Sometimes we forget to remove our faces from a screen of one kind or another: the computer screens at work and at home or the smartphone screens in between. We tend not to unplug and enjoy things which we have just learned exist outside of the digital world. The gTLDs entering the Sunrise phase today are all things we thought the tech age had eliminated: .taxi, .theater, .dog, .run, .hockey.

These are the things we thought were disappearing but it turns out some people who have this "balance" thing in their lives still enjoy them! Who knew?

For example, we recently found out about these yellow cars that you can flag down with your hand if your phone runs out of batteries. It turns out, they've been around for years! They're called "taxis" and you can help keep this tradition alive by registering your very own .taxi domain.

Also, sometimes actors don't perform for an empty set with a green screen. Believe it or not, they traditionally work in something called the "theater," which is an old Greek invention (like the guys in 300). If you knew that already, smartypants, you're just the type who would be interested in this new .theater gTLD.

Then, the nice thing about Sparky, our first robo dog, was that she had an off switch. When we got tired of playing we could just switch her off and she would sleep for months on end sometimes (sadly, she had to be put down when we tried to give her a bath). It turns out that the kind that slobber and chew bones and give kisses and beg for treats with those sad, sad, eyes are still the preferred variety. If you're one of those lovers of living, breathing, canines, a .dog domain could be right for you.

We've been trying to figure out for minutes now how to hack this workout app because apparently some people enjoy the feeling of running until their legs feel like jelly. But since all our friends have been posting their runs on social media, we didn't want to be left out. Anyway, if you're one of the crazy aerobic addicts, .run is for you.

Finally, we recently found out from a friend that back home in the Great White North, her compatriots invented this game called "hockey" and kids actually go outside during the winter in below-zero temperatures and slide around on ice to do it. We're not sure if your hair has to be feathered to participate, but if this kind of thing sounds like fun to you, then a .hockey domain might do the trick. Buy three and call it a hat trick.

See the list below of prices for these domains for a one-year registration, all at A rates:

  • .taxi: $176.23 | $197.83 | $68.09
  • .theater: $176.23 | $197.83 | $68.09
  • .dog: $162.19 | $183.79 | $41.41
  • .run: $154.63 | $176.23 | $27.05
  • .hockey: $176.23 | $197.83 | $68.09

Register a domain under one of these TLDs?:

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Following the launch of Gandi's Asia office in July 2014, Gandi.net is now expanding into the Asian market. 

We have hired and trained a local Taiwan customer service team, who immediately got to work and translated the entire Gandi.net web site to Traditional and Simplified Chinese. This team is multi-lingual, and offers support for all our customers, worldwide, from the Taiwan time zone, extending our support hours to 24x6+.

Gandi now has direct timely support and services for our customers in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand. Anyone needing localized support services for domain name portfolios from the Asian zone can use Gandi, and pay for the services in New Taiwan Dollars (TWD), in Taiwan and Chinese Yuan (CNY) in China.

We are also expanding our technical footprint, with a mini-pop (a network Point-of-Presence) installed in Tokyo since February of this year. Using anycast technology, this enhancement keeps DNS traffic in Asia, and boosts performance of DNS queries by 30% in the region.

We are adding domains to the new organization too. The TLDs .TW and .CN, which Gandi was only able to offer via an intermediary, are now offered direct to all our customers, thanks to our presence in Asia and our direct accreditation. 

If you happen to be in the region, get in touch with our team! We are regulars at the Taipei Hackerspace meetups , and at conferences such as Pycon APAC, held from the 5th to 8th June.

You can also find Gandi Asia on Twitter: 

 

As usual, the customer care team is available to your questions, comments and suggestions. You can reach us at feedback@gandi.net

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To  celebrate its first anniversary, Nominet is having a lovely promotion :  50% off new 1-year registrations from June 10th to July 31st (that's only £2).


During this period, Nominet will also be having weekly prize draws on newly-registered domains with prizes valued up to £1,000.
If you're among the 55% of small businesses in UK that does not have a web presence, this is the right time to start and get your .UK!

 

Register a .UK? :

.UK

Like we say here at Gandi: It's Thursday! (aka No-pants Thursday :))

 

So, this Thursday, June 4, starting at 9:00am PST, these extensions for "grownups" will be in  GoLive phase. Now, by “grownups”, we mean that the .ADULT and .PORN extensions are geared towards those that are, umm, well, mature or “of age” (some would say). :D

 

Without a doubt, however, this “grownup” corner of the internet has played a significant part in it’s growth, which is why, during the GoLive phase, you’ll get spanked with a $116.16/yr registration price. And you can bet that there’s a nice list of “premium” domains (where a particular interest in association with a domain name will be much more expensive). Obviously, we will not give any examples here but if you are a company or public figure of any kind, you might want to get some protection.

 

 

Search for a domain with these TLDs:


Today, five thrilling new gTLDs are entering the Sunrise phase.

For the feeling of the wind in your hair as you drive down the track, for the romance of the open road, for the thrill of roaring across the finish line, .racing and .win both enter the Sunrise phase.

