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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
Fidelity Life Launches A Health App. Here Is All There Is To Know About Afya Pap

Fidelity Life Launches A Health App. Here Is All There Is To Know About Afya Pap

Applications
Fidelity Life today launched a health app dubbed Afya PAP (definitely will need some getting used to). It is a health app that makes use of ITO devices to give more accurate readings of Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar levels. The BP part of their health monitoring solution is still in the works so for now you have to settle for the blood sugar reader. Lets get into how it works. Setting The App Up Scoot over to the Google Play Store, search for Afya Pap and download. Open the app and go through the usual. Confirm your language. (English and Swahili available. Support for more languages including Shona and Ndebele coming soon) Select country and phone number Wait for the verification code sent via SMS and hit Submit Code once the code arrives Choose your user name, birthday and ge...
Standard Bank Closing 91 Branches, The Robots Are Here To Take Our Jobs!

Standard Bank Closing 91 Branches, The Robots Are Here To Take Our Jobs!

Applications, Breaking News, FinTech, Jobs, News, Security, What's Hot
Dramatic title aside, automation has been a very touchy subject over the past few years and recent developments at Standard Bank SA won’t do anything to halt people’s animosity towards the digital transition the world is going through right now. The bank has announced that they will be closing off 91 branches and this is expected to affect 1200 jobs. Why? Well, put simply the bank has said they are revising their business model and because similar measures were taken in Zimbabwe last year (though not at a similar scale), this doesn’t come as too much of a surprise. Standard Bank had the following to say about this move: As part of the implementation of the new banking delivery model, some of the roles currently being performed in our branches will change. These changes will impact ap
Vaya Will Soon Give Farmers The Option To Lease Out Tractors

Vaya Will Soon Give Farmers The Option To Lease Out Tractors

Applications, Jobs, News
You may be one of the subscribers that received a message from Vaya that read: Do you own a Tractor? Want to make money leasing out your excess capacity? Do not be left behind. Call 144 to register & be part of the agricultural revolution. Though that message is being sent from EcoFarmer, it seems the initiative is actually originating from Vaya. By the next planting season, Vaya wants to be the one providing tractors to farmers across the country. According to Cassava SmarTech CEO, Mr Eddie Chibi, the company plans to register more than 10 00 tractors from the national fleet of more than 15 000 tractors. How will this work? Vaya will actually offer a Tractor App and this is what will enable farmers to make their tractors available when they aren’t using them. Though the costs of
Tech Firm Rolls Out Fuel Management System

Tech Firm Rolls Out Fuel Management System

Applications, News, Start Ups
A FUEL solutions technology company, Garage and Forecourt (Pvt) Ltd, is rolling out an ICT based fuel management system that it argues might be panacea to manual and less accurate fuel gauging and management currently dogging service stations. According to managing director Omalli Jani, the new system replaces convectional dipsticks used to measure product levels at service stations and indications are fuel attendants will be unable to falsify fuel levels in tanks. The system, Mr Jani said, has fuel attendant tagging that monitors sales done regardless of the pump used and has automatic tank gauging that monitors product level in the tank in the same fashion a fuel tank gauge works. It also gives alarm signal if the product is contaminated with water to prevent customers from using i...
Zimbabwean man spent $5,000 own money putting Zimbabwe on Google Street View

Zimbabwean man spent $5,000 own money putting Zimbabwe on Google Street View

Applications, Gizmos, Media, News
Zimbabwe is too far for many people to visit, but 37-year-old Tawanda Kanhema grew up there before moving to the United States. Thanks to Kanhema, though, you’ll soon be able to play virtual tourist, thanks to his work and the magic of Google Street View, Kanhema, who left the country to study journalism and documentary film-making at the University of California, Berkeley, spent two weeks back in Zimbabwe shooting the sights and sounds of the coolest places. Areas he covered include the capital’s Harare’s central business districts, malls, a virtual tour of Victoria Falls, Christmas Pass, the city of Mutare’s main business strip as well as the Great Zimbabwe monument and the Eastern Highlands. He’s uploaded over 500 miles of coverage, including Street View images uploaded during Octobe
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