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Smartphone makers don’t make all their components in-house. They buy some from companies like Samsung and Sony

Did you know that Samsung makes the displays on iPhones and Sony makes the cameras used by most top-tier smartphones? Heck, the Snapdragon 8 Gen-1 series of processors, the most potent Android processors out right now were being made by Samsung. Smartphone manufacturers or OEMs do not manufacture every component found in their phones in-house […]


EU forces Apple to switch to USB-C by September 2024

Apple has been using Lightning since the iPhone 5 which is quite a long while back. During that time, most Android and even Blackberry devices were using MicroUSB and later migrated to USB-C. Apple has been nothing but lightning. This is something that the EU is not happy with saying it’s inconveniencing consumers and contributing […]


Xiaomi 12s Ultra concept has a built-in Leica lens mount!

Xiaomi announced their concept, the 12s Ultra, with the highlight being their partnership with Leica. Outside of professional camera circles, Leica’s popularity was brought about by its collaboration with Huawei for the camera system. That partnership has since ended thanks to a lack of Google services destroying sales of Huawei devices globally. So Xiaomi came […]


Chrome support to end for some Windows users

Chrome has decided to end support for older Windows versions that include Windows 7, 8 and 8.1. This makes Chrome version 109 the final version of the world’s most-used browser to support these older versions of Windows. In a blog post on Google Chrome Support, they stated that this end of support falls in line […]


Xiaomi Electric screwdriver review. Almost perfect

I am a tech head which naturally means I am also a tinkerer. I literally repair all my stuff and I have been for a while now. This little toolkit has been a big help. My trusty screwdriver set since 2016. I’m not gonna lie it was super cheap, something like 5 dollars or so […]


Intel Arc GPUs bringing the fight to Nvidia

This one is for my tech heads. When you are looking for a performance PC, you would know that the more serious the machine is, the less integrated the system is. What do I mean? Well, lower-tier computers will have one processor handling everything. By everything I mean the computation tasks and the graphics stuff. […]


iPhones in Zim can now connect to 5G thanks to iOS 16

We had a collection of Apple devices announced last week and if you missed it we had the latest heap of iPhones with the highlight being that US versions of the iPhones are ditching the physical sim slot. So it’s only a matter of time till other regions get the same treatment as well as […]


What’s the best Xiaomi speaker under $70?

Right. You are a Xiaomi fanatic and you are thinking about which is the best speaker to buy. Well, I have 3 of them for 3 different types of people, and all of them each go for less than US$70. And I am able to play with these thanks to the really nice people at […]


Cool new things in Windows 11 beta Build 22593.1

The latest beta build of Windows 11 which is this one 22593.1 is out and I have been pushing some buttons. Here are all the new bits. Groove Music Player is dead RIP to the Groove music player. Say hello to the Media Player. What it does is it curates your audio and video library […]


Wordle: simple game that even you might code went viral and then sold for over US$1m

What can one do to kill a bit of time? There are literally thousands of things one can do but how many of those are simple, a bit challenging, not time consuming and can be enjoyed with millions of people across the globe? Well Wordle is all those things. Wordle is a web-based daily word […]


Windows 11 on a phone. Dudes using cars to mine bitcoin! What the__?

There is a lot of cool stuff happening around the world and here I talk about some of that. There is no particular theme, just random stuff you might also find cool. Ya man, Jamaica pon di e-currency Whilst we drag our feet here in Zimbabwe, Jamaica will be rolling out its digital currency this […]


I walked 2 489Km in 2021!

That is an average of 7.45Km a day. 223Km a month. An inside joke at Techzim states that I am the resident road runner and obviously that comes with a shoe bill worth some hefty chest pains.


Huawei Watch GT2 Major software update. All the new features!

Welcome to 2022 everyone and it’s new year new software update for the Huawei watch GT2. It just got a very major update that’s brought in a collection of visual and functional improvements


Android 10 still most popular (in Zim too,) even as Android 12 is rolling out

Zimbabwe, like all of Africa, is Android country. Just over 85% of the mobile devices in the country run Google’s Android operating system. That is no surprise, Android is great. It is also helped by the fact that there are many options, at every single price point. Whatever your budget, there is an Android phone […]


The EU must go after the broken Android ecosystem next

There is no denying it, the Android ecosystem is completely and well broken. Without external help, it’s doubtful that Google and the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) in charge of the Android project will ever get it fixed. I am talking about the issue of updates and patches. Right now everyone does pretty much what they […]


