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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  • Instagram Business Profiles to feature ‘Contact’ buttons, directions and more

    Instagram Business Profiles to feature ‘Contact’ buttons, directions and more

    Instagram had confirmed earlier this year that it was developing business profiles – basically, the Instagram equivalent to a Facebook Brand Page. Now, we’re able to see what these profiles look like as they’ve been spotted in the wild. The profiles, which are currently being tested with a small group of users, offer a variety of useful features for those who run a… Read More

  • Apple Music revamp to debut at WWDC in June (Report)

    Apple Music revamp to debut at WWDC in June (Report)

    Apple Music has been much maligned for its confusing interface which reviewers have referred to as cluttered and difficult to navigate, “a confusing mess,” and “so crammed with items, lists and menus that it’s hard to find things initially,” among other things. But according to a new report out today from Bloomberg, Apple is planning to unveil a redesigned… Read More

  • Hulu CEO confirms plans for a live TV streaming service in 2017

    Hulu CEO confirms plans for a live TV streaming service in 2017

    This morning at the Hulu Upfronts in New York, Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins confirmed the recent report from The Wall St. Journal which indicated that the company was developing a live television streaming service to complement its current on-demand offering. While Hopkins was light on details like pricing, content, channel selection, and product, he did say that the new service would arrive… Read More

  • Hulu grows to 12 million subscribers, prepares new interactive ads for living room TVs

    Hulu grows to 12 million subscribers, prepares new interactive ads for living room TVs

    This morning at Hulu’s Upfront presentations in New York, the streaming service announced it has grown its subscriber base 30 percent year-over-year, and will reach 12 million subscribers in the U.S. this month. For comparison’s sake, last year it had grown to 9 million subscribers after seeing a 50 percent increase over the year prior. Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins also said that hours… Read More

  • Spotify ditches the controversial ‘hamburger’ menu in iOS app redesign

    Spotify ditches the controversial ‘hamburger’ menu in iOS app redesign

    Spotify is one of the more popular music streaming apps, but it’s not necessarily the most beautifully designed (that was long-lost Rdio, unfortunately). Navigating through the various sections of its app took a lot of tapping, and often wasn’t very intuitive. Today, Spotify is attempting to improve its interface with a redesign, arriving first on iOS, that puts its key sections in… Read More

  • Parachute lets organizations receive live-streamed emergency incidents recorded with your iPhone

    Parachute lets organizations receive live-streamed emergency incidents recorded with your iPhone

    While there are a number of mobile apps that serve as a panic button of sorts – alerting friends or family when you feel you’re in danger – last year’s TechCrunch Disrupt NY hackathon winner Witness resonated with the event’s audience because it also promised a way to discreetly record incidents of civil disobedience and police brutality at a time when… Read More

  • Twitter’s new ‘Connect’ tab shows you who to follow

    Twitter’s new ‘Connect’ tab shows you who to follow

    Twitter has announced a new feature designed to make it easier for users to find interesting and relevant accounts to follow on its service: a new “Connect” tab. Available on both iOS and Android, the tab combines the ability to find friends and family from your phone’s Contact list with Twitter’s own algorithmically generated “Recommendations.” To be… Read More

  • Shopify’s online merchants can now offer same-day delivery via Postmates

    Shopify’s online merchants can now offer same-day delivery via Postmates

    Postmates to date has scored deals with a number of high-profile retailers and restaurants, including Apple, Walgreens, Starbucks, Chipotle, and 7-Eleven. Today, it’s expanding its reach again via a partnership that will bring a number of smaller businesses – even down to mom-and-pop shops – to its delivery service. The company has teamed up with e-commerce software… Read More

  • Videorama makes editing mobile video actually fun

    Videorama makes editing mobile video actually fun

    Smartphone users shoot a lot of video, but turning those videos into something special still takes a lot of work. A newly launched app called Videorama aims to solve that problem by offering a powerful video editor that’s also super simple to use. In other words, you don’t need to be a video pro in order to do things like trim videos, add text overlays, music, or special… Read More

  • EasilyDo’s speedy new mail app puts a smart assistant in your inbox

    EasilyDo’s speedy new mail app puts a smart assistant in your inbox

    Productivity app maker EasilyDo is best known for its smart assistant for iPhone that lets you do things like organize your travel plans, track shipments, update your contacts, create personalized email alerts, and more. Now the company is taking some of its best features to a just-launched email application that has this assistant feature built in. In addition, the new EasilyDo Mail app… Read More

