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There are “backdoors” in some Xiaomi and Huawei phones: Lithuania government

The government of Lithuania had some rather strong if not downright hysterical advice for its citizens. It said that they need to throw away their Xiaomi and Huawei phones soon as possible. This is because the country’s authorities claim, they have found what are essentially backdoors in these phones that will allow the Chinese government […]


The latest OTA update from Xiaomi bricked my Mi Box S

By now you probably know that I am a bit of a Xiaomi fanboy. It’s not just blind loyalty though. There is a good reason for it. I have watched the company grow from being a niche budget phone maker to become the second-biggest smartphone maker in the world and even today they continue to […]


Xiaomi is remotely blocking its phones in “unsupported regions”

Xiaomi has been in the news and on everyone’s lips in recent years, weeks and months and it’s mostly because of how it continues to grow and corner the smartphone and indeed the entire gadget market. They are now the second-largest phone and biggest smartwatch maker. However, their latest stance is bound to generate some […]


Xiaomi will soon stop using the “Mi” brand as it tops the smartphone world

Do you remember when we said Xiaomi was the second top phone brand in the world? Well, now they are the top phone brand in the world? According to various analytics companies, including Counterpoint, the Chinese phone market surpassed the global giants Samsung and Apple to become the number smartphone brand in June after their […]


Say hi to Xiaomi’s new air fryer

Recently I visited my physician for a review. Just as we were about to conclude the meeting he cleared his through in a way that suggested he had something more to add to before we concluded our meeting. He looked at me from the top of his glasses, pointed at my sizeable belly and told […]


Xiaomi overtakes Apple to become the world’s second-biggest smartphone maker

New data by analysis company, Canalys, shows that Xiaomi, the Chinese device maker, is now the second-largest phone maker in the world after overtaking Apple. Xiaomi achieved this feat after achieving a massive 83% growth in shipments. Samsung remains the top phone maker in the world with a staggering 19% of the world’s phone market […]


Video: Cool gadgets under $150

It’s actually 9 gadgets anf in this video we have split them into categories that include wearables, home entertainment and grooming & hygene. There is an assortment of them from smartwatches and sound bars to hair trimmers and soap dispensers and each product goes for less than 150 bucks.


Fully charge a phone in 8 mins? Xiaomi says hold my beer

Xiaomi showed off its new 200W HyperCharge, which can fully charge a 4000mAH battery in 8 minutes. Charge up to 100% in just 8 minutes using wired charging and 15 minutes wirelessly! #XiaomiHyperCharge Too good to be true? Check out the timer yourself! #InnovationForEveryone pic.twitter.com/muBTPkRchl — Xiaomi (@Xiaomi) May 31, 2021 The phone used in […]


Biden Administration lifts Trump Xiaomi ban

Huawei next?…


Ubuntu 21.04 is out, here is why you shouldn’t upgrade yet

Likers of things, gather here


Xiaomi charged US$300K for “new” logo design

Now you know the cost of rounding off some edges.


4 tech gift ideas for your Valentine

Here are 4 tech gift ideas to spoil your Valentine on the 14th.


Xiaomi joins Huawei on the US’ naughty list

Xiaomi has been blacklisted by the United States Department of Defence on the grounds that it has ties to the Chinese Military.


Video: Window shopping at Mi Store

In this video we take a look at products available at the Mi Store and these include some smartphones, some accessories like wireless buds and powerbanks and Android TV boxes. You can buy any of the products in this video from Techzim Market and we will deliver to you anywhere in Zimbabwe. Quick NetOne, Econet, […]


Xiaomi patent shows a fresh take on sliding cameras

In a report by Pigtou, Xiaomi has patented a new front facing camera in a module combined with the rear facing camera. The design looks to increase the screen real estate on their smartphones. The patent shows a display with no bezels. The rear of the device has what looks like a conventional two camera […]


Preinstalled Apps Are Also Not Safe. 140 Bugs Found On Preinstalled Android Apps

Security researchers always advise Android users to be careful while downloading apps from the Google Play Store. But what about pre-installed apps in Android phones? Recently a security research company stated that pre-installed apps and firmware pose a risk due to vulnerabilities (bugs). The researchers found over 140 bugs in preinstalled apps which could be […]


