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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

Multichoice blocking FTA channels on their new decoders?

August 21st, 2014

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We already know how awesome the Explora decoder is. After all, at every advertising break no matter what channel you are watching there is this dude telling you about the magnificence of the new decoder: DStv Catchup: how you can watch the latest Series episodes and sporting event highlights on demand. How you can watch [...]

What can Zimbabwe learn from the ice bucket challenge?

August 20th, 2014

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There’s no way you could have missed it. Unless you don’t use the Internet at all. It seems like everyone with a social media presence, (the craze is celeb driven actually) is doing it and In the process raising an awareness of a neurodegenerative disease. I’m referring to the Ice Bucket Challenge. The idea of [...]

Furor over WhatsApp outage shows product-market fit

August 20th, 2014

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Most WhatsApp users worldwide still remember with indignation the day the roof fell on their favourite social chat platform after its server had crashed. The result was a tortuous social media outage that disrupted communication for 210 minutes. A huge outcry that was amplified on social media followed this event as users flocked to Twitter [...]

Econet’s free Twitter extended by three months

August 20th, 2014

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A month ago mobile network operator Econet Wireless announced a one month only free  Twitter offer for all its broadband subscribers. The great news for #Twimbos who have been enjoying the special is that it has been extended by another 3 months. It’s going to be free tweeting until 20 November 2014. Being part of [...]

Ghanaian mobile messaging startup, Saya, acquired by US company

August 20th, 2014

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You probably remember Saya Mobile, as one of the few African founded startups that have made it to TechCrunch Disrupt. Yesterday the Ghanaian startup just added one more unique achievement; they got acquired. By US based company called Kirusa which provides voice messaging and social media mobile apps in emerging markets. The announcement was made by Kirusa on its [...]

Liquid Telecom rolling out public DNS servers in Africa to improve internet speeds

August 19th, 2014

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Liquid Telecom, a source at the company has told us, is implementing an Anycast DNS platform in Africa for hosting of their domain’s DNS, but more importantly for us all, as public DNS servers for internet users across the continent. This, in theory at this moment, as we have not exhaustively tested it, simply means faster internet for people that choose [...]

Sat Space Africa now providing Ka-Band solution for Zimbabwe

August 19th, 2014

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  Sat Space Africa, a regional VSAT and internet services provider is now providing a Ka-band VSAT Internet solution in Zimbabwe. This solution is provided using HYLAS 2 Ka-band satellite to provide high-speed broadband connectivity. According to the official communication from Sat-Space this product is geared at providing a solution to small and medium sized [...]

We’ve figured out payments, so what’s next for Zim e-commerce?

August 19th, 2014

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Last Saturday Paynow, a local e-payments integration service, hosted a developers’ day at the Hypercube Hub. The event was attended by several developers and designers with some of them eager to integrate Paynow with their online services. Matthew Hood, the technical lead at Paynow, was pleased with the turnout at the Developer day, largely because [...]