Techzim https://www.techzim.co.zw Zimbabwe and regional technology news and updates Sat, 20 Apr 2019 13:12:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.1.1 https://www.techzim.co.zw/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/cropped-techzim-site-icon-32x32.png Techzim https://www.techzim.co.zw 32 32 12207343 Strive Masiyiwa Advises Zim Businesses To Price In Rand, His Math Is Wrong BUT He May Still Be Right https://www.techzim.co.zw/2019/04/strive-masiyiwa-advises-zim-businesses-to-price-in-rand-his-math-is-wrong-but-he-may-still-be-right/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2019/04/strive-masiyiwa-advises-zim-businesses-to-price-in-rand-his-math-is-wrong-but-he-may-still-be-right/#comments Sat, 20 Apr 2019 13:12:21 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1964333

A lot of publications have run with this story already. Here is what Zimbabwe’s richest man, Strive Masiyiwa said: Let me put the proverbial cat among the pigeons, a loaf of bread in South Africa costs R9.50. It costs R30 in Zimbabwe. 3x!!! Eighty percent of imported goods in Zimbabwe come from South Africa. It’s […]

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A lot of publications have run with this story already. Here is what Zimbabwe’s richest man, Strive Masiyiwa said:

Let me put the proverbial cat among the pigeons, a loaf of bread in South Africa costs R9.50. It costs R30 in Zimbabwe. 3x!!! Eighty percent of imported goods in Zimbabwe come from South Africa. It’s not uncommon to find those same goods costing anything above three times the cost.

The people who pay for a lot of goods are Zimbabweans living in South Africa, through their remittances. The cost structure – labour and goods – in Zimbabwe is distorted by the arbitrage of the United States dollar as a currency of settlement for rand imports.

This is not the same thing as joining a rand monetary area, or customs union, which is a much more complex process. This one can be done overnight, and even voluntarily.

Where the math is wrong

The very example that Masiyiwa gave betrays the error and it’s not his fault. The currency issues in Zimbabwe are just as confusing for residents. A loaf of bread in Zimbabwe is NOT costing R30.00.

Zimbabwe devalued currency by introducing the RTGS$ and floating it against all other currencies including the USD and the Rand. This official position was already late. Everyone knew already that since the introduction of the bond note, the money in our bank accounts was not at par with the USD which was the currency of record.

Even now, we all know the real value of the RTGS dollar is not determined by the interbank market because that market is inaccessible to any of us if we need to buy the USD or Rand. Of course banks will gladly buy USD from us at that rate but none of us will accept that unless you are a tobacco farmer who is being compelled to do so by the RBZ, the state and its guns.

So what is the Rand price of bread in Zimbabwe? First let’s use the official inaccessible interbank rate. Here are the interbank exchange rates on the last day of trading before the long weekend:

From RBZ

Using the above rates, bread in Zimbabwe is costing just above R15.

On the same day, 17 April, the parallel market rate between the USD and the RTGS$ was 4.85 and it was 2.87 between the Rand and the RTGS$. This puts the price of bread at just above R10. Quite close to the bread price that Masiyiwa quoted for South Africa.

Why this matters

Someone is obviously going to comment that I am knit picking or that I want to sound smart or that I hate Strive Masiyiwa. It’s crazy how we have lowered the standard of debate in this country. Anyway, the above matters because it defines the problem in Zimbabwe differently.

We will be in error if we interpret the problem under false assumptions because we will switch things around including currencies of record and still be stuck in the same place.

If you do price comparisons between Zimbabwe and South Africa using the reality of the currencies we are using here in Zimbabwe you will not find much of the arbitrage that Strive Masiyiwa mentioned. If we use his math it would mean Masiyiwa’s business Econet is also benefiting from arbitrage and the cost of telephony in Zimbabwe is much more expensive than in South Africa. This is simply not true.

The problem in Zimbabwe is that we were robbed of US dollars that we had been earning and saving since 2009 and they were swapped with RTGS$. The RTGS$ itself was devalued, first by real market forces and then later by official decree when the interbank market was introduced. However, our earnings were not adjusted to reflect this devaluation.

The price of bread in real terms has not gone up (in some instances it has actually gone down) but our capacity to afford it has been eroded. This reality will persist even if prices are quoted in Rand. We will still be charged for goods in a currency we are not earning whilst the currency we are earning is continuing to lose value.

Where adopting the Rand may make sense

Masiyiwa’s comment on how 80% of our imports are coming from South Africa is accurate. Adopting the Rand thus makes sense but not just businesses quoting prices in Rand as he suggests because that may make things worse. What would make sense is what Tendai Biti proposed: total adoption of the Rand.

Zimbabwe definitely needs a stable currency and the US dollar is not too good. South African businesses and others from other countries will continue flooding their wares here hunting for the USD. A strong and high demand currency is a curse when in the position Zimbabwe finds itself in right now.

However, the problem above may be achieved by other currency reforms that are not necessarily the adoption of the Rand. This is why diagnosing the problem is important before administering medicine; it broadens up the possible solutions.

The government is insincere in saying the price adjustments are not justifiable. They must admit that the problem is that Zimbabweans are daily losing their capacity to afford basic goods and services because of chaotic currency regimes. Admitting that as the real problem is the first step to solving it. Whether the solution is Rand adoption or not doesn’t matter as long as the solution is structurally sound based on the real problem.

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How To Use WhatsApp Business With A Landline Number https://www.techzim.co.zw/2019/04/how-to-use-whatsapp-business-with-a-landline-number/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2019/04/how-to-use-whatsapp-business-with-a-landline-number/#respond Sat, 20 Apr 2019 05:40:33 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1964135

WhatsApp Business gives companies and customers a secure way to communicate with each other. The app also brings with it an interesting new function: it allows you to set up your WhatsApp (Business) account using a landline number instead of your mobile number. Although WhatsApp Business is designed for use by businesses, anybody can download […]

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WhatsApp Business gives companies and customers a secure way to communicate with each other. The app also brings with it an interesting new function: it allows you to set up your WhatsApp (Business) account using a landline number instead of your mobile number.

Although WhatsApp Business is designed for use by businesses, anybody can download the app. You will still need a mobile phone to run the app but you will be able to register your landline number instead of the number associated with your mobile SIM card.

How to use WhatsApp business with landline number

  • The first step is to download and install the WhatsApp Business app.
  • Now, it will ask you to enter your number, so you just enter your landline number.
  • Now the main step. Whatsapp always ask you to enter a One-Time-Passowrd to verify your identity, here you need to choose calling option to verify instead of the SMS method.
  • When you choose the Call Me option, WhatsApp will call you to verify your identity and will share you the One-Time-Password.
  • You just need to enter the One-Time-Password to register, and you are done- now you can use WhatsApp Business using your Landline number.

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Here’s Where To Watch Game Of Thrones Season Finale https://www.techzim.co.zw/2019/04/heres-where-to-watch-game-of-thrones-season-finale/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2019/04/heres-where-to-watch-game-of-thrones-season-finale/#comments Sat, 20 Apr 2019 05:38:24 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1964133

It may be a bit too late to let you know where you can watch Game of Thrones season finale considering that the premiere episode already aired last week. But lately, I have encountered and also heard some people asking where can they watch this long-awaited season 8. I even heard some folks asking whether […]

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It may be a bit too late to let you know where you can watch Game of Thrones season finale considering that the premiere episode already aired last week. But lately, I have encountered and also heard some people asking where can they watch this long-awaited season 8. I even heard some folks asking whether it was being screened at the Ster-Kinekor cinema. Huuh??? But No, here’s is where you can watch Game of Thrones in Africa:

Showmax

Showmax is a video-on-demand streaming platform which gives you access to movies and series. Essentially, you can watch whatever you want, whenever you want. The service which is owned by Naspers who also happen to own DStv can be accessed via the internet on devices such as smartphones, tablets, laptops etc.

It is on Showmax that you can watch Game of Thrones Season 8 fresh out of the oven, as it happens. You only need to pay a subscription fee of R 99 not only to watch Game of Thrones but to watch more than 10 000 hours of content as well on Showmax.

M-net

Tune into M-net at 3 am on Sunday to watch Game of Thrones season 8. M-net is available on the premium package of DStv on Channel 101. If you are in Zimbabwe and you want to subtribe for the premium package, you can do it here on Techzim by following this link.

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7 Good Apps To Hide Your Photos And Other Files on Android https://www.techzim.co.zw/2019/04/7-good-apps-to-hide-your-photos-and-other-files-on-android/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2019/04/7-good-apps-to-hide-your-photos-and-other-files-on-android/#comments Sat, 20 Apr 2019 00:55:04 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1964132

Our whole personal life is now wound up in the smartphone we carry along in our pockets. We capture a multitude of photos and videos, which you may want to keep private. But, it’s possible that your phone can accidentally fall prey to someone’s hands or you may just pass it over to a friend […]

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Our whole personal life is now wound up in the smartphone we carry along in our pockets. We capture a multitude of photos and videos, which you may want to keep private. But, it’s possible that your phone can accidentally fall prey to someone’s hands or you may just pass it over to a friend unaware of their true intentions. Well, if you are an Android user, you don’t have to worry, as there are several apps to hide photos and videos on Android. Well, I have compiled a list of the 7 best photos and file-hider apps on Android:

KeepSafe Photo Vault

KeepSafe app allows you to hide all your files which can only be accessed by someone who knows your PIN, pattern, and fingerprint authentication options. KeepSafe brings advanced security features such as fake login PINs, break-in alerts (where a selfie of the intruder, along with time and date of unsuccessful attempts is logged) etc.

Download it here

Vaulty

Vaulty is yet another photo and file-hiding app which may look a bit dated but performs its job perfectly fine. You can simply jump into the app, select the media files you want to hide from the gallery and ‘password protect’ it from anyone. Vaulty also can capture “mugshots” of intruders, who try to access the app but fail to enter the correct password – you will instantly know who tried to get into the app, soon after you unlock the app.

