Zimbabwe and regional technology news and updates

Breaking: EcoCash Takes RBZ To High Court Over Cash-in & Cash-out Ban

Following yesterday’s ban on cash-in and cash-out transactions, EcoCash has filed an urgent application at the High Court seeking to overturn the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe’s ban. Here are the court papers filed by Cassava Smartech, EcoCash’s parent company: Also read: RBZ Ban On Cash-in & Cash-out Will Make Things Worse Quick NetOne, Econet, And […]

Local Start-up, Lexware To Represent Zim At Innovating Justice Challenge Finals

Local start-up, Lexware Inc is representing Zimbabwe at the upcoming Innovating Justice Challenge Finals to be held in Johannesburg. Lexware is the startup behind Lawbasket which allows a client to choose how much they want to pay a lawyer. The Hague Institute for Innovation of Law (HiiL), which is behind the competition, is a nonprofit […]

Facebook Now Stops Users From Sharing Pirate Bay Links

Facebook now blocks users from sharing The Pirate Bay links on their Facebook timelines or in chat messages. This is coming on the heels of similar steps taken by Facebook against other torrent sites in the last couple of weeks. This ban can be linked to the company’s strong stance on copyright infringement. Background to […]

Telecel Reviews Megaboost Prices

Telecel recently increased its tarrifs on social media and data bundle and it didn’t stop there. On Sunday, it went on to increase it’s prices for Megaboost bundles, which you can check below: Even with this increase in prices, Megaboost is still much more preferable to Netone’s OneFusion. For instance, the Megaboost that cost $20 […]

Breaking: RBZ Bans Cash-In, Cash-out & CashBack Facilities On All Mobile Money Platforms

According to ZBC, Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) has reportedly issued a directive instructing EcoCash and other mobile money providers to stop facilitating cash-in and cash-out transactions. BREAKING: The @ReserveBankZIM has banned all cash in, cash out and cash-back facilities with immediate effect.@GNyambabvu @ZimTreasury @czionline @tarie_mufundisi @EcoCashZW @OneMoneyZw @TelecashZim — ZBC News Online (@ZBCNewsonline) […]

WhatsApp Will Stop Working On iPhones With This iOS Version From February 2020

WhatsApp is dropping support for a number of old and legacy mobile operating systems. While support for all versions of Windows Phone will end for good on December 31, 2019, some older versions of iOS and Android will lose support some weeks later. When we first let talked about iPhones that will not support WhatsApp, […]

ZOL Introduces New Prices For Wibroniks. It’s Still Wise To Get The LTE Data Sim Card

On the back of good news about it’s LTE data sim card (line), ZOL has just released new prices for various packages of its Wibroniks service. The new price will come into effect on the 2nd of October. Check the new prices: 2GB – $ 32 3GB – $ 44 5GB – $ 64 15GB […]

iPhone Lost In A River Found After 15 Months & It Still Works

A diver and YouTuber, Michael Bennett found an iPhone in a waterproof case that had been immersed in water for a long 15 months. Michael Bennett runs a YouTube channel named Nugget Noggin. Michael Bennet said: I came across something that looked kind of like a rope maybe attached to car keys, and when I […]

Netone’s New Prices For WhatsApp & Other Social Media Bundles (30 September)

The second largest Mobile Network Operator, Netone has just increased prices for its social media bundles. Take a look at the new prices: WhatsApp bundles Daily $1 = 15MB Daily $3 = 45MB Weekly $5 = 65MB Weekly $10 = 150MB Monthly $20 = 250MB Monthly $50 = 1GB Facebook bundles Daily $1 = 15MB […]

How To Send WhatsApp Messages To Many People Without Creating A Group

When you are asked,”how can one send WhatsApp messages to many people at once”, a lot of people will answer,” by sending a message in a WhatsApp group”. Whilst that’s true, its also not the ideal and the most effective way of sending WhatsApp messages to many people. Why? Simply because in many WhatsApp groups […]

RBZ To Start Penalizing Businesses For Quoting, Charging & Accepting Payments In Forex, Thanks To New Regulations

A new Statutory Instrument that’s just been gazetted will now penalize businesses that qoute,charge and receive payments in US dollars or any other kind of foreign currency. The new Statutory Instrument reads: In particular no person shall quote, display, label, solicit for the payment of, receive or pay the price of any goods, services, fee […]

Check Out Hwindi’s US Dollar Fare Estimates

Hwindi recently introduced a new pricing structure where customers/riders are quoted in USD but can settle the payment using Zim Dollar. In light of this, Hwindi has released a chart that shows you fare estimates of the popular routes customers use. Here’s the chart: Quick NetOne, Econet, And Telecel Airtime Recharge Number to recharge: Airtime […]

Bitcoin Bloodbath: Cryptocurrency Loses More Than 20% Of Its Value In Less Than A Week

Earlier this week Bitcoin (BTC) saw its value losing 20% in a single day, falling from a high of $10,048 on September 23, down to a low of $7,998 on September 24. As if that ain’t enough, BTC is now down by almost 4.5% in the last 24 hours and is currently the worst performer […]

Watch: Kuda Musasiwa Reveals The Mistake That Started Fresh In A Box

We’ve talked about Fresh In A Box, a budding start-up that’s well known for home delivery of various products. Kuda Musasiwa, the startup’s Vendor-In Cheaf seats down with Newsday founder, Trevor Ncube to talk about how they accidentally started and how they are doing it. Also read: Fresh In A Box Rolling Out QR-Based Store […]

