Google Play store will be fully compati...

An emission nebula similar to N55. Wikimedia Commons Pink and Blue Stars Detected Outside the Milky Way

An emission nebula similar to N55. Wikimedia Commons Berlin, May 18 (EFE).- The European Southern Observatory on Wednesday released an impressive image of "stellar ornamentation," a peculiar pink and blue optical effect detected in a nebula in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a galaxy some 163,000 light years from Earth. The ESO said in a communique that the detailed photo of the LHA 120-N55 neb...

Cielo Google Play Cielo, a New Communications App Gaining Users in Costa Rica

Cielo Google Play COSTA RICA (PRWEB) MAY 16, 2016 - Itellum, a Costa Rica-based, privately owned and operated international telecommunications, Internet and technology company with a focus on US and Central American markets, announces that its Cielo unified communications application has surpassed 12,000 registered users in Costa Rica, making it the leading and fastest growing application of its...

Source: Wikimedia Commons U.S. Owner of Costa Rica Hotel Faces Online Child Porn Charges

Source: Wikimedia Commons BATON ROUGE, LA - United States Attorney Walt Green announced today that a federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging CHRISTOPHER G. YOUNG, age 53, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with distribution of child pornography and possession of child pornography. According to the Indictment, YOUNG was the part-owner of a hotel in the country of Costa Rica, where he ...

whatsapp WhatsApp is Now Available for Desktop Use in Costa Rica

(Courtesy/WhatsApp) The most popular mobile messaging app in Costa Rica is now available for the desktop and with full end-to-end encryption. Use of WhatsApp in Costa Rica is estimated to grow by 228 new users each week, and the total number of active users is approaching that of Facebook, which happens to be the owner of WhatsApp. In the last two days, WhatsApp has made a couple of importa...

Source: NASA Amazing Mercury Solar Transit Images Captured by NASA

Source: NASA Washington, May 9 (EFE).- The planet Mercury on Monday made its first transit of the Sun in a decade, an unusual event that NASA broadcast live on its Web page. For about 7 1/2 hours, Mercury was visible from Earth as a tiny black disc crossing in front of the fiery Sun, a spectacle recorded for the first time by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, a telescope launched in 2010. ...

Source; EFE file photo Are You a Digital Visitor or a Digital Resident in Costa Rica?

Source; EFE file photo How do you use the Internet? Do you browse the Web to get a quick answer or to complete a certain task without leaving comments or opinions about your experience? Are you concerned about revealing your identity online? If you answer the questions above in an affirmative manner, you may be a digital visitor. If you, on the other hand, live out your life openly on the I...

Flickr Commons Costa Rica Liberty Reserve Founder Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Leslie R. Caldwell, Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, announced that ARTHUR BUDOVSKY, 42, was sentenced today in Manhattan federal court to 20 years in prison for running a massive money laundering enterprise through his company Liberty Reserve, a virtual currency once used...

Workers at the Miravalles geothermal plant in the province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica, March 14, 2016. TRF/Fabíola Ortiz Costa Rica and Mexico look to lead Latin America in clean geothermal energy

Workers at the Miravalles geothermal plant in the province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica, March 14, 2016. TRF/Fabíola Ortiz By Fabiola Ortiz MEXICO CITY/SAN JOSE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Mexico and Costa Rica aim to build on their position as Latin America's leading producers of geothermal power to help meet the challenges they face of curbing planet-warming emissions and making their ene...

Source: Verizon TravelPass Verizon Offers TravelPass for U.S. Travelers in Costa Rica

Source: Verizon TravelPass NEW YORK, May 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- A new survey reveals one in three Americans is planning to travel outside of the U.S. in the next year. Of those traveling internationally, a whopping 80 percent plan to use their phone and data on their phone with 65 percent checking in with loved ones at some point during their trip, according to a new survey released today by ...

