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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  • Fovo wants to help women shop by shape, not size

    Fovo wants to help women shop by shape, not size

    One of the challenges with clothes shopping online is that it doesn’t mirror the real-world experience where you can try on items for fit. And even though a number of today’s retailers offer free returns, there’s nothing quite as disheartening as ordering a piece online, only to find it won’t work for your body type, size or shape after it arrives. A new startup… Read More

  • Photomyne grabs $2.6 million to bring your old photos online

    Photomyne grabs $2.6 million to bring your old photos online

    If you have albums and shoeboxes stuffed with old photos, a startup called Photomyne wants to help you scan those photos, in order to bring them online where they can be saved and shared. Now the Tel Aviv-based company has raised $2.6 million in seed funding to continue to grow its business, which today is closing in on its first million users, over half of whom are paying… Read More

  • Twitch launches Clips so gamers can quickly share short videos of their favorite moments

    Twitch launches Clips so gamers can quickly share short videos of their favorite moments

    Live streaming platform and gamer community Twitch is today launching a new feature that it hopes will help spread its content further afield. The company has now debuted Clips, a feature that lets website viewers quickly and easily clip a 30-second portion video from others’ live streams. These clips automatically include links back to the original live broadcaster, which eliminates… Read More

  • FullContact launches a better alternative to your Mac’s built-in Contacts app

    FullContact launches a better alternative to your Mac’s built-in Contacts app

    Managing a large database of contacts can get messy, which is why a number of startups over the years have attempted to tackle this space with a wide variety of apps that attempt to streamline the process of keeping contact information up-to-date, while also offering other tools to clean up your contacts, organize them, and more. One company that has carved out a solid niche in contact… Read More

  • Nintendo’s first mobile game Miitomo is turning into a ghost town

    Nintendo’s first mobile game Miitomo is turning into a ghost town

    Nintendo’s first smartphone application – the social game called Miitomo, which allows avatars to interact in a virtual world – may already be in decline, according to a new report. Following its launch earlier this year, it seemed that Miitomo found immediate success, shooting to the top of both the iOS and Android app stores. Nintendo also claimed in May that the… Read More

  • Pokémon GO launches into beta in the U.S.

    Pokémon GO launches into beta in the U.S.

    Niantic Labs, the game maker that was spun out of Google last year following Google’s move to Alphabet, announced today that its new title Pokémon GO is launching into beta in the U.S. Those early adopters who signed up to become “field testers” earlier in May are now receiving their invites to the game, in order to offer the company feedback ahead of its broader… Read More

  • Flipboard confirms it will get cut off from Instagram after the feed API ends this month

    Flipboard confirms it will get cut off from Instagram after the feed API ends this month

    As Instagram continues to make moves to strengthen its platform with more features to keep users visiting it and staying longer, Instagram’s decision to kill off its feed API on June 1 has claimed another victim: Flipboard today confirmed that it will not be able to provide Instagram integration for the majority of its users after May 31. While Instagram has claimed that feed API… Read More

  • SimilarTech tells you what’s powering any website, alerts web companies to new leads

    SimilarTech tells you what’s powering any website, alerts web companies to new leads

    Over the years, developers have turned to resources like BuiltWith to help them figure out what technology is under the hood powering today’s websites – including things like shopping carts, analytics, hosting platforms and more. Now BuiltWith has new competition: SimilarTech, which not only monitors the technologies used by any site, but also automates the process of finding leads… Read More

  • Microsoft tries its hand at a news bot with Rowe

    Microsoft tries its hand at a news bot with Rowe

    Like everyone else these days, Microsoft sure loves its bots. Now, the company has rolled out its own news-finding bot called “Rowe,” which lives inside the latest version of Microsoft’s Bing-powered personalized news reading app, News Pro. Rowe is an experiment with helping you keep up with the news that matches your current interests. You can ask the bot to show you news… Read More

  • Fast-growing online dollar store Hollar launches its own private label goods

    Fast-growing online dollar store Hollar launches its own private label goods

    Amid the shift of commerce to online stores like Amazon, one huge segment of the industry has been overlooked: dollar stores. Many assumed that’s because with retail price points that low, there’s little room for profitability – after all, if dollar stores could be a successful online business, wouldn’t they already be hugely popular? Actually, they might be heading… Read More

