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The songwriter in me

Most people find it hard to believe that I do not only write songs but I'm also a rapper. I have so far recorded four songs! Growing up I was exposed to a wide variety of music since my father was a sales representative at grammar music later he joined Zimbabwe music corporation. I never dreamed that one day I would record my own song. I did not know that I had the talent. Some of cousins started doing music and I got inspired. I teamed up with one of them and he accompanied me to the studio where we recorded a song called usandisiye in 2011. It was produced by Tony Ngara popularly known as Tony G. In 2012 I continued to record 3 more songs which were produced by Russell Chiradza aka Russo. I later thought of setting up my own studio in 2014. I had assembled a desktop computer and installed fruity loops and I bought a condenser microphone and some headphones. I then realised that in order to record quality music I needed to get an audio box and I could not afford at that ti…

Discovering the blogger in me

I never thought I could write any engaging material. Writing was a daunting task to me. I guess the course I once took, but failed to complete due to other commitments, contributed greatly to my writing skills. The course , a certificate in business management, was offered by University of Zimbabwe.

I only completed the first module before I had to stop in order to attend another course in basic patrol dog handling, which I could not afford to miss. The first module in the certificate in business management was on business communication. I learnt what communication was and above all I acquired skills in writing. When then did I start to blog?

I started blogging in 2016 after creating a Facebook page. I wanted to develop my skills in social media marketing and as such I had to start creating content. My first Facebook page was very successful, it gained a thousand followers in a week. The people just liked my page from the description of the page at first because I advertised my page b…

How Econet helped shape my career

I can code in several languages though I specialize in full stack web development thanks to Econet Zimbabwe.

During the  days when I started writing code in early 2014 I visited the Econet Zimbabwe website and found that they had some zero rated websites. This meant that, as an econet subscriber, I could access some sites for free without the need to buy any internet bundles.

The zero rated content was arranged into different categories and I headed to the education section where I started reading articles on coding. I enjoyed the tutorials titled "Learn Python The Hard Way". I followed most if not all the instructions on a PC I had assembled by myself. I became proficient in coding in Python.

My relationship with econet did not end in learning to code from zero rated content. In 2016 while attending a course in photojournalism I met a guy who was interested with my achievements in coding, by then I had already become a Google developer and I had published an app in the Play…

How I developed a knack for software developing

I remember once as a teenager I stumbled upon some books on windows 98 and 2000 tutorials. I was a book worm then and I recall reading them with gusto.

I learned a few commands and grasped a few ideas which stuck to my mind and I became computer literate by my own right although I did not operate a real computer until at a later stage in life.

In high school I had an opportunity to attend computer lessons but I skipped the lessons as I considered it a waste of time. The computer laboratory was open only after school and at certain days of the week.

I had a chance to operate a computer when I was working as a police officer. Only a few police officers were computer literate at the station back then and there was only a single virus infested and outdated computer at the station at that time. I did not have any problem in performing basic tasks as the main use of the computer was for word processing as we compiled dockets for court. However, I wanted to be regarded as a computer geek an…

No more need for a WhatsApp bot

WhatsApp Business has evolved greatly to include most of the features that were missing on WhatsApp. Many people yearned for an autoresponder or bot before it was  introduced on WA Business. A lot of people had their phone numbers banned from WhatsApp, if the company really took action on users who used autoresponders, just because the feature took long to be integrated in the app. More features keep rolling on to the business version and the one I like the most is that of showing the name of the business in the chats instead of a phone number as was previously the case if a client did not have the number for the business in their contacts list. With the auto response feature one can create a bot for their business. All is needed is creativity and unambiguous use of keywords which trigger the responses. What is left now is a built in payment system so that transactions can be done in-app. I believe tests were done in India. The feature is already on Facebook's messenger app so it …

How to make money from home in Zimbabwe

It is not a hoax, it is real. Making money from home is a possibility which needs to be explored. All you need is a smartphone at least. Airbnb should be your first stop if you need to try a few of the ways on how to earn a living from home. All you need to do is list a room if you own a premise. Such guest houses are proving to be popular to many people nowadays considering their affordability and privacy.
You can also make money from blogging. If you have a website or a huge following on social media, you can join an affiliate program. I recommend Share a Sale. Go on to their website and find a sponsor so that you get paid for great content.

