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Cartoon by Clay Jones U.S. Elections: From Russia With Love, Or How to Feel the Bern

Cartoon by Clay JonesBy Britt Nelson Editor’s note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff Welcome to the world-famous Democratic Roadkill Café in Philly. This week two new menu items have been added: Bernie’s seasoned three-bean soup with bacon and Schultz’s strip steaks with hot sauce and a dash of disgust. ...

Colorblind Simulator Colorblind Simulator, an Accessibility App Developed in Costa Rica

Have you ever wondered what it's really like to be colorblind? A new Android app developed in Costa Rica helps designers and developers experience colorblind vision so that they can apply accessibility to their work. Color Vision Deficiency (CVD) affects our ability to distinguish colors. It can impact on a child's ability to learn, the ability to select two socks that match in color, the sele...

Cartoon by Clay Jones Pokemon Fail: Japan Asks Tourists Not to Play at Sacred Shrines

Cartoon by Clay JonesJust a day after the much awaited release of the latest smartphone game 'Pokemon Go' in Japan, some of the country's most popular tourist attractions have started urging visitors to use caution when playing or stop playing altogether at their facilities. The most emphatic protest came from the Izumo-taisha shrine, considered the second most sacred in Japan, which banned th...

Screenshot of KAT.cr U.S. Arrests Owner of Torrent Website Hosted in Costa Rica

Screenshot of KAT.crCHICAGO — Federal authorities in Chicago have charged the alleged owner of today’s most-visited illegal file-sharing website with criminal copyright infringement and have seized domain names associated with the website. ARTEM VAULIN, 30, of Kharkiv, Ukraine, allegedly owns and operates Kickass Torrents, or KAT, a commercial website that since 2008 has enabled users to illeg...

Helthgauge.com - Flickr Commons Costa Rica Earns Second Place in Food Technology Competition

Helthgauge.com - Flickr CommonsCHICAGO – 20 July 2016 – Tate & Lyle, a leading global provider of food ingredients and solutions, is pleased to announce the winner of this year’s Institute of Food Technologists Student Association (IFTSA) Developing Solutions for Developing Countries (DSDC) competition, McGill University. “Tate & Lyle is honored to be the new sponsor of this program,” said Sa...

Source: LigaPokemonCR Facebook Pokemon GO and Online Porn in Costa Rica

Source: LigaPokemonCR FacebookCosta Rica is so enthralled with Pokemon GO, the latest mobile app by Nintendo and Niantic, that smartphone users are going online to research the game more so than they are viewing pornography. A few days ago, a news report filed by Cory McNutt of Android Headlines indicated that 4.6 percent of compatible Android devices in Costa Rica had installed Pokemon GO, th...

Breakout Gaming New Global eSports Platform Launched from Costa Rica

July 15, 2016 Costa Rica – Breakout Gaming, the online gaming entertainment company offering poker, sports wagering, casino games, fantasy sports and other gaming options from Costa Rica will soon be launching two new platforms powered by the company’s own Breakout Coin. The launch of Breakout PVP and its upcoming ‘Breakout Game Store’ follows the recent launch of its successful online poker games...

Source: Wikimedia Commons U.S. and Canadian Expats Operated Scam VoIP Center in Costa Rica

Source: Wikimedia CommonsTwo U.S. citizens and a Canadian citizen have pleaded guilty for their roles in a $9 million “sweepstakes fraud” scheme to defraud hundreds of U.S. residents, many of them elderly, announced Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Jill Westmoreland Rose of the Western District of North Carolina. Jeff...

EZ Waves Google Play New Mobile App for Booking Ocean Charters in Costa Rica

EZ Waves Google PlayEZ Waves, an online charter booking service for fishing, sailing, kayaking and all other water-based activities, announces its launch today with nearly 500 captains available for bookings in the United States, Costa Rica, Mexico, Canada and Norway. EZ Waves is the only program that streamlines the maritime booking process, providing live scheduling that allows guests to book o...

Wikimedia Commons This is How Technology is Making Us Lonely

Wikimedia Commons Bolivian writer Oswaldo Calatayud, the winner of his country's 17th National Novel Prize for his work "La Guerra del Papel" (The Paper War), says that the "ultra-tech" world has reinforced human loneliness. In an interview with EFE, the author explained that nowadays "there is little contact between people because technology intercedes in everything. Being on the cellphone...

