Squarespace now sells you domain names directly so you can sidestep GoDaddy

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Website builder Squarespace is adding an extra string to its bow today with the launch of Squarespace Domains, a service that helps users procure more than 200 top-level domain (TLD) names, priced from $20 to $70 a year.

Founded in 2004, Squarespace has built a solid reputation in the creative realm, with a DIY platform for building and hosting websites, alongside a content-management system (CMS) for bloggers. And from today, anyone can search for their preferred domain across a multitude of TLDs, including .academy, .camera, .pizza, .plumbing, and more.

Squarespace is also touting WHOIS Privacy as a free add-on for subscribers. This means that when you register a domain name, your personal details will automatically be hidden in the WHOIS public database, something that GoDaddy and other providers charge for. Other perks include a “beautiful ad-free parking page,” and will soon include SSL certificates and free domain-name transfers.

Squarespace Parking Page

Above: Squarespace Parking Page

This move pits Squarespace against some major competitors, oldies such as GoDaddy, as well as relative newcomers, like Google, which offers a similar service in the U.S.

In many ways, it’s surprising the New York-based company has not offered domain-name registration as part of its package before now, though historically, the company has offered a free domain as part of a Squarespace annual subscription. It certainly makes sense — rather than having to mess around with different vendors, you can now do everything from within the one platform.


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Squarespace now sells you domain names directly so you can sidestep GoDaddy

Squarespace

Website builder Squarespace is adding an extra string to its bow today with the launch of Squarespace Domains, a service that helps users procure more than 200 top-level domain (TLD) names, priced from $20 to $70 a year.

Founded in 2004, Squarespace has built a solid reputation in the creative realm, with a DIY platform for building and hosting websites, alongside a content-management system (CMS) for bloggers. And from today, anyone can search for their preferred domain across a multitude of TLDs, including .academy, .camera, .pizza, .plumbing, and more.

Squarespace is also touting WHOIS Privacy as a free add-on for subscribers. This means that when you register a domain name, your personal details will automatically be hidden in the WHOIS public database, something that GoDaddy and other providers charge for. Other perks include a “beautiful ad-free parking page,” and will soon include SSL certificates and free domain-name transfers.

Squarespace Parking Page

Above: Squarespace Parking Page

This move pits Squarespace against some major competitors, oldies such as GoDaddy, as well as relative newcomers, like Google, which offers a similar service in the U.S.

In many ways, it’s surprising the New York-based company has not offered domain-name registration as part of its package before now, though historically, the company has offered a free domain as part of a Squarespace annual subscription. It certainly makes sense — rather than having to mess around with different vendors, you can now do everything from within the one platform.


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Squarespace now sells you domain names directly so you can sidestep GoDaddy

Squarespace

Website builder Squarespace is adding an extra string to its bow today with the launch of Squarespace Domains, a service that helps users procure more than 200 top-level domain (TLD) names, priced from $20 to $70 a year.

Founded in 2004, Squarespace has built a solid reputation in the creative realm, with a DIY platform for building and hosting websites, alongside a content-management system (CMS) for bloggers. And from today, anyone can search for their preferred domain across a multitude of TLDs, including .academy, .camera, .pizza, .plumbing, and more.

Squarespace is also touting WHOIS Privacy as a free add-on for subscribers. This means that when you register a domain name, your personal details will automatically be hidden in the WHOIS public database, something that GoDaddy and other providers charge for. Other perks include a “beautiful ad-free parking page,” and will soon include SSL certificates and free domain-name transfers.

Squarespace Parking Page

Above: Squarespace Parking Page

This move pits Squarespace against some major competitors, oldies such as GoDaddy, as well as relative newcomers, like Google, which offers a similar service in the U.S.

In many ways, it’s surprising the New York-based company has not offered domain-name registration as part of its package before now, though historically, the company has offered a free domain as part of a Squarespace annual subscription. It certainly makes sense — rather than having to mess around with different vendors, you can now do everything from within the one platform.


