Zimbabwe and regional technology news and updates

Beware of these Whatsapp messages that will crash your app

There have been reports of WhatsApp messages that can crash the application. These messages are said to come in the form of vcards (the way we can send contacts on the platform) as well as just general messages. There was a similar issue a couple of years back when users reported on the “Black-Dot message“. […]

Video: How to spot an online scam

Online scams can’t seem to die and with how chaotic the economy is in Zimbabwe, they are now the breeding ground for people looking to get a quick buck. They vary from ZAR3500 worth of Pick n Pay vouchers to 50GB free data for any network valid for 60 days. In the video we explore […]

EcoSure launches Pamwepo/Sisonke funeral cover for churches & social groups

EcoSure recently unveiled a new package (EcoSure Pamwepo/Sisonke). As the name suggests the package is targeted at groups. EcoSure’s press material states that the package is “an effort to ensure that churches and other social groups have access to affordable insurance cover.” Pamwepo/Sisonke package is targeted at social groups “to ease the burden when a […]

Video: How to open up and upgrade an HP Envy 17t laptop

In this video we take apart an HP Envy 17t and take a tour of what’s inside a laptop. We are replacing the old battery with a new one, upgrading the 128GB NVMe SSD to a 500GB NVMe SSD, removing old thermal paste and applying new one and lastly removing dust from the fan, heat […]

[Update] Just in case the internet is switched off, make sure you have a VPN ahead of time

As reported earlier Professor Jonathan Moyo alluded to the internet being shutdown on Friday the 31st of July. In the event that something of this nature occurs, it would be prudent to download a VPN (Virtual Private Network) app beforehand. A Virtual Private Network extends a private network across a public network and enables users […]

You have a Whatsapp-based business? Here’s how to share catalogues with potential customers

Embracing WhatsApp as your e-commerce storefront comes with a number of things to learn. WhatsApp Business isn’t like the normal WhatsApp and there are a number of features made with eCommerce in mind. Catalog are one such feature. Business owners can use the feature to create a mobile storefront that shows off the products or […]

This Microsoft app helps you recover deleted files

Ever been asked for pictures by someone only to realise that you actually deleted them? Yeah, that sucks. Microsoft is trying to minimise such experiences and has launched an application on the Microsoft Store called File Recovery. The application doesn’t only recover photos but also videos and other file types so it has many use […]

Here’s how to calculate how many ZESA units you’ll get every time you purchase

When you think of Techzim, what comes to mind? Do you think we are a news publication first or a tech company first? Well, WE think, no wait we are a tech company first and we love to build things. That’s why we have built the ZESA Calculator. The calculator as you’ve probably assumed by […]

How to track the amount of time you spend on your PS4

If like me you’ve ever wondered why there’s no place on PlayStation Network(PSN) for users to check how much time they’ve invested into different games – there’s a solution. It’s really a hack but it will work well enough since Sony has refused to add this feature natively. The tool is called PS Time Tracker. […]

Video: We are ready to ditch the cables, Huawei EMUI desktop

With the Huawei PC manager you can manage and control your Huawei smartphone via your computer all without the presence of any wires. It’s not perfect but it’s ready enough to replace your USB cable. Quick NetOne, Econet, And Telecel Airtime Recharge Number to recharge: Airtime amount ($): EcoCash or OneMoney number: Buy Please dial […]

Video: How to unlock blocked Econet SIM card

Ever locked your Econet sim after 3 failed attempts at guessing the pin? What if I told you that there is a very simple way of getting access to your PUK number Quick NetOne, Econet, And Telecel Airtime Recharge Number to recharge: Airtime amount ($): EcoCash or OneMoney number: Buy Please dial our USSD code […]

Getting your business online isn’t hard. Here’s how to get started

A few months back, Strive Masiyiwa once blogged, “Whether your business is selling tomatoes, used clothes or a budding tech startup, you need to have a website.” Let’s take a much closer look at this, applying it to a Zimbabwean context and also factoring in the costs to set-up and maintain each. Website, mobile app […]

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 […]

Video: DroidVPN and free data. How does it work?

