Whilst we were busy ranting about the fuel prices, a war was happening on Twitter between Kuda Musasiwa and Natalie Jabangwe. Kuda Musasiwa is that guy behind Fresh In A Box and Natalie Jabangwe is the CEO of EcoCash– both popular figures. What started as a threat to sue EcoCash for ignoring the practice of its agents to charge premiums by Kuda Musasiwa ended up being a personal attack on him by Natalie Jabangwe. How did it start? Everybody knows the modus operandi of many EcoCash agents these days- they are selling cash. Perhaps out of anger of buying cash from an EcoCash agent, Kuda Musasiwa ran a poll asking people to join him in a class action against EcoCash for allowing this practice to happen under their nose. He went on to say that EcoCash was reluctant to stop this practice
We have often talked about other versions of WhatsApp and the risks associated with using them. We have read, heard or seen one of the most compelling arguments that the end to end encryption on WhatsApp makes it almost impossible for anyone to hack your WhatsApp. A few days ago, I learnt that a serious hacker just needed a video call to hack into your phone at one point. Facebook fixed the bug sometime in October 2018 after it had been discovered in August by some sites. This has made me realise that nothing is perfect. And no matter what we are made to believe, these 4 reasons will always make WhatsApp partially secure 1.Bugs Ever since I learnt about the Video call Bug, that could allow a hacker to access my phone, I have been wondering what other bugs may hackers take advantage of....
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc said it restored services on Sunday after some users could not access its social networking site, photo-sharing network Instagram and messaging app WhatsApp. However, Facebook did not specify the cause or scope of the outages. “Earlier today, some people may have experienced trouble connecting to the family of apps. The issue has since been resolved; we’re sorry for any inconvenience,” a Facebook spokesman told Reuters. The issue comes after Facebook experienced one of its longest outages in March, when some users around the globe could not access Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp for more than 24 hours. On Sunday, Downdetector.com indicated that there were more than 12,000 incidents of people reporting issues with F
Snap has been trying a number of methods to one-up Instagram, but its latest is decidedly old-school. Well-known code sleuther Jane Manchun Wong has discovered a test for Snapchat Status, a feature that would check you in Foursquare-style (or Swarm, rather) on the Snap Map to not only show where you are, but to signal your intent through Bitmoji characters. You could indicate that you're nearby but hanging out with family, for instance, or far away but up for a text chat. Privacy would play an important role. The check-ins would only work between people who've shared their locations. And you alone could see your Passport, a diary of where you've been and who you were with. You could also go into a "ghost mode" (what else?) when you want to remain temporarily inaccessible. You can find o...
His YouTube channel – where he regularly uploads videos of himself playing the online game – has nearly 1.2 million subscribers and more than 71 million views; figures that have netted him advertisers, sponsorships and a steady stream of income. Last year, that income totalled nearly US$200,000. The healthy sum – more than enough to comfortably raise a family in most American cities – is all the more impressive considering Spikoski is 14 years old. Still, he approaches video games the way an elite student athlete would approach a sport like football or basketball: when he’s not playing, Spikoski, who goes by the name “Sceptic” on YouTube, completes school work online. But video games remain his focus, according to family members. “It’s kind of like my job,” Griffin told ABC affi
When National Arts Council of Zimbabwe announces the nominees for the NAMA (National Arts Merit Awards) awards we rarely have tech stalwarts on that list but ZOL’s marketing crew has made sure that in 2019 they are in the running for the Best Online Media award to be handed out on the 23rd of March. Let’s talk about ZOL Connect for a second I’m not sure if you’ve heard about ZOL Connect but it’s a weekly show that ZOL hosts on their Facebook page and it’s actually quite interesting. They have discussions with guests in different fields. There were two episodes I remember vividly, the one on drones and then a separate episode on gaming. One of the earlier epsiodes of ZOL Connect also explained how throttling works. From my explanation, you would assume that th
When social media turns to your favor, the testimony of a Zimbabwean couple WHEN Makhosana Mguni (27) proposed to his girlfriend Belinda Nyoni (24) at Chicken Inn Drive in Bulawayo, he never thought this would ignite a spirit of giving from all corners of the country.The couple lives in Bulawayo’s Nketa 6 and the proposal happened on December 26.Their photo went viral as many people admired the gesture made by Mguni in taking the bold step of asking the love of his life for her hand in marriage. Some ridiculed Mguni for choosing Chicken Inn however, what they did not know, said Mguni, is that Chicken Inn has some sentimental value as this was the place he first met Nyoni six years ago. This is a real story of a young couple whose accidental appearance on social media through a propos
A first-year university student from China's north-eastern Liaoning province, he has never even heard of the social media giants that dominate western society, because they are blocked by the Chinese Great Firewall. In his eyes the Firewall — a digital border built by the Chinese Government to control the internet in the mid-1990s — is a good thing and he isn't missing out, with a wide range of Chinese digital platforms such as WeChat and Baidu providing everything he could need online. "It's basically a protection against the foreign internet, which could be hackers," Mr Wu told the ABC. A young Chinese man standing in public space in northern China. As one of China's tens of millions of Generation Z, also known as the "Great Firewall generation", Mr Wu believes in President X
For a growing number of users and mental health experts, the positivity of Instagram is precisely the problem, with its relentless emphasis on promoting ‘perfect’ lifestyles. Should everyone just stop scrolling? ‘You don’t really have control over what you’re seeing …’ Illustration: Joe Magee When 24-year-old fashion blogger Scarlett Dixon posted a picture of herself having breakfast, the internet turned nasty. “The best of days start with a smile and positive thoughts. And pancakes. And strawberries. And bottomless tea,” Dixon wrote on her scarlettlondon Instagram feed, under an image of her looking flawless on a freshly made bed flanked by heart-shaped helium balloons. The sponsored post – for Listerine mouthwash, a bottle of which is visible
Dark theme support seems to have become the latest trend and it’s quickly catching heat. App makers have started embracing it with open arms, including Google, and now it looks like WhatsApp may finally join in on the fun with its own dark mode. Yes, you heard that right. WhatsApp is said to be working on a dark mode for its popular messaging app. It appears like WhatsApp is finally taking cues from its parent, Facebook, which introduced a dark mode for Facebook Messenger earlier this year. There is currently no mention of how WhatsApp’s dark mode will actually look like but we are now even eager and awaiting it with bated breath. If you are curious to see how the dark theme may look like in Whatsapp, here’s a concept developed by WABetaInfo: If we are on the topic of dark themes, t