02 Apr

Here are 3 of our Favourite Things about Gmail in honour of its 15th Birthday

Here are 3 of our Favourite Things about Gmail in Honour of its 15th Birthday

Google’s email service, Gmail turns 15 years old this April. It’s a bit hard to ignore Gmail’s role in making email both accessible and functional; more so on the continent.  It might explain the staggering  1.5 billion monthly active users worldwide.

In celebration; Gmail has given its users a few gifts such as the multilingual AI Smart Compose which offers personalised sentence suggestions. Now you don’t need a partner to finish your sentences because well, Gmail can do it just fine. In addition to now being able to schedule emails, Gmail has also added the cool trick of being able to edit and comment on Google Documents right there in your inbox less the additional tab.

Gmail’s launch back in 2004 may have been on the 1st of April but their impact on how we communicate via electronic mail is no knock-knock joke. Despite the kinks; here are four of our favourite things about Gmail!

“It’s Functional”

Ian Mapira: Content Creation Manager – Bhizimusi.com

I like Gmail functionality across Google Services like Google Drive. This works great for sharing and backing up my photos, audio and documents

“Makes my inbox orderly”

Chrispen Charamba: Content Creation Manager – Hallelujahmag.com

Gmail’s labels help me organise with more flexibility. A conversation can have several labels, so you’re not limited to designate one specific folder for emails. You can also create filters to automatically manage incoming mail such as starring messages.

“Private and collaborative”

Munashe Chakaonda: Storytelling Managing Editor 

Gmail has always been my go-to especially the inbuilt hangouts where my community contributors can text and video chat. I also like that I don’t need an assistant since I can set reminders notes and private calendar prompts.

Happy Birthday, Gmail!


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02 Apr

#BalanceForBetter: When Service Delivery is Poor, She Suffers More!

When Service Delivery is Poor, She Suffers More!

I woke up one cold Zimbabwean June morning, preparing to boil my water for a bath.  It was then I discovered that there was no electricity! It was a blackout, one which was unannounced by ZESA, our energy provider. Annoyed and mumbling to myself, I cursed everything around me. As I opened my small curtain in need of nature’s light; something I spotted was both disturbing and angering.

It was my beautiful neighbour’s wife who was making a fire in that chilling cold morning preparing for her husband who was probably snoring in his warm blankets. The wife wanted to boil water not only cooking tea but also for her partner. As I saw her cough, choked by smoke I thought to myself with regret.  It is the woman who suffers when the city fathers decide to close down water in the so-called water rationing exercise. It is she that must go around looking for the lifesaving liquid. I have seen in more than one occasion seen a woman burned with a 20 litres bucket on her head and a whining baby at her back.

Women seem to suffer more directly when services are poor in a community.

Speaking to a Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association (ZELA) researcher Joyce Nyamukunda; she confirmed my suspicions.

“When we talk about the roads,  about the clinics and the schools; it’s mainly women who bear this impact when these services are not really available in these communities,” Joyce Nyamukunda said.

Women in rural areas have to travel for long distances by foot for registration documents, for firewood; for clinics when family members are sick and even when giving birth.

That’s what happens when services are poor and not nearer to the communities they serve. I am reminded of the complaints of the former Minister of Women Affairs, Nyasha Chikwinya;

“The situation in Zimbabwe is very critical, 80 per cent of women live in rural areas and they need firewood for cooking. Of late it’s not just the rural areas and the urban setup,” she said.

According to the Gender Minister, urban women resolve to firewood due to the high cost of electricity. As a result, my neighbour’s wife walks 3-4km to get this firewood in Harare. The saddest part of this story is that there are thousands of Zimbabwean women, rural or urbane who are at the mercy of poor service delivery often offered by males.

The question is what can be done promptly to alleviate it?

28 Aug

LinkedIn’s 25 Highly Sought After Skills of 2018 & How to Get Them

LinkedIn Listed 25 Highly Sought After Hard Skills of 2018 & How to Get Them

Using LinkedIn data from their 500+ million members, LinkedIn identified the skills companies were working the hardest to fill. Coupled with related jobs, their average salaries and courses that teach those skills.

1. Cloud and Distributed Computing

Related Jobs: Platform Engineer ($120,000), Cloud Architect ($135,000)

Recommended Courses: Amazon Web Services: Storage and Data ManagementCloud Architecture: Advanced ConceptsCloud Computing Career Paths and Certifications: First Steps

2. Statistical Analysis and Data Mining

Related Jobs: Business Analyst ($72,000), Data Analyst ($62,000), Statistician ($90,200)

Recommended Courses: The Essential Elements of Predictive Analytics and Data MiningData Science Foundations: FundamentalsSQL Essential Training

3. Middleware and Integration Software

Related Jobs: IT Manager ($95,000), Systems Integration Engineer ($98,000)

Recommended Courses: ASP.NET Core: MiddlewareLearn API Documentation with JSON and XMLJavaScript and JSON: Integration Techniques

4. Web Architecture and Development Framework

Related Jobs: Web developer ($65,000), Full Stack Web Developer ($77,000)

Recommended Courses: Building Angular and Node Apps with AuthenticationCreating Your First RESTful Spring Boot Microservice with JPAReact: Replacing Legacy Projects

5. User Interface Design

Related Jobs: UX Designer ($85,000), Web Developer ($65,000), UI Designer ($72,000)

