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Zimpost Now Has An Online Store And A Virtual Post Office As They Up Digital Efforts

Zimpost Now Has An Online Store And A Virtual Post Office As They Up Digital Efforts

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Zimpost has decided to dip its toes in the eCommerce market as they have launched Zimpost Mall which they hope will become an online provider of all you need as it will be filled with different goods at some point. The postal and couriers service company now has a new online platform that provides courier services and they are calling this the Virtual Post Office. This offers a number of services you would normally have to visit the post office for. Zimpost Mall The online store is quite interesting and though it is still a work in progress it seems there will be loads of stuff to get there. Right now there are only a few sections that are stocked. There is a stationery section and this contains –you guessed it- stationery, textbooks -for Primary, Second
ZTA Aims To Boost Tourism With An Online Platform To Register Houses And Lodges For Accomodation

ZTA Aims To Boost Tourism With An Online Platform To Register Houses And Lodges For Accomodation

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The tourism and hospitality sector will find a new impetus to increase tourism by harnessing the internet to provide relatively cheap and convenient accommodation for tourists. This comes in the background that, the Tourism and Hospitality Ministry is creating an online platform to register houses and lodges to boost tourism. Tourism and Hospitality Industry seems like its taking its cue from The Rainbow Tourism Group’s (RTG) initiative which saw it registering houses and hotels on its RTG gateway App. RTG reportedly raked in 10% of the $1.5million revenue through its online platform. Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister, Prisca Mupfumira said registration is already in progress, having started two months ago and the platform will be operational by July this year. We are in t
Google calls out Microsoft regarding a flaw in Windows 10 S code

Google calls out Microsoft regarding a flaw in Windows 10 S code

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Google’s Project Zero team of bug hunters has found a flaw in Windows 10 S, publicly disclosing the issue despite Microsoft wishing to keep it under wraps until it fixed it. Project Zero looks for exploits in software, either made by Google, or from other companies, and if one is found the team usually alerts the developers of the software in private, giving them 90 days before going public. Not only is the finding of the flaw embarrassing enough for Microsoft, but apparently it primarily affects Windows 10 S, a version of the operating system that is designed to be more locked down and secure than other versions by only allowing apps from the Microsoft Store to be installed. According to Project Zero, the flaw targets users with user mode code integrity (UMCI) and Devic
[Press Release] Golix Expands To South Africa

[Press Release] Golix Expands To South Africa

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Zimbabwe’s popular cryptocurrency exchange, Golix is crossing borders and will begin operations in South Africa in the near future. The move is part of their aim to grow in the continent and here is the statement Golix released to the press announcing the development: Golix expands to South Africa Zimbabwe’s leading cryptocurrencies exchange, Golix, has coordinated a partnership withBlockstarters, South Africa’s crypto/blockchain hub and incubator, in a move that will see the exchange tapping into a new highly economic active market. The strategic move, is part of Golix’s initiatives to expand its services to the rest of the continent. The crypto/blockchain hub and incubator cushions startup firms, against challenges that may stifle them to realise their full potential by provi
Snapchat takes leaf from Facebook with group video, mentions

Snapchat takes leaf from Facebook with group video, mentions

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Where have we seen this before? Snapchat Snapchat is all set to introduce group video calling and story mentions, a feature it tested last month, parent company Snap announced Tuesday. Up to 16 people can now take part in group video chats on the app, with up to 32 people joining in voice calls. To mention them in a Snapchat story, just type out their username starting with the "@..." and they'll be notified. If those features seem familiar, you only need look to Snapchat's biggest rival to work out where you've seen them before. Facebook introduced group video calling on Messenger back in 2016, and you've long been able to tag other users in stories on Facebook-owned Instagram. Following Snapchat's stratospheric growth in popularity and a reported unsuccessful buy
Startups Offering Agritech Solutions, This Is Your Chance To Get $50 000

Startups Offering Agritech Solutions, This Is Your Chance To Get $50 000

Applications, FinTech, Start Ups
United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is calling upon interested parties to apply for the Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation program. There is one advantage or disadvantage depending on where you stand: under USAID’s program, only female entrepreneurs can apply for the support. The program will help SME(Small-Medium Enterprises) led by women in smallholder markets. The initiative is part of the Accelerating Women Entrepreneurs Prize 2018 (AWE). Two companies will be awarded $50 000 packages for their efforts. The deadline for the application is 25 April. Applications are open to women in the sub-Saharan African countries that USAID works in (fortunately Zimbabwe is a part of the list). What exactly should you be doing? To be considere
Spring Statement: Chancellor threatens new tech tax

Spring Statement: Chancellor threatens new tech tax

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Chancellor Phillip Hammond has called for a deeper look at how tech giants such as Google and Facebook are taxed. Mr Hammond said there was a need to consider interim measures, such as taxing revenues, rather than profits. He first addressed the topic in the Autumn Budget, amid concerns the current system does not tax companies where they make their money. He said the government hoped to find a solution along with other international partners, including the EU. Another area he singled out for attention was online selling. He said that, although online platforms and marketplaces, such as eBay, were good for the economy and for consumers, the way tax was paid on these transactions needed to be looked at to ensure the right amount was being paid. Why is the chancellor so up...
Rejoice Chrome Users, Your Browser Will Now Have An Ad Blocker Pre-Installed . This Is How It Will Work

Rejoice Chrome Users, Your Browser Will Now Have An Ad Blocker Pre-Installed . This Is How It Will Work

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If you use the Google Chrome web browser you have reason to celebrate. Chrome will now block ads that don’t live up to Better Ads Standards. Not all ads will be blocked… The service will not be similar to other ad blockers such as AdBlock Plus or uBlock Origin, which block every ad a page loads. Chrome’s Adblock feature will specifically target publishers who are reported to have annoying ads. These publishers will be given 30 days by Google to take off the offensive ads. If they don’t comply all ads are removed from their site, even the ones that are not offensive. Chrome’s ad blocking will also differ from the ad blockers used in browsers such Opera that you can turn on/off. Google will also police ads from their own ad networks (AdSense & DoubleClick). This means if a site
Is The Advertising Model On Websites About To Be Replaced By In-Browser Mining?

Is The Advertising Model On Websites About To Be Replaced By In-Browser Mining?

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You might have heard that some hackers are hijacking computers (smartphones included) and using them to mine cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin secretly. This has been termed cryptojacking and Opera has added ‘cryptocurrency mining protection’ to both its mobile browsers, Opera for Android and Opera Mini. This protection is active by default when a user has the ad blocker turned on. Opera joins other browsers in protecting users from malicious miners. It will become clearer later on why we started with malicious cryptocurrency mining whilst discussing the advertisement model possibly being replaced by in-browser mining. What exactly is cryptocurrency mining protection? As mentioned above, hackers are hijacking computer resources and using them to mine cryptocur
Magaya Launches A WhatsApp Alternative: Let’s Chat

Magaya Launches A WhatsApp Alternative: Let’s Chat

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So a couple of days ago I came across the Let’s Chat app by Yadah Connect, I’m sure by now you’re familiar with Yadah Connect. Frankly speaking (or typing), I took a look at it and didn’t see anything screaming “write about me”. I just thought of it as a standard application that most religious congregations now have. Well, maybe to say most is a stretch but you get the idea. I downloaded the app from the Play Store on Tuesday (2 January 2018) and it had 100 – 500 downloads, which I thought were quite low considering the following that prophet Magaya has, I mean it’s obviously not just the PHD congregants that would be interested in it. Remember, PHD is not really a Church (in it’s most commonly used meaning), but a Christian gathering meaning you can belong to any other congregation
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