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Verified Twitter accounts hacked in a crypto-scam

Last night Twitter verified accounts were hacked, these accounts included those of prominent international figures and companies Barack Obama, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Joe Biden, Uber and more. The hack left the following post (which had a link): Twitter moved to remove the tweets and suspended some functionality to verified accounts. The initial wave of […]

WhatsApp Business is getting QR Codes, aiming to help businesses extend their reach

WhatsApp recently introduced QR Code contact sharing. They are extending that same service to users on WhatsApp Business. The function is pretty much the same as for sharing contacts. The slight difference in application here is that QR codes for business are, according to WhatsApp, a digital front door. Businesses can display QR Codes outside […]

Twitter is apparently working on a subscription service

Twitter seems to be working on some sort of subscription service model. A job listing on Twitter Careers is looking for a senior software engineer for a new project called Gryphon. “We are a new team, codenamed Gryphon. We are building a subscription platform, one that can be reused by other teams in the future. […]

How close is Facebook to integrating WhatsApp and Instagram in a cross-chat platform?

Last year, Chief Executive of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg said that he wanted to put all their social media holdings under one umbrella. Instagram and WhatsApp have, for the most part, been their own separate entities. The apps themselves are distinctly different from each other but their parent company, according to NY Times, says the underlying […]

WhatsApp update lets you add contacts with a QR code and more

WhatsApp has been testing out a number of new features. The most recent update allows up to 8 people on video calls. This move I think, was a way to meet the video conferencing demands of the coronavirus era. WhatsApp is also working on a search by date feature as well as being able to […]

TikTok caught spying, and they aren’t alone as more apps found accessing clipboard

Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference came with a raft of new features for iOS14 and their other platforms. One of those features (available in iOS14’s beta) lets have control over what information the apps on your phone can access. TikTok and others have been caught out by this feature. The clipboard is one of those things […]

WhatsApp beta news and animated stickers coming soon

In a report by WABetaInfo, WhatsApp has submitted a beta through Google Play Beta Program. WhatsApp’s beta is according to WABetaInfo featuring minor tweak. WhatsApp in a recent update rolled out a shortcut for Messenger Rooms. This shortcut would allow users to access Facebook Messenger Rooms from their WhatsApp. Some users complained about the feature […]

Why are tech giants racing to clone TikTok in their apps?

What can I say about TikTok that hasn’t been said already? Well, for starters it is the app I’m yet to install and play around with because I’m afraid of yet another social media addiction – Instagram is cocaine to me. Anyway, over the last few days it has emerged that a number of big […]

Facebook will tell you when you are sharing an old article

Facebook in a blog post announced that they will be adding a function to notify users when they share an old article. This announcement pairs with a feature they added in 2018 that added context pop on articles. This function would provide users with corresponding news and information about the publisher. So why has Facebook […]

Sasai’s COVID-19 focused Health Status Report feature goes live

Cassava Fintech International has launched the SASAI Health Status Report (SHSR). SHSR is being pitched as a “secure blockchain technology-supported solution”. According to the press material released on Health Status Report, the application which was announced by Strive Masiyiwa last month will enable users to record citizens’ COVID-19 status and enable them to share their […]

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 […]

Fake KFC Zim social media account gets over 10 000 followers in 48 hours

Zimbos love freebies! I have enough experience to state this as fact because whenever there’s a free game giveaway I usually write about that and I see some of your reactions. Recently, though something happened that further illustrates just how much Zimbos love free stuff. An account popped up on Instagram, pretending to be an […]

WhatsApp web will soon have voice and video calls

WhatsApp web is a handy tool for those who usually work from a computer and don’t want to take their phones out every time they receive a message. The only drawback has been that you can’t receive or make calls from WhatsApp web. According to WABetaInfo, WhatsApp working on a call feature for the Web […]

[Updated] Facebook Launches Program To Help Meet Digital Literacy Needs In Africa

A few days ago, Facebook launched “My Digital World” a programme designed to equip the youth and general public across Sub-Saharan Africa with digital skills needed to navigate the digital world. It will be offered virtually this year to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic. We remain committed to equipping young people and the general public across Sub-Saharan Africa with the vital digital skills […]

How Does Your Social Media Activity Affect Employment Chances

Ever imagined something as “silly” as a Facebook comment making you miss out on an important job opportunity? Well, for all you know that could be what’s happening right now as you blame nepotism, witchcraft or your family’s bad luck. Judging from some posts I have seen on social media it is clear that many […]

The Friday Night WhatsApp Scare

I’m sure by now everyone knows about last night’s WhatsApp hiccup. Last Seen, Online and Typing weren’t displaying in chats. When I tried to change any of the privacy settings last night I got this error, Down Detector last night logged a litany of complaints about this issue in the US, UK and Europe. The […]

