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Company offers free DNA testing in Bulawayo

Company offers free DNA testing in Bulawayo

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A LOCAL company, Global DNA Zimbabwe has introduced free Deoxyribonucleic (DNA) testing to under-privileged members of the society as a way of ensuring more people have access the service. DNA testing in Zimbabwe is expensive with the cheapest being offered at the National University of Science and Technology clinic in Bulawayo for $100. Most private health centres charge from $300, an amount most people can not easily afford. Global DNA Zimbabwe principal consultant Mr Tinashe Mugabe said his company which opened a branch in Bulawayo early this year, was offering the free service upon vetting if the people seeking the services are poor. The normal charge at the institution is $350. "Our services should be available for everybody with and without money. We also believe the underpr...
An artist accused Microsoft of stealing their idea for a video game ad, and gamers are furious

An artist accused Microsoft of stealing their idea for a video game ad, and gamers are furious

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Reddit user Macsterr claims that Microsoft stole a design of theirs for a video game ad without crediting their artwork as the inspiration. In November, Macsterr posted a distinctive design for an ad for "PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds," the most popular video game of 2017. On Tuesday, Microsoft's Xbox social media account posted a similar image to Twitter, without crediting Macsterr. The tweet has since been deleted and Microsoft says it's "investigating" the matter. As the situation has gained traction on Reddit, Macsterr says that they're mostly looking to get credit for the overall design. Some Redditors are up in arms on Wednesday after a Reddit user claimed that Microsoft stole the overall design of a piece of their artwork to promote "PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds," the hottest v...
Apple acquires song recognition app Shazam

Apple acquires song recognition app Shazam

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NEW YORK: Apple announced that it would buy leading song recognition app Shazam in a fresh bid to secure an edge in the intensifying battle of streaming services. Apple, whose streaming service has rapidly grown but has only half the paid subscribers of Spotify said that Shazam has consistently been one of the most popular items in its App Store. The two companies did not disclose financial terms. However, the technology news sites Recode and TechCrunch, quoting unnamed sources, both put the deal at around $400 million. The market signalled its approval, with Apple share prices jumping 2.0 percent, well outpacing the 0.2 percent rise on the Dow Jones Industrial Average. “Apple Music and Shazam are a natural fit, sharing a passion for music discovery and delivering great music e
Messenger Kids: Facebook’s Commitment To Promoting Digital Literacy

Messenger Kids: Facebook’s Commitment To Promoting Digital Literacy

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NURPHOTO VIA GETTY IMAGES Earlier this week, Facebook unveiled Messenger Kids, their first product targeted at users under the age of 13. It has launched in a United States preview — the company has not yet announced plans for a European expansion — and it will likely spread to the rest of the world over the coming months. Messenger Kids is a variant of Facebook’s wildly successful messaging platform Messenger. As of September, Messenger is used by 1.3 billion users every single month to communicate through messages, stickers, and video. Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s COO, led the introduction of the product: “As a mom, I know how meaningful it can be when kids use technology to connect with family and friends. But, I also know how important it is to make sure they’re safe wh
Can The Zimbabwean Economy Function Without The Internet?

Can The Zimbabwean Economy Function Without The Internet?

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We were without internet access for almost six hours today, from 11:45am to about 17:17pm. The outage was due to a core platform failure on the Liquid Telecom network which in turn affected all those riding on their network. ZOL and Econet were affected. NetOne was affected but only briefly as they seem to have switched to another provider. Telone switched providers and technically never went down but it was excruciatingly slow it was as good as down. Telone gave a statement. Telecel did not seem to be affected at all. Seeing as Econet controls about 75% of the mobile data and internet traffic in the country, most were affected despite Telecel and Netone to some extent not being affected. ZOL and Telone control just over 96% of the equipped internatio
Bond Note:USD Exchange Rate Falls, ZSE Drops $6b In 8 Days As Markets Self Correct

Bond Note:USD Exchange Rate Falls, ZSE Drops $6b In 8 Days As Markets Self Correct

Breaking News, FinTech, News
We have been religiously following the events on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange(ZSE) over the last few weeks, for good reason. The experts say the stock market reaction is one of the primary indicators which speaks to investor sentiment. We have also been keeping an eye on the black market bond note to the USD exchange rate. We were interested to see what effect the events that unfolded in this country over the last few weeks would have on the markets. What was it like before the transition? ZSE The ZSE was on a bull run, fancy speak for on the rise. Investors saw themselves with limited options to preserve the value of their monies. They flocked to the ZSE and this led to increase upon increase of stock prices. It was a simple case of demand driving prices up.
Strive Masiyiwa Changes Tactics As He Seeks To List Econet Global

Strive Masiyiwa Changes Tactics As He Seeks To List Econet Global

Breaking News, Telecomms, What's Hot
We recently learnt that Econet Global is looking to list on the London Stock Exchange with an $8 billion valuation. It comes as a bit of a surprise really, not because it doesn’t make business sense, because it does. It is surprising because of the comments Strive Masiyiwa made about listing in the past. Back in 2015 the Econet group faced with repeated multi billion dollar offers for Liquid Telecom decided they were going to pursue a separate listing of Liquid Telecom on a European Stock Exchange in 2016. That listing did not come to fruition. However when the group was considering that separate listing of Liquid, Strive Masiyiwa, the group chairman made it clear that he preferred the listing of subsidiary companies rather than that of his privately owned Econet G
Google has been collecting location data from Android users without their consent

Google has been collecting location data from Android users without their consent

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It was quite interesting to read about how Google has admitted to having been collecting users’ location data without their consent. Android users were most affected by this. Turns outs phones and tablets running Android software gather data on people’s locations even when the user is offline or even without a SIM card. After collecting the data, it is then sent to Google once the phone is connected to the internet. According to the Verge, Google in its defense says their intent was to “further improve the speed and performance of message delivery” by making use of a network sync system that requires mobile country codes and mobile network codes called “Cell ID” codes. However, seems they (Google) eventually didn’t follow through with that idea and decided to d
RBZ Says Bitcoin Is Not Legal…

RBZ Says Bitcoin Is Not Legal…

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For some time now Techzim has wondered whether Bitcoin is legal or not. In fact, a number of people from in and out of the country have contacted us and enquired. Our standard response has been that the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) has been lax towards regulating the cryptocurrency and our assumption has been that they don’t really understand it and hence would just let it ride. Seems they’ve increased in knowledge, somewhat, as at a recent event, a representative from the central bank, Norman Mataruka, director and registrar of banking institutions, stated that bitcoin is illegal and the regulator will not allow this in the country. In his words: In terms of the bitcoins, as far as we are concerned, it’s not actually legal. In Southern Africa, what we
RBZ to more than double the number of BOND NOTES in circulation this month

RBZ to more than double the number of BOND NOTES in circulation this month

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The RBZ has said that they are adding another $300 million worth of bond notes (I call them notes of bondage) by the end of November. They say this is again supported by another facility from the African Export and Import Bank (Afreximbank). Perhaps Ignatius Chombo, the new minister of finance (it still surprises me) has seen how huge a success the notes of bondage have been. To those who may catch on slow, I was just being sarcastic: bond notes have not succeeded. Have they failed though? I don’t know if they have failed. They held their own. For some weeks following their introduction they kind of maintained a 1:1 parity with the USD. As predicted though they started falling in value against the USD. This led to the government outlawing the exchange of currencies on the streets
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