We Got Game! No-IP’s Favorite Video Games of 2014

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This year at No-IP, we have played our fair share of foosball in the office. But outside of work it’s all about the video games! So we decided to find out what games were most loved by our staff of semi-professional foosball players.

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Top Level Domains | What TLDs are used for what?

Top Level Domains. What are they used for?

At No-IP, you can choose from a number of Top Level Domains when registering for a domain name. Many people however don’t know exactly which one to pick. So what are they and what are they used for?

.com – This TLD was designed specifically for commercial use. It quickly has become the most popular TLD available and most people try to register a .com domain first. .com is what most people will add to the back of a domain name when looking for a specific site as it is the most commonly used.

.net – This TLD was designed for network use. It was intended to be used by companies like Internet service providers. However, it was not regulated and became a general purpose domain space and the preferred alternative to .com.

.org – Originally this TLDS was created for organizations or non-profits. However, like .com and .net it was not regulated and is now used by many different types of websites including, Craigslist.

.biz – Introduced in 2001, .biz was created for business use. It was an attempt to lessen the demand for .com domains as well as help companies whose business name was already taken on the .com TLD.

.info – This unrestricted domain is intended for use by informative Internet websites. These sites should be non-commercial in use.

.tv – This domain, originally the country code for Tuvalu, is now used for media content. These domains are often created to feature original video content for companies. They cannot be transferred to a different registrar once registered.

.mobi – Introduced in 2005, this TLD is intended to be used by mobile devices to access sites via the mobile web.

.me – Originally delegated as the country code for Montenegro, the .me TLD is now used for a wider range of websites. Currently .me is widely used for personally sites like blogs or family sites.

.co – Like .me, and .tv, .co is used as both the country code for Columbia and for other purposes. .co is a business alternative to .com and .biz and used widely amongst major corporations. Many such as Amazon and Google have registered single letter .co domains including (a.co Amazon) and (g.co Google).

Country Codes (.us, .de, .uk) – These codes are usually restricted for use by the country’s citizens or businesses that have a presence in that country. Certain companies may cross over and have websites with many different country codes. Ebay is a good example of this as they do business worldwide.

Want to see if the domain you want is available? Just click here and enter your domain name to find out!

10 Gift Ideas for the Tech Geek in Your Family – Holiday Buying Guide

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Trying to find the perfect gift for the techie in your life but have no idea what they want? Let No-IP help! We have come up with a list of gifts guaranteed to impress. Check them out below.

1. UDI U818A Drone 

It might not deliver mail to your door but, for less than $70, the UDI U818A provides a great introduction to drones. Built-in stabilizers make it harder to wreck, and a modular design makes it easy to replace damaged parts. A camera records both your successful and ill-fated trips to an SD card for later viewing and posting. The batteries last for only 6 to 9 minutes of flight, but they’re removable, so you can swap in freshly charged cells to keep flying. MSRP $62.99
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2. Sony Playstation 4

Who doesn’t love a new gaming system? With its sleeker look and 1080p resolution the PS4 is the game console of the season. It comes with a rechargeable dual shock controller and gives you access to Playstation Plus. This new system is being sold in two bundle options. The first option comes with a black console and your choice of 1 of 4 game options including, Destiny, Far Cry 4, NBA 2K15 and Little Big Planet 3. MSRP $399.99. The second bundle features a glacier white console and the game Destiny. MSRP $449.99
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3. Virtual Keyboard 

The virtual keyboard projects a bluetooth keyboard onto any flat surface. You can use it with for your smart phone or your tablet to make typing that much easier. The projector comes with a rechargeable battery and works with Apple and Android powered devices. It is small and can be clipped onto your keys for easy access. At only $100 it is cheaper than most bluetooth keyboards on the market and easier to take with you. MSRP $100
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4. Tile

At some point in your life you have lost something, your keys, the remote, your mind. And then spent countless minutes flipping over couch cushions, rummaging through your pockets and looking under furniture trying to find what you lost. Now there is an easier and less time consuming way to find your missing items. Tile, uses small white square tethers to connect your stuff to your phone. Attach one to your keys and when they are lost Tile casts a bluetooth signal 100 feet in range.  If your lost item is in range it will play a melody until you find it. Better yet, it uses GPS to record the last place your phone saw your tile. Your phone can pair with 8 tiles so you can put them anywhere. MSRP $70 for 4 tiles
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5. Narrative Clip

You can capture all of life’s most special moments with the Narrative Clip. This wearable camera clips onto clothes and weights less than an ounce. Simply double tap the 5 megapixel camera to start it and every 30 seconds it will automatically take a photo. When you are done set it face down to make it sleep. With a 4000 photo storage capacity and a two day battery life it is easy to relive your favorite moments! MSRP $229 
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6. Motorola – Moto 360 Smart Watch for Android Devices 4.3 or Higher 

