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Here’s how to unbox the opportunity of the internet

Seconds from 2017, without planning to, I went on a Google search to find something brand new to take into the new year with me. In the last few months of 2016, I had adopted a new habit. Whenever I was getting “no’s” from people to my ideas or suggestions, I would say to myself […]


How to check if your WhatsApp will work on your phone in 2017

Just to set the record clear, there are some devices that will no longer be supported by WhatsApp at the beginning of 2017 (1 January) and some that have had their support extended until 30 June 2017. The devices no longer supported from 2017 onwards are: Android 2.1 Android 2.2 Windows Phone 7 iPhone 3GS/ iOS […]


Not feeling ZBC or DStv? – here’s how to watch “unlimited” TV for $11 this holiday season

The festive season is in full swing and by now everyone is in holiday mode. An essential part of this season is some great entertainment that can fill in all those extra hours you have and help pass the time. That’s where TV comes in. Usually, this means subscribing for a Dstv bouquet, setting up […]


Here’s how to make your current TV a smart TV

Here’s how to make your current TV a smart TV.


How to rent a POS swipe machine for the day for any event, function or fund raiser

If you are a local business, organisation, entrepreneur or individual there are now a few options to rent out a POS swiping machine for the day for any kind of event, function, business or organisational activity that requires transactions or sales to be made. Techzim knows of two local banks offering a daily swipe machine […]


Forget the recycle bin, here’s how to really delete files from your computer & phone

When you delete your files the regular way in Windows and Linux they are not really gone and if someone came along soon enough they can recover them. Even the rm -rf command does not really delete files. When you “delete” the file the file deleting utility simply makes the file invisible and marks that part of the operating system as available.


Data saving tips – here’s how to stop Windows 10 from hogging your precious bandwidth

Frustrated by all those operating systems updates? Here are some tips on how to stop Windows 10 from hogging your precious bandwidth.


Secure your stuff – here’s how to prevent unauthorised access to files on your hard drive

The sad truth is that unless you have consciously taken the effort to secure your computer, a Linux distro less than 200 MB and basic command line skills is all it takes to defeat your long complex password.


Ministry of Education’s online enrolment system for Form 1 places goes live – here’s how to use it

According to information which has been shared today (10 December 2016) parents and guardians who are applying for boarding school places (through the system) should apply over the next 3 days. They will receive feedback via SMS by Monday 12 December 2016.


How to enable EcoCash Rand Account as a normal customer, merchant, or agent!

Earlier today EcoCash unveiled its EcoCash Rand Wallet which allows its customers to cash in and cash out in South African Rands with a separate account from your normal USD wallet. Here is how you can set up your new EcoCash Rand Account: As a normal customer: Dial *151# Enter your EcoCash Pin Select Option […]


How to send, receive and install apps via WhatsApp on your Android device

The process of sharing applications through WhatsApp has become quite popular in Zimbabwe so we have decided to do a short how-to-guide on how to send, receive and install applications sent via WhatsApp. To Make the process easier (especially for first timers) we recommend using ES file explorer. The methods might seem a bit hard but […]


How to apply for Telone Center For Learning Bachelor Of Engineering (Honours) Degree In Telecommunications Engineering

Today was the official launch of Telone’s Telecommunication Degree. For those who wish to further their Telecommunications knowledge and skills, here is how to apply. Application Process An application fee of $50 non-refundable. Certified copies of National I.D as well as CV. Specified Educational Certificates. These can be submitted to any of the following: Telone […]


List of Banks you can link your EcoCash with, how to do it, and the other half still resisting intergration

With the current cash crisis still looming over Zimbabwe, most people are turning to EcoCash as their only hope of getting some much needed hard currency. However, most money is still being held up in bank accounts, which presents a bit of an issue when you need hard currency. The only way to maintain your […]


How to hotspot and share your social media bundles

image credit- market success Tethering is when you turn your smartphone device into a mobile WiFi hotspot and share your internet connection with other devices. Once tethering is turned on any device with wireless capability is able to connect to the internet via your smartphone, consuming whatever data provisions you device has. With tethering, you […]


How to activate LTE on your NetOne line, its type and why they use USIM over SIM cards now

Yesterday, TechZim was able to spend the day with a member of NetOne‘s Network Optimization team and an Engineer from Huawei Zimbabwe (NetOne’s network infrastructure vendors) to test mobile internet speeds around Harare. Apart from the speed test, we were able to ask a few questions on NetOnes elusive LTE connection shedding light on a […]


