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Here’s How To Easily Install Dark Mode On WhatsApp Web

WhatsApp and its web counterpart have been hinting at releasing a dark mode version of the popular application for well over a year now but the official dark mode is nowhere to be found. If you use WhatsApp web we found an easy hack that will allow you to activate a darker theme on your […]


Google Announces Scholarship Program As Part Of Initiative To Train 100 000 African Developers

This morning, Google announced a new African Certification Scholarship programme aimed at helping developers become certified on Google’s Android, Web, and Cloud technologies. For this year, Google is offering 30 000 scholarships and 1 000 grants for their Associate Android Developer, Mobile Web Specialist and Associate Cloud Engineer certifications. The scholarship program will be facilitated […]


5 tech initiatives we would love to see in Zimbabwe in 2013

Open data would enable accountability: it is difficult to conceal something if the facts are there for all to see. Not only will it result in transparency, just Data alone in the right hands is a powerful resource for our national economic and social development. It’s also an incredible opportunity for local talent to build locally relevant tech solutions, a very huge gap currently.


Instagram’s new web profiles

I love taking pictures with Instagram, it’s an amazing photo sharing app available on both iOS and Android. For some time now it only had mobile profiles, but now users have dedicated web profiles to view all your  friends’ pictures for the browser. Instagram recently announced the launch of web profiles, a Facebook like collage […]


Event report: ZOL Jumpstart Challenge & BarCamp Zimbabwe 2012

So we kept pushing forward an article about how BarCamp Zimbabwe 2012 and the two rounds of the ZOL Jumpstart Challenge went, but we have received enough emails reminding us not everyone had the opportunity to attend and that even those that did may have missed some things. We have of course posted tens of […]


The role of government in fostering an active tech startup ecosystem

One issue often mentioned in discussion about mobile and the web as platforms for technology entrepreneurship in Zimbabwe is the issue of an environment that doesn’t encourage innovation, and one that doesn’t reward on merit. It is no secret that Zimbabwe has fallen behind other top nations in Africa in harnessing the potential of these platforms for economic development. While adoption of mobile phones and the internet has significantly increased, we still just use these platforms to make calls, access emails, Facebook and for the academics, some research.


The web and mobile startups we covered in 2011

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Finally, the Telecel Zimbabwe website is back online

The Telecel Zimbabwe website was taken down in early February last year, and yesterday, more than a year later, the website has been brought back online. This is good; it makes it so much easier to find information about the company; tariffs, services on offer, recent developments, contact information, coverage and other such important stuff.