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WhatsApp Introduces "Unread" Feature

WhatsApp has given a solution for a problem of forgeting to read messages, in a new update which is currently available only on android WhatsApp has given a new feature which gives you the functionality of marking an unread message

By simply tapping and pressing the conversation on WhatsApp, this automatically marks the conversation with a green highlighted colour status as a notification of an “unread” message. The users have been given control of being able to mute a conversation with another user for 8 hours , week and one year.



WhatsApp has also given control of tones, vibrations and notification types for the users which was not possible for individual contact. WhatsApp is slowly making great changes that increase communication and organise users chats to make it entertaining and “ADDICTIVE” if i may say.
WhatsApp has also taken into consideration a very important aspect of having to manage the use of data by having an option of low data usage on voice calls . For Zimbabweans this is definitely good news because WhatsApp users will be able to call and save data bundles.
Since Whatsapp was purchased for 22 billion by Facebook, there are are a lot of changes taking place for the better on the application . From the blue double tick as a “read” indication, to the green highlight when you haven’t read and you want to read too.
The update can currently only be downloaded manually.

WhatsApp Introduces "Unread" Feature

WhatsApp has given a solution for a problem of forgeting to read messages, in a new update which is currently available only on android WhatsApp has given a new feature which gives you the functionality of marking an unread message

By simply tapping and pressing the conversation on WhatsApp, this automatically marks the conversation with a green highlighted colour status as a notification of an “unread” message. The users have been given control of being able to mute a conversation with another user for 8 hours , week and one year.


WhatsApp has also given control of tones, vibrations and notification types for the users which was not possible for individual contact. WhatsApp is slowly making great changes that increase communication and organise users chats to make it entertaining and “ADDICTIVE” if i may say.

WhatsApp has also taken into consideration a very important aspect of having to manage the use of data by having an option of low data usage on voice calls . For Zimbabweans this is definitely good news because WhatsApp users will be able to call and save data bundles.

Since Whatsapp was purchased for 22 billion by Facebook, there are are a lot of changes taking place for the better on the application . From the blue double tick as a “read” indication, to the green highlight when you haven’t read and you want to read too.

The update can currently only be downloaded manually.

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"We Are Not a Toothless Bulldog," Potraz

The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ), has challenged Zimbabwean subscribers to bring in their complaints should the service providers fail to attend to them.
Speaking during the recent Kwekwe and Gweru consumer awareness roadshow campaigns, the public relations manager with Potraz, Sbonginkosi Muteyiwa said they will not take it lightly when operators are violating consumer rights willingly.

By Toneo Tonderai Rutsito
“We urge you to raise your complaints should you have any problem with any operator, it is good to complain, do not remain silent but raise your issues to the responsible operator and if there are any persisting problems bring them to us for the appropriate action.”
potraz sibonginkosi muteyiwa during a starfm live broadcast on consumer awarenes
Responding to whether their bark is as good as their bite, Muteyiwa said they will flex their muscles in ensuring that every operator abides by the regulator and consumer rights.
“We will take stern measures against any operator found to be flouting or violating regulator or these consumer rights,” she added
Asked if they have done anything on record to flex their muscles, the PR manager said, a lot of measures have been taken but the public may expect publicity. She added that, penalties and corrective measures have always been taken in the background even through the parent ministry.
PLEASE MORE IN PHOTOS HERE
Potraz emphasised that consumers should also act responsibly, to make sure that they properly maintain and pay for the rendered services as well to reciprocate the good will from service providers.
“These consumer awareness campaigns are meant to help subscribers understand their consumer rights and complaint procedure to help them make informed decisions.”
pOTRAZ in gweru collage
The Executive Officer Research & Policy Mr Phibion Chaibva also revealed that they are currently working on introducing top of the range equipment to work on Quality of Service (QOS) monitoring equipment which is already going through the tendering process.
“Zimbabwe will see the introduction of state of the art QOS monitoring equipment to make sure that issues of poor network provision, voice clarity, call drops and call success rates can be easily monitored.” said Chaibva
Adding on the QOS, Potraz is to introduce the Telecommunications Traffic Monitoring System (TTMS). This new state of the art technology will make sure that all players are easily and centrally monitored from one clearing house without relying on data presented by them.
The regulatory body is hopeful that the new system will also help them curb industry malpractices such as colliding operators who may be submitting understated values to evade Universal Service Funds (USF) calculated on the total number of subscribers served.

"We Are Not a Toothless Bulldog," Potraz

The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ), has challenged Zimbabwean subscribers to bring in their complaints should the service providers fail to attend to them.

Speaking during the recent Kwekwe and Gweru consumer awareness roadshow campaigns, the public relations manager with Potraz, Sbonginkosi Muteyiwa said they will not take it lightly when operators are violating consumer rights willingly.
By Toneo Tonderai Rutsito

“We urge you to raise your complaints should you have any problem with any operator, it is good to complain, do not remain silent but raise your issues to the responsible operator and if there are any persisting problems bring them to us for the appropriate action.”
potraz sibonginkosi muteyiwa during a starfm live broadcast on consumer awarenes
Responding to whether their bark is as good as their bite, Muteyiwa said they will flex their muscles in ensuring that every operator abides by the regulator and consumer rights.

“We will take stern measures against any operator found to be flouting or violating regulator or these consumer rights,” she added

Asked if they have done anything on record to flex their muscles, the PR manager said, a lot of measures have been taken but the public may expect publicity. She added that, penalties and corrective measures have always been taken in the background even through the parent ministry.

PLEASE MORE IN PHOTOS HERE

Potraz emphasised that consumers should also act responsibly, to make sure that they properly maintain and pay for the rendered services as well to reciprocate the good will from service providers.

