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Thursday

Can I purchase a domain from Godaddy and host it in Hostgator?

Yes, you can purchase a domain from GoDaddy (or any Domain Registrar) and then host it on HostGator (or elsewhere) if you wish.
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I have two points of advice for you however;


  1. There are better Domain Registrars than GoDaddy and better hosts than HostGator.
  2. It is easier to purchase your domain and your hosting from the same provider.

GoDaddy is certainly one of the most popular Domain Registrars, along with NameCheap, but I would recommend starting elsewhere.

Lesser known Domain Registrars like WPX Hosting can provide benefits that the bigger-name companies do not - such as free WHOIS Privacy.

WPX’s Domain Privacy cannot be found for free anywhere else online and is certainly a huge benefit for starting off a new site.

While HostGator may be a better choice for hosting than the likes of GoDaddy or Bluehost, they are not leagues ahead. HostGator are still an EIG company just like Bluehost, though they only suck slightly less to be frank.

HostGator’s service is still quite lacklustre when compared with other, non-EIG companies and their customer support is also reportedly poor - a common symptom of EIG ownership.

Choosing an independent hosting company is a far better option and will save you more money and stress in the long-run. Companies like WPX Hosting, SiteGround, Temok, and WordPress(dot)com will be able to offer a more reliable service with value for money.

Being able to purchase your domain and your hosting from one place is ideal! While GoDaddy might be the tempting choice here, their poor hosting and terrible customer relations (selling personal info) spoil that possibility.

As I mentioned above, WPX Hosting serve as both a Domain Registrar (with free WHOIS Privacy) and one of the best web hosting providers online. In terms of service they are comparable with WP Engine but provide more (free) services for a lower asking price.

Customer reviews will really help cross off any poorer hosting providers and should steer you in the right direction.

Hope that helped!
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Godaddy India vs Bluehost India vs Hostgator India: Honest Review

Actually have been blogging for almost 5 years. In my 5 years of blogging experience, I have created up-to 10 blogs related to different niches including health care, job updates, news site and many sites related to different Niches.
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I will share my experience about what I learned in my blogging experience.



To be honest, I had only 1 goal in the beginning that is I wanted to earn money online. So, I tried different niches through which I can get a lot of traffic as well as money. For e.x: I created a blog on healthcare where I used to share health tips but because I hadn’t got any knowledge in health care so I finally closed that blog because I hadn’t got enough content.

Then I started job updates blog but that blog had also not given me enough response but I had earned up to $200 from Google Adsense. However, my account was blocked from Google because of their policy. Similarly, I created many blogs like that.

As a fresher, you can easily understand that how difficult it is to find a niche (blog category) and domain name etc. But I can say that my blogging failure has helped me a lot in learning different concepts of Digital Marketing.

Because in my starting 2 years blogging journey, I hadn’t got a “Credit Card” so I was not able to buy hosting plans which were in ($). So, I just bought hosting from India servers or companies which were accepting Indian currency.

My first hosting company was Godaddy. You know why, just because it was cheap and every fresher go for the cheapest option. So, I purchased a domain name and hosting(2 years plan to save maximum). But friend frankly I must say that Godaddy had totally disappointed me.

Why? Because of its slowest speed. My blogs were taking a lot of time to load which was creating a bad user experience and because of this, no body liked to visit my blog. This was not only creating a bad user experience but slow loading website is not at all liked by search engines like Google.

So, after few months I went to Bluehost India because I heard that it’s very good hosting service. Actually, I hadn’t got a credit card so I was not able to buy Bluehost U.S hosting. So, I just purchased Bluehost India hosting.

However, I can say that Bluehost India is much better than Godaddy in terms of speed and technical support. But friends, I would like to tell you that Bluehost U.S and Bluehost India are different so don’t get confused between them. Bluehost U.S is much better than Bluehost India and it is officially recommended by WordPress.

After trying Bluehost India for almost 10 months I thought to go for Hostgator India. You know why? As I have already mentioned that I was trying different categories of websites which can pay me maximum. But with my Bluehost India hosting, I had the option of hosting a single domain because at that time I was not knowing the meaning of multi domain hosting.

So, I decided to purchase Hostgator India multi-domain hosting plan.

By that time I realized the importance of purchasing multi domain hosting plan. So, I purchased Hatchling plan of Hostgator India.