Download it here

Hide Something

With Hide Something, you can protect your files from inquisitive people by asking them to provide the correct PIN, password, or the fingerprint. You can get access to a mini collection of beautiful themes, and fake login mode to further trick nosy people. But, the feature that takes the cake for me is that the app backs-up all your private media files to Google Drive meaning that you can access the files anywhere.

Download it here

Vault

All aforementioned apps are restricted to hiding just your media files but Vault is an all-around app which helps safeguard more than just media files. It can hide all your phone data, be it SMS, contacts/ call log or even apps, which houses all your private info. Vault also gives free cloud backup support.

Download it here

Private Zone

If you are looking for an app that does a lot (I mean, a whole lot) more than simply being able to hide your photos, then Private Zone should be the perfect pick for you.

This app is definitely useful for guarding your private photos, videos or apps, but has also brought along a variety of features for privacy-obsessed people. Here are a few of the top features of the Private Zone app:

  • Free Private VPN service
  • Phone Anti-theft Features
  • Spam Call blocking
  • RAM Manager

Though Private Zone is laden with several cool features, it’s at the expense of your peace of mind. The app is filled with ads, which can get frustrating for users. But, it can be avoided by picking up the premium subscription for the app.

Download it here

GalleryVault

GalleryVault enables you to quickly hide and encrypt your photos, videos and any other files that you do not want others to see. The app also has features such as break-in alerts, fake login, fingerprint authentication etc.

In addition to protecting your photos and videos, Gallery Vault also supports private browsing within the app, and a video editor to enable you to piece together a story using your hidden photos.

Download it here

Andrognito

Andrognito allows you to hide your photos, videos and other files behind encryption, while storing the files in the cloud to free space on your device.

The free version of this app enables you to hide apps in just a single folder, but you can purchase the premium version to create more private folders, access your folders via the cloud backup on multiple devices and gain access to additional features. the premium versions will also remove intrusive ads that annoy me almost instantly.

Download it here

If you have been concerned about the privacy of your photos or files, then I’m sure that at least one of these apps will help to curb your anxiety.

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NMB Introduces NFC-Based TapCard With No Transaction Charges! https://www.techzim.co.zw/2019/04/nmb-introduces-nfc-based-tapcard-with-no-transaction-charges/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2019/04/nmb-introduces-nfc-based-tapcard-with-no-transaction-charges/#comments Fri, 19 Apr 2019 08:08:37 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1963748

NMB recently announced TapCard, an NFC enabled card that’s supposed to make transacting noticeably faster than it has been to date. The TapCard “only needs to be tapped against a point of sale machine to pay for any purchase” according to NMB. More interesting however is the fact that you don’t have to be an […]

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NMB recently announced TapCard, an NFC enabled card that’s supposed to make transacting noticeably faster than it has been to date.

The TapCard “only needs to be tapped against a point of sale machine to pay for any purchase” according to NMB.

More interesting however is the fact that you don’t have to be an NMB customer to get the card. That makes it more attractive and it opens up the number of people who can get their hands on one of these significantly. It also increases the incentives for merchants to adopt this as it won’t only serve NMB customers.

Of course for merchants to adopt this in any form they’ll have to wait until the cards have been adopted but for customers getting the cards without merchants having installed the NFC infrastructure will be a hard sell.

Users will be able to top up the card using EcoCash, ZIPIT, KaGwenya or any Zimswitch enabled POS.

What motivated NMB?

According to NMB’s head of digital banking Cloud Nhau, there were two particular issues they were trying to tackle: delay in payments due to network congestion and putting an end to bank queues where people are trying to withdraw small amounts to use in shops:

People are queuing for cash at banks to make small payments such as bus fares for themselves and their children as well as pocket money or any household use. Cashless payment options such as swiping or using mobile money are not always convenient for these sort of small payments.

Anyone can get a TapCard with or without an NMB bank account. Unlike the standard swipe card, the TapCard utilises near field communication (NFC), which does not require any network for transactions to be processed, making it possible for use anywhere, especially in remote places that include those that many buses go to.

NMB are also eager to get these cards into kombis but the drivers and conductors have always resisted electronic payments in their buses and it will be interesting to see if NMB are going to adopt a strategy that finally sees them get cashless payments into the kombi.

No charge…

The most interesting thing about this card is the fact that there will be no charges associated with using the card. The card is just like cash. That incentivises using the card for customers since electronic transactions have been an extremely costly undertaking thus far. Maybe this will be the incentive that makes people adopt the card in huge numbers and merchants can then place infrastructure

Any merchants signed up already?

In terms or merchants already partnered, word from NMB is that they have partnered transport operators associations and schools. Soon there will be support for the card at “tollgates, CityParking, tuckshops and vendors.”

Will this stick?

It will be interesting to see just how well NFC will be received this time around considering that EcoCash tried it before and they hit a brick wall.

One of the stumbling blocks around NFC and the major reasons why QR has been more pronounced in lesser economies is because there is usually some infrastructure that needs to be put in place and that makes it pretty costly…

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BBM Shutting Down On May 31… https://www.techzim.co.zw/2019/04/bbm-shutting-down-on-may-31/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2019/04/bbm-shutting-down-on-may-31/#respond Fri, 19 Apr 2019 07:40:45 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1963736

The fall of BBM is a pretty great example of how quickly things can change in the world of tech. Blackberry Messenger was the service that everyone wanted to have but it was only available to a select few. Eventually, BBM was opened to the masses but if you used it then you’ll probably know […]

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The fall of BBM is a pretty great example of how quickly things can change in the world of tech.

Blackberry Messenger was the service that everyone wanted to have but it was only available to a select few. Eventually, BBM was opened to the masses but if you used it then you’ll probably know that there wasn’t much they offered that wasn’t offered on WhatsApp.

In fact the biggest problem with BBM’s delay in coming to other OS’s was simply the fact that by the time they opened it up, every person who was downloading the messaging application was already using WhatsApp. That meant you were talking to the same users across different platforms. Which is not exactly ideal…

On the 31st of May, BBM will be discontinued. Why? Well, the user base has been barrelling down and new features that were supposed to revitalise the application didn’t exactly captivate the users:

We are proud of what we have built to date … The technology industry however, is very fluid, and in spite of our substantial efforts, users have moved on to other platforms, while new users proved difficult to sign on.

Though we are sad to say goodbye, the time has come to sunset the BBM consumer service, and for us to move on.

Blackberry Messenger Blog

Time does fly by in the world of tech…

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The Youth Business Expo Is Another Event To Check Out At ZITF https://www.techzim.co.zw/2019/04/the-youth-business-expo-is-another-event-to-check-out-at-zitf/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2019/04/the-youth-business-expo-is-another-event-to-check-out-at-zitf/#respond Thu, 18 Apr 2019 12:15:12 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1963294

If you’re enthusiastic about tech and business, it seems there’s going to be a lot for you to see at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair. We’ve already talked about the Innovators Forum, but there will also be a Youth Business Expo during the one-week event. The Youth Business Expo will run under the theme Taping […]

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If you’re enthusiastic about tech and business, it seems there’s going to be a lot for you to see at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair. We’ve already talked about the Innovators Forum, but there will also be a Youth Business Expo during the one-week event.

The Youth Business Expo will run under the theme Taping into energies of Young People for industrial growth, Make your passion your
paycheque.
The overall goal of this expo is to “promote self-reliance amongst young people and foster their economic empowerment within their communities as they initiate their own business enterprises and income generating projects.” From this the two main objectives set are as follows:

  1. To enhance young people skills in economic/business activities identification and participation.
  2. Create a platform for partnerships and opportunities to identify viable income generation activities.

The expo will be targeting people between the ages 15-24 and will ensure that 60% will be females. From 23-25 the participating group will go through the following program to achieve the set goals:

Day 1

  • Orientation
  • Introduction to conference objectives
  • Stress management
  • Discovering your career/business pathway
  • Mentorship dialogue
  • Opportunities neglected can never be recovered

Day 2

  • Recap
  • Breakfast talk show
  • Policy roundtable
  • Preparations for the treasure
  • Treasure hunt
  • Plenary

Day 3

  • Registration
  • Welcome remarks
  • 100 Million Reasons: Inclusive Partnerships for Economic Growth
  • Business and Life lessons from a Titan: If I knew then what I know now
  • Leveraging networks and harnessing opportunities for Industrial growth
  • Keynote Address: Embracing Human Capital Development for Industrial Growth
  • Round Table Discussion: Discussion on Entrepreneurial Mindset, “Learning like a student, thinking like an entrepreneur
  • PLENARY SESSION – Q & A
  • Wrap Up of Expo

It’s great to see that more important discussions are being held regarding career paths for the younger guys, once you consider how confused the youth are. And I don’t mean that in a condescending way since I consider myself to be in that demographic to an extent…

Download the Youth Business Expo Program

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Magaya’s Social Media App Could Have Easily Been Zim’s Most Successful App……If Only It Was Still Around https://www.techzim.co.zw/2019/04/lets-chat-prophet-magayas-social-media-app-could-have-easily-been-zims-most-successful-appif-only-it-was-still-around/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2019/04/lets-chat-prophet-magayas-social-media-app-could-have-easily-been-zims-most-successful-appif-only-it-was-still-around/#comments Thu, 18 Apr 2019 11:51:05 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1963092

Right now If you take a stroll down Google Playstore looking for Prophet Magaya’s Let’s Chat app you won’t find it. The app was launched in January last year to much public attention as part of Prophetic Healing and Deliverance Ministries’ (PHD) Yadah Connect business platform. Since a post dated 1 January 2018, there’s no […]

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Right now If you take a stroll down Google Playstore looking for Prophet Magaya’s Let’s Chat app you won’t find it. The app was launched in January last year to much public attention as part of Prophetic Healing and Deliverance Ministries’ (PHD) Yadah Connect business platform. Since a post dated 1 January 2018, there’s no longer any talk of the app by PHD Ministries.

