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26 Nov 2014

Ferrari 458 Speciale buyers told to spec options to secure orders

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2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale

Want to get your hands on a Ferrari 458 Speciale? You’re in good company, because demand for what could be the last naturally aspirated V8 supercar from Maranello is apparently soaring. As a result, some buyers who’ve already placed their orders are reportedly being “advised” to add on extra options or risk losing their place on the waiting list to someone who will.

The news comes from UK-based Magnitude Finance, whose director Tim Marlow said, “One client ordered the car many months ago but he was subsequently advised to increase the options he selected to guarantee delivery simply because others are prepared to go pay over the odds to get one new.” Another Magnitude client was asked by the dealer “on five occasions to say others wanted to buy it if he changed his mind.”

Reached for comment, Ferrari spokesperson Krista Florin told Autoblog: “As with any Ferrari, customization is offered as a service to make each car unique. However, there are no requirements in order to secure an order.”

The options list on the 458 Speciale can add up fast. Active headlights add over $2,500 to the price, fitted luggage nearly $11k, leather interior and front lift system a solid $6k each and those NART stripes another $11k. Ordering items like the engine cover ($7.8k), rear diffuser ($9.6k) and outer sill cover ($10k) in carbon fiber can add to the $288k base price as quick as the Speciale can gather pace. That’s how our recent tester ended up topping $336k – and that’s if we could actually get one.

Part of the demand is surely coming from moneyed enthusiasts keen to take possession of one of the finest mid-engined supercars Ferrari has ever made, but the demand and values are surely being driven up as well by speculators. “Everyone we speak to sees this as the next appreciating model over the long-term like the 360 Challenge Stradale and 430 Scuderia 16M before it,” added Marlow, “so demand is really high.”

We can only imagine that demand has been even higher for the convertible version, as Ferrari will only make 499 examples of the 458 Speciale A, putting the roadster in an even more rarified class.

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Ferrari 458 Speciale buyers told to spec options to secure orders originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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26 Nov 2014

2016 Ford Explorer configurator reveals $30,700* base price, Platinum starts at $52,600*

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The configurator for the 2016 Ford Explorer.

The à la carte menu for the 2016 Ford Explorer is ready for your… umm… exploring. The first page of the refreshed model’s configurator reveals the lineup, including the new Platinum trim, and price increases for three of the carryover models. The base Explorer doesn’t change by one red cent: it can still be had for $30,700. The XLT needs $33,400 (a $400 price bump), the Limited goes for $41,300 (a not insignificant $2,900 price increase), and the Sport requires $43,300 (a $200 increase). That new Platinum model goes where no Explorer MSRP has gone before, beginning at $52,600 (*all prices are subject to an $895 destination charge). However, since Ford has put almost everything in it, you can’t jack the price up too much further unless you lose your mind in the accessories catalog.

You can quickly head that way lower down the order, though. The Limited’s price jump appears to be due to the voice-activated navigation system, which comes standard; it was formerly part of a $2,600 option package. The Limited goes up by just $995 when specced with the new 2.3-liter EcoBoost, which raises the power over the 2.0-liter EcoBoost it replaces to 270 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque, but doesn’t incur any fuel economy penalty. All-wheel drive tacks on another $2,000, safety features like active park assist and lane departure warning come as part of $3,000 Equipment Group A, and you’ll still have another three pages of options to get through.

On the other hand, if you just want to get your family bundle into an Explorer without spending a bundle, the base model doesn’t offer any packages and only has one option over $200. Let the research begin.

2016 Ford Explorer configurator reveals $30,700* base price, Platinum starts at $52,600* originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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22 Nov 2014

Subaru prices 2015 XV Crosstrek from $21,595*

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2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid

Less than a month ago, Subaru announced a series of minor revisions for its ruggedized Impreza, the XV Crosstrek. And now it’s revealed US pricing for that updated model.