Zimbabwean startup Zivo learning is pitching at DEMO Africa 2016 right now – here’s how to catch their live presentation

The Zivo learning team DEMO Africa 2016, this year’s edition of one of Africa’s largest startup conferences and launchpad for the continent’s new businesses is happening in Johannesburg South Africa right now. Set over two days (25-26 August 2016) its given 30 startups across Africa a chance to pitch their startup ideas to investors, potential partners, […]


Twitter suspends 360,000 accounts for abusive content, plus how to report tweets and accounts

Twitter has suspended 360,000 accounts for violating its prohibitions on violent threats and promotion of terrorism over the past year. The move is in line with its  public policy that aims to combat any subversive content. According to their official blog statement, daily suspensions have surged by 80% , with a significant rise suspensions occurring after terrorist […]


Finally: here’s how to receive money through PayPal in Zimbabwe…

For a couple of years now PayPal has been ‘active’ in Zimbabwe. Yes, some of you that are across rivers and bridges may sigh and say ‘big deal, so what?’, but this has been a struggle for us, not only as residents in Zimbabwe, but even for mere visitors to our land. Getting paid through […]


Here’s how to transfer money without paying heavy bank & EcoCash charges

Even after the recent downward review of the bank charges, the truth is that RTGSs (and people looking to access their cash have to make a lot of them) at $3 a transaction, are still quite expensive to do. And ofcourse EcoCash still charges the sender up to $7 for a $100 transfer to an unregistered number […]


How to introduce your kids to programming the easy way this school holiday

This post should have come right at the start of the holidays, but better late than never. In fact, it’s given me time to try things out which means less theory. Like most of you reading this, I have school going age relatives who spent most of the days on holidays playing PC games, mobile games, […]


How to run your own URL shortening service

URL shortening is the practice of shortening URLs (often known colloquially as web addresses). This is often achieved by taking a very long URL for https://support.google.com/webmasters/?hl=en#topic=3309469 and shortening it using a redirect domain, for example https://goo.gl/suDzce.


How to get all of Netflix’s content in Africa

If you signed up for Netflix when they went global yesterday becoming available from Angola to Zimbabwe, you were probably disappointed to find that all the shows you expected to find are not there. Shows like House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, Breaking Bad… all the good recent stuff. The reason is that […]


How to run Linux in your browser

If one of your resolutions for 2016 is “learn/brush-up on Linux”, but you’re (already) feeling too lazy to set up Virtualbox or a HD partition, rejoice, for you can boot up and run Linux (CLI) in a browser tab.   Don’t believe me? Checkout http://jslinux.org/. It’s not a remote connection to a Linux session running […]


How to encrypt files using PGP on Windows

Here’s a quick guide on how to encrypt files using PGP on Windows.


These Bulawayo techies are sharing info on how to hack a bank

Some people might recognise the name Owasp, a global non-profit organisation that works on improving software security. The Owasp Bulawayo chapter, in partnership with tech incubator, SkyHub, will be holding an event called “How To Hack a Bank Using XSS”.


How to capture supernatural photos using an iPad: A guide by Prophet Bushiri

The audience is awed as self-proclaimed man of God, Bushiri captures “super natural” photos. Not so long ago there was a lot of controversy here over the story of Saith Technologies. A good number in the audience, myself included, were unconvinced by this talk of “micro-sonic devices” and inventions that “defy the laws of physics”. I […]


Now that Windows 10 has been officially launched, here’s how to get it

Windows 10 has been made officially available to the whole world. If you are on the Windows Insider program Windows 10 should be fairly simple to upgrade to the official release if it has not done so already, otherwise a few simple steps will get you the free upgrade available for the next one year.


Want to verify the sender of that e-mail? Here’s how to set up DKIM signing on your server

DKIM (DomainKeys Identified Mail), makes use of a pair of private and public keys to electronically sign mail. Any server implementing DKIM can, therefore, verify that the email came from the origin that it purports to come from.In this article, we look at how you can configure your email server to sign your outgoing emails using DKIM.


Here’s how to make your Ubuntu Desktop beautiful

if you are bored by your Ubuntu desktop there is a way to change it. This is a step by step guide on how to customise that Linux desktop.


Here’s how to get WhatsApp voice calling: Download this update & we’ll call you

So the news today is that in some parts of the world WhatsApp has opened WhatsApp calling invites to everyone using Android. So like some of you, we now have the latest WhatsApp calling feature. We’re calling each other already at the office! If you’re on Android, it’s not hard to get it too. Here’s how: Download the […]