The motive for Prophet Magaya to introduce Let’s Chat was primarily to be able to get in touch with his over 500 000 followers.

Being the fasted growing ministry in the world right now, I have had to keep in constant communication with over 1800 ministry workers and over 500 000 of my children daily

Despite having that army of followers, Let’s Chat only had 5000 downloads (at most) 5 days after it was launched which I think was a lacklustre uptake judging by the number of his followers- I expected that in 3 days it would have had at least 10 000 downloads.

Although I don’t know if the app is still existent (I highly doubt it though), indulge me to work with the assumption that the app is no longer running.

Monetary and adoption success

Let’s Chat was one Zimbabwean app that would have been quite successful. How so? To begin with, Prophet Magaya has a lot of followers which is a bonus for whoever who wants to start a platform or any other cause. Actually, Let’s Chat would have had a head start that platforms like Facebook, WhatsApp and the likes never had when the started. Let’s Chat would have started with people who had a high chance of getting onboard but for Facebook and others, they started having a platform before having the followers. Ideally, Let’s Chat was well-placed to be an overnight success, in terms of adoption.

I’m pretty sure you know that there are folks who pay for an abode to talk to Prophet Magaya in person. Obviously, it’s physically taxing for the Prophet to meet 20 people per day. Not to mention the expenses people incur to see the Prophet. Wouldn’t the Let’s Chat platform have been a convenient place for Prophet Magaya and his followers to interact?

Of course, the platform would have opened too wide a door for everyone to talk to the Prophet. So to avoid a scenario where a multitude of people bombarded Prophet Magaya with messages on Let’s Chat, those who really wanted to talk to him on the platform would have had to pay- something like an in-app purchase to access another service (of talking with the Prophet). That way, the platform would realise both order and monetisation in one stroke. However, the monetisation model is not sustainable as its physically impossible to attend to a certain number of people even on Let’s Chat itself.

The monetisation of the platform wouldn’t have ended there, however. It’s no secret that Prophet Magaya is influential. So he would have leveraged his influence to court companies to come and advertise on Let’s Chat. And advertising would surely have been the real goose that laid the golden eggs.

Stagnant adoption and the death of the goose

As I said before, that model of making people pay to talk to Prophet Magaya is only sustainable up to a certain point. Advertising will be the only long term instrument for Let’s Chat to rake up money. Now the thing is to earn more (and more money) through advertising, there as to be gradual growth of people using a platform. Its a no brainer that advertisers are happy to pay more or to come back to advertise on a platform that gets new people every day.

Accordingly adding new users on the Let’s Chat platform was going to be a need (not a want) at some point in time. But that would have been very difficult primarily for two reasons. First off, Let’s Chat was an app that was introduced through the institution of religion and the organisation of the church. Religion in itself is divisive so I don’t think other people from other religions would have come on board. And PHD, being the church, has some people that don’t agree with its evangelical conduct, so to speak, so even people who share its religion would not have come. I guess tech and religion dont mix well that’s why many successful investors don’t brandish their religion or what they stand for.

Secondly, there is an issue of accessing Let’s platform. For any app to stand a good chance of being adopted by many people in Zimbabwe, it has to be very affordable to access it. The kind of affordability I’m talking about is the one that’s associated with accessing WhatsApp and Facebook- there have to be bundles of some sorts or at most zero-rating. So, if using Let’s Chat was not as cheap as WhatsApp, then people wouldn’t have come on board- there would have been a need of a Let’s Chat bundle to convince people to try out the platform.

In terms of adoption, I definitely think that Let’s Chat would have been the most used Zimbabwean app even if it was used by people from PHD only. In terms of monetary success, I’m fairly certain that it would have been the most successful Zim app.

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Did You Know Utopia Exists? Well, Sort Of And It’s Powered By Blockchain https://www.techzim.co.zw/2019/04/did-you-know-utopia-exists-well-sort-of-and-its-powered-by-blockchain/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2019/04/did-you-know-utopia-exists-well-sort-of-and-its-powered-by-blockchain/#respond Thu, 18 Apr 2019 10:58:11 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1963301

Liberland has a passionate leader, a committed populace, a working draft of a constitution, and huge plans for what’s to come. Vit Jedlička , the President of Liberland, a small self-proclaimed microstate on a patch of land between Croatia and Serbia, is looking to use a new cryptocurrency called ‘Merit’ to underpin his vision for […]

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Liberland has a passionate leader, a committed populace, a working draft of a constitution, and huge plans for what’s to come. Vit Jedlička , the President of Liberland, a small self-proclaimed microstate on a patch of land between Croatia and Serbia, is looking to use a new cryptocurrency called ‘Merit’ to underpin his vision for the new country. According to the official website of Liberland, the 2.7 square miles of land is now the third smallest sovereign state in the world.

Vit Jedlička’s idea for a new crypto-based new micro-nation has taken steady steps forward over the last few years.

Jedlička said how he looked through a Wikipedia rundown of “no man’s lands” to discover the spot. So far, Liberland has not been recognised by any nation. He says 205,000 individuals who have enlisted on the official site are eligible to become citizens.

According to him, Liberland is a ‘role model of a new type of state’ and the country is about pushing the borders of liberty to the maximum to maximize the happiness of its citizens. He intends to have no binding taxes, a decentralized government, and a range of freedoms, like the right to have arms.

The designated territory formerly used Bitcoin for a reserve currency. In an interview, Jedlička stated how he thought the virtual currency “was a great thing” since it has a fundamental value as a tool of exchange. But now, he has his eyes on a more ambitious virtual currency plan for Liberland, one that “will be more of a share in Liberland than a cryptocurrency.”

Ultimately, he wants to change the country into a Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO). A DAO is a structure where decisions are made electronically by written computer code or through the vote of its members.

The DAO will control the dispersal of the new ‘Merit’ cryptocurrency to its citizens. The approach is to weigh the power to vote based on the number of Merits a person holds. Jedlička reveals that the system lets people “get the shares of the country they are living in,” if they want to return some (voluntary) taxes.

He presumes people “that actually make the country possible and have contributed to its creation” should be the ones with the right to make decisions. There are also plans for Merit, which runs on Ethereum, to be used as the collateral inside of the proposed nation’s justice system.

The key to Liberland’s plan is ‘Merit’. The crypto is topped with a supply that is constrained by the government, right now pegged to the U.S. dollar at a 1:1 proportion with plans to build up a Bitcoin-like exchanging market in future. The point is to cancel required tax collection: Unlike pretty much every other nation that makes residents cover government expense, individuals decide to willfully stake Merit so as to cast a ballot and fall under Liberland jurisdiction. Merit likewise functions as a guarantee in the justice system. The idea, Jedlička elaborates is “the people that build the country are the ones to run it.”

The contributions from Merit, all viewable on a webpage, are used to fund what Jedlička refers to as “the most cost-efficient government ever.” Last year, in its annual financial report, Liberland earned $334,000 in operating income and $212,250 from cryptocurrency gains. Voluntary tax donations made up $96,889, or 29% of operating income, with 53% of its funds coming from “strategic and larger investments.” It spent $292,000, leaving a surplus of $254,350.

Merit is not the state-mandated official currency. In fact, its representatives see Liberland as serving as something of a cradle for the cryptocurrency. Recently, Vit Jedlička showed his interest to be a part of World Blockchain Summit in Taipei, to explore Blockchain and crypto opportunities in Liberland.

As South Korea establishes directions on real-name accounts and the United States thinks over which tokens to control as securities, Liberland wants to support digital currencies with a pro-crypto regulation with the goal of creating employment, not just for Liberland’s citizens but also in the neighbouring Baltic States.

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If You’re Going To ZITF, The Innovators Forum Is A Must Attend https://www.techzim.co.zw/2019/04/if-youre-going-to-zitf-the-innovators-forum-is-a-must-attend/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2019/04/if-youre-going-to-zitf-the-innovators-forum-is-a-must-attend/#respond Thu, 18 Apr 2019 09:47:08 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1963145

It’s that time of the year again, and next week from 23-27 the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair will be taking place. One of the events to look forward to for techies will definitely be the Innovators Forum. According to ZITF the innovators forum is an event dedicated to bringing young entrepreneurs together to highlight local […]

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It’s that time of the year again, and next week from 23-27 the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair will be taking place. One of the events to look forward to for techies will definitely be the Innovators Forum.

According to ZITF the innovators forum is an event dedicated to bringing young entrepreneurs together to highlight local innovations, network and exchange knowledge in a bid to revive industry and give them an opportunity to turn the economy around.

The forum which will be hosted for the second year running will take place on the 24th and 25th. The theme of the event is Innovation: The engine to Industrial and Economic Growth.

On the 24th ,there will be speaker and innovations presentations followed by deliberation and handing out of prizes. The presentations will be based on the following topics:

  • The future of the young innovators and entrepreneurship in Zimbabwe
  • Latest innovation trends and what the Zimbabwean Innovator can learn from them
  • Gaps and Opportunities for innovators in the various sector
  • Testimonial from a local Entrepreneur/ innovator

On the 2nd day of the forum, participants will take part in a hackathon to be determined by one of the sponsor companies.

The Innovators Forum has the following objectives:

  • Promote and highlight innovations from various sectors by local youth entrepreneurs to facilitate industrial and economic growth.
  • Equip and empower youth to cultivate an entrepreneurial spirit for job creation.
  • Create space were young innovators can meet up and share ideas with their peers while developing their entrepreneurial skills.

Who can register?

The Innovators Forum is for “young innovators” between 20-35. Participants should be practising entrepreneurs who are in college/university or recently graduated.

