.SYDNEY is now live!

.SYDNEY is now live.

Australia’s newest web domain .SYDNEY is in General Availability, and eligible New South Wales residents and service providers can register theirs for the first time. (This domain has some restrictions.)

Australia’s most iconic city now has a truly iconic web address .sydney

Did you know?

Sydney was settled in 1788, but has been inhabited for at least 30,000 years: and has a rivalry with the inhabitants of what is now Melbourne dating back even further.

Melbourne beat Sydney to be Australia’s first city web domain back in November, and the demand for “city” related online real estate has been unmatched.

Joining the cities that never close down today comes the one for anyone who calls Sydney home — and for every New South Wales resident who won’t be shown up by Melbourne.

Leverage Sydney’s essence in an online presence and show your connections to the city’s 4.63 million inhabitants with the compelling power of a new .sydney address.

.sydney is now in general availability for all eligible customers.

So many new domains!

We’ve been busier than a a dingo scratching fleas this week, with a whole raft of new web domains launching any day. Please see below for a complete list of what’s new! There’s not the space to explain them all here, so a list will have to do.


Watch out for these new domains in the coming days.

Get Google Earth Pro for free

The Pro version of everyone’s favorite virtual globe used to cost $399 — per year! Now it’s free!

Google Earth has been around for years, yet it still makes my jaw drop.

I mean, seriously, for centuries the only way to get a “bird’s-eye” view of our planet was to spin an actual globe. Now we can “fly” to any location and zoom all the way in from space to a couple hundred feet above real, satellite-mapped ground.


Google Earth ProScreenshot by Rick Broida/CNET

Most amazing of all, Google made this tool available for free. This despite an educational — and, let’s be honest, entertainment — value that’s virtually impossible to measure.

What you maybe didn’t know is that Google has long offered a Pro version of Earth as well, one that cost a hefty $399 per year. Now, however, you can get Google Earth Pro absolutely free.

First things first: The words “free trial” still appear in that URL, but as you’ll see when you click through to the sign-up page, “Sign up is no longer required for Google Earth Pro.” All you have to do isdownload the installer, run it, then sign in using your e-mail address (as your username) and license code GEPFREE.

Second things second: Pro was created with business/enterprise users in mind — but it does afford some pretty cool extras not found in the free version, including:

  • Advanced measurements: Measure parking lots and land developments with polygon area measure, or determine affected radius with circle measure.
  • High-resolution printing: Print images up to 4,800 x 3,200 pixel resolution.
  • Exclusive pro data layers: Demographics, parcels, and traffic count.
  • Spreadsheet import: Ingest up to 2,500 addresses at a time, assigning place marks and style templates in bulk.
  • Movie-Maker: Export Windows Media and QuickTime HD movies, up to 1,920×1,080-pixel resolution.

So, yeah, you could print ultra-high-resolution images of, say, your neighborhood. (The free version tops out at 1,000 pixels.) Or add high-def fly-over videos to your movies. Pretty sweet stuff.

And don’t overlook the huge thrill of scoring a $400 product for free. That’s always fun.

Article originally found on http://www.cnet.com/news/get-google-earth-pro-for-free/