This is an explainer video on how DroidVPN works and why it’s used to access the internet for free. 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. […]

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 […]

How To Find Your Laptop/Smartphone’s Serial Number

Back in 2017, one of our writers wrote an article on how you can find a lost or stolen phone but at the time we made a simple but glaring omission. We failed to include instructions on how to find the IMEI (more commmonly referred to as serial number). Now, is as good a time […]

I Lost My Chats & Contacts Switching Phones, Avoid That Pain By Doing This

6 days ago I bought a new phone – if you have nerdy side that obsesses over gadgets you’ll already know how blissful that experience is. As with any beautiful story there are some humps along the way and mine came whilst setting up the new device. I won’t bore you with the details of […]

ZOL Subscribers Need To Reconfigure Their Modems During Latest Maintenance Upgrade – Here’s How

Last week, ZOL announced a 14-day network maintenance update commencing on the 3rd of June and lasting until the 17th. Some Wibroniks subscribers will have to update their routers to ensure that they continue getting optimal service after the update. Which subscribers are affected? Subscribers with the following antenna and router will be affected; GreenPacket […]

How To Use WhatsApp Messenger Rooms Video Call Feature

With the latest WhatsApp beta (early preview) update integrating Facebook Messenger’s Rooms conference calling feature – corporate organisations, schools and churches might be considering adopting the feature as part of their routine during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are the basic ways to create a conference call, join a call as a creator and join a […]

Hiring A Developer? Devcenter’s Free eBook Could Be Of Use

Last December, we shared Devcentre’s State of Code Jobs document which shared interesting insights on Nigerian software development trends. The startup has now released a 2-part eBook giving tips on Hiring developers. The document titled 7 Mistakes Managers Make When Hiring Nigerian Developers explores the Nigerian context but I felt most of the information I […]

Interested In Discounts When Shopping Locally? Done Deals Wants To Provide Plenty Of Those

Done Deals Zimbabwe, a start-up based in Harare, has announced the launch of what they are terming “Zimbabwe’s first discounts and promotions e-commerce platform”. The website, as its name implies, features carefully curated deals and promotional offers from leading brands across the country. The concept is simple: Save money on health and beauty, retail, travel, […]

Google Chrome’s Tab Groups A Godsend For Productivity Junkies

Those of you running Google Chrome’s latest version (v81 at the time) and upward will be happy to know that Chrome now has a feature that allows you to group tabs together. The aptly named Tab Groups feature gives you the ability to keep related tabs together in groups, making it easier to keep sites organised […]

[Video] 5 Cool WhatsApp Business Tricks You Didn’t Know

WhatsApp business looks very much like the ordinary WhatsApp and makes people ask the question of what exactly is the difference. There are quite some differences but in this video we will look at 5 of them that will help improve the way you market your products on WhatsApp as well as how you keep […]

How To Turn On WhatsApp Dark Mode

An update rolling out since yesterday now means every single WhatsApp user – yes even you without WhatsApp beta- can now activate dark mode if you update to the latest version of WhatsApp. Activating dark mode is extremely simple and just a few steps: Open WhatsApp Press the 3-dot menu option in the top right […]

November 2019 ZIMSEC O’Level Results Out Now, Check Them Online

Zimbabwe School Examination Council (ZIMSEC) has released the 2019 Ordinary Level examination results. The Council announced that the candidates recorded a 33.9 % pass rate adding that results can be collected from respective examination centres from Thursday 23 January 2020. Exam candidates will be able to access their results from 6PM by going to the […]

[Video] 4 Ways To Buy Any Airtime Using EcoCash

This is a guide on how to buy airtime for any network using EcoCash. Techzim is offering the service on 4 platforms. Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Techzim Market App and Techzim Market Website. Quick NetOne, Econet, And Telecel Airtime Recharge Number to recharge: Airtime amount ($): EcoCash or OneMoney number: Buy Please dial our USSD code […]

How To Activate Android’s iMessage Alternative And Send Text Messages Using Data

iMessage and default messaging services are a huge deal in the United States where WhatsApp and similar alternatives are not as big a deal as the default messaging clients that come preinstalled on the phone. How big of a deal can it be? Well, it’s big enough for people to want to have their Android […]

How To Buy From OK’s Online Store

OK Zimbabwe launched their eCommerce store and whilst its not in a perfect state right now, they launched a guide on how to effectively make purchases on their online store: Sign up for an account or log into your account Search for the product you want When you find the product state the quantities that […]

Here’s How To Easily Install Dark Mode On WhatsApp Web

WhatsApp and its web counterpart have been hinting at releasing a dark mode version of the popular application for well over a year now but the official dark mode is nowhere to be found. If you use WhatsApp web we found an easy hack that will allow you to activate a darker theme on your […]

{Updated} Here’s How You Can Buy Netone & Telecel Airtime Using EcoCash On WhatsApp

Update: We have changed the WhatsApp number to 0717684274 Buying Netone, Telecel or Econet airtime from us just got easier. Instead of walking up to a street vendor (who charge a premium) to buy airtime scratch cards, you can easily buy any network’s airtime with EcoCash straight from your WhatsApp in the comfort of your […]