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Backup your data, don’t lose bitcoin to ransomware

There is still a lot of noise doing the rounds about ransomware, particularly the WannaCry cyber-attack. To call this noise is me being grossly unfair. Cyber-attacks are not a laughing matter and the fact that experts say these kinds of attacks are on an upward trend and will continue to be requires the alarm to be […]
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Broadband

What Zimbabweans think about Econet Kombi WiFi

Last week, Econet launched Kombi WiFi. Frankly I thought it was good but not the big deal the company was making of it. It is normal here at the office to disagree on what’s a huge deal and what’s not, but the general feeling on this one was “ok, moving on.” That’s why our story was short and didn’t contain much […]
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Security

Hackers steal hollywood movie. Demand heavy ransom in bitcoin

It’s a week of cyber-crime. News  in Hollywood Reporter says that hackers gained access to and stole a Disney movie and are demanding a heavy bitcoin ransom to give it back. It’s not clear what movie exactly has been stolen, but speculation is it could be Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales or Cars 3.  Says the publication: […]
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Gadgets & Apps

The one gadget I can’t live without… is not my phone

Three years ago, I saw someone using an ebook reader, a Kindle. We’d just hired them for a new project and when they came in the first morning, they had with them this ugly and basic tablet that could only display things in black and white. I was fascinated! I had known about ebook readers for […]
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Events

DigitalFuture 2017: What you missed (Pictures)

This article is really not for people that attended, coz what’s the point telling you what you just experienced! It’s really for those of you loyal readers who, for one reason or another, couldn’t make it to Digital Future 2017. Here goes:                      
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Security

How to protect yourself from massive cyber-attack #WannaCry FAQ

Internet users globally, are under threat of a massive cyber-attack identified last week that is spreading, and Zimbabwe is no exception. To help people stay protected we have created a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the attack as well as ways you can stay safe. First, what is this attack exactly? The massive started spreading globally […]
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Security

Ransomware QnA with experts: Everything you need to know & how to be safe

About 3 months ago, Techzim attended an IT security workshop in Harare where a local IT networking and cyber-security company called Procomm spoke about the rise in ransomware attacks targeting companies in Zimbabwe. Ransomware, like other types of  cyber-attacks, is something that’s not discussed much in the public in Zimbabwe. Companies and individuals get attacked, they resolve […]
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Broadband

A first in Zimbabwe as PSL introduces swiping at Bosso-Dembare soccer match

A report on local sports blog Soccer24, says that Zimbabwe’s Premier Soccer League is now providing Point of Sale devices (swipe machines) at the league’s games to enable fans to swipe to watch a game. The development follows the hard cash crunch that Zimbabwe has been in since early last year. Despite the introduction of Bond Notes, the cash situation […]
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Security

WannaCry Ransomware: Zimbabwe among countries hit by latest massive cyber-attack

Zimbabwe is one of the countries hit by the massive cyber-attack called WannaCry ransomware which has attacked computers in 104 countries including Russia, the UK, Ukraine and China. In the UK, hospitals and medical practices were infected resulting in the cancellation of medical appointments. A global cyber-security firm, Avast, reported over the weekend that more than 57,000 attacks have […]
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Media

Facebook deletes tens of thousands of ‘Fake News’ accounts

While we’re on the subject of fake news here in Zimbabwe, apparently Facebook has deleted the accounts of tens of thousand of users on its social network. Facebook suspended 30,000 accounts in France before the first round of its presidential election last month. The social networking giant has also announced that it deleted tens of thousands […]
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Reviews

Tecno L9 Plus. Power just got an upgrade

You might remember the Tecno L8 from last year with it’s insane 5050 mAh battery and the best endurance score of all the devices we had ever tested at the time. Now they have the L9 Plus and it’s been spruced up a little bit. I don’t want to give away too much so let […]
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Broadband

It’s official, it’s fake: RBZ dismisses fake news in statement

Earlier today, Techzim wrote an article dismissing some fake news that was circulating on WhatsApp, saying the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe is introducing new Bond Notes and had put further restrictions on international cards. The RBZ has itself also now dismissed the fake news. In a statement we received from them on email, the central bank essentially dismisses the article […]
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Broadband

Here are the Harare kombi routes with Econet WiFi kombis

Yesterday, Econet introduced WiFi in Kombis. Basically, Econet subscribers can buy WiFi bundles and can use these in kombis. The kombis are fitted with WiFi routers. So far the Kombis with WiFi are only in Harare. 50 of them in total. Econet has said that this is a pilot and they are collecting feedback to factor into […]
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Events

Techzim Offers ‘Pay What You Want’ For Bitcoin Payers To Digital Future…

As the clock ticks closer to this year’s Digital Future event, Techzim and partners TBWA have announced the acceptance of Bitcoin as a means of payment for this year’s event. The crypto-currency, which has been gaining in value over the last couple of months (currently valued at over US$1,750/1btc), mainly due to being ‘officialised’ as a currency […]
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Gadgets & Apps

WhatsApp users now making 55 million video calls a day!

Just 7 months after launch, WhatsApp says its users are making a total of 55 million video calls a day and spending a total of 340 million minutes on those calls. The app is especially popular in India where users make 50 million minutes of video calls daily via the app, the highest compared to users in […]
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Broadband

Econet Kombi WiFi Zone bundle prices… How to buy & how to use

Econet yesterday launched Kombi WiFi, a service enabling subscribers to use WiFi when travelling in a kombi. In addition to buying WiFi bundles to use the service, subscribers also get 100% free WiFi data for every purchase of any regular Econet data bundle. Here are the data bundle prices for Econet WiFi Zone bundles:   How to buy […]
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Startups

Your questions answered: Zimbabwe ICT Innovation Drive fund for startups FAQ

Last week, after POTRAZ announced the new ICT Innovation Drive fund for startups, questions started coming in. Techzim had numerous questions of its own. So we brought all questions together and presented them to POTRAZ, who are managing the fund. They responded. We’re considering this an FAQ to help you understand the ICT Innovation Drive fund and […]
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Broadband

Econet launches Wi-Fi in kombis

Matthew Masiyazi, Head of Broadband at Econet Zimbabwe Econet Zimbabwe has today introduced WiFi in public transport in Harare.  The company will have WiFi installed inside kombis for customers that are commuting in and out of the cities. Eventually they’ll also have the WiFi service in long distance kombis. Speaking at the launch of the service, Econet executive, Mathew […]
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