If you’re interested in registering for

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Press Release: Insurance Council Of Zimbabwe Deploys Ambulances On Highways During Independence And Easter Holidays – Safe Travels https://www.techzim.co.zw/2019/04/press-release-insurance-council-of-zimbabwe-deploys-ambulances-on-highways-during-independence-and-easter-holidays-safe-travels/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2019/04/press-release-insurance-council-of-zimbabwe-deploys-ambulances-on-highways-during-independence-and-easter-holidays-safe-travels/#respond Thu, 18 Apr 2019 06:20:42 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1963080

Insurance Council of Zimbabwe, (which is an association of all short-term insurance and reinsurance companies operating in Zimbabwe), is concerned with the loss of lives of Road Traffic Accident victims due to lack of timeous evacuation from the scene of the accident and taken to a medical institution for emergency treatment. In order to augment […]

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Insurance Council of Zimbabwe, (which is an association of all short-term insurance and reinsurance companies operating in Zimbabwe), is concerned with the loss of lives of Road Traffic Accident victims due to lack of timeous evacuation from the scene of the accident and taken to a medical institution for emergency treatment. In order to augment emergency response systems offered by the Government of Zimbabwe, ICZ will, during the Independence and Easter Holidays, deploy standby ambulances along the major highways of our country to provide post-crash emergency medical attention and evacuation to the nearest medical institution for treatment.

This initiative is a partial fulfilment of Pillar 5 of the United Nations Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety which deals with Post Crash Response. In the long term, this project should lead to the availability of emergency response services on all roads in Zimbabwe. The initial roll out will begin with deploying ambulance services on the major highways. The standby ambulances will be stationed in or close to areas that have been known to be accident prone.

ICZ identified the zones in consultations with Zimbabwe Republic Police, the Civil Protection Unit and Axstarz. The aim is to have the standby ambulances and medical personnel being the first to respond and attend to victims in the event of an accident and if overwhelmed, they have the means to call for support from an existing network of other ambulances which form part of this arrangement.

The intention is to ensure appropriate medical help to accident victims before the lapse of the first hour of the accident, commonly referred to as the Golden Hour. Below is the list of areas where the ambulances will be stationed:

ROAD NAME POSSIBLE STANDBY POINTS DISTANCE FROM NEAREST TOWN NEAREST HOSPITAL AVAILABLE SERVICE PROVIDERS
A4 Highway
(Harare – Beitbridge)
Mwenezi183 km
(BEITBRIDGE)
MWENEZI HOSPITAL MARS
A2 Highway
(Harare – Nyamapanda)
Rukanda137 km
(HARARE)
ALL SOULS MISSION HOSPITAL Cimas Rescue Emergency Service
A5 Highway
(Harare – Bulawayo)
Shangani62 km
(GWERU)
GWERU PROVINCIAL
HOSPITAL
EMRAS
A1 Highway
(Harare – Chirundu)
Lions Den138 km
(HARARE)
CHINHOYI HOSPITAL ACE
A8 Highway
(Victoria Falls Highway)
Lupane 175km
(BULAWAYO)
TSHOLOTSHO DISTRICT HOSPITAL Netstar
A6 Highway
(Bulawayo – Beitbridge)
Makado226 km
(BULAWAYO)
GWANDA PROVINCIAL HOSPTIAL EMRAS
A9 Highway
(Mutare – Masvingo)
Nyanyadzi103 km
(MUTARE)
BIRCHENOUGH BRIDGE HOSPITAL St John’s Ambulances

To ensure an effective and efficient delivery of the required medical service, communication and coordination of the operation will be done through a command centre that would be manned by Axstraz.

ICZ has further engaged the Ministry of Health and Child Care to ensure that government medical institutions along the highway are advised of this arrangement as well as capacited to enhance the care of the RTA victims in the event of the accident.

As we go into the holiday period, ICZ is appealing to all motorists to ensure that their vehicles are roadworthy and compliant with all statutory rules and regulations. We have a special message of appeal to public service vehicle operators:

Please ensure that you have valid public passenger insurance.
This will go a long way in assisting accident victims pay for medical attention in the case of having sustained injuries and in the very unfortunate circumstances where lives are lost, burial expenses will be paid through insurance.

ICZ is therefore appealing to the nation’s law enforcement agents to ensure maximum compliance. It should be noted that compensation cannot be made if there is no insurance. We therefore encourage operators to abide by the law. We appeal to the media to assist us spread this important message on the immense benefits of being compliant.

We are all aware of the effects of the road accidents that result in economic and social challenges and in many instances the unfortunate loss of lives.
Through an effective and long term sustainable emergency response system, ICZ’s aim is to save as many lives as possible and lessen the extent of medical complications as a result of injuries not attended to on time.

The Insurance Council of Zimbabwe wishes the nation a happy and safe holiday.

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How To Schedule WhatsApp Messages For Them To Be Sent Later https://www.techzim.co.zw/2019/04/1962655/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2019/04/1962655/#comments Thu, 18 Apr 2019 05:30:27 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1962655

We have all been in situations where we are super tired and want to sleep but can’t, because we have to send a happy birthday message early in the morning to that special person before anyone else does. What do you do in situations like these? You obviously take painswaking up during the middle of […]

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We have all been in situations where we are super tired and want to sleep but can’t, because we have to send a happy birthday message early in the morning to that special person before anyone else does. What do you do in situations like these? You obviously take painswaking up during the middle of the night just to send the message.

But don’t worry, today you will learn how to schedule WhatsApp messages on Android devices so that you won’t have to wake up at 2 a.m to be the first to wish your boyfriend or girlfriend a happy birthday. Here we will be taking a look at how you can schedule text messages on WhatsApp with an app called SKEDit Scheduling App. So, without further ado, let’s get started.

How to Schedule Messages on WhatsApp using SKEDit

SKEDit is an app that allows you to schedule WhatsApp messages, Facebook posts, emails, SMSs, and even set call reminders with ease. In other words, the app allows you to put your communications on autopilot, so to speak. Follow these steps to schedule WhatsApp messages on Android using SKEDit Scheduling App:

Step 1: First of all, download and install the SKEDit App on your Android phone or tablet.

Step 2: After the installation, open the app and Sign up using Email ID or Sign in with Facebook.

Step 3: Before proceeding, you need to Add Services you wish to automate. In this case, it will be WhatsApp. So select WhatsApp and then tap on Done option.

Step 4: On the Home screen, tap on WhatsApp and then Enable Accessibility settings.

Step 5: Now you need to select the person you want to send the scheduled message. Simply, tap the plus icon (+) on the top and add a WhatsApp recipient.

Step 6: Write the message you want to be sent later automatically and schedule it to be sent at a later date through the app itself.

You can also attach media files if you wish. If you wish to repeat the messages, you can set it using the Repeat option.

Step 7: Once you have selected everything you needed then simply, tap on the icon with a tick (top right of the app) and your WhatsApp message will be scheduled. Wait!!! Before your message is sent, the app will ask you to disable the screen lock of your phone if it on.

Now you don’t have to worry about anything. Once you schedule messages, forget about it and move on to the next task. It is as simple as that.

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Press Release: Final Year College Female College Students Of Engineering Here’s An Opportunity https://www.techzim.co.zw/2019/04/press-release-final-year-college-female-college-students-of-engineering-heres-an-opportunity/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2019/04/press-release-final-year-college-female-college-students-of-engineering-heres-an-opportunity/#respond Wed, 17 Apr 2019 19:09:12 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1962855

The WomEng Zimbabwe Fellowship, powered by WomEng in partnership with The Royal Academy of Engineering and the Zimbabwe Institution of Engineering is a two (2) day leadership and development workshop for female engineering students currently studying full-time in Zimbabwe. Applications are open to female engineering & built environment students in their penultimate, final year or full time postgraduate studies at […]

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The WomEng Zimbabwe Fellowship, powered by WomEng in partnership with The Royal Academy of Engineering and the Zimbabwe Institution of Engineering is a two (2) day leadership and development workshop for female engineering students currently studying full-time in Zimbabwe.

Applications are open to female engineering & built environment students in their penultimate, final year or full time postgraduate studies at a Zimbabwean University, University of Technology or Polytechnic.

Fellowship is WomEng’s flagship entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship and employability programme for the best and brightest female engineering and built environment students to find solutions to global challenges and develop and prepare for industry. 

Through Fellowship Zimbabwe, WomEng is raising the profile of the engineering and technology sector in Zimbabwe. WomEng Zimbabwe Fellows are are equipped with highly desirable scarce employability skills and the knowledge on how to start their journey with the Zimbabwe Institution of Engineering.

Benefits

  1. Develop leadership and employability skills.
  2. Grow your professional network

Eligibility

  1. Applications are open to female engineering, technology and built environment students currently studying full-time at a Zimbabwean University or University of Technology.
  2. Applicants must be in their penultimate to final year (e.g 4th year at university) of undergraduate or full-time postgraduate studies.
  3. Applicants must commit to attending the full programme from 13 – 14 June 2019.

Selection Process

  1. The deadline for submission of completed applications is Friday, 26 April 2019, 23h59 SAST.  
  2. An expert panel will screen and shortlist applicants. Successful applicants will be contacted in May 2019.
  3. WomEng covers all costs related to participation in the programme including travel to Gweru, accommodation, food and facilitation. 
  4. Further details regarding the programme logistics and planning will be communicated directly to the successful applicants.

For more information click here: http://bit.ly/womengzim2019

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Netflix Picks Up Zambian Animated Film https://www.techzim.co.zw/2019/04/netflix-picks-up-zambian-animated-film/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2019/04/netflix-picks-up-zambian-animated-film/#respond Wed, 17 Apr 2019 13:33:07 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1962597

Netflix is taking a serious look at licensing content from the motherland. Earlier this year, a Zimbabwean creator secured a deal for his animated musical on the platform. The media company has announced yet another African film will be added to their roster. Mama K’s Team 4 is an animated show created by Zambian writer […]

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Netflix is taking a serious look at licensing content from the motherland. Earlier this year, a Zimbabwean creator secured a deal for his animated musical on the platform. The media company has announced yet another African film will be added to their roster.

