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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...

Wikimedia Commons Using Nanofiber to Treat Alzheimer’s Disease

Wikimedia Commons Aparecida, Brazil, Mar 28 (EFE).- Brazilian researchers have improved the delivery of a medication to fight Alzheimer's by using a nanofiber to regulate the compound's release, allowing long-term action in the fight against the disease. The project is being led by doctoral student Geisa Salles and professor Anderson Lobo, coordinator of Vale do Paraiba University's Researc...

Unidentified hacker. Wikimedia Commons U.S. Accuses Iran of Cyber Warfare

Pixabay Commons Washington, Mar 24 (EFE).- U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Thursday announced an investigation of seven Iranian hackers, who have been charged with attacking the U.S. financial system and a small dam in New York at the behest of the government in Tehran. "The attacks were relentless, systematic and widespread," Attorney General Loretta Lynch said at a press conference...

(Apple press photo) Apple Vows to Keep Fighting US Government in iPhone Encryption Row

(Apple press photo) Cupertino, California, Mar 21 (EFE).- Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook vowed Monday that his company would not shirk its responsibility to protect its users' privacy, calling it an issue that affects everyone. "We did not expect to be in this position, at odds with our own government. But we believe strongly that we have a responsibility to help you protect your data and protect ...

Source: Wikimedia Commons Hijacking Drones: Easier Said Than Done?

Source: Wikimedia Commons SHENZHEN, China, March 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- At the 3.15 Gala hosted by China's nationwide TV network CCTV this year, white hat hackers demonstrated how they could utilize vulnerabilities to remotely hijack an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), sparking a debate among consumers about and focusing their attention on the security of smart devices. According to media repo...

Wikimedia Commons A Burgeoning Aerospace Industry in Costa Rica

Franklin Chang, Ad Astra Rocket Company San Jose, March 2016. Aiming to put Costa Rica on the world map of aerospace industry, a group of 25 companies in sectors such as electronics, metalworking and specialized services came together to create the Costa Rica Aerospace Cluster (CRAC). This group seeks to position the country as a solution provider for the international aerospace industry. T...

Stem cells. Wikimedia Commons Stem Cell Clinics: The Future of Medical Tourism in Costa Rica

Stem cells. Wikimedia Commons (PRWEB) MARCH 18, 2016 - Bioscience Americas, LLC (http://www.bioscienceamericas.com), a leading international developer of autologous stem cell therapy centers for the treatment of autoimmune diseases, is pleased to announce that its lead scientific researcher, Dr. Anand Srivastava, has been invited to speak at the Fifth Annual European Biosimilar Conference to be ...

Jurassic footprints. Source: Wikimedia Commons Fragments of Dinosaur-Killer Meteorite Landed in Colombia

Jurassic footprints. Source: Wikimedia Commons Bogota, Mar 15 (EFE).- A team of scientists headed by geologist Herman Bermudez working on the Colombian island of Gorgonilla, in the Pacific, has found fragments of the meteorite that 66 million years ago caused the extinction of the dinosaurs, sources close to the investigation said Tuesday. "(We have) evidence of the impact of the meteorite,...

(Courtesy/WhatsApp) WhatsApp in standoff with US government over encryption

(Courtesy/WhatsApp) (VOA) Popular messaging app WhatsApp is reportedly in a battle over encryption with the U.S. Government similar to the one involving Apple. According to The New York Times, a federal judge has approved the monitoring of messages made via the Facebook-owned app in a criminal investigation, but end-to-end encryption makes it difficult. Some officials want to see the com...

Source: AmoLatina.com Dating Website Asks Women in Costa Rica: Flirty or Serious?

Source: AmoLatina.com AmoLatina.com Press Release - International dating service AmoLatina has boosted the ambition of helping members meet their ideal match by answering the most important question in online dating – whether singles are seeking flirty chat or serious romance. AmoLatina, which brings singles across the world together with matches in Latin America, always aims to make it easier...

The stunning Huawei Mate 8 High-End Smartphones Arriving in Costa Rica Soon

The stunning Huawei Mate 8 Three of the most desired smartphones in the world will be available for purchase in Costa Rica by the end of this month. According to technology journalist Johnny Castro of business daily La Republica, the three devices are the Huawei Mate 8, the Samsung S7 and the long-awaited, ultra-coveted Apple iPhone 5SE. Samsung S7 With a 5.1 or 5.5-inch screen (the largest ...

Wikimedia Commons Costa Rica Data Communications Backhaul Gets Major Upgrade

NAPERVILLE, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Coriant, a global supplier of SDN-enabled end-to-end transport networking solutions, today announced that Red Centroamericana de Telecomunicaciones (REDCA), a provider of carrier neutral telecommunications services in Central America, has deployed the Coriant® hiT 7300 Multi-Haul Transport Platform to cost-efficiently scale its regional transport network and supp...

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