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The world is no longer the same; it got immersed in digital baptism. We live in times when it is so expensive not to partake of the digital super.

You no longer need to spend hours acquiring Adobe Photoshop skills for you to manipulate a picture; simple-to-use apps like Photo Cut and Paste, Holding Photo Frame, Photo in T-shirt and Select Photo does the magic that erstwhile was the domain of graphic designers. And you do not need an iMac to do this; your smartphone can produce the magic; and these apps are free.

In this age, text messaging through mobile operators is some economic suicide. SMS is dead. We now WhatsApp or Viber the message. And it is cheap; K560 per month on both TNM and AirTel platforms. If you are one of those that have taken an oath never ever to use WhatsApp because it is allegedly ‘self-indulgent and babyish’, my message to you is that you are being expensive to your acquaintances in these times when inflation alludes reserve banks. If WhatsApp is not your kind of baby, take solace in Messenger.

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This is not a cheque book generation. You do not impress anybody when you fill in cheque lines at the counter; after all don’t cheques bounce? In case you missed the ship, we are in digital money era; the beautiful ladies at shop counters now swipe ATM cards. Next time MG2 asks for money, fast track the process, digitally send the money on Mpamba, AirTel Money, Mo626 or NBS Easy Banking.

Thanks to national Bank for the initiative to take the digital money culture to business. NBM announced that it would extend Mo626 payment system to business transactions. We need that like yesterday. Is it not annoying that a cheque drawn by a company that banks with you at the same service centre should take three working days to clear? Digital money transfers are real-time.

Presidents annoy me when they read out their speeches from papers. Can’t they flip the same pages on an iPad? If you told me that Robert Mugabes and Musevenis of this world are too old to use a Samsung Galaxy Note, then I would mouth back and tell you that if that is the case, these men we inherited from Iron Age have no business ruling over a digital generation.

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With the rising cost of gas, door to door advertising is out of reach. Use one ad and reach out 1.2 billion Facebook users. The American eloquent preacher, TD Jakes says that those in the business of ministry must make a profit or they won’t be around for too long. The man of God further says that even churches must embrace social media advertising techniques to grow audiences and profits.

Are you thirty for fresh news? Get a Facebook account and like the page “As is happening” created by one visionary Malawian, Dan Mughogho.

We have come a long way; from Stone, bronze, iron and now computer age. There is no problem with worship of stone hoes; it is just that a tractor can do the same in much lesser time. The 1883 song writer Daniel W. Whittle wrote, “mercy-drops round us are falling, but for the showers, we plead.” Long after he is dead, the showers of digital blessings are now pouring.

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