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We need an accessible cloud in Zimbabwe

I don’t know when it began, but it has been going on for a while now in the boutiques and other indigenous clothes stores. As soon as you enter the store you notice that all the clothes have no price tags. A creepy guy or lady follows you around as you go around the racks. […]

Want to buy your ZESA prepaid electricity through EcoCash? Try

Whenever we talk about the issue of paying for your ZESA prepaid electricity everyone remembers how Econet was shut out from an integration with ZESA for mobile money payment leaving One Wallet as the only option for the many people used to mobile money transactions. Thankfully someone has worked on a solution that will give you […] offers online domain registration for $5 a year

Here’s a service provider that some of you might have come across recently – The company is offering online domain registration with local domains going for $5 a year. This is the same service that startup, has been offering along with a domain checker facility. The two competing services provide a solution to […]

We’ve figured out payments, so what’s next for Zim e-commerce?

Last Saturday Paynow, a local e-payments integration service, hosted a developers’ day at the Hypercube Hub. The event was attended by several developers and designers with some of them eager to integrate Paynow with their online services. Matthew Hood, the technical lead at Paynow, was pleased with the turnout at the Developer day, largely because […]

Paynow to host developer day focused on boosting online payments in Zimbabwe

Paynow, the Zimbabwean internet payments platform developed by Webdev has decided to give local internet payments a shot in the arm by working with developers. Together with Hypercube Hub, Paynow will be hosting a developer day at the tech hub on Saturday 16 August 2014. The day long event (9 am to 5 pm) will […]

Paynow, a new Zimbabwean internet payments gateway. Simplicity at its best

If you tried to buy a ticket to the Broadband Forum event that we held last week, you probably noticed you could buy online, and that we were accepting EcoCash, ZimSwitch Vpayments and even VISA. And it worked seamlessly both for us and the people paying. We were using the new internet payments platform by Webdev called Paynow. The platform has been live for […]

Traction Engine sets out to solve problems in the African advertising market

For anyone involved in online content generation through blogs or any other form of online publications the issue of monetisation via advertising always stares at you in the face. A lot of issues come into consideration with this model though. A local startup, Traction Engine, has come up with a solution for some of these […]

Software agency, IDPR Extreme launches TED talk like initiative in Harare

On Thursday last week, a new promising initiative in the country tech ecosystem called The Tech Lair organized its inaugural event called The Tech Lair Meetup, The Opening at Harare Club in Harare. The Tech Lair is the brainchild of IDPR Extreme and its main purpose is to organize TED like talks were tech enthusiasts […]

Pay4App looking to improve on 2013 achievements

As we continue to review the success and failures local startups, Pay4App is one of those that can’t go unnoticed simply because their product is designed to solve the major problem online startups in Zimbabwe face – receiving payments online. Despite having a solution that maybe not perfect, but still workable, Pay4App hasn’t gained much […]

Zimbabwe apps review: Pay4App internet payments

Some very innovative people have sat down on this one. See, the relevancy of an app to the populace is not necessarily in the cutting edge technology (that’s for tech people), it’s also in the usability, the ability to accomplish the task in as simple a way as possible, as economic and just as secure. […]

A Chrome extension to check your Africom account balance

If you’re an Africom customer you probably find the process of checking your credit balance a bit tedious; you have to go the company’s website, click on balance enquiry to load another website, find the ‘balance enquiry’ link on that site, click it and then finally enter your account number. What if you could do all that in one click right in your browser?

Pay4App launches an online payments API for Zimbabwe that uses EcoCash

Tracking the progress Pay4App have made on the path of solving the payments problem, the entrepreneurial consistency working on the problem in such a constraining environment is pleasing.

Pay4App uses EcoCash for hybrid internet and mobile payment service

Remember the UZ student who developed an EcoCash internet payments proof of concept last year? Well, he’s since joined a startup that’s doing exactly that – facilitating internet payments via EcoCash.