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Telecel partners Mukuru to enable remittances to telecash

September 1st, 2014

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In a fulfillment of promises made a few months ago Telecel has, through a partnership with Mukuru,  now enabled the remittances of diasporan funds straight into the mobile wallets of its mobile money service telecash. With this new arrangement, which will currently be active for remittances from South Africa, when someone sends money through Mukuru [...]

Jive Zimbabwe launches online music platform..Again. Will they succeed?

September 1st, 2014

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You may have read an article in yesterday’s Sunday Mail (and last week’s NewsDay actually) about a new online music distribution site for Zimbabwean music called Jive Zimbabwe. They are here. This is actually not the first time Jive Zimbabwe has “launched” so it should be a relaunch really. The first launch happened almost two years ago [...]

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Why Google Now is the best launcher for your Android phone

August 30th, 2014

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Customisation – It’s probably one of the many reasons why Android has become so ubiquitous. Android allows you to tinker with your phone as you please, to tailor it to your own needs. As a result the choices have become so abundant. For a person who has played with just about any launcher out there [...]

How I dealt with those Candy Crush Saga invites

August 30th, 2014

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image credit – Unmarketing Its pretty obvious,Facebook is a huge success globally and the network for anyone trying to explain or understand social media from a general perspective. Its relevance in keeping me connected with all these “friends” however, is occasionally tarnished by issues to do with privacy, unofficial experiments and all those requests and [...]

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You can now watch Netflix videos on your Ubuntu desktop

August 29th, 2014

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As most of you know I have been an unashamed ambassador and proponent of Ubuntu from the beginning. Sure I have used Fedora and think it’s cool but my love for Ubuntu has been unrelenting and with it, the desire to make it indispensable to others as well by sharing with them useful tips. One [...]

Nature and extent of copyright protection

August 28th, 2014

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This article is part of a series on Intellectual Property and its impact on innovators and entrepreneurs. Now that you have created the be–all and end–all of source codes and written it down (somewhere safe we hope); and you know that your copyright exists automatically so congratulations; you are now a copyright holder…now what does [...]

ZimStocks app introduces subscriptions with latest version

August 28th, 2014

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An update for ZSE investment application ZimStocks has been released with a set of new features that were largely influenced by feedback from the users. More importantly the ZimStocks team has introduced a subscription model to start generating revenue through the app. Membership gives access to the app’s features like Home, Portfolio, Watchlist, Alerts, Stock Insights.This [...]

Huawei and MTN claim successfully testing fastest & most intelligent fibre

August 28th, 2014

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In a press release sent out today by global telecoms giant MTN, them and Huawei claim to have achieved a major milestone in the global telecommunications industry by successfully completing tests of what is “currently the fastest and most intelligent optical network to date in the industry”. Using MTN’s backbone fibre in South Africa, the two companies [...]

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e-Learning Solutions out to create local learning content

August 28th, 2014

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  Yesterday we mentioned how e-Learning Solutions, one of the more visible digital learning providers locally, had together with Africom, launched a data plan for users of its online learning material. In the article we also highlighted the challenge of relevant local content for digital learning products that are available on the market. e-Learning Solutions appears [...]

TelOne removes ADSL internet speed expectations for home users

August 28th, 2014

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If you are a TelOne ADSL home user you may want to know that TelOne doesn’t want you to associate your internet package with any expected speed anymore. On the company’s website, the home packages are now showing without the download/upload speed indication. Essentially, whatever speed you’re getting, that’s just it. See website screenshot above. On why they are [...]

Marketing warfare: Telecel and Econet at each other’s throats

August 28th, 2014

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August has been a great month for those of us that love creative fighting in marketing warfare. So Econet went first deriding Telecel for copying a SIM Promo they had started. Clever yes, in making it clear that they had been copied. But then came the response today: We hope it continues… We hope they try to outdo each other more and [...]