LET ME COMPARE GODADDY INDIA VS BLUEHOST INDIA VS HOSTGATOR INDIA

Based on my 3 years of blogging experience, I can say that the best Hosting provider for Indian server is Hostgator India.

See below points to know why?

1. Speed or loading Time:

In terms of speed, I can say that a blog hosted on Godaddy takes up-to 20–25 seconds to load while on Bluehost India it takes 10 seconds to load while on Hostgator India it takes only 3-5 seconds to load. So, I advise my subscribers to go for Hostgator India. This is because loading time is the biggest SEO factor in ranking a website/blog on top of search engines.

2. Customer Support:

To be honest, I can say that I had a good technical support from Bluehost India as well as Hostgator India. But I had a very bad experience with Go Daddy.

3. Price:

In terms of price, I can say that Godaddy is very cheap. But its Quality is Below Average.

If I compare between Hostgator India and Bluehost India then both are costly and there is a little difference between their pricing if you go for their 1-year hosting plan.

If you want to save the maximum amount of money then I suggest you go for Hostgator India because they offer unlimited domain hosting with an awesome loading time.

This will not only save your money but will also help you to have a good blogging experience.

4. Uptime Guarantee:

In terms of uptime, I can say that Godaddy India has the lowest uptime. While if you talk about Bluehost India and Hostgator India then Bluehost India may offer you up to 99% Uptime guarantee while Hostgator India may offer 99.99% uptime guarantee.

Money-back Guarantee is provided by all three companies. So, you can try these companies without worring about loosing your money. But, to save your time i suggest you to go for Hostgator India if your targeted audience is mainly from India.




5. Solid/Reliability

Every time your web site goes down, so does your number of visitors. If you lose visitors, then you lose profit, members, reputation, etc. You cannot afford for your web site to be down—even for a short amount of time! To ensure the web host you’re looking at will be reliable, find out how many customers they have (typically the more the better), see if they have a guaranteed up-time, search for complaints about them on the internet and ask other users using their service about their experience (if you know any).

6. Speed

No one likes to wait in line to get what they want—they want it now or they wanted it yesterday. Starbucks delivers quickly and people know that the Starbucks line (even if long) moves fast. If your web site loads slow because it’s on an overburdened server or on a slow network, your visitors will go somewhere else. Make sure its blazing fast. Test the web hosts site and some of their customer’s sites to see how fast they load.

7. Space

Starbucks usually have indoor and outdoor seating to accommodate the most people. It’s not easy to move a restaurant and it’s not easy to move your web site. Make sure you have more than enough space for what you plan to do with your web site. Web space is cheap, so get a lot of it.

8. Substantial Bandwidth

Imagine if Starbucks was only allowed to have 1,000 customers per day and then they had to close their doors. This is essentially what bandwidth is for web sites. If you have too much traffic and use too much bandwidth, they cut off your web site or charge you more. It protects the web hosting companies from having someone who uses up all of the server resources.

9. Support

If you walked into a Starbucks and you couldn’t find an employee to take your order that would be really frustrating. When you have a problem with your web hosting company, you want to be able to reach some one and get a quick response. Find out if they have a published phone number, their hours of support, and how easy it is to reach someone.

10. Superior Features & Technology

When was the last time you heard some one ask for something at Starbucks they couldn’t make? When it comes to your web site, make sure you have all the options you need. Look into their control panel, number of allowed sub-domains, scripting language support, databases, and whether it is hosted on a Windows or Unix platform.

11. Sufficient Email

Find out if there is a limit to the number of email boxes you can have and what other email features they support. Make sure you have full control over them and can manage them yourself.

12. Secure Location

Web hosts that are local will likely be faster, more reliable and easier to contact than those that are not nearby. It’s best to at least have the web server be in the same country as most of your visitors. It doesn’t make sense to use a hosting company in the UK or Europe if you all of your visitors are in the United States. Also, make sure your web site information will be safe and secure on their servers.

13. Standard Pricing/Payment Plans

Finally, the last thing we can learn from Starbucks is that you get what you pay for. Starbucks charges more but you get better, faster service more of the time than you do at other coffee shops. When it comes to your web hosting company, you will usually get what you pay for—there are exceptions to every rule, but in general this is true. Also, beware for hosting companies that lure you with a low price but nickel and dime you for extra features that are standard on most web hosts.

14. Good Startup Support

An afterthought to get this list to 10 - I think a good sign of a quality hosting provider is one that helps the little guy, lots of hosting providers will give you a free domain name with the hosting account. Some will give you a discount on your first years hosting. Each of these gestures help keep a startup’s costs down. Every little helps so they say.