Mama K’s Team 4 is an animated show created by Zambian writer Malenga Mulendema and it follows the story of four teenage superheroines who are recruited by a retired secret agent. The story is also set in Lusaka.

In creating a superhero show set in Lusaka, I hope to introduce the world to four strong African girls who save the day in their own fun and crazy way. Most importantly, I want to illustrate that anyone from anywhere can be a superhero.


Malenga Mulendema

What happens to local VoD services?

It will be interesting to see the impact of Netflix’s move to start licensing African shows. That might put a dent on the hopes held by local players such as Kwese iflix and TelOne DEOD, since local content looks like their biggest attraction. If Netflix and more established players start taking that content as well, it’s hard to see where they fit.

Kwese iflix

Kwese iflix is a subscription Video on Demand (SVOD) service in Africa by the Econet Media group and Asian subscription VOD company iflix. Kwese iflix came about after the two companies signed a partnership to operates a mobile-based subscription VOD service in sub-Saharan Africa in... Read More About Kwese iflix

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Insurance Council Of Zimbabwe Launches Rapid Response Ambulance Service During Upcoming Holidays https://www.techzim.co.zw/2019/04/insurance-council-of-zimbabwe-launches-rapid-response-ambulance-service-during-upcoming-holidays/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2019/04/insurance-council-of-zimbabwe-launches-rapid-response-ambulance-service-during-upcoming-holidays/#respond Wed, 17 Apr 2019 13:03:18 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1962530

Here’s a noble initiative by the Insurance Council of Zimbabwe (ICZ) to keep you safe during this Independence and Easter holiday. In the spirit of wanting to preserve road user’s lives, ICZ has decided to launch rapid response Ambulance services in major highways. The Ambulances will be stationed close to areas (in major highways) that […]

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Here’s a noble initiative by the Insurance Council of Zimbabwe (ICZ) to keep you safe during this Independence and Easter holiday. In the spirit of wanting to preserve road user’s lives, ICZ has decided to launch rapid response Ambulance services in major highways. The Ambulances will be stationed close to areas (in major highways) that are statistically known to occur ambulances.

The aim is to have the standby ambulances and medical personnel being the first to respond and attend to victims in the event of an accident and if overwhelmed, they have the means to call for support from an existing network of other ambulances which form part of this arrangement.

The intention is to ensure appropriate medical help to accident victims before the lapse of the first hour of the accident, commonly referred to as the Golden Hour.

ICZ has engaged 7 (Ambulance) service providers to be stationed in equally 7 highways. So “to ensure an effective and efficient delivery of the required medical service, communication and coordination of the operation will be done through a command centre that would be manned by Axstraz”.

ICZ initiative is data-driven

It’s sad that this noble initiative has a short lifespan as it is only for this coming holiday. I hope it yields the results ICZ is looking for. There is a reason for ICZ’s initiative to realise positive results because it didn’t just blindly deploy ambulance. Rather, the initiative is data-driven. ICZ worked with the police, Civil Protection Unit and Axstarz to access and collect which it used to identify high-accident zones.

Of course, only when the holiday is over will ICZ be able to tell whether the data they used was useful or reliable or not. Garbage in, garbage out is a saying that’s known to people who rely on data to make decisions. If the data ICZ used was wrongly captured and analysed, chances are that the initiative will likely fail to save as many lives as it would (ideally) have saved.

Efficiency is the name of the game

A centralized system like what the ICZ has installed will probably lead to the efficient operation of our few ambulances (just 130 ) in the country. You find out that when some accident happens, there are scenarios where too many ambulances arrive at the scene because many different people would have individually requested an ambulance. But having a centralised system ensures coordination so as to avoid too many (or few ambulances) at a scene.

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EcoCash Increases Tariffs https://www.techzim.co.zw/2019/04/ecocash-increases-tariffs/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2019/04/ecocash-increases-tariffs/#comments Wed, 17 Apr 2019 12:50:00 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1962576

Back in November, EcoCash announced a new set of tariffs for transacting on their platform and you would be forgiven for thinking that since then those tariffs haven’t changed. The reality is that EcoCash has a new set of tariffs that came into being today and the new tariffs are said to be 30-80% higher […]

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Back in November, EcoCash announced a new set of tariffs for transacting on their platform and you would be forgiven for thinking that since then those tariffs haven’t changed.

The reality is that EcoCash has a new set of tariffs that came into being today and the new tariffs are said to be 30-80% higher than before by Telecompaper.

How did we come across the change? Well, we got a tip alerting us of the change and the tip read:

Good morning,
Seems like Econet have increased massively their ecocash charges today.
I have just sent RTGS$ 10 to a relative and they deducted 29 cents, yesterday it was 16 cents.
Have you heard anything concerning this please?

Anonymous tip

Afterwards a colleague and I sent each other some money back and forth just to see whether or not there was any shift. Sending $5.00 should see 7c being deducted but 12c was deducted instead. Similarly, sending anything between $10.01 and $20.00 used to see EcoCash taking a maximum of 72c but my colleague sent me $11 and got charged 83c.

After digging around a bit I then found the newly effected tariffs:

EcoCashEcoCash Zimbabwe

EcoCash is a mobile money transfer facility which is run by Econet Wireless Zimbabwe. The facility has grown in leaps and bounds since its inception and is arguably the largest mobile money transfer agent considering the huge sums of transactions that the platform is said... Read More About EcoCash

EcoCash is a mobile money transfer facility which is run by Econet Wireless Zimbabwe. The facility has grown in leaps and bounds since its inception and is arguably the largest mobile money transfer agent considering the huge sums of transactions that the platform is said... Read More About EcoCash Zimbabwe

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NetOne Might Soon Revise OneFusion Again https://www.techzim.co.zw/2019/04/netone-might-soon-revise-onefusion-again/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2019/04/netone-might-soon-revise-onefusion-again/#comments Wed, 17 Apr 2019 10:29:57 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1962477

Though OneFusion is the darling of many mobile subscribers, NetOne’s popular data promotion hasn’t entirely managed to dodge controversy. The last few tweaks to OneFusion were not entirely popular as subscribers felt the value of the service being offered was being lowered. It seems like NetOne is tweaking their data promotion again but it’s not […]

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Though OneFusion is the darling of many mobile subscribers, NetOne’s popular data promotion hasn’t entirely managed to dodge controversy. The last few tweaks to OneFusion were not entirely popular as subscribers felt the value of the service being offered was being lowered.

It seems like NetOne is tweaking their data promotion again but it’s not yet clear whether or not subscribers will be getting more data or less data. Heck, it’s not clear what is actually being changed but it seems like there will be three OneFusion packages.

We stumbled upon a screenshot that had the three packages which will be listed as follows; OneFusion Lite, OneFusion Gold and OneFusion Premium.

This is similar to the leak that Econet was working on new bundles a few months ago. That hasn’t materialised into anything official, even though Econet was indeed working on a new product. We’ll have to wait and see if this leak actually materialises.

We reached out to a NetOne representative to understand when the public can expect to get this feature but at the time of going to press, they were yet to respond.

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WhatsApp Authentication Feature Might Disable Conversation Screenshots https://www.techzim.co.zw/2019/04/whatsapp-authentication-feature-might-disable-conversation-screenshots/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2019/04/whatsapp-authentication-feature-might-disable-conversation-screenshots/#comments Wed, 17 Apr 2019 07:19:30 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1962371

The authentication feature that allows you to unlock your WhatsApp using a fingerprint sensor has been in development for some time now. Weirdly enough that feature will come with some strange restrictions. It seems like once you’ve enabled the “unlock with fingerprint” feature you will not be able to take screenshots of your own conversation […]

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The authentication feature that allows you to unlock your WhatsApp using a fingerprint sensor has been in development for some time now. Weirdly enough that feature will come with some strange restrictions.

It seems like once you’ve enabled the “unlock with fingerprint” feature you will not be able to take screenshots of your own conversation for some reason.

It’s not entirely clear why screenshots are disabled when you’ve turned on authentication and strangely enough that’s not the case on iOS. Maybe it would have made sense if you could stop people from taking screenshots of your conversation.

I hope this is just WhatsApp internally testing something that might not come to the application

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6 Websites To Watch And Download Movies Legally https://www.techzim.co.zw/2019/04/1962082/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2019/04/1962082/#comments Wed, 17 Apr 2019 05:01:28 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1962082

Illegally downloading movies isn’t an option if you’re looking to support the actors and actresses who give you a reason to chill on your couch for 2 hours whilst glued to the screen. If you don’t want to (financially) prejudice them but incidentally you don’t have money to subscribe to DStv, Netflix and other streaming […]

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Illegally downloading movies isn’t an option if you’re looking to support the actors and actresses who give you a reason to chill on your couch for 2 hours whilst glued to the screen.

If you don’t want to (financially) prejudice them but incidentally you don’t have money to subscribe to DStv, Netflix and other streaming and downloading services then you have to watch free movies on legal downloading sites. Below I have just listed 6 best sites I think are worthwhile to legally download movies.

The Internet Archive

The Internet Archive is like a warehouse of everything. The Internet Archive houses collection of not only movies but also tons of articles, books and music as well. The movies (and everything else) on The Internet Archive are those which fall under public domain, which makes them 100% free to watch and download.

Visit the site here

Retrovision

If you have a tough time navigating then Internet Archive, turn to Retrovision. By paying a visit to Retrovision, you can get your hands on many classic films and also TV shows in the public domain.

