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The reason why most startups fail

November 21st, 2014

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So now you have quit your job and finally gotten around to actually starting your dream startup. Maybe it’s that irresistible website, the app that is going to be the next big thing or whatever million dollar idea that has been brewing in your mind for a while. You have gathered up enough courage and […]

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Safaricom partners locals for M-Ledger: Can’t we have the same collaboration in Zim?

November 20th, 2014

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ITWebAfrica reported that yesterday Safaricom launched a new Android application called M-Ledger for their mobile money service, M-Pesa. M-Ledger is an easily accessible mobile money accounting service which lets users to monitor and manage past transactions on a single view from mobile phone. It also gives options to gather data in spreadsheet form. It  was developed […]

3 major highlights from the latest Ericsson Mobility Report

November 20th, 2014

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The latest edition of the Ericsson Mobility Report was recently released, providing analysis of the latest mobile data and predictions on mobility and live networks for the global markets. A lot of the information shared in the report points largely to global trends but the highlights do give an interesting indication of the uptake of […]

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How WhatsApp has just made your messages more secure

November 19th, 2014

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Yesterday it was reported that WhatsApp had announced its implementation of end-to-end encryption of its messages. This is still in its initial phase and has been enacted on Android only. It also hasn’t been extended to group messages, videos and photos. This development is an improvement of the IM platform’s privacy protections and makes it extremely difficult for […]

Entrepreneurs’ mind fuel: 5 must-reads for tech startups

November 19th, 2014

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Entrepreneurs always have a huge appetite for success which is fueled by different thoughts, beliefs and circumstances. Tech startups, or rather, the people behind them are no different. To stoke this drive and ambition, it’s always good to pick the minds of others who have walked the entrepreneurial journey and look beyond your immediate environment. […]

Get ready for the $30 smartphone from TECNO

November 18th, 2014

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It has been reported by Biztech Africa that TECNO, a device manufacturer that has a strong focus on the the African mobile space is set to introduce a smartphone priced at a under $30 next year. This comes after an executive from TECNO made the remarks in an interview at Africacom last week. The company […]

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When will Econet fix its EcoCash app?

November 18th, 2014

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I still think that one of the best things to come from EcoCash is their EcoCash app. Although launched for Android only, after a bit of controversy around a previous version from another developer, it makes transacting easier and faster. In the absence of USSD long codes and cards like the EcoCash Tap and Go […]

The most important tips for cleaning your LCD screen

November 18th, 2014

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Not so long ago, LCD screens were the stuff of legends whose availability was limited to the sets of Sci-Fi movies which we enjoyed through our cathode-ray TV devices.Monitors were bulky monochromes that spewed out green text. Nowadays with the rise of the Chinese phone, LED TVs, laptops, Notebooks, phablets, portable DVD players and so […]

TEDxHarare 2014 : Some of the important lessons for startups

November 17th, 2014

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Last Saturday, Zimbabwe took part in the global TED movement once again as we witnessed TEDxHarare 2014 which was held at local tech hub Hypercube Hub. Several perspectives on a proactive Zimbabwean thought process were raised through very inspiring talks and insights shared by the different speakers that took to the stage. While there were […]

Global Entrepreneurship Week kicks off: What’s lined up for Zim?

November 17th, 2014

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The 2014 Global Entrepreneurship Week has kicked off with 140 countries hosting events in line with entrepreneurship and business success for the next few days. The Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is a celebration of innovation and the entrepreneurs behind viable startups that turn into contributors to world economies. Global Entrepreneurship Week is meant to inspire […]

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14 November Podcast: The ZOL Startup Challenge and the Zim ecosystem

November 17th, 2014

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The 2014 edition of the ZOL Startup Challenge came and went with three startups walking away with accolades on the day of the finals. In this podcast we discuss the startup challenge and the impressions it helped shape about the current state of the Zimbabwean tech startup ecosystem. We also discussed what the participating startups […]