  • Hulu to compete with Sling TV via new cable TV-like service

    Hulu to compete with Sling TV via new cable TV-like service

    Sling TV may have some new competition. According to a Sunday night report from The WSJ, Hulu is nearing agreements to license channels from its co-owners Walt Disney Co. and 21st Century Fox, in order to flesh out a new, cable-TV like service. Hulu is aiming to launch this service in Q1 2017, the report said, which would include channels like ABC, ESPN, Disney, Fox, Fox News, FX and… Read More

  • Vimeo acquires VHX to boost its video-on-demand business

    Vimeo acquires VHX to boost its video-on-demand business

    Vimeo, which has been moving over the past several months to further invest in its original content and creator community, announced this morning it has acquired VHX, a company providing a platform for premium over-the-top subscription (OTT) video channels. Deal terms were not revealed, but Vimeo will bring on the entire 22-person VHX team, including co-founders and a large number of biz… Read More

  • Fullscreen’s new streaming service aims to be the MTV for the YouTube generation

    Fullscreen’s new streaming service aims to be the MTV for the YouTube generation

    It’s not exactly a Netflix or YouTube rival, but AT&T-backed Fullscreen is hoping to carve out its own niche in the now-crowded subscription video market with its new service, launched this week. The $5 per month offering includes a mix of shorter, original content alongside full-length Hollywood movies and TV shows, like “Hitch,” “Dawson’s Creek,”… Read More

  • CloudMagic can now tell you everything about the person who just emailed you

    CloudMagic can now tell you everything about the person who just emailed you

    CloudMagic, an email application that has grown to 4 million users, has just added a useful feature that can aid those who receive a lot of email from people they don’t know: Sender Profile. Similar to services like LinkedIn’s Rapportive or newly launched Connect from Clearbit for desktop email, Sender Profile lets you quickly view a summary of information about the person who… Read More

  • A sneak peek at Google’s upcoming travel app, Trips

    A sneak peek at Google’s upcoming travel app, Trips

    News that Google would soon begin testing a new mobile travel application leaked out last week, and now we have more details, including screenshots, of what that app will look like. The app, called Trips, is being trialed with a small group of testers, and will allow users to keep track of past and upcoming trips, while also making recommendations about tourist destinations, restaurants… Read More

  • Twitter aims to boost its visibility by switching from ‘Social Networking’ to ‘News’ on the App Store

    Twitter aims to boost its visibility by switching from ‘Social Networking’ to ‘News’ on the App Store

    Following yet another quarter of sluggish user growth, Twitter has changed how its flagship mobile application is categorized on Apple’s iTunes App Store. Instead of competing against Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, WhatsApp, Pinterest, and others in the crowded “Social networking” category, where Twitter had previously ranked in the top 10, the company has moved its app… Read More

  • Google Play is now labelling which apps contain ads

    Google Play is now labelling which apps contain ads

    Google has just made a change to its mobile application storefront, Google Play, which will help customers make better decisions about the apps they want to download: it’s now displaying if an app contains advertisements. This label will now appear alongside the existing designation which indicates if an app offers in-app purchases, the company has confirmed to TechCrunch. The change… Read More

  • The NYT is giving out 300,000 more Google Cardboard viewers

    The NYT is giving out 300,000 more Google Cardboard viewers

    The New York Times is giving out free Google Cardboard VR devices. Yes, again! The company had previously distributed a million some devices to print subscribers as part of the kickoff celebration around its then-new NYT VR app, built in collaboration with Google, back in November 2015. Today, the media company says it will send out another 300,000 Cardboard viewers to its “most… Read More

  • Comcast to acquire DreamWorks Animation for $3.8 billion

    Comcast to acquire DreamWorks Animation for $3.8 billion

    In an effort to increase its competition with family entertainment juggernaut Disney, Comcast announced this morning that it will spend $3.8 billion to acquire DreamWorks Animation, home to popular kids’ franchises like “Shrek,” “Madagascar,” “How to Train Your Dragon,” “Kung Fu Panda,” and others. The deal will close by year-end, subject… Read More

  • New Facebook, Messenger and Instagram apps arrive for Windows 10

    New Facebook, Messenger and Instagram apps arrive for Windows 10

    After Facebook’s stellar quarter, which sees users spending massive amounts of time on its mobile apps, including Facebook, Messenger and Instagram, the company announced this morning it’s bringing this popular trio of apps to Windows 10. Facebook and Messenger are now rolling out to Windows 10 on the desktop and Instagram is arriving on Windows 10 mobile. As you may expect… Read More

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