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WhatsApp now lets you join group calls while they are in progress

WhatsApp has started rolling out a feature that allows you to join group calls while they are in progress. It’s kind of like what you can do with conferencing software like Zoom or Google Meet. So now you don’t have to be added to a WhatsApp call and you can flit in and out as […]


Zimbabwe versus South African WhatsApp data bundles

WhatsApp data bundles are a practice I don’t agree with, however, no matter what I think they are a part of our lives. One thing I have noticed though is that whenever I am in a group with ordinary non-tech Zimbabweans in South Africa, the South African based people there seem to always whine about […]


WhatsApp multi-device is now in beta, we are getting closer

One frustration that I have with WhatsApp (and I think I am not alone in this) is how you need to have your phone connected to the network in order to use the desktop or web app. Sometimes my phone would be out of power or might be having connectivity issues even though the same […]


How payment solutions are revolutionising WhatsApp and enhancing customer experience

The modern customer expects the process of engaging with a brand to be simple and easy. It is a long-accepted norm that the only way to achieve the level of service that delivers this convenience today is through digital channels. For this reason, organisations understand that they need to move with innovation in order to […]


This upcoming WhatsApp update will please media fanatics

One thing that annoys me about WhatsApp is how it automatically crunches or compresses the images and videos you send. What you send is not necessarily what the person on the other end will get. In casual environments that’s not a big deal, compressing images means that they can be transmitted faster, WhatsApp gets to […]


Hotbox the WhatsApp chatbot that replaced Duta is now at 300K users

The was once a WhatsApp service called Duta that shut up shop on WhatsApp in late 2019. This service was particularly useful because you could get sports news and many other updates through it. When it went away it left a void in the market that needed filling and up stepped Hotbox which has been […]


Smart KaMbudzi phones can now make WhatsApp voice calls

If you are not from Zimbabwe then the title might be a little confusing. What we term here as a KaMbudzi are those very simple phones that allow you to make calls, SMSes and other basic functions. The smart version of the KaMbudzi are feature phones that can onboard apps like WhatsApp, YouTube, Facebook and […]


WhatsApp to introduce flash calls as a way of verification

Those who have had issues when it comes to verifying/logging into their WhatsApp after completing an install already know that there are two ways to verify your WhatsApp installation. There is the usual SMS verification where WhatsApp sends an SMS to your phone. For the most part, this is automatic, WhatsApp automatically detects this SMS […]


WhatsApp multidevice support is coming in two months

Multi-Device support is coming


How to turn WhatsApp voice notes into text

Have you ever been in a situation where a friend or colleague sends you a voice note but you can’t listen to it? This might because there is a lot of noise where you are or you don’t have earphones and you don’t want the contents of the conversation to be audible when you put […]


Zim’s first WhatsApp exclusive drama is going to be like a family Group Chat

Is this going to change content consupmtion in Zim?


WhatsApp Privacy Policy: here’s what will happen if you don’t accept

You can still use it but WhatsApp is going to throw you back to 2009 in terms of functionality.


“Sent my 6 digit code by mistake” text is from hackers trying to gain access to your WhatsApp

On your toes ladies and gentlemen. Vanhu vaya vatanga…


Two important updates coming to WhatsApp soon

The need for speed.


WhatsApp will soon allow iOS to Andriod chat migration

Looks like the folks at WhatsApp are ramping up the features to appease their disgruntled users as the Privacy Policy deadline looms.


First Capital introduces Alisa, their own support bot

Say hi to another chatbot


WhatsApp Outage: Another case for a unified Telegram, Signal & WhatsApp bundle

It would have been nice to be able to switch between WhatsApp to Telegram without having to worry about data when the former had an outage


India tells High Court to block WhatsApp privacy policy change

Africa could learn a thing or two…


WhatsApp is tweaking its disappearing messages timer

Telegram and Signal are doing disappearing messages better…


Hi-insure allows you to order vehicle licences via WhatsApp & delivers to your doorstep

Hi-Insure is WhatsApp based vehicle registration and licencing service that will bring all your registration disks to your doorstep for free


WhatsApp should bring back the annual fee option

A paid tier for WhatsApp would probably make more money for Facebook than what it will get from the data it will use to send ads


Setting a passcode will protect your Whatsapp from new wave of account hacks

Enabling a passcode or two-factor authentication will protect your WhatsApp account from the new wave of hacks or account hijacks


WhatsApp adds biometric authentication to PC and web

WhatsApp has finally added fingerprint and Face ID biometric authentication to its Web and PC platforms.


Telegram is toying with WhatsApp chat imports

Telegram is toying with a feature that will allow users to import their WhatsApp group and private chats.