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Apple’s WWDC Is Happening Today, Things To Look Out For

Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference is happening today at 7pm Local Time. The conference, because of the global pandemic is now going virtual. You can stream the event on Apple’s YouTube account. Here’s what to look out for Operating System Updates This event is usually where Apple announces updates and new features to their operating systems. […]


Sharing Your Wi-Fi Password Using a QR code (Android)

Having visitors over means they’ll sooner or later ask for the Wi-Fi password in order to stay connected. I can never always remember my Wi-Fi password and I’ll always have to rummage through my notes to find where I saved it. Android has an option to share your Wi-Fi password using a QR Code. This […]


RBZ Says Zimbabwe Will Have Official Exchange Rates After Tuesday’s Auction.

The governor of the Reserve Bank John Mangudya has said in an interview in the Sunday Mail that the official exchange rate will be pegged after the Foriegn Currency Auction on Tuesday. What we are saying is very clear in that the auction market is going to receive bids starting Tuesday from an array of […]


African Fintech startup Chipper Cash lands USD18m funding

In a report by Tech Crunch, African cross border fintech company Chipper Cash has closed a Series A USD$18.3 Million fund led by a venture capital group called Deciens Capital. Background Chipper was founded by Ham Serunjogi from Uganda and Ghanaian Maijid Moujaled in 2018.  They met in America at University before they went on to […]


Spyware Found In Google Chrome Extensions

In a report by Tech Radar, there is a new spyware initiative affecting extensions on the Chrome Web Store. Awake Security discovered more than 70 malicious extensions on the Web Store and alerted Google of them. The add-ons were downloaded 32 million times. The extensions were those that would warn the user of suspicious websites […]


The Friday Night WhatsApp Scare

I’m sure by now everyone knows about last night’s WhatsApp hiccup. Last Seen, Online and Typing weren’t displaying in chats. When I tried to change any of the privacy settings last night I got this error, Down Detector last night logged a litany of complaints about this issue in the US, UK and Europe. The […]


Is The Private Sector Ready To Pay Its Employees In Forex?

The announcement by the government that Civil Servants and Pensioners will get allowances in US Dollars has put the private sector in a difficult position. Businesses had been operating to a large degree on the local currency. The money that civil servants are receiving may not be in physical currency, but the fact that its […]


EcoCash Airtime Recharges Aren’t Showing In Customer Accounts.

Customers have been tweeting out that they were buying airtime through EcoCash but weren’t receiving the funds. When they checked their EcoCash balance the money for the transaction was deducted. The problem started late last night and some still haven’t received their airtime or had their money returned to their EcoCash accounts. An Econet Spokesperson […]


“Keen”, Google’s New Social Network

Google are back in the social network game. It was only April of last year when they announced they would be ending Google Plus. This new platform isn’t anything like the old, but it’s similar to something already on the market. Keen is a platform created by Google’s Area 120 in collaboration with another in […]


Amazon To Add 3 000 New Jobs in South Africa.

In a report by Business Insider, Amazon has announced that it is hiring 3 000 customer service and technical support personnel in South Africa. “We are thrilled with the talent in South Africa, and we are excited to add 3,000 skilled jobs this year in customer service, and to help keep people working during this […]


How To Add A Virtual Background On Zoom

I have been seeing people online with virtual backgrounds while they are on a Zoom call. I thought that it was some feature you got if you paid a subscription. Never giving it too much thought for a while, I saw it again and wondered. Finally, deciding to do something about it, I went through […]


Tweet Your Voice, Twitter Testing Audio Tweets on iOS

Twitter over the years has been expanded the number of ways you can tweet. They have added images, videos, GIFs and doubled the amount of characters from 140 to 280. Sometimes the written word can’t quite communicate exactly what you want to say. We all have our individual vocal nuances and sometimes punctuation isn’t enough, […]


NetOne Releases New Data and Bundle Prices

Its price hike week. Econet yesterday released their new prices for bundles and data. Today NetOne has made their move after announcing that they will be reviewing their price structure as of today. Data Bundles Item New Price ZWL$ Old Price ZWL$ Hourly 1 Gig 30.00 25.00 Night Bundle (1GB) 50.00 40.00 Daily 30 MB […]


Zimbabwe Chamber Of Mines Set To Upgrade Their Systems

In a report by Mining Zimbabwe, the President of the Chamber of Mines Ms Elizabeth Nerwande is making it a priority to upgrade their resource centres. The goal is to ensure that information is a click away for members of the Chamber and other interested parties. After her re-election for a second and final term, […]


Huawei Surpasses Samsung in Q1, A Milestone For Chinese Phone Maker

Huawei surpassed Samsung in April to become the world’s largest smartphone maker. In a report published by Counterpoints Research Huawei were able to temporarily capture 19% of global market share. Samsung on the other hand saw a dip to 17%. This is the first time that Huawei has passed Samsung which has been unposed for […]


NetOne to Review Bundle Prices

NetOne has released a statement regarding a review of bundle prices: The Econet, NetOne price hike domino effect strikes again. Econet sent out notices to its customers that it will be reviewing its Bundles and SMS prices. NetOne has followed suit. The last raft of price hikes came in May and this new announcement has […]


You Can Now Do More Than Two Bank Transfers A Day. RBZ Reverses Decision.

The Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) an agency of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe has reversed it decision issued on June 4th. The directive issued was to limit the number of internal bank transfers to 2 a day. The turn around came after Members of The Bankers Association of Zimbabwe made an appeal to the Reserve […]


My Journey From iOS To Android, Review of the Samsung A30s

Since 2016 I had been using an iPhone 5s. When I got it I was making a move from a Nokia Lumia 520, which I got because I wanted to try something new. The move at the time baffled most of my friends because they all asked “couldn’t you find an android in the same […]


WhatsApp Testing 3 New Features, Logging In From Different Phones To Be Possible

The popular messaging platform is reportedly testing out 3 new features in beta updates for iOS and Android. Multiple Logins The one thing that we all know about WhatsApp is the headache of changing devices. The hassle of trying to back up all the chats and then download them on to a new device. This […]


Chiredzi Solar Plant Approved.

A local independent power producer, Triangle Solar System (TSS) has received approval from ZERA to build a 90 megawatt solar installation in Chiredzi. What is TSS? Triangle Solar Systems is an independent power producer that got a licence from ZERA this May for the Chiredzi Plant. In October of last year they were one of […]


More Apps Containing Malware Removed From Google’s Play Store

At least 38 applications were removed from Google’s Play Store for containing malware. The developers of these apps were able to get their apps on to the Play Store’s by disabling malicious adware functions inside the source code. The discovery was made by White Ops, they then reported their findings to Google. What they found […]


NetOne Issues Statement Regarding Network Disruption.

NetOne released the following statement about the problems customers were having. 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. {{error_message}} {{error_message}}


NetOne Service Disruption.

As of around 4 O’clock this afternoon, it may have been earlier, NetOne customers were experiencing service disruptions. There were faults with the following services: Calls Out aren’t working Sms in or out aren’t working USSD Menus are down OneMoney is up one moment the down again Receiving calls seems unaffected as well as data […]


ZESA Gets Approval For New Tariffs, Electricity is Cheaper…

The Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority has revised its tariff structure and has announced the following with effect from the 11th of June. The New Tariff Consumption Bands kWh Price ZWL$ First 50 0.49 51 – 200 1.08 201 – 300 2.94 301+ 4.61 The Old Tarriff Consumption Bands kWh Price ZWL$ First 50 0.49 51 […]


MTN Facing Allegations Of Paying Off Terror Groups In US Lawsuit.

Africa’s largest telecommunications company is facing allegations that it paid of terrorist groups in order to protect their business interests in Afghanistan. Background MTN is the eighth largest telecommunications company in the world operating in 22 countries. They have three operations in the Middle East, Syria, Iran and Afghanistan. In 2006 a telecoms company called […]


Twitter Is Testing A New Feature That Prompts Users To Read An Article Before Sharing.

Sharing articles on twitter is, for some, now coming with a new option in addition to retweet and retweet with a comment. Twitter Support tweeted on Wednesday: Twitter are supposedly only going to verify if a user has opened the link on Twitter and nowhere else. I have tried to see if this is working […]


Kenya’s Safaricom And Google Join Forces To launch Affordable YouTube Bundle.

Safaricom and Google have join forces to combine their data capabilities to launch an affordable YouTube bundle for Kenyans. In an effort to increase the exposure of their customers during this lockdown period. Safaricom through its partnership with Google introduced the KES 10 Bundle. What is the KES 10 Bundle? “The new daily bundle, which […]


Facebook Launching “Messeger Kids” in Sub Saharan Africa. What Parents Need To Know.

Messenger Kids is Facebook looking at the need for video chat and messaging services from a different angle. There are concerns when it comes to children on the internet or using connectivity apps. All parents want to know if what their children are consuming online is safe and if the apps they use protect their […]


Zimbabwe Anti Corruption Commission Eyes Another NetOne Director

The Zimbabwe Anti Corruption Commission is reportedly looking into Non-Executive Director Rangarirai Mathias Mavhunga. The inquiry stems from Mr Mavhunga not disclosing his personal interest to his principal in a transaction between FMC Holdings and NetOne. The case facing Mr Mavhunga In a report by the Business Times, information showed that in 2019 NetOne and […]


Wormable Bug Found for Windows Systems.

Yet more security concerns, this time from Microsoft via TechRadar. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has issued a warning to all unpatched Microsoft Systems. CISA, part of United States Homeland Security, has found exploit code for a “wormable” bug online. Wormable. Originally discovered in a Github post. The exploit code targets a known […]