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#Twimbos, Twitter is calling.

Twitter has grown in leaps and bounds this year and Zimbos finally seem to have got a “handle” on it. Although, no official user stats are available on Zimbabwe (ZARF says 2%), Twitter has become the main social network for many Zimbos, or should I say #Twimbos. Although I only have 131 followers to show […]

ZBC is broke! Yeah, whatever

Yesterday morning we woke up to the news that ZBC is broke (insolvent.) OK those among you who are surprised please raise your hands. I wonder what the management expected. Strangely enough the Deputy Minister for Information, Media and Broadcasting services Honourable Supa Mandiwanzira was “shocked” when he discovered that ZBC’s books were this bad. […]

Some Zimbabwean brands with the worst Facebook pages

We have before listed Zimbabwe;s top Facebook business Pages here, so when we came upon this list by a local blogger, Tinashe Nyaruwanga, we found it quite interesting. Nyaruwanga lists what he has found to be the worst Facebook pages in Zimbabwe and amoung them you’d expect high brands that would be expected to execute […]

E-cigarettes: a panacea for Zimbabwe?

Health officials say tobacco smoking is the largest cause of preventable death on the entire planet. Lighting up a cigarette increases the risk that you or those constantly around you are at risk of contracting a multitude of diseases and health complications such as heart attacks, strokes, emphysema, bronchitis and cancers ( cancers of the […]

Alpha Media hosts digital marketing workshop for marketers

Today we attended an Alpha Media organised workshop where the company brought together marketing managers, media managers and other professionals in the industry to discuss the need for marketing people to understand digital platforms and the opportunities there. There were 5 speakers at the event who all did a great job (I’d say that, I […]

Keeping up with the Jukwas, Twitter goes mainstream: 2013 tech review (Social Media)

2013 has been seen Zimbabwe explode with breakthrough after breakthrough in technology. A lot has happened with new innovations taking root, changing our lives in the process. As we draw closer to curtains down for 2013, this will is the first in a series of review of headlining tech issues that took place in 2013 […]

Zimbo making waves with solar powered hearing aids

Botswana based electronic technician and social entrepreneur Tendekayi Katsiga has been quietly making waves globally with his product, Solar Ear, a solar-powered hearing aid. Tendekayi Katsiga is the founder and C.E.O of Deaftronics, a company that is manufacturing the world’s first solar-powered hearing aids. The inspired idea came in 2009 when Tendekayi Katsiga had an […]

Econet Solar to power 125,000 homes with Home Power Station (HPS) by 2014

Following up on a story we published on Econet’s Home Power Station a few days ago, we have since received additional information from their PR company that will add more perspective. Econet Solar International (ESI) announced at the AfricaCom conference that it plans to light-up at least 125,000 homes with its Home Power Stations® (HPS) […]

With 200,000 local users, should local firms be looking to advertise on Linkedin?

Just yesterday we got a call from an associate asking how he could advertise on Linkedin. Our initial reaction was why would someone in Zimbabwe want to advertise on Linkedin when Facebook offers a wider audience. Infact, we initially we thought it was not even possible to advertise on Linkedin from Zimbabwe. Linkedin is the […]

Photo sharing app Instagram to come to Windows Phone shortly

We have no idea just how many of you out there are Windows Phone owners. Maybe a few stubborn enterprise fellows that swear by their PCs that Microsoft will rule forever despite the market truth. Anyway, Microsoft and Nokia finally succeeded getting an Instagram app for their phones. Instagram is the app that mass-marketed photography. […]

Econet introduces unlimited Facebook access for $3 a month

This is ofcourse something we have wished for a long time now that mobile operators would do. It just makes business sense; social business for us subscribers that is! Econet announced yesterday that they have introduced an unlimited access to Facebook promotion that will last until the end of February next year. As part of the promo, subscribers will eat all they can of Facebook for either 95 cents a week, or $3 a month.

Press Release: One month to go until hypercube hub opens its doors

Harare, Zimbabwe  –  On Wednesday November 13, Hypercube Hub will open it doors for the first time, and follow up with a number of launch events planned for the rest of the week. The events will include a launch party on Wednesday evening, followed by SuperHyper, a fast paced two-day hackathon, and will close off with a Kickoff event on November 17 for […]

Rent or buy Facebook friends?

Not long ago someone asked an interesting question in the answers forum: How did Baba Jukwa get his seemingly huge following? It would appear the answer was just plain simple old sensationalism. This made me curious however, how do other businesses and organisation achieve social networking fame aside from notoriety (which might explain why a […]

LinkedIn to help students prepare for college with new University Pages

Today, the globally popular professional networking site, LinkedIn, announced the introduction of University Pages, a set of tools targeted at helping school going members choose the right university/college and ultimately a career more effectively.