RBZ Governor Responds To Circulating $10 & $25 Coins Images

And again the Governor he’s pissed off by social media. The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Governor, Dr. John Mangudya has dismissed images circulating on social media of coins that the central bank is allegedly about to introduce. He told the Herald: It’s all fake news; I don’t know what is happening back home.There is nothing […]

Attend Pindula’s Edit-a-thon Today At Shoko Festival & Learn About Local Content & Curating It

Shoko Festival is kicking off and they have some exciting stuff lined up till the first of October. One interesting program that’s happening today is Pindula’s Edit-a-thon. You’ve heard about hackathons but this is an Edit-a-thon. Pindula is our sister publication that produces easy-to-understand and insightful local news. It basically strips off those technical terms […]

This App Lets You Install Third-party iOS Apps Without Jailbreaking

Apple is very strict about any App installation on any iPhone or iPad. Apple doesn’t allow its users to install any App other than from Apple’s app store. To install third-party apps, you need to ‘jailbreak’ your device. This scenario has been changed by Riley Testut, who has developed an alternative App store called AltStore […]

Are You Breaking The Law For Using A South African DStv Account?

A lot of people and local businesses now have South Africa DStv accounts instead of Zimbabwe DStv accounts. While you probably knew that unaccredited agents who are facilitating the process of opening these South Africa DStv Accounts (SRAs) are doing something illegal, did you know that as a customer you are breaking the law as […]

Google Launches Android 10 Go For Low-Cost Devices

Thanks to Android Go, entry-level smartphones have had access to speedy lightweight alternative apps, letting them stay up to date without spending more money to upgrade their devices. Hardly a month after it rolled out Android 10 to high end devices, Google has announced that entry-level phones will get Android 10 Go. Android 10 Go, […]

Sasai Adds 135 Services, It’s Now Like WeChat At Full Throttle

If you had opened Sasai two weeks ago you’d have been disappointed because there were just a couple of services on the platform. But yesterday Cassava Smartech unveiled many services that add up to 135 that are all now accessible in Sasai. From KFC to Alibaba to Spotify to DHL: these are just a few […]

RBZ Department, FIU Says It Hasn’t Unfrozen Bank Accounts Of Sakunda & Other 3 Firms

The Financial Intelligence Unit, an RBZ department which deals with money-related crimes, has issued a statement dismissing social media reports that it had unfrozen bank accounts it froze last week. The bank accounts held by four companies were frozen as they are reportedly being used for money laundering and proping up the forex black market. […]

Watch: RBZ Deputy Governor Speaking On Zim Dollar & Exchange Rate

RBZ Deputy Governor, Dr Kupukile Mlambo go at length talking about the status of the economy, Zim dollar and exchange rate. Also read: We Don’t Have Control Of All The Forex In The System That’s Why We Can’t Control Black Market – RBZ Quick NetOne, Econet, And Telecel Airtime Recharge Number to recharge: Airtime amount […]

500 Million Android Users Downloaded 4 VPN Apps Found With Awful Malware. You May Need To Remove Them

According to Andy Michael of VPNtesting, there are some Android VPN apps with more than 500 million downloads that are manipulating users by running ads in the background and most of the ads are placed outside the apps including home screen as well. The VPN apps are Free VPN Master, Hotspot VPN, Secure VPN and […]

Apple Releases iOS 13.1, Here’s Why You Need To Update Your iPhone Now

Apple is rolling out iOS 13.1 just a week after the initial release of iOS 13. As announced by Apple earlier, the update will be available to a number of smartphones going right back to the iPhone Special Edition, which was launched 3 years ago. Not only that, even the 7th-generation iPod Touch will receive […]

Twitter Now Lets iOS Users Pin Their Lists

Twitter has announced a new feature in its iOS app that allows users to pin up to five lists to their timeline. In addition, a smooth swipe gesture has been implemented to browse through lists right from the home screen. The pinned lists can be easily rearranged as you prefer. Take a look at the […]

Video Showing Nokia Feature Phone (Kambudzi) Running On Android Leaks

Ever since HMD Global started using Nokia branding, it has not only released Android smartphones but has launched a series of feature phones. Folks in Zimbabwe prefer to use the name kambudzi instead of feature phone. Those feature phones are packed with a few new features to make them useful according to modern demands like […]

Send Original High Quality Videos On WhatsApp Using This Method (Without Compressing)

You might have noticed that when you send a video on WhatsApp, the quality of the video is reduced and the video gradually becomes blurry when more and more people send it other recipients on WhatsApp. Why does that happen? Well, before sending any video, WhatsApp compresses it so that it will take less time […]

Maisha Virtual Health Assistant Also Available Via USSD

Cassava Smartech’s Maisha Medik is now accessable via the USSD, making the virtual assistant available to everybody with a phone, be it a smartphone or a kambudzi (feature phone). When Econet entered the virtual health assistant space with Maisha Medik (previously called Ada), it was only accessible via a mobile app. Now by simply dialling […]

Can You ‘Sideload’ Google Apps & Services On The Huawei Mate 30 Pro?

Huawei’s newly-launched Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro offer some incredible features, but they lack one critical functionality that many believe might affect their global sales significantly. Thanks to the ongoing trade war between the US and China, the devices are the first Huawei smartphones to lack official Google support, which means even though they […]

You Can Now Share your WhatsApp Status to Facebook

Facebook-owned WhatsApp had been testing a feature in beta mode which lets you share your WhatsApp status to Facebook. But now the company has now quietly released the feature and it’s officially being rolled out to iOS and Android devices. How to share status to Facebook Open WhatsApp. Tap Status. Create a status update on: […]