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WhatsApp and Messenger video calling mobile data consumption.

Video calling is becoming trendy especially with its debut on WhatsApp just about a month ago but Facebook’s Messenger has had that feature for quite a while now. Anyway the story here is which of the two is the most efficient means of digital face to face communication that is best connectivity and quality for […]


[Breaking News] TECNO mobile partners up with Manchester City FC!

Tecno mobile is signing an agreement to be the official partner of Manchester City FC one of the biggest European Football Club on what might be one of the biggest deals the Chinese based, Afro centric mobile phone manufacturer has made thus far. 10:30 Announcement Facebook/Instagram: TECNO is proud to announce that we have become […]


Samsung Gear VR review. Get ready to be immersed.

Okay so i’m in a commuter omnibus after a long day at work and i’m waiting for people to fill it up. I get my Virtual Reality headset out and put on a rollercoaster video and immerse myself in my own world for about 2 minutes. Taking them off saw me being asked by my […]


Battle for the most profitable Smartphone Manufacturer is heating UP.

The big names in the smartphone game has pretty much been the same. Samsung, Apple and Huawei have populated the top 3 smartphone manufacturers spots (in that order) since 2013 with some very good breathing space between the 3. This year though has been seriously eventful in the smartphone realm and because of this we […]


Does more megapixels mean better quality images?

So you are like me. Love to take photos and therefore own or want to own a phone with a very decent camera. Question is, what is a good camera? That’s not an easy question because now you have to ask what makes a good camera and no, bigger sensor or more Megapixels does not […]


Square Banking, Steward Bank’s mobile banking solution.

Steward Bank has launched a new service under the name Square Banking which is a culmination of 4 main target areas that are Mobile application, USSD Banking, Telephone Banking and Online Banking. MOBILE APPLICATION The mobile application is available for download on Android under the name Steward Bank Mobile Banking and iOS  and if you […]


Steward Bank is launching an SMS Banking service.

Steward Bank is launching an SMS Banking solution under the Name Square Banking. It is a banking facility that enables you to perform banking transactions on mobile by dialling the USSD code *210# on Econet. Additional features apart from banking services is partnership with ZETDC for getting prepaid electricity token loans. his uses your banking […]


Android 2.3 Gingerbread will be incompatible with future apps.

So the new release of Google Play Services (GPS) v10.0.0 will be the last to support Android 2.3 Gingerbread meaning starting early 2017 this version of Android will no longer support upcoming applications. Next scheduled release of GPS v10.2.0 will now support Android versions 4.0 Ice Cream sandwich and above. If you are familiar with […]


Samsung had a bad year but has handled it like a BOSS!

True Samsung can mark this year as their darkest and probably the grimmest ones in the tech world ever since the death of Nokia. As a refresher the Electronics Giant’s flagship Galaxy Note 7 phablet was at the very bleeding edge of technology and innovation oozing with a plethora of advanced features including Iris scanning […]


Sony bringing PlayStation games to mobile.

IT’S ABOUT TIME! Sony is planning on announcing software titles and partner companies for its smartphone game project. The date is set for December 7 and plans are initially set for the Japanese market at the moment which is a no brainer as this is Sony’s home turf.  My gamers out there especially in Zimbabwe […]


Nokia Officially back in the smartphone game!

In a Capital Markets Day event held last Tuesday Nokia confirmed in an official company strategy event that the company is coming back into the smartphone game licensing its brand name to HMD Global allowing them a 10 year exclusive agreement for manufacturing Nokia branded smartphones and tablets. HMD is a newly founded company born in […]


Tecno L8 Review. Powerbank on Android.

Another edition of the TECNO line of midrange devices, the Tecno L8 is coming in the mid-to-low end side of the mid range smartphone category. Target market is individuals not interested in cutting edge specs but just a basic device capable of lasting a lifetime before crying out for a charge and carry out normal […]


Huawei Mate 8 review. A Different Note.

Huawei stepped into the premium phablet scene with the gorgeous looking Ascend Mate 7 which boasted superfast 4G LTE-A Cat 6 which translates to theoretical speeds of up to 300Mbps downlink and 50Mbps uplink. It also featured a fingerprint scanner and it was one of the first very few devices offering one which claimed to […]


TECNO Camon C9 Review. The dream budget smartphone?

Our last recent review of a TECNO device came in the form of the TECNO Boom J8, a device targeted at all music lovers. Now I bring you the TECNO Camon C9. This piece of hardware is targeted at the photography lovers specifically the selfie centric population. The following is a technical review of this […]


Tenga-Thengisa. The potential pain killer for every student’s headache.

So you finished your first year and that’s when campus accommodation ends. You are done with University and want to get a few bucks from your redundant text books. Better still you want that beauty product but you just can’t get the right one on campus. This startup feels they might just be the answer […]


TECNO Boom J8 review. The BOOMbox.

