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Broadband

These phones won’t run WhatsApp after 30 June 2017

At the end of June 2017, that is in just a over a month, a lot of devices currently running WhatsApp will not be supported anymore. In 2016, WhatsApp announced that it would stop supporting some mobile phones “to focus our efforts on the mobile platforms the vast majority of people use.” These are the mobile phones: […]
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Miscellaneous

What Zimbabwe and the developing world can learn from China

I have been reading Demystifying the Chinese Economy by Justin Yifu  Lin which details how China from 1979 onwards achieved rapid economic growth. Now Yifu Lin is a respected professor of Economics and a former Senior Vice President and Chief Economist of the World Bank so he knows a thing or two about these things. […]
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Mobile Money & eCommerce

EcoCash Mastercard VCN service down… customers fail to make online payments

The EcoCash Mastercard VCN service is down. The service, which EcoCash subscribers use to generate Virtual Card Numbers (hence VCN), is one of the few ways Zimbabweans have to make payment to merchants outside the country. Users of the service have been complaining on social media and other platforms that attempts to issues themselves VCNs using the services, have […]
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Security

WannaCry Ransomware: Predicting the future from the past

Okay, so this article isn’t going to focus much on the WannaCry Ransomware that’s wreaked havoc across the globe. It’ll be more focused on trying to highlight potential cyber-security related events linked to the root of this particular deadly malware, the Equation Group. So, a little bit of backstory. The first time I ever came […]
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Broadband

Zim tech spaces: NUST student builds head motion controlled wheelchair

There’s quite a lot happening in the tech spaces around Zimbabwe, yet with so little exposure or recognition. This is not only discouraging for the techies building things, but it leaves Zimbabweans unaware of the opportunities and potential that lie around them. I will therefore be blogging about these innovative Zimbabweans that are building things that solve […]
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Energy

GOING SOLAR: Combining the equipment

As we suggested last week, in this installment of GOING SOLAR we are going to summarize and combine all we have learnt so far and design a simple solar power system for an average sized home. Determine the demand and energy consumption The first thing to do is list what we want to power (the […]
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Referrals

Udemy Courses reduced to $10 each again! Ends 26 May 2017…

If you missed the promotion that took place early January to get people started on online courses, then here is an opportunity to get in on the fun. Starting immediately if you visit Udemy, you’ll see that all you can enjoy any course for just $15. However, if you join through our referral link here, […]
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Events

Ammara Brown shares her experience of the Digital Future event

Techzim recently co-hosted Digital Future 2017, a digital media and marketing event that sought to bring to the front the activity in the local digital space and what we can do locally to get our heads wrapped around it. One of the speakers at the event was Ammara Brown, who touched on how she uses […]
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Broadband

Kwese signs content deal with Namibian Broadcasting Corporation

Econet Media owned Kwese announced this week a new deal with Namibian Broadcasting Corporation to have Kwese Free Sports content on the national broadcasters channels. According to a report on The Namibian, Namibia makes 24 the countries with Kwese Sports now. Kwese has done a number of these sub-licensing deals with incumbent broadcasters in African countries. This enables […]
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Mobile Money & eCommerce

Steward Bank dismisses malicious WhatsApp panic message

Steward Bank has dismissed a panic message spreading on WhatsApp which is advising customers to close their bank accounts, as malicious. The panic message which spread virally yesterday “alerted” customers of the bank that they risked having their bank accounts frozen due to problems at the bank. Said the message: Alert If you have a an account […]
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Security

Zim government to speed up Computer Crime and Cyber Crime Bill in response to ransomware cyber-attack

Zimbabwe ICT Minister Supa Mandiwanzira said yesterday that in the face of the recent global ransomware cyber-attack, the government is speeding up the approval of the Computer Crime and Cyber Crime Bill. The minister was speaking at an occasion to mark the successful acquisition of Telecel Zimbabwe by the government yesterday. Mandiwanzira said the government is taking the recent WannaCry cyber-attack […]
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Telecommunications

Press Release: Telecel announces $200m deal – moves to close coverage gap and introduce LTE

Press release sent to Techzim by Telecel Zimbabwe: HARARE – MAY 17, 2017 – The Minister of ICT, Postal and Courier Services, Honourable Supa Mandiwanzira has announced that Telecel will be unveiling LTE and expanding the mobile company’s network coverage through a government brokered  $200m finance deal. Speaking at a briefing cocktail held in Harare, […]
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Broadband

Multichoice opens some DStv Premium bouquet channels to Compact subscribers

This announcement was sent by Multichoice Zimbabwe: DStv Compact and Compact Plus viewers are being given an ‘open window month’ enabling them to view three television channels available only on the DStv Premium bouquet. Liz Dziva, publicity and public relations manager of MultiChoice Zimbabwe said the channels would be opened to viewers of these two […]
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Gadgets & Apps

Google’s plans for your phone: announcement highlights from Google I/O 2017

As the geeks amoung you already know, yesterday Google kicked off its annual developer conference called Google I/O. The conference is where Google shares its plan for the ecosystem of products it makes. The goal is to have the developer community globally building apps and gadgets that use Google technologies. We really loved some of the things that Google is introducing. […]
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Telecommunications

Telecel here to stay, says CEO

Telecel Chief Executive Officer, Angeline Vere Telecel Zimbabwe, despite the problems it has faced in the past couple of years, is here to say, the CEO of the company, Angeline Vere, declared yesterday in Harare. Vere was speaking at a cocktail organised by the company to assure the market that it has a solid future ahead. […]
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