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Monetising Zoom calls through M-Pesa [Kenya]

With the popularity of Zoom during the coronavirus pandemic, it was just a matter of time till this service was in some way monetised on the user end. With cases on the rise and people looking for alternatives that limit the disruption of business, Safaricom’s M-Pesa seems to have struck on a solution for businesses […]

Bankers Association of Zimbabwe has released a statement in support of the Forex Auction

The Bankers Association of Zimbabwe (BAZ), whose main mandate is to support the banking business of member banks, supports the Foreign Exchange Auction Trading System introduced by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) on 17 June 2020 and became operational with effect from 23 June 2020. The introduction of a Foreign Exchange Auction Trading System […]

ZIMSTAT have shut down their offices after employees tested positive for COVID-19

The Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (ZIMSTAT) has closed down operations after employees tested positive for the Coronavirus. This shut down means that their scheduled training programs which were to be held this week (20th to the 25th of July) have been called off. On the 18th of July ZIMSTAT ordered its staff not to come […]

Stanbic introduces QR Code payment solution, here’s why it won’t work

Stanbic has partnered with Slydepay to offer QR code payment to Stanbic Zimbabwe customers. Stanbic Bank say that their customers can download Slydepay app to access QR Code payments. What is Slydepay? Slydepay is a mobile money platform that was developed by a Ghanaian company called DreamOval Limited. Slydepay allows businesses and individuals to create […]

DStv payments will be unavailable from 19 to 20 July due to scheduled maintenance

IMPORTANT NOTE TO DStv CUSTOMERS Due to a scheduled systems upgrade, subscription payments will be unavailable between Sunday, 19 July at 21:00 until Monday, 20 July at 16:00. DStv customers are encouraged to make payments before this time to avoid interruption in viewing. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Please watch this space for more […]

Telecom26 to provide connectivity to infectious disease testing programs in Zimbabwe

Telecom26 has announced that a partnership with long-time client SystemOne who’s initiative is to enable real-time testing results communication to help timely containment and treatment of infectious diseases will be extended to Ghana, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Background Telecom26 is an independent global mobile network operator (MNO) founded in Switzerland in 2012. They have their own […]

IBM appoints first female African region head

IBM named Angela Kyerematen-Jimoh as the new regional head for North East and West Africa. She becomes the first woman and African to be appointed in this position by IBM. Before this she served as Chief of Staff to the senior vice president of IBM in New York. Kyerematen-Jimoh first joined IBM in 2011 as […]

ZTE and MTN partner to launch indoor 5G router in South Africa

ZTE Corporation has launched its first 5G router (CPE MC801 A) in South Africa. This launch comes in collaboration with MTN, the router will support the latest Wi-Fi 6 and will allow multiple users to use it simultaneously. ZTE’s 5G router supports NSA (Non-standalone) & SA (standalone) 5G networks which are in line with 4G […]

Facebook Messenger extends screen sharing in video calls to iOS and Android

Facebook announced that they will be extending the screen sharing feature for Message Rooms and Messenger video calls to mobile. This feature will now be available in Messenger and Message Rooms video calls on iOS and Android mobile apps. Putting them in step with Zoom, who already offer the feature on mobile. The initial roll […]

Verified Twitter accounts hacked in a crypto-scam

Last night Twitter verified accounts were hacked, these accounts included those of prominent international figures and companies Barack Obama, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Joe Biden, Uber and more. The hack left the following post (which had a link): Twitter moved to remove the tweets and suspended some functionality to verified accounts. The initial wave of […]

Muchenje v NetOne is going the full 12 rounds

The NetOne circus keeps on going as yesterday the Muchenje got a small victory. His termination by the NetOne board only 24 hours after his reinstatement has been overturned. HOWEVER this is only until NetOne themselves file a reply to a reversal of termination filed by Muchenje. Muchenje went to the High Court on Monday […]

Multichoice Showmax Pro is now available in Zimbabwe

Following on a report from earlier this month, Multichoice unveiled a new product Showmax Pro. The initial rollout only had it available only in Nigeria and Kenya, but that list of countries has been expanded. The list is as follows: Benin Democratic Republic of the Congo Guinea-Bissau Rwanda Botswana Cote d’Ivoire Liberia São Tomé and […]

Telecoms regulation and licencing, what’s what?

There is a period when a new technology becomes known of, or is available. This period, for a lack of better term, is referred to as the “wild west”. This is when everything is expanding rapidly, first to those who can afford it or the government and then lastly and slowly to the public. In […]

The allure of easy money, what seems too good to be true, usually is

Zimbabwe is not a stranger to crisis. We have moved from one economic crisis to another over the last couple of decades. This has, on one hand, made Zimbabweans very adaptive and innovative. On the other hand the dire situation has made people look for alternatives that assure them an easy win. We have seen […]

Forex Auction number 4 results, rate now at 68.89

The fourth running of the Foreign Exchange Auction has been completed and the weighted average is ZWL$68.8879. An increase from last week’s ZWL$65.88. Which means the “official” rate is US$1 : ZWL$ 68.89 Bids: The Highest Rate ZWL$85.00 (down from last week’s ZWL$90.00) the Lowest Rate ZWL$40.00 (up from last week’s ZWL$30.00) Allotted Amount this […]

