Zimbabwe and regional technology news and updates

IMF says Zimbabwe’s gold-backed digital tokens likely a bad idea

I have to confess, I am not a fan of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank. It’s hard to be a fan as a Zimbabwean, I guess. However, they do hold sway over world proceedings and so we have to listen to what they have to say. Right now Zimbabwe is the […]

Econet facing widespread service outage

You probably have spent most of the day toggling your phone’s airplane mode or restarting it to get it to work. Well, you are not alone. Econet is facing some system challenges that are affecting its services. Seems like data is one of those services that is still up and running. Services that are unstable […]

Here is how you control how your child uses their smartphone, these parental controls are great

Schools opened yesterday and I know that you parents out there are a little light in your wallets. Thank you for your service, you are financing the future of this nation, keep paying that school fees. You have also had to buy smartphones for your kids, haven’t you? There’s no chance you can help your […]

Digital gold tokens – here’s how you go about purchasing. Not all banks are ready

I will assume you know about the digital gold tokens that the RBZ is issuing. If you have been living under a rock, get yourself acquainted with the details here: The RBZ’s digital gold coins are a good idea but may be undone by just one word – trust. Now that we are all on […]

What is going on with mobile data in Zim? It’s a disaster for sure and we need your help to see how bad it is.

Let’s just say since 2019, mobile internet has just gone to the pits. Internet speeds plummeted and as if that was not enough, the stability of the internet connection itself took a big hit. And it’s not just that. There are instances where you purchase a data bundle and it only starts working after fiddling […]

InDrive is making a splash in Zim. Can it dethrone Vaya and Hwindi?

Let’s talk about InDrive. It’s on billboards, on the radio, and even in all our YouTube videos in the form of ads. It’s the latest addition to ride-hailing services in Zimbabwe but is it better than the established players? Pay what you feel is fair InDrive runs on the model of paying what you feel […]

Gmail is getting blue verified checkmarks like Twitter, should help spot impersonators

One of the main disadvantages of using digital means to communicate is that it can be hard to know you’re talking to the person you think you’re talking to. There are many bad apples out there that would fool you into revealing secrets, thinking you’re conversing with a confidant. On social media, the problem of […]

WhatsApp now allows locking individual chats behind a passcode/fingerprint

With each passing day, WhatsApp is introducing features that will make GB WhatsApp and its friends redundant. The official WhatsApp is good enough for me, but for the super private (sketchy?) among us, GB still offers some must-have features. WhatsApp is working on introducing one such feature – the ability to lock individual chats. You […]

NMB Remit joins crowded domestic remittance market, can it make a mark?

The collapse of the Zimdollar has led to some interesting phenomena in Zimbabwe. The population prefers the US dollar but cannot bring themselves to bank said USD. This means when it comes time to transfer money, Zimbabweans cannot turn to banks. They have their money under their mattresses and getting some of it to a […]

Old Mutual Zimbabwe launches a Fintech business, Old Mutual Digital Services

It appears fintech is where it’s at these days. It makes sense, the smartphone really changed the game, allowing millions billions to access the internet. Financial institutions had to adapt to deliver financial services through phones, the Internet etc We welcomed a fast food chain into the fintech space when Simbisa launched its InnBucks platform. […]