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Here’s how to calculate how many ZESA units you’ll get every time you purchase

Here’s how to calculate how many ZESA units you’ll get every time you purchase

Applications, Gizmos, News
When you think of Techzim, what comes to mind? Do you think we are a news publication first or a tech company first? Well, WE think, no wait we are a tech company first and we love to build things. That’s why we have built the ZESA Calculator. The calculator as you’ve probably assumed by now works out how many ZESA units you’ll get for a certain amount. How to calculate The calculator is simple to use. First users will have to indicate if they’ve bought electricity before in the month since that will make a difference in the units you get. After specifying this detail you simply enter the amount you want (either in units or in ZW$). Voila! Here’s what the calculator looks like:
Snap launches new shows, games, developer tools in bid to grow audience

Snap launches new shows, games, developer tools in bid to grow audience

Applications, Social Media
REUTERS: Snap Inc on Thursday announced a slate of new features for its photo messaging app Snapchat, such as new original shows and ways for outside developers to create products that will entice users to spend more time using the app. Snap has sought to set itself apart from rivals for both users and investors, focusing on communication between close friends rather than broadcasting to an open audience, and allowing it to avoid the misinformation and hate speech problems that have plagued Facebook and Twitter. Shares of Snap have risen more than 50per cent over the past year. During a webcast for Snap's Partner Summit, which gathers developers who use the Snapchat app, as well as its creators and marketers, Snap said it will add an "action bar" to make it easier to navigate the app...
Facebook Launching “Messeger Kids” in Sub Saharan Africa. What Parents Need To Know

Facebook Launching “Messeger Kids” in Sub Saharan Africa. What Parents Need To Know

Applications, Social Media
Messenger Kids is Facebook looking at the need for video chat and messaging services from a different angle. There are concerns when it comes to children on the internet or using connectivity apps. All parents want to know if what their children are consuming online is safe and if the apps they use protect their privacy. Back in April Facebook announced: “Messenger Kids is a fun, parent-controlled way for kids to connect with close friends and family. Parents trust us to protect their children’s data, and we take that responsibility seriously. When building Messenger Kids we worked closely with parents, parenting organizations, child safety and privacy advocates, and child development experts around the world to understand what parents and kids need in a messaging app. We incorporate
Kenya’s Safaricom And Google Join Forces To launch Affordable YouTube Bundle.

Kenya’s Safaricom And Google Join Forces To launch Affordable YouTube Bundle.

Applications, Social Media, Telecomms
Safaricom and Google have join forces to combine their data capabilities to launch an affordable YouTube bundle for Kenyans. In an effort to increase the exposure of their customers during this lockdown period. Safaricom through its partnership with Google introduced the KES 10 Bundle. What is the KES 10 Bundle? “The new daily bundle, which will be free on the first day for first-time subscribers, will offer 80MBs for use on YouTube, which is equivalent to up to 30 minutes of standard definition streaming and up to an hour of low definition streaming.” Safaricom. KES 10 Bundle started on the 15th of May and it ends on the 19th of August. “Through this proposition, we want to leverage our extensive 4G coverage to ensure that customers who could not previously enjoy the power
Hotbox Is A New WhatsApp Bot Aiming To Replace Duta & Offers A Lot More

Hotbox Is A New WhatsApp Bot Aiming To Replace Duta & Offers A Lot More

Applications, Gizmos, Social Media
Most of us who use WhatsApp might have had a run-in with Duta. The chatbot that provided users with updates on the latest news, sports updates and a bunch of other stuff (I wasn’t a big Duta user so I don’t know the rest). Unfortunately, in late 2019 Duta met an untimely end after WhatsApp shut down their service. WhatsApp did so because Duta had failed to meet its terms and conditions. Whilst an explicit reason wasn’t outlined I believe the issue was simply the fact that Duta was sending messages to thousands of unsaved numbers – something that usually gets numbers banned on WhatsApp. Enter Hotbox… No, not the smoking of marijuana in a car with all windows/doors closed. Hotbox is actually a locally built chatbot offering similar functionality to Duta. What
Is Twitter The Best Crowdfunding Platform For Zimbabweans Right Now?

