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ZBC starts broadcasting news bulletins on Facebook Live

Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) is trialing the broadcasting of its content on Facebook Live. The government owned broadcaster started going live on Facebook with regular TV broadcast two days ago on 16 August. Yesterday, the 8PM news bulletin as well as some regular tv shows were broadcast live on Facebook for about 2 hours. The […]
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Programming

Here’s a Microsoft game development challenge you might be interested in

We came across a Microsoft Dream.Build.Play challenge we thought you’d need a heads-up on, particularly y’all game devs. The Dream.Build.Play challenge is looking for people who are 18 years old and above, legally staying in the eligible regions (of course Zimbabwe is one of them otherwise this wouldn’t be here) and have technical programming education, […]
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eCommerce

E-commerce: What would it take for you to shop more online?

E-commerce is not as huge as it should be in Zimbabwe. Just last month Choppies announced a deal with Kamelee, a ‘click and collect’ platform. This allows the purchase of groceries online and collection ‘offline,’ that is in person. Choppies is mainly targeting those in the Diaspora, allowing them to buy groceries for family here […]
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Mobile Money

NetOne launches OneCover, a funeral support service

The new service was announced at an event held today at Meikles Hotel. OneCover is a micro mobile insurance that offers funeral insurance to subscribers. The service is in collaboration with First Mutual Life Assurance, who are the underwriters. This means there is no medical underwriting required for registration. OneCover will be voluntary and users […]
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Media

Kwesé TV launch said to be in a few weeks

According to the screenshot below, the official page for Kwesé TV Ghana is seen to be responding to someone and stating that the Kwesé TV launch in Zimbabwe will be in a few weeks. We couldn’t locate the original post with the reply which means it was probably taken down in an effort to keep things […]
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Broadband

Is data really that much more expensive in Zimbabwe?

We all know as fact that data prices are unjustifiably high in this country. We know this but do we have the numbers to prove it? I had a conversation recently with a friend in South Africa and we started comparing data prices. Turns out that universal truth we all hold on to might not […]
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Broadband

Kwesé TV licensed, is it nothing but fake news? Maybe not…

Kwesé TV has been a hot topic for the past few weeks. With all the challenges being faced by people when it comes to DStv payments, many have started looking elsewhere. Kwesé TV was one of the options that people have been looking to as the entertainment service is already available in some other African countries. […]
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Fintech

EcoCash Diaspora partner WorldRemit partners with Huawei

You know WorldRemit as the remittance company which partnered with Ecocash to enable the sending of money straight into Ecocash wallets from anywhere in the world. WorldRemit is available in over 50 countries and 140+ destinations and thus brought the diaspora to EcoCash Diaspora. WorldRemit is an ambitious remittance company on the rise. It is […]
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Science

Bulawayo IVF tech advances, results to show for it…

Just a little over a week ago, Bulawayo received its first good news as far as in vitro fertilisation (IVF) is concerned – a baby conceived through IVF was born at Bulawayo Assisted Reproductive Technology (BART) centre. IVF is an assisted reproductive technology (ART). The IVF process involves extracting eggs and then manually combining them […]
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Beneath the Surface

If WhatsApp is free, how does it make money?

It might sound like a question with an obvious answer. However, someone recently asked me that same question “If WhatsApp is free, how does it make money?”. To my surprise, I didn’t have a clear answer to give them and it took me a while to finally understand myself. So if you’re like me and […]
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eCommerce

No USD, no service: Steward Bank restricts MasterCard Debit card limits

We seem to be getting more and more alteration notifications from our banks or mobile money platforms; most, if not all bearing bad news. Just this morning we got a blow from EcoCash, informing us that they have suspended their MasterCard online payments service. Now, here is another ‘MasterCard blow’ from Steward bank…   MasterCard […]
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Media

Kwese partners iflix as iflix raises $133m for expansion

iflix has been described as the Asian Netflix. Their target market is the emerging world and after conquering the Asias and North Africa the focus is now on sub-Saharan Africa. As of March 2017 there were over 5 million subscribers to the Subscription Video on Demand (SVoD) service, which cost around $3 per month. With […]
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Fintech

Is EcoCash discontinuing its Mastercard online payment service?

Since morning, some fliers indicating that EcoCash will be suspending EcoCash Mastercard online payments from the 16th of August until further notice have been circulating. We know fake news is a serious problem, especially now that we’re so gullible to it due to the fact that Zimbabwe has become uncomfortably unpredictable… especially wherever money is […]
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Global News

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 to launch to space with an HPE super computer

SpaceX is preparing to launch its 12th official trip to space as part of the $1.6 billion contract it had with NASA. The rocket (Falcon 9) is transporting a number of supplies including health research materials for Parkinson’s disease and lung tissues. However, I’m mainly interested in the super computer it’s carrying. The super computer […]
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