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MultiChoice Group joins the United Nations’ Pause campaign to fight COVID-19 misinformation

Multichoice Group has joined the United Nations’ Pause campaign against misinformation concerning COVID-19. Pause aims to stem the flow of misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic. The campaign asks people to pause and take care to assess the information they have about the disease before they share. “We are in a moment of global reckoning as […]

ZETDC releases new tariffs, a slight increase in prices

The Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) has released new tariffs for electricity. They have, like most establishments, increased their prices. Old prices Consumption Bands kWh Price (ZWL$) First 50 0.49 51 – 200 1.08 201 – 300 2.94 301+ 4.61 ZETDC New Prices Consumption Band in kWh Price per kWh (ZWL$) Total Price […]

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Tanzanian Fintech launches app to help improve personal finance management

Mipango Fintech from Tanzania has launched a free personal finance app for Android and iOS. The app is in Swahili and aims to help Tanzanians manage their personal finances. “Financial literacy is a key gap in the growth and development of this market. Over 50% of Tanzanian adults do not keep track of their expenditures […]

RBZ adds ZWL$64 million into circulation

The Reserve Bank has added more bond notes into circulation. The most recent increase came on the 19th of June where they injected ZWL$64 million. This raised the hard currency in circulation from ZWL$ 1,552 billion to 1,661 billion. The central bank has been cautious in injecting more because there isn’t any confidence in the […]

TikTok caught spying, and they aren’t alone as more apps found accessing clipboard

Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference came with a raft of new features for iOS14 and their other platforms. One of those features (available in iOS14’s beta) lets have control over what information the apps on your phone can access. TikTok and others have been caught out by this feature. The clipboard is one of those things […]

Sony Music Africa announces two new features to help artists get paid

Sony Music Entertainment Africa has unveiled two new features to help artists see their account balances and track the progress of their work in real time. The announcement of these features was made in May 2019, in a letter to Sony Artists. In a report by IT News Africa these features will available for Sony’s […]

What does the RBZ directive mean for EcoCash and other mobile money platforms?

Yesterday the Reserve Bank followed up a statement made by Nick Mangwana on Friday night. The original statement looked to totally ban mobile money platforms. The government was planning to take a: “Series of prudent and coordinated interventions to deal with malpractices, criminality and economic sabotage perpetrated by the “wolves in sheep skins amongst our […]

Govt saves face, RBZ statement on EcoCash ban: reversing from the original plan

Yesterday the government through Nick Mangwana issued a statement declaring that mobile money was suspended with immediate effect. Naturally the public wasn’t happy and all three mobile telecommunications companies released statements to the effect that they would wait for a directive from the relevant authority. It seems like they have revised the original plan, probably […]

Telecel completes the set, all three telecoms respond to the mobile money ban

Telecel has completed the set. Now all three of the country’s telecommunications companies have all responded to the announcement by Nick Mangwana last night. Their statement reads: “To our valued customers Please be advised that the Telecash mobile money service is operating as normal. For all inquiries SMS or send a WhatsApp message to 0732150150.Call […]

OneMoney and MyCash respond to mobile money ban: platforms are still working

NetOne and MyCash have followed up Econet’s response to the announcement made by Information Secretary Nick Mangwana last night. NetOne Dear Valued Customer, We would like to advise that OneMoney services are still operating normally. Do not hesitate to contact us on the numbers provided below, for any queries and enquiries. OneMoney, it’s One time. […]

Government bans EcoCash and other mobile money. Ok… So what are we supposed to do now?

The government last night through Information Secretary Nick Mangwana decided to suspend all forms of mobile money. Now the reasons behind that decision aside, what does it mean for all of us who rely on EcoCash or OneMoney? A lot of the people were unbanked before the advent of mobile money. Many relied on physical […]

Government suspends EcoCash and all mobile money. This is BAD, VERY BAD!

The Government has suspended mobile money transactions. This is the statement that was released this evening: Government has, with immediate effect, undertaken a series of prudent and coordinated interventions to deal with malpractices, criminality and economic sabotage perpetrated by the “wolves in sheep skins amongst our population” that His Excellency the President alluded to during […]

Byo Chiefs FC launch online merch store. The kings of Zim twitter keep pushing on

Bulawayo Chiefs FC have launched an online merch store. The undisputed Twitter champions of local football tweeted yesterday: This local social media sensation has done what most clubs in the PSL have been unable to do. They have made themselves into social media brand that goes beyond the city of Bulawayo to becoming national treasure. […]

Strive Masiyiwa announces free COVID-19 testing for health care workers and low income communities

Econet founder Strive Masiyiwa yesterday announced that there will be free Covid-19 testing for healthcare professionals and low income communities. There will also be broader testing for the general public at a cost. This initiative was done through his Higher Life Foundation and Alliance Testing. “Starting today (25/06/20), any Zimbabwean who wants a Covid-19 test […]

