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Econet is down!

Econet is down!

Breaking News, Social Media, Telecomms
Econet is down countrywide, according to ZimLive the outage happened as early as 5pm this afternoon. This outage is affecting calls, mobile data, and airtime purchases. ZimLive also tweeted a response they got from Econet regarding the nationwide outage “We are currently experiencing a technical challenge on our core network switch, which has affected voice and data service delivery across many parts of our network. Our engineers have identified and isolated the problems, and are busy working to resolve the issue.” NOTICE TO CUSTOMERS To our Valued Customers We regret to inform you that we are currently experiencing a technical challenge on our core network switch, which has affected voice and data service delivery across many parts of our network. Our engineers h
Snap launches new shows, games, developer tools in bid to grow audience

Snap launches new shows, games, developer tools in bid to grow audience

Applications, Social Media
REUTERS: Snap Inc on Thursday announced a slate of new features for its photo messaging app Snapchat, such as new original shows and ways for outside developers to create products that will entice users to spend more time using the app. Snap has sought to set itself apart from rivals for both users and investors, focusing on communication between close friends rather than broadcasting to an open audience, and allowing it to avoid the misinformation and hate speech problems that have plagued Facebook and Twitter. Shares of Snap have risen more than 50per cent over the past year. During a webcast for Snap's Partner Summit, which gathers developers who use the Snapchat app, as well as its creators and marketers, Snap said it will add an "action bar" to make it easier to navigate the app...
Facebook Launching “Messeger Kids” in Sub Saharan Africa. What Parents Need To Know

Facebook Launching “Messeger Kids” in Sub Saharan Africa. What Parents Need To Know

Applications, Social Media
Messenger Kids is Facebook looking at the need for video chat and messaging services from a different angle. There are concerns when it comes to children on the internet or using connectivity apps. All parents want to know if what their children are consuming online is safe and if the apps they use protect their privacy. Back in April Facebook announced: “Messenger Kids is a fun, parent-controlled way for kids to connect with close friends and family. Parents trust us to protect their children’s data, and we take that responsibility seriously. When building Messenger Kids we worked closely with parents, parenting organizations, child safety and privacy advocates, and child development experts around the world to understand what parents and kids need in a messaging app. We incorporate
Kenya’s Safaricom And Google Join Forces To launch Affordable YouTube Bundle.

Kenya’s Safaricom And Google Join Forces To launch Affordable YouTube Bundle.

Applications, Social Media, Telecomms
Safaricom and Google have join forces to combine their data capabilities to launch an affordable YouTube bundle for Kenyans. In an effort to increase the exposure of their customers during this lockdown period. Safaricom through its partnership with Google introduced the KES 10 Bundle. What is the KES 10 Bundle? “The new daily bundle, which will be free on the first day for first-time subscribers, will offer 80MBs for use on YouTube, which is equivalent to up to 30 minutes of standard definition streaming and up to an hour of low definition streaming.” Safaricom. KES 10 Bundle started on the 15th of May and it ends on the 19th of August. “Through this proposition, we want to leverage our extensive 4G coverage to ensure that customers who could not previously enjoy the power
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
Sasai Now Supports Voice/Video Calling With Upto 20 People

Sasai Now Supports Voice/Video Calling With Upto 20 People

Applications, Mobile Money, Social Media
Sasai has announced a new promotion that will enable users to participate in video calls with up to 19 other users. The service has been branded Sasai TeamTalk and will be available between 8am and 5pm every Sunday until the end of the month. Press material shared by Cassava takes a swipe at WhatsApp for supporting far fewer people for voice/video calling; Sasai TeamTalk will offer free voice and video conference service, with secure end-to-end encryption, that connects up to 20 people on a single call, compared to telcos and most other social media platforms that offer between five and eight people on a conference call. Cassava press release Cassava believes TeamTalk is necessary because of the larger number of people working from home due to COVID-19 an...

Information Ministry Twitter Account Banned and Deleted

Security, Social Media
The Ministry of information, publicity and broadcasting Twitter account @InfoMinZw has been effectively banned and deleted by Twitter for possible violation of Twitter rules. This is not the first time the account has been under fire, but the last time it was only suspended, however, it seems now the account is completely deleted and it’s no longer redirecting to the username. Twitter has effectively suspended and deleted the handle @InfoMinZw which is now unavailable. When we reached out to the permanent secretary of the ministry, Nick Mangwana, he said that Twitter had not given any actual reasons for suspension or violations, but there were trying their best to get the account recovered. It, however, seems to be all but a lost battle as twitter seems to now have delete
Zororo Makamba Dies Of COVID 19, Zimbabwe’s Health Minister’s Lies And The Danger

Zororo Makamba Dies Of COVID 19, Zimbabwe’s Health Minister’s Lies And The Danger

Breaking News, News, Security, Social Media, What's Hot
On Saturday the Minister of Health confirmed that there were two new confirmed COVID 19 cases in Zimbabwe. Other sources were saying there were actually two new cases bringing the total confirmed cases to 3. Word started spreading on social media that one of the two new cases was Zororo Makamba a media personality and son to businessman and co-owner of Telecel Zimbabwe, James Makamba. The minister of health then came on record and claimed that he had never even heard of the name Zororo Makamba before. This was after being quized about citizen questions on why Zororo was being treated at a hospital that has not been designated to handle COVID 19 cases. The minister’s exact words: All Our Covid 19 virus suspects and patients are only admitted at Wilkins hospital, th
Seedstars Biggest Pitching Event To Be Broadcast Online Due To Coronavirus

Seedstars Biggest Pitching Event To Be Broadcast Online Due To Coronavirus

Entertainment, Media, News, Social Media
Seedstars is one of the biggest events for startups pitching their ideas to get funding and it’s been one of the most helpful events for local startups with Seedstars Harare having been hosted annually since 2016. Seedstars Summit which is taking place next month in Switzerland is the latest of many events to be affected by the Coronavirus, with the organiser announcing that the event will now be hosted online. The announcement sent to media houses intending to cover the event reads: As you might be aware, the outbreak of the COVID-19 in Europe has caused several international events around the world to be cancelled to maintain public safety. The Swiss authorities are also putting specific measures in place to avoid further contamination.
ZRP In Passionate Plea For Social Media Users Not To Post Images From Accident Scenes & Other Sensitive Places

ZRP In Passionate Plea For Social Media Users Not To Post Images From Accident Scenes & Other Sensitive Places

News, Security, Social Media
  The Zimbabwe Republic Police has made a plea to members of the public to refrain from recording and posting on social media scenes of road accidents, murders and other sensitive places. The police are begging members of the public to be restrained and sensitive about what they share on social media, urging them  to have empathy for the relatives of the victims. We publish the statement from the police in its entirety below: ZRP PRESS STATEMENT 07 JANUARY 2020 RECORDING AND POSTING OF OFFENSIVE AND SENSITIVE MATERIAL ON SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS The Zimbabwe Republic Police is concerned with some members of the public who record video footage or photograph scenes of road traffic accidents, scenes of murder or other heinous crimes and later post the foo