Because I’ve had great experiences with this company and have had some poor experiences with others I’ve got a personal favourite that I’d recommend to friends, family and strangers alike. This company ticks several of the boxes above and I currently have 4 websites hosted with them as I type. Their customer service team are quick to reply and fortunately I’ve never had a major issue for them to deal with (last issue was trying to get a sub domain working and not being able to find the right area of their control panel). This company is BlueHost. I’d avoid their basic package and go for the Prime one. This comes with hosting for multiple websites, plenty of disk space and unlimited email accounts. What more could you need.
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Blogger Custom Domain Temporary Downtime Solution

Moving your website to a new web host is a bit like moving to a new home in the physical world.

Think about it – when you move, you first find a new location, then sign the paperwork, pack up all of your belongings, and physically move them to the new location. If you are moving a business, after doing all of this, you finish the move off by hanging a new sign over your door to advertise your new digs.

Moving your site is something similar – only a virtual version.

You shop for a new location, sign the paperwork to rent hosting space, package up your site to ensure that all of your assets come with you, transfer everything to your new web host, and then point your domain to your new host by changing the DNS record; this final step is in essence hanging the sign over your new shop door.

Though it can be a process, it is completely attainable.

Switching your host requires completing a series of actions in a specific order to ensure that everything transfers over properly. To move your website to a new host, complete the following steps.


BLOGGER


Step 1
First Sign in to Namecheap.com, select “Domain List” from the left sidebar and click on the Manage button next to your domain:



Step 2
Then proceed to “Domaintab, scroll to the “Nameservers” section.



Step 3
Now click on the dropdown arrow, select “Namecheap BasicDNS” and click the “save icon” next to it.



Step 4
Then click on the “Advanced DNS” tab and click the “Add New Record” in the “Host Records” section




Step 5

  1. Select “CName Record” in the “type” drop down.
  2. Type “www” in the “host” field
  3. Type “ghs.google.com” in the “value” field and save 




Step 6
Add and save the Blogger 4 “A Records” as seen in the screenshot below :



Step 7
Your domain should start working after some hours.

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Wednesday

WhoisGuard Privacy Protection Is Now Free Forever

WhoisGuard is a privacy protection service from Namecheap. When you register a domain, ICANN requires the registrar to forward the contact information you provide them with, for inclusion in the Internet's Whois Database. WhoisGuard replaces this personal information with generic WhoisGuard contact information.

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WhoisGuard is available for almost all domains Namecheap offers. Due to registry restrictions, WhoisGuard cannot be used with .asia, .ca, .cn, .uk, .co.uk, .de, .eu, .in, .id, .me.uk, .nu, .li, .ch, .fr, .sg, .com.sg, .org.uk, .us, .es, .com.es, .nom.es, .org.es, .com.au, .net.au, .paris, .vote, .voto, .xn--3ds443g, .nyc, or .org.au domains.

This protects your private information from being mined and used for other purposes, such as identity theft or unsolicited marketing.

WhoisGuard by Namecheap is a service that offers privacy protection for your domain, keeping your sensitive data safe. Because your data is as important to us as it is to you.

When you register a domain, ICANN requires registrars to provide them with your contact information (such as name, email, address, and phone number). This is then added to the Whois database. This database lists the owners of every domain name online, and it can be searched by anyone on the Internet.

WhoisGuard hides this information from spammers, marketing firms, and online fraudsters. Instead, the Whois database will display generic WhoisGuard contact information. It's the best global domain privacy option you'll find anywhere — guaranteed.

In case you want your contact information to be listed in public Whois for some reason, you can enable and disable Whoisguard as you wish using their control panel.



WhoisGuard will be added to the Shopping cart automatically with each eligible domain registration or renewal, and it will be enabled by default. You will not need to do anything extra in order to have WhoisGuard protection on your website.
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Flying Drones, Your Torso Might Be the Ultimate Joystick

A drone, in a technological context, is an unmanned aircraft. The aircrafts may be remotely controlled or can fly autonomously through software-controlled flight plans in their embedded systems working in conjunction with onboard sensors and GPS.

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drones are typically flown with a controler, but Swiss researchers at École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) now claim they have a better way: using the human body.

The EPFL scientists have designed a system which uses the human torso to control a drone as opposed to using a joystick. This would leave a person's head free to look around, "much like a bird.