And for the feeling of the wind in your knuckle hair as you race to fill a spreadsheet and for the romance of completing your repayment plan after years of hard work and savings, .accountant and .loan are entering the Sunrise phase as well.

And finally, for the rush of watching the progress bar race across the screen—5%, 20%, 75%, 100%—and the clock count down: 10 seconds, 5 seconds, 4, 3, 2 …, .download is also entering the Sunrise phase.

All of these will enter Sunrise starting Thursday June 4 at 8:00 AM PDT, at a price of $324.19 for a one-year registration at A rates/ The Sunrise phase will last until Monday August 3. There will be no Landrush phase for any of these extensions and the GoLive phase will begin Wednesday August 5 at 8:00 AM PDT. The price in the GoLive phase will be $41.37 for a one-year domain name registration at A rates.

Remember, the Sunrise phase is for TMCH-registered trademark holders. Contact our corporate support team if you have a TMCH-registered trademark (or would like help registering your existing trademark at TMCH) in order to register one of these new gTLDs during Sunrise. If you are not among the trademarked, you can still pre-register for the GoLive phase. We'll submit your order at the earliest possible moment – as soon as your chosen phase begins – for the best chance of success.

Register a domain under one of these TLDs?:

.tld

This Wednesday June 3rd, three new TLDs will be available for registration, and these are some healthy, potentially profitable, and educational choices.

Despite the association of .CASINO with .FOOTBALL in terms of release dates, and despite what you may have read in the headlines about the non-American version of the sport, there is really no connection. Honest. Unless you are in Las Vegas, no one really gambles on football, right? Also, schools may have football teams but online you will probably want to keep your school web site separate from the team web site. And now you can!

If you are impatient, as of this writing you still have a few hours (until 9am Pacific time June 3rd) to register your domain in the Landrush phase.

Here's the price breakdown, with Landrush and GoLive, at A rates, and without taxes:

 

Look for a domain under these TLDS?


Now entering the GoLive phase:  .tirol. This new gTLD is for the Euroregion in Alpine Austria and Italy, Tyrol, which in its native Austrian German and Italian is spelled "Tirol." Tyrol is famous for breathtaking nature and unique Alpine architecture. Oh. And yodeling. Let's not forget yodeling.

If you love Tyrol, you can now register your own .tirol domain for $41.38 for one-year at A-rates starting June 1st, 2015.

Register a .tirol domain?:

.tirol

Laugh all you want at .lol, the new extension entering the Sunrise phase, but in all seriousness, we're concerned about this one. Here are some quick worrying statistics:

FACT: Literally dozens of people are run over by lollerskates each year.

FACT: The controversial US Air Force roflcopter program, before it was shutdown, cost taxpayers millions of cents per year.

FACT: The stray lolcat population since 2006 has exponentially increased, threatening native species such as the endangered jk-sparrow and btw-breasted seagull.

While the introduction of .lol to the sphere of gTLDs does not directly threaten to reproduce these sobering results, we feel it is our duty to warn against the potentially hazardous side-effects of this three-letter acronym.

Okay now that you've been warned, we can tell you that if you want to forego the risks (and have a trademark), you can register one in the Sunrise phase for $334.98 a year at A rates. Otherwise, laugh on the inside only until August 11 when .lol enters the GoLive phase and you can purchase one without a trademark for one year for $20.87 at A rates.

Remember, the Sunrise phase is on a first-come, first-served basis and is for TMCH-registered trademark holders. Contact our corporate support team if you have a TMCH-registered trademark (or would like help registering your existing trademark at TMCH) in order to register one of these new gTLDs during Sunrise. If you are not among the trademarked, you can still pre-register for the GoLive phase. We'll submit your order at the earliest possible moment – as soon as your chosen phase begins – for the best chance of success.

Register a .lol?

.lol


Today, .apartments enters the GoLive phase, but we almost want to call it the "open house" phase for this extension. So come on in, let's take a look around .

First thing you'll notice, it's all hardwood floors. All our domains come with hardwood floors. The problem is carpet looks good right away but after a few tenants it just starts to look dingy, so we took all out back in the 90s.

The fireplace is real, but too much of a liability so we plugged it up. Galley kitchen--these are oak cabinets--claw-foot tub and, you're going to love this, a cute little breakfast nook.

It's yours for one-year for $63.02 at A rates.

Register a .apartments?

.apartments


The quintessentially mercantile top-level domain of .markets is entering the Sunrise phase, which will last until June 17  on a first-come, first-served basis, just like tomatoes at your local vegetable stand. Unlike tomatoes, a one-year registration during this phase will cost $313.39.

There will be no Landrush phase.

The GoLive phase will begin June 17 promptly at 5 p.m. PDT (2015-06-18 00:00 UTC), after which a one-year registration will cost $82.45.

Remember, the Sunrise phase is for TMCH-registered trademark holders. Contact our corporate support team if you have a TMCH-registered trademark (or would like help registering your existing trademark at TMCH) in order to register one of these new gTLDs during Sunrise. If you are not among the trademarked, you can still pre-register for the Landrush or GoLive phases. We'll submit your order at the earliest possible moment – as soon as your chosen phase begins – for the best chance of success.

 

Register a .markets?

.markets



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