Gadgets & Apps

Astro Mobile launches new range of devices

According to Munyaradzi Gwatidzo, the founder and CEO of Astro, Astro wants to offer a great smartphone experience for a limited budget, something that takes into consideration Zimbabwean consumers' improving tastes as well as the current economic situation where disposable incomes only allow for a limited investment into mobile devices.


The Zimbabwe 2016 National Budget Statement (download)

Not tech obviously but we know most of our readers would like to go through this. So we decided to post it here. Zimbabwe 2016 National Budget Statement here. But for those just looking for the tech bit, here’s an extract pf the technology section. Quite a bit of stuff to go through. We’ll summarise later for […]


Zimbabwe wins AU tender to host regional Internet Exchange Point

Zimbabwe has won a tender to host one of Southern Africa’s Internet Exchange Points. The announcement was made today by the deputy minister of ICT, Dr. Win Mlambo, at an event hosted by the Internet Society of Zimbabwe and POTRAZ in Harare. To implement the Internet Exchange Point (IXP), the country will get funding of US $200,000 […]


Econet loses court appeal for tariff adjustment

Econet has been contesting a directive given last year by POTRAZ to all operators to lower their voice tariffs. This adjustment led to the lowering of mobile voice calls from 23 cents a minute to 15 cents a minute at the start of 2015. This adjustment had been determined by the new LRIC pricing model that POTRAZ put into effect, with another set of tariff reductions scheduled for the nex two years.


5 winners selected for the Muzinda Hub business competition

One of the highlights, locally, was the Muzinda Hub Business Plan Competition which was the technology hub and training centre's continental tech startup challenge. The finals of the event, which were streamed and held live via Google Handouts with 10 startups vying for recognition resulted in 5 startups being selected as winners.


Looking for a ZESA & LP Gas alternative? Try this solar stove

On the solar energy tip, other users are looking beyond lights and geysers. An example of that is the solar stove we came across in Harare. It's being sold by a local trader, Solomon Marimo, who says he identified this type of solar stove in South Africa and has been trying to create a local distribution line.


Telecel under the government, Propertybook, Steward Bank agents, Startup competitions – Podcast

We discuss the future of Telecel in this podcast, along with talks on a real estate listings startup called Propertybook, the Steward bank agent banking partnership with Zimpost and the startup competitions happening locally as Global Entrepreneurship Week comes to a close. One other issue touched on is the Startup Challenge and its absence from the calendar this year.


A quick one about the changing Techzim look

When we introduced a new look about 6 months ago, we made great strides to make the site more extremely lovable but we still had lots of room to improve the desktop experience. We promised we would continue working on the site to make it more usable and the latest changes are exactly that. We hope this […]