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Here’s How You Can Install Google Chrome Extensions In The Opera Browser

I use two browsers; Chrome and the underrated Opera Browser. One of the more irritating aspects of using Opera is the fact that the Opera web store has an extremely weak selection of extensions. It borders on unacceptable but this doesn’t move me away from Opera entirely as they have other cool features that I’m […]


Google Has A New Search Engine Meant To Help Journalists & Researchers Access Sets Of Data! You’re Welcome Google

If you live in Africa, one thing that you have probably noticed is how hard it is to access information. This is doubly the case if your goal is to access quality information. Google is looking to address this huge pain point and the search giant is making it easier to both look for and […]


We Redesigned Techzim But Forgot To Tell You How To Get Around The New Site

So, about two months ago we radically redesigned the look of Techzim to suit the new direction we were pursuing as a business. What we didn’t do however is walk you through this new redesign. The downside of being part of the team working on a new product is that you assume (wrongly, might I […]


Google Chrome Turns 10 And Brings With It A New Redesign And Some Features

For companies, anniversaries work a bit differently than the way it works for people. Whereas people expect gifts when they reach a certain milestones, for companies milestones are usually a test to see if they can remain relevant and actually keep innovating. This was the case with iPhone when they reached 10 last year and […]


Content Creators, YouTube Titles With All Caps Are A Very Bad Idea

If you upload videos on YouTube you may be tempted to put out some videos that capitalised titles. “It will definitely draw a viewer’s attention” you tell yourself as you hit the upload button. Well, it turns out using titles that are entirely capitalized is actually a terrible idea. And this is coming from YouTube’s […]


All The USSD Codes For EcoFarmer Trading Platform In One Place

Yesterday Econet made some huge changes to their EcoFarmer platform. They added a club membership feature that comes with a wealth of features and one of the more interesting additions is the EcoFarmer Club Trading Platform. This trading platform will allow farmers to sell their crops and livestock from the comfort of their phones. You […]


Here’s A List Of The EcoFarmer Club Functions & USSD’s Codes In One Place

EcoFarmer just launched the new (and very promising) EcoFarmer Club membership programme and under this program farmers will have access to many different services and products. With such a broad list of functions we thought it might be helpful to have them all in one place. In this article, we won’t be talking about how […]


[Update] Zimpapers Television Network To Livestream The 2018 Election Challenge Court Proceedings From 9 AM

There has been a lot of questions about Zimbabwe’s Election Challenge and chief among them is “where can I follow the proceedings?” It seems, ZBC is hell bent on ensuring that there is a limited amount of coverage of the ConCourt Hearing. Luckily enough, Zimpapers has ties to the national broadcasters and they got permission […]


If You Have An Xbox Here’s How You Can 3D Print A Light-weight Steering Wheel For Your Console

This here article is for people with 3 particular characteristics and those are; you own an Xbox One, you love racing games and lastly, you love experimenting. If you tick all the boxes then this is going to be very exciting for you.   As someone who loves racing games, you would know that driving […]


Snapchat Might Finally Be Fixing Their Android Application

If you’re a Snapchat user you’ll know exactly why Snapchat needs to fix their Android. The application doesn’t work anywhere near as seamlessly as the iPhone version of Snapchat. Picture’s look much better and the application is generally much faster on iOS as compared to Android. The gap is huge to the point where it […]


You Can Now Send Emails That Self-Destruct On Gmail’s Android App, Real World Mission Impossible!

Apparently, as far back as May Google rolled out a feature they were calling Confidential Mode to desktop users. This missed me entirely, but seeing how important email is in most of our workflows the introduction of Confidential Mode to Android was great news which allows us to talk about this feature Confidential Mode allows […]


Whatsapp Partners With Google To Bring Unlimited Cloud Backups Via Google Drive

In an unlikely but welcome union, WhatsApp has joined forces with Google to ensure that Google Drive backups on the cloud become unlimited to WhatsApp users. I’m sure at some point we’ve come across a prompt on WhatsApp to backup chats, and the prompt also asks if backups will be stored locally or on Google […]


Smart Harare Is A Platform Which Allows You To Report, View Or Discuss Local Problems

It’s become common place for general conversations to turn to the ever lowering standards in our capital. Time and time again you hear people lament just how deplorable things have become. Platforms such as Smart Harare aim to act as a mediator between residents and the city council. Using Smart Harare, locals can report matters, […]


If You Bought Golix Tokens, You Have 2 Hours To Claim The Unsold Golix Tokens, Here’s How To Go About It

Golix recently ended their ICO and though they did not sell all the tokens that set out to sell, the remaining GLX Tokens are going to be distributed among those who participated in the token sale. In a blog post Golix gave instructions as to how these tokens can be claimed: Open the Ethereum wallet […]


Here Is How To Open A Diaspora Account On Steward Bank’s New Diaspora Platform, ‘Square World’

Yesterday, Steward Bank introduced a “mobile banking solution designed for Zimbabweans in the diaspora” called Square World. Through Square World, the diaspora is able to access a host of banking services (they previously didn’t have access to) by opening a Diaspora Account. Now the question is, how to open the Diaspora Account? First off, download […]


Here’s A List Of All Econet USSD Codes In One Place

We recently made an article on how to transfer airtime on any network and what I realised in the comments section is that even though this is not the most exciting content to write and on the readers side it’s not the most exciting read you can find on the blog, what cannot be questioned is […]


How Much Does It Cost You To Rent A POS Device For An Event From A Bank?

