Sarah Perez

Sarah currently works as a writer for TechCrunch, after having previously spent over three years at ReadWriteWeb. Prior to becoming a professional blogger, Sarah worked in I.T. across a number of industries, including banking, retail and software.

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  • Apple Music Tops 11 Million Subscribers; iCloud Reaches 782 Million

    Apple Music Tops 11 Million Subscribers; iCloud Reaches 782 Million

    At the beginning of this year, Apple Music had surpassed 10 million subscribers, according to a report from the Financial Times. Now, Apple SVP Eddy Cue has confirmed this figure. In fact, he gave a more precise number – the company has just passed over 11 million subscribers, he says. This tidbit and more were revealed on John Gruber’s “The Talk Show” podcast where Cue… Read More

  • Google Is Finally Killing Picasa

    Google Is Finally Killing Picasa

    It hasn’t made sense for Google to continue to invest in two separate photo storage and sharing applications, as it has been doing with the newer Google Photos and the dated software Picasa. And now the company is finally going to do something about that: Google announced this morning that it will no longer support the Picasa desktop application as of March 16, 2016. In addition, it… Read More

  • Family App Life360 Acquires Couple, A Private Messaging App For Two

    Family App Life360 Acquires Couple, A Private Messaging App For Two

    Life360, the mobile application designed for families, announced today that it has acquired the private messaging application and Y Combinator grad Couple (formerly known as Pair), based in Mountain View. Not a pure talent acquisition, Life360 sees Couple as being a potential initial entry point into its larger platform, which now counts over 55 million families using its location tracker… Read More

  • Microsoft’s New App “Fetch!” Tells You What Kind Of Dog You Are (And It Can ID Your Dog, Too)

    Microsoft’s New App “Fetch!” Tells You What Kind Of Dog You Are (And It Can ID Your Dog, Too)

    Even Microsoft’s new image recognition app has no idea what kind of dog I have. Oh well! If you don’t own a mixed-breed mutt saved from the kill shelter, however, you might have fun with the company’s latest Microsoft Garage project: Fetch!, a new iPhone app that looks at photos of dogs to identify its breed. Or, in the case when it can’t make an exact match, the app… Read More

  • Facebook Tests SMS Integration In Messenger, Launches Support For Multiple Accounts

    Facebook Tests SMS Integration In Messenger, Launches Support For Multiple Accounts

    Facebook says it’s testing a way for users to receive, read and respond to their SMS-based conversations in its Messenger application for mobile devices. The feature, which would be optional if broadly rolled out, could help to shift users away from their default texting application and see them increasing their time spent Facebook Messenger instead. Also new is added support for… Read More

  • Twitch’s Users Watch More Video In A Month, On Average, Than Typical YouTube Users Do

    Twitch’s Users Watch More Video In A Month, On Average, Than Typical YouTube Users Do

    Twitch, the Amazon-owned video game streaming site, has been growing in popularity as more of today’s younger users look to online video instead of traditional television for entertainment. Today, the company released figures that paint of picture of its user base and how deeply they engage with Twitch’s content. Though the company didn’t disclose how many total users it has… Read More

  • Cinemax Is Now Available To Cord Cutters, But Only On Sling TV

    Cinemax Is Now Available To Cord Cutters, But Only On Sling TV

    HBO’s move to offer a version of its service aimed cord cutters has inspired other premium cable TV networks to do the same, including, most recently Showtime which debuted its standalone streaming service last summer, and later brought it to Hulu. Today, Cinemax is testing the waters, too, and is now making its content available for the first time to those who don’t subscribe to… Read More

  • Vevo’s New, More Personalized Music App Comes To Android & Apple TV

    Vevo’s New, More Personalized Music App Comes To Android & Apple TV

    In recent months, Vevo has been working to extend its brand from being best-known as the provider of original music videos on YouTube to being a service for music discovery in its own right. The company in November rolled out an upgraded iOS experience as a part of this larger vision, and has today extended that experience to Android and Apple TV. Similar to the iOS version, the new Vevo… Read More

  • HBO NOW, The Network’s Streaming Service For Cord Cutters, Has Just 800,000 Subscribers

    HBO NOW, The Network’s Streaming Service For Cord Cutters, Has Just 800,000 Subscribers

    HBO NOW may have scored as one of last year’s top streaming apps in terms of revenue, but its subscriber count is falling short of analyst projections. Industry observers had expected the service, which allows consumers to stream HBO programming over the internet without a cable TV subscription, to reach 1 to 2 million subscribers. However, HBO CEO Richard Plepler confirmed that… Read More

  • U.S. Version Of Politwoops Comes Back Online To Track Politicians’ Deleted Tweets

    U.S. Version Of Politwoops Comes Back Online To Track Politicians’ Deleted Tweets

    Politwoops, a service that tracks politicians’ deleted tweets in an effort to hold elected officials accountable for the statements they make on social media, is now back online in the U.S. The restoration of the service, announced today by the Sunlight Foundation, follows Twitter’s earlier decision to restore Politwoops’ access to its API after previously having… Read More

