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Paypal finally opens in Nicaragua — May 5, 2015

Paypal finally opens in Nicaragua

Paypal lands in Nicaragua

Yes, finally!!! Well sort off!

Paypal arrived to Nicaragua two weeks ago, it launched quietly but it was here. My friends from and Danfer Habed with whom I am working on a personal project that will launch soon, started making some tests with it. I was able to integrate it using the classic API with Express Checkout on a test OpenCart installation I made. Success!

Invoicing, Request Payments, Classic API, Rest API and other features are working now for Nicaraguan accounts.

What is the catch?

Well, to start off you are unable to transfer your money to a Nicaragua bank account. Before the only thing you could do is to link a US based bank account so you can cash out your money there. But that will only work for some folks, not for the vast majority.

Some interesting discussions were given on my 2 favorite Facebook groups: Desarrolladores Nicaragua & Marketing Digital Nicaragua. And we all started making tests and interacting with Paypal and their support staff. Unfortunately we can’t move money to local banks, or any other card or anything. Local bank clerks were even confused when we asked them if we could move money from Paypal to their account. They were thinking that it was about a Wire transfer from an external bank, which for me it is consequence of the low technical skills we have in Nicaragua.

We tried to use services like Payoneer, where they give you a US Based bank account so you can get payments done to that account and they provide a Mastercard Debit Card that you can use here in Nicaragua. Sad enough that does not work.

Some folks like Juan Jose from and Manuel Diaz from; who also have online business gave their opinions and we all agree that even though this is a small step, we have still a long way go.

On a personal note, I believe that this is not Paypal‘s fault but our very own. Our laws or lack of them for electronic transactions is a leaving us behind. Paypal would need to sign agreements with local banks in order to reduce the transfer fees, but I do not see that happening soon. I believe Paypal needs to work with “Super Intendencia de Bancos y Otras Instituciones Financieras” or SIBOIF in order to be compliant and open locally as a financial institution so it can lower the fees when transferring money to local banks.

I will try to talk to someone from the Banking industry and will provide further feedback here when I get it. But in the mean time you can donate to this blog by sending money to via Paypal.

The Internet is hating the New Macbook — March 11, 2015

The Internet is hating the New Macbook

Yes! Apple might make wonderful and appealing devices, but the latest computer, the so called “New Macbook” is provoking a lot of negative comments. This comes in par after my previous post from yesterday about The New Macbook. It seems consumers are now able to see beyond the Apple awesome marketing and careful design speeches. Below are some of the articles I have read:

From TechCrunch:

From Mashable:

From The Verge:

From CNET:

From Engadget:

So what did you guys think about the machine? Would you buy one or no?

The new Macbook pretty and slow — March 10, 2015

The new Macbook pretty and slow

The world already knows the new Macbook, which is not neither a Macbook Air nor a Macbook Pro. It’s the THINNEST Macbook Apple has ever built. Bigger keyboard with new technology.

The Pro’s

  • The thinnest and lightest Macbook ever built.
  • The most energy efficient screen.
  • USB-C
    Apple has always been a pioneer on new technology standards, I remember Firewire and now USB-C. Which is a step forward due to the fact that is a reversible port, which means its easier to plug anything into it; whether is a portable hard drive, secondary screen, printer or what not.

  • 3 different colors. Just like the iphone this new macbook comes on three different colors, Gold, Space Gray and Silver.
  • Bigger and better keyboard.
    Apple has reinvented the chiclet keyboard so it could be thinner for this New Macbook. And they certainly did, They even increased the size of each key and reduced the space between them. Also, a new LED system has introduced that now lights each key individually. This, Apple claims, also helps on reducing the electricity consumption.

  • New Trackpad with force sensor.
    Apple has now incorporated the force sensor on its trackpad as well as some haptic feedback to feel the buzz. The force sensor is something that Wacom tablets have incorporated long ago, and many, many Graphic Designers have learned to love and use on their day to day operations.

  • Improved battery life
    Battery life is something that has become really important for me, as I do like to move around the house when I work. I ditched my Dell XPS 14 in favor of a Macbook Pro 13″ Retina for that same reason. Not much for the OS, but for the amazing battery life. And now with the improved layered batteries on the New Macbook, Apple claims you will have a ALL DAY battery life; which it’s really 9 hours of battery life. (Apple is great at marketing).

The Con’s

  • The processor is slow because it’s energy efficient. It’s 1.1GHz. My Smartphone has more CPU power than the new Macbook. This CPU is half Intel Dual Core and the other half Intel Atom. This basically means that you are going to have a premium priced Chromebook or Netbook like the Acer Aspire One series that are targeted for a specific demographic of low income. To summarize this is slow.
  • 1 single USB-C port. This is used for accessories, charging the computer, printers and what not. I do wonder how’s it going to work if you want to attach a secondary display ? It would be either you have 2 screens or you charge the computer or would the computer pull electricity from the monitor via USB-C. I do need to answer this concern I have.
  • Too thin. Why it’s on my con’s list you might ask? Well, remember the bendgate? I am certainly afraid that this baby might break or bend. So I would stay away.

The conclusion

The new Macbook is certainly pretty and light. It has great battery life, but it is not the powerhouse I am used to use for my work. This new lineup item, is targeted for the masses, for folks who only need to use a browser, email and some office software like word processors, spreadsheets and presentations. If you are an IT Pro, a Power user, Designer or basically need computing and rendering power to do many things at onces, this is NOT a computer for you.

Apple Event today: possible Macbook refreshments and the Apple Watch — March 9, 2015

Apple Event today: possible Macbook refreshments and the Apple Watch

Yes, I’m sitting with my MBP connected to my TV waiting on the event to start on Have a cup of coffee to get that notch up. I want to be excited by new products, Apple is SO MUCH better than Samsung or anyone else in marketing and selling products. The should be teaching that stuff.

I run a MBP Retina 13″ late 2012, I cracked my screen when it was 3 months old. Same on me. But I love it’s awesome battery life, which I am told is MUCH better that nvidia based MBP and previous models. And the SSD drive on it make it snappier than my Dell XPS 14 that runs an i7 with a normal HD and same 8GB of RAM. So an update to the Macbook lineup can be a really awesome thing for me, since older models will have a price drop, yes!

Let’s see if I can go shopping after the event!!!

You can also follow the event here:

Apple’s slimmest MacBook Air yet launching by the end of March — January 27, 2015

Apple’s slimmest MacBook Air yet launching by the end of March

It’s really going to be tough to make switch from Macbook Pro 13″ Retina, to a Macbook Air even if its 12″. But is always cool to see the full lineup and new computer designs. Just like Dell did with the new XPS 13, although I still love the late Dell XPS 14. Designs must evolve.


In addition to posting mind-blowing iPhone sales expectations for the Christmas quarter, KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said in a note to investors seen by Apple Insider that Apple’s redesigned MacBook Air, a 12-inch device that should to be even slimmer and lighter than any of its predecessors, is supposed to be launched by the end of March.

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Malaysia Airlines Site Hacked By Lizard Squad —

Malaysia Airlines Site Hacked By Lizard Squad

First Sony PSN & Xbox Live, now… Malaysia Airlines… really ?

New Windows 10 Build With Cortana And Xbox App Now Available For Insiders — January 24, 2015

New Windows 10 Build With Cortana And Xbox App Now Available For Insiders

Windows 10? yes please!!

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