For 2015, Subaru has introduced a new entry-level model, the XV Crosstrek 2.0i, that starts at $21,595 (*plus an $850 destination charge). That’s $400 less than it used to charge for what was the base 2.0i Premium, which has grown $300 more expensive but includes a new multimedia system. (The destination charge has also increased by $25.)

Go for the CVT instead of the five-speed manual that comes standard and you’ll be looking at $23,295 for the Premium model, and step up to the top-of-the-line Limited trim (which comes with the CVT) and you’ll shell out $24,795 – again, those prices not including delivery. The hybrid version holds the same pricing as the previous model year at $25,995 or $29,295, depending on trim (plus the new $850 destination charge).

The EyeSight system that earned its place on our Technology of the Year shortlist, bundled with the multimedia system, adds another $1,295, the moonroof another $1,000, but if you tick all the options (moonroof, nav, keyless entry, push-button start and EyeSight) it all comes bundled at $2,795. Certain trim levels encompass some of those options though, so prospective buyers will want to thumb through the full press release below.

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Subaru prices 2015 XV Crosstrek from $21,595* originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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21 Nov 2014

Join Team XYZ at #ICANN51

Hey there, #GenXYZ!

For those of you who follow us on Twitter, you already know that we’ve been preparing for ICANN’s huge conference in Los Angeles that began yesterday. THOUSANDS of people are gathering from around the world to take part in ICANN’s conference to discuss major topics that affect the future of the internet. Yes, you heard right – the future of the internet! And of course, the entire Team XYZ will be front and center, all hands on deck, as the conference is taking place on our home turf.

What is ICANN, you ask? ICANN (we pronounce it “eye-can”) is the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. In a nutshell, it’s the organization that oversees anything and everything on the domain name system and strives for a stable and unified global internet.

First of all, without ICANN, we wouldn’t have you, #GenXYZ! ICANN rolled out the new domain extension program back in 2011, allowing for CEO and Founder Daniel Negari to bring .xyz to the world.

These conferences cover topics like new domain extensions, all the way to general internet outreach in emerging markets. Best of all, ICANN conferences are open to the public! If you’re interested in these topics (or just want to hang out with Team XYZ), stop by #ICANN51 in Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.

Not in LA? No worries! Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, and we’ll keep you updated on all the .xyz activity at ICANN. Keep your eyes peeled for some purple fun 🙂

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21 Nov 2014

#WebsiteWednesday: how to use your .xyz

What was your guess for the 555,555th .xyz domain, #GenXYZ?

Drumroll, please…

The 555,555th .xyz registration was:
BrewIt.xyz

With all of the buzz we’ve been getting for having the most number of active websites, Team XYZ has also been receiving a lot of great questions about how to use your shiny new .xyz domain name.

We thought it’d be perfect to answer one of the most frequently asked questions with none other than a new edition of #WebsiteWednesday.

So, here is our most frequently asked question:

As an individual, what can I do with my .xyz domain name except having a blog?

An excellent way to use your .xyz domain is to show-off your ideas and skills. Are there any artists out there? Artists, photographers, architects, animators, writers? Your .xyz is the perfect platform to build your growing portfolio:

www.resl.xyz
by Moritz Resl

resl.xyz

Moritz Resl is a multidisciplinary artist and designer from Vienna, Austria, based in New York City. He takes an innovative take on a portfolio and created an awesome site that’s interactive and eye-catching. It’s easy to spend a good chunk of time awing at his work on resl.xyz.

resl

Resl’s work has been featured on Dezeen, Gizmodo, The New York Times, The Verge, and more. And he chose his .xyz website as the centerpiece to showcase his growing body of art.

Another popular way to use your .xyz domain name is as a custom email address that your entire family can enjoy. Just think. If a certain famous rapper registered West.xyz, he can match his daughter with Kanye@West.xyz and North@West.xyz.

Already registered your LastName.xyz? Check out XYZ101 for a step-by-step on how to set-up your snazzy new email address.

Would YOU like to have your brand new .xyz website featured on #WebsiteWednesday? Give us a shoutout with your .xyz domain on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, and we’ll take it from there.

