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Mobile Money & eCommerce

EcoCash & Mahindra win GSMA award for best mobile payments solution at Mobile World Congress 2017

Vamsi Madhav, VP, MFS at Comviva and Natalie Jabangwe – the General Manager of EcoCash EcoCash, the mobile money service that’s owned by Zimbabwe’s largest mobile network operator, Econet, was recently named Best Mobile Payment Solution at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) Global Mobile (Glomo) Awards for 2017. The award was received in partnership with […]

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Referrals

Internet access for underserved Zimbabweans

This is an article that contains referral links and we may receive some financial benefit if you decide to take action on anything listed below. We will ONLY refer stuff that we ourselves will use here at the office. Internet access is a basic human right or at least the UN declared it so. This […]

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Broadband

The state of tech in Zimbabwe (February 2017)

So, we’re frequently asked about the state of the technology ecosystem in Zimbabwe, by people in Zimbabwe as well as people outside: The diaspora trying to understand what’s going on at home better People outside Zimbabwe trying to do things here: usually investment, but also NGO/Donor types Embassies in Zimbabwe Business analysts looking to report on (usually listed) companies in Zimbabwe […]

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Gadgets & Apps

Why I hate the new Nokia 3310

The Nokia 3310 is out and all die hard Nokia fans are buried deep in nostalgia. However i’m not too fond of the device at all. Here is why. To me the 3310 evolved itself from being just another Nokia model to being its own brand. Now I get that the 3310 was supposed to […]

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Gadgets & Apps

Frustrated by the WhatsApp Status feature and your disappeared contacts list? Here’s how you can access it

WhatsApp Status, the new feature from the insanely popular Instant Messaging service has received mixed reviews from users. While some people are celebrating a new feature that resembles Snapchat Stories and the sort of engagement it creates (not to mention the “new content”), there are very loud cries about how it’s turning a stripped-down, simple […]

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Enterprise

New head of Microsoft for Africa

Microsoft just announced they now have a new executive heading the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region called Samer Abu Ltaif. He’s a Microsoft veteran who’s been with the company since 2004 in various positions.  He was apparently one of the key people driving programs like BizSpark (an initiative to support Startups with cheaper access to Microsoft business tools). His […]

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Mobile Money & eCommerce

Telecash stops DStv payments

Telecash, the second most popular mobile money payments platform in Zimbabwe, will no longer accept DStv payments. Telecel (the company), sent out the statement to its customers this morning via SMS announcing the change: Dear Customer, Due to factors beyond our control, DSTV payments on Telecash will cease on 28 February 2017, till further notice. All […]

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Telecommunications

TelOne expands prepaid billing. To scrap monthly billing…

TelOne, Zimbabwe’s only fixed line operator, has expanded areas that are covered by its prepaid billing as it gears towards making all accounts prepaid. The service, which functions a lot like how mobile subscribers currently are using their cellphones (the prepaid ones), where you top-up first before making a call, has been live (for certain […]

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Finance

Bond notes worth more than their face value?

Bond notes have surfaced on a popular online shopping website eBay with a $2 bond note retailing for up to $15 at the time of writing. Interesting however, the sellers of these bond notes seem to be concentrated in Germany where the Zimbabwean currency was once being printed back in the day which can purely be […]

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Media

Zimbabwe ads industry reintroduces Advertising Standards Authority

This week we received information that the local advertising industry is finally reintroducing a self-regulating association. Called the Advertising Standards Authority of Zimbabwe (ASAZIM), it was active until the late 90s when it became somewhat dormant. The concept of ASA is quite standard globally. Its role is to ensure, among other things, ethics in advertising. Stuff that […]

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Hardware & Software

Zimbabwe’s opposition parties plan demos against government’s takeover of Biometric Voter Registration procurement

Zimbabwe’s opposition parties which belong to the National Electoral Reform Agenda (NERA) are planning to hold nationwide demonstrations against the government’s move to take over the procurement of the biometric voter registration (BVR) kits. Recently the Zimbabwe government through the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) stated that it was taking over the procurement of BVR kits from […]

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Hardware & Software

WhatsApp Shutting down WhatsApp Web for Symbian and Blackberry OS

The future is only but dimmer for the feature phones and smartphones of yesteryear with WhatsApp ending WhatsApp web support for Symbian and Blackberry equipped devices. WhatsApp Web/Desktop: removed the support for Symbian and BlackBerry! pic.twitter.com/catELvdSyK — WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) February 20, 2017 This comes after WhatsApp ended support for a number of devices on December […]

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