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TECHTRENDS: The E-commerce Explosion

  Online retailers and old-fashioned storefronts turn to easy-to-use platforms, mobile apps and cross-border trade to compete for swelling e-commerce sales. For many consumers, spotting a shoe they want in a magazine, on a billboard or somebody’s feet can be exciting. But each step to buying a pair, from driving to the store to finding [...]

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Latin America Techs Up

New technologies like big data, cloud computing and social media are transforming business in Latin America. Companies are using them to boost revenues, trim costs and gain more customers. In healthcare, a call center agent can sometimes strain to decipher an emergency. A patient may not know how serious his pains may be. Gustavo Aguirre, [...]

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Cloning the ETSY Model

Copies of e-commerce business schemes that have worked elsewhere in the world are gaining traction in Latin America Juan Rossi speaks glowingly of e-commerce in Latin America. He runs Ofelia Feliz, an online marketplace for handmade and vintage products as well as arts and craft supplies. This gives artisans – or anybody – a crack [...]

Digital Education makes its push in LatAm

Digital Education makes its push in LatAm

BUENOS AIRES – Schools in Ometepe, an island on the Lake of Nicaragua, received 5,000 laptop computers for primary and high school students this year, taking the national total to 25,000. Argentina has distributed 1.8 million laptops to students, Peru 900,000 and Uruguay 570,000. This brings cheer to Gonzalo Pulit. His company, Kuepa, seeks to [...]

Lionel Carrasco CEO & Founder, Leapfactor

Leapfactor

Latin-Run Enterprise Develops Business Apps for Burgeoning Mobile Device Market. When Bolivian-born Lionel Carrasco, who has worked in IT for more than a quarter-century, got his first iPhone several years ago, he was pleased to find he could access applications – such as weather reports – in two clicks. “Can we do this with business [...]

Dell Bets on Latin America

Dell Bets on Latin America

Region among star performers for computer maker. Thanks to Latin America outgrowing the world average both in economic terms and in PC sales, companies like U.S.-based Dell have reason to be optimistic about their revenues in the region this year. “The economies of Latin America are healthier, with a few exceptions,” says Peter Wiegandt, the [...]

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Latin America’s Technology Leaders

How Panama replaced Uruguay as Latin America’s technology king.

Copa Pioneers Mobile Check-in

Copa Pioneers Mobile Check-in

New service lets passengers receive boarding passes on cell phones.

Brazil Invoicing Goes Digital

How one technical solution enables companies in Brazil to comply with new regulations and save time.

Car Tech

Car Tech

Previously celebrated features like Bluetooth wireless technology and GPS navigation systems have become old hat. Automakers and aftermarket manufacturers have been scrambling to develop the next big thing, a fully interactive driver experience that marries connectivity, entertainment and practicality while also paying mind to safety considerations.

How to De-stress on the Road

How to De-stress on the Road

High-tech travel companions can help you stay fit and calm away from home.

3-D TV: The First Generation

3-D TV: The First Generation

Consumers with visions of Avatar should adjust their expectations when it comes to the latest in home entertainment technology

E-Readers: The Digital Dilemma

E-Readers: The Digital Dilemma

The runaway success of the Apple iPad in the United States has prompted the makers of e-readers to lower prices for the devices that store the text of thousands of books. More manufacturers are launching tablet computers that, like the iPad, will similarly straddle the territory between smart phones and notebooks and feature e-reading applications. The monochromatic e-readers tout their easier-to-read type, particularly in bright sunlight, and longer-lasting batteries (provided the WiFi is off) that can hold up on a business or leisure trip. Small, slim and light, they slip readily into a coat pocket or purse. For avid readers, particularly those on the go and those who don’t need – or want – a multipurpose, heavier tablet, a dedicated e-reader may be the best option.

Travel Smart

The LT Guide to gadgets that make travel time as productive as office time Blackberry 8800 Most professionals today cannot live without email, and Blackberry Smartphones are the undisputed kings for handling electronic correspondence. But traveling overseas with one can be challenge, especially because mobile telephony networks vary from country to country. That’s where the [...]

Tech Meets Fashion

Tech Meets Fashion

HP’s venture into the intersection between fashion and personal technology resulted in a pair of special edition netbooks whose outward looks are crafted by the Dutch-born Boontje and fashion designer Vivienne Tam.

LT Holiday Gift Guide

LT Holiday Gift Guide

Extravagant and not-so-extravagant gifts for your loved ones: from a BMW Z4 to a simple bottle of her perfume to a five-figure all-electric motorcycle.

A Phone For All Seasons

A Phone For All Seasons

There is the good and the bad to be found in Nokia’s E75, the latest of the company’s enterprise smartphones.

I Can Hear Clearly Now

I Can Hear Clearly Now

Recall those headphones that came with your music player? Sock them in a drawer and don’t look back. To really enjoy music you need to invest in a pair of quality headphones, and typically, you get what you pay for. Good headphones usually start in the $70 range and the price goes up from there. [...]

Three Gadgets

Three Gadgets

Here are three gadgets you could live without, but why would you want to?

To the Touch

To the Touch

Not too long ago, leather was the material of choice to protect valuable belongings. Durable, supple and able to take a variety of hues, leather these days is more of a fashion statement. Still, leather retains all the qualities that make a wonderful wrapping for items that matter the most.

Hardware: Watches

Hardware: Watches

Watches have always been a symbol of status, but in recent years they’ve taken on an added value as the accoutrement of choice for the professional class

Light in Weight, Heavy in Power

Light in Weight, Heavy in Power

It’s a scene repeated in airports all over the world: a harried executive, rushing to make a connecting flight, lugging a suitcase and a cumbersome laptop through security lines and onto the aircraft. The overloaded traveler may become a sight of the past, like airport passengers talking on pay phones, because of the growing trend [...]