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Squarespace now sells you domain names directly so you can sidestep GoDaddy

Squarespace

Website builder Squarespace is adding an extra string to its bow today with the launch of Squarespace Domains, a service that helps users procure more than 200 top-level domain (TLD) names, priced from $20 to $70 a year.

Founded in 2004, Squarespace has built a solid reputation in the creative realm, with a DIY platform for building and hosting websites, alongside a content-management system (CMS) for bloggers. And from today, anyone can search for their preferred domain across a multitude of TLDs, including .academy, .camera, .pizza, .plumbing, and more.

Squarespace is also touting WHOIS Privacy as a free add-on for subscribers. This means that when you register a domain name, your personal details will automatically be hidden in the WHOIS public database, something that GoDaddy and other providers charge for. Other perks include a “beautiful ad-free parking page,” and will soon include SSL certificates and free domain-name transfers.

Squarespace Parking Page

Above: Squarespace Parking Page

This move pits Squarespace against some major competitors, oldies such as GoDaddy, as well as relative newcomers, like Google, which offers a similar service in the U.S.

In many ways, it’s surprising the New York-based company has not offered domain-name registration as part of its package before now, though historically, the company has offered a free domain as part of a Squarespace annual subscription. It certainly makes sense — rather than having to mess around with different vendors, you can now do everything from within the one platform.


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Squarespace now sells you domain names directly so you can sidestep GoDaddy

Squarespace

Website builder Squarespace is adding an extra string to its bow today with the launch of Squarespace Domains, a service that helps users procure more than 200 top-level domain (TLD) names, priced from $20 to $70 a year.

Founded in 2004, Squarespace has built a solid reputation in the creative realm, with a DIY platform for building and hosting websites, alongside a content-management system (CMS) for bloggers. And from today, anyone can search for their preferred domain across a multitude of TLDs, including .academy, .camera, .pizza, .plumbing, and more.

Squarespace is also touting WHOIS Privacy as a free add-on for subscribers. This means that when you register a domain name, your personal details will automatically be hidden in the WHOIS public database, something that GoDaddy and other providers charge for. Other perks include a “beautiful ad-free parking page,” and will soon include SSL certificates and free domain-name transfers.

Squarespace Parking Page

Above: Squarespace Parking Page

This move pits Squarespace against some major competitors, oldies such as GoDaddy, as well as relative newcomers, like Google, which offers a similar service in the U.S.

In many ways, it’s surprising the New York-based company has not offered domain-name registration as part of its package before now, though historically, the company has offered a free domain as part of a Squarespace annual subscription. It certainly makes sense — rather than having to mess around with different vendors, you can now do everything from within the one platform.


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Huawei enters the virtual reality fray with a new wearable headset that connects to your phone

Huawei at Mobile World Congress 2015 Barcelona

One week after unveiling its P9 flagship smartphone, Chinese electronics giant Huawei has now joined the throng of tech companies embracing virtual reality (VR), with a new wearable headset of its own.

Unlike Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, or PlayStation VR, Huawei is adopting a Samsung Gear VR-style approach, which means that this only works in tandem with your smartphone. But it’s actually more like the LG 360 VR, insofar as you connect your phone to the unit via a USB cable. So it merges the power and processor of the phone with a built-in screen inside the headset itself.

According to TechRadar, which is attending the event, the device has a touchpad on the right, a back button above that, and a focus adjustment wheel on the top. No prices were revealed, according to TechRadar, but the device will launch sometime in 2016.

Huawei had long been rumored to be entering the VR fray in some capacity, and today we have a little more clarity on what that will look like. But it’s notable that the company chose to introduce the device during the China launch of its P9 and P9 Plus smartphones. There had been some expectation that Huawei would introduce a new product line during the global launch event in London last Wednesday. But nothing. So it looks like the VR headset may be limited to the company’s domestic market.

Certainly, the P9 and P9 Plus have yet to be announced for the U.S. market, so it’s unlikely the VR headset will arrive in the U.S., given that it relies on Huawei’s latest smartphones to work. But if nothing else, watching another major company throw its hat into the VR ring serves as a timely reminder that 2016 is the year that could make, break, or define the future of the medium.


