Zimbabwe and regional technology news and updates

EcoCash Closes More Agent Lines

Several EcoCash agents had their lines closed yesterday as result of ongoing investigations by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, according to Zimpricecheck. EcoCash and RBZ have lately been trying to curb the trading of cash by EcoCash agents and one way of doing that is blocking some agent lines. After closing the agent lines, Cassava […]

Police Warn People After Man Loses Over $19 000 To Scammers

Another day another scam.Banks have lately been issuing warning about the rise of scams but it seems like it’s not enough to safeguard clients from scammers. Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) recently dealt with a case where a man was swindled ZWL $19658.05 out of his bank account by scammers over a phone call. Through it’s, […]

Popular Video-Downloading Android App Caught With Nasty Malware

Upstream researchers are warning the public about a video app called “Snaptube”. Reportedly, the app is engaging in millions of fraudulent transactions through serving invisible ads without showing any sign of it to the user. Upstream’s CEO, Guy Krief said: Snaptube has been delivering invisible ads, generating non-human clicks and purchases, then reporting them as […]

Netflix To Look For Ways To Curb ‘Password Sharing’

Netflix has revealed that it will look for ways to curb password sharing. As it stands, users can sign into Netflix on as many devices as they want, with the only limitation being how many can stream at the same time (depending on the plan). Naturally, this allows people to share their accounts with family […]

HTC Unveils A Cheaper Blockchain Phone

HTC promised they would be releasing a smaller, cheaper version of its Exodus 1 Blockchain phone. And now it has unveiled the budget-friendly Exodus 1s which cost $245 or the equivalent amount in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies – so it’s twice cheaper than the HTC’s first blockchain phone. Unlike most mobile devices, HTC’s new Exodus […]

Uninstall/Delete These 15 Malicious Android Apps

Researchers at Sophos recently uncovered 15 apps that don’t seem to do anything other than aggressively display ads on Android devices. What makes these applications even more insidious is that they hide their icons to make them more difficult to remove from the phone. Some of them even camouflage themselves in the settings with different […]

Firefox Is The Most Secure Browser- Germany Cyber Security Agency

Germany’s security agency, Germany’s Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) has discovered that Mozilla’s Firefox browser is the most secure browser. However, the survey only compared Firefox with Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge whilst ignoring other popular browsers like Safari,Opera Mini and UC browser. BSI came up with that conclusion after assessing each […]

OneMoney To Overtake EcoCash In 2 Years. Is It Possible?

In a recent interview with Trevor Ncube, Netone’s Chief Executive Lazarus Muchenje said: We choose to compete with ourselves and to try and be world-class because we do not believe that at this stage there is anyone world-class in this market in as far as mobile payments are concerned and I say that with a […]

How To Use Your Android Phone As Mouse And Keyboard For Your Computer

The humble mouse is one of the most ubiquitous peripherals associated with computers. When you use a laptop, you may opt to connect a mouse, but how would you like the idea of using your phone as a trackpad or touchpad on a laptop? Using Monect PC Remote Monect PC Remote is basically an app […]

Microsoft To Close Down Windows Phone 8.1 Store In December

Another nail has been hammered into Windows Phone’s coffin. Microsoft announced that Windows Store for Windows Phone 8.1 will be discontinued on December 16,this year, making the obsolete operating system useless. Microsoft has been slowly leading Windows Phone to its demise. In October 2018, Microsoft stopped accepting the new apps for Windows Phone 8.1, and […]

Bank Foreign Currency Exchange Rates Today- 17 October

The following rates are the average interbank exchange rates from several commercial banks for today. N.B: The midrate is based on the median of the rates received on the day. Credit: The rates were gathered by Zfn at a particular time of the day so when you go to your bank the rates may have […]

New Notes Are Going To Be Printed & Will Be Available In A Few Months – RBZ

The story about government introducing a new currency has been marked by twists and turns. Initially, Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube himself mentioned that a new currency in the form of new notes and coins will be introduced. And over a month later, Eddie Cross, who happens to sit on the Monetary Policy Committee, confirmed that […]

You Can Miss Out On Dstv’s New Channels If You Have One Of These Decoders

According to MyBroadband, DStv users with certain old decoders will not be able to watch future channels that will be broadcasted using high band frequencies. Since DStv started broadcasting, they have used the low band. Unfortunately, better quality comes at an increased cost of bandwidth. Therefore, DStv decided launched a high band frequency satellite to […]

Researchers Working On Bitcoin Alternative That Uses As Little Energy As Sending Email To Do A Transaction

Despite offering a secure and decentralised alternative to other currencies, one of the downsides of Bitcoin is the vast amounts of power it consumes. Due to the large amount of electricity it requires to mine and complete transactions, Bitcoin creates a large carbon footprint. In the conventional Bitcoin model, someone wishing to make a transaction […]

Longer Power Cuts From Today As ZESA Takes Load Shedding To Stage 2

Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) has just notified the public that load shedding will go to stage 2 from today. This has been caused by a “shortage of capacity” faced by South Africa’s Eskom, which exports electricity to Zimbabwe through ZETDC. #PowerAlert The Eskom alert will affect Power Imports. As such load shedding […]

RBZ Strikes Back, Takes Golix To Court Over Unpaid Legal Costs

Golix and the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe are at it again. The central bank has approached the High Court seeking a order for wasted costs against Zimbabwe’s first cryptocurrency exchange.Wasted costs is a court order which states that a certain party must pay the costs involved in a trial that has to be delayed. In […]

Whatever Happened To The Guy Who Claimed ‘Econet Stole Sasai Idea From Him’?

