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Virtual Reality

A new kind of smartphone: the holographic media machine from RED

Yesterday, RED announced their new device which is a smartphone that promises to be a holographic media machine. The camera manufacturing company which is well known among cinematographers has decided to take a try at providing a device which allows people to view 3D images in addition to the usual 2D graphics that many devices show.  […]
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Social Media

Cool new tools in Snapchat

Today, Snapchat released an update to their application for both iOS and Android. The update brings new features that were previously unavailable or limited to specific people. Now people can add backdrops, links and voice filters. Let’s start off with backdrops. The feature allows a user to add colorful and artistic patterns to their snaps. […]
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Connectivity

Find Wi-Fi using Facebook app

Facebook recently announced that it is expanding it’s Find Wi-Fi feature worldwide. The feature was available last year on iOS and in selected countries as a test to see whether it would be useful and if people would respond well. Given how that it’s now available globally, something did go right with the test phase. […]
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Business

NMB is now charging extra for DStv payments

This week, NMB bank announced through an SMS to their customers that they will now be charging extra fees for any DStv payments made in their banking halls. For manual payments, people will incur a $5 charge while subscription payments made via their NMB Mobile app and NMB Direct will incur a $4 charge. According […]
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Broadband

My 3 cents input on the way forward for our MNOs

Potraz reports continue to indicate a decline in voice calls while mobile internet data usage increases. The 2017’s 1st Quarter report reveals a 7.1% drop in voice calls from the previous Quarter (2016) while a 4.7% increase of mobile internet data usage from the last Quarter was noted. In February, we wrote on how the […]
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Programming

Top programming languages used in Zimbabwe

Last month we talked about the programming communities in Zimbabwe. After doing that article, it left me wondering which programming languages are used the most by developers in Zimbabwe. So I created a google form survey and then shared it on different tech related groups, Facebook, Twitter etc. As the survey went on, the engagement […]
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Fintech

1 in every 2 Econet subscribers is active on EcoCash

Wherever you are, 1 out of every 2 active Econet subscribers is active on EcoCash. I spent some time going through the telecommunications report from POTRAZ for the first quarter of this year. The data presented in that document led me to that conclusion and here’s how I got there. In the last quarter of […]
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Social Media

Something to learn from Snapchat’s new Snap Map feature

Image credit: Pixabay Snapchat is not so much of a big deal in Zim as it is in other countries. I mean what do I expect since it’s not ‘bundled up’ by any of our local MNOs because data is expensive in Zimbabwe though surprisingly, according to the 1st Quarter 2017 POTRAZ report; internet and data usage […]
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Fintech

Cash crisis reduces mobile money transactions and subscribers

The latest performance report from POTRAZ has revealed that mobile money transactions have had a general decline during the first quarter of 2017 since last year. The total number of active subscribers has also declined by 1.6% from  3,303,188 recorded in the fourth quarter of 2016 to 3,251,784 recorded the first quarter of 2017. For a subscriber […]
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Miscellaneous

My thoughts on the Bitcoin adoption status in Bulawayo…

Image credit: Pixabay I will start by vehemently apologising, well, maybe not vehemently but I do apologise for not letting you know about our very first Bitcoin event here in Bulawayo prior to its occurrence on Saturday as I had promised to always do sometime back. The situation was beyond my control – typical excuse, […]
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Connectivity

Fixed telephone subscriptions decline by 15.7%

According to the Zimbabwe Telecoms report for the first quarter of 2017, people and companies have been dropping landline usage. Active subscriptions of landlines have declined by 15.7% from 305,720 active subscriptions recorded as at 31 December 2016 to 257,626 recorded as at 31 March 2017. With the recent revelation of TelOne’s $25 Million loss which […]
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Connectivity

A way to unlock your windows 10 PC using your Samsung galaxy

Samsung has recently updated its Samsung Flow application to allow user with Samsung galaxy devices that have fingerprint scanners to unlock their windows 10 laptops with them. The Samsung flow application also allows users to quickly transfer files from their laptop to their devices and receive notifications. Devices that support Samsung Flow are: Windows Tablet/PC: […]
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Regulatory changes to Nigerian remittances shut out all but 3 money transfer operators – startups like WorldRemit affected

Ecocash Attempts To Keep It All In Their Ecosystem

An announcement that has come through from Econet, the owners of the Ecocash services company is that they have reduced their merchant ‘merchant fees’ for their customers by ‘as much as 50%’ with immediate effect. This is a follow-on to their ‘no merchant fees on Thursdays‘ initiative that they ran from April up to end of […]
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Regulatory changes to Nigerian remittances shut out all but 3 money transfer operators – startups like WorldRemit affected

Press Release: EcoCash slashes Merchant fees by up to 50%

A press release has been received from Ecocash in regards to a reduction in their Merchant fees that their customers will have to pay. It is posted below for your benefit: Econet Wireless is reducing EcoCash tariffs on all merchant payments by up to 50% with immediate effect. The reduction is aimed at further providing ease […]
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Insight

Amazon is going to get a piece of almost every pie on the market

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you should have heard about Amazon by now. Most of us know it as the company that was founded by Jeff Bezos in 1994 to sell books online, mainly textbooks for college students. The vision statement for Amazon has been To be Earth’s most customer-centric company, where customers can […]
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Insight

Do people still have privacy in the digital age?

There’s a lot of talk about privacy online and what companies can or cannot do with our data. Now before we start talking about where the line is for the companies, let’s first establish common ground by using similar definitions of what privacy is. Wikipedia: is the ability of an individual or group to seclude […]
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nbs

Here’s something from NBS that other banks can take home…

When I first read Tinashe Nyahasha’s article on NBS, I thought he was rather exaggerating with all the praises he showered the bank staff. So, I decided to go check it out myself. Unfortunately, due to geographical limitations, I could only access the Bulawayo branch as opposed to the Harare branch which he (Tinashe) had […]
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Business

And the winners are…..

The yearly highlight of the ZNCC Annual Congress (#ZNCCCongress) is the National (Business) Awards Dinner. This year’s event has just ended today (Thursday 29th June 2017) in the Kalala Conference Room of the Elephant Hills Hotel. The conversation with some of the delegates here from the beginning of the congress showed me that the awards […]
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Miscellaneous

Biometric Voter Registration & Zimbabwe Elections – Facing the risks

The implementation of a Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) system in Zimbabwe has been accepted by the majority of stakeholders as a welcome development towards the improvement of the electoral process. Most importantly because it will get rid of the old re-cycled voters’ roll which has been the centre of most electoral disputes, but also because […]
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Regulatory changes to Nigerian remittances shut out all but 3 money transfer operators – startups like WorldRemit affected

FBC Mobile Moola suspends DStv payments

Are you an FBC account holder who also got a message that goes somewhat like this? “We regret to advise that DSTV service is no longer available on Mobile Moola due to circumstances beyond our control. Service is available through FBC branches. Well, it sounded like the FBC bank’s Mobile Moola platform will no longer be […]
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