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  • How Companies Like Fitbit And Nest Could Make Money Off Your Data

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    Companies like Fitbit and Nest Labs have realized there's a lucrative business in selling the data collected by wearable devices and smart home automation devices.

    The technology can be used for much more than turning down the temperature in your home or tracking how many calories you've burned today.

    It can be utilized to address larger problems involving health care and power consumption, as Forbes details in a new report.

    Nest Labs, for instance, has built a secondary business in working with electric companies to manage power consumption in the homes of some of its users, Forbes reported. Nest has already partnered with utility providers such as Chicago's ComEdison and Southern California's Edison, but striking deals with utilities is still a challenge since Nest is only in less than 1 percent of US households.

    These results of these partnerships could allow utilities to reimburse Nest users for lowering their air conditioners on a hot day to relieve some load from the grid, according to Forbes. The advantage of using a smart home thermostat like Nest as opposed to a standard system is that the device would be able to detect movement and learns about your household's activity over time, which could cut down on energy consumption. This, as Forbes notes, is crucial in convincing utilities to partner with Nest.

    Nest co-founder Matt Rogers stressed that despite these partnerships, utility companies will never have control over your living room.

    "We don't let utilities control the thermostat," he said to Forbes. "We don't share the data with the utility. We won't work with them if they don't agree."

    Fitbit, on the other hand, is working with employers to aid in corporate wellness programs. Fitbit sells its devices to thousands of employers, and the data collected from those gadgets may eventually impact group insurance pricing, health insurer Cigna said to Forbes. Fitbit CEO James Park said it's one of the fastest-growing parts of the company's business.

    Fitbit's corporate solutions website advertises its wellness program as a means of decreasing sick days and healthcare costs.

    Forbes reports that Jawbone may consider starting a similar program in the future. The company's vice president of product management Travis Bogart told the publication that it will "definitely be about the data as we move forward."

    Jawbone could even possibly one-up Fitbit by offering custom analytics software for employers, according to Forbes report.

    The idea of your employer watching how active you are may seem invasive for some, but it depends on whether consumers believe less expensive healthcare will be worth sharing that type of information.

    It will probably be quite some time before most companies equip their employees with fitness bands and your electricity bill decreases from using Nest in your home. However, the fact that these partnerships are already starting to develop shows that the data obtained by these types of gadgets could even be more valuable than the products themselves.

    SEE ALSO: Silicon Valley Never Talks About The Real Reason You Don't Own A Smartwatch Or Wearable Tech

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  • A Realtor's Video Reveals Why Commercial Drone Use Is Going To Be Huge

    Two years ago, we wrote about how the Los Angeles police had begun looking for ways to crack down on personal drone use — especially the use of drones by real-estate agents.

    It seems that the realtors have won.

    Jim Klinge, aka Jim the Realtor, who does great blogging about the never-dull Southern California housing market at BubbleInfo.com, has been showing off his new Phantom drone with a Go-Pro in his latest videos. Here's what he said about why a drone is useful: 

    Photos in front of a view [sic] home where you can get a sense of how big the view is, could be one application. Videos of areas of general interest is another.

    I’ve already seen realtors use them and they photograph the roof of the house and use it for their lead photo. Not sure what that does – I know you have a roof.

    If I get good at it, there’s a chance of doing the interior of a house.

    Here are some stills taken by the drone:

     

    jim klinge droneA lagoon outside a two-bedroom, two-bathroom house going for $1.5 million in Carlsbad. 

    jim klinge droneThis morning, he put up an aerial tour of the area surrounding a subdivision in Carlsbad, where homes are going for as much as $700,000. The thing is 770 feet in the air.

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    This explains why Google's decision to purchase a drone manufacturer makes a lot of sense, and why drones are going to make someone a billionaire. These things are going nowhere.

    SEE ALSO: 25 Huge Trends That Will Make People Billions

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  • Essential Tips For Saving Time In Google Search And The Chrome Browser

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    Have you ever gotten frustrated after combing through search results that aren't even related to what you're seeking?

