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Zimbabwe To Host This Year’s Programme For Infrastructure Development In Africa (PIDA) Week

Zimbabwe To Host This Year’s Programme For Infrastructure Development In Africa (PIDA) Week

Breaking News
The 2018 Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) Week) will take place in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe from 26 to 29 November 2018, on the theme: “PIDA Implementation through Good Governance – Realizing Smart Infrastructure for Africa’s Integration.” PIDA Week was inaugurated in 2015 as a marketing platform to showcase selected PIDA projects and to accelerate their implementation. The week-long event is an important step in the implementation of the African Union’s Agenda 2063 framework and a stepping stone towards reaching the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. PIDA Week 2018 will build on the momentum created in the previous three events held in Cote D’Ivoire (2015 & 2016) and Namibia (2017) to continue to engage stakeholders on the effective delivery o
The 2% Transaction Tax Could Be Effective If Implemented Less As A Punishment And More As An Encouragement

The 2% Transaction Tax Could Be Effective If Implemented Less As A Punishment And More As An Encouragement

FinTech
The recently introduced tax on electronic transactions has seen some revisions since it was announced on the 1st of October this year. These revisions have all been welcome because they make the tax a little more bearable. The first revision was that $10 and lower values would not be taxed. The last one could be the most significant so far, the government exempted bank to mobile wallet transactions from paying the tax thus removing the double taxation situation which had been created. Since the president of the republic promised that the tax will be undergoing some revision, it’s important to put thoughts out there so they can be considered as part of that review process. It’s always easier to complain after the fact instead of taking the leaders at their word and engaging in the con
Udemy Has A Forex Course Made For Zimbos By A Zimbo

Udemy Has A Forex Course Made For Zimbos By A Zimbo

Applications, FinTech, Start Ups
Last month we had a chance to sit and interview a forex trader and it seems a lot of people had an interest in knowing more about forex trading. Luckily there is a two-week course available on Udemy that has been made by a local fella. What will you be learning? The “Learn Forex Trading In Two Weeks” course by Happy Zhou includes lessons on: Forex trading language Analysing methods used to determine movement of prices on the forex market Learning the Metatrader 4 forex trading software Chart patterns Popular chart indicators Fibonacci indicator Supply and Demand Currency Correlations For how much? The course has a 3.5-star rating from 11 reviews but it has also been taken by over 500 students. To enrol for the course you need to part with $99.99 but right now the course is av
Internet traffic hijack disrupts Google services

Internet traffic hijack disrupts Google services

Security
An internet traffic diversion rerouted data through Russia and China and disrupted Google services on Monday, including search, cloud-hosting services and its bundle of collaboration tools for businesses. Service interruptions lasted for nearly one and a half hours and ended about 5:30 p.m. EST., network service companies said. In addition to Russian and Chinese telecommunications companies, a Nigerian internet provider was also involved. The diversion “at a minimum caused a massive denial of service to G Suite (business collaboration tools) and Google Search” and “put valuable Google traffic in the hands of ISPs in (internet service providers) in countries with a long history of Internet surveillance,” the network-intelligence company ThousandEyes said in a blog post. A Google stat
India Leads The World In The Number Of Internet Shutdowns: Report

India Leads The World In The Number Of Internet Shutdowns: Report

Breaking News, News, Security
India leads the world in the number of internet shutdowns, with over 100 reported incidents in 2018 alone, according to a report by Freedom House, a U.S.-based non-profit that conducts research and advocacy on democracy, political freedom, and human rights. Freedom on the Net, an annual study by Freedom House on internet and digital media freedom in 65 countries around the globe, which covers 87% of the world’s internet users, scores countries from zero (most free) to 100 (least free). This serves as the basis for an internet freedom status designation of "free" for countries that score between 0 and 30, "partly free" for countries between 31 and 60, or "not free" for those with scores of 61 or higher. The newly released report is the eighth in this series and covers developments that occ
SoftBank mobile business files for record £16bn float in Tokyo

SoftBank mobile business files for record £16bn float in Tokyo

Mobile Money
SoftBank's mobile business has filed for a 2.4tn yen (£16bn) float in Tokyo as the Japanese technology company seeks to transform itself from a legacy internet company to an investment giant. The float will see SoftBank spin off its mobile phone business, SoftBank Corp, which sells smartphones and network deals, and list it on the Tokyo Stock Exchange in what could be Japan’s largest ever share listing. SoftBank Corp will list on December 19. The price of the listing will be set on December 10. The deal will provide SoftBank with more funds to grow its network of technology investments. SoftBank Chief Executive Masayoshi Son has used the company's $100bn Vision Fund to invest in companies in sectors from gaming to ride-hailing, farming and chip design. Mr Son's dealmaking has t
‘I don’t know Facebook or Twitter’: China’s Great Firewall Generation Z cut off from the West

‘I don’t know Facebook or Twitter’: China’s Great Firewall Generation Z cut off from the West

Social Media
A first-year university student from China's north-eastern Liaoning province, he has never even heard of the social media giants that dominate western society, because they are blocked by the Chinese Great Firewall. In his eyes the Firewall — a digital border built by the Chinese Government to control the internet in the mid-1990s — is a good thing and he isn't missing out, with a wide range of Chinese digital platforms such as WeChat and Baidu providing everything he could need online. "It's basically a protection against the foreign internet, which could be hackers," Mr Wu told the ABC. A young Chinese man standing in public space in northern China. As one of China's tens of millions of Generation Z, also known as the "Great Firewall generation", Mr Wu believes in President X
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
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