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Google Confirm They Are Shutting Down Inbox

In September last year, Google wrote the obituary for Google Inbox and announced that the product would be killed at the end of March 2019. Well, we are in March 2019 and Google have confirmed that they are going ahead and terminating Google Inbox at the end of this month. If you are one of […]

You Can Now Send Emails That Self-Destruct On Gmail’s Android App, Real World Mission Impossible!

Apparently, as far back as May Google rolled out a feature they were calling Confidential Mode to desktop users. This missed me entirely, but seeing how important email is in most of our workflows the introduction of Confidential Mode to Android was great news which allows us to talk about this feature Confidential Mode allows […]

Check Out The New Gmail For Desktop: Some New Features As Well

Google Mail –more popularly known as Gmail- is testing out a new desktop redesign. The fresh coat of paint isn’t the only new addition and there is some new stuff of functionality. How do I activate the new Gmail? So the new Gmail is not available automatically. If you hadn’t already activated the new interface […]

Google’s Inbox Requires Your Laziness To Clean Out Your Email Inbox

You know how filthy your email inbox looks. You don’t really know how it got to this but it is a mess right now. It probably is that kind of mess which paralyses one to inaction. You know it is a mess but it is so big a mess you feel powerless even thinking about […]

Jonathan Moyo’s Gmail hacked

Prominent and outspoken Zimbabwean politician, Jonathan Moyo, said yesterday that his Gmail account was hacked and his password changed. As a result, he’s been locked out of his mailbox. The hack, according to him, happened yesterday around 3PM (16 September). Moyo also said yesterday that Google has so far refused to give him back control of the mailbox. […]

Google Inbox doesn’t make email less of a monster

Today I was reminded of Inbox by this Reddit AMA. Inbox is an app I should find time to learn and start using; something I’ve meant to do for about a month now. It’s Google’s latest cure for one of the internet’s biggest pain – email. I don’t think I will be using Inbox any time soon. I […]

Africom launches package with unlimited access to social media

Local internet access provider Africom has introduced a new product called the Africom MiChoice Package which gives users unlimited access to common social media and messaging platforms like Facebook, WhatsApp, Skype and Viber as well as unlimited access to emails. The package is available with a $5 weekly, $10 fortnightly and a $25 monthly package. […]

Zimpost needs to embrace tech to stay relevant

According to News in the Herald local postal services firm, Zimpost, recorded a 15% slump in revenue for the five months to May 2014 which has been attributed to the tough economic environment. The same article carries comments from Zimpost MD, Douglas Zimbango, on how their service line has been made obsolete by technology. Unless you’ve been […]

It’s not just you, the Dipleague service was down for weeks

At the beginning of this month, users of popular email based classifieds service, Dipleague, asked about a sudden stop to the flow of the service’s emails.

Zimbabwe is more than ready for e-commerce and online shopping

This guest article was authored by Prosper Chikomo, an internet entrepreneur and author of Turning Iron into Gold: Golden Opportunities: How to Spot Them, Create Them, Make Money from Them, and How Not to Miss Them (Available on  A doubtful Zimbabwean-banker asked me the question, “Is Zimbabwe ready for e-commerce? Did you do any market research […]

Facebook, WhatsApp & the transition of social networking to mobile

Over the last few weeks there has been a lot talking on social networking, its related technologies and its adoption by users worldwide. Facebook, Google+, Twitter and other similar services are being treated by some of us as true social networking platforms. Some of our colleagues have gone on to separate such services as WhatsApp, ChatOn and other similar services as just Instant messaging or Multimedia Messaging Services.

Have websites forgotten about the masses without “mobile apps”

Whatever you say can and will be used against you. A recent quote from a post on the Google Africa blog reads “[Google:] Making the world’s information universally accessible and useful means making it available to people no matter what device they use”. I suppose in a world where quad-core mobile processors are the headlines it is all too easy to dismiss the group of people who access the web on their phone using Opera Mini and have never caught up with the whole this-app-for-that-purpose craze.

Econet launches eTXT, erases line between SMS and the Internet

A little more than 3 weeks ago, we reported that Econet was working to launch eTXT, an application that allows you to communicate seamlessly with Email, Chat, and social networks through basic SMS. The service was live when we posted the article but you could only access it if you knew it existed.

New Econet service powered by eTXT. SMS to Email, Chat and Facebook

Today, an email tip pointed us to a new product to be launched soon by Econet Wireless Zimbabwe. We’re not sure what the product will be named but it can be found right now on and it’s already active.

The service allows you to use SMS to communicate seamlessly with Email, Instant Messaging (Gtalk, Yahoo Messenger, MSN Messenger, Facebook Chat) and social media networks like Facebook. It’s powered by a ForgetMeNot Africa application called eTXT.

Let Google dress your email for business

I don’t know about you folks but I haven’t had much success finding certain products and services from local businesses on the Internet. Not that they don’t exist, but I suppose advertising on the Internet is something that most of us seem to still be tentatively exploring. Because I usually don’t have time to leaf through other traditional advertising media, each time I’m driving through town I’m on the lookout for billboards, informative company cars and such. Maybe not the most effective method but it has rewarded me enough times to keep at it.

Econet mail goes live

On December 17 last year, Econet announced it was preparing to launch an email system for broadband subscribers. Exactly a month later, Econet Mail has gone live. Econet has announced the system is ready and broadband subscribers will be getting their login credentials via SMS.

Econet to launch email system for broadband subscribers

Econet Wireless has announced it will be launching an email system for its broadband subscribers before Christmas. Referring to email as the next phase of making Zimbabweans the most digitally connected people in Africa, Econet says it will issue broadband subscribers with free email addresses linked to the Econet mobile number.

A Few Years From Now, It’ll Just Be Facebook

A lot of people I know, less tech savvy relatives and friends especially, have Gmail or Yahoo email addresses they don’t really use. Well, except to sign into Facebook. Roughly half of these people are in Zimbabwe, and the other half in the Diaspora. The common denominator with all these friends and relatives is this; […]