Sarah Perez

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. CrunchBase profile →

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  • ModCloth Hit By Second Round Of Layoffs

    ModCloth Hit By Second Round Of Layoffs

    E-commerce retailer ModCloth has laid off additional staff across engineering, creative, product, producer, social teams and more in a second wave of layoffs. The news follows earlier cuts confirmed back in July which, at the time, affected around 70 employees, or a little under 15 percent of its then 500-person-plus workforce. Read More

  • Tumblr Debuts Its First Desktop App On The Mac App Store

    Tumblr Debuts Its First Desktop App On The Mac App Store

    On the heels of the release of Apple’s new Mac OS, OS X Yosemite, blogging platform Tumblr has just rolled out its first official desktop application with the launch of a Tumblr app for the Mac App Store. The app allows users to post to their personal Tumblr blogs from anywhere on the Mac, whether that’s content like links, images or videos you stumble across online, or files you… Read More

  • Amazon Brings Grocery Delivery To Brooklyn

    Amazon Brings Grocery Delivery To Brooklyn

    Amazon announced this morning it’s bringing its grocery delivery service AmazonFresh to Brooklyn, confirming earlier reports of a New York area expansion. Initially, the service will be available to Prime members in Park Slope, but the company says it will soon expand the service to additional ZIP codes in Brooklyn. There’s no word yet on when AmazonFresh will arrive elsewhere in… Read More

  • Apple Announces Too Many iPads

    Apple Announces Too Many iPads

    If you’re in the market to buy a new iPad, your choices just became dizzying. As expected, Apple announced new iPads this morning at its news conference in Cupertino, but it didn’t retire some of its older products to make way for the additions. How many iPad models can you choose from now? Five? And that’s not even counting the fact that each flavor comes with various… Read More

  • iOS 8.1 Out Monday Brings Apple Pay, iCloud Photo Library … And The Return Of The Camera Roll

    iOS 8.1 Out Monday Brings Apple Pay, iCloud Photo Library … And The Return Of The Camera Roll

    At the Apple event being held today in the Town Hall auditorium at Apple’s Cupertino headquarters, Craig Federighi, SVP Software Engineering, briefly detailed iOS 8.1’s upcoming features, namely support for Apple Pay and iCloud Photo Library. The software is coming out on Monday. Federighi also briefly went through 8.1’s support for iCloud Photo Library, including… Read More

  • GoldieBlox, The Toymaker Trying To Get Girls Hooked On Engineering, Goes Digital With New iOS App

    GoldieBlox, The Toymaker Trying To Get Girls Hooked On Engineering, Goes Digital With New iOS App

    GoldieBlox, the San Francisco Bay Area startup focused on building toys for girls aimed at getting them hooked on engineering, has this morning taken its first steps into the digital realm with the debut of a new iOS application – the company’s first – GoldieBlox and the Movie Machine, as well as a “digital playground” called Bloxtown.com. The new app works as… Read More

  • IFTTT Rolls Out Powerful New Twitter Triggers For Searches, Mentions, Location Tracking And More

    IFTTT Rolls Out Powerful New Twitter Triggers For Searches, Mentions, Location Tracking And More

    Just over a year ago, “internet glue” service IFTTT, which lets you define triggers to automate actions associated with your online accounts and services, rolled out a new set of Twitter triggers that complied with Twitter’s new rules for developers. Today, the company is expanding on that earlier lineup with several other new triggers, including those that let you kick… Read More

  • Osmo Raises $12 Million For Its Hardware-Based iPad Game For Kids

    Osmo Raises $12 Million For Its Hardware-Based iPad Game For Kids

    Osmo, the iPad-powered gaming device built by former Googlers (and dads) as a way to turn tablets into more “hands-on” toys, has raised $12 million in Series A funding, the company is announcing today. The round was led by Accel Partners’ Rich Wong, and includes investment from Upfront Ventures and K9 Ventures. The company is also announcing that its products, which are… Read More

  • CBS Announces Its Own Live TV And Streaming Service, CBS All Access

    CBS Announces Its Own Live TV And Streaming Service, CBS All Access

    On the heels of yesterday’s news that HBO is planning a standalone streaming service, CBS announced this morning that’s it’s preparing to debut a streaming service of its own, called “CBS All Access.” The new subscription-based service will begin offering live streams from 14 of CBS’s largest markets (and soon, more), plus full seasons of 15 prime time TV… Read More

  • Facebook’s New “Safety Check” Feature Lets You Tell Friends And Family You’re Okay After A Major Disaster

    Facebook’s New “Safety Check” Feature Lets You Tell Friends And Family You’re Okay After A Major Disaster

    With over 1.3 billion users connected to its network on a monthly basis, Facebook is able to leverage its massive scale for good. It’s put those capabilities to use in the past to encourage users to vote or register to be an organ donor, but today the company announced something applicable to an even broader audience: Safety Check, a new feature that lets you tell your family and… Read More

