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4 Basic Factors In Choosing A Web Hosting Company

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Are you planning to be a website owner? Are you struggling on which hosting company to go for. You are not alone considering the glut of hosting companies now a days as well as the re sellers. Prior to that below are some hosting websites you can use as your basis do your selection:

Some international hosting companies includes

  • GoDaddy.
  • HostGator.
  • Interserver.
  • InMotion Hosting.
  • Bluehost.
  • iPage.
  • HostFav.
  • DreamHost.

In Ghana some hosting companies  which are potentially resellers includes:

  • Ovation Hall
  • Web4Africa
  • Nacroteck
  • Dtech
  • Ultrahost Ghana

Whether it is the conventional hosting or more recent cloud hosting you are looking for it is worth considering the factors below.

1.Hosting Company History: Checking how long long the company has been in existence is very important.  The longer the company has been in existence, the most likely you will find comprehensive trusted and happy clients reviews on several forums. That not with standing some latest hosting website may offer juicy packages to attract customers. Some also try to downplay already existing companies by providing comparative features on their websites. Whereas some of the latest hosting websites may be reliable remember the old wise saying ‘ the devil(old hosting company) you know is better than the angel(latest hosting company) you don’t know. As a rule of thumb you may want to reconsider or avoid hosting companies less than 2 years old track record.

2. Customer support Availability: The last thing you would want to experience is to subscribe to a website hosting plan with poor customer support be it phone or email support. in addition to make sure the hosting company offers 24/7 support system so you don’t have to wait another working day just in case your server goes down and needs some fixing. You can imagine if you have to go through this ordeal of waiting whole weekend till the following Monday working day to access your hosting support. No website owner will want to go through this pain considering the potential loss in traffic and customers. More importantly, looking out for companies that offer toll free customer support and run 24/7 are a favourable option.

3. Hosting Charges: Considering how competitive web hosting has become. Hosting cost can be as low as $5  and as high as $30 per month depending on so many parameters such as number of websites, shared hosting or dedicated hosting,RAM etc. Thus it is important to assess the size or weight of your  website and the projected traffic to assist you in making a cost effective decision.  Interestingly most cloud hosting websites this days offer pay what you use packages of which most website owners find attractive since you only pay what you use. While making your decision it will be prudent to review the company’s refund policy so you don’t get caught up when things go wrong.

4. Hosting Software Interface: Depending on you IT knowledge you may want go for user friendly hosting software or advanced ones. The commonest one on the market is Cpanel with windows or linux platforms. They all come with their pros and cons. It is always advised to check you website requirements to know which Cpanel platform you will need. Personally, I go for hosting companies with Cpanel software since it is user friendly and has complimentary softwares that you can install with a click of a button!

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Digitisation crucial to Ghana Beyond Aid – Bawumia

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Digitisation crucial to Ghana Beyond Aid – Bawumia

On Wednesday, 15 May 2019, Ghana’s Vice-President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia participated in the first day of the Ghana Digital Roadmap Conference on the theme: Moving Ghana Beyond Aid: Expanding the local digital economy in Accra.

The conference is to review the Information and Communication Technology for Accelerated Development (ICT4AD) policy document in line with digital opportunities and generate ideas to develop a strategy and an implementation plan to establish Ghana as the leader in ICT innovation in Africa by 2023.

Speaking at the conference, Dr Bawumia stressed the importance the government of Ghana attaches to the ongoing digitisation agenda, emphasising that a digitised, formal economy is a crucial tool of the Ghana Beyond Aid agenda.

“Now is the time to take a critical look at our seminal ICT policy document, the ICT for Accelerated Development Policy, identify gaps and recommend changes required to provide the right framework to harness Ghana’s digital economy and also nurture our local ICT industry,” Dr Bawumia said.

Source: classfmonline.com

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KNUST students build robot that repels mosquitoes

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KNUST students build robot that repels mosquitoes

Each year, countries around the world – Africa, specifically, spend huge sums of money on mosquito control programmes and mosquito bite treatment.

Amid several interventions meant to eliminate the deadly insect, there are concerns about the chemicals’ toxins that are released into the environment.

There are even suggestions totally getting rid of mosquitoes will create imbalance in nature.

So what allows them to live and come into our space but disable them from biting?

Well, Biomedical Engineering students of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology have a built a robotic mosquito repellent.

Second-year students, Joana Owusu-Appiah, Selinam Fiadjo and Daniella Asare call the robot ‘Anquito’, coined from ‘anti’ and ‘mosquito’.

“We realize there are so many measures to kill mosquitoes but we thought to ourselves, is it a problem of mosquitoes living or the fact that they’re in our space?

“Somebody is his room with mosquito coil and net but when there is light out, he goes out for fresh air and gets bitten.”

“What can we do for people who are outside their rooms and getting fresh air” they thought.

The robot, built with computer programming, emits ultrasonic sounds.

Ultrasound is not different from “normal” sound in its physical properties, except that humans cannot hear it. This limit varies from person to person and is approximately 20 kilohertz in healthy young adults. Ultrasound is used in many different fields, including detecting objects and measuring distance. Its imaging is often used in medicine.

Animals such as bats use ultrasound for locating prey and obstacles.

‘Anquito’ emits 38 kilohetz which is thought to ward off mosquitoes. It is equipped with sensors which stop and change direction after encountering an obstacle.

The students are working to create a miniature of the machine and employ artificial intelligence to make it smarter.

Source: Myjoyonline.com

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Google’s ethics board shut down

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An independent group set up to oversee Google’s artificial intelligence efforts, has been shut down less than a fortnight after it was launched.

The Advanced Technology External Advisory Council (ATEAC) was due to look at the ethics around AI, machine learning and facial recognition.

One member resigned and there were calls for another to be removed.

The debacle raises questions about whether firms should set up such bodies.

Google told the BBC: “It’s become clear that in the current environment, ATEAC can’t function as we wanted.

“So we’re ending the council and going back to the drawing board. We’ll continue to be responsible in our work on the important issues that AI raises, and will find different ways of getting outside opinions on these topics.”

There had been an outcry over the appointment of Kay Coles James, who is president of conservative thinktank The Heritage Foundation. Thousands of Google employees signed a petition calling for her removal, over what they described as “anti-trans, anti-LGBTQ and anti-immigrant” comments.

At the weekend, board member Prof Alessandro Acquisti resigned, tweeting: “While I’m devoted to research grappling with key ethical issues of fairness, rights and inclusion in AI, I don’t believe this is the right forum for me to engage in this important work.”

The panel had been announced at a conference at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and had planned to meet four times in 2019.

One of the eight members, Joanna Bryson, a professor from Bath University, expressed anger at Google’s decision to pull the plug.

She tweeted: “I thought there were enough smart people at Google that there must be some process for either communicating or improving decisions. But I was wrong, and the people who called me naive were right.”

Source: bbc.com

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