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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 […]


Google Meet Rolling Out Noise Cancellation Feature.

Zoom’s astronomical rise during stay at home orders has forced many of the big tech companies to push their own existing or develop new conferencing software. Google has been hard at work in this respect. They are trying to make Meet the conferencing platform of choice. Back in April Google announced: “Over the past few […]


Are We Any Closer To Universal Internet Access In Zimbabwe?

The Pioneers of the Internet may have had early imaginings of what their contributions would do to change global communication. They couldn’t however have imagined the scope and scale their work would reach. In the second decade of the 21st century it’s anyone’s guess why the internet hasn’t yet been classified as a public utility. […]


WhatsApp Click to Chat Exposes Phone Numbers

It seems like we move from one security concern to another. Privacy concerns are now run-of-the-mill and exposure lurks everywhere. It was only yesterday there were rumours that journalists could be monitored on the app. Athul Jayaram on independent cyber security researcher from India has uncovered a glaring privacy issue with WhatsApps’s Click to Chat […]


Mukuru And Metro Peech Launch Grocery Service For Zimbos In SA To Send Groceries Home

It would be an understatement to say that things have been difficult. Prices of basic goods and services have been on the up and it has been hard for everyone to keep up. That’s saying nothing of the availability of some basic goods. In light of this Mukuru has launched “Mukuru Groceries“. The service will […]


Helping Our Heroes, Zimbabwe National Covid Action Trust (ZINCAT)

The sacrifice that everyone has made to ensuring that we limit the spread of the Coronavirus hasn’t been praised enough. Zimbabweans have had to endure strife after struggle even in the best of times. The need to earn a living is the preoccupation of the majority. It is hard sometimes to remember that there is […]


“Blinkist” Sound Bites, An Alternative Way To Catch Up On Your Reading.

Reading lists are one of those things that most of us populate but very few of us, constrained mainly by time, can really get to. There is just so much going on and so much that has to be done. Even in our downtime, it sometimes takes a lot to engage with an author’s ideas. […]


On Demand Rental, Rentoza Is A Startup That Allows You To Use What You Can’t Afford To Buy

You can’t always buy what you want, but with Rentoza, you can get what you need when you need it. Forget about buying stuff and say hello to renting with Rentoza. Rentoza We have all, to one degree or another, been in a situation where we needed an accessory for a special day. Sometimes it’s […]


Covid 19 Update

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Facebook Transfer Tool Goes Global

Facebook has announced a global roll out of their Transfer Tool. This feature had been launched in North America in April, with staggered releases elsewhere. You can now, if you wish, move your media from Facebook to Google Photos. At Facebook, we believe that if you share data with one service, you should be able […]


“Chapters” From YouTube Lets You Scroll to Specific Points in a Video

YouTube Chapters is a feature that lets the viewer skip to specific points in a video like reading the chapters of a book. This is especially helpful with lengthy video essays where the viewer, for whatever reason, wants to view a particular portion. There was a soft roll out of this feature in April and […]


Facebook Finally Lets You Delete Old Posts in Bulk

Facebook has finally delivered. If there was content you posted years and years ago that is, for a lack of a better word “cringe”. Now you can delete it through Manage Activity. Whether you’re entering the job market after college or moving on from an old relationship, we know things change in people’s lives, and […]


AFGRI Launches an Equipment Rental platform “AXL” (South Africa)

AFGRI Agri Services on May 20th, 2020 launched a farming equipment sharing platform called Axl. This a platform that seeks to give farmers across South Africa an easier means of acquiring equipment that for some farmers is expensive to purchase. What is “Axl”? In a nutshell, Axl allows farmers to find, rent, and pay for […]


ZOL Wibroniks Network Maintenance

ZOL has announced that it is going to be running nationwide maintance of their Wibroniks Network from the 3rd to the 17th of June Here is the statement they sent to their Wibroniks customers: The scheduled dates for maintenance for each area are: Harare 3 – 6 June 2020 Bulawayo 7 – 9 June 2020 […]


UPDATE: ZIMSEC’s RESPONSE

I’d like to thank Nicky Dhlamini for her time in answering some concerns I, and I am sure parents and guardians have. I’m sure this doesn’t cover everything and the ZIMSEC website should have more information and contact details. What does this release mean for Schools, Students and Parents? “The press statement was prompted by […]


Zimsec June Provisional Exam Dates Released. November Registration Extended

Last night the Zimbabwe Schools Examination Council (Zimsec) released the provisional dates for June examinations and extended have the registration period for November examinations. The dates they set on their press release are as follows: ” Ordinary Level – Tuesday 30 June to Monday 20 July 2020 Advanced level – Tuesday 30 June to Thursday […]


Your Zesa Charge Will Not Be Cheaper If You Pay At The Beginning Of The Month

Zesa’s systems were overloaded yesterday because there was some confusion surrounding the Lifeline Charge. What is the Lifeline Charge? “ZETDC further advises customers that the lifeline tariff is enjoyed once a month when they make the first token purchase of units ANY DAY during any calendar month, therefore it is not true that electricity is […]


ZESA Payments Back Online

You can now purchase ZESA tokens. After the difficulties they faced over the last couple days, their payment system is back up and running. Update: If you can’t get through on your mobile device or any other remote payment, check in with your supermarkets, reports are that payments were being processed there. Buy ZESA tokens […]


Econet Community Covid Response

Econet has given an update on donations received thus far (Day 64), they have raised ZWL $1 355 528.02 from 8225 donors. Thank you to all those who have given so generously. The fight against Covid 19 is going to be a collaborative effort, for anyone wishing to help the cause go to any of […]


eCommerce in the Pandemic

“We were very surprised by the appetite of consumers for products that are sometimes expensive. We were very surprised that we could find a way to make the deliveries happen. A lot more positive than negative things were happening. I’m very bullish about e-commerce in Africa because what is unique in this continent is you […]


Upcoming Tech Virtual Conventions June 2020

As we are all too well aware the Coronavirus Pandemic has greatly disrupted how we all operate. More and more industries are employing everything at their disposal to make it so that products, services and events are delivered to stakeholders and consumers in the safest means possible. This year has been a down year for […]