Data analysis allowed us to develop a very simple and intuitive approach which could also be used with other populations, machines, and operations. The approach significantly improves the teleoperation of robots with non-human mechanical attributes," says Silvestro Micera of the Bertarelli Foundation, which helped fund the research.

Reserachers at EPFL have been experimenting with the basic elements of drone usage for years. In 2015, they were working on a folding drone that could inside a pocket.



Our aim was to design a control method which would be easy to learn and therefore require less mental focus from the users so that they can focus on more important issues, like search and rescue. Using your torso really gives you the feeling that you are actually flying. Joysticks, on the other hand, are of simple design but mastering their use to precisely control distant objects can be challenging," says Jenifer Miehlbradt, lead author of the team's resulting paper in PNAS, in the press statement.

Is it legal to fly drones in India?
Although flying of drones without permission is illegal in India, selling is not. ... That being said, purchasing a drone somewhere abroad and bringing it to India as import of drones is prohibited in India. As per Section 80 of the Customs Act, 1962, goods which are prohibited can be detained.


How military drones are controlled?
What are drones used for and how are they controlled? To the military, they are UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) or RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems). ... Drones are used in situations where manned flight is considered too risky or difficult. They provide troops with a 24-hour "eye in the sky", seven days a week.
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Sunday

Why is net neutrality a thing?

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What makes it good or bad? A Brief look at the life of Net Neutrality

Introduction
If you love reading news, one way or another you must have bumped into news about net neutrality or related article. If you are not tech-savvy or you have never heard about net neutrality and by now you wonder, what is this recent ‘net neutrality’ commotion in public is all about? Than rest assure! By reading this article you will learn what net neutrality is and what is its role or need in my daily life. Brace yourselves! While we explore this side of internet technology together.


Net neutrality
The ‘net neutrality’ as a theory was first formulated by Prof. Tim Wu from Columbia Law School. In 2003 his paper ‘Network Neutrality, Broadband Discrimination’ was published, in which for the first-time term net neutrality was coined. The term states that there should be no discrimination in data sharing on the bases of its charges and it's availability in any of its form.

Afterward, net neutrality became mandatory for Internet service providers by governments, encouraging the equality for all modes of data transmission. It covers user contents, websites, applications, and method of communications. In simple words, it means internet service providers are not allowed in any case to intentionally block, slow down or charge money for specific websites and online content.
However, the original flavor of net neutrality is eroding away with the time. With the advent of internet technology and broadband companies which began to provide users with high-speed internet, started to exploit net neutrality loopholes and challenged the integrity of net neutrality. During the Bush and Obama resigns, the US Federal Communications Commission fought back hard with defaulters to stop the exploitation net neutrality and successfully triumphed in preserving the freedom of internet usage, making internet (including broadband networks like Charter Spectrum internet etc.) as a ‘Public Utility’ instead of ‘information service’ which gives tower companies and broadband to play with internet according to their well. The law of ‘Net neutrality’ has also become a political game between the representative of Republicans and Democratic chairs which take a role in the Federal Communications Commission during a different political era.

In 2017, yet again net neutrality laws were challenged, even though now the situation is currently under control; it’s a matter of time when the uproar will start again. Now that you have at least learned a little bit about net neutrality. In next headings, we will dive deep to find out what makes it good or bad.


Good about net neutrality
Imagine a life, for one day you wake up in the morning and you find out that one of your favorite websites are replaced by a message “Dear customer! To visit this website, you have to pay ABC amount to get XYZ time to get access to this site.” Or suddenly you see that some of the websites are becoming slower than other. Don’t worry! This hasn’t happened yet, at least today is not that day. Thanks to the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules which are currently effective.
Imposing tiered pricing by internet service providers on internet content is still illegal. This makes the internet a place for everyone, labeling it a public utility that can be used by anyone anytime. So the internet is still cheaper for the general public, instead of paying the amount for special speed and access, you can use it normally with just a single bill payment. Due to net neutrality, your high-speed internet is still a common thing throughout all of your internet services and continuing to have its name like that.
Because of net neutrality, every website or business (even the new or smaller) get a good ground to grow up. Instead of being prevented from growth by monopolies from other huge business giant and websites.

With net neutrality laws still in place, your internet privacy is still intact. You have complete freedom to protect the secrecy of your data that you don’t wish to reveal. If the network neutrality had not been a thing, very concept of high-speed internet is at the risk of becoming invalid. Also, you would have been giving more access to the internet service provider to control peek into your personal records. They would have seen what type of sites you used most and monopolized it.