    Or how about having to repeatedly press the back button in Google Chrome to find that website you saw about eight pages ago?

    Google is loaded with tips and tricks that make it easier to search for content and navigate websites.

    Even if you've read dozens of tip articles and claim you're a Google expert, chances are there are a few hidden gems you've yet to uncover.

    Here are a few hacks that will help you zip around Google Search and Google Chrome like a pro.

    Use two periods to set a range in Google Search

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    When shopping, most people are seeking items within a designated price range. Google allows you to set this range by typing two periods between numbers. This cuts down on the keystrokes needed to perform your search and cuts down words, making it easier for Google to pull up exact results. For example, if you're trying to find a camera between $50 and $100, you'd type "camera $50..$100" as shown above. 

    Hold the back browser button to see your history

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    You don't need to click the back button a million times to navigate back a few pages. Just hover your cursor over the back button and hold the left click button down. This will pull up the last several pages you've visited along with an option to view your full history.

    Use the OR operator to search Google

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    Sometimes you need to quickly find search results that only contain one word in your search query. Without using the OR operator, Google will automatically retrieve results with both terms. For example, if you're trying to search for restaurants in Brooklyn or Queens, use the OR operator to find places to eat in both boroughs. Without it, you'll end up with a search result such as Queens Italian Restaurant in Brooklyn.

    Use an asterisk to replace words in Google Search

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    If you're in a rush or simply can't remember a word in a phrase you'd like to search for, use an asterisk in its place. This will tell Google to fill in the blanks. Of course, with autocomplete you rarely need to type out a full phrase as it is. But there are some instances in which this shortcut could come in handy, such as when you want to find the lyrics to an obscure song.

    Use the URL bar instead of going to Google.com

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    You don't need to head over to Google.com to search the Web in Google Chrome. Simply type your search query into the same bar you use for entering website addresses.

    Browse in Incognito Mode to avoid tracking your history

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    Google Chrome's Incognito Mode allows you to browse the Web without keeping track of your history. This doesn't mean you're invisible, however. Employers and service providers will still be able to see what you're doing, but the browser won't record your history. This can be useful when you're logging in to a computer you don't regularly use, such as at a friend's house or at the library. It also saves time since you don't have to clear your history after browsing. 

    Middle-click a tab in the Chrome browser to close it instantly

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    It's easy to get overwhelmed with tabs in Chrome. If you've got too many tabs open, you can press the middle button or scroll wheel on your mouse to immediately close a tab you're not using. 

    Look for the speaker symbol on tabs

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    When you've got a million tabs open and can't tell where sound is coming from, keep an eye out for the little speaker symbol on any tabs you've got open. This will tell you if there's a video, song or any other type of audio playing from that website.

    SEE ALSO: The easiest way to find buried messages in your Gmail inbox

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  • Google Launched A Program To Let Glass Users Try Before They Buy

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    Earlier today reports surfaced revealing Google’s new Glass try-and-buy program. It was first discovered by a Reddit user named clide, and basically came in the form of an email that offered to let a potential customer try Glass and various frames for free. Google was simply shipping a box of units and accessories to interest parties, provided potential consumers dropped a $50 deposit and returned the materials within 10 days. The original email said interested parties could call 855-9GLASS9 to get started.

    So, we gave the number a ring.

    A customer service representative on the other end asked how he could help me. I inquired about the program, and he said that Google was allowing some people with codes to order a box of goods to try out Google Glass “dummy units” before making a decision on whether or not to buy a pair.

    Each box contains all of the Google Glass colors and the Titanium collection of frames and shades. I asked about a report from GoogleGlassFans that claimed the units were actually defective or had purposefully-ruined USB ports, though the representative was not able to clarify those claims and said they were simply dummy units.