  • Johnny Rockets Restaurants To Roll Out E La Carte’s Tablets To 200 Locations

    Johnny Rockets Restaurants To Roll Out E La Carte’s Tablets To 200 Locations

    In the race to become one of the top tableside tablet providers, Silicon Valley-based E la Carte has just scored another notable restaurant deal to follow that of the Applebee’s win from last year: the company says today that it’s preparing to install its tablets at over 200 U.S. Johnny Rockets locations starting next month. The deal was struck after a relatively brief… Read More

  • Canva Brings Its Easy-To-Use Design Platform To The iPad

    Canva Brings Its Easy-To-Use Design Platform To The iPad

    Who says the iPad isn’t for creation? Design platform Canva, which first launched last summer to offer an easy to use, drag-and-drop interface anyone can master, has now brought its technology to the iPad. Today, the company is debuting its first mobile application with Canva for iPad – an app that includes access to over a million stock photographs, graphics and fonts that can… Read More

  • Walmart Invests In E-Commerce, Next-Day Delivery Expansions With Two New Fulfillment Centers

    Walmart Invests In E-Commerce, Next-Day Delivery Expansions With Two New Fulfillment Centers

    Walmart is working to ramp up its competitive stance versus Amazon and other e-commerce players, who are now offering a range of products available for next-day delivery, with the opening of two new fulfillment centers in the Eastern U.S. – one in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and the other in Atlanta, Georgia. The centers, which are 1.2 million square feet each, will open in mid-2015 and… Read More

  • Amazon Instant Video Now Lets Customers View Personal Photos And Videos From Cloud Drive

    Amazon Instant Video Now Lets Customers View Personal Photos And Videos From Cloud Drive

    Amazon is putting its Dropbox and Google Drive competitor, Amazon Cloud Drive, somewhere consumers will be more likely to access it. The company announced this morning that Amazon Cloud Drive will now be available on the Amazon Instant Video application, meaning customers can now play their personal videos and view their photos on supported devices. Unfortunately, those devices today only… Read More

  • Social Commerce App CardBlanc Puts A Shopping Mall On Your Phone

    Social Commerce App CardBlanc Puts A Shopping Mall On Your Phone

    CardBlanc, a new e-commerce application targeting millennial spenders officially launched today, introducing a financial platform for easier mobile checkout combined with social activity similar to what you’d see on sites like Pinterest or Wanelo. The effort, which involves an iOS app and virtual payment card backed by PayPal, aims to turn product discovery into real-world purchases… Read More

  • Google Shopping Express Expands To More Cities, Rebrands As “Google Express”

    Google Shopping Express Expands To More Cities, Rebrands As “Google Express”

    Google Shopping Express, rebranded to simply “Google Express” as of this morning, is no longer entirely subsidizing the costs associated with same-day delivery. The program, which offers instant shopping gratification to consumers in a growing number of U.S. cities, is now working to transition its more regular customers into paying members, who subscribe on either a monthly or… Read More

  • Gruveo Brings Anonymous Video Calls To The iPhone And iPad

    Gruveo Brings Anonymous Video Calls To The iPhone And iPad

    Gruveo, a service that launched last year to allow for fast, anonymous video calling via the web, is now coming to mobile, starting with today’s debut of an iOS application. On the iPhone and iPad, the new app is less focused on anonymity, and more on being able to quickly call another person without having to go through a sign-up process or adding people to your contacts. Read More

  • Skype Launches A New Video Messaging App For The Mobile-First Era, Skype Qik

    Skype Launches A New Video Messaging App For The Mobile-First Era, Skype Qik

    If Skype was invented today, what would it look like? This morning, a small team within Skype is attempting to answer that question with the launch of a new video messaging application called Skype Qik, which reimagines how the Skype experience would work if Skype had been built for mobile first. Instead of focusing on live video calls and instant messaging-like chats, Skype Qik is… Read More

  • Flickr Now Lets You Turn Your Photos Into Wall Art

    Flickr Now Lets You Turn Your Photos Into Wall Art

    Flickr as of late has been making moves to compete with newer startups, like 500px for example, which cater to professional photographers. This summer, it announced a licensing program to get photographers’ work featured on news sites, including Yahoo’s own properties, and today it’s rolling out Flickr Wall Art. For now, this program is about allowing users to turn their… Read More

  • Facebook Stickers Are Now Available In Comments On Timelines, Groups And Events

    Facebook Stickers Are Now Available In Comments On Timelines, Groups And Events

    Facebook Stickers – the cute, cartoonish images Facebook Messenger users take advantage of to spice up their conversations – are now rolling out to a wider audience. Facebook announced today that stickers will be available on comments found on people’s Timeline posts, Group posts and Event posts. Read More

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