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How To Get A 41% Discount On Airline Tickets In Zimbabwe…

The price of bitcoin in Zimbabwe is significantly higher than it is in other places around the world, so if you want to buy something outside Zimbabwe that has a similar price in Zimbabwe, then you can take advantage of the difference in the price of bitcoin between the two countries, to get a discount that is proportional […]


How to set up a Bitcoin wallet for personal use

The last time Techzim wrote about Bitcoin basics, we got a request from Intrigued asking for a follow up article on ‘how to set up Bitcoin for personal use’. The best way way I figured to attack this is by talking about Bitcoin wallets and most importantly how to set it up. We briefly talked […]


How To Pay For Tollgate Fees Using EcoCash

EcoCash recently partnered with Zimbabwe National Road Administration (ZINARA) to allow you to make payments for tollgate fees using the popular mobile money platform, EcoCash. The payment method is now available at all tollgates across Zimbabwe. So if you’d like to start paying for tollgates using EcoCash, you might be wondering how to do it, […]


How to shop safely on BE FORWARD (beforward) Avoid scams and fraud!

So you have decided it is time to buy yourself a well deserved car and you have made BE FORWARD the site of choice. You have heard a lot of satisfied BE FORWARD customers narrate their success stories but you have also heard of those that were scammed. Let us discuss what you need to […]


How to register to vote for the 2018 harmonised elections

This story was originally posted on Pindula  (reshared with permission) The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission announced that it does not have a Voters Roll and that all prospective voters who want to exercise their right to vote in the 2018 harmonised election will have to be registered using the Biometric Voting Registration (BVR) system. Just for emphasis, […]


How to buy Telecel or NetOne airtime using EcoCash

They say necessity is the mama of all inventions, so when the going gets tough instead of just whining some people find solutions. Cash is a problem, no doubt. We’ve tried to go with plastic money but things like airtime are still not so easy to swipe for particularly if you don’t intend on buying […]


How to send money from Zimbabwe to South Africa? Study 263 uses Bitcoin to help you do that

With the recent cash crisis that has hit Zimbabwe, it has become more difficult for you to send money from Zimbabwe to South Africa. It’s become difficult because most of the companies that make the transactions easier like Western Union and Mukuru are now strictly accepting USD. Well, Study 263, a new startup, aims to […]


In light of Jonathan Moyo’s email hack, ‘how to protect my Gmail?’ might be a question you have…

So recently Jonathan Moyo, a prominent and outspoken Zimbabwean politician, had his Gmail account hacked. Given how he is a professor and he was hacked, how do we ordinary people secure our Gmail accounts from those who seek to get our data? Here are some things you could do to get started on building a […]


You Can Now Register A Company Online In Zimbabwe

It is now possible to conduct a Name Search and register a company online as some know already. The convenience of no longer being required to make the trip to the Companies Registry office is much appreciated. This is especially convenient if you’re not located in Harare or Bulawayo, which are the only two cities […]


Here’s how to watch YouTube videos without using much data

YouTube Go is an app that aims to help people who are in countries with either expensive data or poor Internet connection to view YouTube video without breaking the bank. If you’d like to use it, you can always download it from unofficial sources as it is not yet available in Zimbabwe from the Google playstore. […]


How to make DStv subscription payments in Zimbabwe (July 2017)

We reached out to several banks inquiring about how to pay for DStv using their services. Some banks that we couldn’t get in touch of are Stanbic, Steward, Barclays and FBC. These are are the latest Multichoice Zimbabwe DStv subscription payment options as of  31 July 2017. Quick NetOne, Econet, And Telecel Airtime Recharge Number […]


Ever wondered how to post videos longer than 30sec on WhatsApp?