    TechnoBuffalo was told the Google Glass try-and-buy program is currently on hold, though it’s unclear why, but may start up again in the future. The idea was to get Google Glass and the various accessories in the hands of potential buyers who might not otherwise be able to experience Glass. It’s unclear when the try-and-buy initiative will start up again, if ever, though Google did just recently open up orders to everyone in the U.S., so everyone had the opportunity to at least buy a pair.

    Here’s a look at the original email that was making the rounds:

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  • How Google Totally Botched The Release Of The Most Exciting Consumer Tech Product Since The iPad (GOOG)

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    A year ago Google Glass was the hottest item in tech.

    It was the biggest thing in consumer technology since the iPad. (Mostly because nothing had come out since the iPad.)

    Venture capitalists were announcing plans to invest in Glass-specific startups. Google held a contest to raffle off the rights to own Glass, and people were submitting applications. Journalists were in love with Glass, and thought it was going to be the future of computing.

    This year, the sentiment has swung 180 degrees and is now overwhelmingly negative.

    When Google was selling Glass to the public for the first time, Bianca Bosker at Huffington Post wrote a thorough takedown of Glass:

    We always knew Glass, with its vaguely orthodontic design, would be a tough sell. Yet in the thirteen months since the device first appeared on American brows, Google has actually lost ground: Getting people to embrace the Internet-connected head camera has become more difficult, not less. And this is after an extended PR blitz ...

    In the beginning, Glass’ biggest sin was looking weird. Now, Glass is both physically unattractive and morally suspect.

    Bosker isn't the only person underwhelmed by Glass. Robert Scoble, Google's first major Glass evangelist, confessed that Google Glass is doomed for this year. (He's optimistic that Google fixes problems with Glass by 2016, which is an eternity in technology.)

    Jeff Jarvis, one of the biggest Google defenders in the world, "hates" Glass. He calls it an "expensive nightmare."

    What happened in a year that made so many people sour on the product?

    A bunch of stuff. People have been attacked for wearing Glass. Glass is getting banned in bars. The product has seen limited improvements. Developers haven't made any breakthrough applications. 

    All of this can be traced back to one crucial mistake with the launch of Glass: It limited the release of Glass.

    Google allowed only a select group of "Explorers" to get Glass for $1,500 last year. Initially, it was a great marketing ploy. Everyone wanted it; it got lots of buzz. But Glass needed to be widely deployed all at once for the product to succeed.  

    It needed to be widely deployed for two reasons: 

    1. Google Glass was a new, weird-looking technology. If lots of people bought it all at once, it would be less weird. Today, people with Glass on their faces are attacked unfairly because it's assumed that only elitist rich tech jerks wear Glass. If this was always for the masses, that might not be the assumption. 

    2. Google didn't really know why Glass existed. Its best guess was that it made it easier to get email notifications and it took photos quickly. There's nothing wrong with not really knowing why your product is great. Even Apple didn't have a 100% understanding of why the iPad was cool when it launched the iPad. Google was hoping that by sending out Glass to a select group of users it would figure out Glass's best usage. But if it had sent it out to more people, it would have more users figuring the product out. 

    I would guess the reason Google didn't sell Glass to the public right away is that it wasn't ready for a mass rollout. But if that was the case, then why not just wait? Why pre-announce a half-baked product? 

    At first, Google seemed clever for doing a slow rollout and generating buzz. Instead, it backfired, and today Glass has lost its appeal. 

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  • What If Google Is Actually *Weak* In Search? (GOOG)

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    Yahoo wants to replace Google as Apple's default search engine.

    At first glance, this sounds crazy — Yahoo doesn't even have its own search product. It uses Microsoft's Bing.

    So why does Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer think there is even the slightest possibility this might happen?

    One possible answer — and the big, big caveat here is that this is purely speculative — is that Google is not as strong in search as its history suggests.

    Search, as a business, is becoming a lot more complicated, with a lot more players, and a lot more stuff to be searched. It used to be that the business was simple, in principle: You went to Google's search box, typed in what you were looking for, and clicked on a link.