Visit the site here

Crackle

Although Crackle does require a simple registration to access the free content, as the streaming site is owned by Sony, you can find plenty of Sony-owned films or TV series that you may not be able to get anywhere else. You will need to have a VPN to get movies on Crackle because there are some viewing limitations depending on which country you are in.

Visit the site here

Open Culture

Open Culture is not just a site where you can download free movies and short films, but rather you can get almost everything from online courses, certificate courses, eBooks, audio books, textbooks and language lessons all for free.

Visit the site here

Tubi TV

While the streaming websites I have listed above here offer mainly classic or older movies which are in the public domain or out of copyright, Tubi TV has a library of relatively newer movies which are all free and legal. Registration is not necessary but a free sign up allows you to access highlights of movies that are yet to come on the site.

Visit the site here

Public Domain Torrents

Public Domain Torrents also has a huge collection of free legal movies to download. Most of the movies on the site require you to download a torrent file for use with a torrent software like Utorrent or BitTorrent.

Visit the site here

Conclusion

To be honest, most of the movies you find on most of these websites are old school, poor quality and uninteresting that’s why people choose to stick to illegal sites that offer the opposite.

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Startupbootcamp Hosting Harare FastTrack Event In May https://www.techzim.co.zw/2019/04/startupbootcamp-hosting-harare-fasttrack-event-in-may/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2019/04/startupbootcamp-hosting-harare-fasttrack-event-in-may/#respond Tue, 16 Apr 2019 14:07:07 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1962068

Last year, Startupbootcamp hosted their first FastTrack event in Harare. FastTracks are informal events that Startupbootcamp host all over the world to meet the most suitable early-stage companies interested in joining their program. For each FastTrack, we invite the top 10 startups who apply to receive instant feedback from a panel of industry mentors, network […]

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Last year, Startupbootcamp hosted their first FastTrack event in Harare.
FastTracks are informal events that Startupbootcamp host all over the world to meet the most suitable early-stage companies interested in joining their program.

For each FastTrack, we invite the top 10 startups who apply to receive instant feedback from a panel of industry mentors, network with our investment team.

On the 9th of May, the Startupbootcamp’s AfriTech program in partnership with Steward Bank will host an event in Harare.

The 10 most promising startups selected from the applications will be invited to present their innovative ideas to the Startupbootcamp team and fellow entrepreneurs. You will have the opportunity to receive mentor feedback and learn more about the Cape Town-based Startupbootcamp accelerator program.

Which startups should apply? Well, the organisers are casting a pretty wide net and if you’re in any of the following industries you can apply;

  • Banking
  • Insurance
  • Financial Services
  • Smart City Solutions
  • Water treatment
  • Transportation
  • Sustainable Development

Startupbootcamp is looking for startups that are developing the following technologies:

  • Data Analytics
  • Process Automation and Simulations
  • HealthTech
  • Data Aggregation
  • Data automation and content Aggregation
  • Digital identity management
  • FinTech solutions for personal financial management
  • Smart Mobility
  • Open transportation systems
  • eLearning
  • Smart Water Solutions
  • Clean energy
  • Contract and profile management tools
  • GPS tracking technology
  • FinTech for Financial Inclusion
  • Growth Hacking and digital marketing
  • An acute focus on sustainable development goals

If you’re interested in attending the Startupbootcamp event, register here. The event will run from 8am to 5 and the schedule will be as follows:

Morning Session

  • 08:30 – 09:00 Mentor Training
  • 09:30 – 09:45 Intro SBC Program Manager
  • 09:50 – 10:30 Startup Pitches for Team 1-5 (3 minutes pitch + short Q&A 5 min max)
  • 10:40 – 12:40 Mentorship Rotations (20 mins each)

Lunch

  • 12:45 – 1:45

Afternoon Session

  • 02:00 – 02:15 Intro SBC Program Manager
  • 02:15 – 2:45 Startup Pitches Teams 6-10 (3 minutes pitch + short Q&A 5 min max)
  • 3:00 – 5:00 Mentorship Rotations (20 mins each)

Registration will close four days before the event so it might be a good idea to get your registrations out of the way.

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VID Finally Launches Computerised Provisional Licence Test https://www.techzim.co.zw/2019/04/vid-finally-launches-computerised-provisional-licence-test/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2019/04/vid-finally-launches-computerised-provisional-licence-test/#respond Tue, 16 Apr 2019 12:07:58 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1961742

Much has been said about the provisional test being taken digitally. As far back as 2016, there was an announcement informing the public that the provisional test would be taken using computers. Three years later and many delays later that vision is finally being realised. Yesterday the Vehicle Inspectorate Department launched the Electronic Learner’s Licence […]

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Much has been said about the provisional test being taken digitally. As far back as 2016, there was an announcement informing the public that the provisional test would be taken using computers.

Three years later and many delays later that vision is finally being realised. Yesterday the Vehicle Inspectorate Department launched the Electronic Learner’s Licence Testing System.

One of the more convenient improvements that will come about as a result of this new testing system is that candidates taking the test will no longer need to bring passport-sized photos as those will be captured by the system at whichever test venue you will be tested from.

The tests that will be randomly generated will have over a 1000 questions in rotation. This means candidates will no longer be able to get information of which particular test they will be taking, prior to actually taking it. That’s why every time there’s been an announcement regarding this system its been hailed as the beginning of the end of corruption at VID.

As soon as the students have taken fifteen-minute test, it will be automatically marked by the computers which is another measure meant to weed out corruption and human error in the licensing process.

According to the Herald, the testing system is expected to be rolled out to all VID depots soon.

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Liquid Telecom To Partner MIT In Inclusive Innovation Challenge To Solve Digital Economy Disparities Across Africa https://www.techzim.co.zw/2019/04/liquid-telecom-to-partner-mit-in-inclusive-innovation-challenge-to-solve-digital-economy-disparities-across-africa/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2019/04/liquid-telecom-to-partner-mit-in-inclusive-innovation-challenge-to-solve-digital-economy-disparities-across-africa/#respond Tue, 16 Apr 2019 11:20:55 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1961937

Liquid Telecom has announced that they are partnering the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) official partner for the 2019 Inclusive Innovation Challenge (IIC) in Africa. Since 2016, MIT’s Inclusive Innovation Challenge (IIC) has challenged entrepreneurs around the world to re-invent the way technology innovation is harnessed. This year the challenge will take place on five […]

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Liquid Telecom has announced that they are partnering the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) official partner for the 2019 Inclusive Innovation Challenge (IIC) in Africa.

Since 2016, MIT’s Inclusive Innovation Challenge (IIC) has challenged entrepreneurs around the world to re-invent the way technology innovation is harnessed. This year the challenge will take place on five continents: Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the US and Canada.

Background on IIC

In the last three years, 3,000 organisations have registered for the IIC from more than 100 nations. It has worked with more than 100 Global Outreach Partners, 500 judges, and drawn 3,300 event attendees.

There were 100 winners in last year’s competition, awarded a total of $3.5 million, which developed solutions ranging from agricultural climate apps for African farmers to training courses for US healthcare workers and coding boot camps in India and the Middle East.

Where does Liquid Telecom come in?

The African telecoms giant will serve as the IIC’s outreach partner for Africa, where it will play an important role in recruiting African entrepreneurs and innovators to participate in the challenge.

The 2019 IIC has four categories focused on creating solutions to help people prosper in the era of automation. These are;

  • technology access,
  • financial inclusion,
  • skills development and opportunity matching,
  • income growth and job creation.

Through its Innovation Partnership initiative, Liquid Telecom will be encouraging African based start-ups, innovators and technology companies to take part in the various challenges. The IIC will award a total of $1.6 million this year —including $250,000 to each of the four winning organisations.

Liquid Telecom is looking forward to working with MIT on delivering the IIC in Africa as it is aligned with our mission to support innovation, using digital technology, across the continent.  As an African company, greater inclusion in both the creation and application of technology is fundamental to Liquid Telecom’s DNA. We are happy to help IIC reach more entrepreneurs and innovators across the continent.


Liquid Telecom’s Group Chief Technology and Innovation Officer – Ben Roberts.

IIC Executive Producer, Devin Cook sees a “revolution afoot” to create high-tech jobs and skills training that bring people more fully into the digital age. “Our vision is an economy that works for all,” she said. To achieve this, the IIC serves as a catalyst to “accelerate entrepreneurs who are already making our vision a reality.” In addition, the challenge wants “to drive a solutions-oriented conversation about the future of work.”

Registration details

Registration is open now and the deadline for submissions in 9 May. Regional finalists will be announced 23 July and winners will be recognised at regional celebrations. The challenge will culminate with a Global Grand Prize Gala at MIT on 21 November 2019.

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Zimbabwe’s eCommerce Indicators: 9.5% Of Zimbabweans Make Online Purchases https://www.techzim.co.zw/2019/04/zimbabwes-ecommerce-indicators-9-5-of-zimbabweans-make-online-purchases/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2019/04/zimbabwes-ecommerce-indicators-9-5-of-zimbabweans-make-online-purchases/#comments Tue, 16 Apr 2019 09:43:07 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1961836

Whilst going through We are Social’s 2019 state of Zimbabwean Digital report. One of the more intriguing sections of Zimbabwe they looked at was the eCommerce indicators assessing how prepared our country is for eCommerce. So here are some of the indicators We Are Social and Hootsuites highlighted: The data being used is from the […]

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Whilst going through We are Social’s 2019 state of Zimbabwean Digital report. One of the more intriguing sections of Zimbabwe they looked at was the eCommerce indicators assessing how prepared our country is for eCommerce.

So here are some of the indicators We Are Social and Hootsuites highlighted:

The data being used is from the World Bank Global Financial Inclusion Data set from this January, so it’s pretty recent. Whilst most of the data is pretty accurate as well my gripe with the data presented is that it doesn’t necessarily take into account some Zimbabwean realities.

