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Xiaomi ventures into the smart glasses arena

Last week Facebook unveiled its RayBan sunglasses that are retailing for US$299. Their much-touted feature is that you can literally now wear Facebook Stories on your face. Who would want that? To say I wasn’t impressed is an understatement. Now, without even giving us a moment to digest Facebook’s latest hardware adventure, Xiaomi has announced […]


WhatsApp is testing end-to-end encrypted chat backups

Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp has announced in a blog post that it is planning to give its users the option to protect their chats using end-to-end encryption. What this essentially means is that the same technology that protects your chats from being read by anyone other than the sender or receiver will now be available […]


Facebook releases useless “smart” glasses that can take videos and photos

One of the most embarrassing products that Google ever made was their US$1 500 smart glasses. They looked cool and kind of made sense but their price tag and features did not. Eventually, they did the right thing and pulled the plug on the whole project. Now for some reason, Facebook has decided to embarrass […]


Jah Prayzah at 1 million Facebook followers, swimming in money?

I don’t think Jah Prayzah needs an introduction now. There are a million reasons why should know him by now. The musician is uber popular now. I mean, how can one have 1 million Facebook followers in a nation of about 15 million. That’s close to 7% of the population. That’s even more impressive when […]


EU slaps WhatsApp with a multi-million dollar fine for violating GDPR

Facebook-owned chat app, WhatsApp has been asked by the Irish Data Protection Commission to pay a fine of €225m or roughly US$193 million for violating the provisions of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation. It’s kind of hard not to feel like this was long overdue given how Facebook and WhatsApp have been mishandling […]


WhatsApp is finally getting message reactions

WhatsApp is the world’s most popular messaging app so it’s hard not to always wonder if it’s really the best messaging app when it comes to features. Often in, my book at least, it falls short in comparison to apps such as Instagram, Discord and even Telegram. One feature that it sorely needs is multi-device […]


Social media networks should copy TikTok’s new notification model

Social media sites can be entertaining, useful for work and downright exhilarating but like any other drug, they can be exhaustive and addictive. For most of us our phones, tablets and laptops are an extension of ourselves. We cannot live without them, put them down or ignore them. That can be very unhealthy and TikTok […]


Liquid Intelligent Technologies & Facebook partner to build fibre network in the DRC

Fresh off its 100,000 km fibre milestone, Liquid Intelligent Technologies has announced that it has entered into a partnership with Facebook to build a fibre network in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The new network will help improve internet access for over 30 million people and aid in meeting the increasing demand for regional connectivity across […]


YouTube has updated its terms again, YouTubers take heed

Another change in terms!


Trump will come back to Facebook on 6 January 2023

The return of Donald Trump.


WhatsApp multidevice support is coming in two months

Multi-Device support is coming


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

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


What effect could Facebook, WhatsApp & Sasai have on Zim elections?

social media is more powerful than ever.


Leaked Facebook moderators’ guide shows the hoops tech giants have to go through in today’s world

Moderation over a number of cultures and countries is a tricky business.


10 online safety tips for parents with kids & teens on Facebook

Since we are now more locked on our devices more than ever, Facebook has published 10 tips to help parents manage their children’s safety online.


Facebook and Apple square off in a game of pop-up notifications

Facebook and Apple are set to go toe-to-toe over the latter’s App Tracking Transparacy policy that is set to debut on iOS 14’s upcoming beta.


The “it looks like you” virus hits Zimbabwean Facebook accounts

Beware of the “it looks like you” messages making the rounds on Facebook. Someone might be trying to hack your account, so here’s how to stay safe.


WhatsApp privacy policy causes exodus to Signal

WhatsApp and its new privacy policy has forced many users to flee to Signal as the app couldn’t handle the number of new account requests.


Facebook wants your WhatsApp data

WhatsApp has a new privacy policy which comes with an ultimatum to allow your data to be shared with its parent company Facebook or else…


Facebook unveils its 2020 Africa year in review

Facebook has unvieled it’s Africa 2020 “A Year in Review” which looks back on all the key investments and work the company has on the continent.


Facebook launches Collab music app to the public.

Facebook has launched to the public a new app called Collab. The app was first launched as an invite-only beta on iOS earlier this year. The app is an experimental music-making app from Facebook’s New Product Experimentation division (NPE). The app allows users to make 15-second short music videos by combining up to three independent […]


Facebook may be forced to sell off WhatsApp and Instagram

The Federal Trade Commission filed a lawsuit yesterday that may force Facebook to sell off WhatsApp and Instagram as independent businesses.


ZANU-PF preparing to wage war on social media

ZANU-PF has announced they will be creating provincial social media teams. The duty of these teams according to a Chronicle report will be to “defend the party and government programs on social media.” This is a pretty interesting development and when you consider the party’s image online, it’s surprising ZANU-PF didn’t do this sooner. According […]


Video: Here is how Facebook VAT will work in Zimbabwe

Facebook announced that from the 1st of Septermber 2020, it will be charging Zimbabwean customers 14.5% VAT on every purshase of their services. This means that if you want to promote your Facebook page or a facebook post you’ll be paying 14.5% more than you were before. In this video we shall look at how […]


Facebook is now charging VAT to Zimbabwean advertisers

Facebook, on their Business Help Centre, announced that they will be charging Zimbabwean advertisers Value Added Tax (VAT). The tax, which is pegged locally at 14.5% will apply to businesses and individuals whose “Sold To” country is set to Zimbabwe. Facebook will be charging VAT for ads regardless of whether they are for business or […]