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Join the chorus of complaints, Facebook and Instagram are down right now(Update)

In case you were wondering, you aren’t the only one experiencing this. Facebook and Instagram are down right now and it’s happened globally. The two social platforms haven’t been accessible for more than half an hour now, something that hasn’t been explained as yet. It’s safe to say that the majority of Zimbabweans are feeling […]

Using WhatsApp Web for business? Here’s something to keep in mind

In case you missed it last week, your friendly neighbourhood application and chat tool, WhatsApp, released a PC based tool. Called WhatsApp Web, it allows you to access the Instant Message (IM) platform from your PC as long as your account stays active and connected. Besides the cheers from the slew of people that can now exhaust […]

Facebook Lite launched in Zimbabwe, SA, Nigeria & 5 other countries

Our first reaction when we read that Facebook has launched a new Facebook Lite Android app, was that this is old news because it exists (or existed) already. So we searched and found this – a simple version of the Facebook website that was trialed and shut down in April 2010 – and this – a Facebook java app […]

Where are we now with LTE in Zimbabwe?

4G/LTE always gets people in telecoms excited, and for good reason. Faster connections and efficient networks are everything. Even though it has been singled out globally as the mobile tech advancement that should come front and centre in a mobile world that will be all about better mobile internet, the uptake of 4G on the local front is […]

Why do “naughty” apps like WhatsApp Plus thrive anyway?

It’s official: WhatsApp is cracking the whip on unofficial third party services that have been riding on its success to give users of the instant messenger a different experience. Last night several users of WhatsApp Plus, a hugely popular modded version of the IM platform, were served with a 24 hour ban for violating terms […]

Have you been banned from WhatsApp? Blame it on WhatsApp Plus

There’s a group of WhatsApp users that have been complaining since yesterday actually. Their favourite instant message has banned them from accessing it. If you have seen this notification it means that you have been using WhatsApp Plus. This is an unofficial version of WhatsApp that accesses WhatsApp servers and comes with a host of […]

The Nokia 215: Will it save Nokia and make Microsoft an African brand?

If you follow tech, missing out on the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) highlights is a bit of a downer. There are a lot of things that come from each edition that push the envelope in the world of consumables without focusing too intensely on mobile tech. There is a lot to digest especially for an expo that comes so early […]

Enough with pathetic government websites, can’t something be done already?

This is going to sound pretty obvious to a lot of people who don’t see anything positive coming from our country but Zimbabwe has a lot of pathetic government websites. Yes, that’s right, I said it. The moment you mention something remotely critical about the government some people get a bit uncomfortable. However I felt I had […]

Just how ready are we for internet dating in Zimbabwe?

Long before social media received a global definition from Mark Zuckerburg’s Harvard dormitory experiment, a lot of people had been experiencing the opportunity of the internet as huge meeting place for potential partners and social connections through online dating. The phenomenon has changed dramatically (to think it used to be email only) to incorporate social media […]

Podcast: Zympay & remittances, Human IPO, P.O BOX Videos and NetOne Airtime

Here is the latest edition of the weekly Techzim Podcast. As we always do, in this episode we touch on the trending topics from the local tech scene. Under discussion was the P.O BOX Videos viral sensation and its use of social media, the departure of Steward Bank CEO, and how it has come in […]

How the P.O BOX videos are exploiting the opportunity of the internet

Creating great content is never easy, especially when you are trying to do it as something more than just a hobby. Your material has to be relevant, fresh and worth the audience or market’s time. When you’ve nailed that, you can then turn to tech to present it to the world for you. Which is what the […]

The 5 gaffes in the 2014 Zimbabwe technology space

Before we do the countdown to the new year and start living through those New Year’s resolutions, we’ve decided to take a look at not only the winners and losers, but also the embarrassing moments from the Zimbabwe technology space that we’ll gladly leave behind this year. Here are just five faux pas from 2014. […]

Five things that will (some we wish won’t) happen in digital media in 2015

2015 will be important as far as digital media is concerned. This year has already set a solid foundation for digital media so 2015 will be the year that we will see more products and traction on already existing digital media products. There are some things that are due to happen like digital migration of […]

Enough with the Econet bundles and promos already, just lower the tariffs please

If 2014 is going to be remembered for anything in broadband services, the bundles sensation has to be one of them. Well, three bundles actually, when you count the Facebook Bundles (Telecel got into those this year), WhatsApp Bundles and the Econet Opera Mini bundles introduced a couple of months ago. We even had internet service provider […]

Special Edition Techzim Podcast: 2014 in review plus our festive season giveaway!

