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TikTok & 58 other Chinese apps banned in India – Here’s Why

So India and China are not the best of friends right now and this has resulted in the banning of TikTok, WeChat and 57 other Chinese apps from Apple and Google’s app stores respectively. The apps that were banned have reportedly accumulated 4.9 billion downloads since 2014 and 750 million downloads this year alone. Chinese […]

WhatsApp Payments suspended in Brazil 9 days after launch

WhatsApp payments cannot seem to catch a break from regulatory pressure. A week after launching in Brazil, the service has been suspended on the basis that WhatsApp Pay is anti-competitive. Brazil’s Central Bank moved against WhatsApp payments in order to “preserve an adequate competitive environment, that ensures the functioning of a payment system that’s interchangeable, […]

WhatsApp Pay Launches In Brazil

WhatsApp Pay which has been in testing for what seems like an eternity is finally being launched and strangely the launch won’t be in India where it has been tested for over 2 years. Instead WhatsApp Pay is being launched in Brazil. Beta testers of the feature will be able to send and receive money […]

Facebook Invests US$5.7 Billion In Indian Telecoms Company

Tech companies have an interesting relationship with India. The country’s cheap data has meant that for smartphone manufacturers – getting their devices in the hands of as many Indians as possible has always been a priority. For social media and messaging companies, this cheap data has meant many Indians can utilise their applications unlike in […]

Kenyans Will Soon Receive Court Summons Via WhatsApp

Kenya’s Parliament is considering passing into law an act that will allow the sending of summons via messaging applications. Summons may be sent by mobile-enabled messaging applications to the defendants’ last known and used telephone number Recommendation The chair of the Kenyan Law Society said that this was a positive development: For a start, the […]

India Reverses Cryptocurrency Ban

The Indian Supreme Court has overturned a two-year-old judgement banning cryptocurrency trading in the country. In April of 2018, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had instructed banks and financial institutions to refrain from facilitating services related to virtual currencies. The Internet and Mobile Association of India, representing various cryptocurrency exchanges, had argued that trading […]

Mobile Phones Will Feature Prominently In 2022 Census – Zimstat

Zimbabwe National Statistics Director-General Mr Taguma Mahonde has said that our mobile phones will play a significant part in the mapping and collection of data during 2022’s census which is expected to cost $1.4 billion. Given this background, Zimbabwe is focusing on following the global trend of the use of mobile devices for mapping and […]

Netflix’s Mobile-Only Plan In India Was A Hit

A few months ago, Netflix was in crisis mode – or at least that’s what media had us believe. With the threat of new streaming competition on the horizon, losing subscribers it all felt like it was time to hit the panic button. Netflix decided to roll-out a mobile-only plan in India. The mobile plan […]

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 […]

WhatsApp Now Allows You To Forward Messages Only 5 Times (Rather Than 20) To Fight Fake News

WhatsApp has imposed a new limit on the number of times you can forward messages and content on the platform. You can now forward the message only 5 times. Previously, users could forward any given message up to 20 times on the app. The reason for this change is to limit the abilities that some users […]

Whatsapp Admin In India Spends 5 Months Behind Bars For A Message Forwarded By Someone Else

A 21-year-old student in India has been in prison for the last 5 months because he was the admin in a group that an offensive message had been forwarded. The message was then reported to the authorities. The person who sent the message and the admin were arrested. His family has tried to argue that […]

Following Violence In India, Whatsapp Is Limiting The Number Of Times Users’ Can Forward Messages

Following a series of mob violence that has resulted in dozens of deaths in India, Whatsapp is now looking at drastically limiting the number of messages that can be forwarded. Whatsapp hopes this can reduce the impact of messages meant to provoke violence or spread of false information. More effective measures? After a fairly useless […]

Whatsapp & ‘Fake News’ Fuelling Mob Killings In India

Over the past few weeks you may have come across a headline (or headlines) to do with mob killings in India. What would have caught your eye in these headlines is the fact that Whatsapp is heavily involved in these killings. What’s really going on? Since May –which is just over month ago- more than […]

Uber For Weed: Mbanje Legalization Sparks New Technology In Zimbabwe

Imagine our surprise when we received an email with the subject, Uber for Weed Enters Zimbawe. We opened the email thinking this was an elaborate prank but after digging around on Jugnoo we realised it is a legitimate company. It appears the legalization of mbanje, aka weed, aka mary jane, aka marijuana, aka cannabis, aka […]

How a Google wifi initiative turned an Indian train-station into a porn-hub

photo credit: privatejobshub Late last year Google entered into a partnership with RailTel and India Railways to provide commuters with free public wi-fi access at train stations across India. Indian train stations are hives of activities as many of the more than 1,2 billion population rely on trains as a primary mode of transportation. The product, Google […]

Net Neutrality pressure forces Facebook to open up

The net neutrality pressure in the 1.3 billion people market called India is yielding some interesting results. Facebook announced today a loosening up of to let “anyone” provide zero rated content via the platform. Developers, says Facebook, will be able to create services that integrate with Our first reaction was to doubt Facebook’s sincerity especially as […]

Should we reconsider online ads in Africa?

Mobile phones have enabled so many people to connect over the past few years. They have become so ubiquitous that a greater number of people can be reached with such a limited number of resources and a new medium to communicate, which is why it is essential to have a new way of thinking when […]

Chinese virtual credit cards, $90m for Indian startup, LeadPath… – Global & regional roundup

Virtual credit cards in China as bank partners Alibaba and Tencent. (alizila) Ever heard of Virtual Credit cards? Two top Chinese internet companies, Alibaba and Tencent (the WeChat guys) announced the introduction of these yesterday. The cards can be used offline as well as online. Both companies are teaming up with a China CITIC Bank, […]

Predictably, developing countries register highest mobile growth globally

Last week, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) released the Measuring Information Society report, a report that details the state of the telecommunications industry globally. The report shows that developing countries have registered the most dynamic growth in mobile in the year 2011. According to the ITU, the trend is evidence that many developing countries are […]

No, the Zimbabwe government and Apple are not in iPad joint venture

Yesterday’s Newsday reported that the Ministry of Education will be working in conjunction with Apple to introduce solar powered iPads for rural schools. Just reading through the article, it doesn’t take much to see this is not factually correct. The article stems from a post made by Education Minister David Coltart on his Facebook wall after he met officials from the Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT) in Dublin. Here’s the full text of the post.

TelOne not aware of MTNL acquisition “arrangement”

Two days ago, an Indian publication, The Economic Times, reported that Indian state owned telecoms firm, MTNL, was eying a 51% stake in TelOne. We did a story on that here.

Econet, POTRAZ, and the regulation of BlackBerry services in Zimbabwe

At the end of March this year, we reported that Econet’s intention to launch BlackBerry services had attracted the interest of the government. This we observed in an article in a state owned weekly newspaper, The Sunday Mail. Yesterday, the Sunday Mail had another report on the matter. This time the paper reports that the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) has banned Econet from using BlackBerry services until it gets a license for the services.

Get Ready: Zimbabwe will be a competitive BPO hub

In an increasingly globalised world, Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) has taken developing countries by storm. By consistently underpricing developed markets, thousands of jobs and opportunities are being created at breakneck speeds everyday. This article seeks to provide a bird’s eye view of the sector with regards to Zimbabwe’s shot at becoming a competitive hub on the continent and within the greater Southern Hemisphere. We’re not quite sure when exactly the BPO boom began, we are more than certain however of the fact that it’s a very lucrative sector to enter for entrepreneurs and this nation.