Why does Facebook not take a leaf from blogger

It is frustrating to write an article  and  then lose for ever when you click the publish button. It has happened to me several times so much that I now use a text editor to write and then share the article on my Facebook page. Why does Facebook not introduce the draft feature or at least allow posts to be saved pending publishing?Articles are lost when you leave the Facebook app to use another app for example checking an email or using the browser to lookup something you are writing about. It also happens when an article fails to publish due to network issues. You will have to start all over again and if the network signal is still weak you are bound to face the same ordeal. Facebook should borrow from other blogging software or CMS (content management systems). There should be a feature allowing for saving a post. Consider all the effort and time that one puts into writing an article. All that is put to waste when publishing fails for one reason or the other. I know that sometime so…

Where to place keywords in blogger for purposes of SEO

As a blogger user myself I'm learning a lot as I try to grow my brand and I feel obliged to share something on SEO. I'm coming from a background where I used to run my own site before I decided to choose a free service.

I fell in love with blogger and I now recommend it to those who do not need a data base or form handling on their sites because it does not have support for PHP.

Key words allow your blog to rank high in search therefore it is important to know where to place them.

The title of the page is another place where the search engine picks words. Then there is the description of the blog. Most people write in the description field of the theme rather than of the blog itself. To clarify this issue let me put in in this way. Blogger has two different ways to capture the description of the page but each way is different. The first way is offered by some themes for the purposes of displaying information to visitors. That option does not add value to SEO as the keywords in th…

The demise of Inbox did not create a void at all

I want to dispel the misconception  which is due to an article that appeared in a local technology blog.  The essence of the post was to bring awareness to an emerging brand but at the expense of a trusted brand. It gave an impression that Inbox left a void in the market which needs to be filled. However, that is not the reality.

Google just dropped Inbox to focus on Gmail. Which is a perfect idea considering the fact that what Inbox simply did was mirror messages from Gmail and add cool features for example soughting emails into categories and improving the general user experience. Why have two apps installed when everything can be accomplished in a single app? That was the notion which brought about the discontinuation of Inbox to focus on Gmail.

Now you know that Inbox did not leave a void at all. It actually was good riddance considering that it took more space on our devices. Now, having a single app to manage your emails one can save a lot of memory which is good for the overall …

Here is a reason why you can not create a username for your Facebook page

A lot of reasons are brought forward in different forums when it comes to the question why after creating a Facebook page you will find that the page is eligible for a username. I'm going to tell you the real answer which is based on experience. I have created quite a number of Facebook pages in the past. Some of the pages were utter flops while three of them were quite successful. My first successful page garnered  a thousand likes all in a single week. How I did it is the subject I'll will discuss in the next article. For now let's talk about usernames and why some pages are not legible.

Let's understand that for a page to be successful, a well crafted username is needed. However all the best usernames seem to have been taken already. You have to be super imaginative nowadays , to come up with a username which is compatible with your brand. Platforms like Facebook and twitter are quite aware of this fact that cool usernames are now scarce. Hence they try to discourage…

Verified √ - The quest for influencer status

Who doesn't want to be considered an influencer? Everybody wants power. Many a blogger seeks a verification badge on their social media account for the sole reason of showing that they are influential.  If money could be paid to turn on the badges I bet we would see a lot of guys forking out huge amounts just to get them. A verification status is priceless and like respect it ought to be earned.A few years ago it was easy to get the badges as they were applied for on some popular platforms. Now someone has to work really hard to get them. Some risk having their accounts blocked by using unorthodox means to get a huge following which is a prerequisite on most platforms to turn on the verification badge. Prestige is the main driving force behind the quest for the badge. People have different priorities and for some being verified is nothing. All they need is moolah. As long as they earn money from traffic they get to their blogs through social media accounts,  they will be content w…

If he really loves you then he should grant you access to all his photos!

There is a feature of Google photos that was recently introduced. It can help in cementing relationships in many ways. The feature is called partner account. You can give your partner access to all your photos or choose to share photos of certain people only, for example photos of your kids ,friends and close family members.