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Tuning Your Intel Graphics Card In Ubuntu 16.04

Eons ago I wrote a guide on how you can install Intel graphics drivers on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. That guide is still good and it should still work but with a few caveats which we will examine below. I have subsequently discovered that further tweaks and tuning are required in order to get that perfect graphics […]


How to WhatsApp: Posting videos to the status

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How to WhatsApp Video #1: Posting pictures on the status

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The infamous ransomware WannaCry and how to guard against it and others like it

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How to protect yourself from massive cyber-attack #WannaCry FAQ

Internet users globally, are under threat of a massive cyber-attack identified last week that is spreading, and Zimbabwe is no exception. To help people stay protected we have created a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the attack as well as ways you can stay safe. First, what is this attack exactly? The massive started spreading globally […]


Ransomware QnA with experts: Everything you need to know & how to be safe

About 3 months ago, Techzim attended an IT security workshop in Harare where a local IT networking and cyber-security company called Procomm spoke about the rise in ransomware attacks targeting companies in Zimbabwe. Ransomware, like other types of  cyber-attacks, is something that’s not discussed much in the public in Zimbabwe. Companies and individuals get attacked, they resolve […]


Econet Kombi WiFi Zone bundle prices… How to buy & how to use

Econet yesterday launched Kombi WiFi, a service enabling subscribers to use WiFi when travelling in a kombi. In addition to buying WiFi bundles to use the service, subscribers also get 100% free WiFi data for every purchase of any regular Econet data bundle. Here are the data bundle prices for Econet WiFi Zone bundles:   How to buy […]


How to pay online everywhere using EcoCash VCN

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How to make DStv subscription payments in Zimbabwe (April 2017)

These are are the latest Multichoice Zimbabwe DStv subscription payment options. Updated April 2017. 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. {{error_message}} {{error_message}}


Ecobank MasterPass. Check out what it is and how to use it.

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WhatsApp status is back! Here is how to use it.

With the frustration of many of you from the new temporary form of the WhatsApp status, your cries have been heard. We give you the old status. 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 […]


How To Buy Goods On Amazon From Zimbabwe…

In the Techzim WhatsApp groups almost on a daily basis someone asks where they can buy the cheapest cellphones or tablets. My usual response to this is AliExpress, where I’ve written numerous posts on how someone can go about it. There are a few minor setbacks with buying using this model though: your package takes between 6-8 […]


Your WhatsApp has changed? Here’s how to use that new Status feature

WhatsApp’s new Status feature which was announced earlier this week has finally started showing up on a lot of people’s phones. The feature, which has been automatically rolled out to all users has changed the way WhatsApp looks. If you missed the news and are wondering what the fuss is all about the new WhatsApp Status […]


Facebook launches Bots Developer Challenge for Middle East & Africa with cash prizes & mentorship. Here’s how to take part

If you are a developer in Africa or the Middle-East, Facebook has extended a challenge to you. The company is holding a competition to encourage the development of innovative bots for its Messenger platform. Called the Bots for Messenger Developer Challenge it’s been announced as a contest which will recognise and reward developers who are able to […]


WhatsApp’s two-step verification is now available to all its users. Here how to enable it

Towards the end of 2016, WhatsApp, the hugely popular instant Messaging service introduced two-step verification to some of its beta users as part of an added security measure. Since then some users on Android and Windows have already activated it but a few days ago WhatsApp rolled out the feature to all its 1.2 billion […]


How to Protect Your Privacy on Smartphones

Smartphones have become incredibly popular in the last few years, and virtually everyone has either used one at some point in their lives, or they regularly do so. The reason is obvious; they’re incredibly useful and entertaining, there’s a wide array of apps that you can upgrade your phone with that make your life infinitely […]


Experiencing poor service or disappearing airtime & data?- Here’s how to submit these complaints to POTRAZ

We’ve all had that bad Zimbabwean telecoms experience before – a poor connection over a voice call, disappearing airtime and data or even delayed responses for requests made for assistance. Instead of just complaining about this and other types of bad service on Twitter or venting in a private WhatsApp group the best thing is to actually […]


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 […]