The Internet in Cuba: El Paquete Semanal

Above: Not the real Paquete, just a regular old 1 terabyte hard drive. Part of our ongoing series about the internet in Cuba, this week we look at one of the most interesting and elusive parts of Cuban internet: El Paquete. Almost everybody in Cuba knows about it. Some say it’s one of the greatest inventions to ever hit the island. It’s El Paquete Semanal, … Continue reading The Internet in Cuba: El Paquete Semanal

The Internet in Cuba: Wifi Hotspots

Part of our ongoing series about the internet in Cuba, we look at one way many Cubans and tourists get their internet: Wifi hotspots. A relatively new phenomenon in Cuba, these hotspots are completely unlike anything in the United States. The program started in the summer of 2015, when the Cuban government opened up hotspots in 35 locations throughout the country, mostly located in Havana … Continue reading The Internet in Cuba: Wifi Hotspots

The Internet in Cuba: An Overview

In Cuba, internet access is severely limited for average citizens. The vast majority of homes do not have an internet connection, and most Cubans rely on public wifi hotspots for access. Despite these challenges, there a several legitimate and less-than-legitimate ways that Cubans have access to the internet. We’ll be discussing each of these in depth in future articles: The Legal Intranet: Most Cubans work … Continue reading The Internet in Cuba: An Overview

Kcho+Google Offers Internet to Cubans, with Limitations

A big announcement out of Cuba a few months ago was the launch of Google’s internet center at Kcho’s studio. Kcho, famous Cuban artist Alexis Leiva Machado, a close friend of Cuban leader Fidel Castro, gained permission from the Cuban government to provide internet access and, perhaps just as importantly, Google-supplied Chromebooks at his studio in Havana. Google had earlier approached the Cuban government with … Continue reading Kcho+Google Offers Internet to Cubans, with Limitations

Clandestina Hits the Runway at the Fabrica de Arte Cubano

This past Saturday the Cuban fashion brand and design shop Clandestina 99% Diseño Cubano hit the runway and hosted their “Se Acabó el Drama” fashion show at the Fabrica de Arte Cubano. Founded by Leire Fernandez and Cuban designer Idania Del Rio, the Clandestina brand is known for their mix of bright colors, hip design, clever humor, and of course a little bit of Cuban … Continue reading Clandestina Hits the Runway at the Fabrica de Arte Cubano

Google Signs Deal with Cuba to Speed its Services

Yesterday, Google signed a deal with the Cuban government to increase the speed of service for some of the company’s most popular services. This comes a week after a story leaked indicating that the Obama administration was pushing deals between the Cuban government and both GE and Google. It comes just days after Alphabet Inc. Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt was spotted in one of Havana’s … Continue reading Google Signs Deal with Cuba to Speed its Services

New Indiegogo Campaign Launches to Fund Cuba’s First Indie Game, Savior

Josuhe Pagliery, the designer and artist behind Empty Head Games, today launched Cuba’s first Indiegogo campaign to back his new videogame, Savior. Created by his studio Empty Head Games, Savior is a 2D platformed that, when launched, will be Cuba’s first independent videogame. The $10,000 campaign will fund the development of the playable demo, to be released early next year. This is a big step … Continue reading New Indiegogo Campaign Launches to Fund Cuba’s First Indie Game, Savior

The Cuban Uber. Or should we call it Cuber?

A group of Cuban entrepreneurs calling themselves SEIM are attempting to create the Cuban Uber (Cuber?) Though it’s still in its infancy, the app has the potential to change the way Cubans, and tourists, navigate the island. According to a recent article in Cubanet, the group will be releasing the app, called RenC, this October, though they’re already registering drivers. Airbnb recently took of in Cuba, … Continue reading The Cuban Uber. Or should we call it Cuber?

10 Things You Need to Know Before Visiting Cuba

TravelIf there’s one thing I’ve learned traveling to Cuba, it’s that the country is built on human interaction. Cubans rely on in-person meetings and build networks through trust and friendship. Phone calls are limited, internet access is difficult, and even texting is uncommon. As a result, anyone that wants to get anything done in Cuba has to go there, and go there regularly. To help … Continue reading 10 Things You Need to Know Before Visiting Cuba

Up Close with Josuhe Pagliery, Creator of Cuba’s First Indie Game, Savior

Video games are extremely popular in Cuba. Gamers create illegal intranets to play DOTA and hack Pokémon Go just to catch a few Pokémon in a wifi park. There’s a thriving gaming community, but unfortunately, with the exceptions of a few apps and educational games published through the government, the rest of these are all made abroad. Josuhe H. Pagliery is trying to change that. … Continue reading Up Close with Josuhe Pagliery, Creator of Cuba’s First Indie Game, Savior