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Press Release: Bots For Messenger Challenge event at Moto Republik

For many years Facebook has been promoting innovation across the Middle East and Africa, providing startups with the tools they need to build, grow, monetize, and measure. Facebook grew out of a hacker culture, and thrives on seeking out and promoting innovation on new platforms. That’s why they are launching the Bots for Messenger Challenge, […]
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Social Media

Facebook User Numbers Drop In Zimbabwe

Over the years media and marketing professionals have been highly interested to know the numbers of users that use the various social media platforms available in Zimbabwe. At Techzim it’s almost a weekly question we either get directly or we enter into a discussion where these stats are needed. The case was the same this past week […]
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Gadgets & Apps

WhatsApp to enable payments service

That WhatsApp was working on business features to be launched in the future has been clear for a while now. People just didn’t know when. That has just changed. Facebook recently advertised the job, Digital Transactions Lead in India, and as one of the job responsibilities, the advert says the person will work cross-functionally with other teams supporting […]
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Events

Techzim and TBWA Zimbabwe host DigitalFuture CEOs breakfast #DigitalFutureZim

Together with TBWA Zimbabwe we hosted the Digital Future CEOs breakfast meeting in Harare today. Speaking at the event was the Steward Bank CEO, Dr. Lance Mambondiani, the AMH Managing Director, Vincent Kahiya, and the FBC Executive Director Retail & eCommerce, Agrippa Mugwagwa. The 3 business leaders shared on how they see the digital landscape both globally […]
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Video

TelOne to launch video streaming service package within 3 months

TelOne is in the final stages of launching a video streaming broadband package for its ADSL and fibre customers. The package will allow TelOne customers to stream movies by paying for streaming in addition to the regular packages. At least that’s the plan from what we understand so far. Speaking to Techzim this past week, TelOne Managing […]
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Gadgets & Apps

Android beats Windows: Now most popular platform globally for 1st time in history. But not in Africa!

Technology usage statistics provider GlobalStats announced today that Android has finally overtaken Microsoft Windows as the most popular operating system in the world – in terms of internet usage. The Google owned but open source mobile operating system  is now the top platform in the world with 37.93% market share of internet usage. Windows is at […]
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Broadband

Press release: Telecel Offers Data Dongle bundle for Students

Telecel has announced a new sales promotion called Dongle Madness that slashes the price of its data dongle for the month of April. The holiday promotion will give customers a dongle for $20 which will be bundled with 1 gigabyte of data with a validity period of one month. The offer is primarily targeted at […]
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Startups

Tech curbing corruption: Road Rules introduces traffic fines feature

Great news to all you drivers and future drivers! I am pleased to announce that we have moved a step forward in combating one of the anti-progress diseases we have in Africa – corruption. Road Rules has introduced a new feature called ‘traffic fines’ solving one of the biggest problems that drivers have – lack of […]
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Startups

263Chat raised €40,000 from the government of Netherlands and Hivos

Information in an update sent out by the Hypercube Recovery manager this month reveals that the founder of 263chat, Nigel Mugamu, raised €40,000 from the government of Netherlands and Hivos in 2014. 263chat was started as a Twitter account and hashtag around 2011. Nigel Mugamu used it to engage Zimbabwean citizens online to participate in progressive and national dialogue […]
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Mobile Money & eCommerce

Update: What the banks made in 2016. Here’s a list of some of Zimbabwe’s most profitable banks

It’s that time of the year when banks are announcing their annual financial results. So far, CABS, POSB, EcoBank, Metbank, Stanbic, NMB, Agribank, BancABC and FBC have all reported profits. The only bank that didn’t make a profit is NBS, understandably because the bank is new. Agribank apparently made the first profit in 7 years (2009 was the […]
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Broadband

Kwese and DStv share rights to FIFA World Cup 2018 games

FIFA today announced the winners of the broadcasting right to the 2017-2018 FIFA games. These include the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 and the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.  Strive Masiyiwa’s Kwese Sports is one of the 5 media companies that have secured rights to screen the games. The others are Multichoice’s SuperSport, SABC, StarTimes and CANAL+. […]
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Broadband

Zimpapers: A profitable media company that is in internet trouble

Zimpapers, the government owned media company that owns Zimbabwe’s dominant newspaper titles (The Herald, Sunday Mail ), a relatively new radio station, a soon to be launched TV station, announced its 2016 financial results last week. The media company competes with the two other major media companies, the privately owned AMH (which owns NewsDay and other […]
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Finance

New Ecobank Mobile App allows payments using QR codes

To be honest I wasn’t too excited to hear about Ecobank’s new Mobile app. I thought well just another bank app, what’s new about that? Oh they do have something new. The Ecobank Mobile app comes with Masterpass QR, the one click payment solution from MasterCard. What the heck is that right? Materpass QR is […]
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Startups

Partnerships and teamwork; yay or yay?

In one of the previous articles, I noticed a comment which I reckon to be very insightful and would help a lot of tech entrepreneurs if implemented properly: Teamwork! I know that life has somehow taught us to be distrusting and all (through experience or otherwise), but I think that if we keep cultivating this […]
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