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Huawei enters the virtual reality fray with a new wearable headset that connects to your phone

Huawei at Mobile World Congress 2015 Barcelona

One week after unveiling its P9 flagship smartphone, Chinese electronics giant Huawei has now joined the throng of tech companies embracing virtual reality (VR), with a new wearable headset of its own.

Unlike Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, or PlayStation VR, Huawei is adopting a Samsung Gear VR-style approach, which means that this only works in tandem with your smartphone. But it’s actually more like the LG 360 VR, insofar as you connect your phone to the unit via a USB cable. So it merges the power and processor of the phone with a built-in screen inside the headset itself.

According to TechRadar, which is attending the event, the device has a touchpad on the right, a back button above that, and a focus adjustment wheel on the top. No prices were revealed, according to TechRadar, but the device will launch sometime in 2016.

Huawei had long been rumored to be entering the VR fray in some capacity, and today we have a little more clarity on what that will look like. But it’s notable that the company chose to introduce the device during the China launch of its P9 and P9 Plus smartphones. There had been some expectation that Huawei would introduce a new product line during the global launch event in London last Wednesday. But nothing. So it looks like the VR headset may be limited to the company’s domestic market.

Certainly, the P9 and P9 Plus have yet to be announced for the U.S. market, so it’s unlikely the VR headset will arrive in the U.S., given that it relies on Huawei’s latest smartphones to work. But if nothing else, watching another major company throw its hat into the VR ring serves as a timely reminder that 2016 is the year that could make, break, or define the future of the medium.


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Huawei enters the virtual reality fray with a new wearable headset that connects to your phone

Huawei at Mobile World Congress 2015 Barcelona

One week after unveiling its P9 flagship smartphone, Chinese electronics giant Huawei has now joined the throng of tech companies embracing virtual reality (VR), with a new wearable headset of its own.

Unlike Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, or PlayStation VR, Huawei is adopting a Samsung Gear VR-style approach, which means that this only works in tandem with your smartphone. But it’s actually more like the LG 360 VR, insofar as you connect your phone to the unit via a USB cable. So it merges the power and processor of the phone with a built-in screen inside the headset itself.

According to TechRadar, which is attending the event, the device has a touchpad on the right, a back button above that, and a focus adjustment wheel on the top. No prices were revealed, according to TechRadar, but the device will launch sometime in 2016.

Huawei had long been rumored to be entering the VR fray in some capacity, and today we have a little more clarity on what that will look like. But it’s notable that the company chose to introduce the device during the China launch of its P9 and P9 Plus smartphones. There had been some expectation that Huawei would introduce a new product line during the global launch event in London last Wednesday. But nothing. So it looks like the VR headset may be limited to the company’s domestic market.

Certainly, the P9 and P9 Plus have yet to be announced for the U.S. market, so it’s unlikely the VR headset will arrive in the U.S., given that it relies on Huawei’s latest smartphones to work. But if nothing else, watching another major company throw its hat into the VR ring serves as a timely reminder that 2016 is the year that could make, break, or define the future of the medium.


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Huawei enters the virtual reality fray with a new wearable headset that connects to your phone

Huawei at Mobile World Congress 2015 Barcelona

One week after unveiling its P9 flagship smartphone, Chinese electronics giant Huawei has now joined the throng of tech companies embracing virtual reality (VR) with a new wearable headset of its own.

Unlike Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, or PlayStation VR, Huawei’s adopting a Samsung Gear VR-style approach which means that this only works in tandem with your smartphone. But it’s actually more like the LG 360 VR, insofar as you connect your phone to the unit via a USB cable. So it merges the power and processor of the phone with a built-in screen inside the headset itself.

According to TechRadar, which is at the event, the device has a touchpad on the right, a back button above that, and a focus adjustment wheel on the top. No prices were revealed, according to TechRadar, but it will launch some time in 2016.

