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Man sends nudes on school chat

IN probably one of the most epic sexting fails ever, a teacher at Pakame High School in Shurugwi, Midlands province, disgraced himself when he mistakenly shared photos of his erect manhood on the school’s WhatsApp group chat.

According to reports members of the Pakame High School social media group got a rare “blessing” when David Muchineri Tahuwona allegedly shared his “vertical” bedroom essentials in the forum.

The nude photos, which were mistakenly sent, it was learnt, carried the caption: “Missing you dear.”

According to sources from the school though Tahuwona confided to his friends that the lewd images were meant for his wife who is studying for a degree in Early Childhood Development at Great Zimbabwe University in Masvingo, they suspected that  he was sending them to his lover.

Upon realising his blunder, Tahuwona was said to have immediately exited the group and stopped answering his calls.

Failing to bear the shame of such an incident the following day, Tahuwona reportedly didn’t go to school and spent the whole day in bed.

In some of the group chats in possession of B-Metro in which the teachers were discussing the hideously embarrassing incident some of them said he deserved it after he once pushed for them to be punished by the school authorities after they failed to attend a school assignment in Dombotombo.

When contacted for comment Tahuwona first prodded this reporter where he got the pictures from before he chose to remain tight-lipped.

“How did you get those pictures?  I don’t have any comment because they are not mine,” he said before hanging up his phone.

A Limpopo pastor at Christ Embassy in South Africa recently committed suicide after he allegedly shared photos of his manhood with his church WhatsApp group.

The pastor only identified as Letsego was sending the picture to his lover, who happens to be a member of the same church. – B-Metro

Facebook’s Messenger app adds live location-sharing

MENLO PARK, CALIF.- Facebook Inc added a feature to its Messenger app on Monday to allow users to share their locations continuously for up to an hour, ramping up competition with tools offered by Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google Maps.

The company has found that one of the most used phrases on Messenger as people talk to friends and family is “How far away are you?” or some variation, Stan Chudnovsky, head of product for Messenger, said in an interview.

“It happens to be what people are saying, what they’re interested in the most,” he said.

Sharing location information is optional, but it can also be live, so that once a user shares the information with a friend, the friend can watch the user’s movement for up to 60 minutes.

Messenger was once part of the core Facebook smartphone app, but the company broke it out as a separate app in 2014 and has since invested in frequent changes to build a service distinct from the massive social network.

Google Maps said last week that it was adding a similar live feature, an attempt to boost engagement on a product of increasing strategic importance to that company.

The close proximity of the announcements tells Facebook “that we’re working on the right things,” Chudnovsky said.

The Messages app on Apple’s iPhone has such a feature, too.

Facebook has been testing its change in Mexico, he said. It was ready as long ago as October, he added, but the company worked on it for five more months to minimize the impact on the battery life of phones.

Facebook sees the feature being used for convenience to coordinate with friends, for safety-related purposes or for other uses, Chudnovsky said. “There are all sorts of products that you can imagine you could build on top of that,” he said.

The update is being made available globally, the company said. – Reuters

Samsung Electronics says to sell refurbished Galaxy Note 7s

A customer tries out a Samsung Electronics’ Galaxy Note 7 at the company’s headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, October 10, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

SEOUL – Tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Monday it plans to sell refurbished versions of the Galaxy Note 7 smartphones that were pulled from markets due to fire-prone batteries.

The Note 7s were permanently scrapped in October, roughly two months from the launch of the near-$900 devices, as more of the phones self-combusted despite a global recall initiated in September. A subsequent probe found manufacturing problems in batteries supplied by two different companies – Samsung SDI Co Ltd and Amperex Technology Ltd.

Analysis from Samsung and independent researchers found no other problems in the Note 7 devices except the batteries, raising speculation that Samsung will recoup some of its losses by selling refurbished Note 7s. The company estimated a $5.5 billion profit hit over three quarters from the Note 7’s troubles.

Samsung, which had sold 3.06 million Note 7s to consumers before taking the phones off the market, had not previously said what it plans to do with the recovered phones. A person familiar with the matter told Reuters in January that it was considering the possibility of selling refurbished versions of the device or reusing some parts from the recalled phones.

“Regarding the Galaxy Note 7 devices as refurbished phones or rental phones, applicability is dependent upon consultations with regulatory authorities and carriers as well as due consideration of local demand,” Samsung said in a statement, adding the firm will pick the markets and release dates for refurbished Note 7s accordingly.