How to get rid of WhatsApp’s blue ticks

November 17th, 2014

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WhatsApp, the famous messaging app released an update a little while ago to its app that received some pretty heated feedback. It enabled the sender to not only know that their message has been delivered but also that it has been read. Obviously, the feature itself sparked huge debates over privacy that it eventually coined […]

Details of Microsoft’s first smartphone, the Lumia 535

November 17th, 2014

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The tech community has been largely anticipating Microsoft to make its shift to mobile that truly felt like the company is really serious about the future of mobile computing, so it made sense when Microsoft acquired Nokia for a deal that struck US$7 billion. Longtime purists can now see this future as the Microsoft Lumia […]

Podcast: Zimpapers goes digital, Ecolife and Zvirikuflaya with FlyAfrica

November 14th, 2014

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Here’s our latest edition of the Techzim Podcast. In this episode we discussed the return of Ecolife and whether or not it is going to move the market. We also looked at Zimpapers’ aggressive move into paid for online publishing and their new sports news platform as well as the FlyAfrica Zvirikuflaya media campaign on social media. Are […]

Techzim Podcast: Our perspective of Africacom 2014

November 14th, 2014

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This is special edition of the podcast where we got feedback from Limbikani Makani who had the opportunity to attend the recently ended Africacom 2014. Limbikani shared his perspectives on the different tech entities that were present at the huge regional tech conference including the opportunities for networking and building relationships for anyone in the […]

What can we expect at TEDxHarare 2014?

November 14th, 2014

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TEDxHarare is back in Zimbabwe year, bringing with it its inspired talks, intense conversation and networking for attendees of the latest edition of the global movement. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share experiences in a manner that follows the world renowned TED talks. These TED (Technology Entertainment and […]

WhatsApp doubles group participants limit

November 14th, 2014

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While some of us still coming to terms with the fact that WhatsApp has started telling you who is quick to read your messages and who isn’t, the IM platform has made another update to its service. This time its all about group messaging. The limit of participants in groups has been doubled from 50 […]

Exclusive: Econet relaunches Ecolife (update)

November 13th, 2014

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We have just been informed by sources close to Econet that the MNO is set to reactivate its insurance product Ecolife tomorrow. This isn’t an official launch, it’s more like a silent rollout of the service which hadn’t been available since 2012. This time Econet will be riding solo with its own new life assurance […]

How to win a year’s worth of air tickets with a Zvirikuflaya video

November 13th, 2014

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The last time we spoke about budget airline FlyAfrica, we were remarking on the pricing that had floored competition and sounded too good to be true at $9 a flight. This time the country’s cheapest airline has caught people’s attention thanks to a very creative marketing strategy which it is rolling out on social media […]

WeChat introduces a VoIP service as standalone app

November 13th, 2014

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Messaging is pretty much in WhatsApp’s hands now, Mxit COO is also acknowledging it, and 600 million is just the start. So what else is there to do, are there any chances this can be taken to the next level? Maybe with VoIP. Although VoIP (voice over IP) is not new, it seemed most top […]

#AfricaCom 2014: photos and summary (day 1 and 2)

November 12th, 2014

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I underestimated what it would take to sit and post updates here while also trying to do everything else here at AfricaCom 2014, but here goes my first update. It’s been one enriching experience having a lot of Africa’s tech industry in one place to go through. A few on my mind right now are the VAS companies & platforms, VOD […]

How to enhance the “aboutness” of your website

November 12th, 2014

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Many company websites suck from a user and search engine point of view. This is because more emphasis is placed on aesthetics than on the website’s “aboutness”. A company that does not have an effective website that helps in making its products and services visible is not different from a company that does not have a […]

Zimpapers enters the game with Sportszone

November 12th, 2014

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It’s been a long time coming but Zimpapers, in its move to a more digital approach, has finally decided to create an online sports news platform. Sportszone, which was unveiled yesterday, is meant to be complementary to the Zimpapers hard copy editions (which are now available on one online platform) with in depth analysis and […]