Huawei had long been rumored to be entering the VR fray in some capacity, and today we have a little more clarity on what that is. But it’s notable that the company chose to introduce the device during the China launch of its P9 and P9 Plus smartphone — there had been some expectations that Huawei would introduce a new product line to market during the global launch event in London last Wednesday. But nothing. So it looks like the VR headset may be limited to the company’s domestic market.

Certainly, the P9 or P9 Plus have yet to be announced for the U.S. market, so it’s unlikely its VR headset will arrive there given it relies on its latest smartphones to work. But if nothing else, another major company throwing its hat into the VR ring serves as a timely reminder that 2016 is the year that could make, break, or define the future of the medium.


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Google’s free public Wi-Fi hits 10 Indian train stations as Internet companies take control

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Back in September, Google promised to bring Wi-Fi to hundreds of train stations across India, an initiative that kicked off in Central Mumbai in January. Today, the program is available in 10 stations, after the Internet giant opened high-speed public Wi-Fi in Bhopal, Ernakulam Jn, Bhubaneshwar, Ranchi, Kacheguda, Pune, Vijayawada, Vishakhapatnam, and Raipur.

“We hope that people passing through these first 10 stations will enjoy being able to easily stream (or offline) an HD video, research their destination, or download a book or a new game for their journey ahead,” said Gulzar Azad, Access Project head at Google India, in a blog post.

Battleground

India is emerging as a key battle ground for Internet companies, as a country with a population of around 1.3 billion people presents many opportunities — but most of these people still aren’t online. And this is why we’re seeing an increasing focus on getting people online.

Back in October, Google launched its very first dedicated transit app — but only for those in New Delhi. What was perhaps most notable about this Android-only app was that it offered directions and timetable data for buses and metros in an offline mode. This was so that those on a limited data plan, or where reception is poor, can still receive transport data. But this is papering over the cracks — what Google and other Internet companies really want is ubiquitous, fast Web access, so consumers can use their respective services uninterrupted.

Mark Zuckerberg took to the stage for a Townhall Q&A at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Delhi last October, and he explained why India is so interesting to his company. The abridged, paraphrased answer is this: Facebook has 130 million users in India, from a population of more than one billion people. That’s a large pool of untapped ad-viewing eyeballs, and thus India represents one of Facebook’s largest untapped markets.

“Our mission is to give everyone in the world the power to share what’s important to them and to connect every person in the world,” said Zuckerberg at the time. “And India is the world’s largest democracy. There are a billion people in India who do not have access to the Internet yet, and if we care about connecting everyone in the world, you can’t do that if there are so many people who don’t have access to basic connectivity.”

Connectivity

Facebook has been pushing to connect large parts of the world — back in October it revealed a partnership with French company Eutelsat Communications to bring broadband to Africa through satellites, earlier this week Mark Zuckerberg confirmed the launch is only a few months away. And last June Facebook announced it was exploring the use of drones to bring Internet to those without access. But it hasn’t all been peaches and cream for Facebook in India — with its Internet.org initiative, a collaborative project launched back in 2013 to help “connect the next five billion,” Facebook partnered with companies to offer free access to online content. But as things turned out, people didn’t want Facebook’s walled-garden. The backlash was such that authorities introduced a law in February targeting ‘discriminatory tariffs’ that favor specific services — all in the name of net neutrality.

Back in the land of Google, the company has been testing balloon-based Internet through Project Loon, representing part of an effort to get remote areas online and using Google’s online services. But efforts to “control” the source of the Internet isn’t restricted to emerging markets. Last month Japan’s mobile messaging giant revealed plans to become a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), shortly after Google’s very own Project Fi MVNO service opened to anyone in the U.S. Google also now offers its own Fiber superfast broadband service, which has been gradually permeating the U.S.

Google plans to bring its free public Wi-Fi to 90 more train stations in India by the end of 2016. By 2017, it’s thought that there will be as many as 500 million people in India with some form of Internet access, but that’s ony a guesstimate and even then it’s still only scratching the surface. What Google’s Wi-Fi rollout in India reminds us all is that Internet companies want to speed things up, and they’re taking control themselves.


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