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Friday, May 16, 2014


Why do they want us to kill off the free apps offering?

I have several dreams, one of them is to offer FREE premium apps to everyone, this is the ideal pricing strategy for the users won’t you agree?

So why does the Internet industry wants us to pay for apps instead of offering them for free? Personally, I want more choices, more FREE MAC OSX apps and I'm doing everything I can in order to provide us all with great apps for free!

Software developers needs to find the Holy Grail, Freemium apps helped create those million dollars per day apps and Premium apps has very limited use today.
So what is the dominant pricing model? Freemium now accounts for 71% of Apple AppStore revenues in the US. 

As the owner and the CEO of an innovative technology company, I can assure you I that I do understand the responsibilities of paying the company bills and mapping out the company’s future but as a user I would like to have the freedom of choice; Freemium vs. Premium!

We invested $5M to develop the best personal assistant software I could have imagined, based on a smart machine-learning algorithm. This technology is capable of generating personalized news feeds for every single person on earth. And better yet – keep the user's privacy secured.   

We won the best productivity tool award by PCMagazine editors and for a significant period of time we were heroes in the digital world. 

We worked exceptionally hard to build Genieo to help people just like you and me easily stay up-to-date with the latest developments in the online world 

We have several patents in addition to highly creative people in our company – a fact that I’m particularly proud of.

When the company turned three years old, we knew it was time for it to function as a grown-up company. Genieo needed to stand on its own feet without the need to raise more founds for the purposes of building the personalization news recommendation engine that actually works.

You need to understand the Internet market to understand where we were positioned.
We were a young technology company that deal the overload of information, we didn't believe that people needs to pay for quality products, we strongly believed in the freedom of information for everyone! 
So instead of selling our app in the Apple AppStore we choose to become an online company, that generates revenues from Ads and search providers such as Google, Microsoft or Yahoo search feed.

To be honest, there are very few good apps in the software download arena that respect user's privacy and the online industry policies regarding how to distribute software, Here at Genieo, we are working very hard to monitor our affiliate partners, to earn our user's trust and to become a trustworthy company while still offer free apps.

Years went by and we become a highly successful company with millions of loyal users that love our software. 

As such, many small companies (sometimes not even companies, but users that have a web site) promote their removal scripts (tools) by calling us Adware sometimes even a Malware or a virus to convince people like you that it's very hard to remove Genieo (which is BTW, a normal uninstall process).

It’s really easy to remove unwanted software from your Mac or your Windows PC. The task is uncomplicated and this is true even for our Genieo software. To facilitate and expedite this process, I’ve even added a Link to an automatic script/tool so if someone missed it, here it is.

If you dig a little deeper you will see that none of the trusted and well-known Anti-Virus software providers flagged us as a virus, malware or a Trojan. Have you ever considered why that is the case?

We never install ourselves or set the user's search bar without having the user explicitly agree to that. We never inject any code into our software, no back doors, no Ad injections.... nothing of the sort.

Most of traffic comes from Ad Networks, Google Adwords and organic Mac traffic from legit software sources. 

 Genieo is a helpful, aggregated personalized news feed; we add 3 display ads in our dynamic free content page, just like CNN, Yahoo, Fox News, USAToday and any other online newspaper. 

We never hijacks the web browser's start page, in fact Genieo is a personalized Startpage, this is precisely the benefit of using our service, so when user installs Genieo we notify him that his start page settings are about to change and we will change the settings only if we have user’s pre-approval. 
Although it is fair to assume that when a user chooses to install a startpage that user can assume he/she will receive a startpage. It’s a logical conclusion that can be drawn from adopting Genieo software.

Genieo features as free software, and it serves 3rd party search feeds. And yes if you recall my statement at the beginning of this post, I am in favor of more and more free apps. As a free software provider we generate our income based on Google, Bing or Yahoo search feeds.

We never do "Contextual Advertising" in the search results as suggested in the article, never revise the search page and nothing will be sent back to Genieo servers except the number of queries users entered. Note that we do not access any information about the nature of the queries.

Genieo does not use plugins or add-ons; it’s client-based software with unique technology that is highly beneficial to users. It is perplexing to me why Derry London  - a USAtoday writer - didn't look for his own truth and try to run even a small check such as install/uninstall our software by himself. I do however suspect that his real motivation for having written an unfair and biased review was the promotion of another removal script.  

Now, my question to you is as follows:  Why would you trust a company that throws dirt on others for the purposes of self-promotion and self-aggrandizement?  Why would you trust a script that tries to monitor what others are doing instead of using the software provider’s original tool?

For 15 years of my professional career I was a chief security strategist. I worked for Microsoft corporation for several years and wrote 3 books about information security and privacy, I helped the FBI, IDF, banks and governments to protect citizens and organizations from hackers and cyber-attacks. 

I am acutely familiar with security experts that try to sow fear in order to sell purported "security" tools. 

I personally suggest that Catalin Cosoi, chief security strategist at Bitdefender, should try to promote his removal scripts in a way that doesn’t slander other people, software or companies. I’m sure he can come up with a better and more creative way to deliver business to Bitdefender. Integrity is at the heart of all good business and it is my sincere wish that Catalin Cosoi adopts such practices. 

We have very loyal users, and we are doing our best to become better and better every day. We are a dynamic company and we continually learn from our users’ feedback.

I know it's all too easy nowadays to Google this or that; the Google search engine has become our guru, but sometimes we need to dig a little deeper to discover the real truth. That is my suggestion to everyone who is reading this post: look for your own truth about Genieo – you’ll be well pleased with what you find!

** I wonder how much Bitware paid the USAToday writer to write the long advertisement for them; I’m willing to pay 10 times more to tell the truth about

Thanks for reading this.
Sol T.
Founder & CEO