The TECNO brand is a fairly new brand in the Zimbabwean smartphone market and it wants to also claim its share of the Zimbo pie. Welcome everyone to the TECNO Boom J8, a pretty sleek looking device targeted at the full on audiophile given off by the ‘boom’ in the name. The body comprises of […]


Gtel A7150 X4. The iPhone of Zimbabwe?

Okay so the name will surely need a bit of getting used to but if you were following the Gtel line of smartphones i’m sure you can adapt to the new version quite seamlessly. This is the Gtel A7150 X4 and it’s a big, premium, beautiful slab of hardware with quite a few tricks underneath […]


Opera Mini is dominating and IE won’t die? Let the stats answer that.

So you have a browser you like to use for whatever reason. Maybe its download resuming capabilities or its data saving features. Either way with the assortment of browsers out there it’s good to know how your favourite window to the web fares amongst the competition. Starting off with mobile browsers. So in Zimbabwe the […]


Microsoft’s first desktop computer!

Fancy a bigger tablet? Bored by a measly 12.9 inch iPad Pro and want even more real estate? How does 28 inches of a resolution higher than 4K UHD sound? Well I would love me something of that sort too if it existed, but Microsoft made something pretty close. Welcome everyone to the latest addition […]


Tech Hacks – 8 steps to dealing with storage issues caused by WhatsApp

If you ever noticed, WhatsApp by default forces itself to be installed in the internal storage of your mobile phone. Its a huge problem if your device has a pretty limited internal storage and from experience if internal storage passes the 90% mark, your smartphone is crashing and the only way to save it is […]


Telone has something up its sleeve?

Zimbabwe’s biggest fixed telephone operator TelOne has been pretty busy lately churning out new developments like a bottling factory. A recent update sees TelOne teasing a new product launch under the title “TELONES NEXT BIG THING” to be unveiled today Tuesday 25 October 2016. This could be the home bred chat service app dubbed Talk […]


Android undoubtedly Zimbabwe’s O.S of the masses. Numbers owed to cheaper knock offs?

So WhatsApp announced earlier this year that it will stop support for quite a long list of devices. In that same regard a great many individuals with Windows Phone devices have the recurring dilemma of why app updates and new apps take just so long to land on their devices. Android owns the smartphone realm […]


LeEco, Chinese tech giant getting too ambitious?

LeEco might not be a familiar name in the tech realm, but this company is surely hellbent on stepping into the scene to challenge the established brands on innovation, quality and affordability. In a keynote event held on October 19 in the US, the company unveiled a number of smartphones, televisions as well as a […]


5G might just be around the corner

China Mobile Hong Kong and Huawei Hong Kong are partnering in pioneering commercial deployment of LTE-A Pro 4.5G as part of Huawei’s roadmap to 5G which is set for a timeline of 2020. LTE-A Pro or 4.5G was officially named as the new LTE standard by the Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) and with it […]


Here are DStv’s old and new bouquet prices compared

MultiChoice Zimbabwe just wowed the crowd with a reduction of their tariffs on most of their DStv bouquets as well as the addition of a number of new channels to these bouquets as well. To get a comparison of  how much you will be saving with the new prices, here is a table that compares […]


Econet Broadband services currently down (UPDATE)

Econet has confirmed the interruption in broadband services and has issued out the following statement on facebook Hey Buddies, sincere apologies for the interruption in data services. Our engineers are working tirelessly to rectify the fault and restore normal service. If you are experiencing broadband connection problems its a waiting game till it is resolved […]


Everything you need to know about the Telone Degree Programme

Friday the 14th of October marked the official launch of the Telone-NUST Bachelor of Engineering (Honors) in Telecommunications Engineering Degree. The occasion was packed with an assortment of government officials, dignitaries, heads of parastatals and academia representatives with the guest of honor being the Vice President of Zimbabwe, Honourable E.D. Mnangagwa. A brief history was laid out on […]


Econet Broadband services currently down

If you can’t access internet services on your Econet line you are not alone. There have been social media reports from several Econet subscribers saying that they are facing intermittent drops in broadband services as well as USSD services. It’s not just in Harare – A number of subscribers in the city of Bulawayo have […]


Seedstars World sets sight on Zimbabwean startups

Seedstars World, hosted by Impact Hub Harare, is making its way to Zimbabwe in search of the most elite Entrepreneurs who will battle it out on a global stage to claim an equity investment of up to 500 000 dollars. The dynamic pitch event is to be held on the 30th of October 2016 where […]


How to apply for Telone Center For Learning Bachelor Of Engineering (Honours) Degree In Telecommunications Engineering

Today was the official launch of Telone’s Telecommunication Degree. For those who wish to further their Telecommunications knowledge and skills, here is how to apply. Application Process An application fee of $50 non-refundable. Certified copies of National I.D as well as CV. Specified Educational Certificates. These can be submitted to any of the following: Telone […]