The company also plans to recover and use or sell reusable components such as chips and camera modules and extract rare metals such as copper, gold, nickel and silver from Note 7 devices it opts not to sell as refurbished products.

The firm had been under pressure from environment rights group Greenpeace and others to come up with environmentally friendly ways to deal with the recovered Note 7s. Greenpeace said in a separate statement on Monday that it welcomed Samsung’s decision and the firm should carry out its plans in a verifiable manner.

Plane crash kills 6 in Vumba

Cletus Mushanawani In Vumba —
Six people among them four Green Motors Services (GMS) directors died in a plane crash at Vumba Mountain this morning.

The four directors were on their way from Beira to attend a board meeting in Mutare.

Investigations to establish the cause of the accident are underway but preliminary investigations attribute the crash to bad weather.

The wreckage of the eight seater plane and body parts of the victims were strewn all over the place near the mountain peak.

The GMS management which was waiting for the directors at Mutare Aerodrome have arrived at the scene.

Police and army details from Mozambique are at the scene and efforts are underway to take the bodies to Mutare Provincial Hospital Mortuary for post moterms.

More details to follow….

Twitter explores subscription-based option for first time

SAN FRANCISCO – Twitter Inc is considering whether to build a premium version of its popular Tweetdeck interface aimed at professionals, the company said on Thursday, raising the possibility that it could collect subscription fees from some users for the first time.

Like most other social media companies, Twitter since its founding 11 years ago has focused on building a huge user base for a free service supported by advertising. Last month it reported it had 319 million users worldwide.

But unlike the much-larger Facebook Inc, Twitter has failed to attract enough in advertising revenue to turn a profit even as its popularity with U.S. President Donald Trump and other celebrities makes the network a constant center of attention.

Subscription fees could come from a version of Tweetdeck, an existing interface that helps users navigate Twitter.

Twitter is conducting a survey “to assess the interest in a new, more enhanced version of Tweetdeck,” spokeswoman Brielle Villablanca said in a statement on Thursday.

She went on: “We regularly conduct user research to gather feedback about people’s Twitter experience and to better inform our product investment decisions, and we’re exploring several ways to make Tweetdeck even more valuable for professionals.”

There was no indication that Twitter was considering charging fees from all its users.

Word of the survey had earlier leaked on Twitter, where a journalist affiliated with the New York Times posted screenshots of what a premium version of Tweetdeck could look like.

That version could include “more powerful tools to help marketers, journalists, professionals, and others in our community find out what is happening in the world quicker,” according to one of the screenshots posted on the account @andrewtavani.

The experience could be ad-free, the description said.

Other social media firms, such as Microsoft Corp’s LinkedIn unit, already have tiered memberships, with subscription versions that offer greater access and data.

In the fourth quarter of 2016, Twitter posted the slowest revenue growth since it went public four years earlier, and revenue from advertising fell year-over-year. The company also said that advertising revenue growth would continue to lag user growth during 2017.

Financial markets speculated about a sale of Twitter last year, but no concrete bids were forthcoming. – Reuters

Social media affairs: harmless fun or betrayal

Social media has opened so many channels for communication among people worldwide. However, could it also pose a threat to your relationship?

“I seen your girl post her BM, So I hit her in the DM, all Eyes, yeah I see ‘em, Yeah, that’s your man, I’d hate to be him. It goes down in the DM…”

American Hip-Hop star, Yo Gotti’s 2015 hit single, Down in the DM can be seen as an ode to social media affairs.

The music video relays the story of man who is at the altar about to be married, but cannot seem to get off his social media as he is exchanging sexual texts with another woman on Instagram’s direct messages (DM).

The song illustrates the new age mode of cheating which places high value on sexual gratification. The speed of social media makes it easy to get instant sexual gratification which can be seen as harmless by the participants.

Social Media specialist, Michael Smit, says that social media has made it easier than ever before to have an online affair. With various platforms, such as Instagram or Twitter where people can ‘slide into your DMs’, more and more people have access to anything they could possibly want at their fingertips such as sexts and nudes.

The entire thing was just an escape when things went sour in my relationship.

Whilst online dating has become a phenomenon, it has also opened channels to increased infidelity. Social media offers various platforms such as Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter amongs others where people can participate in infidelity.

According to News24 about 64% people cheat online.

“Online affairs can involve numerous activities, such as viewing explicitly sexual materials, participating in an exchange of ideas about sex, swapping sexual messages, and online exchanges with at least one other person with the intention of becoming sexually aroused”, Smit maintains.