That’s not to say the data is incorrect or that it doesn’t have any value. It does and to expect We Are Social to rank every country unique to its context would also be unfair.

One of the contentious points is the number of people using credit cards. A mere 1.3% of the Zim population use credit cards. That may be true but it’s not necessarily a bad thing as most people actually use debit cards in our financial system. In fact the NPS 4th quarter report states that there over 4.7 million debit cards in the country right now. That’s not an insignificant number by any means.

Are people actually buying online?

More interesting is the fact that 9.5% of the Zimbabwean population is making purchases or paying their bills online. That’s a small number of the population but it is quite significant.

…And who’s buying more online, men or women?

According to the data presented by We Are Social, more men are buying online than women. The gap is actually larger than one would assume with 13% of men making online purchases and only 6.4% of women making purchases. This isn’t the first time such a claim has been made, and according to Hammer & Tongue’s statistics, more men are shopping online.

Considerations to make

I’m not sure if the stats presented by We Are Social take into account the difference in channels when buying online as some people are buying online through platforms such as WhatsApp and Facebook which are not necessarily the same as the more popular eCommerce giants like Amazon.

Once you take into account the fact that the internet penetration rate is constantly growing each year, it’s fair to assume that from here eCommerce can only grow and there’s also a huge opportunity for players in this field.

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Global Report: There Are 1.2 Million Zimbabweans On Social Media https://www.techzim.co.zw/2019/04/global-report-there-are-12-million-zimbabweans-on-social-media/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2019/04/global-report-there-are-12-million-zimbabweans-on-social-media/#comments Tue, 16 Apr 2019 07:30:42 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1961374

If data from We Are Social and Hootsuite is to be taken at face value, the number of active social media subscribers grew by 20% from 0.88 million users in 2018 to 1.2 million this year. That’s an interesting number, but it seems pretty low and only makes up 7% of Zimbos. Of this 1.2 […]

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If data from We Are Social and Hootsuite is to be taken at face value, the number of active social media subscribers grew by 20% from 0.88 million users in 2018 to 1.2 million this year.

That’s an interesting number, but it seems pretty low and only makes up 7% of Zimbos. Of this 1.2 million, the average age of social media users is 19.6 years. The reason why that number is that low is because We Are Social looks at the total addressable advertising audience – found from the self-serve advertising tools offered by each social network. They acknowledge that this addressable advertising audience may not reflect the exact number of people on social networks in the country.

How are the users spread?

The social media applications don’t include WhatsApp which is sometimes considered as part of the social media apps. The users are divided as follows:

Social NetworkTotal Addressable Ad Audience In Zim% of males% of females
Facebook1 100 00059%41%
LinkedIn510 00059%41%
Instagram290 00060%40%
Twitter193 50078%22%
SnapchatN/AN/AN/A

An interesting statistic that popped up was that men are generally using social media more than women. That’s a pretty interesting statistic that I couldn’t wrap my head around. Why is it that more males are using social networks than women. That’s a pretty difficult question to answer because that’s going against the trend except in the cases of Twitter and LinkedIn which are generally used more by men than women.

You can check out We Are Social’s 2019 report on Zimbabwe here

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Complete Guide On Using WhatsApp On Your Desktop/Laptop: WhatsApp Web https://www.techzim.co.zw/2019/04/complete-guide-on-using-whatsapp-on-your-desktop-laptop-whatsapp-web/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2019/04/complete-guide-on-using-whatsapp-on-your-desktop-laptop-whatsapp-web/#comments Mon, 15 Apr 2019 14:30:19 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1961324

WhatsApp is probably the most popular messaging app there is for mobile phones. Since it’s meant for mobiles, we often need to stop work, pick up our phones to respond to messages. Thankfully, you can also use it on our laptop/desktop so you can chat as you get with your work. What Is Whatsapp Web? […]

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WhatsApp is probably the most popular messaging app there is for mobile phones. Since it’s meant for mobiles, we often need to stop work, pick up our phones to respond to messages. Thankfully, you can also use it on our laptop/desktop so you can chat as you get with your work.

What Is Whatsapp Web?

Whatsapp Web is the version of the WhatsApp app on your phone that can be used in a web browser. Whatsapp Web provides its users with the capability to read, send messages, send and listen to voice notes, send and receive files etc. directly from their web browsers or WhatsApp desktop. You get to receive sound notifications too on WhatsApp Web. All the messages (and other things) you send and receive are fully synced between your Smartphone and your computer, and you can see all those messages (and other things) on both devices.

How Can You Download WhatsApp Web?

To install on Windows 8.1+

On your computer’s browser, navigate to the download page for download and install the file. When the install is complete, launch WhatsApp on your computer and scan the QR code to log in.

To install on Mac OSX 10.9+

On your computer’s browser, navigate to the download page to download and install the file. When the installation is finished, launch WhatsApp on your computer and scan the QR code to log in.

After installing it on your Desktop/Laptop

To Scan the QR code on the WhatsApp Web on desktop:

On Android: Go to Chats screen > Menu > WhatsApp Web.
On iPhone: Go to Settings > WhatsApp Web.

When indicated with a QR code, scan the QR Code on your computer screen from your phone. After scanning the QR code, WhatsApp Web will start so you can start chatting on.

Instead of downloading the software, do this

If you don’t want to download the WhatsApp software, you can still access it on the web browser.

How to access WhatsApp web on the browser

On your PC or laptop connected to the internet, access:www.web.whatsapp.com

Again, when indicated with a QR code, scan the QR Code on your computer screen from your phone. After scanning the QR code, WhatsApp Web will start so you can start chatting on.

Keyboard Shortcuts

If you choose to use the WhatsApp Web software, then you can enjoy some shortcuts to access some features. Here are some of the shortcuts:

  • Ctrl + N: Start a new chat
  • Shift + Ctrl + ]: Next chat
  • Ctrl + Shift + [: Previous chat
  • Ctrl + E: Archive chat
  • Shift + Ctrl + M: Mute chat
  • Ctrl + Backspace: Delete chat
  • Shift + Ctrl + U: Mark as unread
  • Ctrl + Shift + N: Create new group
  • P + Ctrl: Open profile status

Advantages/Disadvantages of WhatsApp Web

Advantages:

  • You can type faster using your desktop keyboard as compared to the mobile phone touch screen.
  • You can directly download the files to your PC that you received in your Whatsapp

Disadvantages:

  • In order to use WhatsApp Web, you have to keep your mobile phone connected to the Internet all the time while you use the web client.

Is it safe?

If we are talking about hacking, YES WhatsApp Web is every bit as safe the WhatsApp that you use on your phone – encryption works on it too.

However, WhatsApp Web can be unsafe simply because when you have paired your phone with a certain computer and you are not with your computer, someone can read your messages if you are online (elsewewhere) with your phone. To avoid this, read the section below

Logging out of WhatsApp

WhatsApp is more or less like Facebook as it allows you to log out after you finish to use WhatsApp on a certain computer to avoid a scenario where someone might remotely see your chats.

To avoid this, just head to WhatsApp Web’s Menu (three dots on top of the Home-chat screen) and click Log out.

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Google Announces Scholarship Program As Part Of Initiative To Train 100 000 African Developers https://www.techzim.co.zw/2019/04/google-announces-scholarship-program-as-part-of-initiative-to-train-100-000-african-developers/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2019/04/google-announces-scholarship-program-as-part-of-initiative-to-train-100-000-african-developers/#comments Mon, 15 Apr 2019 12:19:57 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1961227

This morning, Google announced a new African Certification Scholarship programme aimed at helping developers become certified on Google’s Android, Web, and Cloud technologies. For this year, Google is offering 30 000 scholarships and 1 000 grants for their Associate Android Developer, Mobile Web Specialist and Associate Cloud Engineer certifications. The scholarship program will be facilitated […]

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This morning, Google announced a new African Certification Scholarship programme aimed at helping developers become certified on Google’s Android, Web, and Cloud technologies.

For this year, Google is offering 30 000 scholarships and 1 000 grants for their Associate Android Developer, Mobile Web Specialist and Associate Cloud Engineer certifications.

The scholarship program will be facilitated through Google’s partners Pluralsight and Andela who offer what Google is terming as “intensive learning curriculum designed to prepare motivated learners for entry-level and intermediate roles as software developers.”

“Are these certifications valuable?”

There are always a lot of arguments regarding online courses and just how valuable they are but Google’s blog post also tries to vouch for their certifications:

Although Google’s developer certifications are relatively new, we have already seen evidence that becoming certified can make a meaningful difference to developers and employers. Adaobi Frank – a graduate of the Associate Android Developer certification – got a better job that paid ten times more than her previous salary after completing her certification. Her interview was expedited as her employer was convinced that she was great for the role after she mentioned that she was certified. Now, she’s got a job that helps provide for her family – see her video here. Through our efforts this year, we want to help many more developers like Ada and support the growth of startups and technology companies throughout Africa.

Anyway, you’ll know what camp you’re in and if you’re interested in registering for the scholarship program, you can register here.

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5 Android Apps To Block Annoying Calls (And SMSs) https://www.techzim.co.zw/2019/04/5-android-apps-to-block-annoying-calls-and-smss/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2019/04/5-android-apps-to-block-annoying-calls-and-smss/#comments Mon, 15 Apr 2019 12:08:21 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1961226

It can be quite annoying when someone is constantly calling you and you don’t want to answer the call. Fortunately, you can always block a number on your phone using third-party apps. You will not receive any calls or text messages from the blocked number. Although, some Android phones do offer this feature built-in, many […]

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It can be quite annoying when someone is constantly calling you and you don’t want to answer the call. Fortunately, you can always block a number on your phone using third-party apps. You will not receive any calls or text messages from the blocked number. Although, some Android phones do offer this feature built-in, many don’t. So, your best bet is to use a third-party app to do the job for you. Just take your pick from the following 5 apps and start living a life without any annoying phone interruptions.