Bad about net neutrality
Due to the freedom-oriented nature of the internet (because of network neutrality), anyone can post anything to do anything. Even though “freedom of speech” is a good thing, the absurd things are uploaded or posted under a disguise of this term, consequently making insensitive content easily find their way on the Internet.
Talking about freedom, net neutrality may have given us the freedom, but uncontrolled full freedom has its own cons. Internet service provider is not allowed to ban anything. From anything also mean the illegal activities on the internet. For example, one shopping website can sell “non-ethical” things, if someone asks the Internet service provider to throttle the website sale of non-ethical on the internet. Under the net neutrality law, they cannot just stop the sale of bad things online. They can easily say "Look we can't do anything about it, as long as it's legal."
Net neutrality has its fair share of lingering minor imperfections. For instance, the heavy user on the high-speed internet is equal to a casual user, and both are subjected to pay the same amount of a bill for the same type of internet. This law does not compensate for the casual user.

Net neutrality imperfections come from its theoretical nature. It does not possess a solid definition. That’s why it still needs amendments. It is not technically feasible but political. This is one of the big reasons that almost every critic and an individual have its own understanding of net neutrality. It can still not bring people on the common ground of understanding which means the complexity of the issue makes its discussion a waste of time.


Final thoughts
Conclusively, net neutrality is a complex theory which is still an important affair that can change the very basic structure of the internet as we know it today. It has many of the pros and cons. However, we have tried our best to deliver you the information on why net neutrality is a matter.



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Publiseer Selected To Pitch At AfricArena Challenge




Nigeria's digital publishing company, Publiseer has been selected to pitch at the 'The Best of Nigeria Ecosystem Challenge' organized by AfricArena, a South African based conference that gives to the best Nigerian startup companies an opportunity to pitch their businesses, and bring the best investors and corporates from Europe to Africa, and introducing them to the greatest startup Africa has to offer.


"I am delighted to announce that Publiseer has been selected to come pitch on d-day and maybe win your ticket for the grand final in November", said Adrien Maire, the Event & Project Manager of AfricArena in an email to Chidi Nwaogu, the CEO of Publiseer, welcoming the digital content distribution company to the AfricArena community. The pitch event will be taking place in Lagos on the 18th of July at the MEST Lagos incubator. According to Adien of AfricArena, "AfricArena is the ultimate deal flow platform, bringing investor and startup together in one central location."

The event sources and finds the best startups in Lagos, aiming to give them exposure in front of their network of corporates and investors who are looking for partners such as startups to start working in Lagos. To increase its reach and go bigger this year, the AfricArena team is travelling to several destinations around Africa including Lagos, to source and look for the best business models Africa has to offer. The challenge will be six startups selected, and the winner will have the opportunity to participate in the AfricArena main event in Cape Town in November.

Publiseer is a digital publishing platform tailored to meet the growing needs of independent African writers and musicians from low-income communities. Nevertheless, Publiseer is home to several A-list Nigerian musicians, DJs and producers, international musical artists and famous writers. As of writing, the profitable company has distributed and monetized over 500 creative works of over 250 writers and musicians worldwide.




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Friday

Publiseer Selected To Pitch On Greentree Pitch Day At Co-Creation Hub

Nigeria's digital publishing company, Publiseer has been selected to pitch at the the Greentree pitch day on the 13th of July, 2018, taking place 9am at Co-Creation Hub, 6th Floor, 294 Herbert Macaulay Way, Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria. The founder of Publiseer, Chidi Nwaogu, will pitch for 10mins about Publiseer and take questions from the audience for 5mins.

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The pitch event is hosted by Greentree Ivestment, an early-stage investment company looking to invest a maximum of $200,000 and minimum of $20,000 - $35,000 in promising tech companies. Startups that will be pitching on the Greentree Startup Lab Demo Day at CcHub are operating in financial technology, e-commerce, media, mobile apps, enterprise software and data space. All startups are generating revenue, plan to achieve positive cash flow within 6 to 12 months of the investment, and targeting a global market.

Publiseer is a digital publishing platform tailored to meet the growing needs of independent African writers and musicians from low-income communities. Nevertheless, Publiseer is home to several A-list Nigerian musicians, DJs and producers, international musical artists and famous writers. As of writing, the profitable company has distributed and monetized over 500 creative works of over 250 writers and musicians worldwide.
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Winners of The 2018 .Ng Awards

Nigeria Internet Registration Association oversees the top level domain name dot ng. Registration of domain names are handled by NIRA certified registrars.

