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Instagram is supposed to be friendly. So why is it making people so miserable?

Instagram is supposed to be friendly. So why is it making people so miserable?

News, Social Media
For a growing number of users and mental health experts, the positivity of Instagram is precisely the problem, with its relentless emphasis on promoting ‘perfect’ lifestyles. Should everyone just stop scrolling?  ‘You don’t really have control over what you’re seeing …’ Illustration: Joe Magee When 24-year-old fashion blogger Scarlett Dixon posted a picture of herself having breakfast, the internet turned nasty. “The best of days start with a smile and positive thoughts. And pancakes. And strawberries. And bottomless tea,” Dixon wrote on her scarlettlondon Instagram feed, under an image of her looking flawless on a freshly made bed flanked by heart-shaped helium balloons. The sponsored post – for Listerine mouthwash, a bottle of which is visible

OnePlus is building its own smart TV

Gizmos
OnePlus OnePlus, known for making budget-priced phones with flagship specs, plans to shake up the TV segment in a similar way. Founder and CEO Pete Lau told Business Insider that it will launch the OnePlus TV, possibly by 2019, with a focus on design, image quality and sound. "We feel the current market of TVs is still feeling quite traditional in their functionality and experience," said Lau. "And they haven't really well-integrated the internet ... making the experience match with what would be expected in today's connected society." Lau said that the OnePlus TV would have AI smarts and feature some kind of assistant, and will also seamlessly connect with your smartphone. He didn't elaborate on whether it would use Alexa, Google Assista
Blockchain Technology Is High On The Central Bank’s Agenda, Says RBZ

Blockchain Technology Is High On The Central Bank’s Agenda, Says RBZ

Breaking News, What's Hot
It’s well known in the banking sector that the emergence of blockchain is most likely to trigger a revolution in banking. However, it is in the hands of central banks that the technology could reach its true potential. No wonder the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) is rapidly extending its interest in the blockchain technology. This is according to the Deputy Governor of the central bank, Dr. Jesimen Chipika who said: Blockchain technology is high on the Central Bank’s agenda. Innovation has a way of running ahead of regulation, but we refuse to be left behind. We want to understand and adapt TelOne Modem Fibre Insurance This comes after a couple of months ago, the RBZ’s governor said that the central bank had set the wheels in motion to conduct research on blockchain technology and
WhatsApp Working On A Feature That Reduces Eye Strain: Dark Mode

WhatsApp Working On A Feature That Reduces Eye Strain: Dark Mode

Applications, Social Media, Start Ups
Dark theme support seems to have become the latest trend and it’s quickly catching heat. App makers have started embracing it with open arms, including Google, and now it looks like WhatsApp may finally join in on the fun with its own dark mode. Yes, you heard that right. WhatsApp is said to be working on a dark mode for its popular messaging app. It appears like WhatsApp is finally taking cues from its parent, Facebook, which introduced a dark mode for Facebook Messenger earlier this year. There is currently no mention of how WhatsApp’s dark mode will actually look like but we are now even eager and awaiting it with bated breath. If you are curious to see how the dark theme may look like in Whatsapp, here’s a concept developed by WABetaInfo: If we are on the topic of dark themes, t
Your Child Is Writing O Level This Year, Here’s A Tool To Help Them With Math And Science Subjects

Your Child Is Writing O Level This Year, Here’s A Tool To Help Them With Math And Science Subjects

Applications
You can buy the product right here on Techzim in our store using EcoCash and we will deliver it to you straight away I had to start by stating those two things because the community here is brutal sometimes and is quick to assume that the objective from our end is to hoodwink and sell snake oil. Actually no, we are always upfront about any content that benefits us financially. Now, what is Learner’s Tab? Learner’s Tab is a resources portal for school content presented in video format and in a highly illustrative format. Right now they only have content for Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. As a bonus there is also content for English. We described the product in full here. You can also watch the video promo below: Which syllabus? The platform has a number of African syll
Tech Billionaire Jack Ma Will Be Retiring From His Position As Alibaba Chairman In 2019