    But with Facebook, Amazon, and Twitter running their own search operations, and vast new forms of media — music and apps, most obviously — being largely impenetrable to regular search, we may be entering an era in which keyword-matching and link-ranking aren't good enough anymore.

    In that scenario, Google is the bloated incumbent, ripe for disruption by new, leaner, quicker startups that realize search isn't about your mom sitting with her laptop typing "new shoes" into a text box. It's about her daughter, who wants her phone to automatically surface relevant new material even before she asks for it.

    In this scenario, Google is weak in search.

    Sequential Growth Is Getting Worse

    Here's the economic evidence for the early signs of that weakness (below). Note the green sequential growth line is getting worse, not better:

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    Again, before we go any further, let's underline the obvious: Google is now so massive — $15 billion in revenues per quarter — that its sequential growth is declining simply because it is so big. This isn't a sign of weakness; it is a sign of massiveness. (This chart excludes the Motorola numbers.)

    But ... it's tough to ignore that in this quarter growth was negative. That never used to happen. (It happened once, in Q1 2009, but that was clearly the recession, not Google, thus we shall ignore it.)

    The company has an official name for its brief recessionary periods: "deceleration."

    The stock sank 5% after hours last night, when Google revealed its Q1 numbers. It's down another 4% this morning. Investors, clearly, are sensing something they don't like.

    Again, here's the question: Why would a company that has a natural, legal monopoly over search see even temporary declines in its business?

    Google Is Weaker In Mobile Than People Think

    The short-term answer is that Google's search business is transitioning to mobile, and that the disconnect in supply and demand for mobile search ad clicks is giving Google's advertisers a temporary bonanza — the price of search is falling, and Google's revenues are soft because of that. Google is still getting most of the clicks, but it is unable to charge as much as it used to for them.

    Wall Street analysts hinted yesterday that they think Google's mobile search business is weak because it doesn't have the pricing power it had on desktop. (Average cost-per-click for advertisers declined 9% in Q1, and aggregate paid clicks grew by 26% — a much lower rate than the 30%-plus growth rate Google has historically seen.)

    Chief business officer Nikesh Arora was asked about that on the call. He said:

    I've had firm belief and I continue to hold on to it that I believe in the medium to long term: Mobile pricing has to be better than desktop pricing. And I think the reason -- the way to think about it is that in mobile you have location and you have context of individuals which you don't have on the desktop.

    ... So part of our challenge has been that if you guys just [had] huge massive advertise[rs] in the desktop which over the last decade have become better at advertising, Understanding, optimization, understanding conversion, understanding [transactions].

    That journey is just beginning for advertisers in the mobile site. They're just beginning to understand what it takes for the end user to come transact on their website [in mobile].

    So like right now we can lead the horse to the water, we can't make it drink.

    Arora usually speaks in the vaguest generalities possible. But there he is saying that Google can't seem to persuade advertises to get with the mobile program: "We can lead the horse to the water, we can't make it drink."

    Facebook, Apple, And Amazon Are Carving Off Google's Business

    Google's problem with mobile is that huge chunks of the phone landscape are being carved off by new, upstart search organizations. Amazon, for instance, has a huge mobile shopping search business through its app — and Google has none of that business.

    Facebook has its own search engine, and will soon add Post Search, the ability search through the trillion or so status updates on Facebook. That search will eventually be backed by Facebook's artificial intelligence unit.

    Search inside Apple's App Store is one of the most valuable search types there is. It's already the core of a $16 billion business at Apple. Yet Google search has no view into the App Store.

    And Apple is working with Shazam to create a way of recognizing songs and searching for them, presumably in iTunes.

    And there are a ton of other smaller, specialized search databases doing all sorts of useful things that don't want or need Google to be inside them.

    From this perspective, Google isn't strong. It's weak.

    Why Monopolies Go Into Decline

    Of course, Google isn't sitting still for this. Google's acquisition of DeepMind for between $400 to $500 million is an example: Search backed by true artificial intelligence could put Google ahead of its rivals instantly, if it's genuinely superior.