By ESO/L. Calçada - https://www.eso.org/public/images/eso1624b/, CC BY-SA 4.0 Permanent Daylight: Tattoine-Like Planet Has Three Suns

By ESO/L. Calçada - https://www.eso.org/public/images/eso1624b/, CC BY-SA 4.0 Astronomers have discovered a planet even more exotic than Tatooine, from the "Star Wars" saga, with its two suns. This new extra-solar world is known as HD 131399Ab and is the first one to be found in a wide orbit around three stars, according to a study published Thursday in Science magazine. This fascinating...

4grinz Casino Bitcoin Casino in Costa Rica Offers “Cashback” Reward Program

4grinz Casino Bitcoin Casino 4Grinz.com today announced details on its new reward program, Coin Back, that offers players a minimum 10% return in the form of real bitcoins. "Our seasoned team of gaming professionals wanted to do something different when they created Coin Back," said Lee Bruce, General Manager, 4Grinz.com. "It's a long-awaited solution to the outdated bonus systems currently...

ELAN Costa Rica Will Host Major International Tech Conference

        Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is one of the most dynamic technological areas in Costa Rica. It includes more than 900 companies, 95 percent of which are SMEs, becoming an interesting sector with important challenges related to international collaboration and partnership. Joining this strategic sector with national priorities and inter...

By Hanonimas - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,  Wikimedia Commons Robots Help Ease Loneliness in Japan

By Hanonimas - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia Commons By Antonio Hermosin Can an android awaken human empathy and remedy loneliness? The maker of popularrobot 'Pepper', Kaname Hayashi - who is now working on a robot to play that role and aspires to make it a household name - certainly thinks so. Hayashi's Pepper was the first robot capable of interpreting human emotions and language, ...

Flickr Commons U.S. Prosecutors Dismantle Lucrative Sportsbook in Costa Rica

Flickr Commons Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson today announced that four individuals have been variously charged in a 57-count indictment with running a massive Internet-based sports gambling ring that operated all over the United States and controlled an offshore office. The billion-dollar operation allegedly catered to thousands of bettors, accepted $927 million in wagers on NFL game...

Source: USTDA Costa Rica Considers Installation of Smart LED Street Lights

Source: USTDA San José, Costa Rica – Today, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency awarded a grant to Costa Rican electric utility, Compañía Nacional de Fuerza y Luz, S.A. (CNFL), for a feasibility study to support the deployment of networked light emitting diode (LED) street lights throughout CNFL’s service territory. By installing nearly 100,000 “smart” street lights, including LED luminar...

Safran Group Major Biometric Security Firm Expands to Costa Rica

Safran Identity & Security, the global leader in identity and security, has announced it is expanding its business activities in Central America. The company has acquired the former office location of the Colombian-based Carvajal Group in Costa Rica. For Safran Identity & Security, this new location marks another important strategic development for its business activities in Central Ame...

Hitachi Human Big Data Card Happiness is a Wearable Device Powered by Artificial Intelligence

Japanese multinational Hitachi has developed an artificial intelligence system to measure levels of happiness in individuals engaged in certain tasks and to offer recommendations to boost efficiency. The company hopes to market the technology this year, Hitachi had said in a statement. Around 600 employees of Hitachi will be part of the trial, which will be conducted by the company, to test ...

Su Canje, the new Costa Rican bartering App. Bartering Goes Digital in Costa Rica

By Wendy Anders Cleaning out your closets might provide you with some trade opportunities; bartering, human’s oldest form of economic transaction has gone digital. A new App, available for both iOS and Android, facilitates bartering in Costa Rica. Over the past four months the platform has aided close to 6,000 transactions. “Su Canje” currently has some 7,000 App users and over 22,000 lik...

Flickr Commons Revenge Porn Fail: Costa Rica Man Arrested for Sexual Blackmail

Agents from the Office of Judicial Investigations (Spanish initials: OIJ) arrested a 30-year old man for allegedly attempting to sexually extort her on social media in Costa Rica. According to a recent news report filed by Allan Chacon Soto of daily tabloid Diario Extra, the arrest took place at a public park in Hatillo, a series of populous districts located just south of the capital city of C...

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...

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