Users running Windows 7 are no longer at risk according to Zoom

A vulnerability was discovered for Zoom users running Windows 7. This vulnerability commonly referred to as “zero-day”, is one that allows (in Zoom’s case) someone to commandeer a user’s computer and gain access to files or implant things like ransomware. Following the discovery by ACROS Security, Zoom has an update to protect users running Zoom […]

Google and Microsoft teaming up to bring more apps to the Play Store

In a report by Thurrot Microsoft and Google are working together to bring more apps to the Play Store. These applications will be built using Microsoft’s Progressive Web App builder and will use Google’s Bubblewrap utility and library to make the most out of the new features. This collaboration will bring more and better progressive […]

Zoom security flaw allows hackers to target users running Windows 7

Slovenian cybersecurity firm ACROS Security has discovered a vulnerability in the popular video conferencing software Zoom. Researchers at the firm revealed that users running Windows 7 or older are at risk of hackers gaining access their computers. This vulnerability known as “zero-day“, doesn’t affect Zoom client users running Windows 8 or Windows 10. Windows 7 […]

iOS apps crashing on launch

According to multiple reports a number of iOS apps are crashing. Tinder, TikTok, Pinterest and many others according to Downdetector are all crashing when ever users try to open the apps. Although the cause of the problem is not yet known, according to The Verge, one theory is that the outages are being caused by […]

GeneInsure automated vehicle licencing machine now at toll-gate along Harare – Bindura highway

GeneInsure and Zimbabwe National Road Administration (ZINARA) have introduced an automated licensing machine (ALM) at the Eskbank Tollgate (Harare – Bindura Highway). “The machine is a one-stop shop as motorists can buy both their insurance, vehicle licensing discs and radio licences at one spot. The machine works 24/7 and is strategically located at places such […]

WhatsApp Business is getting QR Codes, aiming to help businesses extend their reach

WhatsApp recently introduced QR Code contact sharing. They are extending that same service to users on WhatsApp Business. The function is pretty much the same as for sharing contacts. The slight difference in application here is that QR codes for business are, according to WhatsApp, a digital front door. Businesses can display QR Codes outside […]

Zimswitch: a quick refresher on what it is and what it does

The Reserve Bank this afternoon issued a statement that made Zimswitch the national payment switch. This means that EcoCash will be relegated to just being wallet and will have to use Zimswitch as the universal transaction hub. Now, as more information about this comes out, and we see how EcoCash responds to this. Let’s have […]

EcoCash to become just a wallet, RBZ says everyone must connect to ZIMSWITCH

So this happened: DESIGNATION OF ZIMSWITCH TECHNOLOGIES (PRIVATE) LIMITED (ZIMSWITCH) AS A NATIONAL PAYMENT SWITCHIn accordance with the provisions of the National Payment Systems Act [Chapter 24:23] and the Banking (Money Transmission, Mobile Banking and Mobile Money Interoperability) Regulations, Statutory Instrument 80 of 2020 (the Regulations), the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (the Bank) wishes to […]

Twitter is apparently working on a subscription service

Twitter seems to be working on some sort of subscription service model. A job listing on Twitter Careers is looking for a senior software engineer for a new project called Gryphon. “We are a new team, codenamed Gryphon. We are building a subscription platform, one that can be reused by other teams in the future. […]

Econet is back, normal service restored

Econet seems to have worked out all the issues they were experiencing. Last night there was a nationwide blackout of voice and data services. Econet had last night said that their technicians were working to solve the problem. As of this morning, calls and data services were working. They released a press statement this morning […]

Econet say Ecocash airtime and bundles recharge still being worked on

Yesterday Econet Wireless went dark nationwide. They seem to have restored services for calls and data. However, they are still working through issues with Ecocash airtime and bundles purchases through their USSD platforms. NOTICE TO CUSTOMERS Dear Valued CustomerWe regret to advise that you may face recharging challenges on *151# (Ecocash) or *143#. As we […]

Econet is down!

Econet is down countrywide, according to ZimLive the outage happened as early as 5pm this afternoon. This outage is affecting calls, mobile data, and airtime purchases. ZimLive also tweeted a response they got from Econet regarding the nationwide outage “We are currently experiencing a technical challenge on our core network switch, which has affected voice […]

The projected impact of Facebook’s connectivity initiatives in Sub-Saharan Africa

The internet has driven innovation over that last couple of decades. As it grew, the possibilities it offers seem endless. This vital utility is something that isn’t available to everyone across the world. An estimated 3.5 billion people across the world still don’t have access to internet services. In Sub-Saharan Africa internet infrastructure is sparsely […]

Nedbank South Africa launches “tap on phone” contactless payment

Nedbank has launched “tap on phone” contactless payment. This feature was made to help small and medium businesses to convert compatible smartphones into “payment accepting devices”. Nedbank says that this feature was also motivated by the COVID-19 pandemic and the measures that individuals have to take while interacting in public. “The challenges presented by COVID-19 […]

Alleged renders of the Google Pixel 5 and 5 XL leak

Reported by Pigtou and @xleaks7, Google Pixel 5 and 5 XL CAD (Computer-Aided Design) renders leaked. The Pixel 5 and 5XL were set to launch in the fall (September to November). But with delays to the Pixel 4a means these devices may come later on than expected. Pixel 5 The renderings of what could be […]