  • Twitter moves away from 140 characters, ditches confusing and restrictive rules

    Twitter moves away from 140 characters, ditches confusing and restrictive rules

    Partially confirming earlier reports, Twitter announced this morning plans that will begin to distance it from its strict adherence to the rule that tweets can only contain 140 characters. The company says that, among other changes designed to welcome new users to its service, it will no longer count media attachments and @names in select replies toward your 140 allowed characters. However… Read More

  • Amazon no longer offers price match refunds on anything but TVs

    Amazon no longer offers price match refunds on anything but TVs

    Amazon has quietly ended its price protection policy on all products except for televisions. The change to the company’s policy comes at a time when a handful of startups have launched to help consumers automate the process of requesting refunds when prices change on online sites, including Amazon and dozens of other e-commerce stores. For example, newcomer Earny recently debuted… Read More

  • Instagram’s code hints at option to pay to boost posts

    Instagram’s code hints at option to pay to boost posts

    We’ve known for some time that Instagram will soon be introducing business profiles, analytics and features intended to improve the ad-buying experience on the Facebook-owned photo-sharing network. Now, a number of other undocumented, non-public features have been uncovered, following a decompiling of the latest Instagram application, including one that hints that Instagram plans to offer… Read More

  • Google plans to bring password-free logins to Android apps by year-end

    Google plans to bring password-free logins to Android apps by year-end

    Google’s plan to eliminate passwords in favor of systems that take into account a combination of signals – like your typing patterns, your walking patterns, your current location, and more – will be available to Android developers by year-end, assuming all goes well in testing this year. In an under-the-radar announcement Friday afternoon at the Google I/O developer… Read More

  • New subscription service Circle Go lets parents manage kids’ devices outside the home

    New subscription service Circle Go lets parents manage kids’ devices outside the home

    The company behind a device that helps parents enforce their home’s internet rules and restrictions, Circle with Disney, launched last winter in partnership with Disney for its included media content, will now allow parents to manage children’s devices outside the home. The company announced this morning the launch of a subscription-based companion service called Circle Go… Read More

  • Google and Levi’s team up on a “connected” jacket that lets you answer calls, use maps and more

    Google and Levi’s team up on a “connected” jacket that lets you answer calls, use maps and more

    At Google’s I/O conference today, Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) research unit offered an update on its interactive textiles project unveiled last year, Project Jacquard. ATAP’s Ivan Poupyrev announced that the company was collaborating with iconic clothing company, Levi’s, to launch a “connected” smart jacket aimed at urban cyclists… Read More

  • Microsoft brings Skype to businesses’ iOS and Android apps

    Microsoft brings Skype to businesses’ iOS and Android apps

    Microsoft is further opening up Skype to businesses. On Thursday, the company launched its Skype for Business SDK – tools which allow iOS and Android developers to integrate Skype’s messaging, audio and voice capabilities into their own mobile applications. The idea is to allow Skype to power the communications experience inside applications, so developers can focus on building… Read More

  • Houzz wins “Best App” at the inaugural Google Play Awards

    Houzz wins “Best App” at the inaugural Google Play Awards

    Interior design and decorating resource Houzz is the overall best Android app of the year, according to Google, which this evening announced the results of the first-ever Google Play Awards at its developer conference, Google I/O. While in previous years, the company had rounded up large numbers of apps for “Best of” lists, the new Google Play Awards instead follows… Read More

  • Android apps can now react to your environment

    Android apps can now react to your environment

    What if the apps on your phone knew where you were, what you were doing, what’s nearby, and even what the weather was like outside, and then combined this information to react intelligently to your current situation? Would that be creepy or amazing? We will soon find out, it seems. At this week’s Google I/O conference, the company introduced new tools for app developers that… Read More

  • Google Family Library goes live this summer, will allow families to share Google Play purchases

    Google Family Library goes live this summer, will allow families to share Google Play purchases

    Apple device owners in the same family can share content like music, videos, e-books and apps through iCloud’s Family Sharing. Now, it appears that Android owners will have a similar option. Just ahead of Google’s keynote at its I/O developer conference yesterday, the company updated developer documentation with new details about a feature called Family Library, which will allow up… Read More

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