WhatsApp beta news and animated stickers coming soon

In a report by WABetaInfo, WhatsApp has submitted a beta through Google Play Beta Program. WhatsApp’s beta is according to WABetaInfo featuring minor tweak. WhatsApp in a recent update rolled out a shortcut for Messenger Rooms. This shortcut would allow users to access Facebook Messenger Rooms from their WhatsApp. Some users complained about the feature […]

E-Health startups in Africa booming with investment at a record high

In a report by Disrupt Africa, the number of e-health startups has grown by 56.5% over the last 3 years with 180 startups currently in operation. The sector has also seen a boom in investment with e-health startups raising a reported US$90 million this year. The figure raised in the first half of this year […]

Facebook will tell you when you are sharing an old article

Facebook in a blog post announced that they will be adding a function to notify users when they share an old article. This announcement pairs with a feature they added in 2018 that added context pop on articles. This function would provide users with corresponding news and information about the publisher. So why has Facebook […]

Slack Connect is looking to replace email

Slack has a new product called Slack Connect. The angle is to provide businesses and organisations with a secure and productive way to communicate. They are looking to replace email as the primary way in which organisations communicate. “Designed to replace email, Slack Connect extends channel-based messaging to everyone you work with—inside and outside your […]

Amazon Honeycode, a web and mobile app builder with no code

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has launched Amazon Honeycode. A platform, in beta, that allows almost anyone in a business to build a custom web or mobile app without having any prior coding knowledge. “Most teams rely on their IT Departments for new apps. Many IT departments don’t have the staff or capacity to build all […]

“Jumbo” all social media privacy settings in a single app

The one thing that most people can agree on is that no one can really trust big tech companies to protect our privacy. There will be regular privacy policy updates with promises of creating a truly safe environment for our personal information. But the truth is these changes are too frequent and can be very […]

TV shows and movies you can still catch before they leave Netflix (June 2020)

As June draws to a close, there are a number of TV shows and movies that will be leaving Netflix. Some shows and movies have already left. But there are still a lot them you can catch before they leave the streaming service for good (or until they are brought back some time in the […]

Opera has integrated Twitter into its desktop browser

The latest version of Opera comes with Twitter integration. The side bar that has WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Instagram will now also feature Twitter. You can access the main feed, search, and direct messages without having to open and tab. Opera 69 also comes with A new weather widget Improved visual tab cycler. Tabs are […]

Ingressive Capital grows its African startup fund to US$10 million

Ingressive capital is a venture capital (VC) group that offers pre-seed and seed funding to startups in business-to-business, business-to-consumer, internet and fintech spaces. Ingressive Capital through new investment from Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority, Plexo Capital, Platform Capital, other institutional capital and backers have been able to expand their fund to US$10 million. The group’s investments […]

ZERA releases new fuel prices

Following the Forex Auction giving Zimbabwe an Official Exchange rate of 1:57, ZERA has released fuel prices with effect from the 24th of June 2020. 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 […]

Coca-Cola Africa and Disrupt Africa partner to launch “Tracking Revolution Challenge”

Coca-Cola Africa has partnered with Disrupt Africa to launch the Tracking Revolution Challenge. All of this came about because Coca-Cola Africa can’t track its product beyond conventional retailers. Supermarkets and wholesalers can easily provide them with statistics on how they products are doing. The majority of their non-alcoholic beverages are sold through informal channels. There […]

Thoughts On The Cyber Security And Data Protection Bill

On the 15th of May The Cyber Security and Data Protection Bill was gazetted. The public was asked to comment on the bill in a process that ends on the 26th of June. The digital age has brought with it a unique set of concerns. Security was something that was assured by physical or geographical […]

A look at Microgrids, the pros and cons of localised power generation

Most countries rely on a large infrastructure and grids in order to power homes, schools and businesses. In most cases across the continent those power generating facilities are overwhelmed by population explosion. Even in places like rural areas where population figures haven’t changed and could be decreasing because of people moving into urban areas, electricity […]

Apple devices that will get iOS 14, iPadOS 14, WatchOS7 and Big Sur

Last nights Apple Worldwide Developer’s revealed a host of new and exciting features that will come with their new operating systems. Apple hasn’t yet confirmed a release date for when the new software will roll out. Till then, here is a list of devices getting the new software: iPhones iPhone 11 iPhone 11 Pro iPhone […]

Xiaomi patent shows a fresh take on sliding cameras

In a report by Pigtou, Xiaomi has patented a new front facing camera in a module combined with the rear facing camera. The design looks to increase the screen real estate on their smartphones. The patent shows a display with no bezels. The rear of the device has what looks like a conventional two camera […]