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Google to add more context to search results in a bid to fight fake news

Google the makers of the internet’s leading search engine have announced that soon they will release an update that will see more context being added to search results in a bid to fight fake news and misleading information. This will be done through a new tool called About this result which was released back in […]


Soon there will be an official way to download YouTube videos on desktop

YouTube apps on various platforms already allow you to download some videos for offline viewing but those who use browsers have always had to rely on third-party tools and sites. That is about to change soon as YouTube is currently testing a feature that allows users to be able to download videos in Chrome for […]


Android 12 might be coming in October

Various versions of Android 12’s beta have been available since the mobile operating system was announced back in May. The final version of the OS, however, has taken far longer to come out than those that have come before it. There is some news to a release date, according to Mishaal Rahman, Editor-in-Chief of XDA, […]


Apple pays off developers in a bid to buy them off

Back in May, we wrote about how Apple was in trouble as a number of developers sued the company over its iron-grip rule of the App store. It seems the company has now found a way out of its trouble by settling with some of the developers. It will pay about US$100 million in settlements […]


Google to ban “Sugar Daddy” apps from the Play Store

In another case of something that I didn’t know was a thing, Sugar Daddy apps have been banned by Google from its Play Store. This new shift came by way of a Play Store policy update that deemed the apps as inappropriate content under the pretext of “compensating sexual relationships” according to a report by […]


The upcoming version of WordPress will support WebP

I don’t often write about WordPress, the popular CMS (content management system) that powers both Techzim and all the sites I work with but today I decided to make an exception as I couldn’t contain my excitement. The next coming version of WordPress, version 5.8 which is coming out on 20 July, will have native […]


Google responds to WebView update that crashed apps

New rollouts are going to be different.


Google shares 5 ways you can spot fake news

stay above the noise…


Google Chrome update will help you make your passwords stronger

Google is rolling out a new update for Chrome which will help you identify and fix weak passwords as well as recommend stronger ones for you.


We are relying too much on Google, here is how you can free yourself from its shackles

We rely far too heavily on Google and its services and with the outage that happened yesterday, you might want to look for some alternatives.


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, Econet, And Telecel Airtime Recharge Number to recharge: Airtime amount ($): EcoCash or OneMoney […]


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. […]