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Upgrading to Android 11 will break your favourite apps

Google engineers are sometimes like your mother cleaning your room unsolicited. You swear you left your magazines (let’s just call them National Geographic mags but we both know they aren’t) under your pillow. The spot was perfect, quick access for when you need to use them. Now comes the tricky part. You cannot ask your […]


Apple reportedly working on its own search engine

Apple has reportedly stepped up efforts on its own search engine. In a report by the Financial Times, Apple has started to show search results and link directly to websites when users type queries from its home screen. This was revealed in the latest version of iOS 14. “In a little-noticed change to the latest […]


The U.S. Govt sues Google & why you should care

A history lesson In 1998, The United States Government took Microsoft to court. It was the Govt’s case that Microsoft was using its dominant position in the tech industry to force Internet Explorer down our throats, while also stifling competition from Netscape Navigator. The verdict came back in favour of Netscape, although it was too […]


Google Search will now let you hum or sing to identify the song stuck in your head

Every so often there is a melody that crosses everyone’s mind. Some people are lucky enough to be able to identify the artist or some of the lyrics. There are those, myself included, who can sit with a melody for days on end trying to identify the song title or the artist. In a situation […]


Google Meet won’t limit free plan meetings to 60 mins until March 2021

Back in April Google made “Meet”, their premium video conferencing software free for everyone. The policy allowed users on the free plan to host meetings that longer than 60 minutes. This decision was influenced by the growing need for video conferencing platforms that was brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. The policy was, however, set […]


Google is apparently working on addressing Chrome’s battery consumption problem

Battery life has long since been an issue what with all the applications we have and use on our devices. Device makers have had to keep in step with these developments by offering features like quick charge, higher capacity batteries, and power saver modes on devices. Google Chrome is among those apps that require more […]


Google rolls out People Cards in India, a feature that creates user search engine profiles

Searching for famous people online is relatively easy. Information is readily available and it is usually accompanied by news about or surrounding them. It’s different if you are searching for someone who offers a service you need for example. The first route is usually asking around to see if anyone has the contact you are […]


Google’s foldable Pixel phone will hit the market next year, according to a leak

In a report by 9to5Google, a leaked internal Android document revealed three Pixel smartphones in development. The codenames for these projects are “raven”, “oriole”, and “passport”. There were no specifics when it came to “oriole” and “raven”, but 9to5Google thinks that one of them could be the Pixel 6. These codenames are a deviation from Google’s […]


Big Tech needs regulation and why you should care

Four of the biggest tech companies in the world were dragged before American Congress recently to testify on abuse of their power with regards to anti-trust. Well this sounds American so why should any of us care when we have our own problems at home? I will give you a tip, you can become geo-independent […]


ZimLive selected for Google’s COVID-19 journalism relief fund

Local news outlet ZimLive.com is going to be a beneficiary of Google’s COVID-19 journalist relief fund. Google launched this fund to support small and medium-sized news organizations that produce local and original news. “Local news is a vital resource for keeping people and communities connected in the best of times. Today, it plays an even […]


Google and Microsoft teaming up to bring more apps to the Play Store

In a report by Thurrot Microsoft and Google are working together to bring more apps to the Play Store. These applications will be built using Microsoft’s Progressive Web App builder and will use Google’s Bubblewrap utility and library to make the most out of the new features. This collaboration will bring more and better progressive […]


Video: Apple & Google installed a COVID-19 tracker in everyone’s phone

In a bid to fight the spread of COVID-19, Google and Apple partnered up to add a COVID-19 contact tracing feature into Android and iOS. Here is how you can find it as well as how it will work. Quick NetOne, Telecel, Africom, And Econet Airtime Recharge Number to recharge: Airtime amount: EcoCash number: {{error_message}} […]


Spyware Found In Google Chrome Extensions

In a report by Tech Radar, there is a new spyware initiative affecting extensions on the Chrome Web Store. Awake Security discovered more than 70 malicious extensions on the Web Store and alerted Google of them. The add-ons were downloaded 32 million times. The extensions were those that would warn the user of suspicious websites […]


“Keen”, Google’s New Social Network

Google are back in the social network game. It was only April of last year when they announced they would be ending Google Plus. This new platform isn’t anything like the old, but it’s similar to something already on the market. Keen is a platform created by Google’s Area 120 in collaboration with another in […]


Kenya’s Safaricom And Google Join Forces To launch Affordable YouTube Bundle.

Safaricom and Google have join forces to combine their data capabilities to launch an affordable YouTube bundle for Kenyans. In an effort to increase the exposure of their customers during this lockdown period. Safaricom through its partnership with Google introduced the KES 10 Bundle. What is the KES 10 Bundle? “The new daily bundle, which […]


Google Meet Rolling Out Noise Cancellation Feature.