Avast Mobile Security & Antivirus

Avast the renowned Antivirus program also offers SMS and Call block feature in its mobile app. Although, Avast offers a premium version with more security, its not necessary to have that version as the call block feature is available in the free version as well.

All you can do is create a manual blacklist to block calls. This options is only good if you are already using Avast mobile security, so you won’t have to download another app. Furthermore, it also comes from a trusted developer, if you have trust issues, then you can use this app to block calls.

Download it here

Call Blocker FREE

Call Blocker FREE is a completely free app with no ads at all. It allows you to block both SMS, MMS and calls. You can specify numbers to block from your contacts, call registry and message registry. It also has different methods to avoid picking a phone call- you can hang up, answer hang up and silent the call. On top of being able to black unknown numbers, Call Blocker Free allows you to receive a notification for the blocked calls.

Download it here

Calls Blacklist

Calls Blacklist is a call and SMS blocker. The app will let you block calls from contacts, call registry and messages registry. You can also configure the app to block calls/numbers with specific digits in them. If you are afraid that the provided filters may accidently block an important number, then you can also add those numbers to whitelist to never block them.

Download it here

Mr. Number

Mr. Number is a free call blocker app that allows you to block up to 20 contacts. If you want to block more than 20 numbers then you have to pay. The app also gives you a list of numbers or calls that you have previously blocked in recent days.

Download it here

Truecaller

Truecaller is well know for its service of identifying unknown callers. However the you can use the app to even block those annoying fellas. If you want to block the number, you simply search for it and tap block.

Download it here

Also read: Your Phone Has A Virus? Try These 5 Antivirus Apps To Clean It

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How To Block Game Of Throne Spoilers (And Other Shows) https://www.techzim.co.zw/2019/04/how-to-block-game-of-throne-spoilers-and-other-shows/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2019/04/how-to-block-game-of-throne-spoilers-and-other-shows/#comments Mon, 15 Apr 2019 10:23:55 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1961125

Game of Thrones Season 6 8 is here and if you’re not up for waking up at 4am to watch it because you have a life. You have work, school or whatever other responsibilities that life throws your way. The risk, however, of not waking up and watching when the show is being aired is […]

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Game of Thrones Season 6 8 is here and if you’re not up for waking up at 4am to watch it because you have a life. You have work, school or whatever other responsibilities that life throws your way.

The risk, however, of not waking up and watching when the show is being aired is that the moment you go on Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter and any other social media site the show is going to be spoiled. Everything that happened in that episode/movie will come to your knowledge and you’re left with not much to look forward to.

You may be wondering how you can avoid these spoilers and watch the show when you want? Well, there are a number of tools you can use. You can use Game Of Spoils – a Google Chrome extension that filters out game of thrones related content based on a list of keywords. Posts containing GoT spoilers will be blacked out for your own good.

…..On Twitter

If the problems you’re facing are specific to Twitter you can always mute some keywords of your choice by going to Settings > Privacy and Safety > Muted words and adding the list of words you want to avoid. The downside to this is that its cumbersome as you’ll have to add many words related to the show and if you forget to add something, it will definitely creep up on your timeline.

On Facebook you can also use a tool called Social Fixer to mute keywords like you would natively on Twitter. I don’t really use Facebook that much and on the rare occassions I use it I rarely see my friends talking about GoT so you might be safe without adjusting anything.

Though these fixes will work perfectly fine if you’re avoiding spoilers online it will be hard to do so if your friends are big fans of GoT and they are watching episodes before you. They are obviously going to want to discuss the show and you don’t want to be the joy kill who stops people from talking about their favourite show. Or maybe you do. I don’t know. Anyway, using social media less might be a great idea if you want to avoid GoT spoilers…

Also read, Thinking Of (illegally) Downloading Game Of Thrones? You Will Probably Regret it

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Pay Your DStv Subscription In RTGS Dollars https://www.techzim.co.zw/2019/04/pay-your-dstv-subscription-in-rtgs-dollars/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2019/04/pay-your-dstv-subscription-in-rtgs-dollars/#comments Mon, 15 Apr 2019 10:17:34 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1961185

Having to go in the street or to bureau de changes and banks to buy US Dollars for paying your DStv subscription to Multichoice Zimbabwe can be somewhat a hassle for some folks. Good News! Techzim is here to spare you that hassle. You can now pay for your DSTV subscription in RTGS Dollars right […]

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Having to go in the street or to bureau de changes and banks to buy US Dollars for paying your DStv subscription to Multichoice Zimbabwe can be somewhat a hassle for some folks. Good News! Techzim is here to spare you that hassle. You can now pay for your DSTV subscription in RTGS Dollars right here on Techzim.

How do you pay for your subscription on RTGS Dollars on Techzim?

To pay for your DStv in RTGS dollars follow these simple steps:

  • Visit or click the following link: www.techzim.co.zw/product/dstv-by-ecocash/
  • Select your preferred subscription bouquet
  • Put your DStv’s SmartCard number (SmartCard number not account number)
  • Put the surname of the DStv Account Holder
  • Put your WhatsApp number so that we can notify you when your DStv subscription is now activated
  • Make a payment of your prefered subscription bouquet to our Techzim Account using ZIPIT.
  • After making your ZIPIT payment, take a screenshot of the payment and upload the screenshot.
  • Click “Buy”
  • We will then credit your account. As we mentioned before, we will then notify you on WhatsApp that your subscription has been activated.

How long does it take till your account is activated?

  • When you make a payment before 09:30 your account will be activated by 10:00
  • When you make a payment between 09:30 and 12:30 your account will be activated by 13:00
  • When you make a payment between 12:30 and 3:30 your account will be activated by 16:00
  • When you make a payment after 15:30 your account will be activated by 10:00 the next day.

N:B The above turnaround times are for payments made during the week- Monday to Friday.

How much do you pay?

At the moment, we are using a USD to RTGS rate of 5.0. We charge a transaction fee of RTGS$6 only. Check out the table below to see how we calculate you entirely pay for each subscription bouquet you chose.

BouquetUSD PriceIn RTGSProcessing Fee (RTGS)Total You Pay
LiteUS$7.00$35.00$6.00$41.00
AccessUS$11.00$55.00$6.00$61.00
FamilyUS$17.00$85.00$6.00$91.00
CompactUS$25.00$125.00$6.00$131.00
Compact +US$40.00$200.00$6.00$206.00
PremierUS$65.00$325.00$6.00$331.00
Xtra View (Add on)US$11.00$55.00-$55.00
PVR (Add on)US$11.00$55.00-$55.00

We also have an option for paying in US Dollars. If you want to use US dollars, then click or follow this link: www.techzim.co.zw/product/dstv-in-usd/

Also read: Use EcoCash to buy NetOne and Telecel Airtime – Here’s How

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ZSE Redesigned And Made Their Website Great Again https://www.techzim.co.zw/2019/04/zse-redesigned-and-made-their-website-great-again/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2019/04/zse-redesigned-and-made-their-website-great-again/#respond Mon, 15 Apr 2019 08:33:48 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1961097

The first time we wrote about the ZSE website back in 2013, we couldn’t help but admire how USEFUL the site was. Unfortunately, things took a turn for worse; the website was taken down and what came back in 2016 was a shell of its former self. It ceased to be useful and though it […]

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The first time we wrote about the ZSE website back in 2013, we couldn’t help but admire how USEFUL the site was. Unfortunately, things took a turn for worse; the website was taken down and what came back in 2016 was a shell of its former self. It ceased to be useful and though it took the ZSE some time to realise this, they seem to have come to that realisation now.

Finding what you need when you need…

ZSE redesigned their website once again and they have gone back to basics this time around. Gone are the irrelevant tabs like “corporate announcements”, “My ZSE”, “FAQs” welcoming. Instead you have an accessible dashboard with the latest shifts on the markets front and centre. This means as soon as you land on the site you already have Top gainers, top losers and an index table staring right at you.

Scroll down a bit more and the useful information keeps being thrown in your face with important stats like market cap, turnover, foreign buys and sales along with trades. All of this is front and centre which means you don’t have to fiddle around looking for stuff.

The listed companies and stockbrokers are conveniently placed in the header and whilst we speak of companies there’s been a shift on the info you get from the ZSE site. When you go to a company’s page on the site you’ll have access to the following:

  • Cautionary statements to investors
  • Notices
  • Annual reports
  • Physical address of the company
  • Contact details
  • Link to the website of the company

This is pretty neat but when it comes to annual reports some companies don’t upload them online and therefore the ZSE website won’t have those. For access to historical data or libraries on companies, you’ll have to get those directly from ZSE and that will probably come at a charge.

Users will also be able to scroll between companies seamlessly with the previous and next buttons that have been placed on company pages.

The stockbrokers list works pretty similarly and users will be able to see a list of brokers along with their contact details and links to their websites.

Mobile friendly

One of the complaints regarding the ZSE websites, even the one we loved back in 2013 was that the site wasn’t necessarily mobile friendly. ZSE have rectified that and whether you’re visiting the site from your phone or a laptop you’re going to have a good experience. At least I did…

Subscription

For users who want market data and reports, there’s also a subscription option that you sign up for if you head to the market data tab in the header.

Making the ZSE website great again

The new ZSE website is pretty fantastic and that’s great because one of the factors that decide whether investors (both foreign and local) actually invest in companies in our country is access to information that makes it easier for them to invest. The new ZSE website makes it easier to access information and therefore eases the burdens investors had before.Now, whether the impact of this change will be felt or not is yet to be seen but kudos to ZSE for revising their site.

Zimbabwe Stock Exchange

The Zimbabwe Stock Exchange is the country's local bourse which has over sixty trading companies listed. The stock company is based in the capital city Harare and has evolved through various stages in its evolution. Read More About Zimbabwe Stock Exchange

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