Tech Billionaire Jack Ma Will Be Retiring From His Position As Alibaba Chairman In 2019

Breaking News
Jack Ma has made it clear that he is tired of the office and he’ll be hanging up his gloves on the 10th of September in 2019. The former teacher, who went on to found Alibaba –the Chinese eCommerce giant- and make billions, has said the decision he is making will make him much happier: When I retired from the CEO position, I told the CEO team (in 2013) I should have more time playing golf on the beach. The thing is, I don’t want to die in my office. I want to die on the beach. But I find, oh my God, spent 870 hours in the air last year, and this year, 1,000 hours. Though Jack Ma is no longer responsible for running Alibaba’s daily operations, he is still the face of the company and travels constantly and meets Presidents of countries among other things. Where next for Alibab
Fees: Schools urged to embrace mobile cash

Fees: Schools urged to embrace mobile cash

FinTech
GOVERNMENT has instructed schools to open mobile money accounts and create more options for parents to pay school fees besides cash and bank transfers. A snap survey conducted by The Herald in Mutare yesterday showed that most schools were accepting bank transfers and cash, but were turning away parents and guardians who wanted to pay fees using mobile money platforms. Manicaland provincial education director Mr Edward Shumba said the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education allowed parents to pay school fees using cash and all forms of plastic money. “We have instructed schools to open EcoCash accounts in their names,” he said. “Schools need to realise that in Zimbabwe there are many ways to pay for goods and services, EcoCash is one of them and not all money is in the form of
Fans kicked out of Kevin Hart gig after artist introduces a ‘zero tolerance’ mobile phone ban at UK gigs

Fans kicked out of Kevin Hart gig after artist introduces a ‘zero tolerance’ mobile phone ban at UK gigs

Entertainment
Fans of a US comedian have been left furious after they were kicked out of his concert for using their mobile phones. Funny man Kevin Hart has faced criticism for his decision to enforce a “zero tolerance” mobile phone policy on his tour, resulting in fans claiming they were kicked out for a little as sending a text. Paying fans at both the Manchester Arena and the O2 have revealed how they were escorted out of the concert venues for using their phones, with one woman claiming she was only sending a five word message to her mother. Whilst other artists have imposed similar bans customers, could be taken out of the phone-free zone, however Hart took a different approach hiring his own “cell phone security.” Artists such as Jack White and Chris Rock have imposed similar bans as c

Honor Play review: great all-round smartphone for under £300

Gizmos
The Honor Play is a well-made, good-feeling phone that provides a great experience at well under £300. Huawei’s Honor sub-brand has been firing out great phones at a rate of knots, with the Honor Play the latest in its line of lower-cost top-spec phones. The Play doesn’t deviate from the winning formula used by the last few top-end Honor smartphones: a flagship processor, plenty of memory and storage, a big screen and battery life reaching well into the second day. On the outside the Play is a remix of sorts between the Honor 10 with its notched screen and the metal unibody of the Honor 10 View (which was confusingly released before the Honor 10). honor play review Facebook Twitter Pinterest The curved metal sides and antenna lines are reminiscent of the iPhone 7, complete with
Hackers Breach MEGA Chrome Extension To Steal Crypto Private Keys

Hackers Breach MEGA Chrome Extension To Steal Crypto Private Keys

Security
Modern technologies, such as the internet, smartphones, and blockchain, are often touted as world-changing innovations, and while this may be the case, there are still glaring problems with the security of digital systems. MEGA Falls Victim To Cybersecurity Breach On Tuesday morning, concerned individuals across the web took to social media to reveal that malicious code had taken the place of MEGA’s chrome extension, which has been downloaded tens of millions of times across the globe. Some claimed that the updated code allowed the extension to gather sensitive data from popular websites across the internet. At first, many believed that this hack only affected popular websites, like Google and Facebook, but upon further analysis, cybersecurity experts noted that the updated MEGA ext
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