Sakheni Mvela told W24 how he got caught online. He met Liezel* on Facebook three months after getting into a relationship. “I did not think it was a big deal, the entire thing was just an escape when things went sour in my relationship, after all, we never met.”

Clinical Psychologist Narusha Naidoo believes that online cheating is some sort of a fantasy. “Many people cheat online to escape into a fantasy world where their usual relationship problems do not exist, hence in their minds, it is not considered cheating.”

Read more: Does cybersex count as cheating?

“People often deem their online affairs as not being real, to them it doesn’t have much consequence as one can walk away from it or turn it off, unlike a traditional affair where there’s usually physical contact”, Naidoo said.

Naidoo maintains that if you’re hiding social media accounts and closing websites when your partner enters the room, then you’re likely engaging in some unfaithful action.

Mvela recalls how he abruptly had to close his laptop upon hearing the footsteps of his fiancée coming towards their bedroom door. Mvela was having one of his regular chats with Liezel:

Mvela has since deactivated his social media accounts due to the lack of trust in his relationship.

Whilst online cheating is generally alleged to involve a lesser degree of betrayal as they involve more imaginary elements, the repercussions can damage a healthy relationship. So before you are quick to respond to a sultry DM from an attractive stranger, think about how this will affect your relationship.
*Liezel not her real name.

Woman stabs neighbour over WhatsApp messages

DON’T mess with my man!

A neighbbour-cum-small house from Silobela in the Midlands learnt the hard way not to date a married man when his wife stabbed her several times with a knife.

Vongai Hweta sent WhatsApp messages to George Nkiwane thanking him for the wonderful sexual experience he gave her. However, Shamiso Nkiwane found the texts when using her husband’s phone leading to her attack on Hweta.

The messages indicated that the two lovers had engaged in sex the previous day. A harsh exchange of words ensued before Shamiso turned violent.

“Hweta taunted Nkiwane claiming that George found her undesirable in bed because she was not flexible,” said a neighbour who witnessed the incident.

As tempers flared, Shamiso stabbed Hweta who was later ferried to Kwekwe General Hospital.

Nkiwane was arrested and Midlands Assistant Police Inspector Ethel Mukwende confirmed.

Nkiwane, who is out on bail, told B-Metro that the matter was stressing her.

“I don’t want to talk about that issue because it gives me stress, how can my neighbour snatch my husband like that?”she said.

On her part the stabbed Hweta queried why Nkiwane had stabbed her instead of confronting her cheating husband.

But Hweta said it took two people to cheat and so there was no need for her to be punished alone.

“What Nkiwane did is not right. She left me in pain but I was not having the affair alone, she should have confronted her husband first before attacking me,” said Hweta.

Nokia 3310 release date confirmed? HMD narrows launch for retro phone and Android comeback

An HMD Global spokesperson has narrowed down the release date of the newly rebooted and redesigned Nokia 3310 feature phone, as well as Nokia’s trio of comeback Android smartphones.

In an interview with a Croatian tech show, HMD Global’s head of marketing for Eastern Europe, Tomislav Himbele, noted that the quartet of Nokia-branded devices announced at Mobile World Congress 2017 will arrive in Eastern European countries in the second half of Q2 2017.

Up until now, Nokia’s Finnish licensee has remained coy when discussing European release date plans for any of its phones.

Loose confirmation that the eagerly-awaited new Nokia 3310 will arrive in European countries before the end of June is the closest HMD had come to providing launch details until now, despite the fact that many of the phones have already been listed for pre-order in various regions, including the UK.

While UK pricing is also yet to be confirmed, retailer Carphone Warehouse has claimed that the company’s pre-registration figures for the new Nokia 3310 still outnumbered other big hitters from Samsung, LG and Sony by 10 to one.

As well as the €49 (£41) re-imagining of the iconic feature phone, the Android-powered Nokia 6, Nokia 5 and Nokia 3 smartphones were also given the same launch window by Himbele, costing €229 (£194), €189 (£160), and €139 (£121) respectively.

The pick of the Android bunch appears to be the Nokia 6, which released in China in January. The 5.5in device includes Dolby Atmos audio technology and will offer a run a “pure, secure and up-to-date” version of stock Android, promised HMD Global CPO Juho Sarvikas at MWC 2017.

