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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 […]


Windows is now 35: Here are my first memories. What are yours?

Windows is now 35, here’s a trip down memory lane. This doesn’t have to be a soliloquy, feel free to share your experiences with the OS.


Video:This is a $35 fancy looking speaker with a couple of tricks

In this video we check out the Touch Lamp portable speaker. It goes for just US$35 but provides a lot of features for the money. It’s a night light with 7 different lighting scenarios. It’s also a very high quality bluetooth speaker in terms of the sound it produces and the finish of the product. […]


Video: Apple & Google installed a COVID-19 tracker in everyone’s phone

In a bid to fight the spread of COVID-19, Google and Apple partnered up to add a COVID-19 contact tracing feature into Android and iOS. Here is how you can find it as well as how it will work. Quick NetOne, Econet, And Telecel Airtime Recharge Number to recharge: Airtime amount ($): EcoCash number: Buy […]


[Video] Crazy Tech At CES 2020 Part 2

In this video we take a look at even more crazy tech from CES 2020. Heated and cooled beds, A digital piano made out of phones, a machine that harvests water from air. Quick NetOne, Econet, And Telecel Airtime Recharge Number to recharge: Airtime amount ($): EcoCash number: Buy Please dial our USSD code *405# […]


Do Slow Websites Annoy You? Google Chrome Will Warn You

Google Chrome is one of the most popular web browsers out there and for a good reason. The web browser is constantly adding new tweaks and updates to optimize users’ web browsing experience. It was https or SSL certificate issue two years ago that filtered many websites out of presence on Google platform and now […]


How To Watch DStv On 5 Devices At No Extra Cost

If you live in a household that has many people who clash on what to watch on DStv, then you’d be glad to know that you can watch your DStv subscription on 5 different platforms. On these 5 different platforms each person can get to choose what they want to watch on DStv without affecting […]


Microsoft To Close Down Windows Phone 8.1 Store In December

Another nail has been hammered into Windows Phone’s coffin. Microsoft announced that Windows Store for Windows Phone 8.1 will be discontinued on December 16,this year, making the obsolete operating system useless. Microsoft has been slowly leading Windows Phone to its demise. In October 2018, Microsoft stopped accepting the new apps for Windows Phone 8.1, and […]


Apple Accused Of Sending User’s Browsing Data To Chinese Tech Giant. Here’s How You Can Stop It

Do you know Apple is sending web browsing data of some of its users to Chinese Internet company Tencent?I am sure many of you are not aware of this, neither was I, and believe me, none of us could expect this from a tech company that promotes itself as a champion of consumer privacy. It […]


Opera’s Gaming Browser Uses Less RAM and CPU Power Than The Normal Opera

Opera recently announced the GX browser and it’s targeted at gamers and comes with features such as a performance control centre, themes as well as twitch integration. The truth is I’m not a PC gamer so I’m not best placed to review such a product. Because this is the case I’ll just be taking a […]


Apple Releases iOS 13.1, Here’s Why You Need To Update Your iPhone Now

Apple is rolling out iOS 13.1 just a week after the initial release of iOS 13. As announced by Apple earlier, the update will be available to a number of smartphones going right back to the iPhone Special Edition, which was launched 3 years ago. Not only that, even the 7th-generation iPod Touch will receive […]


You May Soon Make Phone Calls From Your Windows PC

Microsoft is reportedly testing a new feature that will enable users to make phone calls right from their Windows computers. Screenshots posted on Twitter byAjith (@4j17h) suggest that the feature is already live in Microsoft’s Your Phone Android app, although, it’s still in the testing phase and is only available to select users. Your Phone […]


This Is What Android 10 Would Have Been Called

During the latest episode of the All About Android podcast this week, Vice President of Android engineering, Dave Burke, and software engineer, Dan Sandler, set the record straight about why the company ditched dessert names for upcoming Android releases. The two guys also spoke at length about a number of different subjects, including gesture navigation, […]


Apple Sues A Start-up For Selling Copies Of iOS and iPhone Apps

Apple is taking legal action against a company named Correllium for making an iPhone emulator. Correllium’s virtual iPhone service allowed anyone to run Apple’s latest operating systems on PC as soon as they get released by paying Correllium. Apple claims that Correllium has been encouraging its customers to sell the vulnerabilities to black hat hackers. […]


5 Must-have Android Apps That Notify You When Your Battery Is Full

Unless you use an app, you won’t get a notification that tells your phone has reached 100% of full battery. Even though overcharging your phone won’t make your phone explode, it’s advisable not to continue charging it after it has reached 100% as I explained before in another article. These following apps will not only […]


Number Of Loyal iPhone Users Declining, Reveals Study

iPhone fans are generally pretty adamant about switching to Apple’s newest mobile hardware. However, a report now suggests that fewer number of iPhone users are trading in their old handsets in favor of a new variant. The loyalty of iPhone users, which includes their retention and upgrading has declined by 15.2% as compared to March […]


Huawei Says Hongmeng OS Is Not For Smartphones, Plans To Continue Using Android

Even with the US-China trade tensions easing somewhat over the past weeks, Huawei continues to work on its in-house operating system, HongMeng OS, which is also expected to be marketed as Ark OS in some markets. Lately, media reports over the past few weeks have consistently claimed that that the new software is being prepared […]


Huawei Files ‘Harmony OS’ As Another Name For Its Operating System

A new trademark application from Huawei suggests that the company has been working on an operating system called ‘Harmony OS’ for smartphones and computers. According to LetsGoDigital, the application was filed with the European Union Intellectual Property Office as well as the UK’s Intellectual Property Office on July 12, 2019, and is classified under: ‘mobile […]


IBM Patents Smartwatch That Can Transform Into A Tablet

While Samsung is struggling to fix its first-ever foldable smartphone, the Galaxy Fold, to relaunch it for the masses, IBM is going ham with the whole foldables concept. The tech giant seems to be jumping into foldables with high hopes and a passion that shows in their latest concept. IBM has apparently patented a smartwatch […]


[Updated] New Smartphone OS Promises To Offer Premium Speeds On Devices That Cost Less Than $100

You may have never heard of CloudMosa before but they are working on a pretty fascinating project? They are calling it Puffin OS and they claim that their smartphone OS will make budget devices that cost less than $100 which compete with flagship and premium device. A statement on Puffin OSs website hails the operating […]


Microsoft Promise They Won’t Abandon Huawei Laptop Users

Worry not if you are a user of a Huawei laptop because Microsoft has still got your back when it comes to providing you with security updates. Yesterday Microsoft confirmed: We remain committed to providing exceptional customer experiences. Our initial evaluation of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s decision on Huawei has indicated we may continue […]


Huawei Will Fully Refund Users If Google And Facebook Apps Stop Working – Report

We all know that the US trade ban on the Chinese giant Huawei has not only impacted the sales of different Huawei products but also tarnished the reputation of the company. The ban has resulted in several US companies cutting ties with the Chinese company, with Google announcing that Huawei will lose access to Android […]