Zika map. Source: CDC Zika Vaccine is Still a Few Years Away

Zika map. Source: CDC Washington, May 3 (EFE).- The first human trials with a vaccine against the Zika virus will begin this autumn, but it will be two or three years before researchers will know if it is successful against the disease, the director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said Tuesday. Dr. Anthony Fauci spoke at a press conference at the Washington...

Laura Chinchilla Former President of Costa Rica Will Keynote Major Tech Conference

SAN FRANCISCO, April 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Nearshore Nexus 2016, the premiere outsourcing conference focused on Latin America IT Services and BPO, is being held in San Francisco, on May 11th-12th, 2016.  This is the first time the conference has been hosted on the west coast, bringing to focus executive-level dialogue surrounding the opportunities, risks, and advantages of developing ...

Wikimedia Commons Predicting Volcano Eruptions in Costa Rica

Wikimedia Commons By Steve Carr — University of New Mexico Throughout the centuries, volcanic eruptions have claimed hundreds of thousands of lives due in part to the lack of accurate signs indicating imminent eruptions. One type of a volcanic eruption, a phreatic eruption, which involves external water, is particularly energetic causing a disproportionate number of fatalities. Phreatic eru...

Source: BellComm New Gyrocopter is Perfect for Emergency Medical Evacuations

Source: BellComm Madrid, Apr 22 (EFE). Spanish aerospace company BellComm is globally marketing its C-44 Medevac autogyro, a safe, practical and effective flying machine that can be adapted to multiple civilian or military uses, including the emergency airlifting of victims of highway accidents or the evacuation of wounded soldiers from combat zones. Its operating cost per flight hour of ar...

Miss Costa Rica 2015 Brenda Castro smiles as she arrives at a charitable event. Facebook How Beauty and Benevolence Shake Up the Brain

Miss Costa Rica 2015 Brenda Castro smiles as she arrives at a charitable event. Facebook By Manuel Fuentes. Antofagasta, Chile, Apr 11 (EFE).- Looking at a beautiful picture or listening to pleasant music trigger the human brain, which also intensifies its activity in the presence of "moral beauty," British neurobiologist Semir Zeki said. "Which neuronal systems get activated when we con...

Source: ACAE Crowdfunding for Costa Rica Satellite Mission Going Well

Source: ACAE The first space program for satellite development in Central America is being developed in Costa Rica with the help of small, private donations. According to a news report published in March by international news agency EFE, the Central American Aeronautics and Space Association, or ACAE, has kicked off a Kickstarter campaign to collect the $75,000 needed to launch the first sa...

Flickr Commons Costa Rica is Still the Slowest Netflix Nation

Flickr Commons Netflix recently posted its Internet Service Provider (ISP) index for March 2016, a monthly update on the international status of the ISPs providing the best -and worst – prime-time video streaming experience. As has been previously reported by The Costa Rica Star, the main ISP firms in our country such as ICE's Kolbi Hogar have long scraped the bottom of the Netflix list, an...

Wikimedia Commons These Scary Stars Destroy the Atmosphere of their Planets

Wikimedia Commons London, Apr 12 (EFE).- Observations from NASA's Kepler Space Telescope have revealed the existence outside the solar system of planets whose atmosphere has been completely stripped off by radiation from the star they orbit, an article in the journal Nature Communications said. Scientists from Britain's University of Birmingham used a technique known as asteroseismology to ...

Wikimedia Commons Microsoft Files Lawsuit Against U.S. Over Email Snooping

Wikimedia Commons San Francisco, Apr 14 (EFE).- Microsoft Corp. filed a lawsuit Thursday against the U.S. Justice Department, challenging so-called secrecy orders that bar the company from notifying its customers when the government has reviewed their e-mails and other data. The tech giant says in the suit that it has received 5,624 requests from the government for customer information or d...