“These consumer awareness campaigns are meant to help subscribers understand their consumer rights and complaint procedure to help them make informed decisions.”

pOTRAZ in gweru collage

The Executive Officer Research & Policy Mr Phibion Chaibva also revealed that they are currently working on introducing top of the range equipment to work on Quality of Service (QOS) monitoring equipment which is already going through the tendering process.

“Zimbabwe will see the introduction of state of the art QOS monitoring equipment to make sure that issues of poor network provision, voice clarity, call drops and call success rates can be easily monitored.” said Chaibva

Adding on the QOS, Potraz is to introduce the Telecommunications Traffic Monitoring System (TTMS). This new state of the art technology will make sure that all players are easily and centrally monitored from one clearing house without relying on data presented by them.

The regulatory body is hopeful that the new system will also help them curb industry malpractices such as colliding operators who may be submitting understated values to evade Universal Service Funds (USF) calculated on the total number of subscribers served.

TelOne Rolls Out Mega Wifi Promotion

The war for mobile broadband market has continued to escalate as state owned operator, Telone continues to chew inside the new emerging broadband market with their innovative products.

They initially launched the first ever most affordable data promotion when they torched a storm with $1 for 100mb data wifi hotspots, and just recently, Telone announced an extra bonus 250mb to the dollar to make it a 350mb, all for the same dollar.

By Tongai Mwenje

We have every reason to believe that they want to remain relevant in the market, and a recent price shift is a reaction to the current market rates being set by mobile network operator, Econet who currently are offering a whopping 250mb for the same dollar.

To date, the Telone bundle makes a record breaking offer and interesting times are set ahead, as we are closely watching how the market will respond to this new promotion which has made mobile broadband access a reality for all in Zimbabwe.

Telone will however face a major disadvantage as their fixed mobile hotspots will not be able to offer any help to mobile subscribers who demand their data on go!

Their major limitation is that they are targeting people who will need to walk in to their hotspot areas, probably while they while up time on parks, bus stations or other public areas, which brings great convenience to such areas but this solution will not be of any impact to mobile users on the go.

Their target currently is mass market where people are likely to converge and take much longer time on hence the mobility experience will greatly improve especially in areas like the Joina city and Africa unity square where we have the young already embracing the service.

Compared to the current data offers, Telone is only meant to closely compete with Powertel Econet Wireless Zimbabwe daily bundles which are offering 1gand 250mb daily data bundles, respectively and yes the difference is huge enough that a subscriber will opt out for the fixed mobile terminals since every megabyte really matters.

Telecel and Netone fall way back in line as they only give 9mb and 17 respectively , which will force many subscribers to abandon their data gateways as they have fell off from a reality check.

The promotion could help TelOne market its upcoming ‘Metro Wifi’ or technically city wifi project as they drive towards being a converged service provider in Zimbabwe.
Powertel earthquake bundles comes in as a strong contender or better of the best with their current $2.50 for 1GB or 2GB of data for only $5 promotion based on their CDMA network and fibre. The major advantage they have is mobility , while they are still to fix the most sticking issue of coverage, which still makes it good news only to a few subscribers under their coverage, their major ill is that it expires after 2days which makes sense only for heavy downloads, though we are yet to test the reported high speeds.
Telco one of the players in the market has a $1 for 110MB which leaves it 240MB short of what TelOne is offering and they are yet to complete the matrix on coverage.

Africom another CDMA carrier has remained resonant with their $1 offering 100mb of data, while they equally face the same limitations of wireless transmission over CDMA transmission and coverage issues.

(Updated we had cited the old pricing)
ZOL Zimbabwe, which has been tagged for fast broadband, has got a solution for their mobile hotspots called Zolspots offering 1G valid for 30 Days for $5.

TelOne a traditional fixed operator has reinvented itself with a new identity causing quiet a stir on the broadband market, however they still need to do more to make sure they win the game of numbers which is being hotly contested.

What Is Streaming

Alright so you all thinking… zol shouts out things like “ you can stream from your home” and other cool marketing crap… but what exactly does streaming mean and what should you expect as a consumer… or a poacher when you actually find free WiFi.

Defined by BBC, streaming is listening to music or watching video in ‘real time’, instead of downloading a file to your computer and watching it later.

By Munyaradzi Simango

With internet videos and webcasts of live events, there is no file to download, just a continuous stream of data. Some broadcasters prefer streaming because it’s hard for most users to save the content and distribute it illegally.

So you tap www.youtube.com/technomagzim and get a feel of an interview with Zimbabwe ICT Minister Supa Mandiwanzira Zimbabwe ICT Minister Supa Mandiwanzira
Watch that…that is streaming, no download, no saving files just watch and go

So on a legal basis they can’t actually say one is doing anything wrong as long as he/she doesn’t download it and start distribute it I didn’t condone you to do that by the way( legal talk)

How does it work

Streaming is basically an aspect transferring data so that it can be processed as a steady and continuous stream. So like I said before, you watch and go. Most people choose the internet to air their information because its easier to manage and the simple fact that it seems harder for the lay man to take and redistribute but no, not us we are the mighty TechnoMag.

So with your browser or things like plug-ins can start displaying the data (videos or music most commonly) before the entire file has finished downloading

For streaming to work, the client side receiving the data must be able to collect the data and send it as a steady stream to the device your using that is processing the data and converting it to sound or pictures, (moving pictures= video).

Buffering is the pre-loading data into a reserved area of memory (the buffer). So if your stream is all slow and its pausing to load the you guessed it, its buffering so put your ISP to the test and see if they buffer you or not.

There are a number of competing streaming technologies emerging. For audio data on the Internet, the de facto standard is Progressive Network’s Real Audio.