    But the very fact that it wants to be the search engine for everyone, everywhere, is the source of its weakness: A small company like Shazam that is an expert at recognizing music can devote 100% of its attention to that, and become better than Google will ever be at doing the same thing. At Google, music recognition would be one of only a hundred action items on CEO Larry Page's desk.

    In the meantime, Shazam has its little core of advertising clients that are advertising on Shazam's mobile apps, sucking dollars that might otherwise have gone on mobile search ads in Google.

    Which is why it's so worrying that Google's Arora is still arguing, two years after the issue first surfaced, that one day, eventually, in the "medium to long term," its mobile search business will improve.

    SEE ALSO: These Charts Explain Why Google Missed, Sending The Stock Tanking

    SEE ALSO: Google's DeepMind Acquisition Shows How Its Dominance Of Search Could Be A Long-Term Weakness

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  • This Is Security Theater: Google Can Crack 99% Of All CAPTCHA Codes

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    CAPTCHAs are a time-worn way for humans to tell computers that we are human.

    They are those little boxes filled with distorted text that we've been told humans can decipher, but computers—the bad guys' computers—cannot.

    So, Watson-be-damned, we enter the letters and gain access to whatever is behind the veil, leaving the bad bots steaming outside the pearly, CAPTCHA'd gates. As Google's ReCAPTCHA website puts it: "Tough on bots, easy on humans."

    It is a satisfying display of human superiority built into the daily experience of the web. And, BONUS, you're often helping do optical character recognition on old books at the same time.

    Take that, Machines, you don't even have any books.

    But then along comes Google today noting, in a showily short and breezy blog post, that their machines can beat ReCAPTCHAs 99% of the timegoogle ReCAPTCHA

    "Turns out that this new algorithm can also be used to read CAPTCHA puzzles—we found that it can decipher the hardest distorted text puzzles from reCAPTCHA with over 99 percent accuracy," writes Google product manager Vinay Shet. 

    "This shows that the act of typing in the answer to a distorted image should not be the only factor when it comes to determining a human versus a machine."

    But that's not even the most galling thing. That's reserved for the next paragraph.

    "Last year, we announced that we’ve significantly reduced our dependence on text distortions as the main differentiator between human and machine," Shet continues, "and instead perform advanced risk analysis."

    So, we've been proudly typing away the whole time, proving we were human, and Google knew that all along.

    In an earlier post, Shet described their process in general terms: Google has begun "actively considering the user’s entire engagement with the CAPTCHA—before, during and after they interact with it.

    That means that today the distorted letters serve less as a test of humanity and more as a medium of engagement to elicit a broad range of cues that characterize humans and bots." 

    Now, we go on typing into the box, but our evolved visual systems—some of the most sophisticated in the animal kingdom—are no longer all that necessary.

    What we once did to assure Google that we were still human has become security theater. The only audience that we need to perform our humanity for is ourselves. 

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  • Wearable Devices Won't Succeed On The Mass Market Until More Apps Become Available

    WearablesTimelineDespite all the new wearables on the market, there still aren't many apps in these devices' app stores. And without apps, there's not a great reason for mainstream consumers to adopt the devices. 

    The wearable app ecosystem's immaturity is largely a result of platform fragmentation. The smartphone market is dominated by Android and iOS. Developers can choose to create apps for either one of these platforms knowing that they are reaching a wide swath of the smartphone market.

    Not so for the wearables market. It isn't just that there's no dominant platform yet, the devices are also in the hands of far fewer users (compared to smartphone brands), creating an even greater disincentive to create apps for any one wearable device.

    However, development isn't completely stymied. The outlines of some general concepts for wearable app development have begun to emerge, and will become clearer now that Google has released "Android Wear," its platform for wearable devices. 

