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Solar Power for dummies Part 2: Getting to know your devices

January 29th, 2015

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Now that we have gotten the introduction stuff out of the way its time for you to get acquainted with some of the basics of electricity in general and solar power in particular. I won’t be introducing anything scary, I promise, just the basics you snoozed through during the Physics and Integrated Science lessons. A […]

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The 5 places to get funding for your startup in 2015

January 28th, 2015

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Zimbabwe’s alternative stock exchange for small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs) is yet to be launched but it has already attracted a lot of attention. This is what happens when everyone wants to keep an eye out for the next pool of investors for their business. This time though the talk in the media hasn’t been about […]

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Twitter videos & group chats are here, does this mean the end of Free Twitter?

January 28th, 2015

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You can now shoot, edit and share video on Twitter. Capture life's most moving moments from your perspective. pic.twitter.com/31JoMS50ha — Twitter (@twitter) January 27, 2015 Nothing lasts forever and the best things in life are free. It’s beyond cliche’ but that doesn’t make it any less true. Especially for Free Twitter. Our run with the […]

Finally, someone to buy Telecel. Brainworks moves to end Indigenisation Impasse

January 28th, 2015

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In a move that’s likely to breath new life into Telecel Zimbabwe, local private equity equity investment and advisory firm, Brainworks Capital Management, has offered to buy the 40% minority stake held by the Empowerment Corporation in the telecoms firm. A report in today’s Herald Newspaper says the investment firm has offered some $20 million for the stake. […]

Facebook accepts responsibility for outage: It wasn’t a hacker attack

January 27th, 2015

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Earlier today the whole world experienced a Facebook and Instagram outage which lasted for an hour. Facebook has taken responsibility for the disruption citing a technical fault encountered when a change introduced affected the system’s configuration. It turned out that other services like Tinder and HipChat were also affected. Although prankster hacking crew Lizard Squad seemed to […]

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Food World now has an online store. Will it push down the walls & ignite e-tailing?

January 27th, 2015

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The Zimbabwean e-commerce online retailing story is still far from mature and engaging, that’s hardly a secret. That’s not taking anything away from the providers that have established revenue streams online. It’s just puzzling that it is still failing to get accepted so readily. The reasons are anybody’s guess. It’s easy though to chalk it up to Zimbabweans […]

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Using WhatsApp Web for business? Here’s something to keep in mind

January 26th, 2015

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In case you missed it last week, your friendly neighbourhood application and chat tool, WhatsApp, released a PC based tool. Called WhatsApp Web, it allows you to access the Instant Message (IM) platform from your PC as long as your account stays active and connected. Besides the cheers from the slew of people that can now exhaust […]

Facebook Lite launched in Zimbabwe, SA, Nigeria & 5 other countries

January 26th, 2015

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Our first reaction when we read that Facebook has launched a new Facebook Lite Android app, was that this is old news because it exists (or existed) already. So we searched and found this – a simple version of the Facebook website that was trialed and shut down in April 2010 – and this – a Facebook java app […]

What happens when Netflix says it’s “coming to Africa”

January 23rd, 2015

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As you many know, on-demand internet streaming movie service, Netflix, announced it quarterly results this week. Growth in the US is slowing apparently, so Netflix is looking to outside its home to regain fast growth. Traditionally, something you’re probably super frustrated by if you’re in Africa, netflix doesn’t allow much streaming outside the US and Canada. So those too keen […]

ZOL has disrupted the Zim internet space, is voice communication next?

January 23rd, 2015

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Zimbabweans are very particular about the cost of a product or service and any adjustment made to that effect. This extends to anything that an entrepreneur might want to provide really. The market is very price sensitive, just ask Powertel. It’s all blamed on the tough economic environment. Every dollar counts so if you up the […]

Mama Money to launch SA-to-Zimbabwe money transfers to Textacash wallets

January 23rd, 2015

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You might have heard that a new South Africa to Zimbabwe remittance service called Mama Money is coming in the next couple of weeks. The key problem that Mama Money identified is that it’s still very expensive for migrants in the country to remit back home so they are bringing a new and somewhat anti-capitalist thinking to […]

All bets are on mobile money & data as SMS declines and telecoms shifts

January 22nd, 2015

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Numbers don’t lie, especially in business, and when the right sort of numbers are going up it becomes a celebrated truth. From the surface the Zimbabwean mobile telecoms scene is in pretty great shape. In a conclusion to the quarterly performance report POTRAZ, the industry regulator, spelled out how the third quarter of 2014 noticed a […]

About the accuracy and reliability of Zimbabwe’s mobile telecoms stats

January 22nd, 2015

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In Zimbabwe, there’s been a lot of confusion of the the mobile subscriber statistics released regularly by the mobile operators themselves to shareholders, as well as those released by POTRAZ, the regulator of the space. Recently for example, when we wrote that Telecel’s active subscribers were down again for the 3rd consecutive quarter, the company pointed […]

Where are we now with LTE in Zimbabwe?

January 22nd, 2015

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4G/LTE always gets people in telecoms excited, and for good reason. Faster connections and efficient networks are everything. Even though it has been singled out globally as the mobile tech advancement that should come front and centre in a mobile world that will be all about better mobile internet, the uptake of 4G on the local front is […]

Solar Power for dummies part 1: Introduction

January 22nd, 2015

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I am well aware my esteemed colleague has already written a guide on solar power. This guide is different, penned with dummies in mind by a man who is also, when it comes to solar power and electricity in general, a dummy, who has taken a journey in the solar world. It is not a treatise […]

Worldremit partners MTN globally. Gets access to some 22mil mobile wallets

January 22nd, 2015

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WorldRemit, the guys that partnered Econet to allow Zimbos globally to remit money direct to EcoCash wallets, have just announced a new partnership with the MTN Group that will see them enabling direct remittances to MTN’s mobile money wallets. This gives them access to some 22.2 million customers in 16 countries across Africa. Quite a huge deal! The […]

Need to know how to access WhatsApp from a computer? Here are the steps

January 22nd, 2015

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As if all the news surrounding the temporary bans from its rogue third party imitations wasn’t enough, the WhatsApp team launched an official desktop version of the Instant Message service. The WhatsApp Web option is not available for IOS apparently because of the restrictions in the IOS ecosystem. It’s however available on Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, BlackBerry 10 […]

WhatsApp finally comes to the desktop. It’s a web app!

January 21st, 2015

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If you’re like us here, you’ve wished too many times for a dekstop based WhatsApp. It makes life so much easier for those that spend their day at a desk. Or just those that need to do a lot of WhatsApp stuff like administering groups. So yes, it’s here. WhatsApp made the announcement on their blog […]