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Econet launches first low-cost Kaios-enabled 3G smartphone

Econet launches first low-cost Kaios-enabled 3G smartphone

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Econet Wireless has partnered with KaiOS Technologies, a leading maker of mobile operating systems for feature smart phones, to launch the ‘Atom 3G’ phone – the country’s first 3G smartphone, that is set to help millions of Zimbabweans to access the Internet and become digitally included. Announcing the launch, Econet said the new handset will be bundled with data, offering customers 6GB of free data upon every purchase. The phone is expected to be available at half the average price of a basic Android smartphone sold in Zimbabwe, making the Atom 3G the most affordable 3G device in the country. Said Econet chief commercial officer Mr Navdeep Kapur: “The Covid-19 pandemic has made life difficult for people in Zimbabwe. We want to help them get online, communicate with their lo
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:
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
On Demand Rental, Rentoza Is A Startup That Allows You To Use What You Can’t Afford To Buy

On Demand Rental, Rentoza Is A Startup That Allows You To Use What You Can’t Afford To Buy

Gizmos
You can’t always buy what you want, but with Rentoza, you can get what you need when you need it. Forget about buying stuff and say hello to renting with Rentoza. Rentoza We have all, to one degree or another, been in a situation where we needed an accessory for a special day. Sometimes it’s an appliance for a recipe we want to try out, or make for an occasion. These things are usually single use, and we may never use them often or again. The usual route is to ask a neighbour or a family member if they could lend it. That’s if they have what we are looking for. Rentoza is a start up looking to change that. What is Rentoza? Rentoza is a South African start up that seeks to make everyday things available to the consumer by sourcing those items from retailers. Th
Cassava share price unfazed by allegations

Cassava share price unfazed by allegations

FinTech, Gizmos, Mobile Money, Security
Natalie Jabangwe Cassava Smartech like the rest of the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange listed stocks, has continued to record significant gains, shrugging off serious allegations and litigations levelled against its biggest subsidiary and cash cow, Ecocash. Since the release of the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) letter addressed to Ecocash chief executive officer Natalie Jabangwe, in which she and Cassava chief executive Eddie Chibi, are facing possible charges against money laundering, Cassava has gained 12,5 percent as at Wednesday last week. In a letter to Jabangwe, the FIU said it plans to impose administrative penalties against her and Chibi under the Money Laundering and Proceeds of Crime Act. So damning was the FIU in its letter to Jabangwe, which ...

Leak: iPhone 12 Pro To Have Triple Lens Camera And LiDAR Scanner

Gizmos
Apple naturally keeps the same iPhone camera design for two years before making any changes, but that policy is being thrown out the window in 2020. After introducing the iPhone 11 Pro triple-camera system last year, a new leak reveals Apple’s is working on adding a fourth sensor. The image comes from was from Concepts iPhone, who says they obtained the image from iOS 14 who has previously leaked details about upcoming Apple products. The image appears to have originated from some sort of user guide or repair guide, but we can’t know sure. From the image, we get a clear look at what will apparently be the camera array for the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. This includes Wide-angle, Ultra Wide-angle, and Telephoto lenses with the addition of the LiDAR Scanner fro
Zim Now Has $25m For Space Satellite Centre

Zim Now Has $25m For Space Satellite Centre

Breaking News, Gizmos, Media, Security, What's Hot
When the National Budget was announced last November, the proposed setting aside of resources for the launch of a satellite raised a lot of eyebrows. Whilst there wasn’t much in the way of updates, the Minister of Higher & Tertiary Education, Innovation Science and Technology Prof. Amon Murwira recently confirmed that TelOne’s Satellite Centre is set for a $25 million upgrade; We hope that as we start the next quarter, work will have begun. The work will be done by staff from our ministry. More than $25 million has been allocated to us for the setting up of infrastructure at the centre in Mazowe. Prof Amon Murwira Why satellites? One of the biggest questions raised at the time was whether or not the money that would be invested in this
Buddie Beatz Review: What You See Isn’t Always What You Get

Buddie Beatz Review: What You See Isn’t Always What You Get

Entertainment, Gizmos, Media, What's Hot
Buddie Beatz has been around for a long time now. 11 Months now if we’re being precise. Since it’s launch the monthly packages price was reduced but so was the data you get to stream music using the application. For a monthly package, you now part with $3 instead of the launch price of $5, and when I saw the price I knew this was as good a time as any to take the service for a spin. So I paid the ZW$3 for the monthly package and started my listening journey, and whilst there were many things to like there were some pretty disconcerting flaws as wells – as with any product/service to varying degrees. The Good One of the things I appreciated after accessing the full catalogue for Buddie Beatz was the fact that there are so many local songs from back in the day with artists like Afr
Google’s Teachable Machine Makes Artificial Intelligence Accessible To Everyone

Google’s Teachable Machine Makes Artificial Intelligence Accessible To Everyone

Applications, Gizmos, News, What's Hot
Google’s Teachable Machine is a pretty exciting concept. If you’re interested in Artificial intelligence but you’ve never dared wander into that realm because all that sciency stuff is… well, sciency, then Google’s Teachable Machine description will provide relief when you read it: A fast, easy way to create machine learning models for your sites, apps, and more – no expertise or coding required. Google Teachable Machine So how does Teachable Machine work? There are 3 easy steps you have to follow: Gather – Gather and group your examples into classes, or categories, that you want the computer to learn. Train – Train your model, then instantly test it out to see whether it can correctly classify new examples. Export – Export your
New Green Technology Generates Electricity ‘Out Of Thin Air’

New Green Technology Generates Electricity ‘Out Of Thin Air’

Breaking News, Gizmos, What's Hot
Scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have developed a device that uses a natural protein to create electricity from moisture in the air, a new technology they say could have significant implications for the future of renewable energy, climate change and in the future of medicine. As reported in Nature, the laboratories of electrical engineer Jun Yao and microbiologist Derek Lovley at UMass Amherst have created a device they call an “Air-gen.” or air-powered generator, with electrically conductive protein nanowires produced by the microbe Geobacter. The Air-gen connects electrodes to the protein nanowires in such a way that electrical current is generated from the water vapor naturally present in the atmosphere. “We are literally making electricity out of thin air,” s