    In a new report from BI Intelligence, we make sense of the current wearable apps landscape, look at why app ecosystems are so minimally stocked, explore the types of wearables that are likeliest to take off, and try to pinpoint a few "killer apps" that could make the devices truly compelling. We also look at the strong potential for Google or Apple to instantly take over the app market.  

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    Here is some key information about the current state of wearable apps:

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  • 11 Awesome Apps You Can't Get For Your iPhone Right Now

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    Developers usually make apps for the iPhone first, which means updates for Android and other platforms can take a little while to get to users of those platforms.

    But there are quite a few awesome apps that Android owners can use that their iPhone-using friends can't.

    Hello SMS is a great app for sending texts.

    Hello SMS replaces the messaging app built into most Android phones. The app utilizes a tab system to organize chats so you can quickly alternate between conversations with a single touch. Time Stamps give you the ability to quickly respond to messages as well. Plus, you can send an assortment of emoji to spruce up a boring group chat.

    Price: Free



    Aviate emphasizes the "smart" in smartphones when it comes to apps.

    Aviate 's goal is to deliver you the right apps at the right time. The program learns your habits and can customize the apps on your screen for certain situations. When you wake up in the morning, Aviate can immediately deliver the traffic reports and reminders about calendar meetings right to your phone. 

    Price: Free



    Glove determines the best wireless carrier for you when you move.

    Glove is a useful app for picking out a wireless carrier when you move to a new city. The program runs for three days and figures out where you use your phone the most. After this testing period is over, Glove will analyze which carrier can be the best for you so you can get an excellent coverage plan. 

    Price: Free



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  • German Media Mogul: I'm Afraid Of Google

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    BERLIN (AP) — The head of Germany's biggest media company says he is afraid of Google and wants the company to become more transparent.

    Mathias Doepfner, the chairman of Axel-Springer SE, accuses Google of abusing its dominance in the field of online search to squeeze out competitors.

    His comments, published Wednesday by German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, come a week after Google chairman Eric Schmidt accused European publishers of stifling innovation.

    Doepfner said companies like his have no choice but to cooperate with Google even as they fight legal battles against the Internet giant, because not doing so could spell the end of their business.

    SEE ALSO: Google Warns: We Are Scanning Your Email

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  • 33 New Countries Added, Now Over 100 Supported 2014-02-18T05:10:24Z

    We've done it again. We have expanded support of our Affiliate Program to 33 new countries added today on the PHG platform. Also, as part of our expansion two weeks ago into Europe and South America, we added six more countries that had previously not been supported. Over 100 countries are now supported.

    If you are already signed up for the Affiliate Program on PHG then you are automatically opted-in to start earning commission in these new countries.

    New Countries added February 17, 2014
    Anguilla
    Antigua and Barbuda Belize
    Brunei Burkina-Faso Cape Verde
    Fiji Gambia Ghana
    Grenada Guinea-Bissau Guyana
    Jamaica Kyrgyzstan Macedonia
    Micronesia Mongolia and Tobago Mozambique
    Namibia Nepal Niger
    Pakistan Papua New Guinea Saint Kitts and Nevis
    Saint Lucia Saint Vincent and The Grenadine São Tomé and Príncipe
    Sierra Leone Suriname Swaziland
    Tunisia Virgin Islands Zimbabwe
    New Countries added February 3, 2014
    Bolivia
    Ecuador Guatemala
    Nicaragua Uruguay Venezuela

    Click here for a full list of all countries in the Affiliate Program.

    If you have not already signed up for the Affiliate Program on PHG you can go to http://affiliate.itunes.apple.com/apply to apply and start earning commission in over 100 countries.

  • Important News for Europe and South America 2014-02-03T17:08:47Z

    Last year we introduced our new affiliate platform partner, PHG, providing added countries and unified program reporting. Today we are announcing the migration of 39 Europe and South America countries to this single platform.

    If you are already signed up for the Affiliate Program on PHG then you are automatically opted-in to start earning commission in every country we support. If you are currently participating in the affiliate program for Europe or South America, you need to migrate your links to PHG before 3/31 in order to continue earning affiliate commission. Click here for a full list of all countries in the Affiliate Program.

