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It Might Soon Be Illegal For Political Parties To Access Personal Mobile Numbers

It Might Soon Be Illegal For Political Parties To Access Personal Mobile Numbers

Applications, News, Security, Telecomms
Data breaches and invasion of privacy are rarely discussions that captivate the majority of Zimbabwean audiences but last year there was one invasion that seemed to stir up the hornet’s nest. During the 2018 campaign season, ZANU-PF decided it would be a very good idea to send some mobile network subscribers very personal SMSs which seemed to indicate the party had knowledge of where these candidates in particular stayed. People were pissed off and ZANU-PFs excuse that the messages were sent to party members who had registered to receive them at party meetings didn’t really cut it as most of the people (myself included) had not been to any party meeting. With all this in mind, it will come as a relief to many that a bill has been passed making it illegal for poli
WhatsApp Adds “Share To Facebook” Option

WhatsApp Adds “Share To Facebook” Option

Applications, Social Media
WhatsApp has added a “Share to Facebook” function that I’m finding a bit baffling (in its current form) if I’m 100% honest with you. The feature allows you to long press on a message and share the message to Facebook. It’s not exactly clear to me what the point of this is but it’s already there. I’m on the latest beta version of WhatsApp and unfortunately, the share to Facebook button doesn’t seem to be doing anything (for me) just yet as every time I click on it nothing is happening. Maybe it’s because I don’t have the Facebook application on my phone… The share to Facebook feature will probably become more useful with time as Facebook (the parent company of WhatsApp and Instagram as well) launches Portal. The probability that users will be able to add a story to their
ClicknPay Introduces Option To Purchase Tickets On WhatsApp

ClicknPay Introduces Option To Purchase Tickets On WhatsApp

Applications, FinTech
ClicknPay has now joined the ever growing list of service providers selling through WhatsApp. They’ve introduced a bot they are calling Clickie, and this bot will be able to facilitate your ticket purchase from start to finish without human intervention. If you want to buy tickets on ClicknPay using WhatsApp you simply do the following: Send “Tickets” on WhatsApp to 0713380777; Clickie will prompt you to enter the name you would like to be referred by; A list of available tickets will be presented to you, choose your preferred option The types of tickets for that particular event are listed, choose your preferred option; Select the number of tickets you would like to buy; Enter your EcoCash number; An EcoCash prompt will come up asking for your pin and you can complete the p
Huawei’s Android Replacement Smartphone OS Will Be Called HongMeng- Report

Huawei’s Android Replacement Smartphone OS Will Be Called HongMeng- Report

Applications
After Google restricted Huawei’s use of Android for its future smartphones, effectively cutting off Huawei from everything Google other than the Android Open Source Project, new reports from Chinese media have come out with the claim that Huawei’s in-house operating system (OS) for its smartphones will reportedly be called HongMeng. While it’s been an open secret that Huawei has been working on its own operating system as a contingency plan in case the US-China trade war escalated the way that it now has, apparently, the company has been working on the new OS since as far back as 2012. The reports in the Chinese media are also claiming that the OS is being tested already and will gradually replace Android on Huawei’s hardware soon. What are the chances of Hong Meng? Having a new OS on
4 Reasons Why WhatsApp Will Never Be 100% Secure

4 Reasons Why WhatsApp Will Never Be 100% Secure

Applications, Security, Social Media
We have often talked about other versions of WhatsApp and the risks associated with using them. We have read, heard or seen one of the most compelling arguments that the end to end encryption on WhatsApp makes it almost impossible for anyone to hack your WhatsApp. A few days ago, I learnt that a serious hacker just needed a video call to hack into your phone at one point. Facebook fixed the bug sometime in October 2018 after it had been discovered in August by some sites. This has made me realise that nothing is perfect. And no matter what we are made to believe, these 4 reasons will always make WhatsApp partially secure 1.Bugs Ever since I learnt about the Video call Bug, that could allow a hacker to access my phone, I have been wondering what other bugs may hackers take advantage of....
Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp working again after outages

Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp working again after outages

Applications, Social Media
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc said it restored services on Sunday after some users could not access its social networking site, photo-sharing network Instagram and messaging app WhatsApp. However, Facebook did not specify the cause or scope of the outages. “Earlier today, some people may have experienced trouble connecting to the family of apps. The issue has since been resolved; we’re sorry for any inconvenience,” a Facebook spokesman told Reuters. The issue comes after Facebook experienced one of its longest outages in March, when some users around the globe could not access Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp for more than 24 hours. On Sunday, Downdetector.com indicated that there were more than 12,000 incidents of people reporting issues with F

Creepy malware found on Android and iOS that can steal your photos and passwords

Applications, Security
The malware, dubbed Exodus, was discovered by Security Without Borders, who first found it in Android smartphones. Hacker (Image: Getty) A terrifying new strain of malware has been discovered in both Android and iOS apps, that can steal all your personal data.The malware, dubbed Exodus, was discovered by Security Without Borders, who first found it in Android smartphones . It was hidden inside files in several apps on the Google Play Store, which once installed on a smartphone, could infect the smartphones.The infected app firstly collects basic details about the phone, such as the phone number and IMEI number. Android logo (Image: Bloomberg)  This information is then sent to a control server, which launches multiple binary packages aimed at tracking the devi
ZSE Redesigned And Made Their Website Great Again

ZSE Redesigned And Made Their Website Great Again

Applications, FinTech, News
The first time we wrote about the ZSE website back in 2013, we couldn’t help but admire how USEFUL the site was. Unfortunately, things took a turn for worse; the website was taken down and what came back in 2016 was a shell of its former self. It ceased to be useful and though it took the ZSE some time to realise this, they seem to have come to that realisation now. Finding what you need when you need… ZSE redesigned their website once again and they have gone back to basics this time around. Gone are the irrelevant tabs like “corporate announcements”, “My ZSE”, “FAQs” welcoming. Instead you have an accessible dashboard with the latest shifts on the markets front and centre. This means as soon as you land on the site you already have Top gainers, top losers and an index
Snapchat tests Foursquare-style place check-ins

Snapchat tests Foursquare-style place check-ins

Applications, Social Media
Snap has been trying a number of methods to one-up Instagram, but its latest is decidedly old-school. Well-known code sleuther Jane Manchun Wong has discovered a test for Snapchat Status, a feature that would check you in Foursquare-style (or Swarm, rather) on the Snap Map to not only show where you are, but to signal your intent through Bitmoji characters. You could indicate that you're nearby but hanging out with family, for instance, or far away but up for a text chat. Privacy would play an important role. The check-ins would only work between people who've shared their locations. And you alone could see your Passport, a diary of where you've been and who you were with. You could also go into a "ghost mode" (what else?) when you want to remain temporarily inaccessible. You can find o...
Having Trouble Creating A Kwese Account? You Are Not Alone.

Having Trouble Creating A Kwese Account? You Are Not Alone.

Applications, Media
On Monday morning ZOL delivered on its promise and started handing out it’s Roku Powered Kwese Play box for free to qualifying customers. The box is supposed to also come with 12 months of free Kwese iFlix. Creating a Kwese account might be an issue As soon as you boot the box for the first time it updates itself and once that process is done you are asked to activate the box by going to kwesepaly.com/countrycode e.g kweseplay.com/zw for Zimbabweans and entering the code that appears on the screen. You will need a Kwese Account to complete this process. If you do not enter this code you cannot use your box as you will be stuck on this registration screen. Normally this shouldn’t be a problem as creating a Kwese Account involves about three or four steps. Step two is
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