End Of The Year Goodies

Attention Apple Products Users .  Apple through the Itunes Store is offering  12 days of gifts until Jan 6th. Today is a download of the Martin Scorcese Film  Hugo.

It´s a download with a value of $19.99. You can find the app in the App store under ¨12 Days¨.  You may need a VPN if you´re in Ecuador but certainly worth a try if you don´t have one.


Researchbuzz is one of my favorite tech news sources. Tara Calishain has been researching the Net for 20 years.  Today’s post has some real gems


Finally, my good friend Alan from Mississippi sent me a great video link tutorial on how to better search Google. Well worth a look.

Power_Searching_with_GoogleLastly to my friends and subscribers – Happy New Year – Feliz Año Nuevo

Instapaper Daily

I’m a big fan of InstaPaper.  I use it mostly on my iPhone an iPad but is also available for your computer and android device. Simply stated you can click on a web or app article and read it later when you’re offline (not connected to the Internet)

Instapaper Daily is the best saved article(according to the editors). It is nicely arranged with tabs (All, Business, Health, Technology etc) to aid you in finding the article you are most interested in.  A must have web site.


The Apple App Of The Year

Drum Roll please… And the Winner is Duolingo.  Apple awarded Duolingo the “App Of The Year Award”. But, for my android friends it also is available in the Google Play Store.

I use Duolingo  to practice my Spanish but it’s also available in other languages too. USA Today has a great article here You can also visit Duolingo’s Blog here


Buying Electronics In Ecuador

It’s a fact Electronics (Computers, Smartphones, Tablets, TV’s etc) cost more in Ecuador. Why? Because Ecuador imposes a tariff on all the electronics shipped into the country and secondly there is no significant manufacturer native to Ecuador.

The 42 inch Samsung HDTV I purchased 2.5 years ago at $800 was selling in the US. for $625.  The same holds true for new MacBooks, iPhones and Tablets.  I purchased the TV because I had no alternative short of waiting to try and share some space on a incoming container. But, my family had the desire to watch TV and the resources to pay the extra sum of money.

Of course my suggestion is to bring as much as you can afford on your incoming flight. Realizing that you have limits on computers (1 new and 1 used per family) the same for iPhones. The other suggestion is once you’re here to find someone who is traveling back to North America and have them bring the electronics in for you with the caveat that you will return the favor.

Do your homework when seeing an ad in the local paper or Gringo Tree/Gringo Post.  For example today someone had this ad running in Gringo Post.

2013 Acer Aspire One AO722-0825 11.6-Inch netbook (Black). Windows 7 and Windows Office and virus protection software. Very light (3 lbs.). One year old laptop. AMD c series dual core c 60 Processor 1GHz (1MB Cache) 4 GB SDRAM. 320 GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive. 11.6 inch screen, AMD Radeon HD 6290 Graphics. 7 hours battery life. Built-in video camera and speakers. Great for Skype. Works great. No dents or scratches. Comes with sleeve/cover and AC adapter. Dimensions 11.22L” x 7.91W” x 1H”. Will sell for $445 cash or best offer I receive.

Looking in Amazon.com I found the same unit.

Acer Aspire One AO722-0825 11.6-Inch Netbook  for $210

Should expats charge more for the reselling of their electronics. The answer is not that simple. If you need something badly then you probably are going to pay a premium.  Do your homework. Google the item and then negotiate.


Great iPhone/iPad App

Quiz Up

I’m not much of a game player. I think I have 6 apps out of 200 that are actually games. If you have an iPhone or iPad then “Run, don’t walk to get this free app. Unfortunately, it does not run on the Android platform. You compete with players around the world on different trivia topics. Superb  UI  (“User Interface”) and great topics arranged in degree of difficulty.  I’m totally addicted.