“Keen”, Google’s New Social Network

Google are back in the social network game. It was only April of last year when they announced they would be ending Google Plus. This new platform isn’t anything like the old, but it’s similar to something already on the market. Keen is a platform created by Google’s Area 120 in collaboration with another in […]

Tweet Your Voice, Twitter Testing Audio Tweets on iOS

Twitter over the years has been expanded the number of ways you can tweet. They have added images, videos, GIFs and doubled the amount of characters from 140 to 280. Sometimes the written word can’t quite communicate exactly what you want to say. We all have our individual vocal nuances and sometimes punctuation isn’t enough, […]

WhatsApp Testing 3 New Features, Logging In From Different Phones To Be Possible

The popular messaging platform is reportedly testing out 3 new features in beta updates for iOS and Android. Multiple Logins The one thing that we all know about WhatsApp is the headache of changing devices. The hassle of trying to back up all the chats and then download them on to a new device. This […]

Twitter Is Testing A New Feature That Prompts Users To Read An Article Before Sharing.

Sharing articles on twitter is, for some, now coming with a new option in addition to retweet and retweet with a comment. Twitter Support tweeted on Wednesday: Twitter are supposedly only going to verify if a user has opened the link on Twitter and nowhere else. I have tried to see if this is working […]

Twitter Rolling Out Stories/Status Feature: Who Asked For This?

So yesterday, I woke up to an unpleasant surprise. Stories/Statuses on Twitter! The first thing I asked myself when I saw this, is who exactly asked for this and it seems I’m not the only one; Now those are just 3 users and you would assume that some users do actually want the feature which […]

Kenya’s Safaricom And Google Join Forces To launch Affordable YouTube Bundle.

Safaricom and Google have join forces to combine their data capabilities to launch an affordable YouTube bundle for Kenyans. In an effort to increase the exposure of their customers during this lockdown period. Safaricom through its partnership with Google introduced the KES 10 Bundle. What is the KES 10 Bundle? “The new daily bundle, which […]

Facebook Launching “Messeger Kids” in Sub Saharan Africa. What Parents Need To Know.

Messenger Kids is Facebook looking at the need for video chat and messaging services from a different angle. There are concerns when it comes to children on the internet or using connectivity apps. All parents want to know if what their children are consuming online is safe and if the apps they use protect their […]

WhatsApp Click to Chat Exposes Phone Numbers

It seems like we move from one security concern to another. Privacy concerns are now run-of-the-mill and exposure lurks everywhere. It was only yesterday there were rumours that journalists could be monitored on the app. Athul Jayaram on independent cyber security researcher from India has uncovered a glaring privacy issue with WhatsApps’s Click to Chat […]

Twitter Reworking How Users Get Envied Verification Badge

Twitter verification is one of those tiny things people usually like to set them apart from “commoners”. Soon you might be able to actually request verification and boost your social standing (it’s kind of funny that the world works this way, but hey I don’t make the rules). Jokes aside though, Twitter is working on […]

Is Twitter The Best Crowdfunding Platform For Zimbabweans Right Now?

I think it’s fair to say crowdfunding in Zimbabwe is pretty difficult if not actually dead. The first problem you encounter when trying to run a crowdfunding campaign be it for business or for donations is that most Zimbos don’t have access to the existing platforms for crowdfunding. Most don’t have foreign currency to donate […]

Facebook Transfer Tool Goes Global

Facebook has announced a global roll out of their Transfer Tool. This feature had been launched in North America in April, with staggered releases elsewhere. You can now, if you wish, move your media from Facebook to Google Photos. At Facebook, we believe that if you share data with one service, you should be able […]

“Chapters” From YouTube Lets You Scroll to Specific Points in a Video

YouTube Chapters is a feature that lets the viewer skip to specific points in a video like reading the chapters of a book. This is especially helpful with lengthy video essays where the viewer, for whatever reason, wants to view a particular portion. There was a soft roll out of this feature in April and […]

Facebook Finally Lets You Delete Old Posts in Bulk

Facebook has finally delivered. If there was content you posted years and years ago that is, for a lack of a better word “cringe”. Now you can delete it through Manage Activity. Whether you’re entering the job market after college or moving on from an old relationship, we know things change in people’s lives, and […]

Hash Tag Charity: Companies Abusing Mbambaira/Bread Kid

All my colleagues disagree with me. You my reader will probably disagree with me. That’s OK, my hope is that we can debate this. I saw the excitement on Twitter several days after the kid had trended. If you’re like me and had not seen this before, let me take you through what happened: Enter […]