Science & Tech

Science & Tech

Armed Robbers Steal US$50 000 From KFC Msasa

By Staff Reporter A six-man armed gang pounced on KFC premises in Msasa, Harare Monday and stole US$50 000, R30 000, and ZW$19 000 after attacking the security guard. Police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Nyathi confirmed the robbery. “The ZRP is investigating a case of robbery which occurred on 24 January 2022 at about 0001 hours

Gender Disparities In The ICT Sector; A Threat To Women’s Livelihoods

By Tendai  Makaripe OVER the years, the Zimbabwean Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector has gone through a positive metamorphosis that has seen it becoming an instrumental driver of various economic sectors. Because of this, government, through the National Development Strategy (NDS1) has vowed to make efforts to move the economy towards developing the sector.

Zimbabwe’s Weak Cybersecurity Systems, A Ticking Time Bomb For The Insurance Sector

By Tendai Makaripe ON Tuesday, December 15, 2020, Google services, including YouTube, Google Meet, Hangouts, Google Maps, Google Docs, Google Drive, and Google Calendar, went offline in a huge outage that lasted for about 40 minutes. There was widespread panic among users across the world, particularly those in the United States of America (USA) with

Mobile Betway Live Revolutionarises Gaming

By Staff Reporter THE mobile phone has come a long way since the days of the old Nokia phones. Back then the only game that was available to play was Snake and the only way to communicate was through making a phone call and sending a text message. Smart phones have become part of our

TelOne data tariffs up 36%

By Technomag AMIDST the economic crisis, service providers have been feeling the pinch and they have been increasing prices so as to stay in business. With effect from August 9 the TelOne home broadband tariffs have been reviewed upwards by 36%. This comes after another upward price review which was in March which was more

Potraz chief Gift Machengete: Zimbabwean companies investing more in infrastructure and willing to share

‘Telecomms infrastructure investments improve’

By Anna Chibamu INFRASTRUCTURE Investments in the fixed and mobile companies have greatly improved though challenges still persist, the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (Potraz) has said. However, Potraz director general Gift Machengete told the Parliamentary Committee on Information, Communication Technology (ICT) while giving oral evidence Monday that foreign currency shortages continue to wreak havoc

Samsung folding phone is different – but also almost $2,000

By Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO: Samsung unveiled a highly anticipated smartphone with a foldable screen in an attempt to break the innovation funk that has beset the smartphone market. But it’s far from clear that consumers will embrace a device that retails for almost $2,000, or that it will provide the creative catalyst the smartphone

Russian teenagers use social media to rebel against teachers

By Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG: The principal of a prestigious school near St. Petersburg summoned 16-year-old Leonid Shaidurov and 14-year-old Maxim Dautov in for a chat. Then he threatened them with expulsion, a criminal probe and being blacklisted from all Russian universities. Their crime? Setting up an independent student union. But Shaidurov and Dautov, children

Mnangagwa to open Africa ICT summit

By Xinhua PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa will on Wednesday officiate at an ICT convention which is expected to attract over 500 participants from several African countries and the ICT world. Primary and Secondary Education Minister Paul Mavima told Tuesday’s Herald newspaper that the two-day Innovation Africa Summit would be hosted by his ministry, that of higher

Silicon Valley eyes Africa as new tech frontier

By AFP With its colourful hammocks and table tennis table, a new tech hub in the Lagos metropolis wouldn’t look out of place among the start-ups on the other side of the world in Silicon Valley. But the NG_Hub office is in the suburb of Yaba — the heart of Nigeria’s burgeoning tech scene that

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Zimbabwe launches space agency

By Xinhua HARARE: Zimbabwe on Tuesday launched its space agency to advance the country’s research and innovation. Launching the institution, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said the Zimbabwe National GeoSpatial and Space Agency (Zingsa) is expected to advance the country’s interests in geospatial science, earth observation and satellite communication systems. “This initiative is expected to enhance Zimbabwe’s

China’s Huawei under US probe for Iran sanctions violations: report

By AFP THE US Justice Department has opened an investigation into suspected violations of Iran sanctions by China’s Huawei Technologies, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. A Justice probe would come on the back of subpoenas issued to the company by the US Commerce and Treasury Departments over sanctions-related issues, according to the Journal. Huawei

Construction robots weld, bolt, lift to beat worker shortage

By Associated Press TOKYO: Robots that can weld, lift and bolt are being developed to help bridge labor shortages at Japanese construction sites, though their use will be limited to night shifts when no human workers will be nearby due to safety and regulatory concerns. Major Japanese construction company Shimizu Corp. showed off several robots

Financial expert taking Facebook to UK court over fake ads

By Associated Press LONDON: A personal finance expert launched a lawsuit against Facebook in Britain on Monday, claiming the social media company is allowing the publication of scam ads featuring his name. Martin Lewis, who founded the MoneySavingExpert website, says his name has appeared on more than 50 advertisements in the last year, many of

China exports facial ID technology to Zimbabwe

China is exporting facial recognition technology to Zimbabwe as part of the Belt and Road initiative, which marks China’s first(AI) technology entry to Africa. Cloudwalk, a company based in South China’s Guangdong Province, has signed a strategic cooperation framework agreement with the Zimbabwean government for a mass facial recognition project, according to a statement sent to the

Apple co-founder protests Facebook by shutting down account

SAN FRANCISCO: Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is shutting down his Facebook account as the social media giant struggles to cope with the worst privacy crisis in its history. In an email to USA Today, Wozniak says Facebook makes a lot of advertising money from personal details provided by users. He says the “profits are all

Facebook users to learn if they were part of privacy scandal

NEW YORK: Get ready to find out if your Facebook data has been swept up in the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Starting Monday, the 87 million users who might have had their data shared with Cambridge Analytica will get a detailed message on their news feeds. Facebook says most of the affected users (more than 70 million) are

Facebook says up to 2.7 million EU users affected by leak

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union said Friday that Facebook has told it that up to 2.7 million people in the 28-nation bloc may have been victim of improper data sharing involving political data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica. EU spokesman Christian Wigand said EU Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova will have a telephone call with Facebook COO

Africa’s scientists encouraged to become the next Einstein

By Associated Press KIGALI: South African geneticist Vinet Coetzee held up a malaria-diagnosing scanner that she said can be developed for use in Africa’s rural areas without the need for blood samples or lab tests. “This can be rapid, affordable and non-invasive,” she said. “It can reduce health inequality and bring us one step closer

Twitter CEO asks for help on ‘civility’; YouTube stumbles

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is asking for help improving the openness and civility of conversation on Twitter, saying the company failed to prevent misinformation, echo chambers and abuse of its global messaging service. In a series of tweets , Dorsey said Twitter was committing “to help increase the collective health, openness, and civility of public conversation” and