Twitter Analytics: Now you can know how your tweets perform

August 28th, 2014

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It’s been a while since I was excited about the usefulness of Twitter to businesses this side of the world. They have opened up Twitter Analytics to every Twitter account. Anyone can now check analytics.twitter.com to see which of their tweets performed well and which where ignored. You can see the impressions, the engagement (clicks, replies, retweets etc…) [...]

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City of Harare upgrading to smart city status?

August 27th, 2014

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Here’s something intriguing spotted yesterday in Harare – Some construction work on some traffic lights in the CBD. It looks like there’s the installation of surveillance cameras opposite Town House. Is this phase one of transforming Harare into a smart city? While we haven’t been able to get any information from the City of Harare on [...]

Dear Telecash… … How about this for improving the cash-ins?

August 27th, 2014

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We have been following your recent entry into the local market and the waves that it has created. Not too sure if we got to tell you this, but well done! Imagine our excitement when we found out earlier this week that you have zero-rated Telecash transfers to registered users, essentially encouraging the usage of mobile money. We’re sure [...]

Africom and e-Learning Solutions introduce unlimited internet package

August 27th, 2014

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Africom has partnered with local digital education provider, e-Learning Solutions, in the roll out of e-learning content which includes the mcourser platform that was launched in June this year. Their new package gives Africom broadband subscribers unlimited access to www.minstructor.com, www.mcourser.africa.com and www.fishtree.com for $10 per month. This is meant to ease the data burden [...]

Dealing with Baba Jukwa: POTRAZ crafting cyber security laws

August 26th, 2014

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It has been reported that the Parliament of Zimbabwe was told yesterday by representatives from local regulator, POTRAZ, that cyber-security laws were being crafted to deal with cyber attacks as well as social media infractions from bloggers like Baba Jukwa. Responding to concerns raised by the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on ICT chaired by Nelson Chamisa, POTRAZ acting director-general [...]

EcoCash online payments through MasterCard

August 26th, 2014

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Recently Ecocash introduced the EcoCash MasterCard Debit Card that undoubtedly was a game changer, allowing millions of ‘unbanked’ people the opportunity to have the convenience of making payments anywhere and everywhere. Yes, the card works across borders, anywhere in the world they say and then there was the ‘possibility’ of making online payments. I went ahead and got [...]

WhatsApp’s latest milestone: 600 million active users,1 billion in sight

August 26th, 2014

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Yesterday co-founder and CEO of IM platform WhatsApp, Jan Koum tweeted that the application now has 600 million active users. The figure affirms WhatsApp as the world’s most popular instant messaging application ahead of rivals like WeChat (438 million users), Line (235 million users) and Facebook Messenger; a position the app has held even in the [...]

The true value of mentorship for tech startups

August 26th, 2014

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“If you cannot see where you are going, ask someone who has been there before.” That’s one power quote from J Lorren Norris that pretty much sums up the logic behind mentorship – reaching out for guidance from those who have walked the path you intend on taking. For every startup, the story behind that [...]

Emotional branding – A love affair between consumers and brands

August 25th, 2014

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  I recently carried out a survey of newspaper advertisements and i was shocked to learn that the majority are solely based on unsentimental logic and product specifications that do very little to tap into the power of consumers’ emotions. Upon reflection, I also realised that the marketing communication put out by a number of [...]

Pictures from a Schools Robotics festival held in Harare

August 25th, 2014

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Recently we attended a schools robotics festival in Harare organised by the TEST guys. We somehow forgot to share the pictures on time. But here they are. Did you attend the festival? What do you think about it? Another one is coming in November and this one will feature stuff for the adults as well, [...]

Telecash zero-rates mobile money transfers

August 25th, 2014

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In a move that will definitely change the competition dynamics of local mobile money, telecash, the mobile money arm of Telecel has made it free to transfer money to a registered telecash subscriber.This automatically places telecash as the cheapest mobile money transfer option for the Zimbabwean market. The new wave of “tariff treats” also comes [...]