We have a lot in store for you this month. Hang tight! Until next time, #GenXYZ!

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21 Nov 2014

Where in the world is the #XYZsquad?

The #XYZsquad has had a long couple weeks. First was the international ICANN conference, which was held in our backyard of sunny Los Angeles. If you happened to be there, it’s needless to say that you definitely caught a glimpse of a few of them and probably even received a goodie. For everyone else, they’ll just have to watch the video and hope to catch them at the next one.

After a busy but successful ICANN week, the XYZ Team celebrated by hosting our very own tailgate at the USC campus for homecoming. You can check out the photo album by clicking here, but we’ve made a montage below:

And last but not least was Ad:Tech in London. The #XYZsquad grabbed a lot of attention across the pond, and fortunately a couple fans were able to capture some great footage for us.

Where will the #XYZsquad be next? We’re not totally sure to be honest, but we’ve got a feeling they might pop up in Vegas in January. As always, be sure to check back in with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to get all the latest from our team. Have a good weekend, #GenXYZ!

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21 Nov 2014

You want me to click what?!

Post-ICANN, pumpkin spiced everything, and with Halloween just around the corner, it’s finally starting to feel like fall here in LA! #GenXYZ, what will you be for Halloween this year?

It might be because of the much anticipated sweater weather, but we’re in the mood to give the usual #WebsiteWednesday a little twist. In fact, we won’t be featuring any websites at all!

You’d think that at .xyz, websites are our bread and butter, but we wanted to share with you one of the other most popular ways to use your awesome .xyz domain.

Kyle Busch
For those of you who follow our CEO and Founder Daniel Negari’s blog, you’re already in the know that celebrity NASCAR racer, Kyle Busch, uses kylebusch.xyz as a cool branded URL in his tweets. If you saw a tweet with kylebusch.xyz/ABC vs. bit.ly/ABC, which would you want to click more? We agree. kylebusch.xyz, hands down.


The Garrigan Lyman Group (GLG)
GLG is a digital marketing agency using glg.xyz as its URL shortener. Currently, they’re promoting glg.xyz/_loveli for one of their most successful campaigns, ever

To honor Li Na’s retirement from the professional tennis spotlight, Babolat and GLG schemed a viral social media campaign for fans to take part in celebrating her successful career (she was ranked #2 in the entire WORLD and has two Grand Slam titles in her back pocket: the French and Australian Opens).

Through the hashtag #LoveLi, the campaign launched with a bang and received over 50 million impressions in just five days. Now, that count has grown to 67 million!

It’s still not too late to participate! Check out glg.xyz/_loveli for the deets.

Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA)
DCA is home to two contemporary art galleries, a cinema, print studio, and a visual research center. As hosts of an ongoing calendar of events and exhibits, DCA uses dca.xyz to promote its events via Twitter, as well as on their website’s event listings to encourage sharing.

How much easier is it to share with friends and family when the link is so short and sweet? Have you noticed any .xyz domains in your social media feeds lately?

Well, #GenXYZ, that’s all we have in store for today.

Oh! ICYMI, yours truly was featured in yet another CNET article, nicely titled “From .coffee to .email to .xyz: The Web’s crazy new reality is here.” Make sure to follow us on the usual social media channels @xyz and keep tabs on all the exciting things coming up!

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21 Nov 2014

Never have I ever…

It’s Day 3 of #ICANN51 and Team XYZ is working extra hard for you, #GenXYZ. We’re meeting with our amazing business partners so we can continue to build .xyz as the most popular, go-to ending for YOUR domain. In the midst of back-to-back meetings, panels, and events, we like to take a quick little mental break by exploring these fun, interactive .xyz websites.

For this week’s #WebsiteWednesday, we’re excited to share these awesomely quirky, fun-to-browse-through .xyz websites. With so many new websites appearing in the wild, we can easily spend days clicking through them all!

www.does.xyz
does.xyz is a whimsical site that combines our love of quizzes with a clever use of a domain name. Currently live is “Does Gary Sinise”, where you’re invited to answer trivia questions about Gary Sinise.

