02 Feb

Seagate hit with class action lawsuit over defective hard drives

Consumers aren’t happy with the reliability of Seagate’s hard drives, filing a class-action lawsuit against the company in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California alleging that their hard drives “failed to live up to the advertised promises.”

The lawsuit specifically relates to Seagate’s 3TB hard drive models: the Barracuda 3TB Hard Disk Drive, or the Backup Plus 3TB External Hard Disk Drive. Hagens Berman, the firm representing consumers against Seagate, claims that these drives “failed at exceptionally high rates, leaving consumers with broken hardware and significant loss of data.”

Source: Seagate hit with class action lawsuit over defective hard drives

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02 Feb

Google’s planning to deliver super-fast 5G Internet from solar-powered drones

Google’s been secretly trialling a drove of 5G Internet-compatible drones out in New Mexico that have the potential to transmit gigabits of data every second – that’s 40 times more data than the world’s fastest wireless services.

Codenamed Skybender, the project aims to take advantage of high frequency millimetre waves – a specific region on the electromagnetic spectrum that can theoretically transmit data far more efficiently than the frequencies our phones and wireless Internet have well and truly clogged up.

Source: Google’s planning to deliver super-fast 5G Internet from solar-powered drones

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02 Feb

Robot Farm to Churn Out 30K Heads of Lettuce a Day

“Robot-obsessed Japan” is how Phys.org describes a country bent on automation, and its latest agricultural efforts seem to back that claim up. The world’s first robot-run farm will be up and running by mid-2017, Kyoto-based Spread has announced, and it plans to churn out 30,000 heads of lettuce a day to start, boosting that to 500,000 within five years. The lettuce, which will be grown without pesticides, will also boast more beta carotene than lettuce grown on traditional farms, the company says, and the automated process will result in significant savings.

Source: Japan readying to open massive lettuce farm–world’s first run by robots

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02 Feb

Gmail Now Has More Than 1B Monthly Active Users

During its earnings call, Google today announced that Gmail now has more than 1 billion monthly active users. That’s up from 900 million the company announced during its I/O developer conference last May and up from 425 million in 2012.

With this, Gmail joins six of Google’s other popular projects, including Search, Chrome, Android, Maps, YouTube and Google Play that all also have more than a billion active users.

Source: Gmail Now Has More Than 1B Monthly Active Users

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02 Feb

FAQ: How long does the ordering and validation process take?

Once an SSL certificate order has been placed and configured through BITPORTAL, it is submitted to Trustwave for processing. At this point Trustwave undertake the validation process to ensure it’s being rightfully issued to the business which has signed off for it.

The first step for SSL validation is an email is sent to webmaster@yourdomain.com, with a confirmation link that is required to be clicked in order to validate the domain name.

If you have ordered an Easy Trust SSL certificate, the certificate is usually issued within 15 minutes of the link being clicked. Premium SSL certificates (including Premium SSL Wildcard) take a little longer, and Trustwave will be in contact with you should they have any questions. As it’s a OV (Organisation Verified) certificate, Trustwave need to verify that the organisation that is requesting the certificate is valid, true and correct.

Premium EV and Enterprise SSL certificates undergo extended verification – involving domain name validation, organisation validation and DUNS validation. As the processing is more comprehensive, it can take up to 10 business days (where all documentation is promptly supplied by the client to Trustwave).

Please be aware the average processing time is subject to all information being correct and any additional documentation made available to Trustwave immediately upon request.

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02 Feb

FAQ: What does an SSL Certificate warranty cover?

You offer security on your side so that your customers feel secure in transacting business with you online. Trustwave SSL certificates offer your customers an additional comfort by protecting their purchases for up to the warranty amount. They guarantee to your customer that you are you and that you are a real entity.

Trustwave pre-validate certificate holders and provide validation that is far higher than the majority of other SSL providers. Some CA’s have very weak validation hence they decide NOT to even offer an identification warranty. Please note that this high level of validation does not compromise the processing speed.

Trustwave SSL certificates also guarantee to your customers your geographical location. All of this information leads to a more comfortable customer who is more likely to use their credit card to make a purchase on your website.

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02 Feb

FAQ: What is SSL certificate verification?

Verification of an SSL certificate confirms the following information:

  • The organisation that is requesting the SSL certificate is active in business, and operates in the country that’s listed in their CSR request.
  • The organisation contact specified is actually an employee of the organisation that’s listed in the CSR request. Extended Validation (EV) SSL certificates require the organisational contact to be aware and approving of the certificate request.

