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Ministry Of Information Says We Were Hacked After “Satanic US Embassy” Tweet

Ministry Of Information Says We Were Hacked After “Satanic US Embassy” Tweet

Security, Social Media
On the 2nd of November, the Ministry of Information’s Twitter account, appeared to have gone berserk when they responded to a tweet about the ongoing Doctor’s strike with a barrage of insults to the Doctor’s along with a jibe at the US embassy which was called satanic in the now deleted tweet. The Ministry of Information came out to clarify what happened and stated that their account was hacked and the tweet sent out: On 2/11/19 this Twitter handle was maliciously compromised and an inappropriate message was posted on it. On being alerted to this, we deleted the message, changed our security information. We apologise to any person or group of persons offended or disrespected by the message. Ministry of Information Many people on the social media platform don’t believe this is what
What Does Twitter’s Desktop Redesign Add?

What Does Twitter’s Desktop Redesign Add?

Social Media
Apart from a refreshed design what else has been added and does this make the desktop site better to use? Well, first of the desktop site now has an Explore page which makes it easier to find live video and local moments based on your location. I don’t care much for the Explore tab so I don’t think that will revolutionise the desktop experience for me all of a sudden. advertisement Bookmarks are now accessible from the desktop, which for me is a big deal. Sometimes I bookmark a tweet as a potential story so coming back to it will now be much easier instead of having to like the Tweet so I can access it on desktop. Lists, Messages and Profile now require fewer clicks to get to. It was irritating having to click on your picture and then select Profile from the old design, so this t
WhatsApp Adds “Share To Facebook” Option

WhatsApp Adds “Share To Facebook” Option

Applications, Social Media
WhatsApp has added a “Share to Facebook” function that I’m finding a bit baffling (in its current form) if I’m 100% honest with you. The feature allows you to long press on a message and share the message to Facebook. It’s not exactly clear to me what the point of this is but it’s already there. I’m on the latest beta version of WhatsApp and unfortunately, the share to Facebook button doesn’t seem to be doing anything (for me) just yet as every time I click on it nothing is happening. Maybe it’s because I don’t have the Facebook application on my phone… The share to Facebook feature will probably become more useful with time as Facebook (the parent company of WhatsApp and Instagram as well) launches Portal. The probability that users will be able to add a story to their
EcoCash CEO Blocks Entrepreneur On Twitter After He Complained About Agents Charging More For ‘Cashing-Out’

EcoCash CEO Blocks Entrepreneur On Twitter After He Complained About Agents Charging More For ‘Cashing-Out’

FinTech, Social Media
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
4 Reasons Why WhatsApp Will Never Be 100% Secure

4 Reasons Why WhatsApp Will Never Be 100% Secure

Applications, Security, Social Media
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....
Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp working again after outages

Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp working again after outages

Applications, Social Media
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
Snapchat tests Foursquare-style place check-ins

Snapchat tests Foursquare-style place check-ins

Applications, Social Media
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...
Fornite gamer Griffin ‘Sceptic’ Spikoski made almost US$200,000 last year. He’s 14

Fornite gamer Griffin ‘Sceptic’ Spikoski made almost US$200,000 last year. He’s 14

Gizmos, Social Media
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

ZOL Connect Nominated For Best Online Media Award @ NAMAs

Social Media, Telecomms
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
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