Another way this feature helps is to allay any fear of infidelity. How does that work? From my experience in issues of people who were caught cheating, photos revealed most of the evidence ahead of chats. Most people can not resist to take photos when they go out on dates even with people other than their spouses. Having to go through your spouses phone from time to time to check for any tell tale signs of infidelity is detrimental to a relationship as it shows that you do not trust each other. With Google photos' feature of adding a partner account one can easily sweet talk their partner into granting them access to all of their photos so that they can access …

Two strange but handy uses of Google Photos

Google photos has evolved into an amazing app. One can share photos and back them up easily. Today I want to share with you some strange  uses of the app. The first use many people do not know is that you can easily hide photos for security or privacy sake in the app. What you simply do is delete the photo you do not want others to see. Yes I said delete! What happens is that your photo is deleted from the file manager. However the app has a bin in which it stores the deleted items. It sounds silly but it works especially for photojournalists in hostile societies. They take photos and then are sometimes forced to delete the photos or their devices are confiscated if they are found to contain photos for publishing in the news. One might ask why delete when you can upload and save the photos in the cloud instead of the phone? Well the answer is simple. In Africa internet services are not 100% reliable. There are some areas where there will be poor connectivity. This is where the Google p…

Who has ever created and published an app in the playstore without a computer?

Txt Guide is an app in the playstore that was created and published without a computer! How is that possible and why is it important?

Meek Academy realized that a way to create apps without a computer would greatly help aspiring developers in poor communities fulfill their dreams. They started to research on the best resources to use with a smartphone to create and publish apps.

They created a quick guide on the resources needed and then published an app using what they had gathered from the research. The app is actually a guide and it mainly uses text hence the name Txt Guide.


Which app is best for binge watching movies-?

#Streaming content from your mobile device. Kweseiflix/Amazon Premium/JW Library/Showmax/Netflix/

As most people move away from watching movies through satellite dishes it is important to make wise decisions as to the best streaming service and hardware to use. Since we dwell on mobile phones, we shall talk about the best app for streaming movies and then recommend the best hardware for watching on TV the content you are streaming on your mobile phone.

Lets start with streaming services. The most popular in Zimbabwe are Netflix, Amazon Prime, Kweseiflix and Showmax as well the JW Library. For those who have never heard of the JW Library app, the movie called MwanaMuparadzi that had a shona subtitle might ring a bell. The JW.Org website which hosts that movie has an app for streaming their content and it id called JW Library. We tried all polpular streaming apps and for christian content the JW app has no contender. Read on to find out the best in secular apps.

Kwese iflix is alluring due …

What Really Is Sim box Fraud?

Netone subscribers are receiving messages alerting them on simbox fraud. We shall explain what it is and its effect.

Improve Your Vocabulary online

Google has many tools for academic advancement. Our favourite is the Google classroom. We have already wrote an article about that in a previous article.  In this post I want to talk about other ways by google to use in learning a new language.

The Google translate is good for that as well. It helps you communicate with someone in a foreign language and as you do so you tend to improve on your understanding of the language. However, Of the tool which blew our mind and prompted us to write this article is called Word Coach. It is an online game which tests your prowess on word meanings. It improves your vocabulary as you complete the quizzes. To access it simply type "word coach"  online and it will appear in the search results.

How To Upload An APK To The Playstore

We want to give a tip on how to upload an apk for release on the playstore from your mobile phone- no computer is needed at all, from app development to release.

In our previous article we wrote about tools needed to develop apps from your mobile phone. Now we know developers face a challenge sometimes when it comes to uploading the apk to the playstore. The apk will be stored on the phone and will only be accesed using the file manager. When you try to upload the apk from a folder in the file manager the google chrom will usually respond with a message pop up saying that the task could not be completed due to lack of memory if you are using Mozilla Firefox it will simply revert to the upload page without giving any notification.

There is a simple hack to accomplish the upload task. Just make the file appear in the recent section of your phone activities. Every file you edit or save will showup in the recent files. For you file to appear simply save it to another folder for example the…