    Latin & South America
    Argentina
    Brazil Chile
    Colombia Costa Rica
    El Salvador
    Honduras
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    Europe
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    Netherlands Norway Poland
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    Spain
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    Switzerland
    United Kingdom

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  • Affiliate Reporting Holiday Shutdown 2013-12-18T18:46:21Z

    As a reminder, the iTunes Connect holiday shutdown schedule will also impact the affiliate program tools.

    Affiliate program reporting may be impacted from approximately from Saturday, December 21 to Friday, December 27, 2013. Some of the affiliate tools will be temporarily suspended or updated less frequently.

    • The Enterprise Partner Feed will be taken offline for the duration of the iTunes Connect shutdown.

    • The Search API, Link Maker, Banner Builder, RSS Generator and Widget Builder will be kept online.

    We thank you for your understanding and wish you the best of luck in the coming weeks with your affiliate sales.

    Happy Holidays,

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  • Affiliate Reporting Planned Downtime 2013-10-16T02:04:16Z

    As part of a planned downtime affiliate reporting will be delayed this week by 3 to 4 days.

    All sales are still being recorded and will be recognized by PHG and TradeDoubler respectively once reporting is resumed.

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    If you have any questions please contact the Affiliate Helpdesk at http://affiliate.itunes.apple.com/support.

  • 20 Additional Countries Added to the PHG Platform 2013-09-30T19:07:38Z

    We are happy to announce the continued expansion of the Affiliate Program with 20 new countries added today to the PHG platform. This brings the total of new countries to 43. The total number of countries on the PHG platform (existing plus new) is 49, providing a tremendous opportunity for iTunes affiliates.

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    New Countries
    Armenia
    Bahamas Bahrain
    Barbados Belarus Bermuda
    Botswana
    Cayman Islands Croatia
    Dominica Kenya Mauritius
    Moldova Nigeria Oman
    Tanzania Trinidad and Tobago Uganda
    Uzbekistan Yemen

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  • 17 New Countries Added to the PHG Platform 2013-09-04T23:03:54Z

    We are very happy to announce the expansion of the iTunes Affiliate Program with 17 new countries now available on the PHG platform.

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    Egypt India Indonesia
    Israel Jordan Kazakhstan
    Kuwait Lebanon Macau
    Malaysia Philippines Qatar
    Saudi Arabia Thailand Ukraine
    United Arab Emirates Vietnam

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    If you have not already signed up for the Affiliate Program on PHG you can go to http://affiliate.itunes.apple.com/apply to apply and start earning commission in all 29 countries.

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  • Important Affiliate Program Changes 2013-08-19T14:59:33Z

    We're introducing a new affiliate platform partner, PHG, which will support the Affiliate Program's expansion to more countries and provide improved reporting tools. If you are currently participating in the Affiliate Program in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Australia, or New Zealand, you will now be supported by this new platform. To continue earning commissions without interruption, set up a new affiliate account and update all existing links by October 1, 2013. Join now or learn more.

  • Tools Update 2013-06-17T21:27:21Z

    The locations for Link Maker and RSS Feed Generator have recently been updated.

    Link Maker at https://linkmaker.itunes.apple.com.

    RSS Feed Generator at https://rss.itunes.apple.com.

    Please be sure to update any bookmarks you may have as the old locations will become unavailable soon.

  • Affiliate Support Forums 2013-02-22T17:58:23Z

    The iTunes, App Store, iBookstore and Mac App Store affiliate program has a great new way to get your questions answered. We encourage you to visit our new support forums to ask and respond to questions.

    It's easy to get started on the forums, just create a free developer account:
    Register as an Apple Developer

    Then check out the new forum topics:
    - Developer Forums: App Store Affiliate Program
    - Developer Forums: Mac App Store Affiliate Program
    - Developer Forums: iBookstore Affiliate Program


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