This smart watch looks like a watch but functions like a high tech gadget. This Android Wear watch is powered by Google and acts as a second screen for you device. It can display your incoming calls, texts and emails. It will also show your Google Now cards to keep you up to date on news, give you the latest weather reports and track your steps. With a light sensor that will adjust the screen brightness to your environment and decent battery life it’s an overall good smart watch. MSRP $249.99
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7. Roku 3 Streaming Media Player

The Roku 3 has the best selection of streaming content of all its competitors. It offers the standards such as Hulu and Netflix along with extras likes HBO GO, Pandora and Amazon Instant. In addition to its video streaming services users also have access to games like Angry Birds and has an extensive collection of videos for rent and purchase. Its remote is also more enhanced than its competitors and features built in motion control and a headphone jack for gaming. It also has a superior search feature allowing you to search for videos by title, director and actor. MSRP $99.99
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8. HUE

Smart lighting at its finest! Philips Hue lighting is personalized wireless lighting for your house! You can create and control the lights from your smart phone or tablet. You can choose from every color in the spectrum and make them dim, pulse or flash. The best part is they screw straight into your current light fittings. The lights operate using a bridge to connect them to your smartphone. By linking it to your wifi you can connect up to 50 bulbs at a time. The bridge lets you control your lights remotely and link them to the web. The Hue starter kit include three bulbs and the bridge. MSRP $200
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9. NVIDIDA Shield Tablet

There are tablets and then there is the Shield. This tablet features a full-HD 8 inch screen and Tegra K1 processor to give you the best tablet gaming experience ever. It supports games like Half-Life 2, Portal and Trine 2 and when you add the control it becomes its own console that can be connected to your TV. Gamers can also stream some of the best game titles right on the tablet. It comes with 16GB of storage, front facing speakers and a built-in microphone. MSRP $300
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10. SMS Audio Street by 50 Headphones – Star Wars Edition 

These headphones would make Yoda proud! The SMS Audio street headphones feature professional tuned 40 mm custom drivers, giving you studio quality sound. The shatter proof adjustable headband and leather ear pads make them comfortable and down to take a beating. Created by 50 Cent these headphone rival those from another rapper. The Star Wars edition comes in 4 different versions including, Rebel Alliance, Darth Vadar Galactic Empire, Boba Fett and Storm Trooper. Choose a side and may the force be with you. MSRP $200
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Get Treated not Tricked this Holiday Season!

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It’s Halloween, which means you and your little goblins are prepping for a night of fun filled tricks, treats and maybe even a little scare! Continue Reading

What is Dynamic DNS and what can you use it for??

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When I tell people what I do for a living, they don’t get it. I mean, they get that I am a marketing manager, but they don’t understand what the company I work for does exactly.

“Oh DNS, yeah no.” I often find myself going into a full blown explanation of DNS only to see their eyes glaze over 30 seconds in.

“Oh, so it’s how the Internet works.”

I chime in and say EXACTLY, but then I continue on to the Dynamic DNS explanation, which is even more coma-inducing.

The easiest explanation I can give is to relate Dynamic DNS to a cell phone. I don’t know anyone’s phone number, I can barely remember my own.

You program your friend’s phone numbers into your phone and you assign their name to that contact. Whenever you want to call “Joe” you just scroll to the contact for Joe and click call. This is so easy, right?

So now we can relate this to Dynamic DNS. What if you didn’t have this easy way to call Joe on your phone, you HAD to remember his phone number? It wouldn’t be too hard, but what if his phone number changed every day or even a few times a day? It would be really hard to remember his phone number. And even if you could remember his phone number, there is no way you could be 100% sure that the number you are calling is right, since it changes so frequently.

This is the problem that Dynamic DNS solves, but instead of on your cell phone, it is for your computer.

If you want to access your computer remotely, or even monitor an IP camera, but you have a Dynamic IP address it can be very difficult.

Wait, let’s back up for a second, what is a Dynamic IP address?
Your IP address is just like your phone number, but it is your computers personal phone number on the internet. It is used by your Internet Service Providers to connect your computer to the Internet. Your computer doesn’t have the same number every day, it has a dynamic IP address, meaning it changes. It could change once a month, once a week, or even a few times a day, but it does change. Dynamic IP addresses are very common since they are cost effective for ISPs.

Since a large majority of people have a Dynamic IP address at home, it can be extremely difficult to always reach your device, because your IP address is always changing. Since you aren’t alerted when it changes, it is very hard to keep track of.

To get around this annoyance, you can use our Dynamic DNS service. Our Dynamic DNS service gives you an easy to remember hostname i.e. yourname.noip.me, (just like when you assign “Joe” to his phone number in your phone) you run a small piece of software on your computer or device you would like to access remotely, and whenever your IP address changes, we update your hostname to reflect that change.

Imagine if your cell phone number did change every day, but your phone knew this and kept track of each person’s phone number, and updated your contact in your phone automatically when a person’s phone number changed. Your connection to your friends would never be lost. This is just like Dynamic DNS, your connection to access your device or computer remotely is never lost.

It’s a long-winded explanation, for a fairly simple service that helps millions of users across the globe stay connected to their devices.

Check out this awesome article to read one customer’s story about how he uses No-IP every day.

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