It’s been over 2 months since Cassava Fintech released it’s all-in-one app, Sasai. However, you might remember that Cassava’s moment of glory for debuting Sasai was somewhat overshadowed by news of Artwell Makumbe who claimed Econet (once parent company of Cassava) stole the idea of Sasai from him. Journey into a rabbit hole At the […]

Chinese Communist Party Android App Caught Spying On 100 Million People

Cure53 researchers discovered that an Android app that was released by the Chinese Communist Party to push its propaganda is basically spyware. Called “Study the Great Nation”, this app is so popular in China such that at least 100 million people have downloaded it from China’s Google Playstore. The app is only available in China […]

Fans Launch Petition To Stop DStv From Removing 3 Popular Channels

Fans of 3 channels that are going to be removed from Dstv’s platform on the 1st of November have started a petition against the company. At the time of writing the petition filed on already has 5756 signees. Over a week ago DStv told it’s subscribers that three channels; History, Crime +Investigation and Lifetime […]

Econet Prices For WhatsApp & Other Social Media Bundles (October)

On top of increasing data tarrifs, Econet has also adjusted tarrifs for some of its social media bundles- tarrifs for certain bundles have been increased and some have been left unchanged. Take a look: Daily Bundle $1.50 – 20MB WhatsApp, Pinterest and Sasai $1.50 – 20MB Facebook and Sasai $1.50 – 20MB Instagram and Sasai […]

Apple Accused Of Sending User’s Browsing Data To Chinese Tech Giant. Here’s How You Can Stop It

Do you know Apple is sending web browsing data of some of its users to Chinese Internet company Tencent?I am sure many of you are not aware of this, neither was I, and believe me, none of us could expect this from a tech company that promotes itself as a champion of consumer privacy. It […]

Econet To Review Data & SMS Tarrifs Tomorrow

The largest Mobile Network Operator has just notified it’s subscribers that its going to introduce new prices tomorrow. In a message, Econet said: Dear Customer. Please take note, bundle prices for Data & SMS will be reviewed effective 15 October 2019. Dial *143# or *151# to buy Data or *140# to buy SMS Bundles. As […]

List Of 29 Countries At Risk Of SIM Card Flaw That Lets Hackers Hijack Any Phone

A little over a month ago we talked about a new threat called simjacker that exploits an inherent flaw in sim cards to spy on people. At that point in time, we revealed that people from 30 countries were exposed to this risk but we never revealed the names of the affected countries since the […]

Harmony OS Needs 2-3 Years To Compete With iOS – Huawei Founder

Those of us that love Huawei smartphones felt the cold chills running through our spines when Donald Trump called for the blacklisting of China’s biggest telecommunication company, Huawei. As a result of this development, US companies including Google, which supplies Huawei with Google services, soon withdrew their support. Amidst that ban, the good news we […]

What Happens When You Uninstall WhatsApp Or Delete Your WhatsApp Account

Social media and instant messaging apps can get on our nerves. I bet you must have thought of going on social media detox by deleting those apps at least once. At times, it’s just a single app such as WhatsApp that annoys the hell out of us. With the pressure to reply and a flood […]

​How To Backup Contacts On Android & Access Them On Another Phone

While moving to a new device, the top priority for almost everyone is shipping your contacts to the new device. Android offers multiple ways to backup and export contacts. In this post, I will guide you through 2 easy ways to do that. The methods mentioned below are quite useful to backup contacts online and […]

More Key Partners Drop Out Of Facebook Cryptocurrency Project

Mastercard, Visa, eBay, and Stripe have all withdrawn their support for Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency. The move comes a week after PayPal decided to also withdraw its support claiming that it “wants to focus on its own work for the time being”. It’s a massive blow to Facebook to lose both MasterCard and Visa since since […]

{Update} WhatsApp Mysteriously Disappears From Google Playstore

Update: A WhatsApp spokesperson said the app is now appearing in Google Playstore search results after restarting Google Playstore. However, the spokesperson didn’t disclose the reason as to why WhatsApp had vanished. Popular tipster, WABetaInfo has discovered WhatsApp has mysteriously vanished on Google Playstore. If you head to Google Playstore right now and search “WhatsApp”, […]

RBZ Clarifies On Treatment Of Nostro Accounts & Forex Cash Withdrawals

RBZ has issued a comprehensive clarification on the treatment of nostro accounts and forex cash withdrawals. Here’s the statement: Quick NetOne, Econet, And Telecel Airtime Recharge Number to recharge: Airtime amount ($): EcoCash or OneMoney number: Buy Please dial our USSD code *405# on your phone to buy airtime because this page will not work. […]

22% Of Photos Taken By Android Phones Are Poor Quality – Study

Avast recently conducted a survey which examined 3 billion photos across 45 countries to find out the quality of photos people have in their phones. The survey revealed that the average person stores 952 photos in their phone of which 22 % or approximately 1 in 5 photos taken by Android devices are of poor […]