This is a special edition of the Techzim Podcast that marks the end of the year 2014. In this episode we review the successes and failures in tech and what stood out for us locally and internationally in the world of technology. Topics discussed include broadband advances for the year liker the rollout of fibre, gadgets […]

Customer service meets digital through social media

I was recently invited to present a paper on customer service in the digital era at a conference that was held in Johannesburg, South Africa. I focused on how brands can effectively utilise digital tools in the delivery of great customer service. Customer service has emerged as the key differential in the extremely competitive environment […]

Special Edition Podcast: Talking tech and music with Tehn Diamond

One of the features of the second edition of the Startup Weekend Harare was a special “Elevator Pitch”  acapela performance from local Hip Hop artist, Tehn Diamond. This was the same pitch that he went on to perform at Emerging Ideas’ Pitch Night. Tehn has a fascination with technology and startups, and how the internet has […]

Technology and music: making a profit after the disruption

Managing any business has more than its fair set of challenges even if the formula for getting it going seems simple. You’re supposed to identify a need, create a solution/product and pass it on to the customer who will pay for it. But what happens when the customer doesn’t have to pay to get the […]

The WhatsApp news feed is more relevant & engaging than the Facebook one

Recently, I realised I don’t use Facebook that much anymore. I use Messenger everyday yes, but the main Facebook, the newsfeed, I just find too noisy and full of content that’s not helpful to me. Of course this noise is a result I caused myself by careless adding and accepting friends that are not friends and ‘liking’ pages with […]

TV Yangu nominated for 2014 Social Media Awards Africa, seeks votes from community

Local Video On Demand startup TV Yangu was recently nominated for the 2014 Social Media Awards Africa. TV Yangu works as a video service that aggregates afro-centric content from Zimbabwe and other countries. The Social Media Awards Africa identify noteworthy contributions in social media and digital media with contestants drawn from throughout the continent. They are […]

#Tweet4Free: looks like the Econet free Twitter promo is being extended again

After four months of free Tweeting the Econet free Twitter promotion extended to all Econet  subscribers is set to come to an end on the 20th of November, tomorrow. Judging from the #Tweet4Free trend that Econet has started on Twitter to gauge interest in the promotion, it doesn’t look like free Tweeting is going away […]

Entrepreneurs’ mind fuel: 5 must-reads for tech startups

Entrepreneurs always have a huge appetite for success which is fueled by different thoughts, beliefs and circumstances. Tech startups, or rather, the people behind them are no different. To stoke this drive and ambition, it’s always good to pick the minds of others who have walked the entrepreneurial journey and look beyond your immediate environment. […]

Podcast: Zimpapers goes digital, Ecolife and Zvirikuflaya with FlyAfrica

Here’s our latest edition of the Techzim Podcast. In this episode we discussed the return of Ecolife and whether or not it is going to move the market. We also looked at Zimpapers’ aggressive move into paid for online publishing and their new sports news platform as well as the FlyAfrica Zvirikuflaya media campaign on social media. Are […]

How to win a year’s worth of air tickets with a Zvirikuflaya video

The last time we spoke about budget airline FlyAfrica, we were remarking on the pricing that had floored competition and sounded too good to be true at $9 a flight. This time the country’s cheapest airline has caught people’s attention thanks to a very creative marketing strategy which it is rolling out on social media […]

How to enhance the “aboutness” of your website

Many company websites suck from a user and search engine point of view. This is because more emphasis is placed on aesthetics than on the website’s “aboutness”. A company that does not have an effective website that helps in making its products and services visible is not different from a company that does not have a […]

Another free Twitter promo, what’s the idea behind it though?

This week Airtel Kenya made the news because of a free Twitter promotion being extended to its subscribers from now until January 2015. Subscribers will have unlimited access to the micro blogging site through web browsers and the official Twitter Android or Windows Phone apps. This is hardly a new gig. Similar free Twitter promos have also been […]

Facebook financial results at a glance: it’s all about ad revenue and mobile

Yesterday Facebook reported financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2014. The figures posted by the social media giant showed a strong performance across several areas despite losses from its IM acquisition WhatsApp. Revenue for the third quarter came to $3.2 billion which was a 59% increase from last year. Advertising revenue was a cool $2.96 […]

Ebola in Zimbabwe: people take action through social media

If there’s one thing that everyone will agree with, the thought of Ebola in Zimbabwe isn’t just disturbing, it’s terrifying. It’s hard to forget how we struggled with Cholera in 2008, and easy to imagine the horrors that can will accompany any sign of this virus on our doorstep. Although the state has “beefed up its efforts” […]

Meet Ello, the social network promising to be the anti-Facebook

At this point in time, building a social network from the ground up seems unlikely. We still have a love-hate relationship with Facebook, a complicated relationship with Twitter and a small house with a few others (hi Google+, looking great). But someone out there has had it with the way these corporations are turning us […]

How Google+ will improve the visibility of your digital assets

  It is often punted that Facebook is a universe and other social networking platforms are just planets living in it. This might seem to be an indisputable truism as the numbers back it up. However, considered in isolation, the figures alone are a wrong determinant of the efficacy of a social networking platform. Other much smaller platforms provide […]