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NiRA seeks to recognize and acknowledge those who are contributing to the growth of the .ng domain name registration and promotion of the DNS Industry. Using the .ng Awards, NIRA celebrates the achievements and innovation of Nigerian Internet initiatives.

The 2018 .ng Awards serve to promote and commend the excellent achievements of members, stakeholders and the general public, who contribute towards building a sustainable economy using technology, uplift the image of .ng locally and internationally and stimulating the development of local content on the Internet space.

The winners of the 2018 .ng Awards in the various categories are as follows:


2018 .NG AWARD S/N 2018 .NG AWARDS

1 NG COMPANY OF THE YEAR
Bigcode microsystems Nigeria Limited
Website: www.bigcode.com.ng


2 BEST LOCAL HOSTING COMPANY
Trefoil Network Limited
Website: www.tfhost.ng


3 MOST INNOVATIVE SERVICE PROVIDER ONLINE
Novatia Translations NG
Website: www.novatiatranslations.com.ng


4 BEST PRINT MEDIA WEBSITE
Guardian Newspapers Limited
Website: www.guardian.ng


5 BEST BANKING OR INSURANCE
WEBSITE/PORTAL
Fidelity Bank Plc
Website: www.fidelitybank.ng


6 BEST ONLINE MEDIA WEBSITE
Ringier Media
Website: www.pulse.ng


7 BEST E-PAYMENT WEBSITE/PORTAL
Atat by Wema
Website: www.alat.ng


8 BEST ELECTRONIC MEDIA WEBSITE
(TELEVISION & RADIO)
Cool FM
Website: www.coolfm.ng


9 BEST TERTIARY INSTITUTION
WEBSITE/PORTAL
University of Uyo
Website: www.uniuyo.edu.ng


10 DIGITAL INNOVATION IN STATE
GOVERNMENT
Borno State, Ministry of Works and
Transport
Website: www.mwt.bo.gov.ng


11 STARTUP COMPANY OF THE YEAR
Agro- Park Development Company Limited
Website: www.agropark.ng


12 DIGITAL INNOVATION IN FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT
Galaxy Backbone Limited
Website: www.galaxybackbone.com.ng


NIRA PRESIDENTIAL AWARDS
The Presidential Awards are special awards presented by the President of NiRA:
The 2018 winners of the awards in the various categories are:


S/N NIRA PRESIDENTIAL AWARD S/N NIRA PRESIDENTIAL AWARD

1 .NG MOST SUPPORTING SPONSOR
Technology Times
Website: www.technologytimes.ng

2 BEST SUPPORTING MEDIA PARTNER
Guardian Newspapers Limited
Website: www.guardian.ng

3 BEST .NG ccTLD REGISTRAR AT PLATINUM
CATEGORY
WHOGOHOST Limited
Website: www.whogohost.ng

4 BEST .NG ccTLD REGISTRAR AT GOLD
CATEGORY
Icecool Contracts Limited
Website: www.icecoolcontracts.com.ng

5 BEST .NG ccTLD REGISTRAR AT SILVER
CATEGORY
Netorb Media Limited

6 BEST .NG ccTLD REGISTRAR AT STANDARD
CATEGORY
Global Trend Network

7 BEST SUPPORTING MEDIA PARTNER
Digivation
Website: www.digivation.com.ng

8 NIRA PRESIDENTIAL AWARD FOR YOUTH
DEVELOPMENT
Mr. Mathias Amodu
(edusat.ng)


9 NIRA PRESIDENTIAL AWARD FOR WOMEN
DEVELOPMENT
Mrs. Martha Omoekpen Alade
(mata.ng, teachers.ng, icamp.ng)


10 NIRA SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD
Dr. Isaac Odeyemi
(Former NiRA BOT Chairman)



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NiRA Holds 3rd .NG Awards Today Friday 6th July 2018


According to a press release by Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA), the 2018 .ng Awards serve to promote and commend the excellent achievements of members, stakeholders and the general public, who contribute towards building a sustainable economy using technology, uplift the image of .ng locally and internationally and stimulating the development of local content on the Internet space.


The third edition of the .ng Awards comes up on today, Friday 6th July 2018. Over the past three years, the .ng Awards have rewarded those organisations and individuals who are promoting the .ng brand, the Nigerian Online Identity.