Recommended Courses: UX Foundations: PrototypingCreating a Design System with Sketch, Planning a Career in User Experience

6. Software Revision Control Systems

Related Jobs: Web Developer ($65,000), Software Programmer ($64,000)

Recommended Courses: SVN for Java DevelopersGit Essential TrainingLearning Software Version Control

7. Data Presentation

Related Jobs: Graphic Designer ($45,000), Data Scientist ($113,000), Business Consultant ($83,000)

Recommended Courses: Learning Data VisualizationData Visualization: Best PracticesLearning Graphic Design: Presentations

8. SEO/SEM Marketing

Related Jobs: Marketing Specialist ($49,000), Online Marketing Manager ($80,000), Advertising Manager ($61,200)

Recommended Courses: SEO FoundationsIntroduction to PPC with Google AdWords and Bing AdsLearning SEO Tools

9. Mobile Development

Related Jobs: Mobile Engineer ($95,000), Mobile Application Developer ($83,800)

Recommended Courses: Android Development Essential Training: Create Your First AppAdvanced iOS App Development: Core MotionPrototype a CRM Mobile Application with Framer

10. Network and Information Security

Related Jobs: Information Security Specialist ($96,000), Cyber Security Specialist ($92,500)

Recommended Courses: IT Security Foundations: Network SecurityData-Driven Network Security EssentialsImplementing an Information Security Program

11. Marketing Campaign Management

Related Jobs: Online Marketing Manager ($80,000), Digital Marketing Specialist ($52,000), Digital Marketing Manager ($77,000)

Recommended Courses: Create a Go-To-Market PlanBuilding Your Marketing Technology StackMarketing Analytics: Segmentation and Testing

12. Data Engineering and Data Warehousing

Related Jobs: Software Engineer ($95,000), Database Developer ($85,000), Data Analyst ($62,000)

Recommended Courses: Data Science Foundations: Data EngineeringSQL Essential TrainingTransitioning from Data Warehousing to Big Data

13. Storage Systems and Management

Related Jobs: Database Administrator ($91,000), System Administrator ($68,800)

Recommended Courses: Microsoft Azure: Design an Application Storage and Data Access StrategyGoogle Drive Essential TrainingLinux: Storage Systems

14. Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Related Jobs: Electrical Engineer ($81,000), Electronic Engineer ($88,400)

Recommended Courses: AutoCAD Electrical Essential TrainingLearning MATLABElectronics Foundations: Semiconductor Devices

15. Algorithm Design

Related Jobs: Software Engineer ($95,000), Lead Software Engineer ($120,000), Lead Developer ($109,000)

Recommended Courses: Machine Learning & AI Foundations: Value EstimationsMachine Learning & AI Foundations: Decision TreesMachine Learning & AI: Advanced Decision Trees

16. Perl/Python/Ruby

Related Jobs: Software Engineer ($95,000), Data Scientist ($113,000)

Recommended Courses: Learning the Python 3 Standard LibraryPython Design PatternsPython Projects

17. Shell Scripting Languages

Related Jobs: Linux System Administrator ($75,000), System Engineer ($90,000), Java Developer ($80,000)

Recommended Courses: Learning Linux Shell ScriptingPerl 5 Essential TrainingLearning PowerShell 5

18. Mac, Linux and Unix Systems

Related Jobs: System Administrator ($68,800), Linux System Administrator ($75,000)

Recommended Courses: Learning Linux Command LineCert Prep: Red Hat Certified System Administrator (EX200)SUSE Linux Enterprise Server Essential Training

19. Java Development

Related Jobs: Java Developer ($80,000), Web Developer ($65,000)

Recommended Courses: Kotlin for Java DevelopersJSON Processing with Java EEJava 8 Essential Training

20. Business Intelligence

Related Jobs: Business Intelligence Analyst ($73,100), Forecast Analyst ($64,000)

Recommended Courses: Power BI Pro Essential TrainingBalanced Scorecard and Key Performance IndicatorsFinancial Forecasting with Big Data

21. Software QA and User Testing

Related Jobs: User Experience Engineer ($85,000), Software Test Engineer ($80,000), Quality Assurance Engineer ($77,000)

Recommended Courses: Programming Foundations: Software Quality AssurancePenetration Testing Essential TrainingUX Foundations: Usability Testing

22. Virtualization

Related Jobs: Network Engineer ($82,000), Network Administrator ($65,000)

Recommended Courses: Learning VMware vSphere 6.5VMware vSphere: Upgrade a Deployment to vSphere 6.5Windows Server 2016: Configure Hyper-V

23. Automotive Services, Parts and Design

Related Jobs: Vehicle Engineer ($96,500), Industrial Designer ($63,600)

Recommended Courses: Learning CATIA v5Alias Essential TrainingInsights on Automotive Design with Veejay Gahir

24. Economics

Related Jobs: Business Development Manager ($99,000), Auditor ($56,000), Research Analyst ($56,400)

Recommended Courses: Managerial EconomicsApplied Economic Forecasting with Big DataBlockchain Basics

25. Database Management and Software

Related Jobs: Database Specialist ($53,000), Database Administrator ($91,000)

Recommended Courses: Database Foundations: AdministrationMicrosoft SQL Server 2016: Installation and AdministrationOracle 12c Database: Administration

This Article first appeared on LinkedIn