Some people DON’T like these promotional SMSs

I was really hoping my phone would buzz and display that famous message, “EcoCash: Transfer Confirmation. $$$ from…”. I really needed that money and then I heard my phone buzz. With much enthusiasm I pressed the middle button and to my distress again it was a promotional SMS from Econet. I took a very little […]

Zimbabwean travel and tourism websites you may want to visit.

Zimbabwe is a beautiful country endowed with great sites for sole eyes. Our country simply offers some of the best tourism destinations in the world. With that in mind we decided to go through the internet in search of websites that do justice to Zimbabwe’s beauty and add convenience to a traveller who is planning […]

At least 1.1 million active Facebook users in Zimbabwe

We don’t have to employ work arounds anymore because Facebook allows targeting Zimbos now. if you have tried to advertise on Facebook over the past couple of weeks you will know that Facebook says there’s an estimated 1.1 million active Facebook accounts inn Zimbabwe. The exact figure this morning is 1,140,000. Of those, 65% are male the tool says. men have more access to tech tools than their female counterparts?

Where to find Zimbabwe 1st TV on the internet: Streaming, YouTube, Facebook

Zimbabwe 1st TV went live yesterday as promised. But they are not just beaming to free-to-air satellite TV decoders, the channel is available for online viewing. The channel can be viewed as streaming service you Ustream, viewed as recorded shows on YouTube, and followed on Facebook to the parents’ rescue

Let’s be honest, when it comes to technology most parents are, well, “dumb.” At least that is what most teenagers think and it is hard to argue against this. Many a study have shown that younger people have more friends on social sites such as Bebo, Facebook and Twitter, that they make more updates including intimate details and pictures of themselves; play more video games; go to the movies and parties much more often and are early adopters of technologies.

Local bargains ad service, Bargain Buddy, grows rapidly on Facebook

In less than a month, a Facebook page dedicated to bargains in Zimbabwe has attracted more than 9,000 new followers and more than 3,000 people ‘talking about it’ at a time on the social network. The rapid growth, according to the owner of the page Sean Steyn, is indication that people are finding it useful and that there’s a healthy market for an online bargains service locally,

Barns, the internet, a #263chat TweeT@ble, Baba Jukwa & an election

In October 2009, a few posts into the founding of this blog, we attended a function where media professionals and politicians were discussing “Free Expression and Freedom of the media” in Zimbabwe. We were quite surprised however that in discussing media and expression, no one mentioned the internet or mobile phones.

Zim mobile operators on social media: Econet surpasses Telecel in popularity

When we listed Zimbabwe’s most ‘Liked’ pages on Facebook late last year, one company was clearly conspicuous by its absence from the list of companies and brands that had the largest following on the social network; Econet. This despite that offline, the company commands one of the highest, if not the highest, customer base in the country.

Some WhatsApp alternatives for feature phones & Android

WhatsApp is not the only WhatsApp out there. There are dozen other apps that run on smartphones and others on feature phones that achieve the same end in more or less the same way. So we thought we’d just list a few you can try and see if you like.

263Chat live Twitter event: How Zimbawean politicians use social media

Ever wondered how many Zimbabwean politicians use social media to connect to the people they are supposed to represent. Ever wondered which ones and how they use social media? How many blogs, are on Twitter, Facebook, post YouTube videos etc…

biNu rebuilds Android app to improve user experience

If you’re one of the more than 100,000 people that have downloaded biNu’s Android app, you were probably only pleased with the app page load speeds, processing etc.. but likely disappointed with an un-smartphone like feel.

Facebook Home, Mark Zuckerberg and the next 5 billion devices

When Facebook unveiled yesterday what was supposed to be the Facebook Phone but ended up just being more a pervasive app (or shall we call it a launcher), we found the following by the Facebook chief standing out.

Zimbabwe Stock Exchange finally launches website; a really useful one

We’re just from a Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE) event where the local exchange was launching a web portal. The new website comes online after close to 2 years of being down. From our first impressions we almost want to say the wait was worth it, which we shouldn’t say because 2 years is a long long time.

C2 Media launches Zweely, a network of local sites & mobile apps

C2 Media, a local digital design & development company, has launched a network of local web and mobile properties. From information on the Zweely website, a common feature of the properties will be an emphasis on mobile and social. There’s also clear emphasis on appealing design (to us at least), something C2 clearly excels at.

WeChat is better than WhatsApp

Just before Christmas I got a sponsored link on my Facebook wall begging me to download and install an application called WeChat. I normally don’t look at those invites, no matter how tempting they sound. But being on my annual leave on a hot, slow December afternoon, I just thought, why not have a look.

Want some Zim comedy on mobile? Carl Ncube just released an app

We didn’t know about version 1 but we’ve just been notified of the second version of Carl Joshua Ncube’s app and after briefly checking it out, we loved it. Well, the Android version that we used at least. There’s an iPhone (and other devices) a Windows Phone version of the app as well. It’s all content on CJN in one place to make him more accessible.