NIRA AWARD


These entities are companies and individuals using the .ng domain names for their websites, projecting the Nigerian culture and norms, and helping to make the Internet more secure, open and accessible.

Speaking ahead of the awards ceremony holding in Lagos, the President, NIRA Executive Board, Rev’d Sunday Folayan, said, the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) is rewarding these entities for their various achievements. Nominations and voting for the eventual winners in the various categories was done by the general public.

“The .ng Awards is generating discussions in Nigeria amongst startups, SMEs, Non-Governmental agencies making the Internet safer, local hosting service providers, the press and the Internet users at large.

“As we all look forward to the awards tomorrow (today), let me again re-assure all stakeholders that these awards are based purely on merit and the sheer hard-work of the nominees and eventual winners. Let me use this opportunity to congratulate all nominees and the eventual winners”.

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Wednesday

Nigerian Startup Gets Into MIT Solve


Nigeria's popular digital content distribution platform, Publiseer, gets into MIT Solve Global Challenges. MIT Solve is a business incubator from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that advances solutions from tech entrepreneurs to address pressing global issues by connecting innovators with resources such as expertise, human capital, technology, and funding. 

Photo caption: Chidi Nwaogu, Co-founder of Publiseer pitching Publiseer at Microsoft's Accelerate Labs Demo Day
Photo caption: Chidi Nwaogu, Co-founder of Publiseer pitching Publiseer at Microsoft's Accelerate Labs Demo Day


Since August 2017, Publiseer has been addressing the issue of digital content distribution and monetization in Africa. giving independent African writers and musicians from low-income communities the opportunity to earn a living from their craft. In the first-quarter of 2018, the Nigerian startup reported a profit of over $10,000 without any venture investment.

Solve, every year, aims to find potential teams around the world who can have success in Economic Prosperity, Health, Learning, and Sustainability. Solve then enables these teams to connect with its global community of private, public, and nonprofit leaders to form partnerships. Last year, almost 1,000 people across 103 countries submitted solutions to Solve's four challenges. Solve's open challenges include 'Work of the Future', 'Frontlines of Health', 'Coastal Communities', and 'teachers * Educators'. Solve has many key advisors, including Laurene Powell Jobs, Colin M. Angle, and Ursula M. Burns.
Photo caption: Chidi Nwaogu, Co-founder of Publiseer pitching Publiseer at Microsoft's Accelerate Labs Demo Day
Photo caption: Chidi Nwaogu, Co-founder of Publiseer pitching Publiseer at Microsoft's Accelerate Labs Demo Day

Publiseer is a popular digital publishing platform in Nigeria, which helps African writers and musicians from low-income communities in Africa, to distribute and monetize their creative works across over 400 digital stores in 100 countries. The mission of the Nigerian startup is to promote the creativity of the African people to the rest of the world through books (written words) and spoken words (spoken words). Founded by Nigerian computer programmers and serial Internet entrepreneurs, Publiseer has distributed and monetized over 600 creative works.
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Sunday

Music Distributor, Publiseer, Qualifies For The Finals of Africa's Young Entrepreneurs Program

Nigerian digital music distribution company, Publiseer, has just received a congratulations message from the officials of Africa's Young Entrepreneurs Empowerment Nigeria (AYEEN) program. The digital publisher has qualified for the final stage of the program to defend its business in front of the AYEEN officials on Thursday, July 5th, 2018, at the TVC Television Compound in Ketu, Lagos.

Music Distributor, Publiseer, Qualifies For The Finals of Africa's Young Entrepreneurs Program

AYEEN was conceived in 2014 to effectively affect the business space and entrepreneurial minds of young Nigerians. The conception has led to the identification of viable business ideas, start-ups and existing businesses, which have been generously aided with funding, business mentorship and training. Over the years, AYEEN has provided business mentorship and training across Nigeria in various sectors.

Publiseer is a digital content distribution and monetization platform tailored to meet the growing needs of independent African writers and musicians from low-income communities. The platform is home to several A-list Nigerian musicians, DJs and producers, international musical artists and famous writers. As of writing, the profitable company has distributed and monetized over 500 creative works of over 250 writers and musicians worldwide.



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Thursday

Publiseer Selected As A Finalist To Pitch At Microsoft's Accelerate Labs Demo Day

Nigerian digital publishing company, Publiseer has been invited to pitch at Microsoft Nigeria's Accelerate Labs Demo Day, organized in partnership with The Future Project. 