As for the new Nokia 3310, you can read our early impressions of the brightly coloured, Snake-playing feature phone here ahead of a full review at a later date.

Nokia Android and 3310(L-R) Nokia 6, Nokia 5, Nokia 3 and the new Nokia 3310. – IBTimes UK

Econet sees growth in mobile revenue

The country’s largest mobile operator, Econet Wireless Zimbabwe, was the only telecoms firm to record a growth in revenue, in the process resulting in total mobile revenue increasing by 2,4% in the fourth quarter of 2016, a report has shown.

BY BUSINESS REPORTER

According to a fourth quarter report by the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz), total revenue for the quarter rose to $199,2 million, up from $194,5m recorded in the previous quarter.

“However, Econet was the only operator to register an increase in revenues,” Potraz said.

According to Potraz, the total number of active mobile telephone subscriptions increased by 1,4% to 12 878 926 in the fourth quarter of 2016 from 12 696 303 recorded in the previous quarter, with Econet accounting for nearly half of the market share.

“Based on the active mobile subscriptions, Econet had 49,4% market share, whereas NetOne and Telecel had 36,6% and 14% respectively,” the report in part read.

Econet recorded 1,4% increase in active subscribers to 6,4 million from 6,3 million.

Its total subscriber base grew by 1,6% to 10,1 million from 9,9 million on the same previous quarter.

Telecel was stagnant at 1,8 million active subscribers, while total subscribers recorded a 1,5% growth to 4,6 million from 4,5 million on the previous quarter.

NetOne recorded 2% growth in active subscribers to 4,7 million from 4,6 million on the previous quarter and total subscribers grew by 1,7% to 5,8 million from 5,7 million in the previous quarter.

Econet has been investing heavily in infrastructure and has so far sunk $1,2 billion. The company has been the pacesetter in coming up with innovative products.

Its mobile money business, EcoCash has helped in enhancing financial inclusion especially among the rural folk.

The service has come handy to mitigate the cash shortages with subscribers being able to make payments for goods and services.

Liquid Telecom rolls out network nationwide

LIQUID Telecom has started rolling out its fibre optic network in the southern and eastern parts of Zimbabwe to meet the growing demand for internet services, an official said.

The project, which will cost about $14 million and covering 1 600 kilometres, will extend main trunk backbone network to connect Gweru, Shurugwi, Zvishavane, Mashava, Masvingo, Tokwe, Chiredzi, Triangle, Mkwasine, Middle Sabi, Chipinge, Chimanimani, Mutare, Nyanga, Harare and Nyamapanda, MD Mr Wellington Makamure said.

“This main trunk backbone will facilitate back-hauling of all telecommunication services from these areas to the rest of the world,” said Mr Makamure.

The Gweru to Mutare leg is expected to be commissioned by end of this month while the rest will depend on weather conditions in the eastern highlands as progress would be slow due to incessant rains.

Liquid Telecom has built Africa’s largest independent fibre network, which runs from the north of Uganda to Cape Town, covering Africa’s fastest-growing economies, where no fixed network has ever existed before. The network currently spans over 40 000 km across borders and includes The East Africa Fibre Ring and the first regional fibre ring on the continent. Liquid Telecom Zimbabwe has built 13 700 of this network.

In 2015, Econet Wireless Global, the holding company of Liquid Telecom raised about $150 million to fund expansion of its fibre network across the continent. Mr Makamure said the project would complete the national backbone rings for Liquid thereby enabling backup of all major links around the country and international links.

Last mile connections will be needed to connect services to the aggregation points covered by the backbone.

Over the past few years, Liquid Telecom has been leading in terms of investing in telecommunications infrastructure. According to Postal and Telecommunication Regulatory Authority fourth quarter report, the company’s Wi-Fi G Hotspots increased by 8,1 percent to 362 in the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2016 from 335 in the previous quarter. Its market share of equipped bandwidth capacity is 79 percent, way ahead of competitors TelOne, Powertel, Dandemutande and Africom.

Liquid Telecom is the leading independent data, voice and IP provider in eastern, central and southern Africa. It supplies fibre optic, satellite and international carrier services to Africa’s largest mobile network operators, ISPs and businesses of all sizes.

It also provides payment solutions to financial institutions and retailers, as well as award winning data storage and communication solutions to businesses across Africa and beyond.

The company operates throughout Botswana, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Lesotho, Mauritius, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe and the United Kingdom under a number of different wholesale, enterprise and retail brands. – Herald

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