Zoom’s astronomical rise during stay at home orders has forced many of the big tech companies to push their own existing or develop new conferencing software. Google has been hard at work in this respect. They are trying to make Meet the conferencing platform of choice. Back in April Google announced: “Over the past few […]


Why Is Google Translate So Terrible Translating Shona/Ndebele?

If you’re on Twitter, you might have come across Tweets with users questioning what Google translates before translating a local language like Shona to English. If you’re in the camp that’s not at all familiar with how terrible Google Translate is at translating shona/ndebele let me get you upto to speed. I’ll need you to […]


Google Now Offering Grow With Google OnAir Online Workshops For Free

If you have never heard about the Grow With Google OnAir program grab your popcorn and a drink and let’s go for a little ride. The initiative sees Google partnering with schools, libraries and other institutions (7000 at the time of writing) to provide workshops for people looking to get to grips with digital literacy. […]


Google’s Developer Scholarship Program Opens Registration

Google Africa Developer Scholarship (GADS) program is back for its second edition. The initiative aimed at helping developers become certified on Google’s Android, Web, and Cloud technologies continuously engage with aspiring and existing developers to help them become professional developers with skills that can get them opportunities after the program. Developers registering for this course […]


Download Google’s Movement Trends In Zimbabwe During COVID-19

At the time of writing, there have been 1.2 million COVID-19 cases with 64 972 people having died as a result. It’s not clear when the virus will be contained or when a cure will be found but the with each passing day there’s an opportunity to gather data and Google has shared just that. […]


Google Translate Getting Live Transcription Feature

Over the last few years, technology has come a long way and one of the best examples of that is Google Translate. Whilst the technology is not perfect by any means it has allowed millions of users to access web pages, signposts and documents at the click of a button. Step by step the technology […]


Here Are The 10 Worst Battery Draining Apps

If you’re like the rest of us normal folk, you spend a lot of time feeling anxious about the battery life of the computer you move around with. No, not your laptop, but your smartphone. If that is indeed the case, a good place to fight that anxiety would be to acquire as much knowledge […]


Google Warns Huawei Users Not To Install Its Apps For Security Reasons

We all know the story by now, Huawei was placed on the US government’s Entity List which prohibits the Chinese company from collaborating with any US company. Because this is the case, Google posted an update confirming that they’ll only support Huawei devices released on or before May 16 – when the ban was announced. […]


Gaming On A Low-End Phone? Google’s GameSnacks Has The Solution For You

If you’re a gamer but you’re relying on a low-budget smartphone you’ll know the pain of not being able to run games on your phone. Area 120 – Google’s workshop for experimental projects has released a library of games that are meant to work on low-end smartphones. The name – GameSnacks – is of significance […]


Google Assistant Will Soon Be Able To Read Your Web Pages

Google recently announced a new feature coming to Google Assistant that will allow users to have their web pages read to them. The feature will be available in 42 different languages (translating the page to a language before reading it out) and if you’re afraid of the robotic-sounding text-to-speech functionality offered by similar type features […]


53 Organisations Ask Google To Do Away With Pre-installed Bloatware In Open Letter

Privacy International and 52 other organisations have penned an open letter to the CEO of Alphabet Sundar Pichai asking Google to take action against “exploitative pre-installed software on Android devices”. The letter basically complains about the existence of pre-installed apps that can’t be deleted. Some of the reasons why the organisations who complained about pre-installed […]


Cogent Blocked By ARIN For Spamming Users

Cogent has a seemingly neverending list of scandals surrounding its company, the latest of which sees ARIN lose its temper and ban Cogent from accessing its WHOIS database. But who is Cogent, you ask? Well, they are the third largest Internet connectivity provider in the world. You probably haven’t heard of them, but that’s okay, […]


Playfre Streaming Service Now Available In Zim – Is It Worth A Look?

We received a pretty interesting email a few days ago. The music streaming service (I knew nothing about) was expanding to Zimbabwe and 12 other African countries. Apparently, it had previously been available in only 5 countries on the continent. I checked out their website and it promised “unlimited free music streaming for Africans.” What […]


Google Assistant Coming To Feature Phones

Google recently announced that its Assistant service will be made available to phones that don’t access the internet through a call centre. The interesting service is being rolled out in India first and will be free for callers. Google said callers will be able to; Get traffic updates, check scores and locate businesses around them […]


Google Station To Bring Fast Public Wi-Fi To South Africa

You may have never heard of Google Station – an initiative which rolls out “safe” public Wi-Fi hotspots to provide partners with hardware and software support. In Africa, Google Station is already available in Nigeria with a target of 200 hotspots by the end of this year. To deploy the networks, Google is working with […]