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On January 20, 2018, Publiseer was selected to participate in the Stream 2 of Accelerate Labs. Accelerate Labs seeks to activate small and medium scale businesses, to accelerate economic development through enterprise development and technology incubation.

According to an email from Halita Ahmed of Accelerate Labs to Publiseer, "We received several applications and were highly impressed with your dedication towards contributing positively to nation building through business and enterprise. Being selected as a participant is a significant accomplishment, and we congratulate you..." Businesses who participated in the program submitted their pitch decks and the external judges accessed them and selected the top finalists to pitch at the Demo Day on June 30, 2018.

The Demo Day will be held this Saturday at The Banquet Hall, City Mall, Opposite Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos, 10 am. Publiseer is a digital publishing platform tailored to meet the growing needs of independent African writers and musicians from low-income communities. Nevertheless, Publiseer is home to several A-list Nigerian musicians, DJs and producers, international musical artists and famous writers. As of writing, the profitable company has distributed and monetized over 500 creative works of over 250 writers and musicians worldwide.   
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Friday

How to Recover Deleted PDF Files


PDF is a file type that is used by most tech-savvy professionals worldwide. It was developed by Adobe to fulfil the portability needs of a document. But, it turned out to be so good that now it is now one of the most widely used file types everywhere for work-related purposes.
Just like other document file types, pdf files can contain images, text but unlike most, it can also include embedded fonts, videos, hyperlinks, interactive buttons and more.

How to Recover Deleted PDF Files

Why PDF Files are so popular?
There are several key features in it that make it so popular. The first one being its universal format for all platforms, e.g., if you were to create a .doc file on windows and then open it on Mac, it may not work properly. This is not the case with pdf. They can be viewed in the same format on any device.
Another reason being that pdf files can’t be tampered with very easily. You can’t just simply edit a pdf file. You need separate pdf editing software for that. And every single edit you make, leaves a footprint that can be traced back to you.
For all those reasons, pdf is the preferred file format for fulfilling the needs of various professionals. That's why you can see so many ebooks, brochures, product manuals, in-office memos in pdf file format.
Being widely used, loss/damage of pdf files is an issue. Documents that are usually created and shared in this file format are important and kept for a very long time, which can cause the file to get corrupted or mistakenly deleted. When it happens, this can cause a frenzy for file owners.

What can be the Reasons of Losing PDF Files? 
There can be many reasons behind the corruption and/or damage of pdf files. Most of the time it is because of simple mistakes such as accidental deletion, formatting whether intentionally or unintentionally. In these cases, the only solution that remains is to try and recover them with a good data recovery software made particularly for this purpose.
There are instances in which pdf files can become inaccessible due to many reasons such as:

  1. While viewing or creating a pdf file, if you turned off your system abruptly, that can lead to file corruption. Always use a UPS.
  2. If the operating system that you are using or your system storage unit gets working issues that can lead to damage to the files stored.
  3. Using incompatible programs to open or make changes in the file can also make them inaccessible for further usage.
  4. Virus/Malware infections, which are the major reasons behind data corruption everywhere, can also be behind this. Use a good security software for this.
  5. Sharing/Uploading/Downloading etc. can also cause issues in the file if the process gets interrupted.

To recover the lost files and/or to extract data from inaccessible files, there are various software that could serve your purpose. But, you must be careful while selecting the software which best suits your needs. Wrong or Inadequate tools can cause more damage and make your file permanently damaged. Recovery of data is a difficult process and should not be taken casually. The first attempt to recover data is usually the one which has the highest chances of success.
For your help, we have covered in brief some of the best software which are suited for recovery purposes and how to best recover your lost pdf files by using them.

How to Recover Lost PDF Files?
For the purpose of data recovery on your own, you need a software that not only helps you in recovering your deleted files but also lets you select which file types you want to recover.
 Stellar Windows Data Recovery Software is one such software which is available free for personal usage. There are 3 simple steps to using it:

  1. Select the file types which you want to recover
  2. Scan in the desired location with your preferred scan type
  3. Select the files to be recovered and set the preferred location to save the recovered data.

However, you can also avail Stellar Data Recovery service to recover your pdf files, MS office document, excel sheets etc. They are recovering data since 1993 from all kind of data loss situations. They have served more than 2+ Million customers worldwide and the services available for both corporates and individuals. For more details you can visit their official website www.stellarinfo.co.in

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