By the looks of it, “Does Nick Cage” will be added to the arsenal soon. Brush up on your Nicolas Cage knowledge before the new quiz comes out!

www.never.xyz
Why do we love quizzes so much? never.xyz takes a more personal angle on the quiz and asks you “Never Have I Ever” questions. This site goes the extra mile by incorporating a live poll, letting us see how others have answered their “Never Have I Ever”s (anonymously, of course).

And last, but certainly not least:

www.phobia.xyz
Go ahead, try it out. This super simple site will show you a random phobia with the tap of the button.
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Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia? That’s the fear of long words. Needless to say, it’s an excellent site where you can arm yourself with a few conversation starters. I wonder if hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia.xyz is available… (find out at www.gen.xyz).

With so many great ICANN meetings under our belt, there will be lots to update you on, #GenXYZ! Keep your eyes peeled and ears open for anything .xyz that will be happening near you 🙂 And the best way to keep tabs on us? Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter @xyz for all the behind-the-scenes goodness here at the XYZ headquarters.

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21 Nov 2014

Big in Japan

Which one of the XYZ videos was your favorite, #GenXYZ?

As the domain extension for every website, everywhere, .xyz is the most popular new ending for domains all over the world. Have you heard? One of the largest .xyz markets is all the way across the Pacific Ocean from here in the US, in the island country of Japan.

Japan is, of course, famous for being a world leader in tech and electronics. Did you know? There are over 110 million internet users in Japan. And this is all from a country that can physically fit entirely within the state of California!

So what kind of .xyz websites are they building in Japan? We featured a couple way back when (here and here), but check out these freshly picked gems for this week’s #WebsiteWednesday!

jagzzi.xyz

jagzzi

jagzzi is an online fashion and trend magazine run by a group of likeminded Japanese college students in the heart of Tokyo. They ditched their .com (test it out: jagzzi.com will redirect you to their .xyz domain) and publish an eyecatching, sometimes-disruptive, online magazine that they plan, research, edit, and put into production all on their own.

As college students, they wanted a space where they can express themselves before “now” turns into something of the past. Even if you don’t speak Japanese, definitely flip through jagzzi.xyz to check out fashionable snaps from the streets of Harajuku.

ampersand.xyz

ampersand

Ampersand is the name of this freelance web developer’s hybrid personal and business website. Right off the bat, it’s obvious how creative and innovative she is! From the colorful floating figures in the background, to even the little details in her “about” page. “Ampersand” (for those who might not know, is the word for the symbol “&”) was chosen as the site name because her last name is “Ando”: the Japanese pronunciation for the word “and”. Clever, don’t you think?

She even created this fun little page for anyone who wants to feast their eyes on a few soothing aquarium scenes during their work day. She personally recorded aquarium footage from Tokyo for your enjoyment at ampersand.xyz/aquarium.

aquarium

What do you think of these awesome .xyz sites from Japan, #GenXYZ? As always, let us know what YOUR favorite .xyz sites are by dropping us a line on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

With Halloween right around the corner, Team XYZ has a lantern full of fun things coming your way. Be sure to keep an eye out!

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21 Nov 2014

.xyz is helping you protect your freedom speech

Who defends your speech, rights, and privacy in this massive digital world? This is exactly what the heroic folks over at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) do!

eff

#GenXYZ, we’ve done it again. With the help of our partners over at Gandi, .xyz is one of the first new registries to support a nonprofit organization through the registration of domains. For the entire month of November, .xyz and Gandi will each donate $0.50 to EFF for every .xyz domain name registered.

And the cherry on top? Gandi is currently offering .xyz at the amazing price of $4, meaning, the equivalent of 25% of your registration will go towards supporting EFF. How awesome is that? You truly are killing two birds with one stone: get your fresh new .xyz domain AND support EFF, the defenders of your civil liberties in the digital world.

So show your support and act now! Head on over to Gandi and take advantage of this unique November promotion.

Do you have another project you’d like us to support in December? Shoot us a message on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram and let us know!

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