Turn those gadgets off, let’s celebrate Earth Hour this weekend

March 27th, 2015

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Earth Hour is an event that was started in Australia in 2007. When confronted with increasingly overwhelming evidence of climate change, the Australian World Wide Fund for Nature came up with the idea: A day when all the people in the world’s major cities would switch on their non-essential nights on the last Saturday of […]

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Econet’s case against the Source escalates as publication is raided

March 26th, 2015

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The Newsday has just reported that The Source, an online Zimbabwean business publication is being raided by the Deputy Sheriff’s department. The officers are looking for a set of documents and laptops belonging to Bernard Mpofu, one of the Source’s journalists. This comes as a follow-up to a High Court order granted to local mobile network operator […]

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Hands-on learning with “Linux From Scratch”

March 26th, 2015

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Almost ten years ago, I used a computer for the first time. I mean I had heard a lot and seen computers in action in movies but I had never touched, let alone, used one before then. I will never forget that late summer morning when I switched on a computer for the first time. […]

Forget Netflix, ZBC is launching Web TV

March 26th, 2015

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The digital migration deadline is less than 3 months away and while there are a lot of issues around what that will mean for local content creation and broadcasting, the unanimous agreement is that it is a very positive step that will help local broadcasting to at least catch up with modern trends. One of […]

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F8 2015 – The Facebook Developer Conference: What can we expect?

March 25th, 2015

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Another tech giant has a huge event lined up, this time its Facebook Developer Conference. The livestream is moments away (you can catch it here) and be sucked into the excitement. But why the excitement though? Isn’t Facebook turning into an afterthought in social media? The reality is that The Social Network has turned into something more […]

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Supreme Court dismisses Econet legal action: How does that affect us anyway?

March 25th, 2015

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It has been reported that Econet lost its case in court. Back in the nineties that statement meant an assault on freedom of expression, the extension of monopolies in communication and another test of character for the mobile network’s founder, Strive Masiyiwa. Now, it seems an Econet legal fall means something completely different. The thing is, the […]

Conversations on Zim’s Digital Future: Making money from YouTube

March 24th, 2015

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This is one of the discussions from the 2015 Digital Future Conference that was held in Harare Zimbabwe. Speakers were Teju Ajani from YouTube and Nqobizitha Mlilo of the Nafuna TV fame. The topic touched on was the aspect of upscaling digital content and the impact that the internet has had on the distribution of […]

WhatsApp, Facebook & the streets: the new markets for Zim content creators

March 24th, 2015

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Paraffin, Mukadota, Gringo, Mutirowafanza, Neria, More Time, Jit, Yellow Card, Flame. Seemingly random names, but all these titles register some significance with Zimbos that lived in a bygone era. It’s just a handful of productions that represent the great local content that we used to consume from the good old TV. Then technology started changing things like it […]

Some quick facts on the Econet EcoShopper service and App

March 24th, 2015

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After all the promises made and all the work being put into its mobile money service, EcoCash bound to happen eventually. Econet is now giving online retailing a shot with the new service and application called EcoShopper that was launched today. How do I access the service? There is an Android app EcoShopper (which is obviously powered […]

Strive Masiyiwa, one of Forbes’s 10 most powerful men in Africa

March 24th, 2015

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An article published by Forbes a few days ago, lists Zimbabwe’s top tech entrepreneur, Strive Masiyiwa, in the 10 Most Powerful Men In Africa list for 2015. That Masiyiwa is an influential man whose business and social impact has been far reaching both at home in Zimbabwe and on the continent is ofcourse without doubt. The man founded and has led […]

Exclusive: Econet launches EcoShopper. Seeks to disrupt the supermarket

March 24th, 2015

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Remember Econet Zimbabwe chief, Douglas Mboweni, hinted last year at getting into e-commerce soon? They just did. The company will be launching its first foray into e-commerce today with the introduction of – you guessed it – EcoShopper. It’s not your typical e-commerce. Or let me say it’s not your fully fledged e-commerce operation but there are some key […]

Here’s a HIFA event you can’t afford to miss: The convergence of music and tech

March 23rd, 2015

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So this year’s HIFA is around the corner and you’re probably wondering what it has in store. The official website doesn’t have a programme yet, but we’re receiving emails loaded with exciting stuff to look forward. One we got today is on an event called the Impact Music Conference which will see some notable leaders in the music and tech sector discuss the stuff […]

NetOne and its imaginary Instagram Bundles

March 23rd, 2015

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It’s been a little over a week since NetOne introduced its own WhatsApp and Facebook Bundles. something that everyone expected would happen eventually anyway. Now the pressure to make an impressive late entrance has seen the mobile network adopt strategies to make its own services stand out from the competition. This is what explains the […]

The masses need an affordable phablet; give them the Hisense Pure 1

March 23rd, 2015

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The last time we had our hands on a Hisense phone, we were handling their claim to the elite 5 inch/big screen league that has become the battle ground for all serious mobile manufacturers. However, the mobile landscape also includes a comparison of phablets; that new age quintessential device that gives tech fans the best of […]

The power of social media in enforcing our rights

March 23rd, 2015

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To those of us who, as a result of the sacrifices made by others, are blissfully unaware, Saturday 21 March 2015, yes this past Saturday, was the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. It is a puzzling paradox that today’s generation, especially blacks, despite having all the information a mere Google search away […]

Digital Future Conference in pictures

March 21st, 2015

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The highlight of the Zimbabwean digital media calendar was the Digital Future Conference which took place earlier this week. A lot of what happened at the two-day meeting has been shared through video, social media and articles. You can still watch some of the discussions and presentations by following the links in this article. Here […]