The ongoing cash crisis in Zimbabwe is being tamed by the use of plastic money (debit and credit cards) (through POS devices) and mobile money. The problem is that not everyone has the capacity to accept plastic money for the simple reasons that POS devices are expensive and there is are too many requirements (for […]


Google Removes Irritating Conversation View From Gmail’s Mobile App

You may think you don’t know ‘conversation view’ but trust me, you do. If you use Gmail, you’ve probably opened up a recently received email and before you know it you’re going through a thread of emails with the hopes of finding the mail you just got. That, ladies and gentleman is conversation view for […]


Google “For Jobs” Now Available In Zimbabwe; A More Convenient Way To Look For Jobs?

We are usually excited when new features are made available to Zimbabwean. However, we are more excited when we stumble on these features by ourselves without a tip. Anyway, today was one such day where we stumble upon a new shiny thing and that thing happened to be Google’s streamlined Job search feature. Earlier this […]


How To Transfer Airtime On Any Network

I am pretty sure that we constantly need to transfer airtime to other people. So what do you do in the event that the airtime you want to send is not in your mobile money wallet (i.e EcoCash, TeleCash and OneMoney) but in fact in your balance? Well it’s a pretty simple process and after […]


Google Knows So Much About You: Here’s How You Can Limit Or Delete What They Know

I think all of us use Google services in one way or another, be it Search, YouTube, Gmail, Google Maps or a host of other services from the tech titan. Because of the fact that that Google is embedded in many of the services we actually use on a daily basis, there is no doubt […]


Election Results And Amateur Commentary/Discussion Via WhatsApp

So a number of members of Techzim’s WhatsApp Community groups kept asking for links to Pindula News Groups where they could get the election results. We then thought maybe there are a number of Techzim readers who are looking for such WhatsApp groups. If that’s you, just click the link(s) below or copy the link(s) […]


With Zimbabwe’s Election Underway Here Are Some Of The Hashtags You May Want To Follow On Twitter

For every Zimbabwean, today is a special day and I have no doubt you are as hyped as I am about our Presidential Elections. If you are stuck in a queue or you have already voted, you may want to get a grasp of what’s going on elsewhere and so, we’ve compiled some of the […]


Election Updates? Follow The Pindula News Live Blog, You Can Also Contribute To It

Today is the big day and so far indications are that Zimbabweans are turning up to exercise their democratic right and responsibility in very big numbers. Cool stuff. Our team at Pindula News is running a live blog of what’s happening across the country: images, video clips etc. You can check out the live blog […]


Follow The 2018 Elections With Our Selection Of 12 Twitter Accounts For The Latest News

We have selected the top 12 Twitter accounts for following the latest Zimbabwe election news and, so you can keep up with all the surprises and polling throughout the campaign as they happen. This is not meant to be a comprehensive list of the biggest or best-known accounts. But these are the Twitter accounts that we judge […]


How To Come Up With A New Business Idea

I have been to many business workshops and everyone says that for you to be successful you need to solve a problem. Which is true but I think now our thought process is how can I make money? Oh yes by solving a problem. Which problem can I make the most money from in the […]


[Updated] Here’s All There Is To Know About US Dollar Cards That Work Online

A lot of people have been asking us about means with which they can buy online. This article is for you. For all those who would like to make online payments (yes even buy things online) and those who want to travel but do not want to travel with large sums of money you can […]


How To Buy Shares On Web, Mobile App Or Even With Kambudzi Via USSD On The C Trade Platform

The ability to trade on Zimbabwe’s capital markets through digital channels is a great deal. Buying and selling of public company shares has just gone mainstream especially because this can be done using even the most basic of mobile phones without needing to access the internet. In Zimbabwe we call such phones tumbudzi in plural […]


All The 20+ Steps To Register To Trade Shares On C Trade Using Kambudzi (USSD)

We used a smartphone to go through the USSD registration on C Trade. Using a feature phone without a qwerty keyboard was too taxing, a colleague now hates me for asking that she goes through it. We also wanted to use screenshots so a smartphone was the only way. Please read the accompanying article that […]


Disturbing Internet Content? How To Protect Your Child

With our children using the internet more and more to watch their favourite cartoons or do their homework, we worry that as they are doing this they will stumble upon disturbing images or videos. Lucky for us  we can minimize the likelihood of this happening using a kid search browser called Kiddle What is Kiddle? […]