Is Twitter The Best Crowdfunding Platform For Zimbabweans Right Now?

Applications, News, Start Ups
I think it’s fair to say crowdfunding in Zimbabwe is pretty difficult if not actually dead. The first problem you encounter when trying to run a crowdfunding campaign be it for business or for donations is that most Zimbos don’t have access to the existing platforms for crowdfunding. Most don’t have foreign currency to donate to sites like Kickstarter, IndieGoGo, and GoFundMe. Those who do have foreign currency many times don’t want the hassle associated with going to the bank, prefunding a debit card and then making the donation to these sites. So why hasn’t someone solved this problem locally? Well, in 2018 Steward Bank announced Kanzatu Nzatu a crowdfunding platform but they never really marketed it or devoted that many resources towards making it a thing people u
Cassava Launches Akello Digital Classroom With Free Education Content For 1st Month

Cassava Launches Akello Digital Classroom With Free Education Content For 1st Month

Applications
Diversified digital services group Cassava Smartech has launched Akello Digital Classroom, a platform that offers local students, from Primary level to High School, access to online Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (ZIMSEC) curriculum lessons for all subjects. Cassava Smartech announced that all interested Zimbabwean students will have free access to live online lessons for the next 30 days. According to Cassava’s press material the platform will have two components; Live online classes – these are designed to to encourage interactivity between students and teachers; An online platform that provides lesson videos on-demand after the live classes more for revisional purposes. We want students to achieve good grades, regardless of the school they
Government’s Portal For Company Registrations Down

Government’s Portal For Company Registrations Down

Applications
It seems the government’s portal for company registration and name search – ZimConnect – is not working properly. A number of consultants who use the portal to perform company name searches and registrations have complained that they have been failing to complete the registration process because the payment portal is down. It seems the issue has been present on the site for close to a month now and the prolonged downtime has led to calls by some for the government to revert to physical registration since it is taking so long to actually get the registration process done and there’s no alternative at the moment. Some consultants have suggested that the issues with the portal are coming about because the government is failing to pay Paynow for providing the payment platfor
Vaya Africa launches electric vehicle

Vaya Africa launches electric vehicle

Applications, Breaking News, Jobs, News, Start Ups
    Business Reporter Vaya Africa has launched an electric vehicle service in Zimbabwe as part of the company’s roll-out strategy across Africa. “We are excited to launch the ‘VAYA Electric’ vehicle today  (yesterday) as we start our journey of deploying innovative ways of harnessing clean, renewable energy to provide safe and convenient transportation services to the public on the African continent,” said Mrs Dorothy Zimuto, the CEO of Vaya Mobility in Harare yesterday. She said VAYA Africa plans to roll out the VAYA Electric vehicle in West and East Africa soon, saying the vehicles would include a range of multi-purpose cars. “Our e-vehicle fleet will include passenger vehicles, motorbikes, vans, buses and dump trucks, all utilising our VAYA hail ridi
Nespresso uses blockchain to track coffee from Zimbabwe

Nespresso uses blockchain to track coffee from Zimbabwe

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Nespresso is using blockchain to enable consumers to trace the origin of Zimbabwe sourced coffee back to the farm. Two years ago, Nespresso started a Reviving Origins program to restore coffee agriculture in regions affected by conflict or other changes. In the late 1980s, Zimbabwe produced 15,000 tons of coffee and by 2017, the figure was just 500 tons. The country’s main agricultural produce is tobacco. Nespresso says it had a traceability program in place since 2003, but it simply hasn’t shared it with the public yet. “We know that consumers are more and more interested to know where their coffee is coming from. Thanks to our AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program, we have had traceability back to individual farms in our value chain for over 15 years,” said Guillaume