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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 [...]

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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 use 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…) [...]

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

Dealing with the obnoxious PianoMan virus

August 25th, 2014

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I treat all my computers with the same respect a horse racer would treat his horse, the same way a Tour de France contestant would treat his bike and an astronaut his telescope. Some people however do things differently, to them a computer is just a toy. My cousin Sue is one of them. After [...]

AfrAsia kills the Kingdom CellCard mobile money transfer service. Replaces it with nothing

August 25th, 2014

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AfrAsia Bank has, through press statements (and we’re guessing communication to account holders as well), announced that they are killing the CellCard service at the end of this month. The service was a hybrid of mobile banking and mobile money launched sometime around 2009. It was evidently not doing that well and the bank had about stopped talking about it. [...]

Special Edition Podcast: The ZOL Startup Challenge Harare meetup

August 22nd, 2014

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In this podcast we discussed the ZOL Startup Challenge meetup that was held on the 21st August 2014. We shared details about the turnout, experiences and general atmosphere of the event. We talked about the upcoming meetup set for Bulawayo. We also discussed how the startup challenge has impacted the tech ecosystem in Zimbabwe.

ZOL Startup Challenge format introduction meetup a success

August 22nd, 2014

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It was a night of powerful engagement, insightful talks and network building as Techzim held the ZOL Startup Challenge Harare introductory meet-up yesterday at working space Area 46. The event kicked off the Startup Challenge process as ZOL and Techzim took the opportunity to lay out the new format of the annual techpreneurship showcase. This [...]

Livestream for the ZOL Startup Challenge Harare Meet Up

August 21st, 2014

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Its finally here! The ZOL Startup Challenge Harare Meetup is set to start any moment now and seats have started to fill up. For those of us who couldn’t make it but are keen on checking out what’s going at the event tonight we have set up a livestream link. You can check it out [...]