Logic L63 review. A tough sell

Astro decided last year that it was going to do something different with it’s smartphone lineup. The Astro brand was to be dedicated to their premium smartphone offering and the newly announced Logic brand was to focus on the affordable side of things. We are yet to see something from their premium line of smartphones […]


GTeL Infinity 9 review. Tough Competition

On this one, GTeL went with the approach of if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. They improved on one or 2 things from last year’s Infinity 8s


How to download and add Google fonts to your Ubuntu desktop

I am constantly preaching about how Ubuntu and Linux in general is awesome. The truth though is that no desktop operating system is perfect and one area in which Windows has Ubuntu beat is the number of fonts you get by default. Most people who use Windows never even stop to think about it, but […]


Tecno Phantom X review. It’s got all the right boxes ticked

The Phantom line is Tecno’s most technologically advanced lineup of smartphones and the Phantom X I have here is probably their best execution of a Tecno flagship smartphone to date. It has an uncompromising look and feel to it even though some compromises were made to make it what I would call a flagship killer. […]


Windows 365 is live, very expensive and unnecessary

Microsoft’s promised Windows 365 is now live. You can now stream a Windows 10 (Windows 11 is coming later on) desktop from the cloud and use it from whatever device you are using. It’s an enticing prospect until you consider the price tags attached to each plan and the somewhat underwhelming specs that are on […]


PC users bombarded with fake Windows 11 installs

It has been weeks since Microsoft announced its latest operating system Windows 11. This will be the successor to its popular Windows 10 operating system that was originally launched in 2015 and has been subsisting as a sort of rolling release. The thing though is that there is no Windows 11 just yet. This is […]


Microsoft launches Windows 365: Windows in the cloud

It’s now official, Windows 365 is now a thing. Starting next month you will be able to buy a subscription to a virtualized Windows desktop that includes apps, data and settings as part of Windows 365. Initially, the service will allow you to run a remote Windows 10 desktop but eventually, you should be able […]


You can now download Linux Mint 20.2, here is what’s new

Last week the Linux Mint team rolled out Linux Mint 20.2 which is based on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS hence the version which is 20.x. This iteration of Mint is nicknamed Uma as per their tradition. While Ubuntu uses an adjective and endangered animal name, Linux Mint versions have almost always been named after goddesses. If […]


Windows 11 setup & 1st impressions. It’s made for touch

Windows 11 is out, it is very touch friendly and looks like an evolution of Windows 10 so it has some familiarity to it. I’d love to highlight that the Windows 11 I am taking a look at is the leaked version so I’d advise you to wait for the official release unless you don’t […]


The new Linux Kernel supports Apple’s M1

The Linux community prides itself on the fact that Linux runs on anything from a mundane smart thermometer, Android smartphones, the smart system in your car, the server powering your favourite website or streaming platform and now we can add Apple’s M1 onto that extensive list. The latest kernel release version 5.13 comes with preliminary […]


What is a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) & why it’s important for Windows 11

Trusted Platform Modules (TPMs) have been around for a while. A lot of laptops and even phones built after 2006 come with a TPM inside them. This has been happening for 15 years with no one the wiser. Laptop sellers never bothered to mention what version of TPM a laptop had until now. Thanks to […]


Most people will have to buy a new computer if they want to use Windows 11

Microsoft has published the hardware requirements for Windows 11 and much to everyone’s dismay it seems most Zimbos will have to buy a new computer if they want to run/upgrade to Windows 11. The good news is that Windows 10, the current version of Windows on most people’s computers, will be supported until October 2025. […]


Android Apps on Windows 11 will not be the big deal people think it is

Every time a new version of Windows rolls off the Redmont factory there is a lot of excited chattering from its fanboys and a lot of eye-rolling in the Linux community. This is because more often than not, touted “improvements” and “innovations” that come in the new Windows versions are things the Linux community have […]


Video: Cool gadgets under $150

It’s actually 9 gadgets anf in this video we have split them into categories that include wearables, home entertainment and grooming & hygene. There is an assortment of them from smartwatches and sound bars to hair trimmers and soap dispensers and each product goes for less than 150 bucks.


Video: Dell Inspiron 15 7577 disassembly

In this video we go through the process of taking apart the Dell Inspiron 15 7577 gaming laptop down to the bare motherboard. It’s quite a task seeing that there are 3 layers of screws and pieces you need to take apart before you get to the motherboard. Quick NetOne, Econet, And Telecel Airtime Recharge […]