  • Google Reverses Its Decision To Ban Ad Blocking Apps From The Google Play Store

    Google Reverses Its Decision To Ban Ad Blocking Apps From The Google Play Store

    Google appears to have reversed its earlier decision to ban ad blockers from the Google Play store – a move which had seen the company pulling apps like Adblock Fast and stalling the updates for others, like Crystal’s ad blocker. Now, following an appeal from Rocketship, the developers behind Adblock Fast, Google has re-approved and republished its app to Google Play. The… Read More

  • Comedian Chelsea Peretti Skewers Tech’s Lack Of Diversity, On-Demand Economy At Crunchies Awards

    The tech industry came under fire at the 9th Annual Crunchies Awards on Monday night – an event which aims to celebrate the best and brightest companies, founders and investors from the startup world. The event’s host, Brooklyn Nine-Nine co-star, actress, writer and comedian Chelsea Peretti, opened the evening with barbs aimed at the industry’s lack of diversity, and… Read More

  • CBS Says Super Bowl 50 Broke Streaming Records With 3.96 Million Unique Viewers

    CBS Says Super Bowl 50 Broke Streaming Records With 3.96 Million Unique Viewers

    CBS reported earlier this morning that its live stream of Super Bowl 50 broke all prior streaming records for the big game. Now the network has released numbers to back up that claim: according to an announcement this afternoon, 3.96 million unique viewers tuned in to watch the Broncos versus the Panthers across laptops, desktops, tablets, connected TV devices and mobile phones. In… Read More

  • Apartments.com, Mobile Strike & Amazon Scored The Top Spots Among Tech Companies’ Super Bowl Ads

    Apartments.com, Mobile Strike & Amazon Scored The Top Spots Among Tech Companies’ Super Bowl Ads

    A number of technology companies took to the airwaves during last night’s Super Bowl 50 broadcast to make their names – and brands – better known among a mainstream audience. However, according to new data out today from TiVo, which historically tracks viewer engagement with Super Bowl ads across its network, the only tech company to make into the list of the top 10 Super… Read More

  • Glu Mobile Pins Its Hopes On New Taylor Swift Game

    Glu Mobile Pins Its Hopes On New Taylor Swift Game

    Glu Mobile, the mobile gaming company behind recent app store hits like the once-viral “Kim Kardashian” Hollywood,” and who recently took a stake in top trivia game QuizUp, is hoping it has another potential breakout title on its hands thanks to a newly announced deal with pop star, Taylor Swift. According to news unveiled this week, Taylor and Glu will work together over… Read More

  • Amazon Alexa Can Now Order An Uber From Your Echo Speaker Or Fire TV

    Amazon Alexa Can Now Order An Uber From Your Echo Speaker Or Fire TV

    It’s been a big week for Amazon’s connected speaker Echo. First the company rolled out a way to order pizza just by asking Echo’s virtual assistant to place an order for you. It then added the much-requested Spotify to the list of supported streaming music services. And today, Amazon has announced integration with on-demand car service, Uber. Read More

  • Bing’s New Apps For iOS And Android Focus On Finding Deals, Local Offers

    Bing’s New Apps For iOS And Android Focus On Finding Deals, Local Offers

    Microsoft’s Bing is trying to carve out a niche for itself on mobile by focusing on the types of common searches and information requests people need to access while on the go. To that end, the company this week rolled out new iOS and Android applications with features like a barcode scanner for price comparisons, a tool to find the cheapest nearby gas prices, and, on iOS to start, a… Read More

  • Instagram Confirms Test Of Multiple Account Switching On iOS

    Instagram Confirms Test Of Multiple Account Switching On iOS

    Instagram confirmed it’s running a test involving multiple account switching on iOS, following reports on Thursday from users who said they saw the feature go live in their app. The company would not speak to its further plans regarding a public rollout, but the news is promising. Last November, Instagram was testing the feature on Android with members of its Instagram beta… Read More

  • Google Boots Ad Blockers From Google Play

    Google Boots Ad Blockers From Google Play

    Earlier this week, Samsung rolled out support for ad blocking in the new version of its web browser for mobile devices, the Samsung Internet Browser. Third-party developers quickly responded by launching ad-blocking mobile apps that work with the browser. Now those developers are finding their apps are being pulled from the Google Play, and their updates are being declined. The reason? It… Read More

  • Amazon Brings Its Virtual Assistant Alexa To Older Fire TV Devices

    Amazon Brings Its Virtual Assistant Alexa To Older Fire TV Devices

    When Amazon rolled out the next generation of its set-top box, the Fire TV, last year, one of the standout features was the addition of Amazon Alexa to the platform. Today, the voice assistant is making its way to owners of Amazon’s original Fire TV and Fire TV Sticks, the company announced this morning, thanks to an over-the-air update arriving shortly. Read More

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