An Uber driver in Bogota. Wikimedia Commons Argentina, Like Costa Rica, Declares Uber Illegal

An Uber driver in Bogota. Wikimedia Commons Buenos Aires, Apr 13 (EFE).- Ride-sharing service Uber, which has started operating in the Argentine capital, is "failing to follow regulations" and providing a service "that is illegal," the Buenos Aires city government said. Uber rolled out its alternative to traditional taxi service on Tuesday, prompting officials to warn that it would be subje...

Twitter Twitter Plans Major Video Expansion; Starts With Latin America

Bogota, Apr 11 (EFE).- Mexicans taking a look at their Twitter accounts this Monday will find a visual novelty on their timeline - a brief advertising video. Welcome to First View, a new Twitter platform for advertisers that guarantees a brand's promotional video the top spot on the user's timeline for 24 hours. According to Guilherme Ribenboim, vice president of Twitter for Latin America, t...

Wikimedia Commons British Embassy Helps Costa Rica With Research on Biomass Waste

Wikimedia Commons Cap-Net UNDP News Release - The Central American Network of Engineering Institutions (REDICA), along with the University of Costa Rica (UCR), the Euro-American Consortium and the British Embassy in Costa Rica, have been interested in the development of applied research on gasification from biomass waste from the cultivation of pineapple in Costa Rica.   The project...

Vivaldi speed dial and side panel Vivaldi: A New, Powerful and Full-Featured Desktop Browser

After more than one year in public development and millions of downloads, Vivaldi today released the first major release of its pioneering desktop browser: Vivaldi 1.0. Vivaldi speed dial and side panel While other browsers strip down their offerings, Vivaldi adds features and powerful personalization options to help the web’s most demanding users increase their productivity and efficiency....

Android Auto Android Auto Travels to Costa Rica

Android Auto Android Auto, a standard for automobile/smartphone integration developed by tech giant Google, is now available to drivers in Costa Rica. This technology standard allows drivers with devices powered by the Android mobile operating system to connect them to the dashboard head units to their cars for the purpose of controlling functions such as GPS navigation with Google Maps, tr...

Wikimedia Commons The FBI is Now Proficient in Cracking iPhones and iPods

New quick-action gesture iPhone 6s Austin, Texas, Mar 31 (EFE).- The FBI has agreed to unlock two Apple devices belonging to a pair of teenage murder suspects in Arkansas, the prosecutor in the case said. The bureau is providing that assistance after the Justice Department said Monday it had gained access to the iPhone used by one of the shooters in last December's San Bernardino, Californi...

Source: Mozilla Indigenous Language Version of Firefox to Debut in Paraguay

Source: Mozilla ASUNCION, MAR 31 (EFE). — Aguaratata, the Guarani version of Mozilla's Firefox browser, will be unveiled in Paraguay next week at Asuncion National University, the Language Policy Secretariat said Thursday. Aguaratata Firefox in Guarani took two years to develop and will be presented to the public on Monday. The Aguaratata browser will be an important tool for spe...

Waco Mammoth Museum - Photo By Larry D. Moore, CC BY-SA 3.0 Remains of Mammoth Species that Roamed Costa Rica Found in the US

Waco Mammoth Museum - Photo By Larry D. Moore, CC BY-SA 3.0 Washington, Mar 29 (EFE).- Archaeologists have found a mammoth skull and two tusk fragments in a sand pit in northeastern Oklahoma, media reports said. The Oklahoma Archeological Survey, or OAS, identified the animal as a Columbian mammoth, one of the last species of that giant mammal to inhabit both North America and Central Ameri...

Source: Wikimedia Commons Shadowy Israeli Firm May Have Helped FBI Crack iPhone

New quick-action gesture iPhone 6s San Francisco, Mar 28 (EFE).- The U.S. Justice Department said Monday that the FBI had accessed the iPhone used by one of the shooters in the San Bernardino, California, terrorist attack last December and will not need the help of Apple to unblock the device. "The FBI has now successfully retrieved the data stored on the San Bernardino terrorist's iPhone a...

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