Xiaomi’s Mi Mix Alpha Looks Like Something From The Future

When foldable phones started getting announced, a number of people questioned whether these phones are necessary. I’m sure Xiaomi’s Mi Mix Alpha will get the same reception due to its futurist appearance. The phone has a display that wraps around and is only interrupted by a camera strip used to house the 108 MP camera […]


Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Sells 15 Million Units In 6 Months

Xiaomi is fast becoming an extremely popular brand globally. The company has always been quite popular in China and India but it seems the number of people looking to have their phones is growing. The Redmi Note 7 which was announced back in January has been selling quite well. In fact, Xiaomi has managed to […]


Xiaomi To Focus More On The African Market

Xiaomi is a pretty popular brand but they have been seriously struggling in their home country with a reputation of making cheaper phones that people don’t want to be seen carrying. Fortunately, this hasn’t been an issue in India; a market that is obsessed with specs and cheaper phones. Xiaomi’s growth in India has probably […]


All Major Mobile World Congress Live Streams In One Place

The Mobile World Congress officially kicks off tomorrow but a couple of the major announcements will happen today. We are talking Huawei, Nokia, LG and here are the links to their live streams. More will be added as they come. Nokia Huawei   Oppo Xiaomi     Quick NetOne, Econet, And Telecel Airtime Recharge Number […]


4 Things I Love About The Xiaomi Mi A2

Balance is key. That’s why we have black and white, sugar and salt, Yin and Yang. For the Mi A2, I looked at the things that annoy me but that was not to say I hate the device or that it’s a bad device. Far from it! There are also things I love about the […]


Watch: Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 7 Goes On A Rampage, Leaves A Trail Of Destruction

First of all Redmi is now a sub brand for Xiaomi’s budget phone line. This means that while we used to say Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 we now only have to say Redmi Note 7. Still the same phone company and awesome phones. In fact the Redmi Note 7 is so awesome it has inspired […]


Xiaomi’s Foldable Phone Looks Stunning But All Concepts Usually Do…

So earlier this year, I posted a rant about the state of smartphones in 2018 and in that article I felt quite optimistic about what we will see from smartphones this year. Xiaomi might be proving me right with their recently released video doing the rounds. The video features Xiaomi’s President Lin Bin and he’s […]


The Mi Pad 4 Might Just Be The Best Budget Tablet On The Market

In my house the remote wars can get pretty intense and elaborate. If you snooze you will find yourself watching the English Premiership League on your Ubuntu laptop together with the inconsistent picture quality due to poor internet and lack of hardware acceleration in Linux. For this reason I have been thinking hard about getting […]


Preview Of The Xiaomi Mi Band 3, Mi Powerbank And Mi Car Charger

We take a look at a couple of Xiaomi products that include a Mi car charger. It is a compact and solidly built charger with 2 USB ports capable of fast charging on devices that support fast charging. Also in the mix is a 10 000 mAh Mi Power Bank which does not just support […]


Keep Track Of Your Stress Levels With The Xiaomi Mi Band2 And 3: Limited Ecocash Offer Available

So most people have been having a torrid week ever since the latest monetary policy came out. Stress levels for people from all walks of life have been through the roof and a lot of us are understandably not sleeping well. While it is normal to worry, stress and high blood pressure are detrimental to […]


[Podcast] Smartphone Design, Notch Or No Notch, Copying Conspiracy

We look at the trends of smartphone design from 2017, in 2018 and predict how 2019 design trends will fare. The issue of who is copying who in the smartphone world is in the mix. We also touch on smartphone companies in Zimbabwe looking at their design choices and price points. Quick NetOne, Econet, And […]


3 Great Budget Phones You Can Get For A Bargain (Updated)

Last week we looked at the amazing Mi A2, it is a great phone but things the way there are right now in Zimbabwe where we are tightening the proverbial belt for like the 18th year, spending more than $200 USD on a phone might be beyond the budgets of many people. That does not […]


Get This Temperature Humidity Sensor From Cafago For Only $12.60, Uhmm Who Cares About Such?

As winter continues to bite I know some days are colder than others but sometimes you need to put a figure to the adjective. Normally I rely on Weather Underground and Google to tell me this but here is the problem, both services give me the weather for the area which might or might not […]


[Video] Oculus Go The Most Affordable Standalone VR Headset Right Now

A couple of years ago Facebook announced and released the Oculus Rift which was their own solution to a standalone Virtual Reality headset. However at an asking price of $400 it made a lot of sense for someone to buy a VR headset shell and slide their smartphone inside it instead. Well Oculus went back […]