Verification of SSL certificates provides ensures trustworthy certificates and is mandated by the CABForum (the governing body for SSL practice).

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02 Feb

FAQ: Can I migrate an existing cPanel service from another provider to bitland?

Yes, we can migrate your website free of charge from another hosting company, providing that they’re using cPanel on their servers as well. To request the migration complete the following steps:

  1. Signup for the service that you’d like with us via our website.
  2. Upon receiving your Service Activation confirmation, login to BITPORTAL.
  3. Raise a Support Ticket and one of our friendly staff members will contact you to begin the transfer.

We will conduct the migration during the outage period which suits you.

Please note, the transfer requires your old IP address, cPanel username, password and domain name – please contact your current host to retrieve this information.

Unfortunately without being supplied those cPanel access credentials for your old host, we will be unable to complete the migration.

Additional things to note

We can only migrate accounts that are going into the same domain name. That is, if you’ve got an account for mydomain.com with another provider and you wish to migrate it to your new account of myotherdomain.com with us, we won’t be able to perform the migration for you. You will need to contact your old provider and ask them to modify your primary domain before you submit the migration request.

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02 Feb

FAQ: How do I create a MySQL Database and User?

As bitland uses a cPanel web hosting platform, databases can only be created through the cPanel interface – they cannot be created through command line nor phpMyAdmin. The easiest way to create a new MySQL database and user is to utilise the MySQL Database Wizard.

If you are using a common CMS, please check Installatron for presence of that script in there before attempting manual installation. Managing your scripts and their databases is significantly easier through Installatron.

Using the MySQL Database Wizard

The wizard will run you through creating both a database and user, linking both and setting permissions:

  1. Login to your cPanel service.
  2. Click the MySQL Database Wizard icon.
  3. On Step 1 enter the desired name for your database, then click Next Step.
  4. On Step 2 enter the desired username and password to link to the database, then click Create User.
  5. On Step 3 select the desired privileges for the user on the database, this determines how the database may be managed, then click Next Step.
  6. The process has now been completed.

You can then use the MySQL database and linked user within your favourite script platform (such as WordPress or Joomla) to install it.

Using MySQL Databases

Using the MySQL Databases section is a little less straight forward, but it provides more freedom by allowing you to link additional users to a database (allowing multiple). The steps below are to manually create a new database, a new database user, then finally to link the database and user.

  1. Login to your cPanel service.
  2. Click the MySQL Databases icon.
  3. Under “Create New Database” you may enter your new database name, then click Create Database.
  4. Your new database will then be created and the screen will confirm it’s success, click “<- Go Back”.
  5. Under “MySQL Users” > “Add New User” enter your new database username and password, then click Create User.
  6. Your new database user will then be created and the screen will confirm it’s success, click “<- Go Back”.
  7. To then link your new database and user go to “Add User To Database”, select your new user and your new database, then click Add.
  8. Select the desired privileges for the user on the database, this determines how the database may be managed, then click Make Changes.
  9. Your database and user will now be linked and the screen will confirm it’s success, click “<- Go Back”.

On this same screen you can at any time add additional users to a database, add/Remove databases and users, click on users under “Current Databases” to edit permissions and click on users under “Current Users” to adjust their passwords.

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02 Feb

FAQ: How do I take a backup of my hosting service?

Taking a backup of your cPanel web hosting services regularly is an excellent idea and it covers you in the unlikely event of data loss. Taking a backup is a very easy process which provides peace of mind. Please see the steps below for taking a full cPanel backup:

  1. Login to your cPanel service.
  2. Click the Backup Wizard icon.
  3. Click Backup.
  4. Select Full Backup.
  5. Leave Backup Destination set to Home Directory and enter your email address. Click Generate Backup.
  6. Wait until it completes and you receive the confirmation email – this can take some time if you have a large number of files.
  7. Once it’s finished go back to your cPanel home and click Backup.
  8. Click “Download or Generate a Full Website Backup”.
  9. Download the backup archive listed, it will have a timestamp from when you completed step 5.
  10. Once you have completed the download, using FTP or File Manager, delete the download archive from your home directory on the server.

Please ensure you store your backup archive in a safe and secure location either on your computer or a remote location. If you require the backup archive restored you may open a support ticket through your BITPORTAL account.

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