Facebook Chief Executive, Mark Zuckerberg, has over taken Warren Buffet to become the third richest person on earth (now worth $81.6 billion) according to Bloomberg’s Billionaire Index. This also marks the first time that the top three is solely occupied by tech titans as first and second place belongs to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos ($142 billion) and former CEO of Microsoft Bill Gates ($94.2 billion). It’s been a weird year at FB… Considering the year that Facebook has had thus far, one wouldn’t expect Zuckerberg to be rising up the rich list. The Cambridge Analytica scandal managed to wipe $37 billion in share value back in March. Elevate Zimbabwe Gamer Whilst still trying to manage the blow back of Cambridge Analytica, Facebook managed to bungle up user privacy once again when
Netone is at loggerheads with AfroSoft Corporation (AfoSoft), prompting the state-owned Mobile Network Operator to sue Afrosoft demanding a staggering $11 million. Afrosoft Holdings is a Zimbabwean software development and IT solutions firm. Here is their tale Nine years ago (2009) Netone signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Afrosoft to develop products for their mutual benefit. However, Afrosoft supposedly took advantage of the MOU and arbitrarily started to offer SMS services to Netone’s customer with “no agreement on this provision”. Afrosoft is alleged to have sent 203 775 129 between June 1, 2015, and January 31, 2018. And these SMSes are being valued at $0.055 each inclusive of value-added tax. Doing the math there and multiplying 203775129 by $0.055 brings the value of the
Brace yourself for laptops with 128GB of RAM because they’re coming. Today, Lenovo announced its ThinkPad P52, which, along with that massive amount of memory, also features up to 6TB of storage, up to a 4K, 15.6-inch display, an eighth-gen Intel hexacore processor, and an Nvidia Quadro P3200 graphics card. The ThinkPad also includes two Thunderbolt three ports, HDMI 2.0, a mini DisplayPort, three USB Type-A ports, a headphone jack, and an Ethernet port. The company hasn’t announced pricing yet, but it’s likely going to try to compete with Dell’s new 128GB-compatible workstation laptops. The Dell Precision 7530 and Precision 7730 also feature 4K displays and compatibility with a Quadro and AMD Radeon WX graphics cards. They start at $1,199. All these laptops are VR-ready, of course.
An Australian has won permission to sue Google for defamation over search results that he alleges link him to the country's criminal underworld. Milorad "Michael" Trkulja has convinced the Australian High Court that he should be allowed to sue Google for allegedly publishing photos that he has claimed "convey imputations that he 'is a hardened and serious criminal in Melbourne'," according to an amended statement of claim referred to the High Court order (PDF). Trkulja was shot in the back in a restaurant in Melbourne in 2004, according to local reports. The local state's court of appeal, which sits below the national High Court in the legal pecking order, originally rejected his attempts to sue the advertising technology company. "I will sue Google ... and I will sue them 'til th...
ZOL has partnered with EnviroServe – A UAE based recycling firm- which focuses on e-scrap, Household Recycling and Special Waste. This partnership will be used to provide recycling services for electronic devices. The service will be available in Harare to begin with before rolling out to other cities. Where will the bins be located? The bins will be placed at ZOL, Liquid Telecom, and Econet shops across the city and the point of this new initiative is to create a better environment whilst also allowing people to dispose of their devices in a more responsible way. The whole point of this exercise is to ensure that citizens can dispose of items like old phones, laptops, keyboards, monitors and many other electronic devices. This will be a hard sell in Zim, but a v
You can now check online if you are registered to vote in the upcoming general elections. Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has recruited the services of technology so that prospective voters can save time by going to designated locations to check if they are registered. How do I check If I’m registered? You simply need to follow this link or just type the address: http://bvrinspection.zec.org.zw:4328/zecvr2/ When the page opens, you put your surname first And then you put your National ID or the serial number you were given when you registered for the BVR (Biometric Voter Registration) Then hit enter, and you see for yourself if you are registered The following info should display If any of the information displayed is incorrect
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
Kwese is reportedly failing to honor its financial obligations to its partners for the media rights of the upcoming 2018 World Cup, UEFA Euro 2020, European qualifiers and the Nations League. This is according to a report by media rights lister, TV Sports Markets. The pay-television company has been on a drive to dethrone DSTV as Africa’s leading media content provider. Last year it even competed with Multichoice, DSTV’s parent company for the 2018 World broadcasting rights but ultimately they both won the rights. The TV Sports Markets’ report went on to list National Basketball Association (NBA) and ESPN as other rights holders to whom Kwese TV owes financial obligations. This setback in can be attributed to Kwese’ massive expansion in many areas ranging from sports content to mo
On the 14th of March 2018, we attended the launch of Zimbabwe’s ICT Policy at HICC. The ICT Policy was largely overshadowed by another initiative that was being launched by POTRAZ: The Innovation Drive. Since the event, the ICT Policy has proven to be a rare commodity and we are yet to see it or actually have a clue on how to get it. The downloads section -where documents such as ICT Policy documents from years past are found- looks like a ghost town and the last update on the page is the 2017 Cybercrime and Cybersecurity bill. What was the purpose of the launch event? I never understand why we (Zimbabweans) love having launch events for anything and everything. Granted, the ICT Policy launch event was coupled with the launch of the ICT Innovation Drive so depending on how you look
When startups pitch to big companies there is usually some fear on their end as they are afraid of getting their ideas stolen and them being left in the dust. One such person who claims they were affected by this is Ignatius Munengwa. He claims Econet stole an idea he pitched to them back in 2011. Last year, he took the telecommunications giant to court over the issue (the issue is not yet resolved in court) and it seems now he is back! He has sent a letter of complaint to POTRAZ (the regulator for all telecommunication companies in the country) over the same issue and seems to be fighting his battle on two fronts now. A quick recap… In 2011 M Comm pitched a security response product called ‘Panic Button.’ This product was supposed to be linked to security companies’ rapid response