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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

Is Mobofree really growing strong? Their numbers just don’t make sense

August 18th, 2014

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Today, Mobofree, a social classifieds site based out of Lithuania but big in Africa, sent out a somewhat strange press release whose sole purpose was to announce that the marketplace website has US $526 million worth of items currently for sale and that they expect to reach US $1.5 billion by 2015. Strange because usually a marketplace’s value would [...]

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Skype ceasing support for older Android devices, permanently

August 18th, 2014

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With technology developing faster than ever, you kind of expect older technologies to wane out into the abyss, making way for newer, better technologies. Skype is stepping it up by ceasing support for older devices running Android 2.2 (Froyo, short for frozen yoghurt) and below. The OS in question dates back to May 2010 when [...]

The 512k bug: is it just another Y2K?

August 16th, 2014

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We all remember the Y2K bug. Otherwise known as the Millennium bug or the Year 2000 problem. It arose because most computer storage devices of that time had a proclivity of, for whatever reason, using an shortened date system when storing documents, transactions and other data. Year dates were stored using only two digits with the [...]

All is set for ZOL Startup Challenge Harare meetup next week

August 15th, 2014

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It’s ZOL Startup Challenge season again and as we mentioned in our earlier release, this year’s event has been scaled up to add a whole new dimension of competitiveness and reach. On Thursday the 21st of August there will be the first meetup for the Startup Challenge at Area 46, a new co-working space and [...]

Movie trailers now being shared on WhatsApp

August 15th, 2014

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When you love movies deciding what to watch when there’s so much stuff being churned out is usually based on what you see and hear about the upcoming release. One tried and tested marketing weapon for everyone in the business of movies is a good trailer. Through the internet it’s gotten easier to check out [...]

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Why I use a password manager app

August 14th, 2014

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Password security tips have been shoved down our throats so many times that they have become platitudes. The problem this is that with familiarity comes complacency,apathy and restfulness. Even though we are told to never use the same password for two different services, a lot of people myself included, disdainfully ignore the advice using the [...]

The one app better than WhatsApp

August 13th, 2014

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it’s the must-have for anyone who wants a basic smartphone experience. It’s also one way to tell everyone in your phone book that you have graduated from a mbudzi device (“dumb” phone) and are now enjoying the benefits of broadband. WhatsApp, the most visible cross platform, instant messaging tool for the local market has become the [...]

Exclusive: EcoCash CEO, Cuthbert Tembedza, leaving Econet Wireless

August 13th, 2014

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We’ve confirmed via a number of sources that current EcoCash CEO, Cuthbert Tembedza, is leaving Econet Wireless. Tembedza is leaving Econet after about a year & a half and after leading the mobile money company through a period of tremendous success cementing EcoCash’s position as the undisputed leader in mobile money in Zimbabwe. We contacted Tembedza to learn more [...]

Google offers tips to Zim developers

August 13th, 2014

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Hypercube Hub recently hosted a quick skills dissemination session for developers with a representative from Google South Africa, Andy Volk. The early morning chat saw the developers present get tips on tools that improve the development process with questions on aspects such as Android development and cloud cloud platforms being addressed. Andy Volk, who is [...]

Cisco introduces IoT certification

August 10th, 2014

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Internet of Things (IoT) is all the rage when it comes to any discussion on what the future of a truly connected world is going to be. Beyond our interest in smart homes, smart cars and smart cities or the fascination in wearable tech,the who’s who in networks is stepping up in their endorsement of [...]

The ZOL Startup Challenge 2014 to be bigger, better and much more fun

August 8th, 2014

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Today we are proud to announce that Zimbabwe’s most anticipated startup competition is upon us. The fourth edition of the ZOL Startup Challenge kicks off today and we have bumped up the competition format and process to make it bigger, far reaching and a whole lot more fun. Over the past few weeks, actually months [...]

ZOL sponsors Startup Challenge for the 4th Year

August 8th, 2014

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Local internet service provider, ZOL Zimbabwe, has once again thrown its full weight behind the ZOL Startup Challenge. The tech startup showcase, now in its fourth year, has had ZOL as its title sponsor since its inception in 2011. The ZOL Startup Challenge is an annual competition for tech startups that pits participants against each [...]

Economics and technology – an introduction

August 8th, 2014

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Besides being an avid technologist, I am an economist. So let me start by introducing you to one of the fundamental concepts in Economics – that of supply and demand. Demand is defined as the need for a good/service given the budget constraints and it naturally identifies a set of all the different quantities demanded [...]

Accessing US based services from Zimbabwe

August 8th, 2014

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In a previous article we looked at how Amazon was reportedly piloting a library like feature where customers could access books for a fixed monthly charge. We went on to look at other similar services like Oyster Books and Scribd which are currently on the market. All to often most of these services and pilots [...]

Better bundles and more joy from Econet?

August 7th, 2014

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Econet has decided to tweak its Buddie Bundles of Joy product by extending the validity periods for its $2, $5 and $10 bundles. The $2 bundle is now valid for 2 days, the $5 bundle will get you 3 days of service and the $10 bundle is now valid for 4 days. The Bundles of [...]

Econet secures $150 million for expansion

August 6th, 2014

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It has been reported that Econet Wireless Global has secured a $150 million financing facility to enable its expansion program. In an announcement from Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) the institution that arranged the facility Econet will use the facility to expand in mobile banking and solar energy and also to refinance existing debt which has been [...]

Video marketing – Not just another fancy fad

August 6th, 2014

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Video marketing is really the future of content marketing and fortunately, it is not exclusive to bigger brands with huge budgets. Small to medium companies, both formal and informal, can actually leverage creative video campaigns on a shoe string budget and still get the same results as their counterparts. The secret of success of any [...]